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Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for my new book, “Jewelry Inspirations”. I was so excited to see so many responses that I decided to choose 2 winners. We did it the old fashioned way with slips of paper drawn from a hat and the winners are Lynn #63 and Morgan #15. Congratulations! and I think I will do another give away next month, this was fun. And a big thank you for the kind words about my work, so nice to read after a rough week.
Pumpkin Apple Muffins
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups Libby’s canned pumpkin (not pie mix)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
Chocolate Chip Variation:
- Instead of apples use 1 cup chocolate chips
Low Fat Variation:
- Substitute 1/2 cup applesauce for the oil.
PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease or paper-line 24 muffin cups.
COMBINE flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine pumpkin, eggs and oil in medium bowl; mix well. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Stir in apples or chocolate chips. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.
BAKE for 25-30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool slightly.
Every year my girls make easter nest treats filled with favorite egg shaped candies. I’ve adapted this recipe from one I found almost 2o years ago in a magazine. The recipe is super easy using only one pan and takes about 20 minutes to make- they are yumtastic! Here is the recipe:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 cups chow mein noodles
- candy eggs (mini Cadbury eggs, M&Ms or jelly beans)
In heavy saucepan over med. heat melt butter and marshmallows until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and chocolate chips until melted. Remove from heat and stir in chow mein noodles. Work on wax paper and form 18-24 mounds. Dip fingers into cold water as you work to prevent the mixture from sticking and shape each mound into a nest. Fill with 2 or 3 candies each. Cool and store in airtight container if they last that long.
My new book “Jewelry Inspirations” was released on March 9. This book contains everything I love about life and jewelry making. Projects include resin clay flowers, personalized jewelry with images, etching metal, metal clay, polymer clay, wire and beaded designs. The book includes stories from my past and thoughts on developing creativity. Remember Dawn Dolls from the 70′s? These were my favorite and I kept them after all of these years in pristine condition. Read the book to find out what they have to do with my designs.
I am grateful for all of the dedicated bloggers who reviewed the book. Here are just a few reviews from bloggers who took the time to share kind words about the book:
I would love to send a signed copy to a fellow jewelry enthusiast. Post a comment and I will put the names in a hat and then we will draw a name on Mon April 12 for one lucky winner to receive a book in the mail. Make sure I can reach you by email for shipping.
Nancy Hamilton sent me a few pictures of pieces she made using our E3 Etch controller. I was blown away! Her work is so well crafted and simply beautiful. She tells me she has developed a system to mass produce pieces, and since each silver piece takes less than an hour to etch she can move quickly to the next piece.
Nancy’s copper etched pieces are richly designed by hand using beeswax as a resist. The center of this copper piece is filled with transparent resin, and has an etched design you can see through the resin.
Another treat this week was to find that my friend, Wendy Wallin Malinow, has her own website up along with her Etsy shop. She is one of the most creative people I know and her style is unmistakable- I love it! I predict anything she touches will be highly collectable, check out her new site.
Speaking of crazy beautiful, my goal is to feature more student work on my blog and website because I get to see fantastic pieces from students that needs to be celebrated. This crocheted bracelet was made by Jeannie Thorn who took my crocheted bracelet class at Art Unraveled this summer. Jeannie Thorn Silver Crocheted BraceletCheck out Jeannie’s site and also Adorn Me, which is a brand new jewelry making venue from Art Unraveled. The classes are up now!
I was a guest on the Martha Stewart morning radio show yesterday while I was in San Diego (6AM PST). The topic was back to school and so I described the how-tos over the air for how to make these easy polymer clay ponytail holders. They are made by simply covering metal upholstery button blanks with a sheet of decorated polymer clay and then attaching a hair elastic to finish. Complete instructions can be found in my new book, “Clay So Cute”. First time ever teaching a technique at that early hour!
My new book, “Clay So Cute” was released today. The book contains projects for tweens and kids but I suspect some adults will find it inspiring too. My history with polymer clay goes way back, it was my medium of choice for making jewelry and miniatures. Very few people even knew what it was back then. It’s been almost 20 years since my sister and I wrote our first book together, titled “The Incredible Clay Book”, it turned out to be one of the best selling kids crafts books on the market and is still in print today. It was the book that launched both of our careers. The “kids” that remember the first book are now in their mid-30s and its a bit weird to hear adults tell me they had the book when they were young-how is that possible? I am very excited to have a new book in print for a whole new generation of crafty kids. My favorite projects are the claybots and of course- candy bracelets.
Summer has been a busy time with our new store and line of products. Our crew went to exhibit at the Bead and Button Show for the first time. This is a picture of Camille at our neat and tidy booth ready for customers.
The girls worked so hard at the Bead and Button show. The booth was quite busy with demonstrations on Image Tranfer and our E3 Etch controller. Customers got to scratch off ITS images and we had fun giveaways. All 3 lost their voices at the end of each day and I’m sure were exhausted. thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hi at the show!
In July we attended the PSBF in Tacoma, WA. I love the northwest and it makes me homesick every time we go up there. One class that was very fun to teach was the Pandora style silver metal clay beads. These are metal clay beads you can make yourself for the popular interchangeable bracelets (they are popular in the East and Europe, the West is a little slow to catch on). The students in this class were so excited, a few didn’t sleep the night before. I love their creativity with the beads, with so many design options available. I will be teaching this again in the future and hopefully the bracelets will catch on here.
While in Seattle visiting my daughter Michelle, we ran into this sculpture of JP Patches. This brings back childhood memories and I just had to take several pictures. I remember my dad working as an audio engineer back in the 70s for the show, I got to be on TV a few times. I love this moment frozen in time for all to admire. It’s in the Freemont district by the UW.