Monday, August 27, 2012

Posy Post #27

Today's post comes in the form of a little posy-shaped pie-let.  Pie-ku, in fact.  A little bite of goodness and haiku, too.  Genius.  And delish.  The perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Posy Post #23 & #24

I'm tickled pink to announce that registration is now open for In Stitches!  

 I am so excited about this class!!

If you've taken my In Stitches class at Joggles in the past, you will love this new class!  And if you didn't, no worries.  This class is it's very own project.  I've taken the best bits from my Joggles class, and worked the elements into a finished project that you can display on your wall, stitch it into a pillow, or make it into a market tote.

In this three-week workshop, we'll do some doodling, learn new stitches, review some basic ones, and mostly just have a great time!  And the beauty of an online workshop?  You guessed it!  You can work at your own pace, but still have the community and support that taking a class with others provides.  Nifty, huh? 

To register, or more information, click my "workshops" link above.  Hope to do some summertime stitching with you!

Registration is open now.  Class begins on September 4, 2012.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Posy Post #22

A desktop posy doodle...I was at the gallery talking on the phone with a vendor, when I looked down and saw what I was doing.  My doodling hand was in her own little world.  Love it when that happens.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Posy Posts #18, 19 & 20

Spent a lot of time doodling posies in my art journal this past weekend.

I played with palettes, and to-outline-or-not-to-outline, that is the question.  I'm undecided. 

Doggie doodles.  Not to be confused with doggie doodoo.  Hope you had a lovely weekend.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Posy Post #17...and a sale!

I have just listed some very pretty baubles in my Etsy shop, and because it is so freakishly hot here in the Pacific Northwest, I'm having a Hot August Nights sale! 

So, pick up a bouquet of post-inspired baubles at 30% off, all weekend long. 

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

posies are prettiest,

when they're worn by you.

Come by and see what I've been creating in my studio.

Just use coupon code:  hotaugustnights at checkout.

Have a great weekend everyone, and stay cool.  xo

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Posy Post #15

Farmers market posies...

...and other good stuff.  Cackle Berries...that cracks me up!  Laughed out loud when I saw that!

Fresh spinach salad tonight for din...

Yes, please.

Oh, and a little somethingsomething for lunch.  Best tamales I've ever put in my mouth.

Don't know what I'll to with these potatoes, but something yummy will happen.  And the chard!  Look at those colors!

Oh, how I love my Wednesday trek to the farmers market. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What To Do With All Of That Zucchini

I know!  Two posts in one day!  What the what??  But I just couldn't go on another moment without advising you on all of that zucchini in your garden.  And no, your neighbors don't want anymore zucchini.  So, here, a solution.

"Gift" them a loaf of fresh-baked Pineapple-Zucchini Bread.  Wrap it up in a pretty fabric quarter and put a bow on it.  Leave it on their doorstep.  (Unless you're fearful of wild dogs...or children.  Then ring the doorbell and hand it over.)

Pineapple-Zucchini Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups grated, unpeeled zucchini
  • 1 8.25(ish) ounce can of crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts (I like to toast them first - yum!) - these are optional, sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don't.  I know you get it.  ;)
  • Raw sugar crystals

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans; set aside.

In a bowl, beat eggs with an electric beater until frothy (I just throw the whole mess into my Kitchen Aid).  Beat in sugar, oil, and vanilla and continue beating until mixture is thick and foamy, and the color of butter.  (The agony of anticipation for the baked loaves will kick in right about now.)  Stir in zucchini and pineapple.

In a second bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts; add to zucchini mixture and stir just until all flour is moistened.  Spoon batter into prepared pans.  Sprinkle tops with raw sugar crystals (trust me on this; totally worth the extra calories...and you'll probably need a cigarette after your first slice.  I'm just sayin'.)

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out to cooling rack.  Be sure to have a slice while it's still warm.  

Makes 2 loaves.  One for you, and one for the folks next door.


Posy Post #14

A month or so ago, I was the luckyluckylucky winner of this FABulous print from Teresa McFayden.  I've been a fan of Teresa's for a long, long time.  I've taken her e-workshops as inspiration and motivation for my own art.  But what she's doing lately is  Her paintings are truly gallery-worthy and I'd not be surprised that she'll be announcing her first gallery opening soon.  Any gallery that represents indie artists, folk artists, new and emerging artists, would be lucky to have her.  And it would be such an inspiration to me to see that happen for her.  And, the Queen of the Forest has a lovely bouquet of posies!  Perfect addition to my posy-a-day roster!!

In the meantime, I'm playing with framing ideas for my print.  Her Majesty will hang in my studio/gallery to inspire my own greatness-in-waiting.  Thanks so much, Teresa, for the print and for the inspiration!  xo

Monday, August 13, 2012

Posy Post #13

I doodled while watching the Olympic closing ceremonies last night.  I was sort of hot and cold about the ceremonies.  Did you watch?  What did you think?

The bits I loved, though, I really, really loved.  So much, that little tidbits found their way into my doodled pages.  If you watched the ceremonies last night, can you guess which? 

