Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dragonfly Necklace Set

Basic black is another color I seem to lack in jewelry, so I created this set for an black & white outfit I like to wear.  The beads are black crackle glass, hematite circles and little silver textured balls.  The dragonfly is silver metal with black 'patina'.  The beads were strung with white coated wire attached to silver chain with a silver barrel clasp.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jasper and Wood Necklace Set

I needed something brown to go with my outfit, so I made this necklace set of jasper stones, wooden beads and hematite circles.  They are strung on coated brown wire and attached to burnished copper chain with a barrel clasp closure.

Monday, May 28, 2012

No Sugar Apple Crisp

I've been attempting to get as much sugar out of my diet as possible.  I've done a pretty good job of replacing processed sugars with natural sugars, so far...cuz let's face would be a tragedy to never have something sweet again!

Here is a recipe for a sort of Apple Crisp made with absolutely no processed sugar.  This is for one serving which I baked and stored in a mason jar. :-)

1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced into small pieces.
1 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp flaxseed, grounded in a coffee grinder
4 Tbsp walnuts, ground
3 Tbsp dates, diced (add more if you like it really sweet)
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350*.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and shove it into a mason jar.  Bake for 30 minutes in an uncovered mason jar.  If you put the lid on when you remove the jar from the oven, it will seal for storage.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

We had a great day for our first trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cheyenne Canyon Park

Two of my photography friends and I went hiking in Cheyenne Canyon yesterday.  This was my first time's awesome!!

Our Five Fingers and Joanna in side light.

Amy demonstrating poses for this location!  :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The FlashBender

I've been completely focused on photography so far this year, and I recently purchased the FlashBender.  The FlashBender is an attachment to the Speedlight (flash) that allows you to modify the light as needed.  It's excellent for outdoor work where there are no ceilings or nearby walls off of which to bounce the light.  Here are some examples: