12.22.2011

Guide to Necklace Lengths

Great post here..thank you Delamina!

A Girls Guide to Necklace Lengths

Collar Necklace

First we have the ‘collar’ length. Very snug. Very sophisticated. Collar length necklaces are great for formal occasions and look fab with anything strapless. To wear a collar, especially one on the smaller side of the 12-13 inches, you should have a thin neck, or a love of bondage. But if you can pull it off, this style looks fantastic. Even good with jeans and a blouse. Anything v-neck.

Necklace Lengths

Choker Necklace

A little more relaxed than the collar, and more comfortable for those of us with thicker necks, the choker gives you a little more breathing room. This 14-16 inch length is great if you want to draw attention to your long lovely neck. And that hollow.

Princess Necklace

Now that just sounds right. And it often is. This 17-19 inch length is very common and the main thing to be aware of is that you choose the appropriate clothing. This necklace length works well with higher or lower necklines, just be sure that your clothing and necklace don’t fight over the same spot.

Matinee Necklace

This necklace length is traditionally thought of as sophisticated. Good for business wear, for formal wear with higher necklines or for dressing up casual clothing. The matinee should fall to the top of your cleavage and is 20-24 inches long.

Opera Necklace

The opera, 28-34 inches in length falls just below the breast bone and draws attention to your chest. Sound unnecessary? Well for those of us who no longer want to draw attention to our necks, this is a good option.

Rope Necklace

The rope necklace deserves special applause at a spectacular 45 inches or more in length. Wearing something fabulous? Confident in the total package? This length requires the ‘once over’ in order to take it all in.


Apparently I wear either princess or matinee length..so, which is your favorite?

12.20.2011

Using long tube Beads

I like to re-create the same bead countless times, and while this may seem obsessive I like to think it's more correctly the desire to make the bead I see in my head. Mostly impossible. But I keep trying.
Lately that obsession is the long tube shaped bead. The longer and skinnier the better. More a cigarillo shape.
Here are a few of the latest. Still not quite the fantasy bead in my mind, but the latest...which is the copper green one with the pale green rose is the most satisfying.
In fact, I may be happy with that for a bit~







all of the above handmade glass beads are available here:
Green Bird Studio


What's your favorite bead shape to design with? For most of us it seems to be the flattened lozenge shape. But don't disregard other perhaps more 'difficult' shapes, they afford an excuse to create something unique and truly one of a kind.
Following are some beautiful necklaces using long tube shaped beads.










Credits for jewelry design go to:

http://thegloss.com/fashion/tribal-style-from-tanya-lochridge
http://www.marilyn.oberins.com
http://www.mykonosbeads.com
http://www.designtextures.com
www.craftjuice.com
http://www.lisakan.com/LisaKanDesigns.htm

12.04.2011



I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
~Michelangelo

12.02.2011

Shop handmade this Season!

Original Jewelry for Original women..


Pour yourself a cup of tea or a mug of hot chocolate and snuggle up to your laptops peeps. This is a fun 2 day event dreamed up by Shelly of MiShel Designs to help you keep your resolve to Shop HaNdmade this season.

Or just window shop if that's what strikes your fancy, but definitely stroll on by and take a look.

..a superb list of quality artisans all decked out for the holidays..
click the link below to go to the


Blog Hop!! December 2011

and for those of you who have found yourselves here via the Hop from someones participating blog Please use the code BlogHopping2011 to take 25% off anything in my Etsy shop featuring handmade glass beads for your jewelry designs!
Link

Seasons Greetings and Much Happiness to all of you

11.30.2011

As I'm sure I've mentioned in past posts, the food here in Israel is definitely Delicious, and to make it even more palatable, following a Mediterranean diet is known to be tres healthy!

According to the Daily Express:
“Following a strict Mediterranean diet offers substantial protection against heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's”


What is a Mediterranean diet you might be asking?

A Mediterranean diet is a diet that is high in olive oil or any monounsaturated fat. I've noticed a lot of avocado oils on the shelves here as well. I've not tried it yet, but it seems it must be comparable to olive. A Mediterranean diet also consists of lots of fish and chicken and much less..much much less, red meat. Lots of fresh..plucked from the lush Arab gardens fresh! fruits and vegetables. High in legumes. I've never eaten so much hummus in my life. Low in dairy. You cannot find processed cheese anywhere on the shelves. nope. Not a can of cheese anywhere. There is however quite a lot of yogurt..greek with honey is one of my favorite, and labaneh [a sort of light spread for pita which is an alternative to cream cheese and just as tasty] is a favorite here. I decided to try my hand at cooking Mediterranean last night and made us some Shakshuka and Balkan bread. The pot was licked clean. We loved it..I was not as crazy about the bread as my husband was, but I will make the Shakshuka again. Following is the recipe for the Shakshuka, [very much reminded me of my Dad's recipe for Hungarian Goulash with more spice] as well as Labeneh should you want to try your hand at something a wee bit different next meal. Really a perfect dinner for cold winter months~

Shakshuka [Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce]
Serves 4 to 6

1/4 cup olive oil
5 Anaheim chiles or 3 jalapeños, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (I was nervous and only used 2 Anaheims; I would go for 3 or 4 next time for a more moderate but still gentle kick)
1 small yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, crushed then sliced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
Kosher salt, to taste
6 eggs
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
Warm pitas, for serving

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chiles and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and paprika, and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft, about 2 more minutes.

