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Opinions are like noses….

and we all have one but I really need yours, your opinion that is. My time the last month has been dedicated to something I really don’t enjoy (you’ll know soon) but it had to be done. Essentially this task has sapped the last of my creative energy just when I need it the most.  Christmas is right around the corner and every online retailer is gearing up their inventory and their advertising etc. So I walk into my studio and all I see are piles, and I mean piles, of beads and sari ribbon. I have confessed earlier that my solution to a lack of creativity is to stock my stash. Well, I’ve been on steroids! Patti our Postal Carrier now just grunts at me when she use to smile.

So here is where you come in. I have married my two latest loves, The Twisted Sister Technique AND Sari Ribbon. Please let me know if you think it works together. You have been so helpful in the past and I need a little encouragement OR constructive criticism. If you purchase any of my jewelry I will make you a pair of shoulder duster earrings as a thank you.
Here are two of the designs in question.

purple_sari_ts_medium      pinkorange_sari_ts_medium

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
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Let’s chat soon,

Carol

 

Noodling around Pinterest and Whoa!

I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest ….

When I come across this picture of Princess Sophia at a Royal wedding.

Princess Sopia

Is someone knocking me off????Something about “Imitation is the best form of Flattery”? I just finished this necklace. (Comes in many colors too.)

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All the best,
Carol

I thought I was being so genuine…

I just read this inspiring post from TheBeadedWireWork, and realized I have gone about this blogging thingy all wrong. Everything you read on blogging says to be genuine and I thought I was until I read the above post. So here is the new me with the REAL story.

I have been crafting all of my life and I have my parents to thank for this talent. My Dad loved to make Halloween costumes and my Mother would transform the American Legion Hall each month into some spectacular venue for their dance club.  I single handedly have the Guinness Record for carnation flowers.  

After retiring from technology, I was free to explore every whim and I did. They say it is not the destination but the journey but for this post it’s my latest destination – Beads and Beading. If you are a serious crafter you know that any hobby needs a serious stash. When you are inspired to create something you can’t slow down the process by shopping for your items. I thought my knitting and crocheting period was bad but OMG beading requires a HUGE stash of stuff. Thus this crazed Beadaholic was born.

Let’s fast forward to 2 years ago. My wonderful husband had a hip surgery that did not go well. He and I, as his caregiver, were pretty much shut ins for at least 6 months. I desperately needed an outlet for all my home time and so I decided to sell my jewelry creations online. This was a perfect solution. Everyday I was here to watch and help my husband steadily improve albeit glacial and I had plenty of time to create. The triple bonus was all those necklaces needed tons of BEADS! At last, we are ready for The Twisted Sister Journey.

It all began when I got hooked on bead embroidery. Beautiful stuff but REALLY time consuming. Weeks to finish one piece and the rage was and is now really chunky collar and bib statement necklaces. Seed beads were just not going to cut it. So, I started noodling around with wire and larger beads.  I liked the wire because it gives the piece dimensions that you would never get with bead stringing. After many failed designs and attempts, I came up with this twisted wire wrap technique I call “Twisted Sister”.

Twisted Sister Method

Then an opportunity arose for me to teach The Twisted Sister and viola I was off and running but I had a problem with not having enough bandwidth to create, sell and teach.  So that is why I now offer Tutorials, Beading Kits AND my Jewelry.
I just finished my Chanel Crocheted Necklace Tutorial pictured here. It is so fun and really easy to make. (Even if you don’t know how to crochet.) 

Chanel DIY 2 Photos White Back

If you would like to get your free copy of this Tutorial just click HERE. I’ll email you your link.  

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Carol

PS Next up – Not So Easy Peasy!

From Chicken Breast to Chicken Sunday

I can completely relate to the NourishedPeach’s feelings about chicken but it wasn’t always like this. When my hubby and I worked, we traded off cooking every other night. On Sunday we would always have chicken so we didn’t have to fret about “What’s for Dinner?” This later morphed into a once a month Chicken Sunday dinner party. I would choose a theme cuisine and my husband would choose a discussion topic. Some Sunday’s required costumes but every topic required research.  It was a blast and I highly recommend it. It was so refreshing to have a dinner party where everyone participated in a serious discussion instead of the banal, “I broke 90 today on the links.” Just shoot me!

Below is the delicious One Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice recipe I hope you will try but I wanted to share my Chicken Doldrums Recipe.

Grilled Glazed Chicken and Peaches

  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Peach Preserves
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 ripe peaches

Mix all ingredients together except chicken and peaches. Oil chicken and grill. Grill chicken for 4 minutes each side. Turning and brush with sauce until cooked. Plate and Cover.  Oil peach halves and grill cut side down.  Turn brush with sauce. Grill 5 – 6 minutes total.  Enjoy.

Let’s chat soon,

Carol

Far, far, FAR too often I end up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge with no plan in sight.  Then, what happens is I avoid them…like the plague.  They sort of bore …

Source: One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

Fit for a Princess!

Look what Princess Sophia is wearing!
I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest – What pops up but Princess Sophia at a royal wedding. Is someone knocking me off????

White HL TS Necklace

To purchase visit me at: BlingBeadedBaubles. Zibbet.com
                             OR
Not to be out done, I have also made it into a beading kit just for YOU! (Comes in tons of colors, too!)
Snow white Beading Kit (3)

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All the best,

Carol

Mangia Motifs! Read if you need a Giggle..

You know I’m obsessed when…..

Beading techniques invade my kitchen.

I have been dabbling with making beaded motifs. They’re fun and a very freeform way of making pendants. Some samples below. Hey, were’s the Giggle????

