Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Here comes the heat....here comes the garden. The great healer, calendula....
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Bundles of treasure are still hiding out in various locations around my yard, but being an impatient sort, I had to rush-process one to satisfy my curiosity.
This bundle was an embroidered, square linen tablecloth that I snagged at my favorite thrift store for a whopping 99 cents.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Before I get to my latest art experiment, let me just say that I had a wonderful Mother's Day. It was full of family, food, flowers, fun...and even though it doesn't start with an F...dessert!
There was Mast Brother's chocolate, a delicious vegan cheesecake from Cafe Gratitude (which I resisted the urge to sprinkle with candied bacon) and my favorite ice cream...David Lebovitz's "rum date pecan". It's actually called "date...rum pecan"....but we're supposed to list the most plentiful ingredient in a dish first, right? That would be rum. Ahem. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Now, for the art.
A friend of mine stumbled upon an artist named Carolyn Saxby who does "erosion bundles". She collects odds and ends, stacks them up, wraps them in a cloth and deposits them in nature to let them age gracefully. Some go in trees, some get dumped into boxes of trash, and others get buried in the compost. Now, that's right up my alley for I believe that I have one of the gooiest, stinkiest, grub laden, worm infested compost heaps this side of Troost! Or so I hope.
So here's what I did.
I folded up muslin with bits of rusted metal and wire...tied it up with more wire, and trapped a piece of leather in there as well.
The larger bundle has watercolor papers with a little wire sculpture trapped inside, a stack of papers, xeroxes of vintage ladies, book pages and other bits all wired up with an odd, square quilted piece I found at the thrift store. The mini quilt was SO white...someone took great care of it...and then I wrapped it in steel, jumped up on down on it to make it flat and buried it in my garden! C'est la vie.
Bye bye...have fun in that rotten straw bale...see you on July 6th, happy birthday to me...
And now I wait as my bundle gestates under 5 feet of compost...the right side awaits a friend's bundle...because this was her idea in the first place! ;)
1. Find safer place to keep 15,000 ant babies!
Mr. Nosy snail is watching them scramble...or maybe he's transporting victims of the earthquake...a friend in need is a friend indeed.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
It's been a creative week so far with more in store. I've been sewing, dying, rusting...and laying bricks.
Natalie Chanin, an artistic hero of mine. Her 100% organic, American handmade "Wal-mart antithesis" really speaks to me. I've bought all her books, and dream of sewing my own wardrobe based on her patterns and then taking my old clothes to Savers! (Back, to Savers...ha!)
I spent a few hours digging the trench and setting the bricks, and of course they had to be set perfectly tight and level, as perfect as old bricks could perform! My two construction assistants brought gravel and drove the dumpers and loaders back and forth across the piles to simulate serious work going on. Then we "broke for lunch".
In contrast to bricklaying, this Alabama Chanin wrap project has jumped to the top of the project list as well. (It's folded, only 1/4 of the thing shows here!)
This wrap was started a year ago. I've a tendency to start many projects at once, leave them for dead, and return to them one at a time...slowly! It seems that other projects always cut in line, like candle painting, birthday gifts, and toddler craft!
There's a time to just jump into things, and there's a time to wait. I'll move onto the next project until inspiration strikes!
Monday, April 13, 2015
If you've ever read "Home for a Bunny" you know that the story starts..."Spring, spring, spring!!" Birds and flowers are bursting out, the frost is gone and here comes the rain. Soon we'll be mowing grass and swatting at mosquitoes but before that time comes....there's gardening to be done.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Well? I never really liked the actual Peeps anyway...so to compare these to them would just be insulting to the bunnies.
I used a healthy marshmallow recipe here at Urban Poser...Homemade Marshmallows.
These melt like a dream over hot chocolate and I plan to roast them on top of sweet potatoes too.
The pink color comes from beet powder and tapioca starch. Yes, they taste like beet-mallow, but I'm fond of that flavor. The eyes are Enjoy Life mini-chips adhered with drops of honey. It's the new normal, folks!
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Yesterday my husband said something bewildering to me...here's what he said.
"The days are just waiting periods between coffees". This is a man truly converted...for he used to sniff my lattes, give them a small sip and then make "the yukky face"!
An equally amazing thing is that tomorrow is Easter. And now I must go, for the day before Easter I do what I call "penitential baking"...I bake and cook and don't let myself eat any of it!
This year my quest is...PEEPS. I will make those foamy Easter candies healthy so my kids can experience the wonder that is the Peep!
One more day...(we played with the panoramic feature on the camera for this one...)