Tutorials: Hard Work!

I just finished putting that photo tutorial together on my personal blog and you can read it here, if you like. What a lot of work! I really, really appreciate all the bloggers who take tons of time putting those together so that the rest of us can try and create new and wonderful things. If you do choose to take a look at my personal blog, keep in mind you’ll see my personal opinions there. I have no intention of offending anyone with my own opinions but “you can’t please all the people all the time.” I enjoy making things and I love the idea of photo tutorials. I think, though, that considering the fact that it took me approximately 2 hours to do the photos and 3 or more hours to put everything together in my blog post, I won’t be doing too many of them.

I will be working on a jewelry set for a special event which is coming up soon. Our theater group hosts an awards ceremony every year and it’s a pretty fancy event. It’s a lot of fun! So I’ll be using bright aluminum to create the pieces for this event and if I can find some Swarovski crystals which will really add to the pieces, I’ll be using them as well. I have the base pattern down in the earrings but I’ll have to make sheets for the bracelet and necklace. They’ll take a considerable amount of time to put together but should make nice conversation pieces when completed. Wish me luck!

The rosettes are bright aluminum rings and the smaller rings that connect them together are stainless steel. I used silver-toned lever back earrings to finish them.

The rosettes are bright aluminum rings and the smaller rings that connect them together are stainless steel. I used silver-toned lever back earrings to finish them.

The rosettes are also called Mobius Weave by some. If you’d like to learn more about why, here’s a link to some info on the mobius strip.

“God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.” ~ Marcus Garvey

God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
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Gift Tags Recycle Project

I just started working on a new project. The idea was sparked by this post on Colorful Threads of Life blog. Gift tags can get pretty pricey when you consider the level of beauty or intricacy. I thought it would be great if I could put some of my own together using things we have around the house, particularly recyclable items. So I went to work trying out my idea. We’ve been collecting cardboard beverage sleeves from the times we buy coffee at the local cafe over the last few weeks. I was planning to use them in scrapbooking, but Christmas is coming up. I think I’ll need gift tags sooner than I’ll need scrapbooking supplies. I’m pleased with the results and I’m pleased that I learned something new concerning grommet/eyelet tools. *chuckles* Please stay tuned and I’ll post the link to my personal blog in tomorrow’s post. (I usually post about school projects and crafts and more family-related topics there.) I have to give kudos to all the folks who faithfully post photo tutorials on their blogs or websites. It’s definitely more work than I would’ve thought. I must confess to not really thinking about the work involved at all until now. I had to borrow a few hands to help with the photography and some of the steps. I’m really looking forward to posting my first tutorial with photos!  Hooray for teachers and students and the opportunity to learn and create!

I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.”  ~Eartha Kitt

“A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“When the student is ready, the master appears.” ~ Buddhist Proverb

 

Seasons Change

Every year when the season changes, it’s almost a given that at least one of us will suffer either a cold or sinus trouble. My allergies actually get worse in winter because it’s really damp in our area. I keep a healthy supply of raw honey (for allergies and sore throat), ginger tea (for swelling, asthma and stomach issues), peppermint tea (for stomach issues) and echinacea tea (for allergies) on hand for these occasions. It’s no fun when any of us is not feeling well. I just want to do all I can to make that healing go faster. Keeping those things in mind, I thought I’d post a few links to yummy or useful goodies to help with seasonal changes and the troubles they bring. I hope you find them helpful. 

I just tried this recipe last night. It’s pretty doggone tasty! I was pleasantly surprised. It did make my throat feel better and I think I slept better. Hot Toddy Recipe

Chicken Soup Recipe from The Pioneer Woman blog

I don’t know how effective these would really be, nor do I think I’m dedicated enough to give them a try but some of you might find these helpful. At least you’d know what’s in them and not have the added sugars and chemicals that are in the cough drops and such available at most stores. Cough Drop Lollipop Recipe and I think it’s only right to include the Herbal Oils and Remedies blog where I found the link to the recipe.

This is a recipe I’m definitely going to try as soon as I can get my hands on some eucalyptus oil. Homemade Chest Rub

I hope these links are helpful. I’m almost certain you can add a bit of that oil for the chest rub to a hot bath and find a bit of relief that way, too, though I’m going to leave a bit of room for error there. When using any home remedy, one should always keep in mind the possibility of allergic reaction to any of those things you’ve never tried before. For instance, try the chest rub on a small patch of your skin before slathering it on a larger area. If you try it on your inner arm, it’ll be easier to deal with there than if you have a reaction on your upper torso.

With that, I’ll close. I hope everyone is enjoying a good week so far and that it only gets better from here. See you again tomorrow!

“The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.  Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around…. Throughout history, “tender loving care” has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.”  ~Larry Dossey

The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.”  ~John Redman Coxe, 1800

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”  ~Irish Proverb

 

Quoteful Saturday: Flame

All of today’s quotes were taken from this page on ThinkExist.

“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~ Socrates

And here’s a song from one of my favorite ambient composers. I hope you enjoy it.