My Horoscope War is still Raging…

June is my birthday month and it got me thinking back to the late 80’s when I would read my horoscope every day. Honestly, I couldn’t believe I was really a Cancer as my horoscopes were Boring!  I didn’t feel boring but my horoscope sure was. Then I started dating my now husband, who is a Scorpio. Like so much in our early years, lots of things became a competition. Horoscopes were no exception. I would read mind to find out I would be cleaning the fridge and organizing my plastic containers while my partner would be having a torrid affair. I swear to you, a great horoscope for me might be to suggest I be bold and go to a movie by myself. I just quit cold turkey. It was too depressing.
Now all these years later I get this horoscope blog from a friend and I’ll be damned. This time it is cleaning out my closet to feel fulfilled and what’s his name is meeting someone new and VERY exciting.  I am just done, AGAIN! If you want to checkout your sign try Horoscope.com. Don’t be mad at me if you don’t like the results!

The interesting thing is I learned that Cancer’s birthstone is either Pearl or Moonstone so guess what I just made?

Pink Quartz Lacy

Happy combination don’t you think? Not boring!!!!
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Carol
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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

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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

Thinking about alcohol consumption?

With the holiday weekend upon us…

I started thinking about the history of alcohol consumption. According to Early American Researchers: Colonial America loved their alcohol. Back then they believed alcohol could cure the sick and make strong those who were weak.
Many of our founding fathers drank – and quite frequently. John Adams, for example, began each day with a draft of hard cider. Sam Adams, at one point, even managed his father’s brewery. Even John Hancock was accused of smuggling wine – and knowing him, it was likely true!
Not everyone was on board, of course. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration and founders of American medicine, was actually one of the first to view alcoholism as a disease and an addiction. In the late 1700s, it was estimated that the annual consumption of alcohol for each person over 15 years of age was a whopping 40 gallons!
Yes, early Americans believed alcohol to be healthy – and given their circumstances, they weren’t that far from the truth. Here’s why: there was a far more dangerous and worrisome drink – water.

One sip could make you seriously ill, and everyone knew it.

In fact, lack of drinkable water nearly wiped out the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, VA. George Percy wrote “cold water taken out of the river…was the destruction of many of our men.”
Later, American history was nearly altered once again during the Revolutionary War.

In the winter of 1777, George Washington suffered huge losses at Valley Forge when 3,000 soldiers were wiped out with illness and another 2,000 had to leave the army because they were so sick. That totaled over 40% of the men Washington had at Valley Forge! One of the causes of these illnesses was lack of clean drinking water.

So what does this have to do with jewelry? I was thinking of champagne (my favorite) and this means BUBBLES!  Introducing my Bubble Series of Designs. Festive Bubbles around your neck and in your glass! Added Bonus: Watch this incredible Bubble Video!
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KMrvR836TFI?rel=0
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Carol
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Bubble 5-28  Bubble Blue
Bubble Orange         

Did I Inherit The Wobblejaw Gene?

Wobblejaw lesson for today!

My mother is a wonderful woman and mother. I need to get that out there first but she has a trait that annoys my family to no end. Picture if you will The Tenwalde’s are all piled into the family station wagon about to go on vacation. Mom says she just needs to run into the store and we’ll be off. Finally, I can’t stand it anymore and ask Dad where is she? He says calmly that Wobblejaws is at it AGAIN.  You see my mother can have a conversation with a deaf mute. I swear!  I can remember calling her for the results of  a biopsy and she leads with how cute the Docs new twins are. Aargh!
Last week I am in a waiting room with one other lady. She is having trouble filling out the medical questionnaire so I ask her if I can help. Two pages later and we are fast friends. Another Ohioan of course!
After my appointment I see her sitting on a bus bench. It’s boiling out so I ask her if I can take her home. She lives in Palm Springs! I laugh and say, it’s a good thing I brought my passport. That’s an inside Desert joke because everyone in the East Valley thinks PS is in another state.
Now we have 50 more minutes of conversation. She made the mistake of asking me what I do to keep busy besides picking up old ladies in doctor’s offices? Well,The Wobblejaws Beader is off to the races.
When I get to her home she says to hold on that she has something for me as a Thank You. She gives me 2 broken necklaces. One is a lovely rose quartz and the other is a jazzy chain tassel number. I just finished reworking them and here is their debut! Do you like?

Pink Quartz Lacy

Don’t you think it would make a great wedding necklace?

Chain Tassle Necklace

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Sing You Beader, Sing! Oh Good Grief!

Daily Prompt

I took a Yin Yoga class this week….

from a wonderful gal, Alison. If you haven’t tried a Yin class, it is a must do. Each week we set an intention. This week it was Failure. Don’t stop reading, this is really uplifting. At the end of class she read a Lucy monologue from Charlie Brown called Failure Face. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Good Grief Image
Now Linus, I want you to take a good look at Charlie Brown’s face. Would you please hold still a minute, Charlie Brown, I want Linus to study your face. Now, this is what you call a Failure Face, Linus. Notice how it has failure written all over it. Study it carefully, Linus. You rarely see such a good example. Notice the deep lines, the dull, vacant look in the eyes. Yes, I would say this is one of the finest examples of a Failure Face that you’re liable to see for a long while. You see, said Lucy, you become wiser when you fail at something. Then I must be the smartest kid in the whole world, said Charlie Brown.
Charles M. Schulz

I just love this. I was think during class about all the fits and starts of my biz and this just really struck me so I wanted to share this with you in case you are dealing with some failure. Take a good look at it. Learn from it. Gather your tools and move forward. Here’s to all my Twisted Sister Charlie Brown’s. The Smartest Sisters in the World!

When I got home I got my blog assignment for the day and it was to write a blog using the days prompt which was SING.  So since You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is a musical I thought this could still be my blog today. You know the Killing Two Birds etc.

While driving home from Yin, I was thinking about Charlie Brown and The Peanut’s comic strip and I recalled that I had some vintage peanut pearls somewhere in my stash.  After much rummaging around, (I really have to get more organized!) I made this piece.
Peanut Necklace
Don’t you think it would make a great wedding necklace?
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Serendipity at it’s best…

Interesting people show up in the strangest places!

I met this very interesting and inspiring lady yesterday named Betsy at a luncheon for breast cancer survivors and their families. We started talking about jewelry. (Shockingly surprising topic for me, I know.) She told me this amazing story she calls The Immortal Necklace. It all started with a remodel of an old farm house in Ohio in the 1940s. The house was built in the late 1800s and needed a serious upgrade. Betsy was the only girl in a family with 5 brothers and 1 bathroom. Her father decided the bathroom was the first room to be remodeled. He began ripping out the walls to make it larger and in so doing found a very old tattered pouch that contained a beautiful pearl necklace with a complete chronology. The necklace was first worn by the Bride of an Austrian named Uttendorf in 1799. The chronology goes on to describe the passage of that necklace to the oldest daughter on her wedding day until it abruptly stopped in 1901. Betsy’s father told her that it was their obligation to continue its legacy of immortality. But now Betsy has a problem. Betsy had 4 sons, who in turn had only sons. She is a proud grandmother of wonderful BOYS. She is really at a crossroad. What should she do? Or, better what would you do?

Here is a sketch of the necklace and my attempt to recreate.  Click Below!


Here is my version:
Immortal Photo

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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
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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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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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