Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Happy Holidays PIF

And the Winner is Wendy Winn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you have a special friend that's always going out of their way for you and everyone else? Someone that rarely does anything for themselves. Well I'm offering these Swarovski Crystal and Sterling Silver Christmas Tree earrings free to add a little sparkle to their holiday!! Why not PIF (pay it forward)




To win these earrings for that special person just leave a way for me to contact you. I will mail these earrings out directly to them in a holiday gift box with the snowman card pictured.




The card will say:


Thank you for always being there,

Happy Holiday's

Love your Secret Friend!


The winner will be announce December 9th, if you would prefer something different in the card I will be more than happy to change it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Crock Pot and Skillet Recipes



How many of you work full time yet still come home and cook a full dinner? Well I do and I have to admit I am just to tired to do it every night. And I refuse to stay in all day Saturday or Sunday cooking for the following week while everyone else is out enjoying themselves.


So now that I got that off my chest.... I'm looking for some either Crock Pot recipes, quick skillet recipes or even some great filling salads.


Here are a few of my quick and easy recipes:

Shrimp and Pasta dinner for 4

1 Bag of jumbo uncooked frozen shrimp (peeled)

2-3 cloves garlic sliced

1 small onion chopped

1 jar of clam juice (chicken broth works well also)

1 box linguine

*salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, crushed hot pepper seeds season to taste*

*Put a pan of water on for pasta while cooking shrimp

I add about 1/4 cup olive to a large skillet on medium/high heat

When oil is hot add garlic, onion, Italian spice, salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes or until garlic and onion are soft. Once garlic and onion are soft add frozen shrimp, cook about 3-5 minutes (I use 8 per person). When shrimp are pink on both sides add the clam juice and heat through. Toss over linguine and enjoy!!


I love salads and always have salad fixings on hands. Some of my must haves are goat cheese, feta cheese, walnuts, sun flower seeds, avocado
calimata olives and red onion

When ever I make a grilled or broiled chicken breast dinner I always cook an extra 3 for salads.

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad

Get any type of salad mix you desire. I personally like Dole's Spring Mix.
Slice up your chicken, avocado and red onion.
On a platter put your salad mix and then layer your sliced chicken, avocado and onion. Sprinkle on some feta cheese and olives.
The salad dressing I like for this salad is a Lemon Vinaigrette.
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/8 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

pinch of salt

*ground black pepper to taste




Beef Stew in a Crock Pot
1 package of stew beef
1 cup sliced carrots
1 medium onion
4 medium potatoes peeled and cut
1 cup sliced celery
First thing in the morning put all ingredients in the crock pot cover with water add salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of gravy master.
Put on high should be all set when you come home.






After dinner relax with a nice glass of wine!!






















Friday, October 02, 2009

1st Graders

A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

1. Don't change horses ... until they stop running.


2. Strike while the ... bug is close.

3. It's always darkest before ... Daylight Saving Time.

4. Never underestimate the power of ... termites.


5. You can lead a horse to water but ... How?

6. Don't bite the hand that ... looks dirty.

7. No news is ... impossible

8. A miss is as good as a ... Mr.

9. You can't teach an old dog ... new Math


10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll ... stink in the morning.

11. Love all, trust ... Me.

12. The pen is mightier than the ... pigs.

13. An idle mind is ... the best way to relax.


14. Where there's smoke there's ... pollution.


15. Happy the bride who gets all the ... presents.


16. A penny saved is ... not much.

17. Two's company, three's ... the Musketeers.


18. Don't put off till tomorrow what ... you put on to go to bed.


19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and ... You have to blow your nose.


20. There are none so blind as ... Stevie Wonder.


21. Children should be seen and not ... spanked or grounded.

22. If at first you don't succeed ... get new batteries.


23. You get out of something only what you ...
See in the picture on the box


24. When the blind lead the blind ... get out of the way.

25. A bird in the hand is ... going to poop on you.

And the WINNER and last one!


26. Better late than ... Pregnant







Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teals and Browns Treasury!

This beautiful Teal and Brown treasury was put together by moncy3 click on her name to visit her unique shop!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Sunday, September 13, 2009

FALL EARRING GIVE AWAY!!

AND THE WINNER IS CARMA OF HTTP://CARMASEZ.BLOGSPOT.COM CONGRATULATIONS!!!


So it's that time again for one of my earring give aways!!





All you have to do is leave a comment about these earrings, please tell a friend about my shop http://obtp.etsy.com/ and leave a way for me to contact you!




The winner will be announced using the random.org counter on September 27th .





These earrings are made of Faceted Olivine Crackled Agate, Rhodolite Garnet and Sterling Findings. The drops are 3/4 inch from bottom of sterling ear wires. These earrings have a $20 value in my shop...

P.S. Anyone who visits my shop in regards to this give away will receive a 25% discount on any orders, just contact me prior to purchasing and I will adjust the price!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

STEP ~ BY ~ STEP ~ TO ~ POSTING ~ YOUR ~ TREASURY ~ TO ~ YOUR ~ BLOG

Image and video hosting by TinyPic


My STEP ~ BY ~ STEP instructions on how to post a treasury to your blog... Hope it helps.

