Jewelry celebrating a healthy lifestyle.

Hello everyone!

I have just launched a line of jewelry to celebrate a healthy  lifestyle. Each piece carries words designed to inspire or can be customized to reflect  your own personal vision. Choose your favorite healthy phrase or words of inspiration and put them on display with these attractive hand-made creations. This jewelry line will also fulfill a personal mission of mine, which is donating a percentage of each sale  to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritional Research Foundation that focuses on conducting clinical research to study diet styles designed for their disease-preventing and disease-reversing properties. To visit the shop, please click on the photo below or on “shop” page above. Thank you.

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Vegetarian Polenta Goulash?

The other day I came across the recipe below in my facebook feed by Kathy Fisher with straightupfood and I had to try it. It looked incredibly delicious and I was curious if I could replicate this recipe with the ingredients I already had on hand. Mine came out looking more like a goulash than a pizza, but like I said, I took quite a few short cuts. Happily, the end results were still delicious. However, I highly recommend visiting straightupfood for the original recipe.

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Several weeks ago I had picked-up a tube of polenta from Whole Foods. It’s been in my refrigerator just waiting for me to become inspired enough to make something with it (which I found, above). The following are my “short cut” step-by-step instructions of recreating the Polenta Pizza.

I thinly sliced the polenta and lined my pie dish.
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Iayered polenta

Next, it was time to add the pizza sauce. Nothing beats homemade pizza sauce, but since I had a jar of organic pizza sauce on hand, I used it for this recipe.
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After adding the sauce, I placed it in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees and baked for about 15 minutes.

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While the polenta crust was in the oven, I water-sauteed my vegetables of choice for the topping. Mine were yellow onions, green peppers, mushrooms and yellow zucchini. After taking the polenta crust out of the oven, I let it sit a few minutes and then added the topping. I wish that I had prepared more vegetables for the topping, but oh well.  My  creation is not as pretty as the original image of the Polenta Pizza above.

layered with vegetables

Now it was time to taste the final product.  I wasn’t able to achieve lovely pizza shape slices so I just scooped out a portion with a spatula.. and renamed my version Polenta Goulash:)

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The final verdict? Delicious! I enjoyed two servings! I didn’t add any additional spices to the recipe because they were already included in the pre-made pizza sauce. I did add some garlic salt to the vegetables when I was sauteing them. And, as per the original recipe, I also added some finely chopped walnuts as a topping, which I thought was a nice addition.

So, there you have it:)

artBLISS introduces a new jewelry retreat: Boots and Bliss!

artBLISS is hosting a brand new jewelry retreat with two lovely and talented ladies, Diane Cook and Deryn Mentock, called Boots and Bliss! To learn more about the event, please click on the photo below to be directed to the artBLISS workshops website. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and creative new year!

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Holiday Ornament Swap

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Welcome to the third annual Holiday Swap coordinated by the lovely Sally Russick with Studio Sublime. I was partnered up with a wonderfully creative artist, Rochelle Brisson with “a creative chelle.”

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Rochelle created a lovely snow flake themed ornament which included her handcrafted polymer clay bead with the stamped word, “joy” and sparkly clear and blue crystals that were attached by her well crafted wire-wrapped skills! Above the snowflake, another cube-shape bead, which I am pretty certain is another handcrafted polymer clay bead by Rochelle, which balances the design perfectly. Thank you so much, Rochelle, for the lovely ornament. It was the first ornament that was placed on my tree this year. Again, I apologize for the late post…

To see the other festive ornaments created by the others who participated in the ornament exchange, please visit the list below. Wishing everyone a very happy holiday!

List of Holiday Ornament Swappers

 

 

 

Ornament Exchange

Today is the day we share the lovely ornaments we created and exchanged with our partner! I am unfortunately a little late, so please check back at 10:00am or anytime after!
Thank you!

Jeanette

artBLISS Recap and return from absence

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.07.13 PMI am surprised that I haven’t updated my blog since my last post which was the announcement that the artBLISS registration had opened. When was that, around April? Well, artBLISS has come and gone and I must say, the retreat keeps getting better and better with each year. Next year, artBLISS will be celebrating it’s 5th anniversary and we, Cindy and I, plan on making the 2014 event very celebratory. But more on that at a later date. If you are interested in reading the recap for this years event, please visit Cindy’s blog. She did a great write-up with lots of photos.

