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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Second Day of School with Pierce Sawing and a New Gluten Free Cookie Recipe

Another fun day in class this week.  One of our homework assignments was to make a piece of alternative jewelry (jewelry from found objects or objects not normally used to make jewelry).

I went to the hardware store and bought some vinyl tubing then filled the tubes with kitchen spices alternating with pieces of recipes from old cookbooks.  
Then I made a bracelet of brass and steel washers connected using bronze jumprings.
And for good measure I took a pair of earrings in made from vintage game pieces I found at Goodwill.
The other assignment due yesterday was to write our initials in various ways in circles and squares.  Here are my sketches (along with a quick sketch I made of a second piece I started in class since I'd finished sawing my initials and there was still time left).
And here’s the one I chose to use for our first lesson in pierce sawing. 

And now I will share with you what I made for breakfast this morning.  I quite often have oatmeal.  My version is that I just pour boiling water over some steel cut oats then add Craisins, chopped walnuts, some almond milk and a wee bit of maple syrup.  But today I wanted something different so here's what I invented.

Preheat oven to 350 F then put these items in a bowl:
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of coconut sugar
Mix, then add:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of sunflower butter (or peanut butter or almond butter)
  • A handful of Craisins
I was going to add walnuts but was too lazy to chop them.

I put ping pong ball size dabs onto a greased baking sheet then flattened them somewhat.  Baked for 10 mins.


To go with them I juiced some oranges we picked two days ago.

Between the cookies and the orange juice, I realize there were a ton of calories, but that breakfast held me for quite some time.  Yes, it was a splurge.


  1. Laura, you are one talented woman! I love the kitchen bracelet with tubing! How unique and the others are also really cool! Quite the imagination--I would love to spend time in your brain!

  2. Ha ha! Thanks Jo. I'd rather you spend time in my workshop. :-) Let me know if you're ever in the area.

  3. This just looks like such fun and it sounds like you're really enjoying it. Not sure how you conquer the time management aspect...but looks like you can do that too...no more whining from me about how there aren't enough hours in the day!

  4. You just took an assignment and went crazy creative! I would like to follow you around a hardware store sometime...

  5. Barbara, it was fun and I totally enjoy myself for sure. :-) Time management is something we all struggle with. You may see what I accomplish, but you don't see the list of things I don't accomplish. Ha ha ha!

  6. Mary, sounds like fun having a jewelry-making buddy exploring the hardware store. :-)

  7. Really cool Laura and the recipe sounds yummy!