Monthly Archives: January 2015

upcycled holiday sparkle earrings

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Before you throw out all that holiday decor, cards and wrapping paper, take a second look- perhaps there is a unique way to recycle or upcycle all that Christmas sparkle? I decided to turn all of my metallic wrapping and decoration into some sparkly earrings- just in time for New Years Eve!
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Tinsel, while messy can be used to create sparkly paper.


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Use card stock, thick paper or even recycle the inside of greeting cards (like I did).
Cover the surface with a thick layer of craft glue, gel medium or modge podge.
Trim the tinsel over the paper so that it sticks to the glue.
Let dry completely.
The result is a thick piece of sparkly paper that can be used to create all kinds simple jewelry.



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Cut out simple shapes
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Use dimensional paint to add little details.
Paint or decorate the back- optional
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Cut out small shapes and using jump rings, stack the shapes for dramatic dangle earrings.


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Use leftover metallic wrapping (or any pretty wrapping for that matter) to create rolled roses. (my tutorial is here)
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Fill the middle with beads.
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Glue to posts for a small and pretty set of earrings.


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Use wrapping paper and roll into beads.
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Use those paper beads and stack them on wire with alternating beads for a set of long dangle earrings.


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And there you have it a brand new collection of sparkle earrings ready for a New Years Eve Party!

nori burritos

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I am only an “occasional” meat eater and the rest of the time I love preparing tasty recipes that make use of simple pairings of vegis and different flavors. One of my recent favorites is nori burritos inspired by a recipe from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.


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I LOVE this book and while it is a vegan cookbook, there is so much really great information on nutrition, inspiration for cooking and ways to “flirt” with vegan meals. These nori burritos are super easy to change up, use your favorite ingredients and put your own unique twist on- which is exactly what I did.

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The key to this recipe are the nori wrappers. If you eat sushi you will recognize this edible seaweed wrapper- they are made from algae and feel like paper. They taste exactly as you would imagine- a nice light seaweed or grassy taste that is not all all over powering. If you haven’t tried seaweed in some form at least once in your life then you haven’t lived- it is quite delicious!


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I prepped all kinds of different fillings.

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basil leaves and shredded cabbage,


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brown rice


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sprouts
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apples and carrots


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arugula


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cucumbers


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and I decided to also grill up some fish with a little bit of sweet soy sauce.
Once my fillings were prepped I started making the burritos with different combinations of the fillings.


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I laid out the nori






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and added rice,


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a big basil leaf,


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a handful of sprouts,
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some shredded carrots,
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and a couple of apples.
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Then I folded up the bottom,
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rolled from one end to the next
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and used a little water to dampen the edge to get the wrapper to stick to itself.
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I used my different ingredients to create different combos- the variations and possible fillings are really endless- you could use ANYTHING!


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And there you have it a plate full of healthy nori burritos that I proceeded to eat…like all eight of them- YUM!

playing with snowflakes

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in the studio

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chasing dragonflies

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During the fall on the Oregon Coast, when the winds are blowing east and if you are in the right place (at the right time) you can experience a true natural wonder- thousands and thousands of dragonflies on migratory flight. Thanks to a tip from a friend- I was able to be in the right place at the right time and it was something quite magical to experience- the air filled with swarms of dragonflies- their colorful wings twinkling in the sunlight. Armed with my camera I did my best to capture the moment- challenging to say the least- chasing dragon flies is no easy feat! With Lucy strapped to my back, I hiked along the shoreline and managed to capture a few cool shots but I finally gave up and just sat back and watched them twinkle and shine. Nothing could truly capture the beauty of experiencing this phenomenon in person!
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Read more about the mass flight of dragonflies on the Oregon Coast visit HERE and HERE