I spent lots of summer hours as a kid making jewelry out of whatever I had available, usually clover flowers or sometime yellow dandelion flowers (although those didn't work nearly as well as the clover flowers). This bracelet (and the entire Clover Collection) reminds me of those sweet times everytime I wear it!
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I love the look of these black chains - classic designs with a modern black edge, turning the classic into a contemporary design. Perfect with everything, even in the summertime because why not? You can wear black in the summer or accessorize with black!
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Do you remember those carefree days of childhood, when we felt a sense of joy around the simple things we did for entertainment - like making necklaces from clover or daisy flowers? Those are the days I was thinking about when I designed this jewelry collection - I wanted to put that feeling of joy into jewelry that you could wear everyday and be reminded of another place and time as you go about your day!
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(aka clover chain) jewelry!
This was one of the first peaches we got from a local market - so beautiful and they smelled wonderful!! I was really looing forward to eating these peaches .....unfortunately, although they looked and smelled great, they didn't much going for them in the taste department. I guess it's really too early in the year for truly awesome fresh peaches! We ended up chopping and freezing all our peaches - they are great in smoothies!!
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We LOVE fresh peaches but, then again, who doesn't? We were overjoyed when the first peaches of the season appeared at our local Costco! These are from California and they are kind of slow to ripen fully but I did cut one & have it in a smoothie - so delicious!!
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With covid and stay-at-home orders, I was getting a little frustrated that I couldn't easily get out to the nursery to get my summer flowers. I'm not much of a gardener but I do love to keep blooming flowers in my pots on the deck. I was finally able to get to the nursery last week and feel safe about it by going as soon as they opened at 8 a.m. That's a little early for me normally but I was glad I did - I had the whole place to myself for at least 15 minutes and I had a list so I zipped in, got my flowers & got out again!
Side note, as I was leaving quite a few people were coming in & guess what? Very few of them were wearing masks...what are people thinking???
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Big day today! I ordered these fine wheat berries from Palouse Brand in Palouse, Washington and I am ready! I have a grinder that I bought a few months ago so I'll be grinding my own wheat and using it to make sourdough bread!
I'm sure there will be a lot of trial & error but making sourdough is not hard so the new thing will be adding my own stone ground wheat. I'm guessing this wheat will be heavier so I'll have to see how much I can add without unintentionally making a doorshop!
Anyway, that's the plan - I'll keep you posted - it's a grand experiment!
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Oh, how I love the art of Tara Leaver! (www.taraleaverart.com) I generally don't feel like I can afford art so when Tara introduced these gorgeous notecards, I knew I had to buy. When I got them, they were even more amazing than they looked online.
The problem now? Do I send them out into the world or do I frame them & enjoy them as the little mini artworks they are?
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Covid cooking! I have discovered fresh wheat berries (from www.palousebrand.com) and have been grinding my own flour and using it to make sourdough bread. It's pretty coarse so I do have to use "regular" commercial flour with it but it gives the bread a nice texture and a wonderful taste!
One of the benefits of staying home - more cooking gets done and homemade bread is so yummy.
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Did you know that there is a really simple way to clean sterling silver jewelry, using white vinegar and baking soda? Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (it will fizz!) for two to three hours, then rinse and dry. That's it!
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The other day, the New Orleans Arts Market had a virtual art show and I wanted to do a little shopping/support my local arts community.
I searched around & finally settled on a couple of mugs by Amanda Proctor (amandaproctor.com).
This mug and the other one I bought from Amanda will be gifts for later on this year! I am so happy with them - beautiful colors!
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I love to read and I am always looking for something good. Ideally, I like to find a good series so that I am "in books" for a couple of months but those are so hard to find. The last series I read that I really enjoyed was the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
Those books were everything I am looking for in a book - light-hearted, funny, interesting characters! Maybe it's just me (and I willing to bare my soul a little bit here) but I don't really want to think too hard when I read a novel. I just want to be entertained. You, too? Good! We could be best friends! :)
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I love to bake bread! For the past few years, I have been making sourdough bread which, once I got the hang of it, is SO easy! I add all sorts of thing to it like flax seeds, oatmeal & other good things. It sometimes takes a little longer to rise at first with the add-ins but it always does rise and is delicious!
I usually start it at night, then turn it several times & allow it to rise, the bake it the next day, often in the morning but sometimes at night. So good!
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I have been practicing my video skills and I think I'm getting better - just trying to show movement in some of my jewelry designs.
