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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birch Bark Bead Necklaces on: October 12, 2011 05:03:57 PM
Hello!  Here's a new design I have been having fun with: I make beads from white birch bark (that has naturally fallen off/peeled) and put 'em on chains.  The beads are varnished, so they are pretty sturdy.

Piccie Time:

Comments and constructive criticism most welcome! Grin
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Champagne Sparkle Twig Ornaments on: October 09, 2011 07:01:02 PM
Using branches from my apple tree (it needed trimming), I have COVERED these with champagne glitter and used lovely satin ribbon for hanging.

I plan on displaying mine year-round...

C and C appreciated!!

23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Champagne Sparkle Birch Bark Ornaments on: October 09, 2011 06:56:55 PM
Using birch bark (already peeled off/fallen off naturally), I have hand cut these ornaments. They are COVERED with champagne glitter and topped off with lovely ribbons.

C and C would be loved!

I really like the heart.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Thin Silver Stick Earrings on: October 03, 2011 04:22:08 PM
These are real branches: painted and varnished. 

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Silver Sparkle Twig Earrings on: October 03, 2011 04:20:55 PM
I love making these!  Made from real branches: painted, sparkled, and varnished.


26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gold Twig Earrings on: October 03, 2011 04:19:20 PM
These are earrings made with real branches: painted and varnished.

C and C welcome!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Golden Sparkle Twig Earrings on: October 03, 2011 04:17:41 PM
Here are some golden sparkle twig earrings I made using real branches.  They are painted, sparkled, and then varnished.  I am diggin' the results...how about you?

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Golden Twig Necklaces on: September 12, 2011 11:09:14 AM

Hello everyone!

I thought I'd share some of my latest crafty obsession: twig necklaces.  These are created using real twigs and branches and then painted/varnished and sometimes sparkled.  They are very elegant, unique, modern, and organic (at least I think so, Smiley ). 

I love these!  They are a chic way to keep nature with me all day (and night) long!

Here are some (blurry) pictures showing length.

**I'd LOVE some Comments and Criticism!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Silver Twig Necklaces on: September 12, 2011 11:07:26 AM

I love nature...this is my way of always have a piece of it with me:

Made with real twigs and branches (varnished, painted, sparkled)....

Shots showing how they hang:

I'd love some C and C!
30  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Quinoa Cakes! on: August 31, 2011 08:19:51 AM

These are YUMMMMY! They take some time to make, but are oh so worth it!  

Savory Quinoa Cakes (Adapted From Kary Osmond's Recipe):

* 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 1/2 of an onion, chopped (I used a red onion, which was HUGE, so only 1/4 of it was chopped up)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 2 cups of fresh spinach, trimmed (get rid of the stems) and chopped (unless using baby spinach)
* 3 eggs
*1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
* 4 tablespoons spelt flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
* juice of 1/2 a lemon
* a teeny smidgeon of cayenne pepper
* 1/4 cup chopped natural almonds
* 2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
* 6 tablespoons of psyllium husk

1.  Rinse the quinoa for 3 minutes under cold water (I like to use a sieve).
2.  In a saucepan, mix the quinoa and water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and let the quinoa simmer, covered, for about 10-15 minutes.
3.  Drain the quinoa (once again, I used a sieve) and let it cool.
4.  In a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat.  Add in the onion and salt and pepper, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft (about 4 minutes).
5.  Add in the spinach and cook until wilted and no liquid remains (about 3 minutes).
6.  Let the spinach/onion mixture cool.
7.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, hulled hemp, cheese, and almonds.
8.  Mix in the cooled quinoa and spinach/onion mixture.
9.  It will likely be kinda goopy---to thicken it up, add in the psyllium husk.  Let the mixture stand 5-10 minutes.
10.  With WET hands, form cakes (about 13), placing them on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.
11.  Place in the refrigerator and allow them to firm up for 1 hour.
12.  After the hour is up, place 1/2 of the remaining oil in a large frying pan and allow it heat up over medium-high heat.
13.  Add in as many of the cakes as you can fit on the pan, leaving room between each (I got half of the batch on the pan).  Allow the cakes to cook for about 4 minutes, flipping them over, and then cooking 4 more minutes.
14.  Remove the cakes.  These can be kept warm in the oven on a cookie sheet at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, but I just let them cool.  I placed a sheet of paper tower on a plate, and then put the cakes on top of that.  I topped it off with another sheet of paper towel (to absorb some of the oil).
15.  Cook the remaining half of the cakes.
16.  Enjoy!  I ate them as is, but they would be great as burgers!
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