Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bracelets of Glass

I woke up in the middle of the night with all of these bracelet ideas running through my mind.  

My first thought was, "Should I get up and make them so I don't forget?"
Then I realized that I had envisioned it, so I would definitely remember in the morning. I love having a photographic memory...

I did have trouble sleeping the rest of the night. I was just so excited to wake up and get to work making my vision come to life!! 

When I awoke in the morning, I poured my cup of coffee and got to work!!!  
I even had to remind myself to drink the coffee, before it got cold, because I was so inspired!!!

This one is the first vision I got...

Then came this one, it's my FAVORITE!!!

This one is made with Sodalite Stones

This one is for a little girl ♥

My first Necklace,  I love it!!

I will be selling these items at The Little Red Barn Sale April 28th-29th.

If you are interested in purchasing any of my jewelry,  
please send me a message.


Each bracelet is $25
Earrings $15
 Bracelet & Earring set is $40
Necklace $50

Friday, March 16, 2012

Bridesmaid Dress into a Luxurious Baby Blanket

A world traveling girlfriend of mine departed again to travel the west coast, working on a cruise line...so exciting!!

 As she was packing to leave she found her old bridesmaid dresses 
and a few other items that she wouldn't be taking with her.
She had kept them because they had meant something to her, but she knew she wouldn't be wearing them on the ship either...hahahahaha!!
She also didn't want to just give them away...
and she then she thought of me ♥  

She KNEW I could do something with some of them 
and whatever I couldn't use I would just donate myself...
or make into something.

At first, I wasn't sure what I would do with any of the dresses, 
so they sat on a shelf in the bag for two months.

Until, I was invited to join in the little red barn sale in Norcross April 28th & 29th, 
by my sister.

I wanted to have items that represented me and my talents.

I am MOST passionate about special requests, 
and especially making baby blankets. 
Just knowing that a sweet little baby will have their first moments pushing themselves up on top of the blanket,  
or cozying up and going to sleep beneath it, is so priceless ♥ 

So,  I decided to make the most luxurious baby blanket I have ever made out of these two dresses...

I will be heading  to JoAnn Fabrics to get some flannel for the back and batting for the inside...
I am thinking a white flannel will be perfect!!!

Please let me know if you are interested in having your old bridesmaid dresses 
or prom dresses made into something special for you 
or for someone special to you ♥

Monday, March 12, 2012

Aunt Anne's Lemon Squares


 Aunt Anne's Lemon Squares

Preheat oven to 350

2 Sticks of cold butter (unsalted)
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Flour (all purpose)

Pastry Knife
Parchment paper
Baking Sheet 13x9

Blend above ingredients with pastry knife until it resembles small crumbs.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, 
pour then press mixture evenly into pan with your hands.
Bake 15 minutes or until edges are brown. 

Lemon Layer

2 Cups Sugar
1/4 Cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 eggs
8 Tablespoons lemon zest*
6 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
You will need about 7 or 8 Lemons

Confectioners Sugar for dusting over the top after cooling.

*To Zest a Lemon 
(wash the lemon, dry with paper towel, using the fine/small holes on the cheese grater, 
grate the outside of the lemons BEFORE you juice them, makes it a lot easier)

Combine the Lemon Layer ingredients with a whisk and pour evenly over the baked crust.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, when edges have begun to brown.

Cool in pan 5 minutes, remove from pan by picking up the parchment paper edges.  
Using a sifter,  dust the confectioners sugar over the top covering all the lemon, not too much though...

Cut into squares using a pizza cutter ☺

These lemon squares are so special to me.

While my family was mourning the loss of my Grandfather, in 2009, 
we were visiting at my aunts home after the funeral...
then we found out our uncle had passed away suddenly at the age of 54, the night before.  
We were DEVASTATED to say the least...

My aunt Anne and I couldn't process,  
we HAD to bake, 
so we went to the store and got 8 lemons 
and the ingredients for a few other things. 
We went back to my aunts home and made these  ♥

Every year at Christmas Aunt Anne sends these, 
along with MANY other cookies to us and many others...it is so special.

Do you have a special story that goes along with anything you make?!
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