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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lavender in my garden

A couple of years ago we drove 4 hours up north for a lavender festival to see those beautiful purple fields. While people from cooler areas might not see it as a big deal, for us in the low desert with hot and dry summers it is very special. I bought a little potted plant of lavender as a souvenir and planted it in my garden later with not much hope for it to survive.

Surprisingly, the lavender bush is thriving and happy! I am still learning how to care for this but I was so happy to gather some flower stems.

The plant is blooming in a weird time (September through February) and giving just 2-3 stems per week but its alive and it makes me happy :)

Monday, June 19, 2017

How to make a leather cord necklace with amethyst druzy pendant

An amethyst druzy stalactite slices are so popular these days for jewelry making. You can buy them as a raw crystal or with the plated edge and ready to wear. They are large, flat and have a free shape bottom what makes each necklaces an OOAK.  

Crystals are pretty and fun to wear but not every chain or cord will work with them. Each time I am putting pieces together I am going through dozens of these. For this large druzy Albina (aroundbeads) and I decided to use a leather cord.

It is not hard to do and it will work with so many other pendants. Here is how to make it:

Materials and tools:
Leather cord, 2mm thick
Cord ends - 2
Jump rings -2
Lobster clasp – 1
Chain nose pliers

1. Measure and cut a piece of a leather cord for your necklace (desired length).

2. Flatten the end of the cord with your chain nose pliers.

3. Place a flattened end  into the slot of a cord end and fold the edge down over the cord. Fold one edge at a time.

4. Using a jump ring, attach a clasp and a cord.

5. Slide a bare cord end into the pendant’s loop(s).

6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for another cord end. Attach a jump ring.

It is ready to wear!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Peaches are in season!

I went to a grocery store after my morning walk and as soon as I walked in I smell the fresh peach & nectarine's aroma. A perfect summertime smell!
White nectarines

So I bought some of these beautiful fruits and while we love to eat them fresh we still would like to treat ourselves with healthier dessert from time to time. I tried that cheesecake stuffed peaches recipe last year, it was so good that I think it might be a hit for this Fathers Day.
Cheesecake stuffed peach

The recipe was originally published in the August 2011 edition of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

To make this you will need:

6 peaches, halved
1⁄4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons cinnamon sugar, purchased or combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 15 x 10 x 1" baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.

Trim a very thin slice from the round side of each peach half so the halves will stand flat on the baking pan. Dip peach halves in melted butter to coat. Arrange peach halves, cut sides up, in prepared pan. Sprinkle cut sides of peaches with cinnamon-sugar; set aside. 
 In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar, egg yolk & vanilla. Beat until combined. Spoon cream cheese mixture into peach centers.
Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until lightly browned & softened. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I sprinkled mine with powdered sugar:
Try it, I think you will like it!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hand knits for Fall & Winter 2017 at socksandmittens

I know summer is just starting but it is always cold somewhere! Besides, it is never too early to start on Christmas shopping :)

We spend our spring working on new assortments of hand knit product for the coming Fall and Winter. There are so many pretty colors and cool yarns! I just wish we would have more time to work even harder. Hand knitting takes a long time but it's totally worth it!

Let me show you some of our new warm items for ladies for the coming season. We are working on assortment for men so more items will come!






See more at socksandmittens shop on Etsy!

Friday, March 3, 2017

First signs of spring

Spring is here! This year it came for me with a first fragrant lemon Meyer bloom. Welcome, March and sunshine!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Winter sale 2017

We are having a winter sale at socksandmittens on Etsy! 25% off on selected items - please visit my shop to see if there is anything you'd like to get!
Offer expires on February 28th, 2017

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve morning

Good Christmas Eve morning, everyone. It is very peaceful and quiet today.
I just wanted to show you some stitching I've done recently, the Cranberry Tea by Plum Street Samplers.
I did not finish it yet, wouldn't it be nice as a pillow or a framed wall hanging? I will have to think about it.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Lets be safe, cozy and with the people you love.