Monday, December 28, 2009
Earth tones are my favorite color palate. What a stunning combination of colors and items that gel so nicely together. I absolutely LOVE the Precious Moments pendant; it screams LOVE -- the overwhelming emotion I have for my son...this unconditional & limitless love.
If you would like to take a closer look at the Asymmetrical Skeleton Key & Crystal Skull Bangle you can find it in my Etsy Shop here.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The sun is shining brightly, it's windy and the temperature is below the freezing mark - not the ideal day for a trip to an indoor-outdoor Aquarium along the Peconic River. Brrr!
I thought about it for a second and said "what the heck"; and I'm so glad I did! We had a great time building memories. And sometimes we just need these days. Days where everything else takes a back seat. After all, these are the moments that we don't get back.
Monday, December 21, 2009
1. saralagace: white mini paws
2. thejewelrybar: faith earrings
3. btavsan: white grey cocoon scarf
4. cricketscreations: snow leopard scarf
5. theintuitivegarden: snowy solitude
6. countrydreaming: deck the trails
7. flandersfield: crowd
8. rudman: felted collar
9. getthepicture: morning frost
10. maisondelucille: esme legwarmers
11. uncommonaccents: barren winter birch tree forest
12. maxmelody: white headband
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Now through December 15, bring in a $10 gift card or new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 to benefit Brighter Tomorrows and receive up to 50% off of a tattoo or piercing at Top Hat Tattoo.
Brighter Tomorrows is a non-profit organization helping the victims of domestic violence on Long Island. You can learn more about Brighter Tomorrows and their Mission here.
Top Hat Tattoo is a world class tattoo studio located in the heart of Rocky Point, NY. You can find Top Hat Tattoo on My Space here and on Facebook here.
More on the Donations: If you choose to bring in a Gift Card, Brighter Tomorrows asks that they are no larger than $10. Choose from Target, Wal*Mart, Kohl's, or a plain old Visa Gift Card. Donate as many gift cards as you like.
If a Toy Drive is more your thing, Brighter Tomorrows is asking for a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl, ages infant to 12 years old. Please don't spend more than $10 per toy.
Top Hat Tattoo
678 rte 25A
Rocky Point, NY 11778
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The Kitten Koffin Zombies Calendar is more than just a retro inspired Pinup Contest where the voting is open to everyone. It all started back in 2006 and has been going strong ever since.
To learn more about KKZ & how to become next years Calendar Girl go here: About KKZ
Monday, November 30, 2009
Today's "Pick of the Day". I stumbled upon this designer perusing Etsy & felt compelled to share with you.
Truly original, Edmdesigns is Dramatic, Daring & definitely not for the faint of heart! I LOVE this cuff!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
3. Beijo de Roma; beijo flor
4. Keep Calm; queens order
5. Mango & Pomegranate Body Scrub; dress green
6. Lone Pomegranate, hillary miller
7. Electric Brazilian Pomegranate Necklace, beijo flor
8. Midnight Pomegranate Soap, catherine filippelli
9. Chubby Pomegranate Ring, the lovely teaspoon
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
If you are in the market for unique baby apparel, onesies and frames, please visit Applied With Love's Etsy Shop here.
While the Kambaba Jasper & blown glass Pendulum Bracelet featured is no longer available, I am always updating shop, so stop and satisfy your curiosity.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
For those not familiar with Found Handmade, they pull together all the sellers from various websites that sell handmade, vintage and supplies and conveniently put them all in one place so the buyer does not have to visit each of those sites separately. How ingenious!
If you would like to take a closer look at my Copper Mesh Corset Ring, you can find it in my Etsy Shop here.
Monday, October 19, 2009
On October 11, 2009 I accidentally stumbled across one of my rings on the Front Page of Etsy - one of my favorite rings, actually. Needless to say I was shocked.
It's 4 days later and I'm still filled with the same overwhelming emotion when I think about it. I find it quite an honor and dare I say a sign of things to come.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to Seema of Flowered Sky for including me in her wonderful Treasury and to the Etsy Staff for placing it on the front page!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
3 chicken breasts - filleted
1 large onion - chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic - chopped
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes - chopped
1 cup white wine - I use what I have in the house at the time. This time it was chardonnay.
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
Heat oil in skillet on medium high heat. Cook chicken until just about cooked through, remove and set aside. Saute the onion, garlic and sun-dried tomato. Add the white wine and balsamic. Reduce the heat & return the chicken to the pan. Cook until the sauce has reduced & thickened up a little and the chicken has cooked through - 5 - 10 minutes or so.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
What a simple, yet stunning write-up. I was honored to be featured along side such accomplished artists and designers. In addition to lurking in the dark, wondrous corners of Etsy to bring us her fabulous pics, TotusMel is an amazing artist in her own right, creating unique and elegant Tatted Jewelry & Accessories. Check out her Etsy shop here.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Here's what I did:
1. http://www.craftopolis.com to check the clock
2. opened the respective treasury, in this case Treasury West
3. had my title already in my clip board
4. waited patiently...when it opened I pasted my title in the bar and hit "ok, create" -- It worked!!
