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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Newest Resin Jewelry Necklace Designs

Earlier in the week, I promised I'd share with you some of my latest necklace designs.  I made several resin pendants and fashioned most of them into beaded necklaces.  So, without further ado, here they are:

St. Therese of Lisieux

Our Lady of Fatima

Virgin Mary and Jesus

Our Lady of Sorrows

A real dried viola flower set inside a white resin pendant.

A trio of my latest resin necklace designs.

Some of the resin pendants before they were made into necklaces.

Real dried flower resin pendants.  Morning glory, viola and pansy flowers.

More dried flower pendants.  These include daisies, violas and more.

More resin pendants.

This particular necklace isn't made from resin, but it is a new design for me, so I thought I'd also share it.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

I have put together some awesome tutorials I will be posting in the near future, so be sure to stop by regularly.  You can also see some of my newest projects on Instagram.

And as always, you can find my latest completed designs available on both EBay and Etsy for sale until they sell.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Completed Polymer Clay Necklace - Finally!

Back in May, I shared some pictures of polymer clay jewelry designs that were in various stages of being completed.  I (finally!) finished the Our Lady of Sorrows necklace this past weekend.  I ended up combining the polymer clay accent beads with (mainly) black crystals and glass beads to make an eye-catching necklace.  Overall, I am happy with the way this necklace turned out. I just finished posting it - along with other new creations - to my Etsy and EBay shops.  Stay tuned - I will be sharing pictures of some of my other newly created necklace designs on this blog later on in the week.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

French Onion Soup Recipe - Just Like Panera Bread's Recipe!

About ten years ago, I stumbled onto a French Onion Soup recipe on the internet that was touted as being just like the one served by Panera Bread.  I made it - and was hooked.  It is one of my "go to" recipes when I want something satisfying and tasty.  It also fits the bill as being fairly healthy.  In June, I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and have drastically changed my eating habits since then.  I've cut out most starches, sugars and flours, and have opted for meals that utilize mainly complex carbohydrates, like fruits and veggies, as well as protein.  As a result, I have lost 35 pounds in a two month period.  (And no, I am not starving.  I eat up to 1500 calories per day.)  That being said, I wanted to share this recipe. 

Without further ado, here is the recipe.  Enjoy!

Panera Copycat Recipe - French Onion Soup

Soup Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, unsalted
8 cups  sliced onions (about 4 or 5 medium), raw
4 cups (2 cans) beef broth
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp white flour, all purpose
1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz) water
1 tbsp tomato ketchup 
1 1/2 tsp pepper, black
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp thyme, ground
1/4 tsp garlic powder
A couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce


1- 10 oz Italian bread loaf  (I used Walmart's Marketplace Bake at Home Bread)
8 slices Asiago Cheese (Note: Fresh Asiago cheese is hard to find in my area, so I used the sliced cheese. If using fresh cheese, shave the cheese with a potato peeler.)


Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add sliced onions and saute until the onions turn brown (about 20-25 minutes), stirring often.

Add the remaining ingredients to the pot (except for garnish ingredients) and stir until ingredients are mixed in. Heat soup to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

While the soup is simmering, prepare the croutons.  Slice the loaf of bread into slices approximately 1 inch wide; cut each slice into quarters and spread the pieces out in a large baking pan. (Note: Most crouton recipes (including this original recipe) require the bread to be buttered before being baked, however, I have omitted the butter in line with keeping this a more healthy recipe. Once the bread is in the soup, you won't notice the difference.  I promise! :)  )  Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for approximately 8 minutes.

To serve:

Ladle hot soup into a large bowl. Float a few pieces of croutons on top of the soup, followed by a slice of Asiago cheese. (Note: If using the fresh Asiago, sprinkle two tablespoons of cheese on top of the soup.

Makes 8 1-Cup Servings.

Nutritional breakdown:

Calories: 283.4
Total Fat: 12.4 g
Cholesterol: 16 g
Total Carbohydrates: 34.5 g
Total Fiber: 3.7 g
Protein: 10 g

And there you have it!  Hope you like it as much as I do!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cool Finds at the Antique Festival

Last weekend, I attended the NWA Antique Festival of the Ozarks with my daughter-in-law and a friend.  Believe it or not, with all of the different festivals I have attended, this is the first time I have ever been to an antique festival- but it certainly won't be my last.

I was pleasantly surprised at some of the wares offered by the vendors.  There was no junk; much of what was being sold was quality items that I usually dig for when I hit the local antique shops in my area.  There were some great deals to be found, as well.  I picked up several items that I will repurpose and use in my projects, namely jewelry, quilts and hankie dolls.

Here's a sampling of some of the goodies which were available for sale:

A vast collection of spice tins.

Jadeite dishes of all kinds.

A mini Fiestaware play set for little girls.

Gorgeous plates from long ago.

German pottery and mini chocolate molds.

Matryoshka dolls galore.

Beautiful Victorian jewelry.

Bakelite jewelry.

More Bakelite jewelry.

A handmade, embroidered mirror cover from 1916.

Brass stampings/jewelry embellishments.

Bakelite dominoes.

Lots of half dolls.

A gorgeous Grandmother's Garden quilt.

A flower seed packet from the 1940's which was used as a promotional item by an insurance company.

I ended up purchasing some of the chocolate molds, broken rhinestone jewelry pieces and brass stampings which will be used in some future jewelry designs (among other things) as shown below.

All in all, I had a great time and I'm happy with all of the little treasures I was able to pick up at the show.
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