15 mars 2011

Helping the Victims of the Earthquake in Japan

I'm donating the proceeds of some of my jewellery sales to the Red Cross, to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan. I have set up a separate section in my ArtFire shop, and the earnings from those sales will go to the Red Cross. I will take out a small portion to cover shipping, but nothing more. If there is any other organisation that you would like to support, contact me! Perhaps we can work something out. And even if you don't want jewellery - do what you can to help!

That was all. Thank you!

28 februari 2011

Other things I like to do, part three

I really love to bake. I like to cook as well, but I also really love to eat cake ;)

Here are some pictures of stuff I've baked this year. I actually have a few of these marble cupcakes left in my fridge that I'll probably have with my coffee tomorrow...

 Vanilla and chocolate marble cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting.

Lately, I've been cutting out eggs and dairy from my diet. That also means I need to rethink how I bake! So many cakes rely on eggs for consistency texture, like brownies; whipped cream for topping, like my favourite Swedish cream cake that I usually make for my birthday; or cream cheese for texture and taste, like cheese cakes and topping for carrot cakes.

Brownies, packed with chocolate and walnuts. 

It's not all bad, though. I'm learing new tricks, like making buttercream frosting. I actually started making cupcakes after, with the help of the brilliant "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World". I had to look for an all new brownie recipe, and found one that turned out to be a real winner (although I did add more chocolate and nuts than in the original, and a pinch of instant coffee powder).

Tiramisú cupcakes

Do I have any sort of goal or purpose with my baking? Well, I'd like to get better at piping the topping on the cupcakes. It may be that I need to change the consistency of the topping a bit, make it softer, prehaps? I'd also like to learn more about baking without eggs, and really, having fresh, sort of healthier baked goods at home is rather nice, almost a goal in itself. And now that the subject has been introduced, I might blog about my baking endevours from time to time. How about that?

22 februari 2011

Commissioned Earrings and Four Day Sale

I'm having a four day blitz sale in my ArtFire shop! Use the code "SaleSaleSale" to get 25% off all jewellery pieces.

Last week, I finished a pair of gorgeous large, rainbow gem hoops that were a commission from a customer in Canada.

Including the hooks, they are almost 7 cms or 3", and each hoop contains over 40 rondelles in 8 different gemstones: rainbow moonstone, apatite, peridot, citrine, carnelian, almadine and rhodolite garnet, amethyst and iolite.

I have a pair of hoops similar to these in the shop. They are true hoops, without separate hook. If you like the look of these, check them out!

Apart from this, I haven't been working much on jewellery lately, instead focusing my creativity on trying out new baking recipes. I will probably post a few pictures of that in my next post!

07 januari 2011

Other things I like to do, part two

When we moved to Berlin, about a year ago, I sort of stumbled across a gym not far from where we lived. Now, I'm not the sporty type, as my PE teachers would probably tell you (if they even remember me), but I figured it would probably do me good to excersise once in a while. So I started going once a week, and then twice a week. And now, one year later, I really like it! I started out with yoga and pilates, and I've decided to add regular workouts this year. Now, what has that got to do with anything?

Well, as it turns out, my yogalates teacher/trainer, whatever you call her, happened to have her birthday on a workout night. She tried to find a replacement, but didn't succeed. So I made her this pair of earrings, because I wanted to make something nice for her birthday, and because I have noticed that she often wears large earrings. Someone else in the group brought a cake and we sang Happy Birthday to her. I think maybe she didn't mind too much that she had to work that evening, after all.