Monthly Archives: October 2012

Byzantine Bracelet

About a week and a half ago my sister E and I took a class at the Potomac Bead Company.  She had bought me a beading class voucher for my birthday.  After looking over all the options I thought this one was closest to my style.  It’s a Byzantine Bracelet, simple enough to go with most anything.

I was surprised at how easy it was but it was very tedious.  I sustained a pretty nasty headache staring at the tiny jump rings.  But I like how it turned out and think I will make more for gifts.  I highly recommend taking a class if you have any interest in jewelry making.  It is quite fun and you have a lovely piece of jewelry when you finish.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  It seems this weekend is party central for me, not really.  Only two parties, but that is two more than usual.  Have fun!

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Party Like It’s Your Birthday

I want to wish R a most spectacular birthday.  He is the bee-knees-the cat’s pajamas-the best man in the whole world and I love him truly.

Here he is creeping around George Washington’s temporary residence during the winter of 1777-78.  Just a usual day.

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What’s To Come

I have big plans and ideas for this blog over the next few weeks.  Hopefully I achieve them all.  I tend to take on too many projects and become overwhelmed, and then one or two or three fall to the wayside.  Case in point the afghan.  But I’m feeling ambitious!  Anyways to keep your interest peaked, here are a few sneak peeks of what is to come.


There you have it.  So stay tuned.

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Craft Projects

I have been neglectful the past week.  Visitors and activities can be a good distraction, so I put a few things on the back burner, one of which was this blog.  But I am back.

Inspired by the recent change in season, I created and upcycled a couple autumn themed projects using warm colors and natural looking elements.

The first is a leather arrow barrette.  I had some leather scraps left over from a jacket I repurposed and I did not want them to go to waste.  This is what you will need.

Disregard the felt in the photo and the extra floss, I started out with something else in mind.  First cut a rectangle out of the leather and sew it to the barrette.  This will serve as a base for the arrow.  Draw and cut out an arrow slightly larger than the barrette.  Using your choice of floss and with a few straight stitches attach the arrow to the base and you have your leather arrow barrette.

For the second project I took some bangles and wrapped them with floss in different fall colors and patterns. I left the silver ones alone to maintain a natural element and also add some texture.

Not that difficult, but I think it will add a touch of autumn to whatever I pair these bangles with.

I’ll be back later with some more updates and projects.  I hope you have a lovely week.

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R.F.5.F.: Awesome Weekend Ahead

Ooooh Weee!!! I can not wait for this weekend to begin.  It is jam packed with goodness,  Two Out-of-Towners, a 5k, a bead class, and a possible haunted tour.

I am most excited for my sister A to get here.  She lives in Tennessee with her husband and we usually only get to see her once or twice a year.  It has been nearly 10 months since I have seen her last and I am looking forward to the week she will spend here.

Also this weekend, my sister E and I are running in a 5k.  A family friend visiting from Erie will run with us.  I’m not looking to break any records, although the only record I could break is my personal best, but it should be a fun run. It has been rainy this week, so I am hoping for good weather.

For my birthday this past year, my sister E bought us a class at the Potomac Bead Company.  Part of the class includes $20 worth of beads.  I can’t wait, and will be sure to post something on that experience next week.  This is the class we are taking.

The haunted tour is still up in the air, but I love a good scare, so I hope we can make it happen.  Halloween is almost here!  Full disclosure, this is not an actual haunted house, but the birds that dive bombed our heads were scary enough!

What are your plans for the weekend?

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Channeling My Inner Snow White

If there is one Disney Princess I identify with it’s Snow White.  We are both fair skinned with dark hair, and lovers of animals(except cats.  I don’t really like cats.  I don’t wish them any ill will but I won’t be inviting one to live in my home either.) and nature.  Animals seem to flock to me when I am running throught the neighborhood.  I swear my house sits on a nature path.

Anyways SW and I are alike.  Case in point, my recent obsession with collecting pine cones.  I imagine she would do the same.  I have stored away pine cones of all shapes and sizes, including this perfect little one, like a squirrel with acorns.

I have this grand idea of jazzing them up with ribbon, paint, and maybe if I am feeling saucy some glitter, and making Christmas tree ornaments.

I know I can buy them in the store.  But why buy them when I can get them for free and decorate them how I like?  Answer that.  And they do double duty as fall and Christmas decorations.  Genius!

What are some of your recent obsessions?

M.Y.O. Mulled Cider

One of the best things about this time of year is cider.  Sure you can usually get it year round, but it is not the same.  This time of year with the apples in season, the cider(depending on where you get it) is the bees knees.  I would drink it multiple times a day if I didn’t care about a few rotten teeth.

I like it cold, hot, and spiced.  But today I’m going with spiced.  There are a lot of recipes out there to make your own mulling spices. Some recipes call for cardamom and orange peel, or some may call for whole cloves and whole cinnamon.  But I like things easy and quick, so here is what I came up with.

1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, 1/4 tsp ground clove, 1/8 tsp ground ginger.

Mix all the spices together and add, depending on your preference 1/2 to 1 tsp of the mixture to 1 cup cider.  You may be thinking WHAT?!?! You aren’t going to use a sachet?  You’re just going to let all those spices float around while you drink it?  Yes.  Although it would be nice to make your own bags, I think it’s a bit too time consuming and wasteful.  But if I were giving this as a gift, I would totally make my own sachets.

Once you mix your spices and cider, let it simmer on the stove for about a half an hour or you can utilize the microwave, the choice is yours.  Enjoy!

Organization update: Life happened this weekend, as it usually does.  I didn’t get as far as planned with my closet purge.  No worries, I am not detoured.  I did a little and hopefully throughout the week I will do more.  Until next time….

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