Your Aura is Blue
Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life. You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships. The purpose of your life: showing love to other people Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

About Me

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This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)


What's Cool Where I Live

Frankly, I am getting pretty tired of the stories of doom and gloom when it comes to the topic of where I live.  Last week, one of the big news stories was about how the population of Detroit is dwindling fast.  Yeah, we know we suck . . . don't rub it in!

 For those of us who have no plans to leave, it is sometimes difficult to explain to outsiders our reasons for staying.  So, I have decided to show you what is cool about where I live.  Really, there are cool things here . . .

Welcome to Ann Arbor, MI.   It is less than an hour's drive from where I live.  It home to the University of Michigan, one of the nation's most prestigious institutions of higher learning.  Everytime I visit here, I feel like I gain a few extra IQ points, just for breathing the same air as the smart people.

 Ann Arbor has the feel of charming small town with the cultural diversity of a big city.   The downtown is loaded with places to dine and shop.   The historical brick buildings have been maintained and restored beautifully.

There is always something going on in A2, whether it is a Football Game, an organized protest, a theatrical performance, an art fair, or a "different" kind of festival, such as the infamous Hash Bash that is held annually.

 Did I mention there is great shopping??

There's a great bead shop, too!!


Vintage Loveliness

Take a look at some of these decorating ideas featuring Vintage items ~ aren't they great?!   These pictures are from Better Homes and Gardens

It just goes to show that items that someone else thought to be old and outdated can be salvaged and given a new life.  The best part is, these trinkets are unique and have so much character!

I am hooked on hunting for vintage treasures!   If you like these ideas, but don't know where to start, just go to Etsy and search under "Vintage".   Shops like mine have many items to help you decorate on a budget!


Here's the Dish: Carrot Cake Muffins with a Cream Cheese Surprise

This is a recipe that I've been wanting to share for quite some time!   It is one of my go-to's because it never fails to make people happy.   Even those who aren't fans of carrot cake are always pleasantly surprised by how yummy these are.  Big up's to the Cake Mix Doctor for another effortless, but impressive recipe :)

Don't these look irresistable??

Unfortunately I'd probably be accused of copyright infringement if I posted the recipe here :(   So, you can either buy the book ~ it's worth it, trust me on that one!    Or contact me, and I just might share it with you ;)