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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I have not abandoned you

As usual, this time of year

I am preparing for  
the Annual Artist Studio Tour. 

See that red Poppy with the black and green center?

That is an Opium Poppy,  (papaver somniferum).

When I was a very young girl I spent a lot of time out in the country side gathering food for our many rabbits. 

Sooner or later I would run into a Poppy field. 

Often the pods were almost ripe but not quite. 

I would open a pod, empty the many seeds into my hand and hold my hand up toward the sun. 

Within seconds the unripe and green seeds would turn into black poppy seeds, yes the kind you would sprinkle onto baked breads and cakes. 

As soon as the seeds turned black I would eat them, all of them, 
all at once. 

Was that Euphoria I felt?

Wishing you a euphoric week my dear 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

An ordinary day

Most of the time
I have the luxury to do as I please

I can pick flowers for my kitchen window.

I can bake a quiche for Lunch.

With greens from our garden.

And eggs from our chickens.

Prepare stuffed peppers for dinner.

Drop off a bucket of sunflowers at the local florist.  She will remember when I need a little 
pick me - up -rose - bouquet in the middle of  winter.  

I can paint a few more tiles.
(These are the last tiles of the phase 5 project)

I enjoy painting tiles...the're little mini paintings. 

And then I can sit back in the evening and do nothing.  

How about you?  

Can you take time out and enjoy the view?  

Hope so.  

Have a great week my dear friends.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Take an ordinary door

And transform it 

into something not so ordinary.

And, by the way, the faux stone walls are my secret recipe of dry wall compound and sand.  Each block hand painted with acrylic paints.  

But first, let me tell you.  Our doors,  for our new house,  are very old doors.  In fact they are more than 100 years old.  

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But they are not ordinary.  They were salvaged from the famous and very elegant Hotel Utah,  the Grande Dame of Hotels in the Intermountain West. 

Now not a Hotel anymore but the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
I remember dining and dancing many beautiful evenings at the rooftop of this venerable hotel.  

But no more.  

The doors were painted white on one side and left natural on the other side, just as you see here, in our bathroom. 

They were the doors which opened the many doors to individual rooms of the hotel.  Some of the doors still had room numbers attached.  

I left the natural wood as is but painted the doors on the white side.  

 I painted right on the top of the old white paint.

What do you think? 

Plain white, natural wood or faux marble?  

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week ahead. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Every now and then

I fall back on the training I received in the Old Country. 
My father decided that I should become a
Topographic Draftsman.  

Maiolica is painted with a soft and very pliable brush with powder pigments which are mixed with water.  

Painting precise lines with this type of brush is not easy.  But I wondered how it would look.

Normally, I don't paint this way.  

This kind of draftsmanship is usually not the desired result for Delft or Maiolica.

Do you see the difference.  It is much looser. This is the way Maiolica/Maioliche/Delft/Majolika  (all the same) should be painted.  The lines are drawn freehand and no rulers are used.  

Most of the time I like to give my brush free reign.  And, although I like the look of blue and white in ceramics, I most often paint with many colors.  

Do you have a preference? 

Have a great week my dear friends.  


Friday, August 1, 2014

Don't peel the Beets

What's Summer without a Beet Salad? 

Instead of round beets grow cylindrical beets next year.  

They cook evenly and slice evenly and taste terrific. 

Bake them or boil them, but don't peel them. 
(Baking intensifies their flavor)

Also, leave the tops and roots intact, 
that way they won't bleed. 

When al dente let cool. While still warm twist beets in both directions.  Skin will come off in one piece.  

Season with coarse salt, add small amount of sugar and apple cider vinegar to taste. 
Chop medium sized onion and add to salad.

Have a lovely weekend my dear friends. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Making the Rounds this morning

Making the rounds.

Early this morning.

Sunflowers reaching for the sun.

Showing off against the blue sky. 

Clyde, Lola and Hansel are happy.

Do you recognize these?

I make the most delicious pancake syrup from them.

Cosmos are the first to bloom in my wild patch.

Chickens are happy that I'm sharing our garden greens.

No wonder this chard is called "Bright Lights".

Can't wait for the fennel to mature, for the basil to grow some more so we can make pesto, beans will be ready in a week, savoy cabbage has been enjoyed for several weeks, Parsley is ready for drying.

Annual Poppies are popping up everywhere.

Sunflowers make fine bouquets.

Even when paired with vegetables.

Or all by themselves.  

Have a wonderful weekend my dear friends. 

Thank you for your visits.  
Each and every one of you is very special to me.  


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mon Bouquet du Jour

Mein Sonntagstrauss am Sonnabend.

Hollyhocks make long lasting cut flowers if you know this trick.

You singe their stems over a hot flame.

Same for Poppies.

I singe the stems over my cook top burners, holding several stems at one time.  

Protect the fragile flower heads by gently folding them into a kitchen towel.  

Singe thinner stems (Poppies) for 10 seconds, thicker stems (Hollyhocks) for 20 seconds.  

If they begin to wilt, re-cut stem and repeat procedure. 

Hollyhocks look sensational when paired with other garden flowers. 

Don't forget to dry a few Hollyhocks in sand, 
ordinary builder's sand from your local hardware or home improvement store.  

 Have a wonderful weekend my dear friends.