Thursday, January 28, 2016

Upcycled zipper charm bracelet tutorial

Use an old zipper to make a new charm bracelet.  This is a great teen or tween crafting idea.  This is such a simple project that is terrific to make during those snow days when there is nothing to do.  I’ve used word charms but you can use any sort of charms you like. For a super upcycle, you can remove a zipper from an old piece of clothing or just purchase a new zipper.


7-inch metal zipper
Oval jump rings
Large crimp bead for clasp
Lobster claw clasp
Medium jump rings
Charms of choice
Lighter or stop fray fabric glue
Needle nosed pliers


1.     Cut the fabric close to the zipper with scissors.  Use the lighter to run over the edges to keep it from fraying, or you can use stop fray fabric glue and let it dry.

2.     Using the needle nosed pliers attach the crimp bead fro the clasp to the non-opening end of the zipper.  Squeeze it tightly.

3.     Open a large round jump ring twisting to open rather than pulling apart.  Add to the crimp bead and then add the lobster claw clasp.  Close the jump ring, twist to close.

4.     Add a second jump ring to the zipper pull.

5.     Using oval jump rings twist to open and add the desired charm.  Attach to the zipper and twist back to close.  Continue adding charms down the length of the zipper. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Black eyed peas recipe

Every New Year's Day we eat black eye peas for luck in the upcoming Year.  I know this post is a tad late for New Year's Day but better late than never right?  

In the south black eyed peas are considered to be very lucky indeed.  During Sherman's march in December of 1864 the union army destroyed just about everything on the way leaving only the lowly black eye or field peas that they considered inedible. The southerners were lucky to survive and not starve to death with the help of this simple legume.  

The black eyed pea is full of protein, and does not contain fat or cholesterol.  They are also a good source of fiber.  These delicious peas fit the bill for any day even after New Years Day!

Black eyed peas, rice and tomatoes


Tablespoon dried onion
1 lb. bag of dried black eyed peas
2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 cups cooked white rice
One clove garlic diced well
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Soak the peas overnight or use the quick method of putting the peas in large pot, filling with water two inches over the peas and boil for two minutes.  Let the peas sit for an hour.

Meanwhile cook 2 cups of white rice as per package directions. Drain any excess water from the peas and add the two cans of diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. 

Simmer on low heat till the peas are done and the flavors have all blended.  Eat with freshly made cornbread.

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