Monday, January 29, 2018

Live and Learn category

This is a set I made on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The necklace is 33 inches long! Since we've moved to this cold-in-the-winter climate, I find the necklaces I wear need to be long 'cause I wear long sleeve knit shirts all the time now. The shirts have a boat neck and go straight across, so anything on a short chain usually falls behind it. I'm usually always wearing an apron and tuck the jewelry behind, but that's a story for another day.

This pendant is a multicolored labradorite mix that I've had for a long time. I really never had an impulse to make something with it because it is so dark. However, living in a state that makes snow instead of hot humid weather changed my color needs. Now, dark feels warm, so I go for it, big time.  

Because I used a mix of black jet and the gray crazy lace agate beads, glass beads and some silver charms I had enough to make two bracelets, also: a parure!

Definition of Parure: a French word commonly used to describe a set of three or more matching pieces of jewelry. Yes, I did make three items and I've worn them all together. 

 Yesterday, I made chocolate chip cookies. Another impulse that is the result of cold weather. I'll have to admit it was a lot of fun. I got to pull out my 30 year old mixer and use my mellon-baller to scoop out the dough making most of the cookies about the same size.  Plus, I don't have to use my fingers to push the dough off a spoon onto the cookie sheet.
That bad boy at the end of this tunnel like kitchen is a gas stove. I'd always dreamed of having a gas stove. I'm over it. Give me electric! The cook top I had in Florida had burners that heated up the bottom of a pot uniformly. This gas ring thing causes uneven heating and it takes a long time, a really long time to make water boil. grrrrrr.... 
And this thing has two ovens, another item I had put on my wish list. Wrong Again! Give me back my big space oven with three roomy racks. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to wish for stuff...
This is what snow in our back yard looks like. Pretty. And very cold in 22 degree mornings. 

"Be careful what you wish for, you may get it"  

- quoted by Uhura in "A Search for Spock"

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