Friday, January 27, 2012

Oatcakes - Yum - Not dry and/or crumbly

I've reworked a fabulous recipe for Oatcakes from my new cookbook by Heidi Swanson called "Super Natural Every Day".   These weigh about 10 lbs going in and coming out of the oven.  One is an entire meal.  haha   But they are fabulous.  Not Gluten Free but could be made to be easily.

3C rolled oats - I used 3C Ancient Grain Cereal from Costco - check to see if gluten free
2C Spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
2 t fine-grain sea salt
1/4 C flax seeds - I left this out the first time I made them. There was no dif in taste
3/4 C chopped walnuts, lightly toasted - I used toasted pecans
1/3 C extra virgin coconut oil *
1/3 C unsalted butter *
3/4 C maple syrup *
1/2 C organic cane sugar *
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

*melt these together in saucepan til sugar is dissolved

Almost forgot - I added 1 C dried cherries

Spoon dough into muffin cups sprayed with healthy cooking spray - I used olive oil
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (I bake for 31 minutes because muffin cups were over full)

350 degree oven
Cool in muffin tin


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Orange Blossom Special Lampwork Bead Bracelet by Suzanne

I really love this bracelet. It is so comfortable you forget you are wearing it. Just a really fun colorful piece of wearable art.

The lampwork bead, made by me, is complimented with a black European Nappa Leather Cord (super soft) and a Sterling Silver, platinum color, strong hold, magnetic clasp.

The total length of this Orange Blossom Special is 7.5 inches. The blossom is 1.5 inches wide x 1.25 inches from top to bottom.

Enjoy! It is available on Etsy tonight.


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Crystal Flower - Handmade Lampwork Bracelet

Loving this bracelet "Crystal Flower".  This is a new series of bracelets I am creating and am very proud of.  Each handmade lampwork bead has been created in one piece especially to fit the 4mm softer than soft European Nappa Leather cording.  The closure is a strong yet sleek Stainless Steel Magnetic Clasp, platinum in color.  Altogether this bracelet creates a very simple yet sophisticated statement perfect to dress up your favorite pair of jeans and t-shirt, khaki's, skirts and dresses.  It is not overpowering but makes a powerful statement.  I am a woman.  

I feel absolutely beautiful and especially feminine wearing this style bracelet. 

Many more to come 
Stay tuned


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Woot! New Cord from Germany

I'll be makin me some bracelets now! New cording arrived from Germany. 4mm Nappa Leather (super soft). Absolutely beautiful colors. I had to translate the website myself by memory from my High School German class. haha Danke Schoen

Spent today making larger holed beads to string on my new cording. Keep your eyes peeled for fun - fun - fun.

Love you all

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Friday, January 13, 2012

My Favorite Necklace

I made this necklace while I was still living in Washington about a year into my hobby. It was inspired by the very first lampwork necklace I'd ever seen and the reason I so desperately wanted to learn to make glass beads. It was before I knew there were graphite bead forms to make graduated size beads. So all these beads were made manually by me. Today I was looking at it and although I will never sell it and even very rarely wear it, I wanted to share it with you with love. I am very proud of it.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Venus Blossom - Lampwork Ring Topper

This one has me in a trance. I keep looking at it - can't take my eyes off it.   A beautiful conversation piece, edgy, zen like. This is for the ring top only. I love it!  This ring is one-of-a-kind and will never be exactly replicated.

The bubble in the middle is exquisite/magical.   It will take you on an imaginary trip to somewhere in the universe. Who knows - you may recognize where it is from and tell me.   Please do!

I have a rather petite hand and wear a size 5 ring on my ring finger. So you may be able to gauge by that how it will look on your hand.  It measures approximately 1.5" from top to bottom and across at the widest point.

The thread on the bolt which attaches to the ring base is 2.5mm.

Get ready for attention from every direction while you are wearing this whimsical ring for evening/daytime.


More tomorrow - lots of love and hugs from me to you !

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Anticipation - Lampwork Ring Topper

Hello my friends...;o)

I am so anticipating the Sara Sally LaGrand Workshop at "The Mandrel" in Redondo Beach, CA (where I essentially take all my classes - Donna Conklin (owner) invites the MOST fabulously talented instructors from all around the world to teach at her shop). I've been working on disks, pods, etc. like I mentioned because this is what Sara Sally will teach. This is so my weird sense of beauty and it is such a creative and fun way to catch up with your mind before it realizes you've been on its trail. In other words, try to catch yourself by surprise being creative!!!

Yesterday, I made colorful disk after disk that I thought would look fancy as what I'm calling...Conversation Piece Changeable System Dinner Rings for the Courageous of Heart - Eye-catching, Spirited, Beautiful.  My first thinking out of the box design for the New Year!

The above is an example and the others need to be put together still. I'll show you more pics later (if they look ok..). What do you think???

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

mmmmm - Brown Rice Crust Broccoli Quiche

I've been watching this brown in the oven. I know. I love to watch things in the oven. It's like my own little time lapse into the universe of oven creations. New Year Brunch ! Yea

Happy New Year to you all.

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