November 23, 2010

Sydd sweater update

Here's a pic of the Sydd sweater. I have to take out the cuffs and make the sleeves longer, but that shouldn't take long. Then it's add the buttons and sew up the sleeves -- VOILA, then done!

The colors are a bit off, the green and blue need a more yellow in them, they're like a soft apple green and a teal. Surprisingly the red and yellow are fairly close. I'm still learning how to adjust the lighting on my camera (though no setting seems to be true to the color I see) and then work the color in a photo program.

November 18, 2010

Knight of Pentacles

Every so often I look at my Tarot cards. Partially I do this to connect with something beyond my egotistic mind, which is ever critical and sometimes down right rude. At other times it is to enjoy the color, design and variety of the artists interpretations (I have several decks). About 7 years ago I participated in an on-line tarot card swap. In the swap I created my version of 'The Star', 'The Tower' and this one, 'The Knight of Pentacles':

I thought the man quite handsome when I put this together - I still do! One of the attributes the knight represents is 'the desire for beauty and aesthetics, musical and artistic abilities' (I tend to take what I want from an interpretation and leave the rest). I loved how the elements of this card came together, sort of obscure in it's references, but the symbolism is there. So, your 'card' for the day is the Knight of Pentacles, go out and fill your desire for beauty, in whatever form it may take.

November 16, 2010

snow and frost

This is the 3rd morning in a row for frost on the truck windows and 
we had our first snow on Friday night. Winter is yipping at the door!

November 12, 2010

November 11, 2010

cool weather means a warm oven!

Ok, so still no pics of Sydd's sweater, but it's half done (and the lamby is in parts waiting to be stuffed and sewn closed).

What can I say, distractions abound, books to read, quilts to design and sew - this makes March seem much closer - and BAKING to do!!! I don't know what it is about Fall that just trips all my nesting instincts, but there it is. I've been day dreaming of baking breads, cakes, cooking soups and casseroles and just making about any warm, soul satisfying meals you can think of.

Since it's just myself I find that many recipes are just too big and breaking down the recipe isn't always an exact 'cut in half' process, especially for baked goods. So, perusing my library I found Small-Batch Baking by Debby Maugans Nakos. Needless to say I now have a copy of my own. OMG! She has some killer recipes in this book (Lemon shortbread squares, drool!) and the small batches are just right size (serves 1-2) which is a life saver because if my mouth likes what it's tasting I will eat it until it's gone...sad but true.  

Now, I don't want you to think I live only on baked goods, I wish, I do try to eat relatively healthy, leaning towards a vegetarian menu more often than not. Another great book for smaller recipes is The Pleasures of Cooking for One   

If you want some great recipes with unique twists I highly recommend the blog 101 Cookbooks. Heidi Swanson is a food photographer, and cookbook author, and both talents come shining through on her blog. 101 Cookbooks is full of wonderful vegetarian oriented recipes that use ordinary, and some not so ordinary, vegetables and grains in a fresh bold way. You should definitely check it out.

November 8, 2010

best laid plans

Well, you know I've signed up for creative everyday month and so far I have 30 small gessoed pieces and no real art, but I have faith that I will get to them.

I haven't been totally slack though, I'm knitting Sydd a sweater for

winter and a knitted 8" lamby, by Barbara Prime (, with green knitted overalls which I have to say are just ADORABLE! (knitting pics soon) So, in that sense I have been creative everyday, just not the way I thought I would. Also, I broke down and mulched/mowed all the leaves in my yard, removed several more boxes of stuff - to become other peoples stuff - and have just been trying overall to get my sh*t together and be a semi-responsible adult, which is very challenging for me.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather! More soon....

November 1, 2010

Art Every Day Month Starts TODAY!

Creative Every Day is one of my favorite blogs. Leah Piken Kolidas is insiteful and inspirational in her creative life and shares that energy through her blog and emails. Check out her site Creative Every Day and give the November challenge a go, what have you got to lose?