Archive for Stuff I Make

Simply Designed Handmade Beaded Necklaces

This is one of the first necklaces I’ve made. A friend of mine gave me a bunch of blue beads that I later learned were part of a glass bead kit that featured all kinds of shades of blue beads. I love blue hues. Working with colors for this made the necklace fun to make. I decided to make it a short choker length necklace because I had casual summer beach jewelry in mind.

It’s a straightforward design and easy enough to make.

Glass Bead Necklace in Blue

Back of Blue Bead Necklace

This next necklace is a combination of chain and potato pearl beads with some acrylic beads plus some genuine raw garnet beads. I made a pair of short dangle earrings from the leftover potato pearls and rough garnet gemstones. I really enjoyed working with both materials – chain and beads.

Seems like there are so many expressions of this combination of materials. I find it inspiring and fun to work with.

Chain and Potato Pearls Plus Acrylic Necklace

Chain Plus Potato Bead Necklace Close Up

The necklace below, I whipped up really fast. I was wearing this black top and in the moment I was inspired to add something to it. I had materials for awhile and wanted to use them up. Finally an idea came to mind. I like this necklace because there’s something about it that’s a little more masculine than what I normally make and yet still feminine. I think the inverted triangle represents that strong femininity and the heavier chain is the masculine part.

Inverted Triangle Chain Necklace

Inverted Triangle Chain Necklace II

All of these necklaces were fun to make and I was inspired when making each one. On of my favorite things about making necklaces is receiving ideas. The necklaces featured here are pretty simple designs.

Until next time, keep enjoying the little things in life!

 

DIY Spring Wreath Idea

One thing about me is that I’ve always got something to do. I never get bored. I can’t. I’ve got too many projects that I have planned to do. I have most of them written down in a small notebook called “Home Projects”. A lot of my projects are home related, like for better organizing or for beautification, or maybe it’s something I can re-use in a new way. Some home projects I just try because I’ve seen it done somewhere else and I think “why not” , just to try it.

One of those home projects is a handmade DIY wreath. I always see these beautiful wreaths sold at stores like Target, Wayfair, Pottery Barn or Harry & David. And honestly, while I love them, I feel that the prices on those things are more than I want to pay. Inspired by DIY wreaths across the internet, I finally got around to making my own Spring/Summer DIY Wreath.

I happen to see a smaller sized wooden wreath for $1.00 at Target. I picked it up because at a price like that, it can’t be beat. I’d been thinking of working with a larger size wreath, but I justified that the smaller wreath would be less intimidating to work with, being my first time and all.

Next thing I did, I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store because they were having a faux/silk flower sale. It was a very good thing that the silk flowers were on sale because they definitely can add $$ up if you’re working on a larger flower arrangement. Heck, even a small one, like mine. Surprisingly, the flowers cost me about $20.00 for all of my selections (on sale).

When I went to Jo-Ann’s, I intuitively picked out my flowers. I didn’t go for a theme. I didn’t go for any particular type of flower. I went with the feeling I get thinking about Spring. To me, Spring is about renewal. Spring is about freshness. I chose fresh and renewing colors. As a result, I ended up with a Spring wreath that I can keep on the entrance door of my home throughout the Summer.

Pictures of my home project DIY Spring Wreath:

Door Spring Wreath

 

Handmade Spring Wreath

Home Project Spring Wreath

 

If you’ve never tried to make a wreath and you’ve given it a thought, you should go for it! It’s an easy project, perfect for someone just getting into the groove of their creative side.

Here’s what you’ll need, in no particular order:

– a glue gun (with the little glue sticks)

– flower wire

– silk flowers

– wire cutters

– a wreath (I recommend a wood one for working with the silk flowers).

– definitely, you’ll need inspiration, so scour around the web for some ideas of what you’d like yours to look like.

Please let me know what you think!

Juicing with Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Is So So Good

Along with the lifestyle change of low carb and low sugar eating, this household has also been experimenting with juicing. Now I’ve mentioned before how much we love drinks around here but I’ve never been too into smoothies, nor am I particularly into fruit juices.

As for smoothies, they seem to always taste too sweet and fruit juice has never tasted like fruit to me. The juices I’ve actually enjoyed are Aguas Frescas. Aguas Frescas is Fresh Waters in espaÑol. I grew up with Agua de Sandia (watermelon), Agua de Fresa (strawberry) and Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus). There’s more than that, but these are my faves. Basically, these aguas frescas are fresh fruit juice mixed in with sugar, water, seeds, and sometimes soda water. I don’t know that they are the healthiest, but at least they taste fresh.

My mom and dad had a juicer growing up, so we always had fresh orange juice, apple juice, carrot juice and I’m sure other green stuff I didn’t drink back then. I don’t know why I never thought of getting a juicer before my Mother suggested it. She got to thinking about getting a new one after a woman told her how much weight she lost just juicing.

The juicer we have is a Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700 Watt Juice Extractor for just $100 bucks. Check it out here on Amazon. This is it here.

Image of Breville BJE200XL Compact Juicer

Life has gotten so sweet since our introduction to this juicer. It’s compact which I love. It’s pretty quiet. The price point is right on. And the juice is sooooo yummy! I make easy fresh fruit and veggie drinks that taste out of this world and go straight to the blood stream. All I have to do is cut up the fruits and veggies and in the shoot they go. I give the pulp that’s left over in the juicer carrousel thingy to my pups, mixed in with their hard food.

Honestly, the juice is addicting. Who knew! Drinking veggies like kale, celery, spinach, carrots, beets, ginger or whatever greens I want is really delish. It’s filling and can even replace a meal if I wanted. I actually miss drinking the juice when I don’t drink any for a few days. Crazy!

I don’t claim to know the health science behind juicing, but I do know how much better I feel since making fresh juice and veggie drinks. It’s also pretty neat to see my husband enjoying them, too, especially since he’s been a grocery packaged fruit juice drinker since he was a kid. He’s actually making and enjoying the fresh fruits juices now. I haven’t gotten him to drink the veggie drinks though … well, not yet. Even if he only drinks fresh fruit juices, it’s still a healthier move than drinking a packaged fruit juice.

Image of Beet Juice

Bowl of Fruit and Vegetables

 

Juices can be very simple or more elaborate. Because I’m a simple gal, I either mix fruits and veggies based on colors or I just make a simple 2-3 ingredient juice, like apples, oranges and lemon.

And just to put it out there, if you are on a low carb low sugar lifestyle, you might think fresh juices or juicing is like a contraindication. Not necessarily. I am a firm firm believer in Balance. It is so important to monitor yourself whenever making changes to your diet or lifestyle. Introducing new things should be viewed as an experimental process. When I drink a veggie juice at night,  I often don’t feel the need to eat a full on meal, but I do know that the next morning it’s going to be important for me to eat something with lots of protein and probably fiber to ensure I get good long lasting energy. If I have a fresh fruit juice, I watch what other sugars I’m eating through out the day. I check in with myself to see how I’m feeling.

Lots of life is made up of wee compromises. Those small decisions for this or that are actually moving us towards balance. The changes that we’ve been making in our home are beginning to show just that.

Image of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bowl