For Today ~ 20 August 2012 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 20 August 2012.

Outside My Window…

Reno, Nevada sunrise ~ 20 August 2012

I am thinking… It sure would be nice if autumn would come sooner than later. I’m really tired of the heat and wildfire smoke here in town.

The red maple out front is starting to turn colors.

I am thankful for… Friends. Love them to pieces.

From the kitchen… Pork chops and rice for dinner tonight. One of my favorite dishes that my Great Aunt Hazel would fix my sister and I when we visited.

I am wearing… cropped olive green/tan pants, olive green shirt, and sketchers sandals.

I am creating… I’m multi-tasking at the moment. Just finished another wire-wrapped pendant yesterday. Am still hand-piecing a Farmer’s Wife quilt block.

Wire-wrapped piece of petrified wood.

First pendant…with the copper “antiqued”

I am going… have to start looking for craft fairs coming up! Ruth, Reva and I have been making stuff all year long. I found one in Portola, this October, for $25/table. Need to find some in town.

I am reading… Finished all three stories in Mary Downing Hahn’s Haunting Tales, will have to just close my eyes and pick another book on my nook.

I am hoping… That I my copper wire wrapping becomes better as I really would like to use the silver wire! LOL!

I am hearing… a small plane overhead; traffic on McCarran; me.

Around the house… Laundry.

One of my favorite things… creating with my hands.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Try out a few new dinner recipes; buy a good pair of flat-nosed pliers for jewelry making; finish up a few leather wrapped bracelets.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… (LOL! I’ve been sharing pics like crazy up above, but will find another)

Spent wildflowers outside of Portola, CA.

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Thursday’s Rambles…12 November 2009

Geez, it’s been a long time in between posts!

I’ve been busy here at work ~ I just moved our office to another building…then in about 6-7 months we will be moving again. Yee Haw!

At home I was making soy candles, earrings, and market totes for a small craft fair.

Spent Veteran’s Day up in Virginia City to watch the parade. Lots of people up there thanking our Veteran’s and current servicemen and women.

Have tomorrow off to go up to a cabin in the Sierra with my mom and sister for the weekend. Will be nice to get away for a couple of days. Should be some snow up there…it’s raining down here.

Just a small sampling of some of the earrings I made…next week I’ll get them up on etsy and maybe feebay.

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Perpetual Plum ~ My Friend, The Artist

I’ve had the immense pleasure of knowing Sue, Perpetual Plum, on-line for many years ~ and a greater pleasure of meeting her and her lovely family for a day when they passed through Nevada on vacation.

She is an artist that recycles and repurposes items into beautiful artwork.

I’m just all ah’giddy as I received a package from her out of the blue yesterday! Inside was a grouping of Christmas Ornaments that she has been making. I absoultely love the red mica trees and the wire wrapped light bulbs…the altered domino is beautiful too.

If you are looking for the PERFECT recycled art Gift ~ then go visit Sue at her ETSY SHOP ~ Unique Re-tiques ~ Recycled Art, Art and Craft Supplies for the Recycled Artist, Crafter and Art Lover. HURRY! Go SHOPPING!

Here are some of her gifts on my Feather Tree here at work…

Spiral Knot Hemp Necklace with Shark’s Tooth Pendant

Back in July while beach-combing in Monterey with my sister I found half of an old shark’s tooth. She was looking for one to make into a necklace, while I was looking for blue and green sea glass. We each bent down about the same time…she came up with a pretty piece of blue glass and I came up with a shark’s tooth! 🙂

Anyhoo ~ I took three lengths of 20lb hemp string…one about 24″ long the other two about 3 yards long. Tied a knot at one end, slipped a carved bone bead on and then tied another knot. Came down about an inch and tied another knot then started on the spiral knots (I think it’s called a HALF KNOT).


First I took the right-side and made a loop (backwards “c”) and brought it OVER the middle string (your short length goes in the middle with the two long lengths on either side of it)

Next I took the left side, made a “c” and then went under the backwards “c”, behind the middle length, and then over the top (inside) of the right loop. So now the STARTING left-side in now on the right front and the STARTING right-side is on the left back.

Pull together snuggly and start the cycle over. If you keep doing the same knot over it makes the spiral effect. If you want it flat…you have to reverse the procedure…your next knot would starting from the left-side (making two half-knots, first from the right the second from the left, makes a square knot).