Put tomatoes and their liquid into a medium bowl and crush with your hands. Add crushed tomatoes and their liquid to skillet along with 1/2 cup water, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Season sauce with salt.

Crack eggs over sauce so that eggs are evenly distributed across sauce’s surface. Cover skillet and cook until yolks are just set, about 5 minutes. Using a spoon, baste the whites of the eggs with tomato mixture, being careful not to disturb the yolk. Sprinkle shakshuka with feta and parsley and serve with pitas, for dipping.

Labneh

2 C Greek yogurt
1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil

1. Line a large colander with a cheesecloth. Stir salt into the yogurt, and pour the yogurt into the cheesecloth. Set the colander in the sink or bowl to catch the liquid that drains off. Leave to drain for 24 hours.

2. After draining for the 24 hours, transfer the resulting cheese to a bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Make sure you buy Greek yogurt [without the honey :-0 ask me why I warn you, dear reader..unless of course you intend your cheese spread to be sweet] or any pure yogurt free from sweetener or gelatin.
You could get very creative with this recipe~ easy, healthful and deelish.



Credits go to Smitten Kitchen , Health News and All Recipes for some of the information and recipes in this post.

11.01.2011

This time last year I was..

...using nature to inspire my Muse

[this was originally posted last year at this time while we were in Boston]

I know I've whined about this before, but I am mentioning it just once more...I am without my precious torch and glass. So. in the quest for more dynamic creative outlets I have found I am enjoying photography.


The tools are few and simple. A camera. Photo software. An eye that sees light and dark spaces. An eye willing to see and ruthlessly crop the unnecessary.

A fitting metaphor for life wouldn't you say?


I find I like simple scenes with few distractions. I like to photograph the views that might be missed by busy minds... a literal, tangible 'ohm' ..so to speak~


And in some odd serendipitous way, it seems any creative expression folds back upon itself and feeds all of your muses...

In other words, I see ideas for jewelry in each of these photographs.



Enjoy your muses today everyone.. go make something ~

--All of the above photographs were taken by me in the Boston area--


10.21.2011



If I find in myself a desire
which no experience in this world can satisfy,
the most probable explanation is that
I was made for another world.
~ C.S. Lewis

Beautiful Haifa,Israel

10.10.2011

The Canadian snowboys return..

I don't think there's snow in my hometown in northern Canada yet, but sadly..or maybe happily [if you're a snow boarder or skier]..it's not far away. There's usually a skiff of snow by Hallowe'en, sometimes even earlier. Not enough for snowmen maybe but enough to make you start putting your woolies on.

I love making these little guys..


even though they all have the same features, each one is different and unique. Kind of like us. :-)

Available now on Etsy, Canadian Snowboys [and girls]..each with a woolie toque and scarf. One piece bead to string as a wintery charm [at about 1" in length they're also very sweet as package accents when you wrap your gifts] or to use as a focal in your Christmas designs.

I will be offering one free snowboy with every purchase totaling 40.00 or more in the Bead shop from now through to February 2nd. These will be surprise snowboys..so not the ones that are listed. Each will be just as sweet and cute as the ones listed though..promise.



...more to come!

10.02.2011

There's something outstanding about the bread in Israel.

You would think bread is bread and that its all in the bakers hands and of course that's true, but there is something better about the bread
in Israel than any I've ever eaten. true.
Of course, as in all things..its about your ingredients. Israel imports nothing..all they have on their shelves has been grown here in Israel. The flour..the honey..the yeast.
All home grown ingredients. That must be the secret. In my quest for recipes that reveal the secret of special Hebrew bread I found this bread makers blog..Breadman Talking.

I tried the pizza/focaccia one from the archives:

1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
a pinch of sugar or 1/4 teaspoon honey

2 1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cornmeal or semolina for sprinkling
Tomato sauce
olive oil for brushing (focaccia and outside of calzone)
toppings

1. Pour the warm water in a bowl, dissolve the sugar (or honey) then stir in the yeast. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until nice and frothy.
2. If you are mixing by hand, put the olive oil, salt and 1 cup of the flour in a bowl along with the yeast mixture and mix until smooth and liquidy. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time and mix with a wooden spoon until a smooth tacky dough is formed that clears the bowl. Remove from the bowl to a lightly floured surface and knesad for a few minutes to make a smooth dough. It should be quite springy, soft and smooth. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat with oil (prevents drying out) and cover. Let the dough rise until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours).

If you are mixing with an electric mixer, place the yeast mixture along with olive oil, salt and 1 cup of flour in the bowl and mix using the paddle for a few minutes then add the flour 1/2 cup at a time until a smooth dough is formed. Switch to the dough hook and knead for a few minutes to for a smooth, springy dough. Let it rise in the bowl, lightly oiled for 1 1/2 hours until doubled.

