1,2,3 little bracelets

I’ve done quite a few bracelets this summer but I’ve just had no time to blog. You’ll see in my next blog post why. But getting to the point, here three bracelets that I have to show you. Hope you like them.

Black cracked agate stone with crystal quartz and white jade braceletThis first bracelet is made of black cracked faceted agate stone with Tibetan silver beads, crystal quartz and white jade. I do like the doughnut  shaped Tibetan silver beads that I just put into a row. Note that Tibetan silver isn’t sterling silver.

Black cracked agate stone with crystal quartz and white jade bracelet Black cracked agate stone with crystal quartz and white jade bracelet
Botswana agate bracelet

This second bracelet is made using botswana agate nuggets. I’ve always thought that this particular stone is fantastic. Look at the amount of colors and textures. I used cotton cord where I stringed the agates.

Botswana agate braceletBotswana agate bracelet

Turquoise and red coral bracelet

The last one is a turquoise and red coral bracelet with sterling silver findings. This is one of my favorites and I really love the little silver bead that dangles from the bracelet.

Turquoise and red coral braceletTurquoise and red coral braceletIn the end this was an interesting set since here you can see three ways to make bracelets. The first one uses metal wires, the second one cord and the third jewelry wire.

Next time you’ll see what else I’ve got going on.

- Alina

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Rings for my girls tutorial

My eldest has been asking me when will she get her own rings and each time I’ve had tell her that when she is older. A few days back I decided to do something about this and finally we had more rings than fingers.

Rings

These were a hit with the girls and they would have probably wanted even more but time ran out. But they do look wonderful. I did a little tutorial for you.

Ring tutorialRing tutorialRing tutorialRing tutorialThat is how simple it is. So try it out and enjoy!

RingsRingsRingsThe girls were in such a hurry that this was the best photo I got of the rings. My youngest is going through her strong willed 3 year old phase and turns instantly away when I try to photograph her. My eldest luckly let me take one photo of her hands before she was off to play princess.

Rings- Alina

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What to do with 20 mm gemstones?

I’ve had these large 20 mm agate stones lying around for 3 years. I think they are fantastic looking but I never really knew what to do with them. I’ve been playing around with leather and cotton cord for sometime now and I finally found a match for the stones.

Faceted 20 mm agate necklace with cotton cord

Faceted 20 mm agate necklace with cotton cord

The down to earth colors of the stones are lovely. It is so beautiful how the colors shift from all these wonderful hues. The brown cotton cord really fits in with the stones.

Faceted 20 mm agate necklace with cotton cord Faceted 20 mm agate necklace with cotton cord

I put two jump rings on each side of necklace to control the cotton cords. I also wrapped additional cord around in the back.

Faceted 20 mm agate necklace with cotton cord Faceted 20 mm agate necklace with cotton cord Faceted 20 mm agate necklace with cotton cord

Some crafts coming up next time using concrete.

- Alina

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If porridge isn’t you thing…

Strawberry season is here and we had some fresh strawberries growing just outside our door I decided to surprise the girls in the morning with a yummy breakfast by using these lovely strawberries. My girls and I eat porridge nearly each morning. It usually isn’t anything fancy but if you got 2 minutes more time to make it you can really make it into something good.

Strawberry porridge

Strawberry porridgeTo make this porridge you only need is oatmeal, berries, salt and sugar. I first let the oatmeal cook for a while. I sliced up most of the strawberries and mixed them into the porridge. I let them soften up and bring a little color to the porridge. I seasoned the porridge with sugar and salt. A pinch of salt is enough so be careful. Put some fresh strawberries on top.

Strawberry porridge

So if porridge isn’t your thing, try it with some fresh berries and I’m sure it’ll go down.

- Alina

 

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Light blue bracelet

A few stones that I have purchased have come with a large hole diameter. Usually the hole is under 0.7 mm but this these light blue faceted agate stones had a hole with a diameter of 1mm. This is sometimes a problem but in this case it was great.

Light blue faceted agate stone braceletI had 1mm cotton cord that fit nicely with these quite fancy stones. The agate stones are 10mm and due to the large hole I was able to use with the cotton cord. I really like to mix these down to earth cotton cord with the fancy faceted stones.

Light blue faceted agate stone braceletI think the little round charm with the thought is lovely. I just order some more with other thoughts. I can’t wait to get them. This is odd for me that I like them since I’ve only lately started liking these but my mom has taught me that you can always change your mind. I added a light yellow swarovski crystal to the bracelet. The blue and the yellow really work nicely in this together.

Light blue faceted agate stone bracelet

Light blue faceted agate stone bracelet

So remember to live your dream.

