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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Easy wrap bracelets on: January 26, 2012 05:03:29 PM
I was inspired by Lime Riot and Superstitch to make myself some wrap bracelets. They are so fun and easy - it's addictive!

leather, silk, and chain:

Thick leather:

Leather cord and ball chain:

Soft leather, thin leather cord, and wire lace:

Silk and rhinestone chain:

All except the ball chain one are just braided and held with ribbon ends and magnetic clasps. For the ball chain one I used this tutorial: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-wrap-bracelet/
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lots of vintage-style filigree pieces on: November 25, 2011 07:03:24 PM
I've made a bunch of pretty filigree vintage-look pieces recently. Here are some of my favorites. Smiley


23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crushed Glass Pendants on: November 25, 2011 07:00:21 PM
I've been experimenting with making pendants with crushed glass. I am pretty happy with the results so far. They look a bit like crystals. Smiley

My favorite:

I used MAC glue to adhere them to pendant trays. It works really well and doesn't show.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fused Argentium Jewelry on: November 25, 2011 06:47:19 PM
I took an awesome class on fusing argentium wire to make jewelry. I absolutely loved it! Here is what I made:

Necklace and earrings set

rustic necklace with labradorite

pendants and 2 bracelets. I did not fabricate the cones and toggle.

I love this technique! We used a torch and kiln brick to fuse the wire, and various hammers to shape and texturize the pieces. I want to get the equipment to use at home now. This lot used about 3 feet of wire. Argentium is like sterling, but with germanium added to the silver for hardness, rather than copper. It's strong and tarnish-resistant, and fuses more easily that fine silver.
25  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / New fused glass pendants - image overload on: November 25, 2011 06:25:17 PM
I took another fusing class and made some more pendants! I am hooked!

26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Calendar on: November 25, 2011 06:07:05 PM
I made this advent calendar for my nephew. He likes hot air balloons, so I was happy to find this paper with Santa in a balloon at Alpha Stamps. The drawers have various tiny toys and some candies. I hope he likes it!

I signed the back later.

27  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Results of my 3rd fusing class on: August 25, 2011 08:54:23 PM
I took another fusing class, and made some earrings, pendants, a small dish, and a soap dish.
I am especially proud of my goofy little glass "notebook paper" pendant. It's silly but fun!
Here's what I made this time:

It's awfully hard to photograph! These classes are addicting, I can't wait to learn more! Any tips, advice, concrit, etc is very welcome.
28  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Olive Oil on: August 13, 2011 03:35:57 PM
Got a bumper crop of tomatoes? Wondering how to save some tomato goodness for the off season? This is one of my favorite things to do with summer tomatoes. It's also a great way to use slightly over-ripe or otherwise less than awesome tomatoes. Roast them in olive oil!
I am the world's laziest cook, so this rocks on multiple levels. It's easy to make, and just as easy to use later. It also looks fancy, so you can fool people into thinking you rule the kitchen.  Wink
These are similar to sun dried tomatoes, but even better. I use lots of olive oil and freeze them in it. When I am ready to use it I just pull it out (you can set the container in a bowl of warm water to melt if you need to). I put a few spoons full on pasta with some parmesan, use it as bread dipping oil, drizzle over veggies, anything you'd use flavored olive oil in. YUM!

Start with some tomatoes and cut them into halves or quarters, depending on the size. I grew these on my roof!

It's funny because it's true!

Put them in a baking dish and pour on a good deal of olive oil. Measurements don't matter a bit!

Put them in the oven at approx 325 degrees F for around 2-3 hours. I start checking occasionally around 1.5 hours.

Roasting away:

When they are getting a bit black around the edges they're done.

I like to throw some fresh herbs at this point, into the hot oil.

Let it cool, then pour the whole deal into a freezer safe container.

Now you have some amazing infused olive oil and yummy tomato bites that go with almost anything! You can freeze them for several months and pull them out when you crave a taste of summer. Smiley

Bon Apetit!

29  COOKING / Dessert / Stuffed Berries: easiest summer dessert ever. on: July 13, 2011 05:48:34 PM
Strawberry cheesecake? No! Cheesecake strawberries!

I made these for a party recently, and they were so easy and quick to throw together! I was going to take process pics, but I was running late. In any case, they really don't even need a tute.

For raspberries:
Insert a chocolate chip into each berry. I used swirly chips for extra prettiness, but white or milk or dark would all rock.

For strawberries:
I used a little huller device to hollow them out quick-style.
Whip up a box of no-bake cheese cake (or be fancy and make real cheesecake)
Stuff the mixture into the strawberries with a small spoon.
Dip in graham cracker crumbs (they were included with the mix)
That's it!

30  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Making the best of an ugly deck: Gardening on the roof on: June 22, 2011 12:11:16 PM
I live in an apartment above some businesses, so there is no yard at all. I do, however, have a very ugly deck and some rooftop to work with, so with a minimal budget and a touch of spring fever I got to work.

There was already a giant spool table up there, so I added a couple of solar jars, and painted a thrift store chair for a bit of color. Then I made a pallet garden as seen in this awesome tutorial: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/

There! Much better!  I also have some veggies growing on the roof in pots. Smiley

The deck:

Pallet garden and chair:

solar jars:

bird station:

roof veggies:

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