Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Crafty!

So I am totally addicted to working with chain and ribbon. I love the contrast between the rough and hard to the soft and delicate. Here are a couple more that I have added to my collection. If you are interested in having a custom piece made let me know holdtheonionplease @

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Crafty afternoon

Since I decided today like everyday is a good day to bake bread. While the bread is doing it's thing I got all the chain that I had bought on clearance together and constructed a necklace. Using ribbon, fancy paper clips, a button, beads and of course the chain.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Food as Media

Food as an artistic medium enhances meal time. There are variety of colors, shapes, textures and when foods are colorful they are more appealing. I finally ramped up my cooking skills and have found I really like cooking and making food pretty. Taking pictures of food is a whole other artistic form with in the food experience. Every once in a while I will actually write down a recipe, since most of my cooking is rather random, and I will post it over at WillytheJackass. There are a bunch of great photos of the food we have cooked over the last few months.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cucumber Vinegar Mix-Wife post

Here is a recipe and pictures that are posted over at my husbands site, please enjoy!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Delaware and Domestic Diva

While I was in Philly the first week of August I thought, I have never been to Delaware, I am going to go check it out. I visited an old mansion with the most beautiful garden, so picturesque there was a women who had set up an eisel and was painting on a perfect hot summers day! While I was looking at all the great places to visit in Delaware I realized something I had not known, it was settled mostly by the Dutch, the English and Swedes. In fact the first American Swedish Lutheran church resides here, in a run down neighborhood not many swedes in the neighborhood now.

I then headed down to Newcastle which is a really quaint seaport filled with history! Below is the Amstel House which resides on an old brick road surrounded by some of the neatest old houses I have ever seen.

On a domestic diva note, the garden has been baring fruit so there has been a lot of new recipes being had, using all the ingredients that we seem to have an abundant amount of. This weekend we emptied out the hot water heater to prepare for the winter that is soon upon us and have had the luxury of using my friends breadmaker to crank out some fabulous breads! Can't wait to get the house decorated for Halloween, the best holiday ever!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Facebook Flash Games are Addicting

I don't know about you but there are some really addicting games on facebook my favorite ones are by Playfish games especially the Restaurant City, I can hardly tare myself away I suggest you check it out if you have a facebook account because it can make your work day go so much faster!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Philly for a week!

The first week of August I had the luxury of going to Philly with my husband as he had business there for the week. He worked long hours as I strolled all over Philly. We stayed near Love Park where I spent many hours reading the in the hot hot sun. The restaurants were fabulous and very well priced compared to Boston. I had been to Philly and had the 10 cent tour from my in laws as they grew up there.

The one afternoon that my husband had off we spent walking around, eating and visiting the penitentiary. This place was amazing and also had a local artist who did a cat installation throughout the prison. To wrap up our trip we went to go visit his grandfather who is doing remarkably well for his age and still remembers Latin where he learned as an alter boy in the catholic church.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So Hard to Blog in the Summer

The last few weeks have been super, a nice mixture of work and play. We celebrated my husbands birthday for a week full of twists and turns and lots of surprises. Gotta love the fun. His birthday was on a wednesday so we just cruised around to a couple of places and ate a bunch then later we drank a bunch at a few neighborhood bars with friends. Then I surprised him with us going to check out the Harpoon brewery, without him knowing a friend was going to show up the night before, while us 3 were at the brewery a small crowd gathered out in the back yard for some hot dog grillin'.

Do you know how hard it was to get him to go out back? Normally not hard, this particular day, YES!

To fill some of my time and earn back some of the money we spent on the week long birthday extravaganza I decided it would be fun to partake in a focus group, food surveys and testing different hearing devices, I think for pilots. I have enjoyed all aspect of these crazy adventures. I have met some interesting people and made a little cash. All of this filled the end of July.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Busy times around a Holiday!

I was fortunate enough to spend time at my parents lake house up in northern minnesota, it was sweet I got to take my first propeller plane ride and I didn't freak out. While I was there I spent some time reminiscing in nisswa since there are plenty of things that are still there from my childhood for instance the totem pole in town, the 10 cent horse that I rode as a child is still there and still only costs 10 cents.
We got to see a bunch of friends and family all while relaxing on the lake or around the campfire. There was a bunch of drinking and eating, we went to a meat raffle (explanation: they cover the pool table at a local bar and they display packaged meat and you buy tickets and hopefully get to take a pick of the meats), my husband won a pork tenderloin so we could that up for the whole family and of course his bbq sauce was too spicy for the midwest tongue.

We even did a bit of work, 5 of us helped my father cut down 4 trees that had died over the winter. He was so happy because he would cut down a tree and by the time he was finished making it into firewood we had it packed up on the trailer. I definitely had a lumber jack moment and thought of the tale of Paul Bunyan being back in my homeland of minnesota was amazing.

Before the holiday I was planning and labeling for a yard sale. I got rid of some things but not all of the stuff. So since we have gotten back I have been bagging everything up for the vets to come and pick up on wednesday, donated the books to the library and have put some electronics up on craigs list if you are interested just email me. We have also been doing alot of cooking and eating and relaxing and will be doing more of that the end of this week.

I have been working on more of my art dishes, made one for my mom and one for my sister. I did a vase for my mom that was yellows and greens and it was great she had white and yellow flowers so it matched perfectly. I will be working on more this week, I have some new technique I want to try out.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Checkin in and then checkin out!

So sorry for the lack of posts I have been without a computer for a week as my computer had to go to the doctor AGAIN! Now I am heading off to 1 of the 10,000 lakes for some R&R and well needed family time. Here are a few pix from my NYC trip a week ago and here are some pix of my garden. Have a happy and safe 4th and here is some patriotic inspiration.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Garden Blooming Inspiration

I took these pictures about a week ago and it is amazing how quickly the garden changes in that amount of time. These guys are nearly dead now and the petals are laying everywhere. On the other hand, my vegetables are growing like crazy, I have a bunch of flowers on the tomato plants, a lot of the chilles have already started to weasel their way into the world. Yesterday I was able to pick a few radishes and throw those on a greek salad. The stocks on the green beans are getting really strong and I have a feeling that I will have some many of them I will be handing bags out on the street. Taking the time to watch nature really allows us to store up the inspiration and pull it out when we need it.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Daily Dose of Inspiration-East Coast Part 3

Aaron Rutledge has a great tech blog for everything a geek would want to check out.

Whats Next Blog is a great resource for marketing and SEO information.

Jeffery Zeldman
is everything web designer and more with a new look too!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Daily Dose of Inspiration-East Coast Style Part 2

Debonair Mag is a really interesting site that has found a niche with men's fashion and technology and has so far has a nice site and hopefully more content to come.

Bill Mahoney of Willy the Jackass has a great site with food pictures gallour but of course I am biased he is my husband and I have actually eaten most of the food you see there and it is damn good.

Maryann Devine from smArts has a niche blog on marketing the arts that has some great information.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Crafts Part II

Today I started adding the tissue paper to the background and am realizing that it takes quite a bit more so it isn't so see through.

Here are the first few layers.

here are a considerable amount of layers added here. I like the way how when you overlap multiple colors you get interesting combination's