Monday, November 26, 2012

New Featured Artists - Brooklyn Bead Goddess

This is my featured artist for this week.  Brooklyn Bead Goddess is a lampwork artisan.  She creates beautiful glass beads.  April tells us that she became intrigued by working with glass as she walked along the Coney Island boardwalk watching other glass makers work.  She carried this interest in her heart until she was able to begin creating her own style.  Living in Brooklyn, April says, give her a certain flair and style all her own. 

Once she has created the bead design she is inspired to do, she then puts it all together into beautiful jewelry.

This is one of her beautiful bracelets.  It looks like sunshine to me, light and bright and so sunny.  It is one of my favorite pieces but to be sure there are many others as well.  For instance

Again, her talent has come through in these beautiful beads by adding this beautiful blue to these white lampwork beads.  Once completed, they look like it would be easy to do, but I have watched these artisans at work and believe me this takes true talent.

Here is another one of my favorites.  The swirls of different colors in this beautiful yellow base is absolutely stunning. 
Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Bead Goddess at Handmade Artists Shops and while you are there you will see other artisan work as well.  So get all your Christmas shopping done with one stop shopping.
You can also find April at these locations.

Buy Handmade and support artists all over the world.

Friday, November 23, 2012

2nd Feature Holiday Recipe

Well it is now time for the second recipe of this holiday collection.  You are sure to love this selection. 

Thanksgiving is all done and the fridge is full of leftovers.  For many this weekend means pulling out the Christmas decorations and purchasing a beautiful tree or putting up the artificial one that you already own.  For me, well we have a really beautiful artificial that we will use.  I love the real thing, but with a little one running around and 2 dogs, a real one sometimes is just not realistic, so out comes the fake one.  That's ok though, we love it.

As we start to decorate, the thought comes to mind about what will go under the tree.  Yes, the little one has all sorts of "I want that", pointing to the wish book he got from the local big box store.  He has to make his list and get ready to write his letter to Santa.  And of course all the commercials on TV that he sees are all "I want that" sort of things. 

While you are decorating that tree, you smell the smells of the season on the stove.  I have the perfect recipe for you to use up all those leftovers from Thanksgiving.  But first, you must take a look at the recipe that could be under the tree if you pay close attention to the details of the little world about you.

The following recipe is for the man in the house.  Of course we can't forget about him if we expect these recipes to come together properly.

This will make a great gift and the man in your life will enjoy wearing this on those cold wintry days.  This scarf is from Cr8tiveLefty  You can find this and more at Handmade Artists Shops
Now the second ingredient to this recipe is of course a good pair of slippers will really add to the beauty of this recipe.
Mens shoes Felted wool natural eco slippers for HIM by ekohaus Green Grey Narrow fit felted comfy slip on shoes Near Ankle Rounded Toe
Locate these or other styles at ekohaus.
And the final ingredient for this wonderful recipe for that man in your home is, wait for it, wait for it.
Handcrafted High Quality Chocolate Lollies in Recycled Beer Glass
Find this at recycledglassartist on Handmade Artists shops.  This way that wonderful man in your life can give out the treats or eat them as he pleases and he is left with a beautiful beer mug.  Does not drink beer, you say, well he can use it for whatever drink he chooses.  I like to drink sweet iced tea myself.
Now you will also want to make sure to get rid of those leftovers as I mentioned earlier by using this recipe.  You will want to write this one down in your keepsake recipe book, it is that good.
Leftover Turkey Soup
Leftover turkey meat.  Oh just throw the whole thing in the pot, bones and all. 
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
3 cubes or 3 tsp chicken bouillon
1 bay leaf
6 cups water
1/2 cup rice or 1 cup noodles
3 med. carrot medallions
2 stalks celery sliced
2 med. onions sliced or chopped
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 sm. can tomato sauce
In a large soup pot combine the first 5 ingredients.  Simmer covered for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove bones, cut off meat and return meat to broth.  Add remaining ingredients to broth.  Simmer covered 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. You can add other vegetables such as corn, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, mushrooms --- whatever you like.  This is one great soup and voila, no more leftovers.
Try it and see. Then be sure to check out the sites above for the gifts under the tree.
See you again soon, for another installment of Holiday recipes.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The First of My Holiday Recipes

Ok, I have an interesting twist on the holidays.  Yes, it is that time of year and I am oh so going to enjoy the holidays this year.  Why?  Cause I am absolutely broke.  Funny huh?  Yes it is kind of because for whatever reason, my Heavenly Father has seen fit to have me walk through the wilderness for a while here.  I am learning many things on my travel here, finding many new friends and I know that I will come out stronger and a much better person.

