Meet Jasper…The Friendly Gem :-)

Jasper

Known as the “Supreme Nurturer” …

Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security. Who does’t want that in their life? Jasper comes in a rainbow of beautiful and very interesting colors.  I have chosen Poppy Jasper because it is known to inspire a positive, joyful attitude.  What does this piece inspire in you?

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The Twist Takes a Tasty Turn!

As some of you know….

In addition to my beading and jewelry shenanigans, I teach a cooking class called From Costco to the Elegant Table. It is a very fun class where I show you how to take Costco items that have already been prepared and elevate them to the gourmet dinner party level. Many of my students have asked me if they could buy all the recipes from my previous classes. I have just completed Part 1 of my series of recipes.

From Costco Cover Martini

Part 1 includes 5 of my most popular recipes from the last 3 years. There is something for everyone. I promise, you will never consider making these dishes from scratch again. This is an instant digital download with beautiful pictures and the exact locations of where to find the items at Costco. I hope you will enjoy these recipes as much as I do. They really are yummy and PAINLESSLY easy. The time alone you will save justifies the price AND your friends and family will marvel at your new found creativity! Click HERE!
Check back in a few weeks for Part 2.

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The Heirloom Journey to Joe Namath!

What in the world does this ring have to do with Joe?

This ring was the only piece of real jewelry my Grandmother owned. She bought it with the money she saved from babysitting my brother and me. One day, planting our Spring garden she noticed the stone was missing. She was distraught and I vowed to find it for her. Those of you that know me know I have the “Dog with a Bone Gene” big time. I tore the garden apart. Dug up and replanted etc.  My Dad, Bob, helped me when he came home from work. When it got dark he said we should begin again at first light as we could end up reburying it in the dark.  We were out there before the sun came up and sure enough as soon as the sun peaked over the horizon, every shiny thing in the garden sparkled and that is how I found the stone. My Grandmother was overjoyed and promised that I would be the next owner of her beautiful ring. Sadly, that Fall she passed away and I inherited this beautiful piece. Since I was only 11 I wore it around my neck until I was old enough and then I wore it everyday.

Now the Juicy Joe Part!

It’s Spring Break 1971 in Fort Lauderdale. (Young things don’t give up, it’s still a good story…)
I’m in a bar alone. My friends are scorching themselves in the sun and since I don’t tan, I drink!  The bar is packed and there is only one seat at the bar.  I settle myself and order some dopey Ohio drink. Probably a  7 & 7. There is a reason they say Youth is wasted on the Young! I notice the guy next to me is REALLY good looking and I start up a conversation. Which leads to talking about my ring. Turns out Joe’s mother loved blue topaz. He then joked with me about how the color only matches one of my eyes. Ha, Ha! My left eyes is half blue and half brown. He buys me drinks and later asked me to dinner. I said I had plans with my friends and got up to leave. The girl behind me taking my seat says, “Do you have any idea who that is?” Not a clue says the Ohio girl. That’s how I met Joe Namath. When I tell my husband this story he says if I had gone to dinner with him, I would probably be more interested in Football. Do you think????
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Am I a Forgerer?

As a new blogger, I am learning the ropes. Along the way, I found this fabulous artist Hugo Costa.  He is a an Urban Sketcher. Every day you get a gift of one of his sketches. I hope you will follow him as his sketches are gifts. Below is a recent sketch of the Carroll Bridge in NYC. I loved it and since my name is Carol, I thought it would be a great inspiration for a necklace.

Hugo's Piece

Here is my “Forgery”!  Tell me what you think!

Hugo Piece with Necklace

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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.

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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

Interesting Twist to My Armani Bloomer Post

Benjamin Wild’s recent blog on Kate Middleton’s photo shoot provided an interesting counterpoint to my politics in fashion post, “Where are my Armani Bloomers?”  I hope you enjoy this. C

Photographing the Duchess of Cambridge for the centenary cover of British Vogue was surely an obvious choice. Few people at present seem to inspire as much popular sympathy, pique as much interest and reflect the magazine’s focus on high style and high society, than the wife of Britain’s future king. Deciding whom to photograph was […]

via Plain Kate: Vogue’s Centenary Shoot — Benjamin Wild

Healing Creative Block – Bloggers Too!

So last week I took a break…

But nothing was happening creatively.  Oh no!

Panic could be around the corner so I do what every Bead-aholic does. Buy Beads!!!! For whatever reason I became fascinated with Quartz and thus these beauties were born. So here is a tad of info on the amazing healing qualities of these stones.

Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental, and physical planes. It is powerfully protective because of these properties. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies thought processes and emotions, it can increase inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying, and retaining what one learns. So now you know! If you need any of the above, I hope you’ll consider adding these necklaces to your quiver.
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Electric Blue

Electric Blue Quartz

Copper Quartz

Champagne Titanium Quartz

Quartz Peach Multi

Champagne Multi Strand Quartz

Where are my Armani Bloomers?

The Bra Burning of The 1850’s.

I’m cleaning out my closet… (If you read The Horoscope Wars you’d know that’s what ever good Cancer does!!!)

I find these lovely Armani harem pants that I had completely forgotten about. It got me wonder about women in pants and how exactly it came about. (Note to readership: Hillary had nothing to do with this.)

It turns out that in the  summer of 1851, a pair of pants made headlines across America. The “bloomer costume,” also called “Turkish trowsers,” set off a fire storm of commentary from women’s rights activists, fashion enthusiasts, and critics across the country. In a social reform journal, Mary Williams described  described the outfit as “TuFerkish pantaloons and a short skirt, leaving the upper vestments to be fashioned according to the taste of the wearer.” Williams wrote that the bloomer costume was “infinitely superior” and “ought to receive the friendly countenance of all sensible persons of either sex,” emphasizing that the choice to wear the outfit was based on health and fashion, rather than a desire to wear men’s clothes.
Women’s rights activist quickly adapted the look but the outfit became most closely associated with Amelia Jenks Bloomer, the editor of The Lily, a temperance journal. The “bloomer costume” caught on among some white middle-class women who saw “dress reform” as an integral part of the fight for women’s equality in the mid-1800s. Some 50 years before bloomer-clad women rode bicycles in public, heralding a new era of freedom for women, few dared to don the trousers in public. The women who did wear the style became known as Bloomers, partly for their dress and partly for their interest in women’s rights issues.
The bloomer trend may have been short-lived in 1851 but the media storm that followed made it clear that, especially for women, fashion is political, whether we like it or not.
Many people (most of them men) were convinced that bloomers were a political statement instead of a health initiative—writers stoked fears of a women’s takeover of male space, led by Bloomers in “Turkish trowsers.” Thus, in the language of clothes, pants equal power, underscoring the social fears and possibilities that emerge when women make their own clothing choices. In the end the activist abandoned the bloomers as they felt is was distracting for their property ownership and voting initiatives.
Moral of the story: The 60’s burning of the bra had been done a 100 years earlier with a much bigger prize in the end!
I hope you have enjoyed my brief beading break.
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Carol

June is for LOVE!

Were you a June Bride?

June is all about weddings and I got to wondering about engagement and wedding rings and just why the third finger of the left hand.  So here we go…

Here is an approximate timeline of this evolution from a fellow blogger:

ANCIENT PAST
As Egyptian fortunes were excavated, they were found to be buried with a metal wire tied around the third finger of their left hand. According to legends, this finger is believed to be directly connected to the vein going to the heart.

MIDDLE AGES
As per most historians, the first official use of an engagement ring was made by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 when he gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds set in the form of an M.

1600-1700
In the 15th and 16th century, the engagement rings were mostly exchange of poser rings, gold or silver bands with a message engraved on them. Sometimes, silver was seen as a sign of engagement and a gold ring was given during the wedding.

1800
The romantic era saw a high demand in diamonds after a large deposit was discovered in South Africa. This saw the making of Tiffany & Co. and the trend of huge solitaires, flower designs and high setting of the rock on the bands.

EARLY 20th CENTURY
In the Edwardian era engagement rings became a social norm and a must in every wedding. Fine jewelry was in the reach of more population as industries revolutionized class. In this era, the rings were made of a platinum band and ornate designs in which the diamond was set.

1920-1930
In the 20s and 30s, the designs became less feminine and more geometric as the era was about all modern things. The most frequent were diamonds set in platinum or white gold and were accompanied by gems like rubies and sapphires.

1940
In this period, even after the economy being hit by World War II, the designs were bold and big. The designs had motifs like flowers and gold was used to make the band. The population turned to synthetic rubies and sapphires as their budgets tightened.

1970
The princess cut and radiant cuts were invented or perfected in the 70s and their square shapes became very popular for engagement rings, fitting for a generation that embraced the new and different and did away with many of the traditions of the past. This became the year of radiant cuts and princess cuts as their square shapes became popular. They were the new and different thing during this time and attracted all those modern brides.

1990-PRESENT
There has been no set trend and no popular design stayed for very long. There have been trends for sapphires and emeralds but now that is fading. Today people are choosing everything. It’s no more about the trend but about the taste and desire. There are couples that are going for the traditional solitaire set high on a platinum band, some want to go antique and buy emeralds and Victorian designs and some want to customize their own thing.

And, aren’t we blessed that we have the freedom to express our love for one another however we choose!

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Carol
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