Wednesday, June 29, 2011

~ Words ~

Hula Dancers by Honeytree on etsy

Life is partially what we make it and partly what it is made by the friends that we choose.
Tennessee Williams

I adore these words.  
Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

~ New designs ~

I spent this weekend working two 10 hour days. { with a joyful heart }  Sometimes I have ideas just coursing through my veins and I've learned to just go with the ebb and flow and ride the wave of creativity.  It's a kind of bliss that leaves me refreshed and even more in love with what I do.

Fleet of Hope by Indigo Girls is definitely part of my recent creative streak.  The words just echo right to my soul and the first time that I heard it, I had to just stop and think about what I'd just heard.  The song speaks of when you find yourself and realize that the REAL you from childhood never changed, she's just hiding under layers of age, expectations and junk that need to be scraped away.  I feel more comfortable in my skin now than ever and a large part of that metamorphosis is the therapeutic action of putting my heart and soul into my jewelry designs.
'When I was a girl all of my fancy took flight, and I had this dream could outshine anything. Even the darkest night. Now I wait like a widow for someone to come back from sea. I've always known, I was waiting for me.'  So beautiful.  Here are a few of my new designs from this weekend.....

These recycled fine silver and sapphire earrings feature a quote from Rumi on the back and encourage you to live from your heart~

These ruby earrings are one of a kind and are ready for one lucky lady who is ready to declare her inner fire.

See these and other recycled silver and bronze artisan jewelry designs in my etsy shop: peaces of indigo
Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! 

Friday, June 24, 2011

~ Inspiration ~

Beauty will save the world by Raceytay
My favorite thing about Summer?  Color!  The flowers, the berries, the amazing sky and clouds.  The sound of birds singing in my yard and watching them enjoy my bird feeders and birdbath.

ethereal dewy spider web by sknights
The way the Sun cast it's light over the morning dew everything just seems to make it sparkle.  The way the Moon looks so big in the night sky.  And catching fireflies with my son.
The Moon by DeepSpacePhotography

Summertime is just magical.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

~New Designs~

My recycled bronze collar stays have attracted so much attention that I decided to offer a few more texture options.  This is my moorish texture, that I adore.
This textured recycled silver skinny band ring also features my moorish texture.  It has the word Passion handwritten inside.  It looks great alone or stacked with your favorite rings.
This recycled silver tree of life necklace is one of a kind.  It features Live  Enjoy on the back.  You can find these three pieces in my etsy shop, Peaces of Indigo.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

~ My Favorite Things ~

This quote is so true~ Dazeychic created this fabulous print of Cicero's words.  You can find it in their shop on etsy.

This towel is so sweet and would be at home in any kitchen.  Sweetnaturedesigns screen prints by hand using water based inks.  You can find this and other lovely pieces in their etsy shop.  I love it~

This hand embroidered book mark is so sweet and would be a great gift for any reader in your life.  Cornflowerbluestudio has this and other cute fabric art pieces in her etsy shop.

Happy Monday, sweet friends! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

~New Designs~

My new silver medallion earrings. Aquamarine, iolite, pearls and black spinel. So fun for Summer!

A simulated yellow diamond and recycled silver ring.  The bezel has 22k gold melted over it.

A recycled bronze and leather necklace. Texture and words make this piece lots of fun to wear.
You can see all of my designs in my etsy shop, peacesofindigo . 

Monday, June 13, 2011

~ My Favorite Things ~

This amazing photo by MyMonography makes my heart happy. 

This Thoreau quote tshirt by happyfamily is simply perfect.

This sweet pillow by sukanart is just so happy! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

~ Words ~

There is no greatness where there is no goodness, 
simplicity and truth. Tolstoy

This amazingly serene photo of the Maine coast was taken by NatureMandalas.  You can view it and other lovely photographs on her website here.

Happy Sunday, sweet friends! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

~ Inspiration ~

Borrowed from Jeff
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule. 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.. 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32 in 1 hour.

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100. This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: *In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? *Do we stop to appreciate it? *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context? One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made. How many other things are we missing?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

~ The best meatball recipe ever ~

*Disclaimer: I am not Italian, I'm not married to an Italian. BUT, I love eating Italian food and drinking wine*

Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk meatballs.  I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to food. I don't do greasy, fatty or meat most of the time.  These meatballs aren't a bit greasy, are super moist, taste like heaven and are pretty quick to make. The time flies even faster if you can enjoy a glass of wine while cooking.

Mama Dawanna's Meatball Recipe

2 lbs fresh lean ground beef
1 cup crumbled bread or 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
3 eggs
3 tbsp italian seasoning
1 tbsp garlic salt or sea salt
2 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup french fried onions

Blend all ingredients in a bowl with your hands. (There's just no way around this part.) Heat 1 inch of oil in a skillet to medium heat.  Form golf ball sized meatballs and add to the oil. Turn after about 1 minute,  browning the outside evenly.  Once browned, add the meatballs to a saucepan of hot water or broth.  I add a dash of sea salt and more italian seasoning to my broth/water bath.  Cover the broth with a lid while browning the rest of the meatballs.  Let them simmer for 15-20 minutes after cooking, just add the freshly browned meatballs to the pan and stir, leaving all meatballs in the broth pan.

 Serve up over your favorite pasta.  Mine is capellini.  Cooks in 3 minutes and is super thin. Love it! ♥