Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What I've Been Up To

Sorry.  I went dark there for a bit, didn't I?  I've been playing.  Sometimes in my play, I forget to check in.  Forgive me, won't you?

I thought I'd share a little of what I've been playing around with:  a few pages from my art journal. 

Just a mix of color,

a bunch of doodles,

ooohh, yeah, and some painting, too.

Little bluebirds.  Don't you just love when your palette gets all paint-y and colorful?

Playing with shapes and sequences on unstretched canvas.  Black and white can be fun, too.

A little bit of stitching.  I don't know what's going to happen to these yet, but I am so in love with them.


A small snippet of a bigger piece.

WIP.  Layers of vintage fabrics in different textures.  Very tactile and colorful.  Am loving the way it's going.

Another work-in-progress.  This one is a grid of 2" squares.  I'm filling it with tiny stitched motifs, that I can use as a sort of stitch reference for other work.  At least that's the plan.

From my Imagine stitchery sampler.  I just love the image, so I thought I'd share it again.

Oh, yes I did.  It took ages and ages.  Totally worth it.  I now have five boxes of floss, all categorized by color.  Fantastic.

What have you been up to?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

How to Start Your Morning Off Right

Easy.  Banana-Hazelnut Pancakes with homemade maple syrup.  Hello sunshine!  The recipe?  You bet!

Basically, for every cup of pancake mix (I use Trader Joe's pancake mix), I add 1/2 cup of yellow cornmeal.  Makes the pancakes all fluffy, with a little texture.  I follow the recipe on the Trader Joe's box, and add in my corn meal, a mashed banana, and about 1/4 cup of chopped hazelnuts.  This makes about 10-12 3-4" pancakes. 

In the meantime, I've got my griddle heating on medium heat.  I spray it with canola oil spray, and let that heat up a bit.  Then, by the 1/4 cup, I make pancakes.  I like them to get all golden and happy on each side.  Flip them onto the plate, sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, and top with maple syrup.  (I make mine with maple extract, sugar and water.)  Yum. 

I do a lot of variations with this.  Sometimes I'll leave out the hazelnuts, but stop with fresh strawberries.  Or I'll leave out the banana, but add in some canned pumpkin.  We love pancakes at our house, and I love to create seasonally-inspired renditions.  What's on your griddle?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Creative ADHD

I had a very productive weekend!  Not productive in the sense that anything got done...but I did manage to touch just about every art or craft supply that I currently own.  So, I don't know what kind of productivity that qualifies as, but I had a very good time!  haha  I started out early Saturday morning with my cuppa joe and a few doodles.  

Then, I pulled out a piece of toile I bought at a flea market a few years ago.  It's been looking very lovely in my stash, but decided to put it to work.  I'm making a sort of trench topper to wear over jeans, since jeans seem to be the only thing I want to wear lately, and let's face it, I need something long to camouflage the muffin top.

It's about halfway finished.  This is when things get a little dicey, because not finishing something like this all in one sitting doesn't bode well for it's actual completion.  I'm so in love with it, though, that I feel like I'll get back to it.  I'm going thrifting with my oldest nephew on Saturday, and I'd love to wear it.  Incentive is a very good thing.  So is a deadline.

When I'd had enough sewing, I went right into painting.  I have a show next month at Wholesome Blends in NE Portland.  A coffee house of a friend of mine.  So excited.  And I'm painting like a mad woman to fill up his walls for a month.  Again, deadline working its magic.  haha

I finished up the weekend with a cold beer and a little stitchery.  Perfect ending to a lovely weekend.