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Daily DIY: gemstones on estate silver!

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You don’t have to read very many of my design/decor project posts to know that thrifting (vintique stores, garage sales, estate sales, etc) and transforming my finds is a favorite hobby of mine.

Recently, I arrived early, stood in line awaiting opening, and found another great deal at an Estate Sale, here in Little Rock, Arkansas! The deal: I found a set of eight (8) silver electroplated vessels, intended to be used for drinks. They were only $1 each, and I knew I needed to buy them, even though they were engraved with a “K” on two sides of every piece.

For awhile, they’ve been tucked away in a cabinet, awaiting my effort to find a local engraver to alter the K into an H.

I changed my mind about going to that trouble, and I decided that it would be much more interesting to embellish the silver vessels with some sort of gemstone cabochons or charm or whatever caught my eye in order to cover the K!

Gem cabochons (16) turned out to also be a bit pricey for what I wanted to do, but I found BEADS! Glorious beads!! Yea!! I just used a quick setting, two part, clear epoxy to adhere them!

The “frame” beads are made of SEASHELL, and the sphere beads are JASPER! Yay!!

So, here they are!! All 8, currently being used as vases in my kitchen! (Wisteria, Rosemary, and Lacebark Elm branches from my yard.)

Some, I lightly cleaned and others I left the patina.
I absolutely adore them! I think they have a very peaceful, ethereal vibe as I sit here staring at them while I type this project post!
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Whatcha think? πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ
πŸ’ž–AmberHH

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Feel the Berd!

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pi Day = 3.14 “Cheesy Crab Pie”

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I like theme days! They’re like simplified, fun holidays! You? In honor of 3.14, March 14th, we made Pie for pi day! Specifically, this is an easy, cheesy Crab Pie!

(More photos after these not too wordy instructions)

Ingredients:
2- 9β€³ deep pie crusts (baked 3 minutes and cooled)
1 lb. lump crab meat *
4 eggs
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup whole milk
12 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1- Tbsp. finely chopped onion
1- Tbsp. finely chopped green pepper
Directions:
1) preheat oven to 350*F
2) whisk together eggs, milk, flour, seasoning
3) fold in mayo
4) add crab, cheeses, onion, & pepper
5) divide evenly into two pie shells
6) bake for 50 minutes
*) optional, create a “pi” template, then sprinkle seasoning spices (Old Bay) into the negative space of the template to create the pi πŸ’žπŸ‘πŸ‘

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I served it with a sautΓ© of squash, zucchini, carrots, & onions.

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Happy “pi Day,” Friends!
😊 — Amber Hamilton Henson

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Quick Crab Bisque!

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Serves: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 pound lump crab meat
2 stalks celery, reserve the celery leaves, finely diced (about ΒΎ cup)
1 cup of shredded/grated “matchstick” carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
celery leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1-2 cups fresh spinach leaves
3 tablespoons reduced fat butter
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups half-‘n’-half
Β½ cup sherry (can use cooking sherry)
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
black pepper, to taste

Instructions
Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Add the carrots and celery, cook until just softened, 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in the sherry until all absorbed, stir, browning slightly for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth, add the garlic, chopped celery leaves, chopped parsley, spinach, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat, stir in light cream, stir and cook over low heat until heated through, then add crab meat, stir, and serve!
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Enjoy! Daughter paired it with garlic cheese toast!
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Your Friend, AmberHH

Gremlin

Selfie.
(This is pretty much a photo of me: before/after feeding me.)
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AmberHH

TexMex Spaghetti Squash for “National Spaghetti Day!”

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Another low calorie yummy meatless meal rich in vitamins and fiber!
Spaghetti squash, black beans, corn, sautΓ©ed onions, peppers, & garlic. + cilantro, cumin, oregano, & chili powder!

This is my new replacement for taco night!
(Mitch had cheese on his! I didn’t.)

