Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Looking forward to more organization, more space and more time because of the space and organization! yea!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Come and check out my shop(s)!
JEWELRY AND ART, PRINTS AND HOUSEHOLD DECOR
Designer jewelry at excellent prices:
BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY SALES.... Special #1: Free International shipping on orders over $100.*******************Special #2: We are also offering 50% off our fine art originals!!! That is 50% off the price that is listed! That is a discount from $15 all the way up to $1250 depending on the listed price of your purchase!!! (Prices range from 29.99 to 2500.00) This discount applies to ALL items in the Art Original category in our shop located here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/arenacreative?section_id=6070660How to get your discount!: Send me an email/conversation and identify the item(s) you want. I will change the price and shipping and email you back when it is ready for you to check out with the discounted price(s) and then you can put items in your cart, check out and proceed to Paypal for payment processing.
And don’t forget the over 100 items under $10!
Specials: I went in and sliced prices, $5, here, $10 here, $30 here….lots of price drops made today! Vintage carafes, dinnerware, jewelry, Gucci, etc….
I have a special under $10 section:
Preparing for Christmas or Holiday cards? I’ve got HP Holiday photo cards (40 of them) with 40 matching envelopes in their original box, with the cd and all! Never mind waiting for your order or not knowing if it’s going to look right – print your own!!! I’ve got three in stock
Excellent prices and selection on findings and focals!
Also carrying pearls, acrylic jewelry supplies, paper supplies and more.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Scroll down my blog to see the specials for the holidays
Saturday, November 21, 2009
ALSO we are offering
Free International shipping on orders over $100. AND...
We are also offering 50% off our fine art originals!!! That is 50% off the price that is listed! That is a discount from $15 all the way up to $1250 depending on the listed price of your purchase!!! (Prices range from 29.99 to 2500.00) This fine art discount applies to ALL items in the Art Original category in our shop located here:
How to get your discount: Send me an email/conversation through ETSY and identify the item(s) you want. I will change the price and shipping and email you back when it is ready for you to check out with the discounted price(s) and then you can put item(s) in your cart, check out and proceed to Paypal for payment processing.
AND...savings for smaller budgets: (this cannot be combined with any other special offer but CAN be used on items in the under $10 and $20 and under categories and any other normally priced merchandise. Shipping costs apply if stated in item description. Combined shipping is available on many items.
COUPON CODE: SAVE30OFF99 Put 99 dollars or more of merchandise in your cart (price before shipping) and save $30 off merchandise total.
COUPON CODE: SAVE20OFF70 Put 70 dollars or more of merchandise in your cart (price before shipping) and save $20 off merchandise total.
COUPON CODE: SAVE10OFF50 Put 50 dollars or more of merchandise in your cart (price before shipping) and save $10 off merchandise total.
How to get your discount: Put items in cart. Check out and commit to buy. PUT YOUR DISCOUNT CODE in the NOTES TO SELLER BOX!!! I will then send you an invoice with the correct discounted amount from PAYPAL.
Thank you for looking!!! Happy Holidays
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Look for drawing announcements for suppliez.etsy.com and somethingolde.etsy.com (drawing for arenacreative.etsy.com announced previously)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Time: November 20, 2009 to November 22, 2009
I will make sure all my shops are stocked with $10 and under items and will post more info as it becomes available!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I've been listing some new items today, new prints. Here's a sample of what's up today!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I had a terra cotta candle holder that was like a square plate with corners that had an upward rise to them. Over the years it became discolored, the edge of one corner got severely chipped and it started to crack from years of heat and candle wax.
I cleaned it up and put it in a bag and smashed it up. I then ground it up to get rid of any large pieces and then used it in my paint to give my paint a wonderful texture.
You would be amazed at what wonderful textures and additions you can achieve by adding something interesting to the mix! In addition I had found a piece of fuzzy string on the street when I was in the process of creating this piece and it ended up in the piece as well.
Piece is entitled "Earth Textures", acrylic, recycled fiber and recycled texture on canvas, by Valerie Arena 2008If you like this concept and/or this piece, check out this contest at:
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As a Reiki master, touching something gives me an exchange of energy. The trees have a wonderful energy and this photo and poem express my feelings about trees.
Photo taken in Sedona, (Oak Creek Canyon) Arizona. Poem written by me, Valerie Arena.
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
- New Mexican
- Mexican/Mexican American
- Tex-Mex (Texas/Mexico)
- Cal-Mex (California/Mexican)
(Note, these recipes are strictly the meat version: you can substitute or add in refried beans in place of or in addition to the ground beef. The taste will be significantly altered but if you enjoy refried beans, you may wish to try. Substitution guide: same ounces of refried beans to substitute for same ounces of ground beef.)
