Thursday, August 25, 2011

back to beadin'

I'm back from Beadfest in Philadelphia. It was a great time. I stayed with friends Joy Cichewicz and Kathleen Robinson Young -- fellow beadmakers, for one night and then onward to Susan Feeley's for the remainder of the time. Susan also makes lampwork beads and some fabulous jewelry. She helped me teach the classes and was great. I will put pictures up soon but need to unpack the camera!
and now the first days of school. The first time since I was in kindergarten, starting as a 4 year old, (almost 5) that I haven't gone to school in the fall. My husband is still teaching Math, and I am grateful to be able to stay home and play with glass. And unpack, and uhhh a bunch of other things that have been put off. There is a list which includes all those things I haven't gotten to because of travel and work. Like paint the bench outside. That kind of stuff.
There are still a few boxes in the car, the suitcase almost unpacked and treasures from the vendors to play with. But I am, for sure, finding time to torch. Here's a set of simple beads from yesterday. There are some focals coming up to. But those will go into jewelry at first for a couple shows coming up.
Maybe you will all see a few more postings now that I am not doing yearbook (YAY!!!!) and interim reports and report cards!! (Yay again!!))

Sunday, August 14, 2011

homemade ice cream

It's always been a goal of mine to eat foods as close to natural forms as possible and it's surprising to see how many kids I taught ate all kinds of processed and fast foods. Unbelievable actually. We so need to educate our young people on nutrition. That said (ha ha!) How about some ice cream?

I can make ice cream with half and half, sugar, vanilla, and fresh fruit. (recipe below)


I could go to a fast food place................

A typical artificial strawberry flavor, like the kind found in a fast food (not saying names here) strawberry milk shake, contains the following ingredients: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, g-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.

Want my recipe?

4 c half and half

1/2 c milk

1 and 1/8 c sugar

1 1/2 t vanilla. (or more if you like)

put this in your ice cream maker. Add some fruit if you want or slice some fruit over it.

fresh stuff. natural flavors. :-)

spread it on graham crackers. yah................

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fire Divas Treasury Giveaway

Bead Jeweled - A Fire Diva's Treasury Give Away

This month, the Fire Divas are breaking out all the stops and creating a great collection of beads to be featured in the Fire Divas first ever Etsy Team Treasury Giveaway.
Your are probably familiar with Etsy's treasuries, which are collections of items chosen by individual curators, often with a theme. The Fire Divas are doing something special. Not only are we creating a treasury featuring many of the Fire Divas showing off their interpretation of a "Bead Jeweled" theme, but we are giving them all away to FOUR very lucky winners!
Each winner will receive four awesome beads from this collection. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on our treasury HERE and "heart" or add all the featured shops in it as a favorite. Only one comment/person, please! Winners will be chosen at random on August 21, 2011.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Interesting day in Mt Holly

This has been quite a week.

I remember asking my Grandmother years ago about what she did when she got home from vacation, and she told me it took her about a week to get her energy back. Well, that seemed strange to a young woman in her 20's but now I 'get it' .
My husband and I talked about that this morning how we just now are feeling 'normal' again after that whirlwind tour through Michigan, etc. in the month of July. I think my car has 3000 miles on it!

So this week we've unpacked, washed absolutely everything and now have some yard work to do. Check out the picture! This is within a mile of our house. In about 2 hours 5.5 inches of rain fell on our little town. It's hilly and the water ran down a block of hill, through parking lots to the lowest spot. This block of buildings is across the street from a large berm that a railroad track is on. The berm acted like a levy, held the water, and the people pictured here were trapped in a building. Water blocked the back door and the front door. The rescuers broke a window and pulled the people out to safety. Rumor has it there was 5 feet of water in the building. The buildings next to it also were flooded. There was all kinds of water in Charlotte too, with major streets shut down.

Our own little yard had rivers running through, down the hill and into a small drainage/creek, which became a river. Now the koi pond still looks muddy after 2 days of running two filters, but it is improving, and we can see the fish again. Some mulch needs to be replaced, since it washed away, and we need to bring in a bit of soil where our grass was just starting to seed in and grow. (hubby put weed killer on the grass and killed the weeds, which left lots of spots to reseed)
Feeling like Noah that day, watching the rain and marveling at the power of water.... it gave us a day we stayed in and really just watched a few movies, baked a loaf of bread, and ignored the laundry. We should all have that kind of a day and sometimes the weather just insists that we do!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hooray! Home again!

Wow I could be at a loss for words on how busy last month was, but hey, have you known me to be quiet? ever? haha
My husband and I were very lucky to see our kids, our parents, our friends, this past month in a whirlwind kind of vacation.
Since we got out of school, we've been to too many states (including the state of confusion!) and haven't had much down time.
Now we're home. we're unpacking, and I'm trying to get myself together!
Laundry abounds since our clothing has a bit of campfire smell :-). There are still a few things in the car to unpack, but luckily some bins we brought in are now empty.
How do you unpack? My husband brings everything in and puts it in one spot. I bring it in bit by bit and put it away. Packing and unpacking isn't something I enjoy. And usually something important is forgotten. Like the time I went to Chicago in December and didn't pack any socks! oops! Or the time I went to Detroit in the winter and realized as my husband drove away from the airport (without his cell phone) that my winter coat was in the front seat of his car. That was interesting since it was about zero degrees when we landed. A sweatshirt purchased at the airport, was handy and I put on my gloves, and ran as fast as possible to the car rental place.
Anyhoo.... we're back! Stay tuned for a few pictures and hopefully... soon.... some new beads etc.