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April 23, 2014

Frozen Lemon Juice

We got lots of lemons!
But they (lemons) do not last forever. So, to preserve them making lemon juice . Squeeze lemons, filter through the strainer and pour into ice-cube tray.
When juice is frozen, place the cubes into the zip-bag and place it in the freezer.
Of course, you can make lemonade too!

February 25, 2014

Swirly Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

 A while ago, I tried my hand at beading crochet.  The little hook that I used to crochet is so tiny that you really have to get a good grip. In a couple of hours,  I found my hands would cramp up. I saw some crochet hooks with handles at local craft store, but they were kind of expensive. Why to spend money if I can make my own handles out of polymer clay (I have a lot of left over pieces of different color)

All will need: 
  • Polymer clay in wanted color 
  • Pasta machine (or acrylic roller) 
  • Acrylic (or glass) sheet  
  • Clay Blade or sharp knife

December 20, 2013

Candles Christmas Cards

It is not late to make a hand-made Christmas/New Year card with Svetlana's easy step-by-step tutorial.

First, lets make a candle. For one candle, you will need three to four  red paper stripes 5mm wide and 11" long. Using  a quilling tool, roll the stripe.

December 14, 2013

Coasters Giveaway

These coasters do a fantastic job protecting your furniture from those inevitable water rings made by our drinking glasses and coffee mugs.
I made these cute coasters out of upcycled/recycled  wool sweaters. Coasters are backed with upcycled light grey wool and firmly stitched together. Each coaster is approximately 4" (10cm) in diameter. Spot clean.

Great for everyday use or as a hostess or housewarming gift.

 You can win set of 7 coasters (7- is a lucky number :) !!!!

Mandatory entry:  Visit GoodWeather  Etsy Shop , browse around, and leave a comment here telling me what your favorite item is! - 1 entry
Make sure to include your email address to contact you if you win (comments without email will not be counted)!

Extra entries (make sure you leave a separate comment for each). Current fans are eligible!
* Follow my blog (you can follow by clicking follow in the left sidebar) - 1 entry * Follow me on twitter / facebook - 1 entry 
* Share about this giveaway on your facebook or twitter -1 entry * Blog about this giveaway (include a link to your post) - 1 entry * Purchase anything from GoodWeather or Albina'sJewelry  shops and come back letting me know what you purchased (use coupon code BLOG10 to get 10% off) - 5 entries

This giveaway will run from December 14th through December 18th, and the lucky winner will be  chosen by random.org on December 19th. The winner will be announced here, and he or she will have 48 hours to respond with his/her mailing address. If a winner cannot be contacted or does not respond, another winner will be chosen after 48 hours.
Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry. The more entries you post, the more chances you have to win!
This giveaway is open worldwide.

UPD. The winner is Nic (comment#2)

December 11, 2013

Knitted women slippers socks

These comfy slippers are wonderful to wear around the house. They are warm, practical and great as a gift!


If you want to knit  the slippers yourself, you can buy a pattern here. Instruction explains the basic of knitting this type of slippers. You can use solid color of the yarn, alternate colors for striped effect, or add an ornament
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Prerequisites: basic knitting skills


December 10, 2013

Owl Fingerless Mittens

Fingerless mitts are very practical but also make great fashion statement. These super cute mittens are great for many uses in a cold weather: driving, hiking, photography, or just walking around the town on a chilly day. Featured is a cable knit pattern that looks like and owl.

You can make  a pair of these fingerless mittens with a hoot owl on the front of each hand using my pattern


September 12, 2013

Russian Holodets

Last week I made holodets for small Russia party. Holodets (холодец)--it's one of Russian foods that Americans very frequently dislike :). It is a meat jelly with meat cuts and spices inside.
This dish’s name “holodets” is from the Russian word “holod”, i.e., “cold”- the final preparation step is to cool in a refrigerator for a few hours.

  Holodets Ingredients
  • 2 lbs pig, cow or chicken feet (or use chicken legs as an alternative)
  • 1 lb boneless meat (any kind of meat, for example chicken thighs)
  • Water
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 gloves of garlic
How To Make Russian Holodets
  • Put all the meat, whole onion, carrots, salt and pepper in a large pot ( I use pressure cooker) . Add enough water to completely cover the meat plus an extra inch of water on top of the meat.

  • Bring water to a boil and skim off the foam.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer for 3 hours.

  • Add the bay leaves and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Discard the onion, carrots, and bay leaves.
  • Pull the meat away from the bones and discard the bones.
  • Add two gloves of fresh minced garlic 
  • Chop all the meat and put on the bottom of an 8×12 dish (or any size of dishes you want).

  • Refrigerate the dish with Holodets overnight.
  • Cut Holodets into squares and serve with horseradish or mustard.
 Приятного аппетита!

August 6, 2013

Lariats . Part 1.

Lariat necklaces are a great way to make a unique jewelry statement. A lariat necklace does not have a clasp or hook at the back of the neck like most necklace styles. Instead, you fasten a lariat necklace by tying a knot in the jewelry itself. There are several ways to tie a lariat necklace. You can choose from a variety of different knots, which each offer their own aesthetic. Lariat necklaces frequently have beads or tassels at the end.

Lariat necklaces tied with a simple knot in front are classic and elegant. Try this look with a formal black dress or dressy business suit. Place the necklace around your neck, with the ends draping across your chest. Place both strands of the necklace in one hand. Make a loop with both strands of the necklace. Pull the ends of the necklace through the loop to knot the necklace in front. The knot ends of the necklace should resemble the ends of a bolo tie.


Aventurine Jewelry Set: Necklace and Earrings

Yesterday I made this necklace. I really love this bright autumn colors.
The red aventurine gem chips are combined with mix of black seed beads, agate and crystal beads.
Total length is 19" (48cm).
Closure- silver button.
This necklace comes a pair of matching earrings with sterling silver ear wire.

Buy it here

August 4, 2013

Beaded Crocheted Necklaces.

July was a very productive month for me. I made 8 crocheted necklaces and several bracelets. Today, I finally get a chance to photograph all of them. First of all, I want to thank my friend Olena who taught me this technique. 
I bought a lot of  Matsuno Japanese seed beads, bead caps in FireMountainGems. I love those beads- they are perfect quality.

My first set is Orange Coral necklace. The tassel is removable, so if you want to wear just one rope for more casual look just slide it off!

Of course, I made a matching bracelet:)
 The next day after finishing this "carrot" set, I strung beads for the next project :)