Monday, April 7, 2014

things that I love and other stuff


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I've decided to do a *things I love* post every week. There are so many things that I find super helpful and I thought I'd share them with you. Just let it be known that I am not paid by anyone for this..... I wish! These things are favorites of mine that make my artistic life and everyday life easier.

I'm going to start off with these little containers. They are awesome for all the little bits and pieces that I make or buy for jewelry.


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Most of them are filled with sterling jump rings and so on. Love em!!! I think that the craft stores sell them.


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I've been sprucing up my jewelry studio. I bought an ugly cork board and painted it and my peg board pink. This past week I finished a border that I did with sharpie around the cork board. All it took was 4 sharpies and a little time.


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I've also been busy making more earrings. I'm trying to get enough product done to take my Etsy page off vacation mode. It was in that mode until I got all the paintings done. It will be up very soon!!


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Finally.... just wanted to share a some pics of the desert. Believe it or not....we have a Spring. All the cacti are currently in bloom and I have to say that it is really lovely.


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Rolling down the street yesterday we had to stop for the cowboy and his horse. I love that we get to experience moments like this out here.

fill your heart with art

see you soon

~manon

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

whoa nelly

quote will go here
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Whoa nelly!!!! The walls in my jewelry studio are starting to bore me. I've been contemplating painting them but that would entail moving the cabinets and table....nah. So.....I've been seeing pics of different things on the internet and I've decided what I'm going to do.

ready for sharpie
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I didn't take photos of every wall but I think you get the picture.

gonna sharpie my studio walls
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Yes.... I'm going to channel my inner child....which isn't too hard...and I'm going to write and draw on my walls with Sharpies. Yup.... you read it right. It's either gonna be real good or real bad...lol. I will post my progress as I move along.

new work
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I made these earlier this week. The necklace went to a new home today. It's 30" long with the addition of the 2 1/2" pendant. The silver is in a satin finish which I think is very pretty.

see you soon

fill your hearty with art

~manon

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

soup and jewelry time

broccoli soup
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Today I wanted to share my super easy broccoli soup with you. Actually... it's a version of Gordon Ramsay's so I will give him all the props!! Why buy canned or prepared with stuff you can't even pronounce on the label when you can get a delicious homemade and fast soup..... if you like broccoli. :)

Here are the ingredients......

~head of broccoli
~chicken stock (enough to boil broccoli in)
~goat cheese (as much or as little as you want or any cheese you prefer)
~salt and ground pepper to taste

broccoli soup
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Boil your broccoli but don't kill it till it's mushy. Make sure it has a bright color to it.

broccoli soup
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When broccoli is done transfer to blender. It's your call on the amount of stock you put in it depending on how thick you like it. You can also put the cheese in here or wait until you transfer it back to the pot. Note.... if you have a great blender you can also use the broccoli stalks which is awesome because you won't waste a thing.

broccoli soup
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Add salt and cracked pepper if needed and enjoy!! Yum!!!

new pieces
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I've been busy back in my studio hammering away at my bench. I've sold two of the top necklaces you see in a 26" length. It's very pretty long!!

Hope you enjoy the soup!!

Fill your heart with art

~manon

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hiking Pinnacle Peak

At least once a week I throw on my hiking shoes and hike Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, AZ. I got out today and decided to shoot a short video with my phone. This video gives you and idea of what it's like but doesn't really capture the true beauty of the trail. There are a ton of hiking options in the area and luckily we usually have the weather to take full advantage of these outdoor opportunities.....yay!

fill your heart with art and the great outdoors

~manon

Sunday, March 2, 2014

bee bopping around

antique store
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Yesterday was a stormy day in AZ so we decided to bee bop around for the day. We ended up in this antique store that had super cool items. I took a few pics with my phone without trying to look like a nut job. I loved, loved these old cameras.....wish I could of bought them all!!!

antique store
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The cherubs looked so happy here.


antique store
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Now....this was so serene looking. If those concrete balls weren't so heavy I probably would of hauled them home. It was so much fun just to look around and see all the interesting furniture and objects. It was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday in the desert!!


fill your heart with art

~manon