All these tricks I learned here:
Hope you guys find this useful.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Squash: (small - medium size)
sliced in half length-wise
Baked the squash on 375 for 20 minutes (10 each side)
scooped out the core & separated the "spaghetti" with a fork
saute pancetta, red onion, lots of garlic, pignolia nuts, red pepper flakes in olive oil
add a package of frozen spinach (I didn't have fresh spinach handy)
add white wine & chicken stock (approx a half cup of each)
add a pinch of kosher salt (teeny tiny bit)
add parmigiano reggiano grated cheese
This is something I came up with on the spot based on the ingredients I had available at home. I don't use actual measurements -- everything is to taste.
Feel free to leave comments or your Spaghetti Squash recipes.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Copper will naturally patina over time from exposure and wear. Now, I personally love the antiqued look of aged copper, however, it's not for everyone. Exposure to air, water, the oils in our skin will speed up the natural antiquing process of copper.
Like the original shine better? No problem! ...just drop your copper piece in salted lemon water for a few moments, rinse with cold water & dry to bring it back. Keep in mind this is an ongoing process. Enjoy!!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Moving forward, I would like to donate $1.00 from each sale to charity. This would include retail sales as well as wholesale & consignment orders.
The idea is to involve my customers -- give them (you) the choice of where the $1.00 is going. To keep things simple I will offer 3 charities. You, the customer, would choose which of the 3 charities to donate your dollar to.
I need to narrow down the list to three charities. This is not any easy task as each and every charity & cause holds significant importance to its founder and the community its helps.
So who would you donate to? St Judes? Autism speaks? Stand up 2 Cancer? Coalition for the homeless? ASPCA? Susan G. Koman? Rescue Ink? And the list goes on & on... What charities are closest to your heart?
At the end of the day, I would like to see diversity & to keep the donations in my backyard (United Sates).
Based on your suggestions, I will announce the three charities on August 1st and the donations will be retro active through January 2009. They will be sent to the respective charities at the end of the calendar year.
Cast your vote!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Flowered Sky creates some of the most alluring Evil Eye's I've come across. I've been using her glass Evil Eye beads in my work for years. Not only is Flowered Sky talented with glass, she is a successful jewelry designer as well. Below is a sample of her work -- please stop by her shop & tell her MerCurios sent you!
Monday, June 15, 2009
UPDATE: FeatheredDesigned was selected as the winner of this stunning ring by FashionGrail on Sunday, June 21.
She won with her comment: ” I adore necklaces, next to feathers, necklaces are my got to accessories, the bigger, the bolder, the more unique the better! And I love layering necklaces. Pearls with chains, chains with woods, black and white, fringe with wood. The possibilities are endless and what better way to add to my collection then with the Periwinkle Dream…Upcycled Chocolate Link Chain and Ribbon Choker Necklace with Copper and Goldstone accent from the Alchemy Collection.”
Congratulations Feathered Design and a big thank you to all of you who participated!
There is no purchase necessary and the Contest is simple... visit the MerCurios shoppe and pick your favorite accessory. Then go to Fashiongrail and answer this question "what would you wear it with?" The most creative answer wins the prize.
The contest runs from Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19 and the winner will be selected on Saturday, June 20.
What are you waiting for? You could be the winner of this fabulous ring! Creativity is key and just to prove it here are a couple of the comments that have already been left...
..."I really like Bewitching ....I would wear this with my wedding dress so everyone would know I meant business, especially my groom"
..."The “love knot” ring ...I’d wear it in the bath while I was covered in bubbles!!!"
Remember...Have Fun & be Creative!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1 cup medium-diced fresh rhubarb
1/2 cup small-diced onion
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover, and simmer over medium to medium-low heat until the onions are translucent & the juices are beginning to thicken, about 5 minutes. Uncover and simmer, stirring frequently, until very thick, another 6 - 8 minutes.
Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
...This is a wonderful condiment for grilled pork loin or roasted chicken.
I can't take credit for this one...Source: Fresh Magazine, issue 27, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Please keep in mind I don't use specific measurements when I cook, so I'll try to break it down as much as I can...
Jasmine rice (1 cup)
Salt-Free Chicken Stock (2 cups)
Sun dried tomatoes (approx 1/8 cup - diced)
Shelled edamame (approx 1/4 cup)
Pineapple (approx 1/4 cup - diced)
Sea salt (pinch)
Italian seasoning (approx 1 tsp)
Bring two cups of Salt-free chicken stock to boiling point. Add jasmine rice, sun dried tomatoes, shelled edamame, pineapple, sea salt & Italian seasoning. Cover & reduce to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
If you are NOT using Salt-free Stock then omit the sea salt.
NOTE: I use Herb-Ox Sodium Free Granulated Chicken Bouillon. One jar makes 26 cups of broth and has a much longer shelf life than refrigerated broth. One teaspoon equals one cup of broth...just add water. And it's under $4.00 and can be found in most supermarkets...Stop & Shop, King Kullen, etc...
This side dish goes great with anything! This recipe is just one rendition...I'm always changing & adding depending on what I have in the kitchen at the moment.