Friday, October 14, 2016


I like learning about new things and lately I've been trying out soldering. 

soldering stand, slides, solder, flux, and coffee (of course!)

I've made some flower and leaf microscope slide magnets.

I'm not sure that they're sales-worthy and my soldering iron tip disintegrated while making them, but it was fun to try. 

After I replaced my soldering tip (and bought a different iron because I couldn't find a replacement tip for the original) I tried out stained glass pieces. 

The far right green one looks like Illinois, right?!

It went a bit easier this time and the soldering tip survived!!!  I might even make these into necklaces or charms for bracelets for KateeMarie.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Recent Projects

Again, it's been a while since I've posted but just thought I'd pop in to show some of my recent projects.  Mostly resin work, of course. :)

Tracing real leaves on rubber stamp mat.

After using lino cutters to carve: 
completed stamp.  I've been stamping this
one on out-going packages.

Custom ring dish order with ferns and white larkspur.

Pink crab apple flower buds from my garden for
 another custom piece.

Using up little leaves that I've pressed for
 a new ring dish.

Added solar lights to the back garden.
It's not so spooky anymore.  :)

Playing with pigment color for a new
dish design.

I'm hoping to post again soon!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

What's new...

Wow, I haven't posted since 2014.  That's so bad!!!

It's been bittersweet in 2015.  In April, our fur babies that we'd had since they were kittens both died within a day of each other.  :(

Miss Oreo, almost 19, miss her!

Mr. Zeeb, 15, such a sweetie.

However, in June, we got special news.  Two brother kittens needed a home.  

Mr. Finn

Mr. Tate

Our kiddos are getting older too.  Annalise is in 7th grade, Aidan is in 5th, and Asher is in 3rd.  I don't know how time goes by so quickly.

On a business note, I'm active on Instagram, find me here:  
Instagram and I finally have my very own website:  Kateemarie.  

With just a few months of 2015 left, I'm going to make an effort to post at least once a month.  We'll see how it goes!  :)

Current project for a friend.  Football jewelry!
(stamped paw prints, football helmet charms and swarovski crystals
all on a sterling silver chain)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My DIY Tiered Serving Tray/Jewelry Finding Organizer

I'm a bit of a mess generally.  I won't show you a picture of my desk right now but let's just say it doesn't look like this anymore.

I'm a clutter-nut, I work well in clutter.  However, I would like to be less of a clutter-nut.  I happened across a pin on Pinterest that showed a bowl stacked on a plate with another plate on the base.  They had used candlesticks in-between the layers.  I thought that would be a great use of space in my desk area where I make my jewelry.  I could use the tiers for my findings.  So, I went to Goodwill to find some plates and candlesticks.

I found some goods at Goodwill but I've also been collecting various saucers and little dishes for a while now.  Did I mention I'm a collector of things?  :)

To start, I put the largest plate as my base layer and inverted a glass candlestick. I was careful to find the center of my plate and I used E6000 glue.  I wouldn't recommend soaking in water after assembly, it could affect the adhesive properties of the glue.

After I glued the top of candlestick (which is actually the bottom of the candlestick), I flipped the base and candlestick over on the base of my middle plate.  I did this because I wanted to be sure I was in the center of the middle plate.  After I glued them and let it rest a bit, I flipped it back over for the final tier.

The top tier is shown below.  I put it together first before gluing it the middle tier.  

Here is the completed piece.  It's best to let it set up overnight.  And definitely use ventilation if using E6000, it's very strong-smelling. 

I made several pieces.  

Possible uses:  

Jewelry holder
Dessert holder

Or for me and my cluttered findings:

I love this idea and plan to make more.  :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

April Blog Giveaway

This month I'm giving away one of my initial bangle bracelets with the winner's initial.  It features a silver-plated pewter square charm on a hand formed silver-filled wire bangle.

To enter the giveaway either comment below and/or comment/share/like my Facebook giveaway post.  The giveaway will end on 12am, Friday, April 25th.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 26th.  No purchase necessary.

Good Luck!

Friday, April 18, 2014

love this soup

A while back I came across a recipe that called for green salsa verde and garbanzo beans and I think pork.  I have the recipe somewhere in my recipe collection.  At any rate, I wanted a soup with green salsa verde and rice.  I love rice, especially jasmine, it's so aromatic.
So I modified another recipe I found, I used ground chicken, broth, a jar of salsa verde, onion, cannellini beans, and cumin.  Oh and jasmine rice!

Oops, forgot the cumin!

Here is the recipe:

1 jar of salsa verde, any variety
1 lb of ground chicken
1 red onion
32 oz chicken broth
1 can cannellini beans rinsed
2 cups of prepared jasmine rice
1/2 tsp cumin
cheddar cheese for garnish

Prepare Jasmine rice as directed in a separate pan.  Brown ground chicken with onion, add broth, beans, salsa, cumin, and prepared rice.  Simmer for about 5 mins and serve with cheese.

Happy Good Friday!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Trying out the space bags

Well, after a power outage, this is my 3rd attempt today to post!

I am a clutter queen, ask my dear hubby he'll tell you!
The evidence, this is my (only) upstairs linen closet.  It's so hard to house about 18 years worth of draperies, sheets, towels, quilts, blankets, slipcovers, wash cloths, sleeping bags, and pillows.  I know, but I might need them someday.  Hubby's solution is to purge, get rid of it, but that is just not for me.

So, after I heard that I could get Ziplock space bags at my nearest box store, I was excited.  I've been waiting to try these for years!   Plus they come in great colors!  Mind you, this is just a small fraction of my closet clutter.  I'm not sure how many bags I'll end up needing but this is a start at least.  :)

Couldn't be any easier than just filling and then vacuum-sucking the air out of them.


Enjoy your day!  :)