Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Eeek! It's almost that time!
And I've spiffied up Septembers' Pixie and transformed him into Santa, the Little Helper.
So I’ve taken a (very) strong interest in wild mushrooms. A year ago my I saw on my son-in-law’s facebook page pictures of morel mushrooms that he, my daughter and two of their friends went hunting for. My curiosity was piqued as I am a nature-loving hiker. What a great combo, I thought: hiking with a purpose. I told my daughter to let me know the next time they go as I would like to join them to see what I should be looking for. Since morel grow in the spring the opportunity to search for them is limited and was passed at the point I asked to join them.
I googled morels and read up a small bit on edible wild mushrooms. Then one day this past September, shortly after the heavy rains here in the northeast U,S. of Tropical Storm Lee my husband & I went on a hike to a scenic overlook with a pasture-like setting near the Susquehanna river. Coming back down the hillside to the car I spied a giant puffball mushroom and plucked it from the ground remembering what I’d read about this type being edible. It was absolutely divine after I sautéed it then added it to our roast beef gravy. Needless to say, I’m hooked.
Now I had to educate myself as to how to identify the edible from the poisonous. Hubby is way more cautious than I and falls into the easily-scared off category concerning my mushroom finds so I usually have the majority to myself.
After cleaning it I looked up how it should be cooked: broken up into nugget-sized pieces and sautéed in garlic butter. Yum! The description was correct, it has a bit of a seafood taste.
I’ve yet to find any chanterelles of horn-of-plenty’s but hey, I’m just getting started!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
So I realize I 've been severely neglecting my blog. I can only say in my defense that summertime finds me outdoors a good deal of the time. I'm not overly bothered by the heat & when I am I simply retreat into the air conditioning. I am one of those die-hard cold weather haters and wonder every winter what we are still doing in Pennsylvania. And of course, as it starts to cool down it's time to kick into high gear creating more art for the Halloween season.
Some of the things that kept me busy this summer were the rebuilding of my pond by ripping out the stream bed and building a real waterfall mound. I also built a gate for our deck to keep the dog around. I DO miss my old Jack Russells, Rocco and Pippi who could be let out onto their ungated deck that leads into our unfenced yard & I could trust them to do their business and return in due time. Willow, just over a year old, tends to be more like the traditional Jack Russell with way too much prey-chasing instinct so unless bound by fence or leash would take off into the wild blue yonder chasing rabbits and squirrels. Before I built the gate we used a pain-in-the-butt baby gate & once or twice forgot that it was not in place before leaving Willow onto the deck. He ran to another block in our development & stole the ball a grandmother was tossing to her grandson. I'm sure Willow thought he'd won a grand prize by thieving that ball and bringing it back to our house. Thankfully the grandma-grandson duo thought it was 'cute'. Regardless, we now have a gate that swings and latches -Yay!
I also built a ladder for our new shed. We (finally!) bought a new barn-style shed with overhead storage on either side so I made a ladder that can be moved back & forth. Hubby asked why not just use the step ladder? To me that would mean that is where the step ladder would have to be stored & not in the attached garage where it is now & we can conveniently retrieve it for use around the house. The ladder is not perfect but it will do the job.
He has finally begun to work on changing our electrical service from 100 amps to 200 so that should allow him to finish the room that is SUPPOSED to become my art studio. Then I can vacate the spare bedroom/computer room and make it into an actual bedroom for the grandkids's sleepovers. I've got my second on the way & due in February!
And as usual, aside from my day job I've been busy creating art. I've been redoing some of my unsolds and offering them on eBay. I just don't have the room to store them so it's either sell them at bargain basement prices or redo them & try to make them more appealing. Here is my current redo, a little witch - I've repositioned her eyes and traded her cat for a pumpkin.
Li'l Witch on eBay
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Blogspot is giving the administrator of the Castle Bootique fits this month & so she is having trouble posting July's offerings so I will offer a view of Ed & Ned Dread here, two brothers who are as close as two brothers can be! It's picture day at Ghoulie School & they are excited & grinning like fools.
|7" high x 7" wide|
|The lighthouse at Cape Florida in Bill Baggs Park on Key Biscayne|
|A polydactyl (six-toed) descendant of Hemingway's cats on Key West|
|The chickens that roam everywhere on Key West.|
|The fabulous views from the 7 mile bridge.|
|The Southermost House on Key West - A bed & breakfast. Stunning architecture!|
|No explanation needed but it was a trick just to grab a pic with no one near!|
|Our resort apartment was 2 short blocks up and canal-side but this was the view from the main resort which we were able to enjoy as well.|
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
|Wendy taking a break near the bookcase of the Victorian parlor.|
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Below are a few pics of some of the things I'm sending. I have a few more days before I've got to pack it all up & send it so I hope to have a total of eight at least. I was aiming to finish the witch (below) to offer for STJ's April update but it just didn't happen so I offered this Cute Li'l Devil and I am so flattered that he was purchased by Dani Nelson herself-founder of Spookytime Jingles!
This gal is pretty big - just about 16" high. Her head/hat is a dried banana gourd with the rim a piece of round cut out of a birdhouse gourd. Her body/dress armature is made of a bell shaped plastic cap I recycled from a huge toner cartridge I use at work. I use these caps for armatures fairly often as they are a great shape. It's been covered with plaster cloth and finished with a smooth skin of paper clay.
There will be a spider dangling from her hat brim at eye level and she'll hold a banner that says Oct 31. And of course, the base will be improved.
These creepy kids were lots of fun to make as I used dried gourds that I grew in my yard last year for their heads. I used Jiffy Foam for their bodies. This stuff is really cool as it is uber-lightweight and super carveable (now sold as Balsa-wood). I gave the bodies both a hard shell of powdered mache and each got wool hair that I dyed myself.
Since the pic was taken I've made and applied a decal to the boy's shirt that says "I Heart Brains".
A nod to Mardi Gras ~ The Voodoo Priest. Here's another head done on a dried gourd. A large pear gourd. This one has been attached to a metal candle holder so it's pretty hefty. He has a flocked and beribboned top hat adorned with a skull, bones and some pheasant feathers. Since this pic was taken I've made him a bone necklace embellished with turquoise glass beads.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Tonight at midnight @ Spookytime Jingles! And that would be BEFORE daylight savings goes into effect. Be sure to do the circuit so you see all the great art offered by the many talented artists of STJ this and every month!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
I've been such a bad and neglectful blogger to have stayed away so long but truth be told I have been so busy I've not had time. In fact, I had planned on participating in the final OWOH and just couldn't manage to finish in time so my apologies for saying I would then reneging.
I promise to be better. Forgive?