Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Inspirations

Wrap Bracelets
I have been inspired to create some wrap bracelets for a while now. Ever since I saw the Chan Luu ones in the Garnet Hill catalogue. She has created very beautiful bracelets from leather and gemstone beads. Very labour intensive ones. While very beautiful they are also quite expensive and with our dollar exchange with the US not being par or above and along with the duties/taxes I never ordered one. Sadly for me. I scoured Etsy for similar bracelets and came upon many that were close and I also found a few tutorials for creating them myself. I decided ok I can do this and searched around the house for supplies. I have a good selection of beads that I use in my stained glass workshop for odd projects and I never throw out old jewelry it just becomes a craft project item for the future (Does that future ever come? By the looks of my boxes maybe not?) Long story short in about 4 hours I created a wrap bracelet from the beads of a couple old necklaces. I forsee a trip to the bead department of Michaels in the near future for leather and beads.
I looped my leather 4 feet or so in half and tied a few half hitches in the one end and secured the loose ends with tacks. Basically you are just weaving the beads onto the leather using a bead needle as the holes in many beads are pretty tiny for regular needles. I used heavy weight strong bead cotton and tied knots every so often.
I Instagram...ed the finished bracelet, love the photo effects  from that app.
Recycling some old jewelry. I thought about using the raw polished stones but It didn't work with this bracelet design. The dark blue and black beaded necklace will make an awesome one with silver accents I think. I buy these big ol chunky necklaces I like but never seem to find an outfit they work with or maybe they just aren't me? But so pretty.
Third kind of beads now. I started with gold, then went to brown, then blue and creme... all the beads are wood I believe but I can imagine how nice some real metal and stone or glass ones would be in here.  I marked a spot on the wood to tell me when to change beads. I thought that it would be best to have one complete wrap of each kind.
The finished bracelet. After the last string of gold beads I  tied a couple half hitches and placed a flat disc button on for a closure with the first half hitches. Then I sized it correctly and adjusted the first half hitches. If you use a test string first you can get this size and number of wraps down pat before you place a bead.
"Little Guy" our little pet type squirrel just strolls in thru the open garage door and over in to my workshop and  hops up on my lap and basically demands a peanut. He can be a pest if your working (sand footprints on my work table) but we love him. 
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri...Note to self....keep peanuts handy at all times!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lakehouse Rockwork Update

The rock installation has finally begun on the fireplace. Of course I would find this sooo interesting. Trying to learn a little so I can do some myself too. We have an excellent crew (Steve & JJ) from Melfort for this project. Sun sun and more sun and stay away wind. The fireplace rock must be complete before Tim and crew can continue with the decks on the north side of the house. All is coming along awesomely. I will update y'all late this afternoon with a few good shots of the progress they make today. I can't say how little I will miss that house wrap flapping in the wind up there haha. I am sure Perry will not miss putting up and taking down scaffolding up 40 feet in the air. Less Ibuprofen required!!
Prepping the fireplace for the rock 2 coats of black paper, wire  mesh, and a screet coat of mortor
Start where the fun is at the very top, corner pieces attached
Starting at the bottom too
Boral Cultured Stone - Country Ledgestone - Hudson Bay
Laying out the patterns

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Blood Orange Martini

Who doesn't love the taste of an exotic Blood Orange?

* 4 oz vodka (use flavoured for a twist)
* 2 oz Triple Sec
* 2 oz Blood Orange juice

Fresh is best. Juice up a few Blood Oranges.... be prepared and juice a dozen. Place vodka, triple sec and juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker and vigorously shake. Garnish the edge of your martini glass with colored sugar and a slice of the blood orange. Serves 2

The blood orange is a variety of orange (Citrus × sinensis) with crimson, almost-blood-colored flesh. The fruit is smaller than an average orange; its skin is usually pitted, but can be smooth. The distinctive dark flesh color is due to the presence of anthocyanins, a family of antioxidant pigments common to many flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus fruits. The flesh develops its characteristic maroon color when the fruit develops with low temperatures during the night. Sometimes there is dark coloring on the exterior of the rind as well, depending on the variety of blood orange. The skin can be tougher and harder to peel than that of other oranges.
While all oranges are likely of hybrid origin between the pomelo and the tangerine, blood oranges originated as a mutation of the sweet orange.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Indian Summer Mango
  • Peel and slice 2 mangos into a blender and blend until smooth, a splash of champagne may be added to thin the juice
  • Add 2 oz of Peach Schnapps and the mango juice to an ice filled glass
  • Top with champagne
  • Garnish with a slice of lime cos everything tastes better with lime
An Indian summer is a heat wave that occurs in the autumn. It refers to a period of considerably above-normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, 
usually after there has been a killing frost.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy...any season will do... Dorri

