Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Zen and the fine art of coffeemaking...

Well, it seems everything old is new again... again.  If you're reading this in the New England area, you know that we've had a LOT of snow lately.  So much snow that we're starting to wonder where we're going to put it all, and as I write this, more is coming down...
 But I digress.  A couple of weeks ago, we had such a heavy, wet snowfall, that many of us in the South Shore area (that's me) lost their electricity for a while. That meant no tv news, no lights, no computer, and worst of all, NO COFFEE!  Aaaaaargh!  Then, out of desperation, I had a crafty idea: down to the basement where we have all of our old camping equipment stored, searching, searching... Eureka!  I found our old percolator!  I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I had to look in my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook to figure out how to work this mysterious contraption, but intrepid New Englander that I am, I followed the instructions, lit the gas stove with a match (electronic ignition doesn't work in a power failure), and voila!  Yummy, hot, nectar of the gods... coffee!  Yay!

Much to my surprise, I learned that coffee that has been percolated on the stove the old fashioned way is far superior to the thin, watery stuff that was coming from my drip coffeemaker.  Robust, flavorful, and it even smells good while it's perking on the stove.  So, I've dispensed with my Mr. Coffee, and have decided to keep doing things the old fashioned way - coffee-wise, anyway.  Believe me, I won't be rushing down to the creek to do my laundry any time soon, and I won't be chain mailling by candlelight.  But in this, at least, I'm returning to a more simple way of doing things, and am feeling pretty good about it.

Speaking of feeling good about things, please stay tuned for some new chain maille and metal clay additions coming soon.  I'm feeling an urge to get busy creating, and am intending to put this chilly winter weather to good use.  If I must be indoors, (and when the temperature is in the single digits, I'm afraid I must) I'll be spending my time coming up with some new designs and lots of new pieces that will go in my Etsy store and can be viewed in person at the Gemorama store in Hanover, Ma, and also at the sportsman's shows that Ed and I are participating in.  The next one, by the way, is this weekend in Marlboro.  Please come by and say hello!

Anyway, here's a sneak peek preview of some of my new designs:

Sterling and Niobium Byzantine Bracelet with Blue Topaz Clasp
Stainless Steel Rosettes Bracelet
Precious Metal Clay Heart Pendant ~ Personalized With Your Photo
One Of A Kind Sterling Persian Necklace With Zircon Gemstone Pendant

Stay warm everyone!


  1. I love the perculator!!! and all the beautiful jewelry!!

  2. Thanks again Marilyn! What have you been up to lately?

  3. I'm going for my associates degree at Massasoit. I only took one class to see if I like it. I'm taking Drawing I with Roberta Walsh. I was able to keep my credits for math, eng comp I & II and a couple of electives.

  4. oops I'm taking fine arts. I wasn't sure if I wanted to take fine or graphic but thought with sewing and hopefully design fine art would be better :)

  5. That's wonderful - congratulations! I've known Micky Walsh for a long time... tell her I said Hi!