1) Jump up and down that you are in a treasury!

2) When you have the treasury up you want to have just the treasury showing so use F11 then I scroll up so that Featured Items and Chosen by (the maker) is at the very top of the page. To take a screen shot use PrtSc some might have to use Fn + PrtSc ( I do) then F11 again to get back to the original size screen

3) Open up paint or what ever program you use and copy it by using Ctrl V

4) Crop out what you do not want showing.

5) Re size your treasury to 95 horizontal and 93 vertical, this works best for me

6) Now crop your treasury again to rid of all the white around the edges

7) Save and file your newly cropped treasury

8) Next go into http://tinypic.com/ here you want upload your treasury pic you just saved. Choose the picture you want to upload, then right under it will give you the option to re size, I use 640x480 click upload

9) Once that is done you want to click on the photo to view, at that time it will give you an option of where you want to post this picture, IE...Blogger, face book, twitter and so on.
10) Now go do the happy dance and promote your treasury!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

~~~~~Getting Ready for Fall~~~~~


Fall in New England is one of my favorite times of year. With the turning of the leaves, apple picking, so many different colored mums and pumpkins everywhere. And oh those bulky knit sweaters...














This time of year there's also a lot of talk about what the colors will be for the fall season, so these are a few beads I've chosen for earrings. The beads shown are Tourmaline, Rhodonite Pink Kiwi Jasper, Green,Red and Amber Quartz, Orange,Pink,Red,Honey and Caramel Jade,Swarovski Crystals,Blue Lapis,Serpentine,Rhodolite Garnet and Aqua Chalcedony. You can check my shop at http://obtp.etsy.com for the finished products.

Would love your feedback and any suggestions you have.

Monday, August 10, 2009

New Shabby Chic Earrings



A beautiful creamy off white Honey Opal square with just a hint of black are topped with a sterling daisy and black Swarovski crystal. They have a black Czech crystal drop that is topped with a sterling swirl bead cap. Length is 1 1/2 inch from bottom of sterling ear wire.






These earrings are one of a kind and will not be made again!











Monday, August 03, 2009

New Chandelier Earrings!

New Chandelier Earrings, you can see more views and prices at http://obtp.etsy.com/
" Water Fall Chanderlier Earrings "

"Cascade Chandelier Earrings"

"Desire Chandelier Earrings"
"Chamelot Chandelier Earrings"

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Sea Shells


I saw these shells in a local bead shop and fell in love with them. Perfect for summer and a great alternative to pearls (my favorites).


These shells are coated with a pearl white paint for extra sheen and gives them a little more durability.


Each shell is topped with a 3mm Swarovski crystal and all sterling findings, length is apprx 1 inch from bottom of sterling ear wire.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Isn't it Time YOU Pampered Yourself!!



I usually don't spend frivolously on myself but a few weeks ago I went for a pedicure with my best friend (both our first time) and I have to say it was THE BEST! I had a nice french pedicure. I think it looks so nice with a golden tan and a sparkling anklet (not that I have a tan its done nothing but rain everyday in June).


So yesterday I was going to a wedding as usual I was shopping last minute for something to wear when I realized my feet looked like crap so I decided to go have them done again.


Well the place I went to Andy's Nails, they just re-did there whole salon and got new massage pedicure chairs with its own remote control, seriously I thought I died and went to heaven!


This chair messaged every possible sore and achy part of my body. It touched from the bottom of the hairline on my neck to the top of my buttocks, it was 1 hour and 15 minutes of pure pleasure, I literally walked out a new person ( I should mention I was in a car accident years ago, I rolled my car over and have had issues now that I'm older).


Well in a few weeks I will be going to Elite Skin Day Spa my 3 best friends bought me a gift certificate for my birthday for a day at the spa, Oh I can't wait! We are all going to spend the day together and pamper ourselves!
Here are a few at home pedicure links I found to keep up on my feet myself:

http://www.marieclaire.com/hair-beauty/trends/articles/perfect-pedicure-1

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2009389874_pedicure27.html

http://toenaildesigns.blogspot.com/2009/06/creative-french-pedicure-toe-nail.html

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Recycled Aluminum, Who would have thought!!


KMStudioDOTcom is just a small town girl from Pennsylvania. She enjoys creating things since she was a young girl. At the age of thirteen, she became very interested in photography and actually even considered making it a career, but changed her mind when she thought she would get bored doing the same thing over and over each day.
Now, at age 20, KMStudioDOTcom is creating things out of everything. :) Her newest craze is recycling anything and everything. I hope you enjoy browsing through her shop KMStudioDOTcom.etsy.com , I know I did!!

KMStudioDOTcom.etsy.com newest craze is turning something old into something new. Why throw something away if there's a way it can be used somewhere else?
Go check out her shop, the Mountain Dew teddy bear and Aluminum flowers are also amazing!