This silver bracelet is made in the byzantine design - I love it because it's classic and elegant, not to mention beautiful!
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I'm home of course, like everyone else I know so I have been doing more cooking than usual. I love to make bread & my son recently introduced me to focaccia sourdough bread so that has been a lot of fun to make (& so delicious to eat)!
This recipe for No-Bake Easy Granola Bars appeared in my inbox from www.CookieandKate.com and I knew I had to try it....they had me at "granola bars"!!
I am so glad I did - it was wonderful!!! Chewy and full of good stuff - nuts, oats, vanilla - you know, all the tastiest things!
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I have recently learned to knit socks and have discovered that it is something I love to do. I
t's a small project I can carry with me and just knit a little bit at a time. I get to work with (and, yes, buy) all sorts of absolutely beautiful yarn. I end up with a lovely pair of one of a kind socks to enjoy!
If you have ever wanted to try to knit socks, I can recommend the Marly Bird sock knitting series on YouTube. She makes it really easy!
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My older son is a cook. No, he doesn't get paid to cook but he is a super cook.
Now & then he sends me a recipe for something he has made that he thinks is simple enough for me to make (I am not particularly a good cook) but that is still tasty.
He had been talking about this focaccia bread for awhile and, when he sent me the recipe earlier this week, I jumped right in made it.
Talk about GOOD...and SIMPLE!!
It's a sourdough recipe and it was wonderful.
I am so happy to have a son who can cook!!
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I don't know about you, but I have been doing quite a bit of online shopping this week. Since we have to stay home to stay safe, online is the way to go when you need something. In fact, we even had Whole Foods Market deliver groceries to us this week....AND they delivered it the same day we ordered it.
That might have to do with the fact that we live 3 blocks from Whole Foods but I can't be sure. I think I was able to do that because of Amazon Prime although, again, it's hard to be sure. Sometimes the internet is a mystery....:)
Looks like I am not the only one ordering online! I had a few packages to send out last week - some cool people are looking for some cool jewelry in the mail this week!
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I made a big pot of gumbo the other day (because there is no such thing as a small pot of gumbo) and found this container of Zydeco Chop Chop (www.zydecocochopchop.com) in my pantry! I have used it a couple of times & love it - it's all natural and NO salt. Just pure dehydrated herbs and vegetables, ready to use! Perfection in a jar! Exactly what I needed to spice up that chicken & sausage gumbo!
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A few years back, I discovered how easy it is to make sourdough bread. Since then, I make bread 1-2 times a week. I mix it up using different combinations of white and whole wheat flour, oat flour and other wonderful add-ins. My favorite is to add old fashioned oatmeal - it gives the bread a wonderful nutty sort of flavor plus a great chewy texture. So good!
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The last time I was at the Baton Rouge Arts Market, back in February, I took photos of my jewelry on other types of art. This is a beautiful piece of pottery by Susan Rodrigue. I love the colors Susan uses in her pottery!
That silver bracelet is part of my "Jacks" jewelry collection, inspired by the childhood game of jacks!
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I've been mostly home for roughly a week now and, in addition to making new jewelry, I have a new found love for knitting socks! I have always wanted to learn to knit socks, but honestly, I never thought I would be able to do it. It just always seemed so complicated!
Thanks to a good friend who is a master sock knitter and the help of this most excellent book on knitting socks by Ann Budd, I have finally knit two pairs of socks and have started on the third. Yes, I have had to restart multiple times and, yes, they are far from perfect but I love and wear them so I consider that a huge win!
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So the advice to drink more water to try to avoid getting the corona virus is one I can definitely get behind! I was already drinking a lot of water since I had a kidney stone last fall but I am just being sure to absolutely stay on top of it now.
In fact, I have an app that I use to track my water intake - if I don't track it, I will get busy and forget to drink & pretty soon it's 10 at night & I need to drink 30 ounces of water before bed. Not a great scenario! :) If you are interested the app is called Drink Water Reminder. I went through a couple before I found this one - it's free and it works well.
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Love this little white ceramic dish - I bought it recently for a friend who collections frogs. She will love it! Before I put it in my stash of gifts, I tried it out with this new silver bracelet. Perfect size to keep jewelry!
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These wonderful vintage books were gifted to me by a friend who was helping a friend of hers downsize last week. It's rare to get nice old books like this - can't wait to dive in & see what info these books have for me!
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.