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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gluten-Free Feels Good

In an effort to eat gluten-free, I created a muffin recipe that I'd like to share.  This was my first crack at it and they turned out decent.  Next time I make them I will add the full 2 cups of blueberries and a couple tablespoons of toasted flax seeds.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

1 1/4 Cup Rice Flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Cup Melted Margarine
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg
3/4 Cup Evaporated Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

1 - 2 Cups Frozen Blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt,  rolled oats and cinnamon in a medium sized mixing bowl and form a well.

In a separate bowl whisk together melted margarine, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla.  Pour this into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir together until just mixed then mix in the berries.

Line muffin pan with paper cups and fill two thirds full.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  Makes 10 muffins.

Delicious, warm from the oven blueberry oatmeal muffins.
Thanks for dropping by my blog and if you try this recipe please let me know how it turned out for you!  Namaste.
Hand drawn mandala, Sandra Young.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March Madness Silent Auction

The "Valleyview Friends of the Library" March Madness Silent Auction and Sale began on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and will run all month long.  The silent auction items are located in the Gallery at the library.  You can view the items in person during open hours or you can view them on the Valleyview Municipal Library Website and the Library Facebook Page.  You may place bids in person, or by calling the library at 780 524 3033 or by email.  Bidding will close on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Here's the 3 piece hand made jewelry set that I donated.


This 3 piece set is designed with pink quartz, crystal, faux pearls, foil lined glass and silver accent beads and hand made by myself.  The necklace is 31" long and the earrings are 2.5" long.

The bracelet is adjustable to 8.5"
It's such a pretty set.  It would go with all your summer tanks and tees. Wear it alone or layer it with your favorites.
Nice and long dangly earrings.
A hand made work in progress.  

Please help support our local library by bidding on this and the many other items on display.

As always, thank you for dropping by my page.  Feel free to leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you and Namaste.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I Yoga

Three years ago I discovered the most amazing thing.  It's called YOGA, and I'm devoted.
Rodney Yee's DVD, YOGA for Beginners has forever changed my life.
My yoga mat travels with me wherever I go, so of course I have it with me now.  I came across the most appropriate quote today that applies to so many facets of my life.

Click here to see my previous post on YOGA.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I've been creating!

Come and get a jump start on your Christmas Shopping!  There are going to be lots and lots of vendors - the hall will be full and the Farmer's Market will be happening in the bingo hall too.  You don't want to miss this event!
Here's a bit of a peek at some of the items I've been working on:
Wickedly wonderful ceramic poison bottle!

A little bit of everything from Kazuri to Moonstone!

2-Strand Serpentine

My take on a beauty created by Heather Powers as seen in Lori Anderson's book, Bead Soup.
 A very dear friend requested a pearl bracelet so I've created a bunch for her to pick from:
Very simple.

A little bling with that?

'Wrapped' in pearls.

Infinity Pearls

Pearl Dangles

Come on out and support your local artisans and shop local!  See you there and Namaste!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Nice Surprise!

Just got back from a month-long holiday and a wonderful surprise awaited me in the mail!

Thank you very much Lori Anderson for your thoughtfulness.  You're a top-notch host for sure!!

Artfully packaged with a hand-written note.

A gorgeous lot of beads, brass and charms.  The charms are actually pennies!

And some yummy handmade glass!
I won't let one bad partner experience keep me from enjoying your bead blog hops in the future.  Thanks again!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sandra's Bead Soup Reveal

It's Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Day.  I've cooked up a number of pieces from the soup that my partner Erin Kenny sent me.
First up - the Focal

Sometimes simple is best so I highlighted the flecks of copper in the glass lamp work focal with glass beads and thin copper chain.
Matching earrings.
Up next - the Toggle

I made a casual bracelet utilizing this lovely silver toggle and stone beads included in the soup.

The focal and toggle were the only soup items that were mandatory to be used - not necessarily together.
And then I started playing with the mookaite and came up with a lovely watch.
And matching earrings.
The two wire wrapped stones had me stumped but I came up with this bracelet which I really love!

 Thank you for dropping by my blog to see how I used my soup!  Namaste.

Here are the rest of the participants:
Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Gypsy Goes Urban!

A while back the local news featured a website called Made UrbanMade Urban is a place that supports local artisans and helps you find their hand made items in your area.  The concept really appealed to my inner muse so I signed up and have added all my Gypsy Road Beads jewelry to the Made Urban site.  This is a very affordable alternative to an on-line store.  It's also the perfect venue for me to keep active and I love that my friends, family and clients have a place on the web to browse my wares.  I hope you check it out!

Here are a few of the items for sale:

Trendy Bracelet featuring Turquoise

Beautiful Necklace featuring Green Lapis with Pyrite

Stunning Necklace featuring Green Lampwork & Onyx

Bracelet featuring Onyx & Moonstone

Classy Bracelet featuring Moonstone & Dancing Pearls

Every Day Necklace featuring Turquoise
Thank you for dropping by today and Namaste!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Surprise, Prima!

A delightful surprise awaited me in the mail - a wonderful array of useful, quality products from PRIMA BEAD including a bead palette, earring cards, gift bags, a handy dandy shopping bag and a really awesome set of tools

I've received packages from PRIMA BEAD in the past, created with their exciting products and blogged about them.  This was their way of saying thank you!  Any time Prima Bead, any time!

Here's a close up of the tools:
6pc Precision Comfort Tool Set 
 Awesome or what?!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Fever!

Oh yes, I think I have spring fever.  Yesterday I set up shop in the solarium and created a few new pieces.  Here's a simple kyanite bracelet that sparkles so nicely in the sun.

I'm crazy for pearls.  This feminine necklace has grey and burgundy fresh water pearls wire wrapped together with a lovely mother-of-pearl pendant that can be worn either way.
Next up is my take on a multi-gemstone wire wrapped (including amythest, phrenite, quartz) necklace inspired by Lori Anderson from her book 'Bead Soup'.
I'm starting to love the look of mixed metals.  This necklace is my take on what was pictured on the back of the package of rings
Green has got to be my all-time favorite color.  I just love how the silver swirls set off these beautiful jaspers.  It's destined to be worn around the neck of my friend Valerie who recently helped me out with a little bathroom design dilemna.....!
Off coral how I love thee.  The beautiful Tibetan silver focal is inlaid with coral.  So pretty.
I took apart a necklace and bracelet set that I made a couple years ago and reinvented the beads to make this stunning lampwork necklace featuring a gorgeous carved onyx cross.
 Here's another pic.
Wanna see my new puppy, Buster?
Hey - thanks for dropping by and Namaste!

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Soup Is On Simmer!

My soup for Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Hop arrived today!  Here are the details:

The Soup:

I'm so excited to get creating with this beautiful soup from my partner Erin Kenny.  There is plenty of design potential here!  Thank you so much Erin!  I love the color palette.

The Focal:

What an interesting group of focals.  I've never incorporated wire wrapped stones into my work so this will be a first for me. I love that lamp work bead and can't wait to wear it!  It's a deep purple with flecks of gold and a vibrant blue flower.

The Beads:

I'm madly in love with these 2-hole Mookaite ovals.  They're so gorgeous and shiny!  The photo reminds me of lipstick samples!
The Toggle:

I've seen a lot of toggles but have yet to come across this one!  I love its clean, simple design and the wonderful texture. Look at all this goodness!

I'm not sure what these guys are but I can see them on my wrist!  I've got a thousand ideas running through my mind!

The Spice:

A spoon full of mookaite!  Love it.

So, what do you think?  Looks like fun huh!  Erin & I will reveal our works on April 13th!  Thanks for dropping by today and Namaste!