But I digress.

This is the first post of I hope many in the next few weeks on recipes for the holidays.  You will want to stay tuned as you will find as you continue to read, there is a definite twist to this holiday recipe thing I got going on.

First let me say, that I am a foodie.  What is a foodie?  You know, someone who just absolutely loves food, tries all kinds of foods, has tons of recipe books laying around, tries all sorts of recipes from the Food Network, has recipes sent to their email from places like AllRecipes Daily Dish.  I am also a handcraft jewelry artist and I love to create jewelry and other items.  I also have many other handcraft artist friends.  Anyway.  Today our recipes will be just a bit different.

NOW. If you would like to have the recipe below your table this holiday season, you must promise to put the following recipe under the tree, or maybe give one of them just a bit early. Hmmmm. YUMMO.  Maybe leave a few hints around the house.

1 handpainted silk clutch purse from PaintedSilkGifts

1 Pretty Petals bracelet and earring set from beadthing

1 Cashmere Custom Order Cable Knit Irish Hiking Scarf from FabricOfMyMind

Combine all three of the above ingredients for a fabulous beginning to a wonderful Holiday. Make sure to copy down the recipe for the food and stuff it in the recipe box with a big red star so the cook in the house does not miss it.

Be sure to stay tuned for all the fantabulous recipes to follow. You will not want to miss what is coming next.I know without a doubt that the following recipe will be a winner for you.  If you would like for this and all the recipes that will follow in the upcoming blog posts, you will definitely need to continue reading.  If you accomplish the recipe at the end of the blog, you may also receive this first recipe which I have posted here from Campbell's Kitchen


cups prepared mashed potatoes 
can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup 
1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt 
Generous dash ground black pepper 
green onion, chopped (about 2 tablespoons) 

Stire the potatoes, soup, sour cream, black pepper and onion in a mediu bowl.  Spoon the potato mixture into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the potato mixture is hot.

There will be a lot more recipes to come so be sure to stay tuned.

May God Bless You

  • Monday, November 12, 2012

    The Handmade Artists Forum

    Our newest blog ring for the Handmade Artists Forum is a wonderful place to start this ring for the upcoming holiday season.  Why?  I could say, just cuz, or I could say, cuz I said so.  But the real reason is because it is probably without a doubt the best place to go to for the holidays.  The site as a whole began as the Forum.  It has had such a positive response from the artists who create the beautiful handmade pieces, artwork and other stunning selections, that there became the need to have a shop for them to sell their products.  Andrew and Kimberly, the owners took a huge step of faith when starting the Handmade Artists Shop.  They had no clue whether the shop would garner as much interest as the forum had.  Boy were they every surprised.  Bu.t it is a lot of work and they do most of it alone with the help of a wonderful team of developers who respond immediately to their and the artists queries and requests for help
    Teal Crochet Brim Hat

    For the buyer you will want to visit the Handmade Artists Shops for the shopping experience.  Quality handcrafted items from numerous artists.  There are as many types of products here as there are artists anywhere.  I mean there is for those of you who truly value the handcrafted items for yourself and for giving to others, this is the place to shop.  You will not find one and I mean NOT one item that is not handcrafted.  There are no commercial products here, it simply is not allowed.  The owners are artisans themselves and insist on only handcrafted items so that you have the ability to shop without having to sift through thousands of items that are not really handcrafted.  Here is a sample of what you will find.
    Christmas Ornament vintage feel Burgundy with cream colored doily mauve rose and burgundy ribbon

    Pastel Star Stripes Hand Painted Ornament go0120

    This has to be some of the most fascinating piece that you will see anywhere on any site ever.
    Jewel in Time Steampunk Necklace

    Now for the other best part of this site, the Handmade Artists Forum.  You can stop in and visit with the artists who pretty much live here.  You do not have to be a member of the site, but you are asked to register on the site, it's free for registering and then you can post along with us.  If you have questions, feel free to ask, there is always someone around to answer your questions.  Or you may find stories, some are funny, some are sad and some, well there are just no words.

