Monday, February 23, 2015

Beader's Delight Box Giveaway!

Enter to win a Beader's Delight Box from Prima Bead! The deadline to enter is February 24th, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.  Enter here

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ears to You!!

Had fun making some earrings this week, here's a few new ones in my shop:

This last pair was made with another one of the goodies I won from Bead Lovelies.  :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Year, New Creations

So on a whim I entered a giveaway for some handmade artisan pieces from Bead Lovelies.  I enter giveaways all the time, but of course never win.  EXCEPT this time, I get a fun email saying that I won! There were so many beautiful goodies, including focals, beads, and even some Sari ribbon, shipped all the way from Malta.  How exotic!  Anyway, here are a few of the items I made with my winning goodies:

Hoping to get more made up soon!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale

Black Friday through Cyber Monday coupon! Use code HOLIDAZE14 for 20 percent off your purchase of $10 or more, Starting Friday, November 28!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chele's Potato Soup

I had several potatoes I needed to use up, so I decided to try to make potato soup. After a thorough Pinterest search, I found a recipe that had all the ingredients I had in my house.  As I started collecting ingredients, it sounded rather bland.  So I searched again and found another recipe with some more flavorful ingredients.  Then I threw caution to the wind and just did my own thing, taking things from both recipes and a few additions of my own.  I must say it turned out quite yummy, so I figured I'd better write it down! So here it is:

6 slices bacon (I used the precooked kind)
1 TB olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced 
8 baby carrots, sliced
4 russet potatoes, cubed (I did not peel them, like them better that way)
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese 
1 5.3 ounce container of plain Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, if you like a little kick
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large stockpot over medium heat, add bacon and cook until crisp. As I used precooked, this only took about a minute.  Transfer to plate, set aside.

Add olive oil to pot, then add garlic and carrots, stir to coat with the oil.  Add potatoes, add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir 1-2 minutes, then add chicken broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or so, until potatoes are tender.  While it is simmering, in a separate container whisk flour and milk together until smooth.  Slowly add milk mixture, stirring constantly.  Add cheese and about half of the yogurt, cayenne pepper if using, and simmer another 5 minutes or so.  If it's too thick, add milk until desired consistency.

Just before serving, sprinkle bacon on top, serve with remainder of yogurt and more cheese to add to each bowl, if desired.  I did end up putting the bacon in the microwave about 15 seconds before adding to soup to crisp it up a bit more.  Nice and thick and fairly low fat, depending on what type of milk you use.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall Sale This Weekend!

Monday is the first day of Fall, so time for a sale! Use code FALL20 at checkout to save 20 percent off your purchase of $10 or more this weekend in my Etsy shop! Chelester's Creations

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Homemade "Beach Glass"

One of my completed pendants

So I was playing with my glass scraps the other day, made up some fused glass pendants in my mini kiln.  I got out the etching cream to etch some designs on a couple of dichroic glass scraps. While I was waiting for the pendants to fuse, I surfed the internet for some inspiration.  I came across a site that said you could use etching cream to make glass scraps look like beach glass. What a great idea!  I had some broken up pieces of wine bottles in a container as I wanted to fuse them in my kiln as an experiment, so I grabbed a couple and dipped them in the etching cream.  I fused one of the pieces with a few other pendants to see how it turned out.

Glass on the left is untouched, glass on the right is fused and etched

After fusing, the glass lost its sharp edges, but it also lost its etched look, so I dipped it in the etching cream again.   Now I have another piece of "beach glass" to wire wrap and make into a pendant.  What a fun way to recycle my wine bottles!