Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Those Good Ole Days

I love the look of what they wore and the signs of the era...but really Good ole/old days?!
All the work, the conditions, the lack of cleanliness.......the food, the slow days...the time it took
to get parcels and fabric and etc. It is fun to love this era, from a distance, with the techno of
today....we can dream and glamorous it and don't have to have our rib cage crushed with
garments and gadgets to get that tiny waist...i wish, i haven't had a tiny waist since Junior high/
middle school. The way they wrote and spoke, gives such romance to this time period...but
period....let's not go there and childbirth with the lack of meds if decided....no, i am happy to
be in this era!!!
Enjoy your day and your gadgets and gizmos(esp the TV/computer and dishwasher, fridge, etc)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Finch Familly



We
have new neighbors the Finch Family...looks like 3 new additions...i will try to get another photo...but the feeding
process is going on and i fear being pecked....so this is what
i have so far. My husband heard peeping the other day
and followed here to this pot, i'd left on the front porch. Then
we kept watching and he is one of the Proud parents getting
ready to find food. They are sooo cute!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

aROMAtherapy


Love these little romas the smell
of the leaves if you rub them, you
can smell tomatoes. I wasn't a fan
of this fruit for years. My Dad loved
them; when he died, everyone in our
family, started eating them. I love
green tomato pickles, fried green
tomatoes and in a stir fry...throw some in. I guess you can even make
a pie out of them, haven't been tempted to try this..i think of them
more as a savory fruit.

There is even a wonderful movie
called "Fried Green Tomatoes"

Here is a recipe from a blog that mentions the movie: http://whistlestopcooking.blogspot.com/2006/10/fried-green-tomatoes.html

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dark Shadows


I grew up when, the Tv show, DARK SHADOWS was a hit and we'd run home from school to watch it...
Barnabas Collins and Angelica. It seems vampires are everywhere these days and i am enjoying
my goth days with my daughter. Yes, we saw Twilight the movie, read Twilight, i'm into
True Blood. She is now reading a book called "Vampire Kisses" by Ellen Schreiber this is
a series of 6 books so far. She just finished the first and is awaiting the 2nd one. I have started
reading it out of curiosity, so far, i'm hooked. The author has used like True Blood the changes
a teen endures thru puberty as a platform for what vampires deal with...waiting to be alone,
unsure of the changes their body brings, guilt, shame and the struggle to find oneself.
True Blood is doing this with the new vampire, Jessica, which Bill is a father figure to.

It is fun to relive the vampire angle...good against evil and how that sometimes blurs into
a gray zone.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

FortunATE.

I love fortune cookies; will it pertain to me, when you go to open one. The best one i ever opened, was on a Friday Sept 9, 1988, it said Monday would be a very special day..it was, I gave
birth to my first child, my son Larry. I also had tarot cards done and the last card was a sign
of success a man on a horse with a laurel wreath on his head...meaning Victory. Larry's name
comes from the word laurel, but i didn't know, when i picked it out. Funny, how those little
signs come up...if we are tuned in, we see them, if not...then maybe we catch it next time.

My family believes in signs and we take notice and share those little things......ESP maybe?
intuition.....Yes! Calm your mind, listen to the inner voice, take notice, write things down...
dreams, goals, thoughts....be creative, ask questions...and see what happens.

In the mean time, save those little fortune papers that have meaning for you or the ones you
hope come true. so what if the cookie crumbles, it has a fortune!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Little Prince


This is an eggplant...i have never grown them,....look at the tiny light
purple globes...so cute! This variety
is from Renee's Garden Seeds:
http://www.reneesgarden.com/images/seedphotos/veg/eggplant-prince.htm

Reminds me of the story, "The Little
Prince"...http://www.amazon.com/Little-Prince-Antoine-Saint-Exupery/dp/8170262259/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245811532&sr=8-1...

Seeing the joy of the small things in
life, what is essential, seeing things
fresh as a child, first picks a flower or
eat pizza, or rides the merry go round.

Hopefully the Little Prince will grow
and provide an amazing abundance, either way, i am enjoying the process of trying new things
as in the book. The Little Prince learns a lot in his experiences and having fresh eyes.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Maine to Be

Meant to be, i mean....going to go home, soon....can't wait, lobster,
hiking Mt. Battie, Fort Knox flashlight
tag, going to the shore, the town warf,
seeing family and friends, lobster....

I have lived in 6 states, one not long
enough to change our plates.(yes,
My hubby is in the Navy)

Maine, Florida, Alaska, Hawaii,
North Carolina, Virginia....

It has been 7 yrs since we have gone
home.....life gets in the way...on the
count down now....there's no place
like HOME!

EEEWWWWWWWWW!


