Sunday, September 30, 2012

dutch spiral

Learned a new spiral stitch!  Only took a few hours from start to finish* (*after picking out the color/texture combination which can take awhile).  What do you think of it?

back to what I do best

Experimented with some new jewelry arts and I've decided that seed bead weaving is what I do / like to do best.  So I went back to one of my favorite stitches and enjoyed making simple, wearable art.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

my favorite korean lunch

made some miso soup with fried tofu and fresh scallions with some kimpap and fried mandu dumplings and of course, kimchi.  Korean comfort food.

back to the basics - peyote strap bracelet

decided to go back to the basics and make a simple peyote strap bracelet with a handmade clasp (also in the peyote stitch).

Monday, August 27, 2012

blue wave earrings

made some earrings with some hand-blown glass beads I picked up at my favorite bead shop in DC...still on my earring kick!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

purple square earrings

Experimenting with making earrings and wire working lately.  
Here are some fun purple square earrings!

Friday, August 24, 2012

pearl wire crochet ensemble

newest project find (thanks youtube)- combining wire-work, beads, and a simple crochet chain stitch.  First attempt at any kind of wirework, and I had these crochet hooks lying around that I've been meaning to pick up for quite sometime....what do you think?  Did I do okay?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

granite and pearl bracelet

liked the necklace, so I made a bracelet to match ... earrings next?

beaded pendant pearl and rock necklace

found some great pink and gray granite rocks and mixed them with dark pink, light pink, and champaign pearls to make the pendant.  Added a simple salmon peyote chain.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

fireworks bracelet for the 4th of July

using leftovers from several projects, I created this bead soup bracelet that reminds me of fireworks on this lovely 4th of July holiday

Sunday, June 24, 2012

greece inspired brick-stitch necklace

Deep navy blue 11s are woven into a brick-stitch chain interrupted by little fish, evil eyes, nonuniform glass beads, and squares of white shell - reminds me of the Greek Isles.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

free form peyote

Reminds me of form peyote with large accent beads - greens, yellows, and browns.  Outside of my typical style - - what to you think?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

For my cousins in Colorado

 I tried to create pieces that reflected the personalities of them.  For the older of the two:

And for the younger:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

colorado necklace

Missing the mountains already!  I used czech 6s and 11s to make a thinner rope.

seashell necklace

warm chunky cowl

First cowl!  Too bad it's too warm outside to wear it!

impromptu korean fish stew

Kimchi juice, water, and a splash or two of soy sauce make the broth...added onion, tilapia, cod, and tofu...then served with Korean sticky rice and pickled radishes....맛있다!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

chamchi kimbap chuseayo! 참치 김밥 주세요!

 "참치 김밥 주세요!" is what I said just about everyday for lunch in Ulsan, and today I made some - kind of (^_^)

"kim-bap" in Korean: 김밥 is this inside-out Korean sushi-like dish which comes from combining the words "kim" 김 (the dried seaweed paper) and "bap" 밥 (rice).  There are many different types of kimbap (even not-so-good ones like "cheese kimbap") but "chamchi" 참치 (tuna) is my favorite.

My kimbap 김밥 lacked some of the regular ingredients, but it did the trick!
...and of course I made my weekly trip to Eastern Market and got some home-made kimchi 김치 and pickled diakon 깍두기from the nice Imo from Daejeon! To learn more about how to make "real" kimbap go here!   

Saturday, February 11, 2012

new at knitting

I took a trip to Denver to see my wonderful family there and I learned "how" to knit!  Pictures of finished products to come soon-ish!

Kimchi Jjigae 김치 찌개 (traditional and with fish)

My absolute favorite Korean meal.  You need to like spicy and sour combinations to enjoy this amazing soup.  Must be served with a high quality short-grain Korean or Japanese rice to get the full effect (*remember - no chopsticks in the rice!) Traditionally, beef and tofu make up the protein in this stew, but I once substituted for fish and tofu and it turned out just as good!

beef and tofu version
Kimchi Jjigae: (throw it all in the pot, tofu and/or fish last!)
8oz beef (any cut will do) or fish if vegetarian
1/2 large onion thinnly cut into strips
2 tsp minced garlic
2 cups kimchi
3/4 cup kimchi juice
3 1/2 cups beef stock (or if vegetarian a combo of water and soy sauce will do the trick)
8oz firm tofu
2-4 tsp ground red pepper
1-2 TBSP soy sauce (no need if making the fish version)
1-2 tsp sugar
1 leek sliced diagonally
2 spring onions, sectioned (for garnish)
(optional: one red or green chili sliced to garnish)

Bulgogi 불고기

Easy and tasty dinner!  Korean bulgogi 불고기 beef sauteed with onion, garlic, and green pepper wrapped up in lettuce with a choice of kimchi 김치, pickled daikon 깍두기, and of course - fermented red pepper paste called gochujang 고추장.  I served it with some left-over french onion soup (Bob-o's recipie) because it's not a Korean meal until there is soup and rice.  (The french onion soup was an unexpected nice compliment to the sweet and salty bulgogi). 

Any nice fatty cut of beef will do - - -  about 1 1/2 lbs worth

Marinade for 2+ hours
2 TBSP minced garlic
5 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP corn syrup or sugar syrup
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 TBSP rice wine or sake
1 TBSP sesame oil
3 1/2 cups thinly sliced pear 
1/2 cup beef stock


brick-stitch layered necklace

The brick-stitch is very time consuming but looks great in multi-strand pieces.  I used a color combination of oil and pewter square beads, red-rocks 11s, rainforest greens, navy glass, amber glass, and french blue 8s. 

snowflakes and raindrops necklace

...because it was both snowing and raining outside when I made this.  Another spiral rope stitch one -  it's such an easy and versatile pattern.  Experimenting with different sizes and shapes of beads gives you a completely different result every time.

valentine spiral rope stitch

Using reds, pinks, and purples together were way out of my comfort zone, but I like the way the colors turned out together.  I added deep yellow beads to hold the clasp in place. 

del mar spiral tubular

This spiral tubular necklace is also made with hand-made seed beads of various sizes (approximately 11s for the smaller ones and 8s for the larger ones).  The 11s are various colors in the blue, green, and gold shades.  The 8s are black pearl and a glassy greenish blue. 

wrap spiral rope stitch with large accent beads necklace

I love this color combination - I had some great pewter square beads and large glass accent beads to add to this one.

"organic" spiral rope stitch necklace

I enjoy using rock beads and other "organic-looking" materials.  This spiral rope stitch was one of the first beading patterns I learned.  Once you get the hang of it, you can easily complete a shorter necklace during a movie. 

wrap tubular peyote with teeny-tiny beads

This took forever, but well worth the wait.  I used nonuniform hand-made seed beads ranging from size 10 to 13.

pink, crystal, and black pearl tubular peyote necklace

Using nonuniform beads in a tubular style gives a bit of texture to the piece.  Here, I used light pink and crystal size 11 seed beads and size 8 black pearl seed beads.