Finally, I’m back to doing!

I’ve finally returned to making jewelry.  I’ve been neglecting this for a few weeks while I’ve been working on my house.  I really miss doing the jewelry, and after a while, when I don’t do it, I get down.   It is a great love, and I would do it even if I did not sell it.  This is a fun bracelet to make and looks good on my wrist.  It molds to fit the wrist, so it stays in place.  There is no clasp.

So now all I have to do is get my web site updated with some new things.

Thanks for any comments .

Back in Action

So, I’ve decided to really try to try to set up my website for sales as well as to show off the jewelry I make.  I joined a group called ’30 sales in 30 days.’. Today is the first day and my task for today is to decide on 3 actions I will take towards this goal.

The first and second actions are easy to decide:. First I am going to add something new to my website every day.  A lot of the items on the website are sold, and I usually only make one of a kind items.  Second I am going to update this blog with what I added and I am going to ask my followers here and on Facebook if they would share the item with their followers.  When I add an item to my website, it automatically is added to my Facebook page.

Not all updates will be about jewelry.  I still like to cook and show pictures of my grandchildren.

A little self-promotion here:. My shop is


Recovering my Outdoor Furniture Set

I have a set of wicker furniture that I use on my screened in porch.  The set needs new cushions including foam and batting as well as the fabric.  I’ve been putting off doing them because it’s quite a bit of work to get the covers onto the foam and either sew up the eam or put a zipper in.

Instead of covering cushions with fabric slip covers, I plan to buy a piece of wood to use as a base for the foam and batting.  Then I will put on the fabric and staple to the underside of the wood.  As far as I can think, this would be ok except that the cushions would not be reversible. It seems that this be easier and faster to do it this way, and I would use less fabric because there is no bottom.  I am debating about putting cording around the base of the cushion or just rounding the edge.

I don’t think the cushions would sit higher off the floor because I would not use a think piece of wood, just enough to hold the staples.

If anyone’s done this or has any comments I would appreciate it.




Potato Soup

The potato soup I made came out really well.  But I made some changes.  First I added a cup of carrots, because I really like carrots.  Then I sauteed the onions, carrots and celery in olive oil before adding the cut up potato and the chicken broth.  I let that cook about 30 minutes, until the potatoes were done.   Next I added the corn starch mixed with about 1/4 cup water to thicken the  soup. Then, because I don’t like all the calories and fat, I used 2 cups of skim milk. And last I added about 1/2 t cajun seasoning because I like it a little hot.  Not quite as creamy, but still very good.


Potato Soup

It’s been cold and rainy here in Virginia especially for this time of year.  So, tomorrow, I plan to make potato soup.  I have not made it in a wile and went to the Internet, of course, to look up the ingredients.  There were many listed but I chose the one titled ‘Old Fashioned”.  There were a few quick and easy, but I always think that soup cooking on the stove for a few hours makes it taste better.    I would never buy canned soup because it’s too espensive and not as tasty.  Whenever I go to visit my granchildren, I bring a soup.  They love them.  I always bring 2 quarts, one for them to eat now and one for the freezer.  My daughter loves to cook, and likes her family to have home-cooked meals, but she works and sometimes it’s hard.  My granddaughters who are now 7 and 5 also love to cook.  My grandson is 8.  He likes to make cookies, and help in the kitchen.

Here’s a link to the recipe:  I used half-and-half rather than cream and milk.

Potato Soup Recipe


Dogs and Granchildren

My annual Winter vacation is almost over.  I love it here in Florida, but by this time I am anxious to go home and see my beautiful grandchildren.  They all change so much in just a few months.  I miss them and can’t wait to see them.  I’ve decided that next year when I come here, I will start a project with them.  This year I tried to take pictures of Bradley’s (my dog) friends. I can print out the pictures and send them so they can put them in a scrapbook I will give them for Christmas.  I hope they will enjoy the project.  I know I will.


New Necklace – Abalone (paua) shell


Finally, I am back to writing my blog.  I like to keep track of my thoughts and this is the best way for me to do it.  It’s a beautiful, sunny day here at Lake Anna.  I am looking forward to my children and grandchild coming for the weekend.  I have to get the boat cleaned up today and get it started.  Hopefully, I won’t have too much trouble.  I also have to get some gas for it.  Weekends at the Lake are wonderful.

Today I posted a necklace I made for the Summer.  It’s abalone shell also known as paua shell.  It has great colors of iridescent blue, green and some white.  I think it will go great for a lot of Summer events like picnics, pool parties (without going in the pool), and with a  cool sundress.  More information about the necklace is available at my website:

I will take some pictures of the lake and boat and post them later.