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Uni4artists Exhibit in Hiddenite, NC

Forever660I wanted to post a word about the upcoming art show I am participating in as a member of the Uni4Artists. The show will run from August through September of 2015. I will have three of my works there. Here are some photos of them.

The public is invited to a “meet the artists” reception honoring the Uni4artists in their exhibition of “Will the Circle be Unbroken” and other works.

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On Saturday, August 8, 2015. 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery, 316 Hiddenite Church Road. The reception is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served and exhibiting artists will be available to discuss their work.

 

 

 

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blueridgemountains1aI finished this mixed media mountain landscape  of the North Carolina mountains yesterday. I had no idea if this would work or not. I used some scrap luan, thin wood, as my background which I coated with Gesso first. Working with recycled glass bottles has limitations as to color and I knew I would not find glass in the color of the morning sky so I painted the skyline with acrylic paints.

I sketched on the board what I wanted for blueridgemountains1bthe general idea. The glass is made from frit, crushed glass, and all is made from recycled wine bottles except for some of the blue which is from a recycled crushed glass bowls.  Here’s a link to a previous post I wrote on how to make frit with an electric frit maker.

I only had a little bit of thin fire kiln paper left so I traced on this to get the various mountain shapes and then placed the glass on top of it in the kiln. For the remainder, I drew shapes on tracing paper I have and cut them out, designating on the shapes what color glass it would be used for. Then I took the paper shapes, laid them on my kiln shelf which was coated with multiple layers of kiln wash to keep the glass from sticking. I traced around the shapes and poured the glass right onto the shelves.

It took me several firings to get enough glass for this work. The glass comes out as rough glass sheets and I used a tile saw to cut and shape edges and a grinder to finish up some of the rounded sides. I tried laying out several configurations, settling on the brighter green glass for the foreground with the lightest blue being used for the mountains which are the furthest away. I used E6000 glue for gluing the glass pieces on.

In some cases I used small glass beads (the kind you find at the dollar store) underneath some of the piece sin the forefront to help give it a more 3 dimensional look. I hope to consign this up in Boone, NC but in the mean time have listed it in two of my online shops.

I wanted  a smaller, thinner landscape because I knew the glass would be heavy to hang. This measures 36 x 11 1/2 inches

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Product Review: Eklund Essential Omega

Eklund EssentialLike the previous Eklund product I tried, this bottle was filled to the brim with the gel capsules so you definitely get your money’s worth. You get 90 soft gels per bottle.

Prior to reviewing this product I was taking another brand of Omega 3 Fish Oil  which was recommended by my doctor due to elevated  triglyceride levels .

High levels of triglycerides increase the chance of heart disease so it is definitely something you want to watch, especially as you age. I suspended  taking the other brand of fish oil capsules to try Eklund Essential Omega for a month. Directions recommend you take two soft gels with a meal which I did with a breakfast bar each morning. I have heard other folks complain of side effects of taking fish oil supplement which includes gas and fishy taste but there were absolutely no ill effects from these.

The gel capsules are wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, and peanut free. Which is good news for me because I have multiple food allergy sensitivities.  If you are concerned about additives, this product is a good choice.

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Earn Money Blogging by Writing Paid Product Reviews

girl at computerArtisans work hard for the money they earn so finding additional ways to earn income through what you do is a savvy move. If you blog you’re already on the right track. I’ve been researching potential ways to bring income through through my blog. I already blog to inform people about the handmade gifts I make and processes I use to create them, but I also want to share knowledge to help my clients and other artisans in their creative processes and daily lives.

One way to do this is to talk about products I use or would like to use which might benefit other artisans and crafters without turning my blog into an infomercial.

I’m a published author and I’ve been posting book reviews for years through a separate blog, Goodreads, and on Amazon. A little over a year ago I was approached by a company that saw some of those reviews and wanted to know if I would also review one of their health supplement products. I  had never done that before but the product interested me so I agreed. Recently they sent me another request this time for an Omega 3 supplement. I had just started taking fish oil supplement after my doctor recommended it for lowering my borderline cholesterol levels so I saw the potential to get a month’s supply free by agreeing to review their product. I’ll be posting a review of the product soon on amazon on this blog.

