Wednesday, September 28, 2011

First Attempt at Cake Pops - They Look Very Different To The Ones in The Books!

A couple of weeks ago, my niece Leah, was over for dinner and I decided this would be a great time to try making these cake pops I keep seeing everywhere.

I made the actual cake pops, but when it came to decorating them, the boys and Leah took over. So ours ended up as upside down cake pops with some rather unusual designs but they loved making and of course, eating them!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Autumn Designs at Jacaranda Designs

I've been extremely busy lately readying my shop for the holiday season.  There are many new jewelry designs in lovely earthy as well as vibrant colors.  Here's a snapshot of a few pieces. Head over to Jacaranda Designs to see the entire new line. As always, many of of my designs are one of a kind. However, I do make duplicates of some pieces so if you require  multiples, please contact me and I'll see what I can do.

Cameo Necklace With Large Orange Daisies Set in Brass Frame
Turquoise Flower Earrings Cute Daises With Vintage Jewels
Flower Necklace - Peach Rose With a Beautiful Clear Vintage Crystal Jewel
Brass Necklace - Maple Leaf Necklace with Bronze Pearls  - Gorgeous Autumn Jewelry
Acorn Earrings - Brass and Bronze - Perfect for Autumn
Burgundy Earrings with Pale Rose Vintage Jewels and Burgundy Flowers Set on Brass Filigree
Sapphire Blue Vintage Jewel Earrings - Perfect For Party Season
Vintage Jewel Earrings - Olive Green Flower and  Navy Blue Jewels  - Romantic and Feminine

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Tasty Crop of Heirloom Tomatoes

This year we decided to try planting some heirloom tomatoes. I usually plant the basic beefsteak and cherry tomatoes so a change was welcome. We ended up with some really tasty large red tomatoes and also hundreds (yes, I'm not exaggerating!) of little year pear shaped tomatoes. They are sweet and far less acidic that regular tomatoes. If only I could get the boys to enjoy day maybe.

Here's an easy appetizer I made with the yellow tomatoes.

* Roll out some puff pastry and cut it into 2" by 2" squares, spread some pesto or tapenade on each piece of pastry, and top it with a cut tomato and a splash of olive oil. 

* Then pop them in the oven on a baking tray at about 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.

They are delicious!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jacaranda Designs Jewelry September Giveaway - Autumn Acorn Earrings

 It's been a while since I've hosted a giveaway for Jacaranda Designs. I thought a suitable giveaway this month would be  a pair of my acorn earrings. In lovely autumn colors, they are perfect for the coming season. To enter is easy....

Acorn Earrings - Brass and Bronze - Perfect for Autumn

Please leave a comment on this post, including one word you would use to describe the style of jewelry at Jacaranda Designs.

You can enter once per day and you must include your first name and etsy username or email address with every entry. If you're worried about spam email, you can spell out the 'at' and 'dot' rather than using the standard email format.

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- feature any of my items on your blog
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- purchase any item from Jacaranda Designs (5 additional entries!)

Just comment/leave a link letting me know!

Go ahead, have fun and spread the word please!

This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide. Giveaway ends Friday 30 September, 5pm.