I'm always sorry when the Olympics are over.  But even with all the small-world-timezone-broadcast-magic, the Olympics always wreak havoc with my sleep cycle.  :)  So, maybe I can get a grip on that again, now that they're over.

Although, I notice it's Shark Week over on the Discovery channel.  There may be more late nights to come.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Toilet Scrubbing as Inspiration

"Really, Tammy?  Toilet scrubbing as inspiration?  Where are you going with this?"  I know.  But stick with me.

First off, just so you don't think it's all-artsy-all-the-time over here Chez Tammy, I spent part of my Sunday vacuuming and scrubbing toilets.  And every time I do this, it makes me bitter.  Because, come on, who wouldn't rather be in the studio than face first into the commode with rubber gloves and a can of Scrubbing Bubbles?  But there I was.

And that's when it hit me.

I hate scrubbing toilets.  I hate cleaning the house.  I really, truly do.  I love the feeling of our house when it's all sparkly and smellysmellygood.  But the dusting and the vacuuming and the scrubbing?  You can have it.

And what I further realized is this:  I am on fire right now.  Creatively.  I've got a plan.  I've got a vision.  I have a dream!   And, where before it was very fuzzy and abstract, now it is crystal clear. My creative juices are flowing and the marketing maven in me has kicked into high gear.  It's like I'm firing on all pistons right now.  I don't know about you, but usually I get one or the other: creative inspiration or business saavy.  But not both at the same time, and certainly not both with the intensity that I have them now.  I have a laser-like focus on the destination.

And when I get there?  You can bet someone else will be scrubbing my toilets!

All of this got me to thinking: other than my loo, where else can I seek inspiration in my life every day, too keep these fires burning.  And I came up with a short list.  I thought you might like a little dose of it, too.

It can come from the most mundane (and disdainful) tasks.  Case in point, see above.

It can come from a photo or image found somewhere in a magazine or online.

It can even come from somewhere in the murky recesses of memory.  I recently created a new journal for myself based on a memory I had of how I like to put books together to write my "stories" in when I was a little girl.

So, I'm keeping my eyes wide open and listening very intently.  I don't want to miss a thing.  What about you, dear reader?  What inspired you today?  I'd love to know...

Posy Post #12

Another stitched posy awaiting its stretched canvas home.  Must.get.busy.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Posy Post #11

A little stitched posy, waiting to be wrapped around a stretched canvas to hang on my wall. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Posy Post #10

Posies in a sweetly stitched sampler. (Try saying that one three times fast!!)  Want to stitch-along?  You can grab yourself a downloadable pattern here.

Posy Post #9

 I've been doodling.  Playing in my art journal.  I haven't been paying enough attention to my inner doodler, the girl who wants to play with markers in pretty colors, making little pictures.  I finally gave in to her when she threw a tantrum, screaming "doodle or die!"  She can be ghastly.

There are so many artists out in the creative world who inspire me.  Every day.  And what I see is that they are devoted to a daily art journaling practice.  There are so many, many things I would like to accomplish as an artist.  But, like anything else, all of those dreams and aspirations come from a daily practice.  And for me, that means playing in my art journal.  For a writer, it's a daily writing practice.  For a chef, daily kitchen time.  And on and on it goes.  Who knew that allowing myself to doodle  every day would be a difficult goal to achieve?  It just feels so much like playing, and not like I'm "working" at my art.  But, when you're doing what you love, it shouldn't feel like work, right?  It's just all so hard to sort out.  I almost feel guilty, dreaming of (and working towards) being a full-time artist.  Like it's not a "real job" or some such nonsense.   The little doodler has an evil sister who also screams things like "you aren't an artist!" or "you'll never be able to make your living this way!"  Oh, those two can be just downright nasty.  And hard to ignore.  Fortunately, I also have a kinder, gentler voice that says things like "you have everything you need, and you know exactly what to do".  Because she is a kinder and gentler voice, sometimes its hard to hear her over The Screaming Mimi's.

Mmmm...yummy colors.  I pulled that image from the internet when I googled "rainbow colors".  I'm sorry to say that the origin of the photo was not cited (makes me so mad when that happens), but I loved the palette so I printed out the photo.  When I pulled out my art journal the other day, I found the photo in my "inspiration pile" (exactly what it sounds like), then matched up my Copic markers to create a palette to work with on my blank page.  Doing that really helps me get started.  Sometimes a blank page in my art journal can make me a deer in headlights.

And then I got to playing.

And can I just say how much I love the Copic blender pen??!  It just sort of makes everything better.  I'm in love with my Copics, love the colors, love their intensity.  And that blender pen?  It sort of works a little bit of magic, blending the "marker lines" together - do you know what I'm talking about? And when I lay colors over each other, the blender pen sort of morphs them all together so that they don't look like layers, but like they all were meant to be together.  It's magic.  If you use Copics and haven't discovered the blender pen, get one and give it a try.  You won't be sorry.

I also really like the Sharpie paint pen in white for adding highlights, as well as a black gel penThis one is my favorite right now, for little doodle highlights and for writing.  Anyway, playing.  It's very fun.