Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I just made some amazing Etsy purchases for gifts for Christmas. I cannot show them here as they are for people who read this blog. But I found these great cards along the way at English Cookies.
Please consider making gifts or purchasing hand made gifts. There are so many talented artists out there and their prices are really wonderful too. Of course you will find amazing art and hand made things at the secondstorie} show this weekend!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I love the Daily Chuck on Dooce so much I am attempting to train my dog, April, to do the same tricks... the little felt ball rolled off her nose as soon as I let go but I was able to snap the picture. And congratulations to heather - she's having a baby (due date is June 14th) I can only imagine how hilarious she will be during a pregnancy with a four year old big sister constantly commenting on it.
The Crafty Hedgehog makes these! Words cannot describe the enjoyment they give me. I can smell the formaldehyde just looking at them. She also sells the patterns so one could knit them oneself! I think the tail on the rat is particularly wonderful. We have a lovely white/tan rat and a brown/black rat as pets. I call the white one Pancake but I don't think that is her name. My daughter got two rats a year ago when her snake died and she found out she is alergic. I take care of them now in my basement studio. I call them Panckae a Lulu for an Etsy yarn shop that I love. But I think my daughter namend them Peanut and Lulu. I really only talk to Lulu, she is more friendly than the white one.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A friend has a fantasitc website called go meat yourself. Go see it. This is the most fun you will ever have regarding meat(and other food relations). You must see the skinned goats in the truck, I cannot bring myself to post the image as I can't really stand to look at it myself. She has post titles such as: Holy Mary Mother of Bread: Panzanella Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil and These Shrimps Were Made For Wokin: Shrimp Stirfry with Brown Rice and Me and My Baby, Porking in The Kitchen.
My daughter has been trying to be a full fledged vegetarian and it is making me a much better cook as I attempt new recipes using cheese and potatoes and different green vegetables (as the green veggies are not her favorite). Sunday, I made a lovely pizza using tortilla, caramelized onions, spinach and goat cheese for her. Last night I changed it around a little making a potaoto and cheddar tortilla. I want to try one with butternut squash, thinly sliced apples and some wonderful cheese but I haven't quite figured out which one yet. I think it is also now cold enough for cheese fondue. I love apples in cheese fondue. (I think I will make fried rice tonight).
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I still am very fond of this series of collages that I completed a couple of years ago - I did make a LuLu book of them all and will have it available for sale at the Indie Market on Thanksgiving weekend along with the prints and many other wonderful pieces of art work. I am really looking forward to that show - I am just hoping I have the will power not to spend every dime I make.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I am definetly going to be sewing this weekend. I finally have the gorgeous Anna Marie Horner fabric for the family room curtains and I will complete the curtains this weekend. The fabric pictured is hand screened by Sommersville. I think I will order two pieces (it comes only as 9.5 x 14 inches) of the teal pictured above for the family room as well - I may make a pillow for a small bench I have in there. I love the teal but I think red will match best. I also want to make a small change purse to carry around when I am selling at craft shows. I have a few small over the shoulder purses but I the money gets all mixed up and I want to make a purse that has sections for checks, $20s etc.
I actually hate sewing using the sewing machine. I get very anxious and feel rushed while I am working. I have a reall difficulty using any type of machine -I don't like the noise, I don't like the vibration. I think I may be on the very, very far end of the autistic spectrum as I also get very anxious when I am stuck on the bridge at a red light (and this happens almost every day driving home). The car shakes and rattles and I feel trapped. I also do not prefer to be in crowded social situations, I like to play music really loud, I prefer being alone and I am kind of creative (all typical autistic qualities). Obviously I have been able to (somewhat) succeed in life so I am not saying I am autistic - I just think the spectrum is extreme and I may be on it some where near Mars or maybe Neptune.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I am so elated about the presidential election and the hopeful change that this country will see, but I am saddened that California's citiizens approved a ban on same-sex marriages that overrides the recent court decision legalizing them. I don't know what is going through peoples hearts and minds. If two individuals are lucky enough to to have the love and stregnth to share thier lives and committ to a life long partnership - no one has the right to tell them they can't.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have been knitting like crazy, but wishing I could be baking or eating I am not sure...
I have completed a pair of gloves (or more) a day!
Thursday - rainbow sherbet (center)
Friday - caramel and banana (left of center)
Saturday -black berry pie (black with purple, and rasberry)
Sunday - caramel and chocolate
Monday -white chocolate with scalloped edges
Tuesday - more caramel and chocolate (while watching the election returns)
“There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair...It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice. So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.Yes, we can!"
And he's getting a puppy for the girls!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I am hoping to do very little shopping for this Christmas. I want to give hand made gifts, mostly food items and jewelry to family and friends...now you know. But I have to purchase some things for my own children as they live with my hand made world every day. So I am searching for original, interesting screened tees for my son. (I cannot share what I am searching for for my daughter, as she actually reads my blog). I found the planes and the sneakers at Little Paper Airplanes, they are by No Star t-shirts.