Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I wanted to share a photo of Clarissa's beautiful pumpkin cheesecake. At fifteen, she has a love of creating in the kitchen and she is gifted at it. The recipe can be found at http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/. It is called Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow-Sour Cream Topping and Gingersnap Crust. This is her first cheesecake and I think she's off to a great start.
Thanksgiving Blessings to All!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is just a small sampling of the projects and techniques from the workshop. It was fast-paced and intense to say the least. I hope there will be more Anne Bagby weekends on Signal Mountain. I'm ready to sign up for the next one.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I worked part of the day and decided to get started and hopefully arrive before dark. Alone with my GPS, I felt confident and excited. I'd never been to Signal Mountain before and for whatever reason, the word mountain just went over my head. I totally depended on the GPS to get me to where I was going and that works most of the time.
By the time I was nearing Signal Mountain, I was weary and it was getting dark. The GPS, which Clarissa and I affectionately named 'Bertha', told me to turn and I did and I did again and again and again. I have to tell you that I was afraid, very afraid. Fog had moved in and settled and the road I was traveling on is referred to as the "W". I suspect that's because of the hairpin curves that are pretty much continuous as you wind your way up. I prayed and I squinted and struggled with a little bit of panic. Sweet Bertha told me I had arrived but there was nothing but blackness and a chained gate to my left and I knew I was nowhere. I did intend to turn around and take another look but knew that it would have to be a safe driveway for turning around because there would be no backing into traffic. After missing the next three driveways after Bertha declaring that I had 'arrived', I turned into the fourth drive and just happened to look at the mailbox and saw the address I was actually looking for! To say I was relieved at that moment would be an understatement!
Here's a couple of shots of the cute little B&B that my friends and I stayed in; it was our little home away from home and it was so close to the workshop.
The owner of this place is an artist and has several painted items throughout the B&B including this door.
We worked on our homework (yes, there was homework!) at this table in the evenings. I'd thrown in a small OTT light which is always a good idea and it really came in handy on this trip. The electric blanket was a good idea too!
I've more to post but short on time. It was a great weekend and I can't wait to share....Later!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
As I was unpacking, I found this card that was presented at retreat by my friend, Joyce, and thought I'd share. Strips of paper are glued onto paper and then that piece of paper composed of strips is cut into new strips...(clear as mud?) These new strips along with black Mituhiki cord was placed onto a sticky surface into a pleasing pattern. I think the size of my strips should vary a bit more but I'm pretty pleased with it. The center medallion is from a Spellbinders' die and is held in place with a brad.
I continue to unpack but I'm packing again as I go and it is a much lighter load for sure. I'm beyond thrilled to be headed to an Anne Bagby workshop weekend in East Tennessee. I think I first noticed her work in True Colors a few years ago. I've been an admirer of her work ever since and can't wait for the weekend. Later!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The photo was taken of my mother-in-law around the age of 18...(I can see Clarissa in her face). It is collaged onto a 5x7 board and of course I used the diamond background. Some of us wear diamonds and some of us paint them!
What did we do for texture before the cuttlebug folders? I guess the swirl folder is right up there with the diamond stencil. I'm crazy about them both.
I have at least a dozen gifts to make for Christmas plus several cards. The pressure is beginning to build!
Monday, November 3, 2008
This is a better view of the piece. Thanks Jules!
I'm not sure I had a favorite since I didn't want to stop one and move to the next. But then each new project was my favorite!
Hopefully, I'll have more to share later.