Amethyst Druzy

Amethyst Druzy

 So my husband comes to me and shows me this picture and says let’s make Hot Dog Motifs!!! And so we did!
This dish was positively delicious and so much fun to make. Richard has now renamed the dish “Dogatelli Ricardo”.  Click the picture for the recipe!
Mangia!
So let’s chat again soon,
Carol
Visit Me at: BlingBeadedBaubles.Zibbet.comSpecializing in TS Banner
 

From Seed Beads to Quinoa…

It all started with a Quinoa & Watermelon Salad.
Watermelon Salad Image

I met a new friend for lunch the other day and ordered this delicious Quinoa Salad. When the dish arrived I commented that Quinoa looks a lot like seed beads. (I know beads – I work it into EVERYTHING!) My friend says that I wouldn’t be ordering this dish if I were Kosher. I said Huh? Well, she informed me that it was Passover and Quinoa is one of many grains that are banned on that day. I filed that away for more research and sure enough here’s what I found.

In Biblical times, one didn’t want to cross the Rabbi’s. They made the rules upon which you lived your daily life. Break the rules and there were serious consequences both within your community and the likely hood of getting into the Hereafter. Many of the rules had to do with what you did and didn’t eat and when. Not eating bread during Passover is one of those rules. 

Most likely no one has been excommunicated for eating a sandwich during Passover in quite some time, if ever, but the fact remains that the dietary laws during the holiday, beginning at sundown on Friday, are very, very serious. And yet they’re also completely muddled and chaotic. People obey totally different rules based on where they’re from, and every once in awhile a prominent rabbi looks at an old rule and says “this is stupid” and that rule no longer counts. To this day, groups of scholars issue rulings on whether it’s okay to, say, eat quinoa.

A commonly, but by no means exclusively, accepted ruling is that any grain that has been combined with water for 18 minutes or more qualifies as a chametz product and is thus forbidden. The 18-minute rule dates to a conversation between two scholars held sometime around 200 CE; one rabbi, an enormously fat scholar named Shimon ben Lakish, opined that the time it takes for chametz-potential products to become actual chametz is “as long as it takes a man to walk from Migdal Nunaiya to Tiberias.”

On Google Maps, Migdal Nunaiya, now called Migdal and known as Mary Magdalene’s hometown, is about five miles from Tiberias, or one hour and 42 minutes by foot. It is unclear how this trip ever took 18 minutes. Today, in a car, it takes 11.

So the 18-minute mark is not always obeyed; scholars up to the modern day have debated exactly how long it takes for chametz-potential ingredients to ferment into chametz. After all, some products take longer to ferment than others—surely this should be taken into consideration! There’s no conclusion on that, partly because there’s no conclusion on any of this. 
So the net net of this is that this is a delicious recipe (click on the photo) and who new quinoa could be so interesting?  

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Carol

Is Cate Blanchett a Twisted Sister?

Cate Blanchett

Do you remember what Cate wore to the 2015 Oscars?

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since my phone started ringing off the hook after the Oscars. The very next day everyone was asking me if Cate was wearing a “Twisted Sister” Necklace. Yes, very flattering but I am sure Tiffany’s would not be pleased as this necklace was estimated to be $900,000!
You will pay slightly less for this Beauty! 🙂 It now comes in many colors.

      Pearl Twisted Sister

Bubbles1           Purple Twisted Sister

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What is a Twisted Sister?

I have been crafting all of my life and I never thought it would take me here. As for crafting,  I have my parents to thank for this talent. My Dad loved to make Halloween costumes and my Mother would transform the American Legion Hall each month into some spectacular venue for their dance club.  I single handedly have the Guinness Record for carnation flowers.  

After retiring from technology, I was free to explore every whim and I did. They say it is not the destination but the journey but for this post it’s my latest destination – Beads and Beading. If you are a serious crafter you know that any hobby needs a serious stash. When you are inspired to create something you can’t slow down the process by shopping for your items. I thought my knitting and crocheting period was bad but OMG beading requires a HUGE stash of stuff. Thus this crazed Beadaholic was born.

Let’s fast forward to 2 years ago. My wonderful husband had a hip surgery that did not go well. He and I, as his caregiver, were pretty much shut ins for at least 6 months. I desperately needed an outlet for all my home time and so I decided to sell my jewelry creations online. This was a perfect solution. Everyday I was here to watch and help my husband steadily improve albeit glacial and I had plenty of time to create. The triple bonus was all those necklaces needed tons of BEADS! At last, we are ready for The Twisted Sister Journey.

It all began when I got hooked on bead embroidery. Beautiful stuff but REALLY time consuming. Weeks to finish one piece and the rage was and is now really chunky collar and bib statement necklaces. Seed beads were just not going to cut it. So, I started noodling around with wire and larger beads.  I liked the wire because it gives the piece dimensions that you would never get with bead stringing. After many failed designs and attempts, I came up with this twisted wire wrap technique I call “Twisted Sister”.

Twisted Sister Method

Then an opportunity arose for me to teach The Twisted Sister and viola I was off and running but I had a problem with not having enough bandwidth to create, sell and teach.  So that is why I now offer Tutorials, Beading Kits AND my Jewelry.
I just finished my Chanel Crocheted Necklace Tutorial pictured here. It is so fun and really easy to make. (Even if you don’t know how to crochet.) 

Chanel DIY 2 Photos White Back

If you would like to get your free copy of this Tutorial just click HERE. I’ll email you your link.  

To view all of my work and receive your 20% Discount Shopping Pass,  20OFFPASS

Lovely chatting with you.  Tell your friends! Enter their email HERE!

Let’s talk soon.
Carol

PS Next up…What does Cate Blanchett have to do with The Twisted Sister???

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