Monday, October 31, 2011

Korean Masks and NEW Earrings for sale! + Surprise Mystery Sheet Mask Giveaway!

Anyone interested in Korean (Tony Moly & Missha) masks? Got my hands on a few. I will also be throwing in deluxe samples + BB cream samples with all mask purchases.

My Dad just got back from Korea, and he bought me supplies. How awesome is he?

Check out these beautiful, one of a kind earrings:

And another one of a kind:

And... the holidays are around the corner, so a blue, icy theme is in order!

A violet version of angel of peace :

Some gorgeous, classic CZ dangles:

And.. last but not least, some crystal earrings, straight from Seoul:

perfect for that night our, or a formal event

... and since I have SO MANY facial sheet masks on hand right now, I'm giving away a random set of 5 to ONE lucky reader! All you have to do is leave me the link of your favorite item from: as of this moment... leave your link in the comments. And then COME BACK HERE to see if you've won-- I will announce it in the next post. I don't know when my next post will be, so please get your entry in ASAP!

OKAY! Goodnight, lovelies!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

New GWP + Korean Imports + One pair of new earrings :)

SoOoOOoOOOO in random news...

I have opened up my Etsy again. Thought I'd give it another shot. It's been a while. :)
Visit if you'd like:

I found these Korean imported earrings while cleaning, and decided I will sell them since I can't wear them ><
(due to sensitive ears).
These are under the NON handmade section.

And here, a pair of earrings made with recent SWAROVSKI 2011 Fall release Rhombus crystals:

And new gift with purchase of $30 or more :) No code needed!

What is everyone doing this weekend? ITS FRIDAY TOMORROW!
My plan: to eat some good sushi.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Origami Butterflies, Cinderella Charm, Bracelet and more

.... gasp! A post almost entirely dedicated to jewelry! It's been a while :) I have missed having time to sit down and create, but despite being busy, I am extremely happy and fulfilled with what I'm doing in the day.

I have been receiving many emails from soon-to-be-college-grads asking for work advice, etc-- and I'm happy to answer all/listen/give study advice, based off my personal experience. If you need help, please do not hesitate to ask! Sometimes it may take a while to get back to you, however, so if you don't hear from me in about a week, please send me a reminder email! :)

So... the jewelry first today. These were made over the last three days-- it's been a fun, creative, productive weekend.

First off, matching bracelet and earrings!
I know many of you have been asking for matching sets-- and I honestly have no idea why I don't do it more. But here's one set!

Some antique wing earrings:

Also, I discovered something about these wings... I used to purchase these antique wings from a supplier in Canada, and my most recent batch was from a United States suppliers. They look relatively the same in photos, but the recent batch is SIGNIFICANTLY higher in quality. I've noticed this pattern with a few other components-- it seems that knock-off parts are everywhere now :\ Sad face. Especially with the rising cost of silver. However, rest assured. I'm out to find the best quality, highest value for everyone-- well, to the best of my ability.

Another request: more phone charms!
A Cinderella theme charm-- one of my favorite themes for charms and I'm not sure why ...

And by request, more MINI origami earrings.

The mini versions take significantly longer to make than the regular sized-- I'm happy in times like these I have small hands :)

And of course, no post is complete without the kids:

Just chillin' -- they love each other.

... and Oh, Kratos..


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Baking for Breast Cancer, Ribbon Earrings & kittens PIC HEAVY!


What have I been doing last week?

Baking, baking... and some more baking.
Our company had its last Friday Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I had the honor of baking the goodies that would be in the bake sale :)

I really wanted to make macarons again, and was thrilled that my couple of tries were successful. Finicky little cookies :\

Chocolate ones, straight out of the oven:


Ready to be eaten..

Also made PINK vanilla ones-- all I did was dye the shell pink w/ red liquid food coloring:

And Sugar Cookies:

Trial run of SUGAR FREE ribbon cut-out cookies w/red egg wash..

I ended up not selling these because I ran out of time :(

Brownies w/ piped ribbon..

Lemon-Ginger muffins:

(No worries, Loki did NOT get to any of the baked goodies.)

Overall photo:

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cake Pops (omg, made about 7-8 dozen of these... tiring!)
Rice Krispies
Sugar Cookies

AND... the final damage, haha

We filled 2 tables full of goodies, and I'm waiting to hear the good news... I know we sold relatively well :)

Needless to say, I think I will take it easy this week.... I will be baking A LOT more during the Holidays :)
Baked goods, anyone? I will happily ship you some baked goods :)

The kitties also got neutered last Friday, and were so out of it for the rest of the day...
.... they even were okay with just being on top of each other..

And here's a shot of Kratos last week, being super cute.
He's developed this meow... it's called the "pick me up pls" meow. We pick him up, and he starts purring pretty much instantly.... and he goes completely limp when he's picked up, just basking in the comfort of being held, I suppose?

Last but now least, I was finally able to make new earrings today! :)


What have you all been up to? Working full time is ... well... I'll save that for another post. I'm enjoying my work, but I'm finding out how much I admire people as well... more on that later :)



Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Red Velvet Rum Cake, Bracelet, Earrings

Last year at the Lafayette Arts & Wine Festival, we had this delicious rum cake. The bf's brother brought it up a couple weeks ago and it's been on my mind since.

I bought red velvet cake mix originally intended for cake pops... but then Brian suggested: why not make red velvet rum cake?

... sooOoOOooOOOOO taking a jump in the dark. Realized that although not very popular, this wasn't an unheard of idea.

This is how I made mine...

- 1 package
- 1 cup dark spiced rum (I used Captain Morgan or something like that)
- 1 3.5 oz package of vanilla instant pudding
- whatever amount of vege oil it says on cake package
- whatever number of eggs it says on cake package
- for the glaze: 1 cup super, 1/4 cup water
- optional: frosting + nuts
DO NOT use water in your cake mix!

Dump the cake mix, 1/2 cup of rum, eggs, veggie oil, and pudding in a mixer, blend till smooth. Scoop em into :
12 cupcake mold pan: bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, it's done when you poke a toothpick in and it comes out clean
Whole bundt cake, it'll take at least 45 minutes.
Remember, oven temperatures may vary, so check your cake and revise cooking temp/time accordingly.

MEANWHILE, make a glaze by boiling the 1 cup of sugar with the 1/4 cup of water for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from head, stir in last 1/2 cup of rum.

Take your cake out of the oven-- brush the tops of the cakes with the glaze you've made, and then let it rest for 10 minutes or so until it absorbs. Repeat when the cake cools a bit, and glaze as many surfaces as you can-- since the glaze has a strong rum flavor, glaze to your liking :)

And tada--- I baked mine in mini bundt cake pans. I would want to use muffin pans w/liners next time for aesthetics..

... instant pudding is the secret to an extremely moist cake, methinks. It was only okay though, taste wise. Too  "chocolatey"-bitter. I want to try with yellow cake mix next time.

I also made a new bracelet, as well as cuff earrings!

Remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! All proceeds of any PINK products on my website will be donated to charity. Check status of donation on the website :)