Weekend Ramblings ~ jams, knotting, and a movie

While my husband was down in Carson City helping some friends move, I pulled out the mangos and jalapenos for a jam session! 😉

OMGosh! I made some AWESOME jam, if I say so myself!

I peeled and cut up 8 large mangos; roasted, peeled and diced 10 jalapenos (both green and red, wanted some color) and 2 Hatch green chiles; added some sugar and pectin and boiled away. I got 9 half-pint jars out of the batch with 1/2 cup leftover that I devoured with some Wheat Thins.

Here is the makings for my next batch of jam ~ Margarita Jam! I’ll have to have a shot for good luck. 8)

Smashed 5-1/2 cups of strawberries for another batch of jam I have planned ~ Strawberry Daiquiri jam. Need to get a small bottle of rum for that one. Don’t drink rum, so I do not have any on hand in the house.

I finished the shark’s tooth necklace and started in on another necklace for the other kiddo. Not sure who is getting which one, so I made them both beach themed. I had a 1″ round handmade bead (I can’t remember who made it! I think it’s off of etsy) with a sea turtle…so I knotted 20-pound hemp into a spiral necklace.

Finally saw Wall-E that was showing at the Grand Sierra ($3 movies) yesterday afternoon. I’m hoping that I’m not the only one who was tearing up over that silly little animated robot when he didn’t recognize Eve at first. Sheesh. And I absolutely loved the wee cleaning robot! LOL!

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Sunflowers ~ Pictures, Beaded, & Poems

Photographs of the sunflowers were taken by me in my front yard, I beaded the two sunflowers in the middle of the post and the poems I found online.

The Sunflower Fairy

Fields of yellow faces following the sun
Impossible to count them each and every one,
Waving gently in the breeze they make a sunny sigh.
Stretching up their heads they smile at passers by.
Lots of little fairy helpers for the sunflower’s needs
They are the hidden secret for scattering the seeds
Hiding amongst the petals opening at dawn
Working all day to scatter, so new flowers will be born
And weary from the day’s work, at dusk with failing light
They close the petal shutters to rest throughout the night.
Should you be a believer, next time you pass, please try
To spend some time alone, amongst the faces to the sky
You may be the lucky one, for a magic sight to share
A sunflower fairy’s smile is a ray of light so rare.

Myrea Pettit
Copyright© 2001 Fairies World®

Poem to a Sunflower
Created by BelievingHeaven101

I see you there in glory shining bright,
Following the sun and its path of light.
Standing tall above all others in the field,
You grow, conquer, and do not yield.

The little birds take great delight
In playing round you, from day to night.
With your petals of yellow and leaves of green
How very easily you are seen.

But there is more to you than first sight,
More than beauty and grander to delight.
Every beautiful aspect that appears,
Gives praise to the Father dear.

He made you a part of creation,
And you praise him in glorious celebration!
The beauty that within you is expressed,
Gives testimony to his greatness.

Sunflower, how I long to be like you!
Glorifying God in all I do.
Following the Son and His path of light,
To worship Him in His glory shining bright.

I can learn from you, my friend,
With every breath, praise to God, I might send.
With all of his creation telling the story,
Might I, with you, proclaim His glory.

An Ode to the
Kansas Sunflower.

Oh sunflower! The queen of all flowers,
No other with you can compare,
The roadside and fields are made golden
Because of your bright presence there.
Above all the weeds that surround you
You raise to the sun your bright head,
Embroidering beautiful landscapes
Your absence would leave brown and dead.

Oh queen of the September morning
You watch for the first ray of sun,
And salute the bright orb as it travels
Till the bright day of autumn is done.
Tho’ sickles may slay in the pasture,
And the plowman destroy in the field,
Yet, still will the corners and by-ways
The seed for the future years yield.

Then, Sunflower, peep over the fences
And cover the hillsides with gold,
And out in the cornfields, if tempted,
Again take thy claim as of old;
Salute, too, and nod to the stranger,
Who travels the dusty highway,
He’ll worship the sun crown you’re wearing
And love you for brightening his way.

So, Sunflower, grow tall in the meadow
And spread to the breezes your arms,
No matter if some do molest you
And try to destroy on the farms,
Let thy stalk all the season still gather
The sunbeams that come dancing by;
And then in September unfold them
To dazzle with splendor the eye.

Ed Blair ~ Spring Hill, Kansas.


Sunflower Road

Around the corner from Sunflower Road
Runs a road where all the sunflowers grow
Except in the winter, when all’s laid bare
With nothing but winter snow to share

But in the spring, all the little flowers grow
All along, and up-and-down Sunflower Road
But around the corner, no sunflowers in sight
Except in the fall, when sunflowers grow bright

written by: Tim Gallagher

SUNFLOWER POEM

One lonely sunflower growing in the sun
Wants to play and have some fun
Then whoosh went the wind
And scattered all the seeds
And now there’s lots of sunflowers
Playing in the breeze.

Anonymous

23 July 2008: Garden Update ~ Hemp Necklace ~ Flowers

Was surprised to see so many peppers when I was watering last night. They grew so big in a couple of days! Must be the heat. So…does anyone know when peppers are ripe? Do I have to wait until they turn red? Pick ’em green? I have Sweet Italian, Garden Salsa Mix, Caribbean Habanero, Serranos (those I know I can pick green) and something called a Jimboy.

Here are the Sweet Italians ~

And here are the Garden Salsa Pepper Mix…but to me looks like Serranos ~

Have nice size cucumbers and pumpkins!

Cool sunflower, eh? Looks like a Vincent van Gogh sunflower! This one is towards the back of my yard, so it may survive my stupid neighbors picking it!