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Easy instructions:
1) split your spaghetti squash and cook it face down in 1″ of water in a casserole dish. Shred with a fork after its done.
2) chop veg and sautΓ©, stir in beans, and taco seasoning or other TexMex spices.
3) stir the sautΓ© ‘d veg into to spaghetti squash shell and serve! *Optional, coat with shredded cheese and bake until cheese melts!

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Enjoy!
Your Friend,
Amber Hamilton Henson

Titanium QUARTZ Memory Wire Bracelet!

An easy DIY project:
*beads
*memory wire
*looping tool, for ends of wire
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Sacred Adornment!
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You may remember another memory wire bracelet (sacred adornment) that I completed recently. I discussed how it mentally/emotionally transports me to another space/vibe. See the other bracelet, here: https://whatamberloves.com/2015/08/14/sacred-adornment-quartz-memory-wire-bracelet/

While this bracelet is similar in many ways, it takes me in a completely different direction than the previous bracelet.

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Mind you, while I was crafting this bracelet, physically I was in my own living room trying to tune out whatever noisy show the husband was watching on TV. Holding these stones, focusing on their spectrum of colors, and mentally flipping through the racks of clothes in my closet assembling an outfit to wear with the bracelet, I was completely enveloped in other spaces … other rooms in my mind, if you will. The full resolution photos of the rooms and/or links to their original publication sources can be found on my Pinterest board, “Rooms that Inspire Me” the link: https://www.pinterest.com/amberhh/rooms-that-inspire-me/

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Well, thoughts?
Leave me a comment!

Pin the project/story using the gray “Pinterest” button at the bottom of this post?
Thanks, in advance!!

Your Friend,
–Amber Hamilton Henson

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Seasons’ Greetings! Winter Edition

This has been a fun filled season so far!
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We’re sure looking forward to 2016, too!

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πŸ’ž
Amber Hamilton Henson

Our Nest has a Few New Treasures!

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Our Home really is my favorite place in the whole world, and it just became a bit cozier!

We purchased an amazing room size rug from Kaufman by Design (on Cantrell, here in Little Rock, Arkansas.)
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The whole room feels larger, brighter, more interesting, and infinitely more comfortable! I am so pleased! If you’re local, I highly recommend that you check out the store Kaufman By Design!

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I also purchased some gorgeous, shiny new cable knit sweater pillows at Michael’s today! They’re a great addition, aren’t they? Yay!

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I also picked up a few of these glass/brass boxes and filled them with reindeer moss and some of my crystals and gems! It’s nice to have them on display in a way that I can fully see them, yet they’re less accessible to our cat, 3 kids, and guests. You understand, I’m sure!

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In other news, I recently saw this amazing agate perfume bottle on Pinterest. New goal: acquire stone perfume bottles, preferably of a wearable pendant size! Source of image

So, tell me: What’s new in your world? I’m going to hop around blogland and explore this evening! I bet you’re all creating some amazing things!

If you even mildly liked this post, you might also like these posts of mine even better!
DIY perfume storage using a premade frame
Master Bedroom Tour
Up-cycled NECKTIE Upholstery Vanity Seat

If you might want to try one of my projects, enjoy my post, or like a photo, please consider Pinning it to Pinterest! There is a gray PINTEREST button at the bottom of each post! Thank you so much, friends!

Love Ya Lots and Lots,
~AmberHH

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Yay!! Cooler Temps, Finally!

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(In celebration of the cooler temps, how about my Selfie photo blended with art found on Pinterest? 😊 See my Pinterest account for links to more about the art.)

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The 3 girls and I went “Vintique” hunting for a few hours. I was looking to buy some sort of gaudy, intricate wall cabinet to store my perfumes and EOs. Instead, we came home with a modern chrome & glass X side table for the living room. (Pretty typical shopping pattern for me. lol. Next time, I’ll shop for garden statuary and find the perfume cabinet I want?) haha! Love the table, though!

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Gorgeous View from my front door, huh?
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More Later!
Your Friend,
AmberHH