Friday, March 13, 2015


It's been a long while since a TGIF post!  It's been a crazy busy and productive couple nieces are coming over tomorrow to help me process the remaining packages of squares....but tonight...tonight this gal is officially taking a break!

Those look like nuts in the ramekin, but they are actually roasted chickpeas (garbanzo beans).  Just rinse, dry, toss in a little olive oil and seasoning and bake at 400 for about 40 minutes.  Try it.  You won't be sorry!

In other beady news, I happened upon a fun repair job.  One of my girlfriends back in D.C. told me that a mutual friend of ours had recently gifted her with a beautiful beaded bracelet that he had picked up in Italy.

  She said the minute she put it on, the clasp started to break off and beads fell everywhere!

It was threaded with something similar to Nymo so I can see that the thread likely broke off near the crystals.  I'm hoping there will be enough room in the existing beads to reinforce the whole thing with Fireline. Luckily she was able to recover most of the beads.  And I think it's so cool that this gorgeous woven bracelet ended up in my hands having started over in Italy!  I'm curious to know if anyone recognizes the pattern?

Time to go catch up on some blog reading and enjoy my glass of wine! Happy Friday to all!


  1. Happy Friday to you too, Amy!!

  2. What a pretty bracelet! I should look into fireline. Nymo is good for somethings but not jewelry if you want any actual 'staying power'. I've repaired a few things for friends who had jewelry strung on Nymo...or some kind of thread.

  3. Hope you enjoyed your evening off! You certainly deserve it! That bracelet is beautiful. Enjoy working with it!

  4. Hi Amy,
    I hope you enjoyed your relaxing evening with your wine and chick peas, which I am going to try. The bracelet is gorgeous I have seen that style bracelet I think on Pintrest or Etsy not sure which one. Luck you that you get to repair it and reinforce it so it last a long time.

  5. Hope you had a fantastic 'night off' .... every girl deserves one once in awhile :) LOVE that pattern, and super lucky to have ended up in your hands to repair! I swear by fireline - just ask Christine. She keeps trying to get me to use her colored thread .... but I use fireline (white/ or grey) exclusively on all my beading. :) But that is because I'm a rough beader and consider beading a contact sport due to ending up stabbed and bleeding by the end of the night

  6. That bracelet is gorgeous! How fortunate for your friend that you could repair it. I use C-Lon as much as I can. If I use stones, then I switch to Fireline, as those drill holes can be unkind to C-Lon.
    The wine and the garbanzos look like a perfect Friday snack...or meal! I will certainly be trying that recipe!
    Did you get the rest of the organizing done with your nieces this weekend?

  7. It is a beautiful bracelet. I hope you don't have too much trouble with saving it. :-)

  8. A day without wine is like a day with sunshine. That's my motto, though I might have had one too many last night. Beautiful beads. Love the color. Out blog walking today, gearing up for the a-z challenge. Always fun to connect with more bloggers.

    Sandy at Bridge and Beyond


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