    Bottom line here is that this is the one site in all the interest shopping sites, that is an absolute MUST visit.  You will not be sorry and you will find yourself coming again, again and again.  It is just that positive a place to visit and to shop and to get to know the artists who create here.

    It is not enough to say that there is no where I would rather be on any given day than in the Handmade Artists Forum or diddling in my shop.  You must see it to believe it.  Come join us for the holidays and stick around because there is always more.

    Yellow Flower Bead Bracelet

    Be blessed

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Ten Day You Challenge - Four Books

    Ahhh,  now this will finally catch me up.  This is a tough one.  I don't generally just read one book, I read series for the most part.  Some of these I have read several times and some may surprise those who know me, but reading to me is for fun and to get away from reality.  Now I do read some things that are for personal growth, yep, right, I have read the Dale Carnegie stuff too. I am actually probably going to have to list authors for some as I don't remember the specific titles and some are compilations.

    1.  Helen Steiner Rice - almost anything by her.  I love all of it.
    2.  Twilight Series - read this about 4 or 5 times. not badly written books, movies - yeah not so much
    3.  Left Behind Series -  I acquired these as they were being published and have read them several times over, I don't know may 10 times so far.
    4.  Last but not least.  BIBLE.  I try to read every day.  No I don't actually succeed at this, but I do try.

    Be sure that these are not listed in order of preference, none but the last entry are important reading.  Number one is able to feed your spirit, but number 4 is full of power and can change your life, if you read it with an open heart.  The others are for entertainment only.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Ten Day You Challenge - 5 Foods

    Yep, catching up with myself here.  This one is for my 5 Foods.  Oh my gosh, just 5, come on now.  I am a 'foodie'.  I am just plain not sure I could list just 5.

    Sorry, folks, started this a couple days ago and got majorly waylaid.  Anyway back now.

    So Five Foods.

    1. CHOCOLATE.  Has to be number one.  Isn't it everyone's?
    2. Steak - medium rare (more to the rare). actually don't mind it bleeding if it is good cut of meat.
    3. Chili - I love a good pot of chili and I make really really good chili.
    4. Corn on the Cob = yep nothing better than a really good ear of corn slathered in butter. (you know it has to run down your arms. :) )
    5. Banana Split Ice Cream by Blue Bell.  Nothing better in this world to me except of course #1.  This company makes the absolute best, real banana slices, nuts, pineapple and cherry pieces, chocolate fudge syrup.  YUMMO.

    There may be something that just has not come to the front of my brain that may beat out something hear, but that truly does not seem possible.  Those five foods are a staple of the down home southern raised, corn fed girl.   Oh, yes,n of course there has to be potatoes and rice in there somewhere too.  Heck yeah.

    Now what are your 5 foods.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    The 10 Day You Challenge

    Yeah I missed a week all together this time.  This week is about 6 places.  Now there was no direction as to whether it is 6 places I have been, 6 places I want to go, 6 places I meet my friends live or just 6 places.  So I have chosen to do a bit of all.

    These are 6 places that I have either been to, want to go or where I meet my friends.

    1.  Heaven - Yeah, this is truly a place I want to go.  I can't imagine an eternity anywhere else.
    2.  Handmade Artists Forum - this is one of the places where I meet my friends.  I have met some truly wonderful people here and no matter that we have not met in person or their station in life or where they live, when we meet we are all the same - ARTISTS with individual lives, personalities, issues, tears, needs, questions, answers, and love for handmade products.
    3.  Home - Just a place.  This is a place where I am safe, loved.  A place where I can be upset, frustrated, angry, happy, loving, reclusive, or whatever, and it does not matter.  It also is the place where I am the Matriarch.
    4.  Jerusalem - Place I want to go.  I have always wanted to visit here a place where my Lord and Savior walked, lived, taught. Just imagine.  I get goose bumps just thinking about walking on the same paths He walked.
    5.  The Market in Nassau.  a place I have been .  This is a truly wonderful place.  I had so much fun here.  It is cramped, packed, difficult to maneuver, crowded and I would go back again and again.
    6.  My desk - a place where I can almost always be found.  This is where I work, meet with my friends, visit other places, go where I have never been, and share ideas.  It is also the place where I create my art.  My art being jewelry, painting, crochet, and any number of other things.  It is where I create things that I love.  Many I list for sale, many I share but there are also many that no one ever sees because they are simply MINE.

    I hope you have enjoyed visiting my places.