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Inspirations

What is inspiring me this Friday? Well not only this Friday but pretty much every day of my life.... ROCKS...pebbles....stones...sand and the largest of them all mountains. I am not sure why or when I started loving rocks but as a young child I would sit for hours sifting through the earth to find just the right stone. As an adult I enjoy this pastime immensely. It's relaxing, meditative, and fun. I just can't really get enough rocks either. I am always on the lookout for another one. My house is full of rocks from my travels.  My gardens are full of rocks from other provinces and countries. The archeologists in 2000 years will scratch their heads and say that these stones could not have originated in this area of Canada??? lol How did they get here? Crafting, decorating and using them as spoon holders on my stove; in all rooms of our home you will find stones and rocks guaranteed. Rock gardens were always a top priority every time we moved. Then the challenge was where to find rocks in the new area... that was never a challenge. Many an hour was spent on the sandbars on the Columbia and Peace Rivers and by the Pacific Ocean sifting and sorting. I tried teaching my kids to pick rocks with me and told them to look for rocks that spoke to them. Rocks that had an unusual shape or color....ones that made them happy. Well I tried lol. We picked turtle rocks, doodlebug stones, snail rocks, rocks that looked like owls or cats. It really is never ending. There are more out there.

So whether gardening, hardscaping, crafting, mosaicing, painting, gluing, drilling, cutting, attaching, wire wrapping or just admiring rocks do inspire my creativity! I hope you will enjoy this selection of my rock pictures from over the  years.
BC lake rocks spread around the tree truncks
Rivers Sand & Gravel gravel testing was fun when you found a cool rock on  your tester tray
An interesting rock I found on the Halfway River banks
Rocks for decorations around my old pond
Ocean rocks at Campbell River....with a friend Mr. Crabbie
Gravel Pit rocks on a picking day in Taylor, BC 
Enjoying the sun and the assortment of rocks to pick from
Rocks my fiance Perry keeps in his pocket always and a silver shell
A neat rock with a hole washed in it that I put a round rock in cos I thought it was cute
Every now and then I throw a load of rocks into the polisher and come up with some beauties 
More polished rocks from northern BC 
An Asian inspired water fountain with beautiful stones can't wait to reset this back up in the Lakehouse
Rocks from the gravel pit, red stripes always got me excited
Reading with my feet on the rocks....wonderful day
A project I created with smooth stones at the gravel pit... mosiac heaven for sure
Table before the epoxy was laid on it.... just a lovely green gecko
The Rocky Mountains
Absolutely gorgeous painting my son-in-law to be's mother Cindy Vincent painted, I covet it! 
Gold Perry has from one of the mines he invests in..... gold in them thar hills
Rocks in a tin container... so pretty
Heart shaped rock. On Ebay you can buy heart shaped rocks someone picks for  ya. I think it was from Ireland actually.
Little tub of round smooth rocks
One of my are pretty nice rocks actually
It is amazing how many rocks with small holes already bored in them from the water I find 
Some of my collection of "finger" rocks and round rocks that I keep outside in the summer... pack it all away in the winter as if the snow will hurt them.  
A couple of the large boulders that were dug during excavation for the Lakehouse 
My rock garden steps to nowheres.... I keep stone rabbits on them during the summer
Wet rocks dry rocks dirty rocks love em all
Rocks I wanna climb by Hansen Lake in northern Saskatchewan 
My old office at the gravel pit.... special rocks on the window ledge
A very cool smooth large rock dinosaur egg maybe?
More pretty polished stones
Even Coco my bird loved the rocks or was it the dandelions he enjoyed hmmmm?
Vancouver Island - Ken Forde boat ramp perfect rock hounding spot

Campbell River, BC
Rocks around the deck at my old cabin
A small rock retaining wall that I built by the beach of my old cabin

Inukshuks.... I have made a few zillion of these over the years
The rocks at Pickey Lake
The rocks in front of the will be fabulous when complete but do you ever have enough rocks.... Imagine a small bubbler fountain along the front edge....
Limestone rocks make great additions to firepits
I hope you have enjoyed my rocks over the years. I know I have. I am sad to say some special ones are not on here. Apparently I do take a lot of pictures of rocks but maybe not enough of the ones I am thinking about stuck in boxes waiting for their new home to be finished. I think this post will receive an updated part 2 next year to show you my fabulous new finds and projects.

Relax... Respect...Enjoy...Dorri