Friday, May 16, 2008

Art-A-Whirl This Weekend

Well, I was hoping to make it to a few studios this weekend to check out some local art. However, due to a terrible cold that won't release it's iron grip, it looks like my head is the only whirling I will be experiencing.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Easy Tart

Let's talk about easy little tarts. This one can be a little saucy, too ;)

I'm talking about pastries, not those mean girls in high school. Here is one I made from some frozen puff pastry, sweetened cream cheese, and apples carmelized in a skillet with a little butter and brown sugar. Delicious! But, if you like your desserts really sweet then why not top it off with a little caramel sauce? Or maybe some maple syrup, if you are fond of mapley things.....

Saturday, May 3, 2008

This and That

Some felt flowers I've been making this week. I haven't figured out exactly what I'm going to use them for yet. I'm thinking of embellishing some bags with them or maybe making a wall hanging.
Here is the tin I keep my buttons in. I received it from a woman I met years ago at a stress-reduction workshop. I only recently noticed the somewhat innappropriate wording on the tin - which just makes me laugh and treasure it more.

Last weekend I nabbed some great bargains at a yard sale. An artist was cleaning out her studio and I got all of the art books and the vintage cookbooks below - all for $5! I also scored a huge box of acrylic paints and a really cool portfolio.

Here is my favorite souvenir from Cape Cod. I find it increasingly difficult to find souvenirs that are cool and will serve as a little momento of a trip. I wonder if thrift stores wouldn't be the best place to find cool souvenirs? You get something somewhat unique, you aren't adding to the mounds of plastic crap in the universe, and you aren't spending a fortune. This thrift store was especially cool because the profits go to a no-kill Animal Shelter.

Finally, here is a shot of the birthday cake I made for Melanie's birthday. I love starfruit! Even if they tasted gross, I would probably love them for their aesthetic value alone. Luckily, they are tasty, too :)

Edward Gorey House Museum

I have been meaning to post about our trip to the Edward Gorey House Museum in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts. The museum is a labor of love, created and run by Gorey's friends and fans. They have lots more information about the museum here: It was really cool to see some of Gorey's sketches and such a large collection of his work displayed in one place. I was also excited to see that he was a huge collector of Stuff - just like me :)