Archive for December, 2010
I tried a dozen different ways (and ruined several cards) to emboss the salutation on the front of the cards. I finally gave up and just used plain old handwriting. Sheesh. My wish for each of you for 2011 is Peace; Peace of mind, Peace in your heart, Peace in your families, Peace in your country and Peace on Earth.
By Peace I don’t mean lack of fighting or war, I mean a calm, centered, restful certainty of who you are, where ever you are. I believe if we each cultivated this in ourselves, the rest of it would be taken care of. The quote is by Agnes M. Pahro.
Now that I’m all grown up and am Santa Claus, or at least Mrs. Claus, I get the best toys! And the best deals, some times those 50% off coupons can really make a difference! I generally don’t like to buy punchers or punches, because I don’t want my stuff to look like everyone else’s stuff. And besides how many times can I use the same pattern? Well – we shall see.I have had my eye on this tool since I used one in a class last August. But it is a Pricey Name Brand and you know, all of the above. But now I have earned a reward, and I have this coupon AND another coupon for an additional 20% of on the same Pricey Name Brand – so it now lives with me. So of course I had to practice, and my g-daughter had to practice, boy is this fun or what?
The final installment of the Round Robin 2010 from my Sketchbook Yahoo Group. We started this group just a little over a year ago to egg each other on in the Art House Sketchbook Project. Once we had our Sketchbooks sent off into the ether or the sketchbook library, which is about the same, we needed a project and this Round Robin was it. I am the last straggler to finish up so now we are done. What did I learn? I learned that if I put myself in front of the task it does get done and usually with more imagination and energy than I knew was in me. I learned that deadlines have me be more productive. I learned humility, friendship and that the amazing creativity that resides in each person is unique. 10 or 12 interpretations of the same theme, with no repeats is a very interesting lesson. I enjoyed the new challenge every month although since last fall the challenge has occurred more like a problem – I still enjoyed it when I could work at it.
Materials and Tools:
Soft pencil (#2 or softer)
Carving Block (Speedball)
Carving tool (also Speedball)
1. Find a picture of your subject. Lorri used an owl.
2. Trace the picture with a soft pencil, number 2 or softer
3. Lay the paper on the carving block face down (penciled side down) and rub. Light rubbing with your finger works, or you can use a burnishing tool if you wish.
This transfers your drawing to your carving material.
5. Carve around the outside line of the figure first and then move to the inner lines.
This was one of our favorite vegetable dishes last summer.
|8||Large||Portabello mushrooms, gilled and stems chopped and reserved|
|4||Cups||Leeks, white and green parts sliced, thouroughly washed and drained|
|1||Cup||Dry white wine|
|12||oz.||Artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and chopped|
|1/2||Cup||Panko bread crumbs|
|1/2||Cup||Pinenuts, lightly toasted and rough chopped|
|2||Tblsp||Fresh thyme leaves|
|Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste|
|1.||Preheat oven to 375 F.|
|2.||Brush prepared mushroom caps generously with olive oil & season with salt & pepper.Place on baking sheet and roast gill-side up until tender for about 15 minutes. Set aside.|
|3.||In a large saute pan, over medium high heat, coat pan with olive oil. Cook reserved mushroom pieces until soft. Add leeks and cook until tender. Add garlic & white wine. Cook until wine is almost dry.|
|4.||Stir in the artichoke hearts, bread crumbs, pine nuts & 1Tblsp of the thyme leaves. Season with salt & pepper. If the filling is too dry to hold together, add an additonal Tblsp of olive oil or water.|
|5.||Spoon 1/2 Cup of the stuffing into each mushroom cap. Place on lightly oiled sheet pan and bake until hot, about 15 minutes.|
|6.||Garnish with remaining thyme leaves.|
Such sweet words! Lorri and I (Lori) are artists not HTML geeks. Never-the-less, in the last two weeks we have completely rebuilt the Art Camp for Women site on our own! And instead of killing each other in the process, we became better friends and more appreciative of each others strengths and abilities.
Beryl Taylor and Alisa Burke will be our 2011 featured Artist-Instructors! Beryl will be our guest instructor for the spring session starting May 26 and going to June 1. And Alisa Burke will be our guest instructor for the fall session starting October 11th and going to the 17th.