Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What is in my Etsy Shop now.

A few of my jewelry pieces for you to view.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Taking photos is very calming to me.

 I enjoy concentrating on the composition when I photograph. Not only do I move the camera, I move myself around too. You see a whole new perspective if you change your angle. Try it sometime.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Go out and take a look at this amazing sight tonight.

On August 20, 2013 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Very, very important info about blogger and Picasa Web photos

Excellent Advise from: Picasa Geeks
If you use for creating your blog, and you upload photos from your computer – that creates a Picasa Web Album.

DO NOT delete that web album with the orange Blogger logo!

People have made this mistake.  They’ve been browsing their Picasa Web Albums and see an album they don’t remember creating.  Thinking it was time to clean up, they deleted the album.  Next time they took a look at their blog, they saw lots of red x’s where the pictures should be.

There’s no way to get the pictures back!

Even if you know what pictures they were, and you re-upload them to a web album using Picasa on your computer – they will be in a different location, a different URL than the original album.  That means that the references to the pictures in your blog will not be correct.  You would need to edit each post and re-insert the images from the new Web Album.

It Gets Worse!

My standard method for adding pictures to a blog post is this:
  1. Using Picasa on my computer, I select the best pictures and Share them online.  They are now located in a Picasa Web Album / Google+ Photos Album (see this post for PWA vs G+) in an album which I named.
  2. Using Blogger, I click the Insert Image button and select “From Picasa Web Albums” (which is the same thing as Google+ Photos.)
Using this method, I don’t even get the little orange Blogger logo to alert me that there are pictures being used in my Blog.  I just tested this and deleted a photo from my Renaissance Faire Web Album that I knew was being used in a blog post.  I got NO WARNING!  I thought for sure I would see “This photo is used in a Blogger Blog post, are you sure you want to delete?”  In fact, I could swear I’ve seen a message like that in the past.  Either they’ve changed it … or I’m dreaming, because it deleted the picture quick as could be without so much as a how do you do!
When I went to the blog post where the picture was used, here is what I saw.  A gray oval with a white dash where the picture should have been.  To fix it, I had to re-share the photo from my computer to the Renaissance Faire Web Album, then edit the blog post and re-insert it.

Lesson to Learn

The only way to prevent this is to never delete photos from your web albums!  It’s that simple – just Don’t Delete!  I hope none of you have to learn this the hard way.  I expect better from Google.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Handmade in the flame

Chunky bead bracelet

Lampwork Artisan Glass Beads ~ Handcrafted. Unique. One of a Kind ~

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Take time to really look at your garden flowers.

 My garden has the most beautiful hibiscus flowers blooming. This one is about 8 inches wide. Love it. Do you?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Remembering Jerry Garcia Today-The Grateful Dead. "A lovely view of heaven but I'd rather be with you"

To me, it's not just a rock band. How about you?
How have they influenced your lives now ?

When life gets you down, just listen to a song and you'll soon be dancing.
 As lead guitarist in a rock environment, Jerry Garcia naturally got a lot of attention. But it was his warm, charismatic personality that earned him the affection of millions of Dead Heads. He picked up the guitar at the age of 15, (read more here)

What's with this photo?

At age four, while the family was vacationing, two-thirds of Garcia's right middle finger was accidentally cut off. Garcia was given the chore of steadying wood while his elder brother chopped, when he inadvertently put his finger in the way of the falling axe. After his mother wrapped his hand in a towel Garcia's father drove him over thirty miles to the nearest hospital. A few weeks later, Garcia,who hadn't looked at the finger since the accident,was surprised to discover most of it missing when the bandage he was wearing came off during a bath. Garcia later confided that he often used it to his advantage in his youth, showing it off to other children in his neighborhood.

Gone but not forgotten. 
The music lives on.

What's one of your favorite songs?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Etched or Glossy Beads

I finally invested in some etching liquid and I'm loving the soft matte look it's giving to my lampwork beads.

Which do you prefer?

 Not etched : These beads have not been etched. They're glossy.
Etched: These beads are etched to a matte finish

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Grape Vines and Childhood Memories

Funny how a grape can bring so many good memories back to life.
As a child I remember the grape vines in my backyard. 
We had fun picking them and spitting out the pits.

I must try these Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles

1 package of Oreos
1 pkg. (8 0z) cream cheese, softened
dark chocolate

heavy cream (optional)

1. In a food processor, grind the Oreos into crumb.
2. Mix the Oreo crumbs and the softened cream cheese together either by hand or in a food processor.
3. Scoop the mixture into balls and freeze or refrigerate until firm.
4. Melt the chocolate and add a little heavy cream to thin out if desired.  Dip the truffles in the chocolate and roll in desired toppings. Chill until the chocolate is set.