Repurposing, Restoration, Barbies and Christmas….

I went to CVS minute clinic yesterday only to find out that I have viral bronchitis, Lovely. Tis the season though, right? Anyways, while I was waiting to be seen I perused the magazines, all of the crafting magazines and … Continue reading

Etsy..again I’m talking about it but I love it

https://www.etsy.com/shop/orchidmoonbeads?ref=hdr_shop_menu
This is my Etsy shop. If you like what you see then, please feel free to buy, pass it along to your friends and neighbors. Ha! Love the free advertising. jk.

Etsy is a great place to shop and poke around. I love to ‘window shop’ on Etsy. I’ve mentioned this before I know.

Do you have a favorite Etsy shop?

This is a short and sweet blog today. Sorry

It’s been a while

Hey, have you missed me? I moved and got so busy. We went from a fairly quiet neighborhood to a city. Trains, ambulances, cops, firetrucks, 18 wheelers, the works gong past my house at all hours. Have you been there? It’s not all bad. We have museums and parks nearby too.

I’ve met a few moms at the kid’s schools and they are so interesting. One of them loves Pinterest as much as me but I think I have more pins than her. Ha! Is there a contest? If not there should be. Let’s start one, WHO HAS THE MOST PINS?! (I’m fresh)

About, Pinterest, what are your favorite things to pin? Lately I am into a ‘restoration hardware’ theme and I am loving what I am finding. Too bad I can’t create these pieces. Can’t stand when that happens. But a girl can dream.

I also love pinning about new foods to try and crafts to make, I may not try them all but I sure do like looking at them.

So here are a few links to check out promise I won’t go crazy on you with the links. Feel free to share too.

http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/salted-caramel-doughnut-holes/320b898d-1b4c-4065-b958-8984ef3ccaa2?nicam2=Email&nichn2=Core&niseg2=PB&nicreatID2=PB_09_30_2014

http://swikit.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/antique-doors-in-the-garden/

http://foxeslovelemons.com/autumn-chicken-apple-cider-chili-cooking-with-the-wonderbag-pmedia/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/pippa/from-drab-to-fab-48-diys-for-average-tin-cans#10h1x1i

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/how-to-make-rugs/

spring gift
i made these and they were a hit at my craft fair .. they are bubble wands

http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2011/08/make-your-own-balloon-bracelets.html

http://www.gourmetmomonthego.com/2008/10/ghostly-pancakes.html

http://missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2011/09/magnetic-spiders-with-delia-creates.html

http://www.munchkinmunchies.com/2010/10/halloween-snack-mix.html

Enjoy!

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

These edible ornaments are so simple and thrifty. You could make a dozen ornaments at just a dollar per bag of peppermints!

I first melted peppermints in cookie cutters after seeing the idea in an American Girl magazine, back in the 90’s (I’m pretty sure that a project centered around scalding hot, melted sugar would not make it into a children’s magazine these days). As easy as this project is, I had a difficult time finding anything similar to this online, so I decided to share it.

Use this method to create home decor or use these candies for edible decorating… one peppermint, melted in a tiny cookie cutter, would make a cute cupcake topper!

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

  • peppermint candies
  • metal cookie cutters
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • parchment paper
  • toothpick or skewer
  • twine or ribbon

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the inside of each…

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Much Ado About Amber (the teething necklaces)

There are these clever necklaces out on the market today, called ‘teething necklaces’ and most of them are made with amber beads.  I had considered making a few and adding them to my Etsy shop, then after reading an article in the most recent PARENTS magazine, I opted out. In the article it stated that they are, quote ‘a trendy way to relieve teething pain..but they aren’t worth it’. According to Natasha Burgert, MD, a pediatrician in MO , ‘They carry real risks of strangulation and choking,’ if the necklace gets caught on something in the crib or elsewhere, a baby won’t have the ability to twist herself out of that position. And if even one of the beads comes off, she can put it in her mouth and potentially choke.’ Apparently the beads are supposed to give off a natural pain-relieving substance when warmed by the baby’s body temperature. But since there’s no real evidence to prove that the necklace works…Better Safe Than Sorry. Great concept But there are better alternatives. And props to the person who came up with the idea. I used to use a frozen wet face cloth and it worked for the most part. There are other organic necklaces that with supervision you could allow your child to teeth on as long as it’s not around their neck at the time and they don’t fall asleep with it in their hands.

Do You Have Ideas For Your Dream Craft Room?

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Do You Have Ideas For Your Dream Craft Room?

What I would give to create my dream craft room?! Oh, Boy! I’d go crazy I’d go to Michael’s, A.C. Moore, Joanne’s, Boston Bead Co., along with several other shops physical stores and online. If I only had the time and money. =) Wouldn’t you??!!

Story Teller

While making a piece of jewelry I like to give it a name and while naming it tell a little story, well try to at least. I don’t know how many people out there do this kind of thing but I think it’s necessary with certain pieces as they are considered wearable pieces of art. Every artist names there artwork don’t they? A sculpture or painting or framed photo/ drawing gets named, like the Mona Lisa or Starry Night(one of my favorites) and these pieces have a story behind them. The artist didn’t just create them without explaining why if so do you think they’d be so famous? I’m not saying my jewelry will be famous because … it won’t, although that would be nice.  

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I named this bracelet “October Sky” because I love the fall it’s my favorite time of year. The colors outside are just breath-takingly beautiful and they are all here in this bracelet. Reds, oranges, golds, yellows, pinks and purples dancing on the ground and falling gently off trees around the giant harvest moon glowing brightly in the sky. Smells of cinnamon and cloves and apple pie are in the air, pumpkins are being carved into amazing little creatures, there are harvest parties, hayrides, apple picking and you can’t forget children dressing up – getting ready to trick or treat. There is one other reason I love October..it’s my birthday month-how fun. So, this is my story behind naming this bracelet “October Sky” (it wasn’t named after the movie). 

Boston Bead Co. (a great escape)

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I went into Boston yesterday with my husband and my two girls, we decided to go to the Harvard Museum of Natural History again. It’s a really neat place, if you haven’t been there yet you should check it out. There are rare gems in the museum, glass flowers (absolutely beautiful), fossils, life size animals and  whale skeletons hanging from the ceiling (scary amazing), going through the whole museum you could take about 2-4 hours.  

Well after walking through and exploring we left and walked through Harvard Yard we saw some amazing buildings, the architect was just beautiful. There was even a small ice skating pond set up in the yard, my girls enjoyed watch the students spins around. We even saw a tiny ToTo dog walking along with his master on a leash with a stick larger than life in his mouth, but he owned it. Ha! There was also an interesting food truck, they were selling just crepes, I’ve never actually had one before but my husband has and he loves them. Someday I’ll try one, maybe. 

Well, we eventually made our way to the Boston Bead Co., my favorite place. I love perusing through the shop and looking into the little compartments of beads to see what’s in there. Little surprises await me. As you can see in the picture I found some great beads. I had a budget though, sadly, or I would have purchased more. ( a lot more) WHEE!!!  The last time I went they had a stash I ‘lost beads’ behind the desk and I got some great deals and made some great earrings and necklaces from them, unfortunately, no such luck this time. Sad day for me. But there was a Starbucks next door so a medium hot coffee with toffee nut syrup nonfat milk and 1 sugar made it a little better, a iced nonfat caramel macchiatto with an extra shot and extra caramel would have been better but that costs a lot more and i spent a lot of my budget on beads–happily, so hot coffee it was. 

We lived in Brighton when my 11 year old was born and we really miss the lifestyle of the city. I love the cobblestone sidewalks, the old churches, the beautiful architecture, great availability to shopping centers and diverse stores/food, schools, libraries, I could go on and on; there’s just so much available and many ways to get to where you need to go, hence, no need for a car and there’s more to offer for kids more diversity in the city. But, alas, it’s too expensive, but then again Massachusetts is expensive itself.  So, I’ll stick to living where I am and visiting Boston when we can. 

Do you have a favorite bead shop? 

I did have a local favorite bead shop, it was in Plymouth, MA, it was called “Not Simply Beads” but due to the lovely economy it ended up closing. I was quite saddened, first because it was a small business and she was having to lose her business, second because my favorite local shop was closing, now where would I go for amazing beads.

I rarely shop online, if I do, I will buy on Etsy or a nice ‘mom and pop’ shop called “Gemsandknots.com” they sell lucite flowers. 

Let me know where you go.