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.
This 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.
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.
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.
In 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.
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Tagged agate, botswana agate, Bracelet, cotton cord, crystal quartz, gemstone, handmade jewelry, jade, jewelry, red coral, turquoise
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.
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.
I put two jump rings on each side of necklace to control the cotton cords. I also wrapped additional cord around in the back.
Some crafts coming up next time using concrete.
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.
To 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.
So if porridge isn’t your thing, try it with some fresh berries and I’m sure it’ll go down.
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.
I 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.
I 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.
So remember to live your dream.
This 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.
You 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.
This 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.
Even 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Have a wonderful day.
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.
(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.
The cardamom makes this jam my favorite. Now all you need is vanilla ice cream.