I also like to promote handmade products of other artists and artisans so I am open to product reviews. If you make handmade and want more exposure through a product review, email me.

All of this got me to thinking that a great way to bring in additional income and earn free products which I would use anyway would be to do product reviews. I began researching product reviews and blogging for pay and turned up several potential companies.

One such site is linkfromblog.com. This company matches advertisers who pay for product reviews with bloggerss who write blog reviews about their products for pay. Before writing any paid posts, bloggers must insert an invisible counter code in a introductory blog post such as this one which helps the company gauge their traffic including people who actually engage in what they read. The rate of pay you will receive is dependent on this.

After your first blog post about linkfromblog.com posts, you must include the blog post url in a required info page provided by linkfromblog.com which will activate your account and start the paid product review process.

I’ll continue to share blog for pay info I learn about from other sources as I find them. What you won’t find me doing is bombarding you with unrelated products that do not tie in to the artisan, artists, or art lovers life styles.

Advertise with my Blog

 

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Handmade Recycled Glass Suncatcher Giveaway

August Giveaway SquareThis month I am changing it up a little from my usual jewelry giveaway. The featured giveaway is this handmade recycled glass suncatcher from recycled glass bottles.  The giveaway runs from July 27, 2015 – August 26, 2015 and is open to U. S. citizens age 18 and older.

Giveaway Description:  This eco friendly suncatcher from Serendipitini reuses recycled glass bottles and a recycled picture frame kiln fired for a distorted look. Green glass bottle bottom is drilled and wired on. Center spiral is glued on copper wire. Dangle is recycled smoothed glass. 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ A beautiful wall hanging or window decor or use as garden art.

 

 

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July The Craft Star Hot Shots Catalog photos

I just received notice that some of my handmade pet coasters were selected for The Craft Star Hot Shots July Catalog issue. They’ve got some awesome handmade items listed if you are looking for unique artisan gifts. Here’s the link to the craft catalog TheCraftStar Hot Shots (6)

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Recipe: Chicken Soup with Drop Dumplings

chickenanddumplingsEven artists get under the weather and this week I’ve had a cold and sore throat. When I am sick there is nothing I crave more than chicken and dumplings. The broth soothes my throat and helps open nasal passages.

Here’s a favorite recipe I’ve been making since my kids were little.

 

 

CHICKEN SOUP WITH DROP DUMPLINGS

  • 2 cups cooked chicken (diced or shredded)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (I use chicken bullion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup Bisquick baking mix
  • 1cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large pot (except the Bisquick and milk)
  2. Mix the Bisquick and milk until soft dough forms.
  3. Drop dough by the teaspoonful into the boiling soup. If the dumplings sink, bring them back up to the top with a slotted spoon so they don’t end up crushed.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered 10 minutes.
  5. Cover and cook another 10 minutes.
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Flip Flop Earrings, Beach Glass Jewelry

E019AG1These handmade flip flop earrings are made with tumbled glass and then drilled. The aqua glass is from  recycled glass from a broken vintage mason jar and the green glass is from recycled wine bottle. I added antiqued flip flop charms and these earrings have copper ear wires. They are listed in my Serendiptini Jewelry  shop.

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Inspirational Quote of the Week

she-stood-in-the-storm-elizabeth-andrews-quotes-sayings-picturesShe stood in the storm and when the wind did no blow her way, she adjust her sails.

 

Elizabeth Edwards

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

peanutbutter blossomsI try not to indulge in too many sweets at my age but sometimes you just need a fix. Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies have long been a favorite so I made these the other night.

Here’s the recipe.

 

 

Ingredients

48 Hershey’s Kisses (unwrapped)

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling

Directions

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, if desired; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.

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