Are you in North Carolina and want to see Shore Debris in person? My jewelry is available at this Sanford location:

Divine Designs by Nancy, 92 Amarillo Ln

You can also find my jewelry in this Southwest Florida gallery:

Elizabet Bryant Art Gallery, 200 West Dearborn Street, Englewood, FL 34223

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Meatballs... my go-to party food.

Do you have a food you make for every party? I actually have 3 and sometimes worry if the neighbors are getting tired of the same stuff over and over.meatballs So here are my meatballs (yes, I know most of my recipes involve these little cups... I actually serve meals in them to my husband and he's gotten used to it in the last year that he how thinks it is normal).

The meatball recipe that I love... pre-cooked frozen meat balls into crock pot with equal parts barbeque sauce and grape jelly. Cook on high for 1 hour then turn to low for 2-5 hours.

Such an easy, tasty recipe and many of my friends think that I'm spending hours over the stove (even though I tell them I am not).

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Yippee the heat pump is fixed!

Just in time for spring, too! (But at least there will be no worries when next winter rolls around.)

Airotemp Heating and Cooling, LLC, Sanford, NCThe local Sanford Airotemp company was able to help me out... I cannot tell you how nice it was to have a repair/contractor-type person show up to my house when they said they would.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dear Census Bureau

Please stop wasting my hard-earned tax dollars...Census Bureau Postcard So not only do you buy ad space on cable TV (Since I watch about 2 hours of TV a week and have seen your ads, I'm sure most Americans have seen them), you sent me a letter about a week before you sent me my census to say you'd be sending me a census in the next 5-10 days, but now, I, a person who filled out my census and returned it the day you sent it to me, get a post card saying I must send back my census?

I will never understand the government and its practices.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

100 Mile Fitness Challenge... Week 11

So another great week!

Fri - 2.5 mile walk, 10 min Yoga (10 min solution DVD), 15 min Pilates (Pilates Complete for Everybody) = 4
Sat - 2 mile walk, 15 min Pilates (Pilates Complete for Everybody) = 3
Sun - 1 mle walk = 1
Mon - 2.5 mile walk, 10 min Yoga (10 min solution DVD), 30 min Cardio (Ab Boot Camp) = 5
Tue - 1.5 mile walk, 10 min Yoga (10 min solution DVD), 5 min elliptical, 15 min weights = 3
Wed - 1.5 mile walk, 15 min Yoga (15 min Results Yoga), 32 min Cardio (Cardio Cabaret) = 4
Thu - 2 mile walk, 15 min Pilates (Standing Pilates Blend), 45 min Cardio/Strength (Feb '10 Cover Workout from Shape Magazine) = 6

Total: 26 (Overall Total: 187)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Back to the grind...

clipart desk and worker So last week I started a new job. It is an absolutely wonderful new job, but I totally underestimated the adjustment that I would face. Even though I've always been an early riser, over the past year, I wasn't worried about what my hair looked like or even if the clothes I put on matched and my days seemed pretty long. Now, I feel like I have no time and am neglecting everything... like vacuuming, laundry, this blog, and everything else you can think of...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

EtsyBlogger of the Month: Dizzy Dragonflies

This month's etsyBlogger is Dizzy Dragonflies.

The owner of Dizzy Dragonflies is Vicki. I feel like I am meeting "Vick-ee's" everywhere online recently... or maybe I am noticing only because I am a "Vick-ee."

This Vicki knits and crotchets, two arts I have always found elusive, but interesting. She has more recently begun spinning and dyeing her own yarn. This is something I find extremely interesting (but hopefully would never try on my own, because what would I do with tons of yarn?) and if you want to see some of her dyes, check out this blog post titled Dyeing For Spring.

In her etsy shop, the first yarn that called out to me was this HOT HOT HOT red skien.hand dyed red yarn But then, I thought maybe too much fire and settled on the spring green yarn as my favorite instead...
hand dyed spring green yarn

Friday, March 12, 2010

100 Mile Fitness Challenge... Week 10

100 Mile Fitness Challenge My best week yet (for week 10)!
Fri - 2 mile walk, 15 min yoga (15 min Results Yoga) = 3
Sat - None
Sun - 1 mile walk = 1
Mon - 2.5 mile walk, 25 min yoga (Yoga Fitness) = 4
Tue - 2.25 mile walk, 22 min Pilates (Standing Pilates Blend), 53 min cardio/strength (Billy Blanks Basic Boot Camp) = 7
Wed - 2 mile walk, 15 min yoga (15 min Results Yoga) = 3
Thu - 2 mile walk, 10 min Cardio (Slow and Steady Burn), 35 min cardio/strength (Cover Workout from Shape Magazine Feb 2010 issue) = 5
Total: 23 (Overall Total: 161)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My New Pedometer

I've been posting my updates for the 100 mile fitness challenge weekly since October... which is probably getting boring, but I feel like if I show the world what I am doing every week, I'll be motivated to do more because I don't want people to think I am some little weakling.