Happy Father's Day to all Dads, real,
step or otherwise....

Thank you Don, my kids father, for
showing me this lovely specimen this
morning....and you had to grab the
camera and see the detail....

I believe it is a fisherman's spider..
which is appropriate, since this is
what he loves to do and we have a bass boat.

One of the kids made it wallpaper
on their computer....disgusting!!!

I want to move....seriously pack it up and leave. He sucked it up...sorry PETA, in his dry vacuum.

Anyway, Cheers to all Brave Dads!!!
My son thought it was cool to have a Spider background for the world wide WEB! eeeewwww!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Nasturtium


I love the circular leaves, that resembles umbrellas when it rains....the bright jewel tone
flowers. They are in the herb family, guess they taste peppery, similar to water cress. Easy
to grow in poor soil , there are so many types....whirlybird, scarlet,vanilla berry, creamsicle,
moonlight, amazon jewel...etc. http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/seeds-hm/flowersN.htm

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Old Lace

Tattered or torn...it looks good old or new



I love old lace the look and the feel
who held it, what events did it attend..
weddings...etc.

I want to add touches of this old n'
new to my art work....but i'm also
attracted to newer styles and the
Eco friendly stuff as well....it is
hard to find one's style....

Like shoes, i figure we don't really
need to pick one, in particular, but
somehow tie in our style to a certain
look, color or theme...something about
it, one's art stands out as recognizable......a signature so to speak.


Blurring the lines of Old,new and green...perhaps

i should call it Olnegen or Grolnew
or Negreld.....i will have to work on
this....

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Summer Read


I went to the library, yesterday, i know it isn't
officially summer, but it hit 91 degrees and sure felt
like it, high humidity....felt like 101.

I found this book, The Grift, by Debra Ginsberg, it's
byline is: What happens when a pseudo psychic suddenly gets the real gift?

grift-n. a group of methods used for obtaining money
falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, etc.

Marina Marks has been on the grift, as a psychic since
she was a child, forced into the business by a junkie
mother who was always desperate for her next fix.
Now, as an adult, Marina has earned her living preying on people's hopes and dreams. She doesn't believe in
psychics but does believe in intuition. She moves to
a new location in efforts to reinvent herself and discovers
she really does have the gift-the ability to see the future.
She predicts a murder, it happens exactly as she stated...
she becomes the sole suspect. http://www.amazon.com/Grift-Novel-Debra-Ginsberg/dp/0307382737/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244926925&sr=8-1

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Scarf purse


I stopped at a thrift shop today and found a few
scarves...decided to try to make it into a purse.

You knot each four corners and then tie the corners
together....it came out really cute.

Wait til you see the purse i bought a designer one for
under $5...tomorrow! :)

http://iwannanewbag.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-tie-scarf-into-bag_08.html


The bigger the scarf, the bigger and better shape of the
purse...have fun!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You can go your own way


I think Fleetwood Mac, is the
band that sings this song....do you
go your own way?

I am struggling to do my art...perhaps, with school getting out
today, life will be more relaxed and
more time can be find. Maybe i
can enlist my daughter's help.

It is important to make time to do
what inspires us, what makes our
heart sing....for me, i am finding collaging to be my Flow time...my
own way...problem is i cleaned my art space and now, i can't find anything..tee,hee ;~ )

Find time to do what makes you happy, even if only a few minutes a day...it makes your mood
uplifted and everyone around you, benefits!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sweet Pea


Love these, so good, to grab and eat off the vine...reminds
me of summer days in Maine, sitting on the swinging
glider, with a colander and a bag of peas to open the pods
we ate more raw, then cooked.

These are the Asian stir fry ones; I'm growing both kinds!

Funny, how this blog was going to be artistic and so
far, it isn't...i need to step it up.

My daughter's nickname is Sweat Pea....she doesn't mind.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tortoise vs the Hare

I swear, there was a Hare, outside
my back door this am...but my
crazy beagle, Buster...howled and off
he/she went. I ran errands and
returned and found the tortoise
moving quite fast across the yard.

Yes, they do move slow, but they
can haul house and go...i would not
have believed it, if i hadn't seen it.

Are you the tortoise or the hare?
Do you move along quickly, get it done or do you pace yourself...slow and
quick...more like the tortoise?

I am a more slow n' steady then quick and confident..though i have my moments with quick
and confident..how about you? I guess most have both qualities...

Now, on to are you an early bird or a night owl....mid day people are called hummingbirds..darting/flitting about. I am the night owl with hummingbird tendencies.

Funny, how the animal kingdom....gives us so many characteristic...hungry like a lion,
quiet like a mouse, blind as a bat...etc.