Now…with the shark’s tooth I’m having a real problem with how to wire wrap the dang thing. It’s a bad shape, would be better if I could hang it sharp side up…but that would look silly.

Waiting for my sister to say it’s ok to try to drill through the top part of the tooth. I told her I’m not sure how “fossilized” it’s become. It’s definitely been worn by being in the sea, but it also looks like it’s been in the process of fossilizing. I may be able to drill directly into the top of it, instead of drilling a hole horizontally.

Anyone out there drilled a hole through a partially fossilized shark’s tooth?

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.

So How DO You Drill Holes in the Bloody Sea Glass?!

Ok…I’m beyond frustrated. How the heck does a person drill a bloody hole in a piece of sea glass?! I have lots of lovelies that I’m afraid to drill until I figure it out…am now working on broken beer bottles I’ve found in the alley. I just can’t do it.

Here are two pieces I started out with ~

How I wanted to wire wrap them ~

What that beautiful brown beach glass looked like after I tried to drill it ~

I placed the glass on a soaking wash cloth and poured water onto it while drilling. I used a diamond bit dremel tool drill bit…and either I break the glass or the drill bit just spins and spins without doing anything.

Other than telling me to go buy beach glass already drilled…anyone have any ideas? O PHULEEEZ ~ O PHULEEZ ~ O PHULEEZ!!!!!

Vegetable Garden Pictures and some Recipes

The green onions and carrots have FINALLY popped their wee green heads out of the soil…peas are growing too.  Below are shots of the green onions, carrots, pumpkins, squash, peas, corn and black beans. 

Yes, I know…it’s like a parent showing off their kiddos, but I’m so excited everything is growing. Had to bundle up the tomatoes the last few nights as we went from 96 degree weather to 61 degrees in two days…night time is getting nippy again. I added some redwood mulch around the squash and pumpkins to keep them toasty too…I’ll wait until sometime in June to remove it.

Worked on two hammered copper wire Ichthys last night, one for my husband and one for his dad. First photo shows both ~ second one shows the “antiqued” look using liver of sulphur and hot water.

No onto some very good recipes!

Strawberry & Spinach Salad

1 box of strawberries, sliced (about 2 cups)
2 ripe avocados, chunked
2 bundles of spinach
3-4 green onions

Dressing:
1/4 c. sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar
1/4-1/3 c. olive oil
1-2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp poppy seeds

I like adding feta cheese into this salad. And it goes GREAT with grilled chicken and some good bread.

This is one of my favorite muffin recipes…I’ve adapted it to whole wheat flour. You need a little more milk than the original recipe and I’ve added bananas. I also like to add currants if I have them on hand. You can add lots of different fruit!

Flaxseed Morning Muffins

1 c. Fiber One cereal
1 c. vanilla soy milk
1-1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. gound flaxseed or flaxseed meal
1 large chopped apple
1/4 c. brown sugar & 1/4 c. honey
or (1/2 c. brown sugar only)
3/4 c. shredded carrot
3 tsp baking powder
1 over riped banana, smashed
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c fat-free egg product
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 375. Place paper baking cups in tins and spray bottoms of cups with baking spray. (muffins will stick to paper cups if not sprayed).

Crush cereal, place in bowl and add milk. Let soak for about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Scoop batter into muffin cups.

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Cool on rack. Good warm and cold, but especially warm. 🙂

I made some muffins when I got home and took pics ~ here they are. I didn’t have carrots, but did have a zucchini, so I shredded it and used it. Oh…and Pink Lady apples are VERY GOOD in the muffins!

Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp sea or kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c. canola oil
2/3 cup water

Sift dry ingredients, stir in oil and water ~ I mix with my hands. Knead well on floured surface and make into balls about the size of a golf ball. Put into plastic ziplock and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes.

Flatten balls and start rolling out on floured surface. You can make them as fat or thin as you want! Place tortilla on ungreased frying pan that has been heated to medium high heat. Flip ’em. (about 2 minutes and another minute on the other side) I like them with lots of brown spots so I keep flipping them until they look purrrty.

While cooking the rest of them, I slap some butter on the first one and eat it all up! 😀 I put the others on a dish towel until cooled and then put them in a ziplock bag until ready to use. They last under a week in my frig as I make breakfast burritos and tacos all the time.