In 2005, I began to almost religiously wear a pedometer and I found it a challenge to reach 5,000 steps per day (the literature I had was saying to be healthy, you needed 10,000 steps per day). I remember dropping the pedometer in the toilet at work (by accident - it fell off my belt) and never getting a new one in 2007.

Being without a job outside of the home over the last year had me worried (I've been trying to get back into shape since my knee replacement in December 2008 and know the expected time for "complete" recovery was to be 18 months.) I walk a lot since that was most of my therapy after I passed the 8 month mark, but was worried I am still not getting enough movement to be healthy.

So here is my pedometer from the Dollar Tree: I had such a happy surprise to find out that I am ranging 11,000-15,000 steps per day on weekdays and 8,500-10,500 on weekends. I am no longer quite so worried about my health as I was two weeks ago.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Brownie Tips from Alton Brown

Do you ever watch Alton Brown's Good Eats? My husband just recently introduced me to his show. Between his show and an easy recipe in self magazine, I now label myself as a woman who can cook (a year or so ago, I was a woman who knew how to reheat!)

We must have been watching a chocolate marathon on the food network, becuase at least four shows in a row were about chocolate. What I took away from show #3 was Alton's tips on doing your brownies... Now me, a known chocolate addict, thought I should try immediately.

Doing the brownies part 1: spray pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment paper (cooking spray is only to hold onto the parchment paper until you get the batter in)brownie pan prep Brownie tip part 2: Remove brownies from pan while still hot with nice parchment paper sling (Yes, this worked very well, except for the one corner that wasn't cut straight and the piece fell off. I ate it, so you don't have to worry about it going to waste.)
brownies cooked Brownie tip part 3: Use your pizza slicer to make clean cuts in your brownie. (Now, I didn't think it made the brownies cut any cleaner, but it was 100 times easier than using a knife.)

brownies cut So, my end result still had messy brownies... but I'll eat messy brownies any day :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Saint Patrick's Day

I had a friend ask me what I was making [jewelry-wise] for Saint Patrick's day... and then I thought, what am I making - I've never done clovers before...?

So sitting in front of the TV, I drew this (interupting my husband's viewing of the Colbert Report) and held it up to my neck to see if hubby thought it was the right size and could tell what it is supposed to be:

shamrock pendant sketch

(the "what it is supposed to be" is a new litmus test I've been using because I discovered I don't see some things the same way as others.)

And here's what came out when I played with the wire and a green glass bead:

saint patrick's day pendant Now, it just needs a jump ring and a green ribbon necklace.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

This week's favorite... a concrete finale!

And no collection from me would ever be complete without a sampling of jewely :) And can you believe these creative people make jewelry with concrete?

First up, the Oak Tree Necklace in Silver and Concrete by Lulu Bug Jewelry:concrete pendant Next, we have the Concrete Teardrop Charm from Green Couch Design:
concrete pendant Last, but not least, is the Lucky Concrete Clover from Dr Craze:
concrete pendant

Friday, March 5, 2010

100 Mile Fitness Challenge... Week 9

100 mile fitness challenge Looking good at week 9!
Fri - 2 mile walk, 20 min strength/cardio (Cardio Flexband) = 3
Sat - 1 mile walk = 1
Sun - 1 mile walk = 1
Mon - 2 mile walk, 10 min cardio (Slow & Steady Burn), 10 min Pilates = 3
Tue - 2 mile walk, 10 min cardio (Kickbox), 10 min strength (Boot Camp), 10 min Ballet = 4
Wed - 2.5 mile walk, 15 min yoga (Ab Yoga), 49 min cardio (YBB Hip Hop Abs) = 6
Thu - 2 mile walk, 5 min jump rope, 15 min strength (quick full body session) = 3
Total: 21 (Overall Total: 138)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

This week's favorite... even more concrete!

And a little bit of what I would consider more traditional concrete decor:

This concrete and wood candle holder is from Formd:concrete candle holder And concrete oil lamps from The Ceremonial Home:
concrete oil lamp Finally, a Hibiscus Concrete Flower Impression from Concrete Garden:

concrete hibiscus impression
If I wasn't already married, I think I'd be using concrete candle holders for my centerpieces and putting placecards on concrete shell impressions for a reception.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This week's favorite... Concrete continued...

Concrete furniture is more beautiful than I would have imagined.

First up is the coffee table from Timeless Modern:concrete coffee table Next is a very soft looking end table from Joe Jaech:
concrete end table And finally, here's the displacement stool from Concrete Encounter:
concrete stool

Monday, March 1, 2010

This week's favorite... Concrete!

So this week begins my long awaited construction projects around the home, beginning with digging out the end of the driveway to lay concrete...

What seems like such ugly destructive work, I wonder if etsy has any concrete beauty?

Oh, never fails... the creative minds out there can create beauty out of drab grey!

Our first featured item is a fat white concrete vase/bowl from Impure Vessels: Next on the list are these indoor/outdoor planters from Tortoise Loves Donkey:
And finally, a medium concrete bowl/pot/planter from Concrete Crone:
Come back tomorrow for the next installment of concrete on etsy!