Yes, it’s a new BOGO Deal of the Day

I’m really having fun with these BOGO offers! The’re especially great for new customers, who get to see the quality and beauty of glass jewels – and I get to show a new customer some of the pretties I have available in my shop! These vintage glass rhinestones – my new Deal of the Day – are a great example.

olivine rhinestone earrings or pendant beads

So, the new Deal of the Day? Buy one pair – get one pair free: BOGO – for one day only. Tomorrow, September 12, 2017, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., buy one pair of jewels from my shop – the pretty vintage rhinestones in olivine green featured above are just one example. YOU get to choose the pair you want! And you get a second pair FREE – the same style, or any other pair of equal or lesser value.

Win/win. That’s the way it’s supposed to be 🙂

New Deal of the Day – BOGO sale!

And yes, this is another BOGO – a great Deal of the Day – white opal vintage glass cabochon beads. If you love vintage jewelry supplies, these are meant for you!

12x10mm white opal glass cabochons in silver or brass settings

These white opal glass cabochons measure 12mm x 10mm, which is approximately 1/2″ x 3/8″. They’re perfect for delicate earrings, small pendants, or glass connectors – and if you like DIY jewelry, you’re going to love these!

The “buy one pair get one pair free” offer is only for today, September 2, 2017, from (let’s get really specific) 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Buy ’em now!

New BOGO sale at Weekend Jewelry

I’m going to be doing random-but-frequent BOGO sales over at my new jewelry supplies shop, Weekend Jewelry I’m starting with pretty sapphire blue rhinestone teardrops. Buy one pair, get one pair free, as long as my suppies last – for ONE day only!

sapphire blue rhinestone earrings or pendant jewels at weekendjewelry.com

You’ll probably remember that sapphire blue is the September birthstone color so just in case you have any September birthday girls you want to send a gift, this is super timing. These rhinestone earrings or pendant jewels make it easy – and now it’s even more affordable. For one day, September 1, 2017, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m… so you probably don’t want to wait!

How to microwave a baked potato

Seriously, this morning I’m just reacting** (see below) to the “we need directions for everything” craze out there. I saw several posts over on Pinterest with “how to bake a potato in your microwave oven” type headlines. With pretty pictures, which admittedly I don’t have today. (If you want to see one, send me a note!)

But really. Would you like directions? Okay, here goes. Scrub your potato, just in case there’s dirt on there that’ll wash off. Then poke it with a knife. This part’s important – there’s enough liquid in the potato that it could kind of explode if the heat builds up enough while it’s cooking. Very messy.

Anyway, you washed your potato and poked a couple holes in it. Then put it in your microwave, set the timer for 6 or 8 minutes, depending on how strong your microwave, how big the potato, and the phase of the moon (yes, I’m kidding about the moon part). Hit START.

When the timer goes off, grab a potholder because this potato’s going to be hot. See if it’s kind of squishy when you push at it. If it’s still hard(ish), give it a couple more minutes. If it’s soft, it’s done.

Honestly, if there’s more we need to know, I will revisit this post. If not, treat “how to microwave a potato” in the same vein as “how to boil water”.

** Okay, maybe “overreacting”…

Thoughts on photo lighting

Just a quick note here – I did a comparison to see what the Curves function in photoshop would do for a “quick fix” on a photo. Brian, thanks for letting me play with this!

photo comparison using Curves in photoshop

Going to try a few more examples later, just playing with ideas 🙂

How to freeze green beans – without blanching!

Talk about a useful Tip of the Day ! I just got a lovely big supply of garden fresh green beans from a dear friend (somehow my garden didn’t happen this year). I was getting ready to blanch most of them, because much as we love green beans we can’t eat them all up in a few days.

Then I had an attack of brains and thought, I ought to doublecheck the best method – you know that’s one of the reasons we love the web. And I found this most wonderful article on how to freeze fresh green beans, without having to blanch them first.

how to freeze green beans without blanching first

I am trying this TODAY.

A huge thank you to Jami, of An Oregon Cottage, who kindly gave permission to share her idea with a link to her blog. She has some wonderful advice – and project articles there – you are going to have so much fun!

And I’ll share pronto, how the beans turned out 🙂

PS! Edited (days later) to add this: the beans turned out to be very tasty. I did need to spend a little longer cooking them (they were chewier than usual) – but they really were good. And easy to prepare: I tried two different ways. First time, I steamed them for several minutes. Second time, I microwaved them with just a smidge of butter, for about 2-3 minutes. Both methods worked. Save yourself time – freeze those wonderful fresh green beans!

Peridot is the August birthstone color

And yes, that’s just a small hint – that peridot green is a happy, yummy color – and it’s great for all your August birthday girls! For instance, these vintage oval rhinestones…


peridot green vintage rhinestone earrings or delicate pendant beads

are adorable! They’re 12x10mm, which is a smallish but pizazzy delicate pendant size, just nestled at the base of your throat on a cable chain. Or add earwires for instant, gorgeous, comfy (and affordable!) earrings. Of make more intricate designs. Just remember: peridot green is the August birthstone – and very personal to your August girls. Peridot green is a gorgeous color. Vintage glass is eco-friendly.

And all these bennies are yours with such pretty jewels!

Weekendjewelry.com jewelry supplies shop

I’m opening a new shop! Weekendjewelry.com will showcase my glass beads and rhinestone jewels, vintage and new rhinestones, and other jewelry supplies I love to share. It’s a brand new shop and I’m still tweaking – but I’d be thrilled to have you visit, share your thoughts, and shop!

welcome to weekendjewelry.com online jewelry supplies shop

So as a little “welcome aboard”, I’d like to invite you to use Coupon Code WELCOME when you visit my shop. It’s just good for an introductory period, so please visit – go shopping – and save 15% on your purchase!

And hey, bookmark Weekend Jewelry – I’m going to have some wonderful sales coming up!

Tiny jewels – BIG impact! Fuschia pink earring jewels :-)

I know there are times you want to wear small earrings, you don’t want them dangling all over the place, or they’re in the way for whatever reason. But you still want your jewelry to really show, to show *you* off 🙂 Well I just received a new shipment of these darling little jewels, and they are a wonderful example of using one small gem to make a big statement!

fuschia pink glass beads for earring drops and jewelry links

Also of course, let’s get real, sometimes you want to spend very little money (i.e.: be cheap). And added bonus, you also want to be lazy. Me too.

Grab a pair of these beads – add earwires – and presto whammo, you’ve got a great, tiny, gorgeous pair of earrings. That’s all you need.

Seriously. Be cheap. Be lazy. Have fab earrings.

SALE! Emerald Green Glass Teardrops

Woo hoo! I just got a in a big packet of sheer emerald green rhinestone (glass) teardrops. These make beautiful pendants and (if you ask me, which I know you didn’t, but hey) they’re even better for fabulous earrings. Do you remember the famous Angelina Jolie emerald earrings? You see my point 🙂

These emerald rhinestones are available in three different brass settings – silver plated over brass, patina brass (antique finish on new brass), and golden raw brass:

sheer emerald green glass teardrop beads in brass prong settings

These are just over half the regular price! Normally depending on the settings and condition, these sell for $3.89 to $4.19 a pair. With this great sale, I can offer them for $2.59/pair 🙂

Normally I don’t talk about specific individual jewels here, much less exact prices, because honestly that can vary depending on availability and quality. But right now? These are so worth bragging about.

Gorgeous, affordable, make a necklace, make some earrings. Nobody will know what a great price break you got (unless you want to share!)

Go ahead. Treat yourself 🙂