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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fly By .........

Hey Guys I know like many of you I have been crazy busy!! I wanted to fly by and drop off a few great links I have come across. I thought you might think they are pretty cool too. I also wanted to share with you my latest exciting news I sold 8 pieces of jewelry out of my Etsy Shop!!!! (Jumping around doing Happy Dance)   The first sale from a complete stranger. Ok now back to my post.....

You know how I love Pinterest and I came across this post and had  a why didn't I think of that moment.
              This will be so useful in so many ways, I will be making one of these for the craft room.

Oh my you can use this for your clay tools, jewelry tools and the best part is those are found easily
in most households. Go check out Aunt Peaches she gives you step by step on how to make this.

In 2013 I am going to really try to be more organized. When I happened upon
this I thought oh this will be so much easier, than trying to menu plan
on a piece of paper. It's also very CUTE!!

Hop on over to The Thinking Closet to find the tutorial on how to make this Menu Planner.
While you are there look around because she has some really neat tutorials.

Now for a Crock Pot Lasagna!! I have tried this recipe and let me tell you it is 
SO easy and YUMMY! 

Head on over to Creating Through Life she will give the recipe and exactly how to make this
yummy cheesy lasagna. I am getting hungry just thinking about it.

Well I am off to work and another busy day.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2 and 2nd Holiday Ornament Swap Blog Hop

Holiday Bling Blog Hop Reveal

Well the day is here I have two Blog Reveals today if you are looking for the Ornament Blog Hop
it will be located just below this one. I have had so much fun in doing both of these hops.

So I was paired with Shelley Turner, we had to come up with what we wanted to swap and we 
decided on holiday earrings. I LOVE to make earrings so this was going to be fun. So I 
was a little nervous to send Shelley polymer clay earrings because she is a fantastic 
polymer clay artist, but I took the plunge and sent her these.

Anyone that knows Shelley knows that owls are her thing so I had to send her
a pair of owl earrings!! 

I also sent her a little something to hang on her Christmas Tree.

So that's what I sent her go check out what she sent me >>>Shelley Graham Turner<<<

Please Hop on over to all the other participants blogs and check out what they swapped.

Melinda Abrahamson
Rita/ Toltec Jewels
Anitra Gordy Boyers

2nd Holiday Ornament Swap Blog Hop Reveal

Sally over at The Studio Sublime hosted this great Ornament Swap.
I love making and receiving new ornaments to go on my Christmas tree. I thought this would be a fun blog hop to take part in so. I signed up and was paired with D.Lynne from Island Girl's Insights, she lives in Canada and I live all the way in Alabama. I had a really good time getting to know her and she is an amazing glass artist. She also does beautiful seed bead weaving, so I tried my best to get a good photo of the intricate details. I really need to get a better camera, but for now this will have to do.

I love the unique design of this ornament and it looks great on my
Christmas Tree.

So please hop on over to the other participants and check out their ornaments.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gossiping Goddess Blog Hop Reveal

I am so excited, this is my very first Blog Hop. You may remember I blogged about the beautiful blue beads I received in a blog giveaway from Gossiping Goddess. Well we were given the challenge to create a piece that would do these beautiful lampwork beads justice. So this is my design!!

Look how vibrant the blue is I love this color.

                          I am still working on getting good photos, but hope I did these beads justice.

So now Hop on over and check the others designs out.
Lesley Watt -
Cory Tompkins -
Rebecca Anderson -
Marie Cramp -
Claire Braunbarth -
Heidi Post -
Tiffany Smith -
Sharyl Macmillan-Nelson -
Ailsa Cordner -
Linda Landig -
Caroline Dewison -
Renetha -
Kari Asbury -
Niky Sayers -
Purple Cobwebs -
Cilla Watkins -
Therese Frank -
Claire Ennis -
Emma -
Kathy Lindemer -
Alicia -
Sandy Huntress -
Lori Bowring Michaud -
Amy -
Katherine Gale -

Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa Came Early!!!

Ok so I have been wanting to start making my own ceramic beads and pendants for my jewelry.
So I set out to find me a very small kiln, I didn't want a new kiln to pricey for me. 
I am a true bargain shopper, so I went hunting on Craigslist.
 In a matter of days I had found the perfect one, a super nice
 lady Mrs. Linda had put up for sale (she used it for glass.) So I talked to the hubby
 he said if it's what you need and want then you can have it!!! How sweet is that 
then he said oh yeah and it's your Christmas present you get nothing else. 

Isn't it awesome? It is the perfect size for what I need and look how shiny.
So then I had to find some clay right? So google searching I went and came across 
Claudia's Mud Hut ( located in Pensacola, FL)and met the nicest couple.
 They have been doing ceramics longer then I have been living.
 They are full of knowledge and very eager to help ( thank goodness cause I am clueless.)
So 50lbs of clay later, yes you read it right 50lbs of clay!!! 
How many beads you think I can make with that?

So you know I had to get busy and start working on some beads.

Who knew that skewers can be used on beads?
So then I glazed and put them in the kiln. 
The next morning it was like Christmas morning as a child.
I jumped out of bed, ran to the garage and opened the lid.

They are so pretty and now I can't wait to make something with them. 
So what's on your Christmas list this year?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Just dropping in....

Ok so I know for me and so many others this time of year is crazy busy, I work retail so it is wide open everyday. When I get home I am totally exhausted and know that I need to get in the studio...... but I just can't seem to get my behind off the couch. I have several blog hops that are to be completed by next week so I have got to get my behind in gear. Anyone else out there have this problem??

 Here are a few links that I found this week I thought you might want to check out. 90% were found through pinterest I'm addicted!!!

Pearls Handcuffs and Happy Hour posted a potato soup recipe that I tried out and it is AMAZING!! You know it was made in a crock pot. So simple you can't believe it turns out so creamy and YUMMY!! Drop over to her blog and check out all the recipes. Don't you just love the name?

Then I saw this a tutorial on tiny pillow boxes using TP rolls!!! This is perfect for all of us jewelry designers out there looking for nice packages to send our pieces in. She has really cool tutorials on her page go check it out over at

It's nothing like receiving a handmade gift, my mom taught me many years ago that if you make it from love it will be something they cherish forever. I know for me that is very true, mom is a big knitter/ crochet/ anything crafty (you think that's where I got it from) HAHA, so I love receiving handmade gifts. Anyway back to the link I came across this on Pinterest and thought it had some really great ideas. So go check it out The 36th Avenue and if you want to follow me on pinterest here's the link Tiff's Pinterest Boards.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Recipe Time

It's time for me to bring you another amazing recipe, this week we are cooking Crock Pot Roast. There are several different variations that you can make depending upon what you have on hand. Please fill free to put your on zip to it.

1- Large Roast (any type) I go for what's on sale
1- Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1- Can of Cola (diet is fine) ------ this makes the best gravy
Salt and Pepper to taste

I was out of dry onion soup mix but you can add it if you have it, also throw potatoes and carrots in for a one pot meal. My lovely husband forgot to purchase the potatoes and carrots so we opted for roast with sides. Cook on low for 8- 10 hours and it is fall off the bone tender. ENJOY!!