Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Two-strand pearl necklace

This two-strand pearl necklace was inspired by the pearl necklace that Kathy Bates wore in her role as the Secretary of Defense in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.

I wished I was able to see the necklace more clearly so I could reproduce it more accurately.

Anyway, I thought my version of the two-strand pearl necklace does not look too bad, at all! What do you think?

This necklace is wholly made of real fresh water pearls. The findings used are sterling silver.

I love pearls and they are very versatile especially now that they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. They go very well with natural stones, glass beads and swarovski crystals.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

One of many necklaces

I took a break from my quilting yesterday and made this.

I don't know what the oval stone is called. I've had a strand of this semi-precious stone for a few years now and yesterday I was inspired to use it on a necklace. I also used fresh water pearls, swarovski pearls, swarovski crystals finished with sterling silver lobster claw clasp in the necklace.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Signs of Spring

Every year, I look forward to the fruit trees in my neighbour's orchard bloom in the spring. I have noticed that the tree branches are starting to look dark pink and that means the trees are budding, and one tree in the orchard is already blooming quite a bit.

I took several pictures today, but most of them turned out fuzzy! Must be out of practise! redface

I will be out again along the fence of my neighbour's orchard in a few days to take more pictures. Spring is most definitely my favorite time of the year.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thirsty? How about some cow urine?

I am not much of a soft drink/soda/pop drinker so the thought of quenching my thirst with a drink made of cow urine, "mixed with a few medicinal and ayurvedic herbs" will most definitely not register on my choice of beverages! Even if the drink is cheap!

A nationalist Hindu group in India wants to promote this "cow water" as one of the ways to rid India of foreign influences and bring India back to it Hindu roots.

The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.

Om Prakash, the head of the department, said the drink – called "gau jal", or "cow water" – in Sanskrit was undergoing laboratory tests and would be launched "very soon, maybe by the end of this year".

"Don't worry, it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too," he told The Times from his headquarters in Hardwar, one of four holy cities on the River Ganges. "Its USP will be that it's going to be very healthy. It won't be like carbonated drinks and would be devoid of any toxins."

The drink is the latest attempt by the RSS – which was founded in 1925 and now claims eight million members – to cleanse India of foreign influence and promote its ideology of Hindutva, or Hindu-ness

Full story here.
Would you try this drink if it ever becomes available? Me? No, thank you! confused I take that back. If I were dying of thirst and that was the only drink available, I would! Maybe the herbs in it will help make it more palatable. lol

Friday, February 06, 2009

Messy Looking

I am not very happy that the template for this blog does not display very well in IE 7. The right column appears to crowd into the left column. Why does this happen?

This is one reason why I hate using Internet Explorer for my browsing needs. My browser of choice is Firefox.

But I hate to think that my readers are seeing the lousy display of my template. Now I feel I have to find a template which will display this blog more accurately! evil

If you are using IE to read my blog, ditch it, and start using Firefox! mrgreen

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

My new netbook

Recently I bought an Asus netbook. I really liked the performance of my Asus EEE Box that I chose the ASUS Eee PC 1000HA 10-Inch Netbook over similar netbooks by MSI, Samsung and Acer.

With its hybrid engine the netbook, when operating on its battery power, is supposed to last about 7 hours. So far, I have only got it to run about 4 hours while surfing the web, even with the web cam and all instant messaging programs disabled, and despite running it on lower power mode. Others have said that if they were just working on their netbook without being online, the battery performs a lot better.

The netbook does not have a dvd/cd drive, to make it as portable and as light as it is that's for sure, but I have discovered that this lack can be overcomed by using flash drives that come with as much as 64 gig storage space. I can now bring a few movies in avi format stored in my flash drive and still be entertained when I travel with my netbook! Cool!

While I was on a trip recently, I stopped by It's a Grind coffee house to get my internet fix update my blog about my trip, and I was glad I didn't have to deal with a full sized laptop! The netbook fitted neatly into my hand bag without crimping my fashion style! mrgreen

Isn't it about time you got yours too?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Simplyfiying my blogging activities

Some of you know that I have multiple blogs. Today I made the decision to merge Puteri's Musings 3 and Puteri's Hobbies with this blog.

I discovered that the Import/Export feature on Blogger is not that difficult to use, and I have decided to simplify matters and merge these blogs together. Puteri's Musings 3 has  the same sort of content as this blog, and seeing that I do not have as much time as I used to have for blogging, reducing the number of blogs that I have is the only logical thing to do. I have been neglecting my blogs in recent months, which is a shame.

Puteri's Musings 3 willl remain as it is, but I will no longer be updating it. I may, in the future, delete it altogether.  Puteri's Hobbies will be deleted some time soon.  cry