I hope you today are as busy as a bee, but don't have ants in your pants, if you do, don't have
a bird...and go ape!

http://www.doghause.com/idioms.asp

Friday, June 5, 2009

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie




Rhubarb is a vegetable; the leaves
are toxic, but the stalks add a tartness
to pies, cakes, and other desserts.

This veggie arrived in American in
1820 in Maine(where i'm from) and
Massachusetts. Now grown in many
areas of the country.

I made this pie, for my son's girlfriend, Erica...she is graduating from high school today and is going to
continue her education, with aspirations to be a chef. She has never had rhubarb, so along with our
gifts, i made this pie. Here is the recipe, for those of you who like
sweet n ' tart.


3 cups of rhubarb, cut into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces, cut off the top and bottom of stem, discard...and then cut the rest of stalk.
Trim outside the red layer, if you choose.
1 c strawberries,
1 c sugar
3 tbsp of all purpose flour or cornstarch to thicken
1 tsp of cinnamon
unbaked pastry for 2 crust 9 inch pie
If you make a 10 inch pie, you will want more
filling, adjust your recipe to 4 1/2 c. rhubarb,
1 1/2 c. strawberries, 1 1/4 c. sugar, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and
a bit more flour/cornstarch.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the rhubarb,
strawberries and cinnamon, sugar and flour or cornstarch.
I usually set this aside, while i work the pastry.
Turn pastry into pie pan, then add rhubarb mixture,
now add top layer of dough, trim edges and score with a fork.
I cut 3 slits for steam to escape. I then pat top layer with milk...lightly
dab on, this helps brown the crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes,
reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes, longer if 10 " pie
40-50 minutes. Let cool so juices will thicken. I liked served cold, but
some people can't wait, it is good warm, too!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rainy Days....


I have decided when it rains, i am crafting. I have a
garden to tend and lots of plants in the front/back yard
and on the deck...that when it rains, i have more time
and this should be set aside for crafting! It is hard to
fit in sometimes what we like to do. It if funny how much we use the weather in our metaphors for life.
I am going to shower her with gifts, into each life a little
rain must fall, you are the sunshine of my life, this is a
breeze, you'll be blown away, gray skies are going to
clear up, so on and so on.

In poems, i think weather usually equals feelings.
Sun- all is well, rain- a change, rainbows-hope, storm-anger, clouds/fog-unsure, depressed.

I hope everyone enjoys some rain, sees the clouds part
a rainbow appears, then the sun's rays shine.

For me, the rain will give me a chance to hope and dream, that i to, can be part of the art community, that i have longed to be part of.

Enjoy the sun,clouds and rainbow, for soon it will rain, again!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Southern perfume


I think scents can link us to great memories, but I
feel transported time wise,
whenever i smell a gardenia. I was thrilled when i moved
here and discovered we had a huge bush. I can
almost see, the big hoop gowns, mint tea and a ballroom,
all from the scent. I think of Scarlet O'Hara and what
life was like.

I like to look up the meanings of flowers, http://www.easyflowers.com.au/asp/meaning.asp
this one means, Secret love.

What scents transport you?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's Greek To Me.........

I decided to try making Greek pizza;
oozing mozzarella with chunks of
feta, sliced artichokes, the briny
olives and the sharpness of the red
onion, with very ripe slices of tomato.

Could have I improved on this?
spinach perhaps and hint of rosemary...maybe, but it was simply
good, as it was.

When you try something new, do
you question your motives or do
you just do it, without resolve?!

I over analyze everything...even pizza...is this part of having a creative gene..?! The do over mentality of any process......

Well, it wasn't greek to me...I love pizza....even my mistake pizzas are good! So if you try something new.....be proud of your attempt and enjoy..don't over examine it!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pushing Thru


I found this mushroom, in a unique
area, of our home. Fungi doesn't
usually grow thru the black weed
cloth, i have never seen in the 7 yrs
i have lived here, any fungus, come
thru.

I think of it, as a sign from nature;
I love finding odd shaped flowers,
signs from nature or otherwise.

I think of this as pushing thru...i have
a tendency to put my family first,
most of us women, do. It is in our
blood, it is who we are..perhaps
how we were raised.

I have been trying to do some crafting/cards, etc to sell...and life just keeps getting in the way.
My horoscope, this past week...was interesting...Here you can view yours: http://www.freewillastrology.com/horoscopes/ Mine goes into creative efficiency and that I
that i need to be at ease to develop my deep brillance...stress doesn't do it for me.

I think of the stress this fungi must of endured to push thru new ground...a ground breaking
feat...how some of us, have to be grounded to do such feats, others like being out of the element.

I hope you will push thru something this week or try something new..Break Ground!