Make two recipes for basic pizza dough for an 11 by 17 inch (28 by 43 cm) focaccia.

After the dough has risen, lightly oil a 11 by 17 inch (28 by 43 cm) baking pan then, after deflating the dough, press it out to fill the pan using your fingers. When the dough fills the pan, cover it lightly with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 30 minutes.


Meanwhile preheat the oven (with a baking stone if you have one) to 400 F (200 C). When the dough has risen, gently indent the surface with your fingers, then brush the surface with herbed olive oil. Sprinkle kosher salt over the surface and maybe some rosemary. Yum! bake 20 to 25 minutes for smaller rounds if directly on the baking stone, or 35 minutes or so (until nicely browned) for the larger pan. Serve as a side with a hearty soup and a green salad.



It was good. Not wonderful but it was, meh..good. All warm bread fresh out of the oven is good, don't you think? I had exchanged 1/2 the white flour with WholeWheat and I didn't have time for that last 30 minute rise so the results were not up to Israels standards. :-) yes. I have to admit it was a wee bit tough.
My mother was an expert bread maker when I was growing up so I know its in my genes..I remember her saying the bread isn't ready to rise until it squeaks..those little tiny bubbles in the dough when you've kneaded it really well? those squeak when the air is pushed out of them while you're kneading. But I used a dough hook..no hand kneading.
Maybe I'll have to try again, stick a little closer to the script
and knead by hand.

Anyway, if I think of it, I'll let you know! anyone have a good bread recipe or bread making tips..feel free to share!





9.09.2011

9.9.11

the beads



the jewelry

9.03.2011

Silver glass


There aren't too many glass artisans that I know of who do not covet and hoard rods of the very lovely silver glasses that are available out there.
The term 'Silver' glass doesn't refer to the color of the glass but rather to the content of silver nitrates and metals in the glass recipe. These are very expensive rods of glass..sometimes costing 100.00 or more for a single lb.
According to Abe at Northstar Glass there are several reasons for the value placed on these phenomenal rods of lampworking glass.

This is a quote from Abe at Northstar Glass in April 2009


"Cost of Silver rich glasses.
1. $300-400 per pound for Silver Salts each batch might have 1lbs in one 30 lb batch.
2. $200 per crucible we try to change each crucible every 3-6 batches some times we ONLY get 1 batch out of a crucible because the silver metal drills a hole through the crucible, if that happenes it destroys the furnace floor and this is not cheap $300-500 just for the floor.
3. each furnace costs about $5000 and we have to rebuild the furnace every 6-12 months this depends on how the glass and chemicals attack the furnace.
4. overhead, payroll, insurance
5. by the time we are ready to ship this glass to you the cost is high. We are trying to lower our price of these glasses in the next year but we shall see.
Abe"


~info taken from Torchbugs forum

So. Easy to see why we pay what we do and much appreciation to these guys for their hard labor and toil. Though, I'm sure they're as enthralled as we are with the outcome. I bought a few rods of one of the latest production from the crucibles of Double Helix.. Clio it's called. [How do they arrive at these names? hm]
Clio...lively, pert ..sometimes blue [also beauteous] but ~ the most envious color of all? brilliant fushia pink. I love it. Of course.

The lure of the silver glasses is not just in the promise of glorious color, it's also in the challenge of working it. Unlike some of the other 'what you see is what you get' glass, there is a dance that must be learned first. Steps carefully followed, muse gratefully achknowledged..and even then sometimes there is an unknown element that will throw the color off. Kiln temperature is most generally to blame.
Glass workers who've been doing this for several years don't seem to run into those unknown elements quite as often as we who have been doing this for not so long.

And that I guess is why I love glass the way I do.
There's always something to reach for. Something to learn. A new technique to acquire and become skilled at.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
~Benjamin Franklin




Enjoy your week everyone!!

Handmade glass bead is available on Etsy

8.26.2011

Finding new Resources



Oh, the joys of discovering a new supply shop!..this one is in Tel Aviv, Israel and is full of silver findings that have been made here in Israel. I Love that.. My guy had to entertain himself while I bellied up to the wall of mmmm toggles, end caps, beads, clasps, connectors ..all hand stamped sterling silver, as well as stamped brass.


Yes. Let's just say that I was there for quite some time...

Here are some bracelets made using toggles found in the shop in Tel Aviv~








The first two have sold but 'Dragonfly'is available here on Deborah JLambson

Enjoy your week people!


8.19.2011

and we're Live!






GreenBird Studio ~ handmade glass bead supply

..please show some love and add me to your favorites! Much more to come. Photos taken by my husband..aren't they great?

I'll be focusing my next few torch sessions on a few more headpins so that there is a substantial supply there.I know I love using these..also some sort of corn flake like discs in neutral colors...

I love feedback..so if you have some suggestions for me..colors, shapes..I'm all ears. not really, but I am listening. oh I am funny this time of night~


8.13.2011

Coming soon..




Coming soon to Etsy..






Just the beads ma'am..




Handmade glass beads waiting patiently for their beauty shots

..please stay tuned!