BUDGET and Time SAVER RECIPE: Enchilada Casserole
1 can 24 oz red enchilada sauce ($1.50)
1 lb ground beef ($2)
1 pkg 8 inch (8 ct) flour tortillas ($1.70)
1 8oz bag of mild cheddar cheese - shredded ($2)
Costs: $7.20 - feeds four
Salt and pepper to taste
Possible Add ins (whatever you have on hand: garlic (fresh, minced, dry, garlic powder), onions, green onions, scallions, cilantro, fresh or dry parsley, rosemary, oregano, fresh tomatos chopped, whatever you like and have handy)Take a deep pan (preferably 2 inches deep, 6 to 8 inches wide, ten inches long)
Spread 4 oz enchilada sauce on bottom of pan.
Brown your ground beef in a pan, add in 6 ounces of enchilada sauce, salt, pepper, other add ins as you like, 4 oz of cheese (certainly optional if you don't dig cheese) and cook thoroughly making sure all meat is browned and all cheese melted and seasoned to your liking. Turn heat off and get ready to assemble your casserole:
Take 2 tortillas and place in bottom of pan in a way that covers the whole bottom of the pan. You can use an additional tortilla to fill in any gaps or break the tortillas to fit the pan. Spread half of your meat mixture on top of the tortillas, cover with 2 additional tortillas, covering the meat fully, spread the other half of the meat mixture over that layer of tortilla, covering again with 2 additional tortillas, covering the meat mixture entirely. Pour the remainder (14 oz) of the enchilada sauce over the top of that level of tortilla, covering completely. Cover with the remainder (4 oz) of cheese and any other items you wish (scallions, sliced tomatos, ?)
Heat for 30 minutes at 350. Take out of oven, let cool for ten minutes, cut into squares, serve and Enjoy! Optional garnishes: lettuce, tomatos, green onions/scallions, avacado, sour cream.
LARGE QUANTITY RECIPE: Yield 20 enchiladas
2 cans enchilada sauce (red, 2 - 24 oz or larger) (Walmart has them for about $1.50 each)
3 lbs ground beef (75% - 90% will work best) (purchased on sale at $1.87/lb )
2 eight ounce bags of shredded mild cheddar cheese (typically cost $2 a bag)
20 flour tortillas ( 8 inch works well - typically 10 to 12 in a bag $1.99 a bag)
Costs: under $20
Seasonings for the meat: Here is where you can make your own decisions; I typically enjoy cilantro (fresh) or chopped green onions or scallions, salt, black pepper, oregano, Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute, Garlic (fresh/minced or chopped or powdered garlic or garlic salt if you have no fresh garlic) You can really choose what you want here but I'd suggest no sweet spices!
Cooking the meat filling: For convenience I pick up two aluminum lasagna pans that can be left at the family event/potluck if need be. If you are cooking at home, you can use any pan that will accomodate what quantity you are cooking and preferably one that is at least 2 inches deep to keep your enchiladas nice and moist.
I use my Wok to cook this large quantity of ground beef. I start out with three large tablespoons of minced garlic, three large tablespoons of either Oregano or Trader Joes 21 seasoning salute, 6 chopped scallions (greens included) in the wok as it heats and I stir the seasonings around. I then start adding in my beef seperating it for thorough cooking. As it's cooking I add salt and pepper limitedly (1 to 2 teaspoons of each) and 12 ounces of enchilada sauce.
When it's completely browned I taste and add more salt and pepper to my liking. You will then dump one bag of mild cheddar cheese (8 0z) into this mixture, stir and let melt completely. Turn off the heat and get ready to assemble!
Assembling your enchiladas:
Spread 4 oz of enchilada sauce on the bottom of each of your pans, covering the entire bottom of the pan. Place an individual tortilla on a plate (paper plate works fine) spoon enough meat mixture towards one end of the tortilla, spreading horizontally, creating a 1 and a half inch to 2 inch wide and approximately 4 to 5 inch long strip of meat, take the bottom curve of the tortilla that is closest to the horizontal strip of the meat and begin rolling with the first roll covering the meat entirely, continue to roll until the enchilada becomes a large cigar-like tube. place in the pan. Continue until you have filled your pan tightly. In a typical rectangular cake or lasagna pan (9x13) you should be able to fit 10 enchiladas. Once the pans are full, pour approximately 14 oz of enchilada sauce over each pan, taking your spoon and spreading the sauce thoroughly over the entire enchiladas (this keeps the tortilla from getting hard while cooking.) Spoon excess sauce from the sides up over the ends and sides of enchiladas until you have covered them thoroughly.
(Optional but adds yum factor: Spread 4 oz of shredded mild cheddar cheese over the top of the enchiladas, feel free to sprinkle any excess meat mixture over the top of the enchiladas as well, and possible some chopped scallions if you like.)
Cook at 350 for 30 minutes, enchiladas should be hot and bubbly. (Leftover refrigerated Enchiladas can be easily reheated in the microwave on a microwave safe plate approximately 2 minutes for a plate with one enchilada on it.)
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
This will be updated shortly, just getting started here.
I've started putting my inventory on Etsy and I've had minimal sales, so I'm always looking for ways to improve my sales!
I'll be posting about my experiences, upcoming shows and our studio shortly.