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Monday, February 18, 2013

Decoupage and all the Sticky Stuff it Entails

See blogs and businesses for USAGood morning!
I am dabbling, again, in paper arts, specifically decoupage as it translates into jewelry.

Although I do have my mind on a much loved wooded table in the foyer that needs tender loving care to bring it back to life so it can be serviceable once again. I'm thinking ModPodge on the top of the table with lovely colorful prints and papers that are then dried and sealed with resin. Is there anyone out there reading is that might have some ideas and inspiration for me?
I will still be creating smaller pieces as you can see below. This piece is a pendant made with Japanese origami papers, Herald angels clipped from a vintage/antique French magazine. Name of magazine will follow, when I unearth a copy in my journals stack. 

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Looks like Christmas to me

A very distorted photo of the girl, because the white blanket she was sleeping on has obscured the beautiful profile! She really does not look like she has an anteater nose!!!

Beauty likes to be called Boo or Beauty or anything at all if she wants a bone

See blogs and businesses for USAThis is what Beauty looks like after a bath and trim.

And this is what she looks like when she is not trimmed. I think she likes this look the best!

Today I will be posting new jewelry on my Etsy site. 

And, I will be creating more jewelry, making display cards for earrings and wrapping some presents. We put up our outdoor decor and lights over the weekend and everything looks  very pretty and festive. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I'm Baaack...Twas a Tough Year - It is Much Better Now

Added a bit of Antique French tatting to this necklace to bring a bit of playfulness to the regal piece. See blogs and businesses for USAI now have some wonderful outlets for my jewelry, felted work and vintage fabric sachets in a couple of shops in downtown Greenville. I am very happy to have them.

 Yes, I am making sachets. Special sachets stuffed with lavender, sometimes rosemary, both of which I grow here at home. These soft and delicate sachets have been made for centuries to freshen a closet or commode. They reflect my memories of living in France.
 Sometimes, it appears to me that mixing up the materials brings life into a piece. For example, I use my sachets as a beading opportunity to give the soft bags a few touches of beaded color. They are crafted from vintage fabrics that have softened over time, so I add some glass beads to round it all out, or fill them with dried herbs. My favorites are lavender and rosemary. Sometimes I try others, such as  corriander, cinnamon or anise.

I will be sewing and filling some sachets today. in addition to photographing a new piece I am working on -- a pretty asymetrical beadwoven bracelet in coppertones. I will add a photo of it to my next posting.  See ya soon!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Time to Make the Donuts...I mean Zucchini Bread!

Yes! It is the big whopper, and soon it will be two beautiful, warm and fragrant loaves of zucchini bread. One is for my neighbors, who are the best neighbors anyone could have. Yesterday, they made us a pizza from the tomatoes in their garden. It was a Margherita pizza and the tomatoes were sliced on top of mozzerella cheese and fresh basil and sliced onions. It was Heavenly! So today I am working in the kitchen on the zucchini breads and having a lovely time. OK, let's get on with the procedure.
Mr. Biggie

 Mr. Biggie was extremely happy and honored that he would soon be zucchini bread. So, he gave a great impression of a whale.

Time to remove the seeds...

Time to peel the skin ...

Cut the second half of the zucchini in cubes and place them in a freezer bag.

There it is! One of the two loaves I baked.  The neighbors were delighted to have the other half. By the way, I attached a link to the previous post for the recipe for this one. It is delicious!
See blogs and businesses for USA After baking all morning, I took Beauty the doggy for a walk outside and picked a nice bouquet of fragrant gardenias and beautiful pale purple hyacinths. A lovely end to a beautiful morning.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Bijouxfolle: MONSTER Zucchini

Bijouxfolle: MONSTER Zucchini

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MONSTER Zucchini

Below are  gorgeous zucchini squash blossoms. The leaves are so large they provide shade by covering the zucchinis and I really have to poke around in there among the stems and flowers to find the squash that are growing.  Last night we had a small, tender zucchini  mixed with tomatoes, poblano peppers, basil and thyme -- ALL from our garden! There's nothing better than fresh veggies you pick from your own backyard garden. YUM!

I harvested this zucchini about a week ago. It measures 16 inches long and 4 1/4 inches wide at the bottom and 2 1/4 inches at the stem end. WOW! I will be making zucchini bread today.
Here's the link to the recipe I will be following. I'll let you know how it turns out!
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