Thursday, January 31, 2013

fun with food photography

I don't do a lot of food photography, particularly in the winter. However, I got inspired to take a bunch of pictures during the prep for a recent social event that my husband and I hosted. Enjoy.

Hello, soft peaks! So excited that I did this successfully for the first time.

Pound cake in the works.

 Pound cake heading into the oven.

Cream puffs in the works.

Chopping pistachios. This is definitely one of my favorite recent photographs. There is something about the angle and lighting that I really love.

My ever present kitchen helpers. This is their favorite thing to do in the pantry.

Roasted red pepper and bacon goat cheese "truffles." Recipe right here.

Finished cream puffs. Not the prettiest ever, but I'm pretty pleased with this first attempt at them. They tasted amazing, so why apologize at all, right?

How can you not love fondue forks?

Pound cake cubed and ready for chocolate fondue dipping.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

almost WW: Girly

the bead mix

the finished product, in two sizes

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Easter color preview with buttons

I'm sure that this post seems a little premature, but Easter is only two months away. Can you believe that? I don't make Easter themed jewelry (although I have plenty of pieces in my shop that are appropriate for it), but I am always trying to stay ahead of the holidays for HubPages articles. If you do make holiday jewelry or other items, it's not too early to start working on new designs! I took this series of photos for an article and thought that my readers here would get inspiration from them as well.

mix up your designs with shape buttons

keep the color palette bright


mix it up with tiny buttons

add cabochons and other embellishments to your designs

create variety by incorporating metal and/or wooden buttons

What color combinations remind you of Easter? What are you creating for Easter this year?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Night Out in Milwaukee

I haven't been into the Scavenger Hunt prompts as much as usual lately, but I am still doing my best to get out and take pictures even in the winter weather and enjoy sharing some of those photos here. Last weekend Jake and I went to his holiday work party at the Milwaukee Public Museum and then out for drinks and music at the Pfister Hotel with some of his co-workers. I took some pictures throughout the evening. Enjoy.





What have you been photographing lately?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Treasury Round Up - 1/27/13

The treasury scene exploded the past couple weeks! Please help me thank the awesome curators who featured my work by visiting their collections and their shops.

Trina (trinasclaycreations) included my Button Charm Bracelet - Blue Color Gradation Ombre in her Pretty Pastels! treasury. I am not a huge fan of pastels, but gorgeous collections like this makes me appreciate them more. Check out Trina's Wedding Cake Topper, Custom His and Her Cowboy Boots, Polymer Clay Wedding or Anniversary Keepsake.

Cynthia (AntiquityTravelers) included my Beaded Dangle Earrings - Turquoise Blue Leaves in her South by Southwest treasury. This is one of the most gorgeous southwest collections I've ever seen. The colors and mix of items here are stunning. Check out Cynthia's Turquoise Tailsman Earrings with Lesley Watt Bronze Headpins.

Cynthia also included my Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Winding Road with Checked Border in her February is for Lovers treasury. There is something here for everyone.

Finally, Cynthia included my Heart Charms - Set of Two - One Glass, One Metal in her Queen of Hearts treasury. This cheery heart filled collection is perfect for Valentine's Day.

Anna (Anabel27) included my Beaded Pendant - Peyote Triangle - Champagne Party in her Beaded Triangles treasury. I am always honored to find my work in a beaded treasury, and of course I love the triangle theme. Check out Anna's Colorful Seed bead earrings - Triangle Peyote Earrings - blue, turquoise, and dark purple.

Natasha (StalkingtheWildSnark) included my Button Charm Bracelet - Blue in her My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean treasury. She did a wonderful job with the mix of items for this whimsical collection. Check out Natasha's Nautical Sailor/Navy LOVE Signal Flag Resin Pendant Swallow Charm Necklace Antiqued Gold.

Linda (PruittDesign) included my Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Climbing the Bargello Rainbow in her Variations of coral and teal treasury. I know that I say this every time Linda curates a treasury, but I love her color palettes! This one is no exception. Check out her Pale Teal brocade Coin Purse or gadget pouch.

Linda also came up with this great color palette: Nice Lime and Cool Turquoise for a treasury, which has my Button Bracelet - Green and Blue. I love this color combination and need to experiment with it again.

LeAnn (pasqueflower) included my Button Charm Bracelet - Bright Colorful Multicolored Rainbow in her Pretty, Please! treasury. If you're looking for a unique Valentine's Day gift under $30, this is a great resource. Check out LeAnn's Oven Mitt - Red and White Chevron.

Alice (PipingHotPapers) included my Beaded Bracelet - Red, Purple, and Pink in her Pincer treasury. This is such a creative theme for a collection. I love the mix of items. Check out Alice's Retro Magnets with Camera and Map Background fits magnabilities set number 2.

Nancy (NFallonDesignStudio) included my Heart Charms - Set of Two - One Glass, One Metal in her Pretty in Pink treasury. I am not a huge fan of pink, but this is a very cheery collection for Valentine's Day. Check out Nancy's Coin Purse, Keychain, Tissue Case: Organize Your Purse Kit in Pink & Grey Chevrons.

Kathy (BayMoonDesign) included my Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Orange Yellow Red Pink Summer Vivid Bright in her Firey Red Sunset treasury. These bright colors are a refreshing change of pace this time of year. Check out Kathy's Orange Earrings Handmade Artisan Ceramics and Copper Earwires, Earthy Gift for Her.

Linda (lindab142) included my Valentine's Day Greeting Cards - Set of 4 Mini Cards in her Valentine's Day Gift Ideas treasury. It's great that so many Etsy sellers offer up their wonderful gift suggestions for potential buyers for holidays. Check out Linda's Big Heart Valentine's Day Pendant Necklace.

Deb (storybeader) included my Beaded Pendant Necklace - Peyote Triangle - Champagne Party Beige Blue in her Geometric Blues treasury. One of my fellow BBA teammates left a comment on this treasury saying that she bet that I would enjoy it. She's right. :) Check out Deb's Blue handmade paper beads.

Linda (BlancoyOroDesigns) included my Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Orange Yellow Red Pink Summer Vivid Bright in her Much Needed Sunshine treasury. Sunshine is definitely much needed this time of year. Check out Linda's Autumn Hued Wirewoven Gemstone, Pearl and Sterling Silver Eclectic Cuff Bracelet.

Ezgi (maluendadesign) included my Button Charm Bracelet - Bright Colorful Multicolored Rainbow in her Colorful Gift Ideas treasury. What's not to love here? Check out Ezgi's Colorful Beadwork Chamber Earrings.

Char (LittleHeartsHome) included my Heart Charms - Set of Two - One Glass, One Metal in her Hearts Hearts Hearts treasury. This whimsical collection is perfect for Valentine's Day. Check out Char's Moo Hearts Wash Mitt - soft fleece wash cloth hand mitt.

I also curated my own treasury last week: Start the New Year With Bright Color.

treasury round up