- Alina

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Black currant and mint leaf juice

Black currant and mint leaf juiceThis has to be absolutely my favorite juice of all time. I did it last year for the first time and since then I have been anxiously waiting for the next summer.

Now that our summer holiday started and we have settled at our cottage, I got to making this wonderful juice. We are more accustomed to making juice out of apples, red and black currant berries so this was a lovely surprise last year. Leaves work as well!

I’ll share this fresh and mouth tingling recipe with you and I really do hope that if you have access to these leaves you will surely try it. It is a fun way to start the juice making season and so easy that anyone can do it.

Mint leavesYou are going to need mint and black currant leaves. Then only water, sugar and citric acid. The acid at least here in Finland can be found at drug stores. The citric acid looks just like sugar and is the culprit causing your lips to pucker up when taking a bite of a lemon or tasting unsweetened lemon juice.

Black currant leavesThis time you’ll get the recipe like this. Hope you can all read it but don’t be afraid to ask if you have trouble reading it.

Leaf juice recipeEven though the recipe says you get 2 1/2 litres of ready juice remember that you are actually getting a lot more since you can really water it down.

Black currant and mint leaf juiceBoletesThe day came to a perfect end when I found two boletes right in middle of our yard. The mushroom season is starting and these little two beauties were our first treats. I can’t wait but first I’ll enjoy our soon to be ready carrots and potatoes.

Have a wonderful evening. I’m off to making jewelry.

- Alina

 

 

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Jewelry for my little girls

During Christmas I made some heart decorations out of brown clay. I had some left over and sometime ago I took it out again. I let my girls play with it and they created some really cute shapes using all my cookie cutters. Unfortunately most of the shapes did not survive for long since the girls were a bit rough with them after the clay had dried but I did save two little hearts. Perfect I thought! we’ll make necklaces.

Clay heart covered with glitter necklace for kids All it needed was glue ( I used spray glue but I’m sure any glue will do), glitter, string and of course the hearts. The holes in the hearts I had poked with a straw before we let them dry.

Clay heart covered with glitter necklace for kids

Then I sprayed the glue and let the girls choose the glitters and let them just glitter away. Hint. When I use any kinds of sprays, I use a cardboard box. The four walls of the box really help in containing the spray.

Clay heart covered with glitter necklace for kids

I then added the string and that was it. Easy but so adorable. The girls loved them and what was even better was that they were able to also participate. That is always the best part!

Clay heart covered with glitter necklace for kidsHave a wonderful day.

- Alina

 

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Matching takes time

Time is always a strain on jewelry making. The spring has been a tough one since a ever lasting flu hit us and that took away all the energy. We also finally started our renovation at home and I had to evacuate me, the girls and my things to the cottage for weeks. Not a small move.

So finally I got all my things in order and can start concentrating again. One thing that takes a lot of time is the inspiration when making jewelry. I would love to mix different stones more but that takes so much time to find the perfect match. Luckly this time I somewhat managed to do this.

Agate necklaceAgate necklaceAgate necklaceThe necklace and the bracelet are both made of 10 mm faceted cracked agate stones which vary in color, grey faceted 6mm agate, white jade cubes, 10 mm matte champagne colored sea shell pearls and 8 mm aquamarine stones. I also added some silver cubes as well.

Agate braceletThe bracelet is actually one long strand that I just wrap around my wrist. I like it how the strand overlaps itself.

Agate bracelet

More to come hopefully soon but today I might need a nap instead of jewelry making. We have the chicken pox now since the flu is gone and the nights have been quite hectic. Family life as they say.

- Alina

 

 

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Chunky but down to earth

I created this chunky bracelet last saturday morning when I had an unexpected free morning from family life. What an odd feeling of being free to do whatever you want and at the same time being totally lost.

Chunky bracelet 2014-06-15-16.42.13Th bracelet consists of silver beads, tiger eye, picasso jasper, picture jasper smoky quartz and goldstone gemstones.

Chunky braceletChunky braceletChunky braceletI actually do love good chunky bracelets. I can’t wait to try other colors. Good night you all!

- Alina

 

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Rhubarb jam

I did post a picture of this jam last year but I do believe it is necessary again. There are two reasons for this. I really love this jam for it’s two ingredients, rhubarb and cardamom, and two, I did not give out the recipe last year.

Rhubarb jam RhubarbJamTitle(approx. 4 dl)

500 g rhubarb
4 dl jam sugar (that’s what it’s called in Finland)
1/2 dl water
1/2 tl cardamom

1. Peel the rhubarbs and shop the up into a kettle. Add the sugar, water and cardamom. Bring it to a boil and  peel the foam away.Let it boil until the rhubarbs are soft, approx. 10 mins.

Rhubarb jamThe cardamom makes this jam my favorite. Now all you need is vanilla ice cream.

- Alina

 

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