Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Bracelets

Wow-- It has been forever since I have posted here. Life has definitely thrown me a curve ball or two and its taken me a bit to get back in the groove of things.
Hopefully I can return to my regular routine of posting here.
So- these bracelets are something new I have been working on.  Licorice leather  embellished with beadwork and slider beads. Fun to make and they dont take long to put together.. Great quick gift if you need one!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vanishing Herds Series

A started a "new" series Of patterns a few months back. With the help of two awesome Test Beaders, Joan Maxwell & Jan Hebert Parmenter I have six of them done and listed. I have plans for 4 more.  The Vanishing Herds series will eventually be put in eBook form as well.  Anything you would like to see?   Mustang, Elk, Polar bear, Elephant, Orca, and Buffalo so far......

Monday, September 15, 2014

Out Of Hibernation- SALE

Yeppers-- I am coming out of hibernation and going to rejuvenate the beading blog..  Let start with news of an awesome sale at Bead Patterns Boutique.
While you are there be sure to shop the Untested category. Lots of new patterns there.
For the next 3 days only! Come on down and do some shopping and save 15% off your entire purchase! Just enter the code bpb1504 at check out.
I know, that sounds like that's enough, but you should know by now, we just gotta be different. So let's throw another spin on things.
If during this sale, you spend $20 or more after your 15% discount, you will receive an additional, single use discount code that will save you 25% on your next shopping trip. ( additional coupon will expire on November 1, 2014) Just keep an eye on your email. It will show up within 24 hours sent from the Boutique.
Make sure to check out all the wonderful patterns in many categories. Shop your way at the Boutique with our internal search. We even have a new category called "Patterns Un-tested". Just look to the left side of the site for all of our Category listings.
What "Un-tested" means is: These are works put together by our designers, but have not yet been beaded up. It does not mean that these are a lessor quality. Our designers are just that awesome!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I cant see it

 Have you seen these? Eye Art by  Tal Peleg.
Such a tiny canvas and I cant imagine where a girl would wear this but still-- Kinda pretty.  Wouldnt be able to see it and admire it on yourself unless you carried around a mirror-- But still --Kinda pretty!
Not for me-- Maybe for you? -- Kinda Pretty!
Eye Art.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Night Skies

I finished a New pattern and cuff! This one is done in muted grays, with a blue and a metallic green. I think it would be a great pattern for either a guy or a girl! You can find it in the usual places.
My Website,  Etsy,  Bead Patterns Boutique,  The Bead Coop.
If you are interested in the cuff I'll be listing that to Etsy this evening.
 Are You all staying warm?-- It is Really Really Cold Here... We are at a balmy 8 degrees right now but it was in the Negative numbers this morning. Too cold for my Bones!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mojave Sunrise

I am Caught up on orders!~ Whoop!
New pattern listed today- Mojave Sunrise-- I like the pastel sunrise colors in this piece.
The pattern is available on Etsy, Bead Patterns Boutique, And The Bead Coop!
Make one for yourself- or gift someone with a lovely hand made gift.
If you are interested in the cuff I will have it listed to Etsy some time later this evening.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Busy Busy!

Yesterday I worked on some new bead patterns. I think I came up with a few nice ones and I'll work on beading those up next-- also working on a new medallion in between everything else-- oh-- and trying to get a few family xmas gifts made in there somewhere too. Oh- and filling a few custom orders-Oh-- and keeping the house and yard up and the cooking, and the old man healthy!  Busy Busy! What are you working on?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

First Snow

Yep-- The first snow of the season here in Spokane.. Well not the FIRST snow-- but the first snow that stuck and made the ground white. The trees are still hanging on to their glorious colors!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Soft Caramels

One of my very favorite treats. Soft chewy caramels.
These are so easy to make and your family will love them. So much tastier then store bought. This recipe is best done in this size batch- Doubling the recipe is not advised- just make a 2nd batch instead!

  • 1/4 cup butter - cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar - firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  1. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish. ( I lightly butter mine) You could also line the dish with foil.
  2. In a 2 quart (or larger) microwave-safe bowl combine all ingredients and stir. ( you can also do this on the stove if you prefer-Use a heavy pot)
  3. Place bowl in microwave and cook on high power for 2 minutes; stir.
  4. Microwave caramels for an additional 2 minutes and stir thoroughly once again.
  5. Finally, microwave for an additional 1-3 minutes,(time will depend on wattage of your microwave) and stir very well until smooth. The longer you cook the more firm your caramels will be.
  6. Pour caramel into the prepared baking dish and place in fridge until firm enough to cut (about an hour).
  7. Remove caramels from refrigerator. If caramels are too firm to cut, allow them to soften a bit at room temperature. 
  8. Cut into desired size pieces 
  9. Wrap caramels in wax paper or parchment paper, if soft, store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Otherwise store in an airtight container on your countertop. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Break Time

Today I finished up and shipped out an order that I have been working on for a few weeks. Yay-- Finally.
We decided this morning we would take a break from our normal "routine" and head out to the parks for a hike.
This is on a path at Finch Arboretum. It was pretty foggy and misty when we first got there but a little later in the day the sun was shining bright.
It was a good day!