Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Product - Cabachons

A new product for me, I'll start putting this up in etsy shop tomorrow. They're fairly large cabs, most are made from one-half of my regular 1 1/4" straight-sided lentil beads. Here are a few my favorites:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monet Landscape

Another one that I fond of, copper green, coral and ocher with swirls.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Circuit Infestation!

I'm really excited about this set. This is one of my favorite combinations of some of my favorite colors. Copper green with cranberry and dark silver plum shards. I love the extra details the reaction creates. This set is going on ebay tomorrow.

Monday, October 13, 2008

New stuff on ebay!

Hey everyone, I'm especially proud of these beads that will go on ebay Tuesday:

And here's a new ornament on etsy:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Drinking Chocolate - Hot chocolate for die-hards.

Drinking chocolate is like hot chocolate times ten. Hot chocolate is made from pressed cocoa powder whereas drinking chocolate is generally made from real chocolate, including the cocoa solids that give it richness. I've been a long time connoisseur of hot chocolate and a more recent convert to drinking chocolates. Drinking chocolates should be smooth, rich, almost like a melted chocolate bar. Here are a few of my favorite chocolate beverages:

Schokinag Drinking Chocolates-These were some of the first I sampled. The Triple Chocolate and the Extreme Dark are both very good. The Triple Chocolate would probably appeal to a broader audience, it's decadent with out being overwhelming. The Extreme Dark is just that - extreme, wonderful for someone who really loves dark chocolate but not so great for your average dinner guest. I also tried their Dulce de Leche, which isn't chocolate at all. I found it way too sweet, but I don't have much experience with the drink so it may be authentic. Overall I really enjoyed the Schokinag products but if made to the supplied recipe they're a little thin to be a true drinking chocolate.

Dagoba Hot Cocoa

This one is also a hot chocolate, but mixed correctly, with 4 tablespoons of powder and 11 whisks clockwise and then 11 whisks counter-clockwise(I'm not making this up, it's on the tin), it's delightfully decadent. Dagoba is also available at my local grocery store which gives it high marks for convenience. $8 and change is not a bad price either, I've certainly paid more and been disappointed.


At the Eugene Celebration I recently sampled Sipping Dreams drinking chocolate. It was rich and authentic. Perfect for a cool evening. Unfortunately they don't have any retail location sand aren't selling online yet. At the Eugene Celebration they were s
elling it in dixie cups for $3. They also bars to melt and cute demitasse cups.


A year or so back I discovered Chantico by Starbucks. As a non-coffee drinker and a local business supporter, I don't keep tabs on Starbucks. I knew that they didn't have hot chocolate for me and that's all I needed to know. So I heard about the Chantico after it had been discontinued. Undeterred, I found a bag on ebay and whipped it up at
home. I can't vouch for my methods as authentic to theirs. I found it rich but slightly chemically. If you are interested in recreated it, I recently stumbled upon this recipe for it, which may work well to recreate it.


In closing, I think that someone should buy these for me:

Clearly I need a personal drinking chocolate mixer...Does it also do windows? And maybe dinner?

Also this one, because sometimes I feel like sharing my drinking chocolate with my sweetie (you know after he makes it for me a presents it on a silver platter):

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New things on Ebay!

I've been having a little trouble taking pictures lately, due to inclement weather. But here are some new things on ebay this week:

Caged Bloom -

This piece was fun to make. It's been a while since I worked with the petal designs and I enjoyed combining it with the dark silver plum. Sort of a steampunk meets florals.

Moss Weave-

This one is a lovely medium green achieved by layering transparent blue glass over lime green glass. The effect makes the piece glow from within. The copper green on the surface gives a nice industrial appeal.