Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wedding Season is Upon Us...

Cream Hair Fascinator with
Blue Chalcedony

Freshwater Pearl Encrusted

360 Degrees of Caviar and
Blue Quartz

Top Photo by Kim Oanh Nguyen

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


This semiprecious stone is part of the quartz family. Ancient Egypt, classical Greece and Rome adorned themselves and their works with amethyst. Spiritual properties of amethyst include awareness, clarity, calm and intuition. It's commonly referred to as a stone of the mind.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Addiction #21: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Beat butter and sugars till creamy
  • add eggs & vanilla
  • mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt then add
  • add oats & chocolate
  • bake your sweet rounded spoonfuls for 8-10 minutes to a golden brown


Friday, January 21, 2011

Fresh Batch of Lovelies

Onion faceted chocolate quartz, clustered
caviar solitaire.
Heavenly blue topaz simple drops.

Whiskey Quartz and multi gemstone
dew drops.
Caviar crowned, onion faceted
chocolate quartz.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

White Wine Sangria

1 bottle white wine (any)
1/4 cup sugar
1-2oz. Grand Marnier (Spiced Rum would taste yummy too)
3 limes
3 lemons
2 oranges
1 cup raspberries

Any fruit you fancy will do the trick. Juice the wedges of citrus and toss in your wine. Add sugar, liquor, and any other diced fruit. Chill overnight and serve. Some recipes call for fizz like club soda or ginger ale when ready to serve.

I grabbed the largest bottle of pinot gris and dumped out a cup (for my homies), then added all the goodness. Fizz didn't quite make the cut.

Visions of spring will dance in your head!

Listening to King Kooba

Love this seductive mix.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Design Fix : Plates

I love the idea of displaying beautiful plates.
A bit old school but so lovely!

Top: Handcrafted here.
Bottom photo via Apartment Therapy via
Modern Glamour by Kelly Wearstler.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hand Crafted Snow Globes

What do you do when the sky is dark & the weather is too cold? Get your craft on! You can find more pics here. Directions are here.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow Week

After skiing around Trillium Lake (despite blisters from my boots), I got the bug for more snow. We headed to Little John. This sweet location has an open log cabin to enjoy a crackling fire after hours of sledding. We had a blast!
Snow and freezing rain was headed to Portland that night. As we headed out of the Gorge (with ample time before the storm), a jack-knifed semi truck stopped traffic for 4 hours! What usually takes us one hour to commute, we did in six! Good thing we dressed warm and over packed food & blankets. It was a forced break we had to surrender to. Driving on a blanket of snow and ice as the Gorge winds whipped our car like a ping-pong ball? Not so much.

Listening to Radio Citizen

Featuring Bajka. Love.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Gem: refers to a cut rock or mineral.
Gem-y: refers to a piece of jewelry
loaded with gemstones.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


From Clockwise:
Mini Peridot Solitaire Necklace, Small Soft Hoops in faceted tourmaline, Wisteria Earrings in peridot & tourmaline, Medium Soft Hoops with peridot, Encrusted Pearls with tourmaline & peridot.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Over the River and Through the Woods...

It's freezing in Portland these days!
We headed to the Oregon Coast. At least
we can freeze with a view of the ocean.
It was beautiful and surprisingly
sunny. Sweet!


We needed a mind stimulating break.
Mission accomplished!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Design Fix

Black & White with a splash of Hot Pink
(secretly hot pink is my fave).

Photo via Apartment Therapy via Chichi and Luxe

Etsy Treasury

I made a list of what I love on Etsy. It took forever! Really. Here is the link. Anyone can create a treasury and it may get noticed (from a bazillion others) and possibly land the front page for a tic. Nonetheless, these items I love.