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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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?

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!