The past several months I have taken a break from my time in the studio to spending my time with my children while they were on their summer break. That, and spending a lot of my time enjoying the outdoors, focusing on my health and eating a high raw vegan diet, including lots of exercise and reading and meeting other people who share the same lifestyle. This new lifestyle is here to stay but I still have some kinks that I am working on to really bring my health to the optimal level. It’s a new way of life and I need to remind myself to be patient and forgiving as I continue on this journey.

With that being said, I am really looking forward to getting back into the studio. I have some tutorials that NEED to be written. One’s I have promised so long ago. I just have to sit myself down and take the step-by-step photos and get it done. I thank everyone for their patience. I love sharing my ideas, but actually sitting down and getting it written is another story. But, I am going to do it.

My fingers are crossed that for my next post, it will be a completed tutorial.

Jeanette

 

 

 

Registration for artBLISS 2013 is open!

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We’re excited to announce that registration is open for
artBLISS 2013!
Please join us for 3 days of workshops and activities.
Dates and Location:
September 27 – 29, 2013
Sterling, VA

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We have an incredible line-up of instructors again this year. You’ll enjoy seeing some of your favorite instructors returning, and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming a couple making their artBLISS DEBUT!

Kerry Bogert
Christine Damm
Richard Salley / Jessica Papke
Stacie Florer
Stephanie Rubiano

Please visit the site to see the full range of day and evening workshops.

In addition to furthering your jewelry designing skills, new this year at artBLISS, you’ll find MIXED MEDIA workshops! We are excited to welcome Stephanie Rubiano to the artBLISS family.

Saturday Night soiree artbliss final NEW!  Join us Saturday Night at artBLISS for a fun-filled evening!

  • Shop at your own Marketplace!  This year, a limited number of tables will be available in the lobby.  Sell your supplies, art, and beads.  Consider sharing a table with a friend.  Please contact us if you are interested – a lottery will be held for these spaces.
  • Pizza and Salad night – stay in and hang out with your friends over dinner.
  • Grab a friend and take an evening class with Kerry Bogert! Learn to make a must-have herringbone weave bracelet, complete with a custom button clasp!
  • Join us for a demo with Erin Siegel!  You’ll learn how to create a pair of stunning earrings, featured in Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry.

Can you help us spread the word about artBLISS?
We have a great GIVEAWAY for you with 4 chances to win!

We will be giving away 4 prizes!  Two winners will be chosen from entries in this giveaway post, and two winners will be chosen from those who register for a workshop during the first 2 opening weeks of registration!

Here are a few of our new badges – we hope you’ll chose one for your blog!button 4 - 300x225 copy Or our new 2013 Badge artBLISSbluefinalsm2013 artBLISS logo designed by Amber Brien with embellishments by Susie Hibdon

Here are the prizes for four lucky winners. Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 10.15.25 PM You can win a copy of “Soldering Made Simple”, a micro torch, ceramic board, quench cup, and tweezersScreen Shot 2013-04-08 at 10.17.13 PM Win a soldering iron, soldering iron stand, flux, and flux remover

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 10.18.17 PM Two winners will win a treasure trove of enamels in all kinds of colors

To enter the give away:

  • Leave a comment (1 entry)
  • Blog about the 2013 retreat (1 entry)
  • Add any one of the blog badges to your blog – see the various badge options here (1 entry)
  • Help spread the word on Pinterest – Pin any image directly from the artBLISS website (your favorite workshop, for example) to one of your Pinterest boards.  Please include “#artblissworkshops” to your pin description so that we can easily track the pins. (1 entry)
  • Post on Facebook or Twitter – please share the link (1 entry)
  • Register for any artBLISS 2013 workshop during the official registration opening week (April 9th through April 23rd). (1 entry)

*Giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m., EST on April 23rd.   Due to the package size, the giveaway is regrettably open to U.S. residents only.

Thank you for sharing our excitement!  Good luck & we hope to see you in September!

- Jeanette & Cindy