Saturday, November 03, 2012

Let it shine bracelet by Ellad

One of the Ella d bracelets. I would like to change the white beads next time around. It was a bit difficult to make but second time should be a breeze.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

thin tila bead bracelet

This is a Tila bead thin bracelet that I couldn't find any instructions for. Batya, a local instructor, showed me how to make it and said one of her students had learned it in a class or store locally. It turns out to be very quick a nd fun to make. I used 25 tila beads for the base. To begin take a seed bead size 11 and then one Tila bead and repeat until you have the right length minus the clasp. then you return to the other hole on the Tila bead and go back working the same size 11 beads in between the Tila beads. That is the bottom of the bracelet. the second or top layer consists of 4 size 15 beads and one crystal size 4. You begin by taking one size 15 and going into one of the 11 beads on the bottom. then pick up another size 15 bead and into the crystal. Pick up another size 15 and  Go into the bottom 11 bead and repeat all the length on the same side of the bracelet. At the end, return on the other side, now just going into an 11 bead and a crystal but adding a 15 before and after so you will end up with 4 size 15 beads between each crystal. The crystal is only added on the first pass of the top layer. On the return you go into the existing crystal just adding your size 15 beads before and after going into the size 11 from the base. You don't go into the Tila on the top layer at all. Make sure to keep to the same side when you add the size 15s.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

new bracelets

Both were Deborah Roberti designs several years ago. I changed the type of beads and thread for the blue white one.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

fixed error

I was unhappy with a glaring error in this bracelet but here I have fixed it. Can you spot the place?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Alexandra set from Roberti

This is a pretty set, but it took me over 3 days for the bracelet and a few hours more on the earrings. I might do the earrings again.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Roberti tila bracelet

I'm going to enjoy wearing this one. Pattern from Deborah Roberti. It took 3 days.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

magnetic clasp

Hong Kong beadstore

After many trips to Kowlooon to the MTR stop at Cham Shi Po (exit A), I finally got to this bead store which stocks Miyuki and Matsuno beads. They only take cash as do the other stores there. They sell in ounces instead of grams and the prices are t he HK dollar which is about 8 to one US dollar. I felt prices were very good. I found Tila beads that were on the latest catalog list and was told they are the only store plus the main store in Taiwan to get them. But mainly I wanted gold beads and did get them. They speak good English and also stock needles, threads, some English books, etc. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Moussaka my way

1 lb ground beef and  1 large onion both fried. Add 1 small eggplant cut up in small pieces, half a red pepper, 2 small cans of t omato sauce, 1/2 cup of white wine, lots of water, salt, pepper and some Italian spice. cook covered on low fire for about one hour.

new brascelet (Jayccee design)

Bracelet design from Jaycee. Uses size 15s 24 karat gold, Swarovski 3mm pink pearls, rice pearls 4x6mm and some size 11 gold beads. 

Monday, August 06, 2012

Earring present

These earrings are for a dear email friend who couldn't find the earrings in red that she wanted so hope she likes these.

Maroon bracelet Ella Des

This is called the Maroon bracelet and is a  pattern available on line from Ella Des. I have also seen a bracelet very similar on a French site with the same name. I really enjoyed making this one and plan on doing it again. Ella des is very talented.

Cha cha bangle

The photo has two bangles with the same beads. The smaller one on the left took several hours to make a nd the larger one over a week. That one was a pattern on Etsy from Debbie von Tronder and the small one was figured out by an Israeli beader called Danni. The stitch is a type of RAW using the new Twin beads.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

charity sweaters

green peppers, stuffed

4  green peppers cut in half lengthwise
1 lb hamburger meat
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 onion chopped
2 small cans tomato paste
salt, pepper, italian spice mix

Boil water and place peppers in without cooking for about 4 minutes.
Cook rice.
Fry onion and hamburger until red color is gone. Add spices.
Mix rice with hamburger  and fill the peppers. Place peppers in large casserole plate.
Put tomato paste in frying pan with equal amount of water and add more of the spices. Cook just a few minutes and spoon over the peppers.
Put the dish in oven  of 350 degrees for about half an hour.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

afghan collection

baby afghan wool or lapghan

Tunisian crochet

 granny square


granny square

log cabin knit


different crocheted squares


crochet and knit squares

tunisian crochet
baby afghan, acrylic yarn

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chicken breast caccitore for one or two

1 chicken breast cut in two pieces
flour with salt, pepper and Italian spice
1 small onion
Mushrooms (10 or 15) also cut up
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup water
2 small cans of tomato sauce
salt, pepper and Italian spice mix
1) Wash chicken and put piece by piece into food baggie which has about 4 heaping TBSPs of flour with salt, pepper and Italian spice mix
2) Fry chicken in hot corn oil on both sides until browned and remove
3) Fry quickly the cut up onion and mushrooms
4) In large cooking pan place the above and add the remaining ingredients. Cook about 30 to 45 minutes until done and can add more water if needed.
Note: If breast is big, can serve two or 3.

Friday, May 04, 2012

spicey eggplant salad

1) Bake at 180 deg cent 2 eggplants for one hour or until soft. 2) Place insides into food mixer with 2 minced garlic cloves and mix. 3) Fry in olive oil one onion, add one red pepper and one tomato and continue for about 5 minutes. Can add some water. Add spices: black pepper, salt, red pepper and paprika. Add eggplant mixture and cook for a few more minutes. cool

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Haftkowyc netted jewel earrings

This pattern was published in Beadwork, but I d on't have the date on it. I made all of them yesterday and today plan on more. I like playing with different color combinations. I might also add some more beads at the bottom.

Friday, April 20, 2012

cube earrings from Jensen pattern

I have the new Virginia Jensen book on cubes so made this simple pair of earrings which took a longer time than I had planned. It's basically brick stitch but she never mentions that word anywhere in the book or in the pattern. I probably will make more because I want to also use drops but couldn't f ind mine.