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Saturday, April 30, 2011

A friend stopped by


Right in the middle of a long computer glitsch session





Karen brought Tulips from her garden, Biscotti cookies she baked yesterday, Choke Cherry Preserves  (hers are the most delicious) and Parsnip seeds for my garden.

Wishing you a good friend, just when you need one.

Have a great weekend, my dear  blogging friends

Gina


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The unannounced contest


A surprise Contest



 Out of the kiln this morning
and the winner is Mark of
http://allthingsruffnerian.blogspot.com/

Mark had the best answer to my previous blog post


Mark I think that you like the unusual
so I'm sending you this 6x6 inch tile. A place to rest your coffee cup upon.

Gina

Monday, April 25, 2011

Want to be admired?





Instant Hero status with this amazing "no knead bread"




It was a success the very first time I tried it




I've been baking it ever since, only 4 ingredients required: flour, yeast, salt and water.

See how a 4-year old does it





Mixing the ingredients will only take enough time to listen to one of my most favorite pieces of music




How do you feel about  blog posts  accompanied by music.  Do you find it distracting or do you welcome it?  I would like to know.

Gina


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Will you wear an Easter Chapeau today?



We are spending the day with good Friends
A champagne brunch prepared by a master chef





Wishing you and yours a joyful celebration on a very special day





...and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the Daffodils... (William Wardsworth)


Happy Easter my dear Blogging Friends

Will you be wearing an Easter Chapeau today?

Gina

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Dinner


Christine and Steven are coming for Easter Dinner Tonight





The Menu, Cornish Game Hens baked in the Roemer Topf





Do you think that they will notice if I switch their name plates around?





Happy Easter my dear Blogging Friends!

Do you still use name plates?

Gina


Today I'm visiting with The Tablescaper Seasonal Sundays

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Discoveries




Every Year I make a new discovery



This winter I discovered that I can grow Icelandic Poppies in my unheated greenhouse




Now I can add Poppies to my sky blue Petunias and orange and yellow Nasturtiums




Poppies of many colors




There is always something blooming in my greenhouse, always enough to brighten the dinner table.




And in my Garden?  There have been a few snowdrops




And today, my very first Daffodils

Have a wonderful Sunday, my dear blogging Friends

Gina


Saturday, April 16, 2011

What a handsome little Fellow





His Mother loves him and so do we




Only a few hours old




What makes this little fellow so special?  He is a Miniature Hereford, a recognized, registered breed.




Her name is April and this is her first calf.
For now, I have named him King George.

 
But he is not mine, he belongs to our neighbors, Karen and John.

Happy Spring

Gina


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hand Paintd Easter Eggs


It's the perfect time to get out your paints





And paint a few Easter Eggs 




I paint Duck eggs, they drop them willy nilly all around our pond.  We also supplement our chicken feed with Abalone shells.  Eggs are not as fragile.






Maybe throw in a few golden eggs, antiqued to make them more interesting






Place them into a bowl, hang them into a few forced blossoms or hide them under a cloche, on a bed of fresh moss.






 And if you have a little extra time why not gild a few eggs.  I will show you how
here and my goose that laid the golden egg here




Paint with a lot of different colors and don't forget the important white.





They don't have to be Faberge eggs, just begin and have a lot of fun.


Gina






Monday, April 11, 2011

Art in Bloom

An event held at the Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

I was invited to interpret a painting with flowers




The rose you see attached to the sword had to last for the duration of the Exhibit.  I dried many a red rose in sand from the Great Salt Lake to match the exact color of the ribbon on his chest.




Only a few Floral Designers were invited to participate from our Salt Lake City area.  I was one of them.




Making these exotic flowers last for an entire week was a challenge.  They had to be "conditioned" properly.




The German Officer's  sword was given to Gene from a very dear Friend.
The antique French Urn was purchased many years ago.



Floral Designers, Rob W. McFarland and Jerry Stanger




Floral Designer, Amy Lewis, Diane Donahue, Peggy McLean, Carrol Mitchel, Lake Roland Garden Club




Floral Designers, Barbara Baldwin, Georgia Grey, Garden Club of Denver




Floral Designer, Holly Clark Wright

Gina


From the book entitled "Art in Bloom" by Victoria Jane Ream
Photography by Sjur Fedje
Publisher-Deseret Equity

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I'm not jealous

Why should I be?




We woke up to fluffy, pure white snow this morning.




So go ahead and show me your beautiful Spring flowers.  I do have an Icelandic Poppy blooming in my greenhouse!





Was it only yesterday that the sun was shining brightly.  By noon today the snow will have melted and the little lambs will again frolic in the sun.


Have a lovely weekend my dear blogging friends

Gina


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Little Things mean a Lot



One hundred years ago,  a simple little farmhouse stood on this piece of land. Earlier than that, Native Americans (Indianer) used the area around our pond as a meeting place.  The simple farmhouse was abandoned and permission was given for our local volunteer fire department to use the structure for fire practice. 




So, it is not unusual for us to find a few artifacts now and then.




Yesterday, Gene brought in a little treasure to show me.  He found it at the edge of our pond.  It was filled with mud.


 
Gene filled it with little white snowdrops...to keep me company while I was painting tiles for a new client

Little Things mean a Lot

Gina  


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Girlfriends came from the City today


Very special friends came for Lunch



There may be snow outside, but my greenhouse always provides flowers for the table




My lovely friend Joanne used to own an antiques shop called "Arsenic and Old Lace".  Joanne collected fine antique linens.  She not only collected them, she truly loved them.  Joanne would spend hours on one cloth making sure that time had not left too many marks 




Champagne was on ice



Joanne brought a large box of beautiful antique linens



So that I could pick and choose




And so I did



This tablecloth may be my favorite




All the while, a large pot of home made chicken soup was waiting on the stove.

Do you collect antique linens and do you use them?

Gina

Friday, April 1, 2011

Out of the Kiln this morning


A typical firing



Tiles, bowls plates and then some, all fit into one firing





Intentional flaws created with wax resist to give more character





Pyrometric cones are used to check temperature during firing.  Cones are programmed for precise temperatures.  I fire to cone 06 which should reach to about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.  The unused cone (on far left) is placed into the kiln during the firing process.  The cone in the middle shows that my kiln is firing too hot.  The shape of the cone on the right is perfect.  I made the adjustment before firing by changing the firing schedule to cone 07. 





Everything fired perfectly

Come for a visit and I will show you how

Gina