Yesterday the power went off in our building so one of the Associate Deans let us loose…went home, collected the husband and hit the thrift stores. Lookie at the necklaces that I found at St. Vincent’s and Salvation Army. They will be taken apart so I can use the beads in other projects. Although my niece may like the purple one with the shell.

Tried my hand at making a necklace with 20-lb hemp cord…my husband knows I really really really want the beads in the necklace I made him a while back. So he asked for me to make him a hemp necklace that I could hang the silver pendant of his from. I started with a regular braid then switched to an Atlernating Half Stitch, then back to a braid. I’m getting the hang of it…took me two hours (was watching Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show while making it). Pictures below show the alternating half stitch part. In this first picture you can see the beaded necklace in the upper left with the silver pendant.

And here is a parting shot of the coneflowers in the front of my house this morning. Toodle-loo!

Beading and Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass

Took yesterday off of work for my birthday…spent a leisure day of beading, wire wrapping, lunch and a movie.

First off…if you haven’t already seen it, you gotta go see the 3-D version of Journey to the Center of the Earth! OMGosh! That was fun.

Sunday night I started a necklace to hang one of my pieces of sea glass that I collected on the beach in Monterey earlier this month. Took apart two necklaces I found for 99 cents at our local Goodwill store and used the beads to make my own design. I think they may be clay beads…I liked them. Had some green moss stone beads and other beads floating around…dumped them into a dish and just used whatever caught my fancy. Well…didn’t like how the first one laid. I used two wooden disk beads too close to the wire-wrapped glass and it just didn’t lay the way I wanted it to.

Here’s what the first necklace looked like ~

Here’s what the remake looks like…the one that I have on today. Had to re-wrap the green glass piece…didn’t get it the same, sorta liked it better the first time. Oh well. The first time I wrapped it so it went straight onto the necklace without a jump ring…the second time I used a jump ring to attach the glass to the necklace.

And here is what I used…beading wire, beads, 20 gauge copper wire, hemp 20 lb test, and a nifty cast iron grippy doo-dad that I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale.

Smokey Sky, Garden Pictures, and an Early Birthday Gift!

Well…it’s summer time! The Truckee Meadows is being socked-in by all the smoke from the wildfires in northern California and the Pyramid Lake area. While I’m wheezing and coughing a bit…it makes for a lovely sunrise. These were taken this morning when I got to work around 5:45 am.

Peas are growing! Pulling pretty colored radishes. And that wee yellow squash doubled in size by the time I got home yesterday…it has a very pretty squash blossom on it now. Will take a picture of that tonight.


I bought a VERY CUTE button bracelet for my niece from a friend on Etsy. And in the box she also sent an early birthday present (mine isn’t until July)! It’s a bracelet I was teasing her about ~ “now that I’m all tanned from working out in the yard that bracelet you made sure would look pretty on me!” 🙂 Sure enough! It’s very pretty! It was wrapped up in a wooden box covered with Detroit Red Wings stickers! HAHAHAHAHA! Thank you Donna! You are a sweetie! I hope you sell lots in your etsy store!

Copper Hammering and Photography Class

It’s Thursday…and I have my photography class tonight through Truckee Meadows Community College. Capture Desert's Spring Colors ~ taught by Mark Vollmer. Can’t wait. The field trip is on Saturday…wonder where we’re going to go take pictures!?

I’ve been having lots of fun hammering and wire wrapping copper during the evening this week. Decided to practice on copper as it’s much cheaper than sterling silver…will wait to work with that wire.

All of my soldering tools are outside in the backyard shed/tool shop, and I haven’t had any desire to go out there at night so I’ve been sticking to wire wrapping the pendents. After hammering, beading and wrapping I put them in a tupperware with LOS (Liver of Sulphur) for oxidizing.

Here is what I’ve done so far ~

Wind, Snow, Beach Glass and Monsterslayer ~ all in one day

The Truckee Meadows was wind blown yesterday and last night…checked the weeping cherry and the lilac bush, both were still standing uprightl! Had my fingers crossed as we had 40 mph winds with gusts up to 84 mph! Sheesh. And to top off the bloody bad weather ~ this morning when I looked out the window here at work ~ what do I see?! SNOW! It was snowing! It’s cool and cloudy out there now with a breeze…went from 81 degrees on Sunday to 43 degrees today. And we’re having a cluster of wee earthquakes (in the 3’s)…seems like the epicenter is near Verdi. Just felt one about 2:33 pm…was more this morning too.

The mail was sweet to me though! Popped into the post office at lunch today and found my order from Monsterslayer and Sea of Glass sitting there waiting for me ~ YEAH!

From MONSTERSLAYER I received a box of silver and copper wire and wire wrap pliers…I wanted to try out the silver square wire and I needed a couple of different gauges of copper. They are pretty dang fast with their orders! Placed an order in the mid-morning and that puppy was already being picked and out the door that afternoon. Very impressed with them.

SEA OF GLASS is a shop on Etsy run by Laura. I bought some green and brown sea glass that was collected in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Really nice medium size peices ~ I’ve gotten some beach glass from other folks…trying to find the right size. Sometimes you can’t really gauge it off of the pictures. Am very happy with this transaction.

I think tonight I’ll organize all of my tools, wire, glass, beads and other supplies…we’re going to have crappy weather the rest of the week through the weekend so it looks like I’ll be doing inside stuffus instead of yard work. G&G Nursery won’t have Old English Roses in for another few weeks…that gives me time to do other things. Like learning to braid/knot hemp….and drill holes in glass! 🙂