How To Make An Elegant Pearl Statement Necklace



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I would like to thank the "House Of Gems" for providing this wonderful jewelry tutorial to share with my followers.

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Gemstone Wednesday – Amethyst



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Amethyst Gemstone

Amethyst is a naturally-occurring, macrocrystalline variety of quartz. The crystals grow on the inside surface of agate geodes.

The crystals may grow several inches, but the geodes that contain the amethyst crystals may reach several feet in height

These beautiful gemstones can range in color from deep purple to pale lavender depending on the amount of manganese and iron found in the stone.

Amethyst gemstones can appear a reddish-purple, or even a yellow-purple depending on the combination of minerals present in the clear quartz.

Design Possibilities

This magnificent gemstone traditionally was used to adorned the robes and crowns of rich and powerful monarchs.

The color purple is associated with wealth and prosperity, amethyst is considered a prosperous stone.

For an earthy look combine amethyst with amber or smoky quartz, sterling silver saucers or tubes.

Combine small amethyst beads or chips with rainbow fluorite, aquamarine, rose quartz, or pearls for a more delicate look.

For the perfect dazzling beach accessories, mix deep pink or purple paua shells with amethyst

Metaphysical Properties

Amethyst is believed to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions.
Therefore it is often used during meditation to provide an overall sense of spiritual balance.

Healers use amethyst to increase their psychic abilities.

Amethyst evokes the feelings of peace and calm in those who wear the stone.

Locations

Amethyst is a quartz that is found all around the world. Some of the largest amethyst geodes have been found in Brazil. Other locations include Africa, Australia, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia and the United States.

**Please note that the information above is collected from various sources, and is for informational purposes only, not meant to treat medical conditions. Mixed Kreations does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

8mm Amethyst beads
Tear Drop
Small Chips

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Easy Homemade Jalapeño Cheese Squares



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Here's a easy recipe for jalapeño cheese squares that only require 3 ingredients.
14oz. Can of diced jalapeños
6 Eggs
2 cups of shredded fiesta cheese

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Start by lightly greasing a 8" x 11" pan.

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Drain the liquids off your jalapeños then spread them out in your pan.

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Layer your cheese evenly over the jalapeños.

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Blend your eggs in a measuring cup, something you can easily pour from.

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Start drizzling the egg mix over the cheese very slow, going back and forth. It will not cover all the cheese. Just try to spread it evenly over the top.

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Bake at 400 degree for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Makes a great appetizer. These have always been a big hit, and disappear fast.

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CreativeBug Review



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Recently I received a free trial of Creative Bug to try for 35 days. Creative Bug is a community of craft-minded folks that believe in supporting the independent artists and designers. They use their skills to teach on the site, through a growing library of online craft classes.

There are two options to choose from to access the 100's of online craft classes.

You can subscribe at one low monthly price, and receive unlimited access to all online craft classes. This includes your own
video library, where you can bookmark the craft classes that are of interest to you.

For those that don't want to make a monthly commitment there is an A La Carte option, where you buy only the craft classes that interest you.
These single craft class purchases will stay in your bookmark video library, so you can go back and revisit as often as you like.

The standard price is $9.95 a month, and out of each subscription Creative Bug donates 5% to non-profit art organizations.

Crochet, bookbinding, felting, jewelry making, mixed media, kids crafts, home decor, and stamping are just a few of the informative online craft class video's you will find at Creative Bug. I really enjoyed going through all the fun and inspiring video's.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out the craft classes, and while your there check out how to make paste paper. Looks like a fun way to create your own unique paper for gift wrapping.

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Breakfast Nook Makeover



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Breakfast Nook

We moved into our house at the end of May, and have been working on it pretty much on a daily basis. After we get home from work.

On our days off one of those days is used on yard work, washing and cooking lunches for the week. So it has been slow goes. But we are getting there (-;

The breakfast nook is the latest to receive a makeover. The picture above, and right below are the before pictures.

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Notice the dark mauve walls, and horrible light fixture.

Below are the after pictures.

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I think this color looks so much better then the mauve. What do you think?

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I changed out the cheap blinds for the dark bamboo blinds. Much better don't you think?

I haven't decided whether to add a valance, or put shear curtains up, or just leave it.

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Here's my new light fixture. Love it!

Did you notice above that the counter top was changed from pink Formica to granite. Big improvement.

If you look at the picture above with the mirror, you can see my next project in the mirror (and I am not looking forward to it, been putting it off). The kitchen cabinets )-; and there is a lot of them. Double )-; )-;

Coming soon our Texas room/ den.

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Gemstone Wednesday – Howlite



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Howlite Gemstone

The natural color of Howlite is white with grey vein like markings. In the raw, it is found in masses that resembles cauliflower.

This versatile stone was discovered 1868 in Nova Scotia by a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist named Henry How.

Design Possibilities

Howlite is a soft stone with a porous texture that takes on rich hues of color when it's dyed. When dyed it can take on an appearance similar to Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, or cherry red Coral.

This makes Howlite an inexpensive alternative to more costly stones.

Regardless of how you choose to use it, in its natural or dyed forms, howlite makes attractive, and affordable jewelry that I'm sure will appeal to your customers.

Metaphysical Properties

Howlite is know a the calming stone. It is believe to helps relieve an overactive mind. It has the ability to heal mentally, physically and emotionally.

Use to heighten your creativity and expand self-expression.

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Natural Howlite Teardrop Pendant
Large Blue Chip Howlite
Cabochon

**Please note that the information above is collected from various sources, and is for informational purposes only, not meant to treat medical conditions. Mixed Kreations does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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