Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Products for the Tastebuds!

Spring has sprung & summer heat is creeping up on us in Texas. We hit the high 80's today! Was it ever hot!

During the month of March, at the local New Braunfels Farmer's Market, we received requests from many of our customers for Texas Sweet Jams. So .... we have been busy in the kitchen preparing the following:


Pear Cinnamon (tastes like apple pie!)


Peach Amaretto


Pina Colada (yes, it has a touch of rum!)







All of our jams are made from scratch using fresh fruit! The beet is so popular it has been hard to keep on the shelf! The healthy benefits of beets has been one of its attractions. Beets are rich in easily digestible iron and full of wonderful vitamins and minerals. Even the children love it!

If you're unable to visit us at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market, we would be happy to visit with you through email at or through comments on Facebook at

Do you have a favorite flavor you can't find in the stores?

We happily take requests!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party - It's Reveal Time!!!

Well it's been a fun few weeks, looking at all the posts for the largest Bead Soup Blog Party yet!

The first reveal was March 30th! So many interesting creations! In case you missed it, click here

The second reveal was postponed to April 13th. Over 200 people posted for this reveal! Wow! Click here for a look see! You will be captivated.

Now it is time for the third reveal, which unfortunately was postponed twice due to Lori's unforeseen ill health. We all wish her a speedy recovery!   

My partner, Joyce Becker of Peoria, AZ, sent me a wonderful bead soup.
Joyce made a copper S-hook clasp, copper twisty spring tubes, copper ear wires, and copper wire doodles. So talented! She also included a clay polymer lotus flower and an original focal by Emily Claire; The stones are turquoise, lapis, tiny tourmaline spacer gemstones, adventurine, iolite, copper glass beads and a couple of copper beads. Joyce also sent along an extra Tierra cast copper clasp and a painted, imprinted & embossed bird Vintaj disc. With so much to work with, I could not wait to get started!

The focal from Emily Claire's shop & the variety of stones were calling my name, so that's where I started. Of course, copper was the optimum wire! My friend & daughter's mother-in-law, Kay Thomerson of KayzKreationz, was trying out a new tool that bends wire (I forget the name) on my copper wire.

                        So I decided to use that wire & bend it just a little more!

 Next I wanted to play with the beads, so I attached a small string of them to each side of the focal & made another string to place above with a variety of beads. I added a few copper beads as spacers that I had in my own stash.

                          Next came more wire! Woohoo! Never enough wire ------

 And .... more wire in another pattern & design. Ending with Joyce's handmade copper clasp.

Here's the final outcome of the necklace.
Of course, no necklace should be worn without it's accessories! So I made a bracelet & earrings to match. I used the other copper clasp on the bracelet and the ear wires Joyce made on the earrings.
                                 The complete set!
 Thank you Joyce for all the lovely beads & copper pieces. I think I used almost all of them! I still have two items I have planned for a future project - the polymer focal and the bird Vintaj embossed & painted disc. I bought some clay to try my hand at polymer beads that I wish to incorporate with these. That will be another blog in the future.  Stay tuned!

                                                 This is the bead soup I sent Joyce.
(Jasper, agate, shell, tiger's eye, bloodstone, smokey quartz crystals, coral, African trade beads, and a handmade copper toggle & clasp)
I'm excited to see what she did with it! For her creations see

There's so many other participants to check out. Here's the links to the third reveal. Enjoy!

Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai

Inge von Roos
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely

Mischelle Fanucchi

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman