Friday, September 23, 2016

Pattern sale

With the holidays just around the corner I have decided to have a pattern sale... all of my patterns and bead charts are going for $1.00 or less...

 note bead charts are only on Craftsy

Here are the links to my pattern stores... I do have many free patterns that are only on my blog... type in free pattern in search bar ( upper left corner ) or click on link listed under "My Patterns" heading along right side of blog ...

on Craftsy

on Ravelry

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to peel fresh eggs

We get asked often how to hard boil fresh eggs so they can be easily peeled ( so posting again ) ... after trying many ... many ... and a few more ways the only sure fire way we have come up with is so easy...
add your eggs to cool water, bring to boil.. cook for the hardness you want .. ( I add a touch of salt.. keeps the eggs from spilling out if one should crack while cooking )
For Large eggs:
  • Soft-cooked yolk 4 to 5 minutes
  • Medium-cooked yolk 6 minutes
  • Hard-cooked yolk 17 minutes
For Medium eggs:
  • Soft-cooked yolk 3 minutes
  • Medium-cooked yolk 5 minutes
  • Hard-cooked yolk 12 minutes
while boiling get a bowl/sink of ice cold water ready.. here in the desert ice melts too fast and cold tap water doesn't happen except in the dead of winter.. so I freeze water bottles and place in a sink full of water...
move the eggs straight from the boiling water to the ice water.. LEAVE until cooled off
then peel

These eggs are right out of the coop.. not even hours old

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jewelry post number 1

I have been making jewelry to sell for a number of years now.. while I have put patterns/charts out of my some of my seed bead designs I have never posted about my other items.. So.... I will be doing these with lots of photos to make it as clear as possible .. as I really do not like naming anything I will be going with numbers :) I will be posting these as free PDF's on Craftsy ( will add the link on each post )

Note: any of my earring designs you make, you are free to sell... if you share online a link back to my pattern would be great :D

The first item will be earrings

you will need .. beading thread and needle, 42 black seed beads size 11/0 ( 21 for each earring ), 2 earring hooks, two o rings, and 2 drop beads ( with hole going through the center )

take thread through the bead going downward, add 3 seed beads go back up though the main bead again

add 18 seed beads and the o ring, tie off

run thread though out once again, tie off weave in ends.. place on earring hook
repeat for second earring

quick and easy.. enjoy


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Free football seed bead chart

free pdf on Craftsy

Materials needed

2 earring hooks

fine beading thread and needle

all seed beads are size 11/0


this pattern assumes knowledge of brick stitch beading techniques

52 brown

9 white
add ear hook to loop.. Check ends of ear hook ( if you didn't make your own ) for sharpness, a bit of smoothing maybe needed.

pattern by Barbra Szabrowicz
items made from this pattern may be sold

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jumbo Pharaoh quail

We got Quail :D at 3 weeks of age they are already half way to laying eggs.. been reading different reports on how many eggs they lay.. lowest number is 200 they did add "or more" though lol.. most others are saying around 300
keeping in mind the eggs are pretty small but so cute lol

We started out just buying eggs and ended up getting 8 half grown birds :D ... A bit stronger tasting, very quick to cook up  lol  we even got a double yoke one

looking forward to getting our own eggs soon.. only two weeks to go ..