Saturday, March 27

Costume Jewelry with Style

The Obama Earrings are the collaboration between Sheila, a fantastic, innovative artist from New York, and myself.

Both sides of the earrings feature the picture of US President Barack Obama smiling handsomely.

The materials used to create this set included gold yarn, beads, gold vinyl, clothe and gold fish hook findings.

They hang at about 3 inches in length.

The gold Barack earrings were recently, rather easily, sold on Ebay. And I received pretty decent feedback from the purchaser saying his girlfriend absolutely loves them!

Remember the Time?

These Michael Jackson Earrings were created right after Michael passed away in June 2009. Again, a teamwork effort between Sheila and myself. Unlike the Obama Earrings, they feature two different pictures on either side; one of Michael from the early days in his life and career with The Jackson Five. The other picture is of him later in his life during his Remember The Time song release. I have to say I really dig these, I've never worn them but at the same time struggle with the thought of putting them up for sale.

Another pair of Obama Earrings in black. This pair is beaded with a black and gold emphasis.


 Simon Cowell Earrings

Okay, I take full 'credit' for this creation.  I personally like them. 

Because I have a like/not like relationship with Simon Cowell I made this weird combination of clay and paint, on Sterling Silver findings.

The Simon earrings were fun to create. If anything, they're definitely a conversation piece.

Wednesday, March 24

Black Headbands

I think I'll start rocking black headbands this Spring. Headbands seem to be making a major comeback for adults, although they never went out of style for children. Headbands are great for semi-covering bad hair styles. And that's right up my alley!   All of these headbands I found at and they range in price from $3-$9, which I consider dddirt cheap! Now, I could grab my sewing box and find my old headbands from the 80's, then create something unique. Or I could just ask my dear sweet, sweet cousins in NY to pick a few of these up for me and ship them here to England. Yeah, that sounds great to me!!

Sunday, March 21

The Sneeze

I recently received two very heart touching forwarded emails both entitled "The Sneeze." Has it found its way into your mailbox yet?


They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt.

Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.

This class would NOT pray during the commencements----not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.

The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.

The speeches were nice, but they were routine, until the final speech received a standing ovation.

A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!

The student on stage… simply looked at the audience and said, 'GOD BLESS YOU.’
And he walked off stage...

The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval.

Isn't this a wonderful story? Pass it on to all your friends....and GOD BLESS YOU!!
This is a true story; it happened at the University of Maryland.
Oh, how I wish THIS one would take off and FILL the whole Country!!

Hmmm. Well, it’s certainly filling everyone’s email box. One must be careful of believing these sort of email forwards, even in the opening of them really, it's a prime way spamers and virus senders forward their junk from person to person.

Well, knowing this, (just call me snoop) I opened it anyway. Then I wanted to find out if The Sneeze was indeed true, so I went to my kind of website; Snopes! They seem to sort out email forward origins by research and tracking. Turns out "The Sneeze is not true! Not entirely.

To find out more on this story: and any other email forward you might have received from aunt Mary, cousin Brian or best friend Sarah who still owes you a babysitting favor but considers emailing your cute forwards as payback, check the fables here: . And no, there isn’t a movie coming out about Jesus being gay, and no one is camped outside of Wal-Mart stores shooting only black people. Have a great day.

Wednesday, March 17

Belly Fat

Cut down 20 pounds of flubby belly fat by following this one weird age-old tip:

Uhhh...Do Some SIT-UPS?

Lose inches off your waist by changing 3 things you eat:
Would that be Seconds! Thirds! And Fourths?

Is it just me or are you also tired of those lose-weight scam ads every place on the net? I could just eat them! Pop-bellies know when they have to do a few crunches, we don't need to be reminded of our belly every web page we visit. Lay off and move on to someone else, like people with dry feet! Where's the ad for that? I know a few people who need to click on those ads every single day, and I can give you their names. (She says while munching on ginger cookies she made last night). {Image: Michelle Meiklejohn /}

Saturday, March 6

Apple Crumble Dessert

Apple Pie is as basic a recipe as ... well... Apple Pie! So for that reason this is not a recipe.

I wanted to make a huge, mammoth, juicy, yummy crumble experience for the two guys in my house. This is just how it went.

Please excuse my pictures because noodles, rice and syrup was not included in my pie. And if YOU include such ingredients in YOUR pie, you need to pay very close attention, then email me for my recipe. LOL

First, you start off with some good apples. Six red ones here, plus I included a yellow apple I found in my fridge, plus an additional bag of reds.

I pealed my apples with a knife, (because a certain someone misplaced my potato pealer), then cut them into medium size bits. And you know I was munching as I went along. :)

I set out all of my ingredients ready to use. I could have made my own pie crust from scratch but a pack of pastry mix is faster, I just added 8 tbl spoons of cold water to the shortcrust and set it aside. Apples are naturally sweet so not much sugar is needed in an apple pie/crumble. Since I'm a diabetic, natural sugar is like filthy poison to me anyway. So for my filling I used a bit of Splenda to mix with flour, raisins, all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

The shortcrust was laid into the biggest baking bowl I could find. Poking holes in the dough with a fork makes the crust come out flakier. Then I mixed my apples with the rest of the ingredients and scooped it all into the pie crust.

For the crumbly top, I mixed flour, Splenda and butter, and cut-crumbled it with a cold, sharp knife. Well, I don't use real butter, but it's hard to believe that I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is not real butter. You know what I mean! LOL. I also dart the apple mixture with 'butter' to make the pie juicy and succulent. Yum.

After sprinkling the crumbs on top, this is the finished product ready to bake for 40 minutes. Just enough time to clean up the messy counter top and wash the dishes.

I'm happy I got this shot of the finished product, the pie was going QUICKLY! Mmm, just look at the juice oooozing out. The apples were soft but solid, hot, gooey and sweet. The crumble was flaky and buttery, and it all went so well with Franks Diabetic Ice Cream.

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