Meet Dakota



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Dakota is the newest addition to the family. She is approximately 7 weeks old, and she is a rambunctious little thing.

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I do believe she wasn't to happy about getting her picture taken. She does not like to sit still.

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She has the prettiest blue eyes. The pictures don't do them justice.

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Resting on daddy's belly.

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Passed out now from a hard day of playing.

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Gemstone Wednesday – Chrysoprase



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Chrysoprase Gemstone

Chrysoprase is called the stone of Venus. It is a rare and valuable gemstone in the chalcedony family because of it's rich apple green color. Ancient jeweler's often mistaken it for emeralds.

Unlike emerald gemstones, which owe their green color to the presence of chromium, the colors of natural chrysoprase vary, depending on the trace amounts of nickel found in each stone.

Because of its vivid color, chrysoprase was used by ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians to make jewelry and other ornamental objects.

Designing Possibilities

Coordinate the beautiful bright-green color of chrysoprase with green silk thread using fine knots to separates each bead, and finish it off with with a bright sterling silver clasp.

Use small chrysoprase beads on wire wrapped sterling silver loops with gorgeous Swarovski crystal beads.

Other gemstones that mix well with chrysoprase are bright pink of fuchsia-colored mountain jade and tourmaline.

Metaphysical Properties

Chrysoprase is a powerful gemstone stone that is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. It has a calming influence, creating a harmonious effect on body and mind.

Chrysoprase encourages non-judgmental attitudes. It supports clarity of thought, creativity, and success in new ventures within business.

It is one of the birthstones for the month of May.

Geological Properties

Most chrysoprase today is from Western Australia, Germany, Russia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Brazil, and the states of Arizona, California and Oregon.

**Please note that the information above is collected from various sources, and is for informational purposes only, not meant to treat medical conditions. Mixed Kreations does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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Small Chrysoprase Nuggets
Teardrop Chrysoprase

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DIY Sari Wrap Bracelet



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Here's a quick & easy wrap around bracelet tutorial that I took the photos for months ago, before we moved back in May. We've been so busy remodeling, painting, yard work, etc. that I just haven't had time to work on it.

It's been driving me crazy, not being able to just go into my craft room and make something whenever I want. Still working on get my craft room organized when I have any spare time. I've bought stackable tubs and I'm sorting and labeling.

Back to the tutorial. Like I said quick & easy Bracelet that you can vary the beads, add charms, add lots of beads and charms, etc. Whatever you desire.

Supplies Needed

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36" Sari Silk Ribbon
5 Turquoise Rondelle Beads
5 Glass Pearls
1 Large Hole Silver Spacer Bead (optional)
20 Gauge Silver Craft Wire
10 headpins
1 Antique Silver Decorative Heart Shaped Bracelet Plank
Flush Cutters
2 Curve Nose Pliers
1 Round Nose Pliers
Round Mandrel Pliers

For this tutorial I made my own headpins from 20 gauge silver craft wire. You can use pre-made ones or make your own. That's up to you.

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String your turquoise or bead of your choice onto your head pin.

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Using your mandrel pliers form a simple wire wrapped bead loop.

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Continue making a simple wire wrapped bead loop.

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Until you have all of your beads done.

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Now thread your ribbon through your decorative bracelet plank, and center.

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Start stringing your wire wrapped bead loops onto your ribbon in whatever order you desire.

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Be sure to add some on both sides of the decorative plank.

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Once you have all your beads strung onto your ribbon there are two different ways you can secure your wrapped bracelet.

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You can add a large hole decorative spacer bead by threading both of your ribbon ends through the bead.

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Tie a loose knot in both ends of your ribbon.

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Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and slide the bead up to secure.

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Or you can leave the large hole bead off and just wrap around your wrist, then tie a bow.

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I prefer to wrap around and tie a bow, seems more secure.

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Do you think I should add more beads?

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How To Make An Elegant Pearl Statement Necklace



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I would like to thank the "House Of Gems" for providing this wonderful jewelry tutorial to share with my followers.

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Gemstone Wednesday – Amethyst



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Amethyst Gemstone

Amethyst is a naturally-occurring, macrocrystalline variety of quartz. The crystals grow on the inside surface of agate geodes.

The crystals may grow several inches, but the geodes that contain the amethyst crystals may reach several feet in height

These beautiful gemstones can range in color from deep purple to pale lavender depending on the amount of manganese and iron found in the stone.

Amethyst gemstones can appear a reddish-purple, or even a yellow-purple depending on the combination of minerals present in the clear quartz.

Design Possibilities

This magnificent gemstone traditionally was used to adorned the robes and crowns of rich and powerful monarchs.

The color purple is associated with wealth and prosperity, amethyst is considered a prosperous stone.

For an earthy look combine amethyst with amber or smoky quartz, sterling silver saucers or tubes.

Combine small amethyst beads or chips with rainbow fluorite, aquamarine, rose quartz, or pearls for a more delicate look.

For the perfect dazzling beach accessories, mix deep pink or purple paua shells with amethyst

Metaphysical Properties

Amethyst is believed to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions.
Therefore it is often used during meditation to provide an overall sense of spiritual balance.

Healers use amethyst to increase their psychic abilities.

Amethyst evokes the feelings of peace and calm in those who wear the stone.

Locations

Amethyst is a quartz that is found all around the world. Some of the largest amethyst geodes have been found in Brazil. Other locations include Africa, Australia, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia and the United States.

**Please note that the information above is collected from various sources, and is for informational purposes only, not meant to treat medical conditions. Mixed Kreations does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

8mm Amethyst beads
Tear Drop
Small Chips

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Easy Homemade Jalapeño Cheese Squares



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Here's a easy recipe for jalapeño cheese squares that only require 3 ingredients.
14oz. Can of diced jalapeños
6 Eggs
2 cups of shredded fiesta cheese

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Start by lightly greasing a 8" x 11" pan.

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Drain the liquids off your jalapeños then spread them out in your pan.

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Layer your cheese evenly over the jalapeños.

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Blend your eggs in a measuring cup, something you can easily pour from.

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Start drizzling the egg mix over the cheese very slow, going back and forth. It will not cover all the cheese. Just try to spread it evenly over the top.

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Bake at 400 degree for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Makes a great appetizer. These have always been a big hit, and disappear fast.

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