Friday, September 24, 2010

Getting closer....

I have decided how I'm going to use my Rings N Things blog partner Steampunk components - hopefully every last one of them.  I still need to take a photo of them, and I also want to photograph a project box preview - but as far as what the actual project IS - I'm gonna keep that one a secret just awhile longer.
Lots of metallic coatings, and funky accents - definitely outside the box for me....
Stay tuned.
I'm getting there...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Still thinking on it...

Still got those Rings N Things Steampunk components staring me in the face.  Gotta come up with a plan.  All of a sudden I'm swamped with ideas again though, with project beads and components all boxed up and waiting for TIME. I just now thought that maybe I can work a steampunk piece or two into some of them.  Hmmm...  Anyway, I have two shows coming up - a rarity for me - one on Sunday, and one again in 3 weeks.  I know I need to have Halloween earrings and bracelets available, so that's the focus.  Not going to do too many, cuz I don't like to get stuck with seasonal stuff, but have a few bracelets done, and I know I have a small box of already finished stuff at the shop - somewhere.  I have so few places to store things, yet somehow still manage to forget where things are....
So don't worry, Dave, I'm thinking on it!  I didn't forget - and I'm blogging!  Next time I have the camera and the components in the same place at the same time, I'll take a photo of the 'before' pile!
(sorry I didn't post the RNT logo.  I'm having to use my hubby's desktop.  All my photos are in my laptop at the repair shop-sigh-).
TTFN Bead Happy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Great recipe ( I'm BAAAACK!)

I didn't realize how much I missed blogging.  Still need to address the laptop issues, so may not be able to blog as often unless I can kick hubby out of the office, but I will blog as I can... 
I want to share a recipe that many of my friends enjoy, simply because it contains NO FLOUR or WHITE sugar.  Gluten sensitive people can eat these!  YUM!  They're pretty simple to make - and very, very tasty....
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
1 Cup Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy) I use crunchy
1 Cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 Cup Semi sweet chocolate morsels (I've also used WHITE chocolate ones)  I've also had a friend that makes these say that she leaves OUT the chocolate entirely, and they come out fine.  I however, gotta have the chocolate....
This makes about 3 dozen.  I sometimes double it for larger groups.
Preheat oven to 350.  Mix peanut butter, brown sugar, baking soda and beaten egg in medium bowl.  Stir in morsels.  Drop by rounded but not huge teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and allow to sit ON COOKIE SHEET for 5 minutes.  THIS STEP is IMPORTANT or the cookies will crumble.  After 5 minutes, remove to complete cooling.  Store in airtight container.
Hints:  Bake just one sheet at a time; keep the spoonfuls of dough small - big gobs tend to be too gooey in the center. 
ENJOY!  I know I do!
Hope to see you on the blogs again soon.  I'm busy beading for TWO more shows coming up - The Art Market - the last of four shows is in two weeks. The last two went much better than the first, where, as you may recall, I made $0.  I am also participating in one of the largest indoor holiday season shows - Haslett High School - in October.  This one's HUGE.  People come from miles around - so my beady brain is working fast and furious at ideas for fun, unique and AFFORDABLE designs.  My fingers can barely keep up!
Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Blog Partner blogging

I apologize to Rings and Things for not having the blog partner logo on THIS post.  It will appear as soon as I can access my own computer, and not have to use someone else's.  Dang virus.'s been awhile since I blogged, but I promised (and it's part of the deal!) that I would blog if I won the Rings and Things blog partner goodies.  And I did.  So I am.
It's fun getting goodies in the mail.  Not only did the package contain pieces and parts for STEAMPUNK, but other fun things as well-like a ruler, and bead sizing info.  Always helpful.  The steampunk parts were all nicely packaged and marked - I received golds, silvers, coppers and gunmetals. 
Now here's the tricky part - STEAMPUNK is NOT my forte'.  I haven't been a fan, didn't want to be a fan, but thanks to Rings N Things, I'll now be creating something punky.  I'm thinking bracelet.  It's GOING to have seed beads worked in somehow, cuz I rarely work without them, and may end up not only punky, but also chunky AND funky. 
I plan to post again, with photos of the pieces received, the piece in progress, and of course, the final result.
I also plan to attend the Rings N Things touring bead show in Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend.  And if I see any more steampunky funky components that are worthy, I may have to have them to add to my piece.
Stay tuned....get geared up, and watch this space (add any other components type puns you can think of here).....
ta ta for now....