Saturday, January 31, 2009

Need a new snack idea?

This is from an old chiquita banana recipe booklet fron the 60's. If I had tried my hardest I don't think I could have come up with anything more disgusting.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Resolutions and Plans

(aren't these cute notecards? I got them at Target)

Here are some of the resolutions that I made and kept last year:

Start an Etsy Shop
Keep blogging regularly
Comment more on other blogs
Display a painting at the Alumni art exhibit this summer
Split a CSA share with friends
Go Canoeing on Lake Calhoun
Start/join an Artist Trading Card group
Make a cake successfully from scratch

I'm not going mention all the ones that I didn't quite get to. However, here's this year's (not at all comprehensive) list:
  • Visit Franconia Sculpture Park
  • Go on more picnics
  • Renew Passport
  • Go Camping (at least twice)
  • Buy a digital camera
  • Learn how to use a sewing machine
  • Attend Sunday life drawing sessions at MCAD
  • Pick berries at a U Pick place
  • Grow a windowsill herb garden
  • Volunteer work relating to teaching or art
  • Show art at a coffee shop
  • Have professional slides made of my work
  • Visit the Museum of Russian Art and the Weisman Museum
  • Make yeast bread
  • Send more letters and postcards
  • Learn how to can/make jam
  • Design my own fabric with Spoonflower (
  • Have more dinner parties
  • Buy fewer magazines (it's a sickness!)
  • Tryot to break any more bones

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Country Living Magazine

Here are some photos from Country Living's website. My sister got me a subscription to the magazine for Christmas. I know it doesn't sound promising; it sounds chock full of quilting, antiquing, and twig crafts. And there are some antiquing tips but it is also full of good recipes (like the chocolate bark pictured above) and decorating ideas (like the picture below). I have eclectic taste, I guess, since I also like urban modern stuff. I guess if I had to describe my style I would say I'm a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll - just like Donnie and Marie! I think I just dated myself, for sure. Anyway, you can check out the magazine;s website here:

Both these pics are courtesy of the Country Living website.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

a cake and a cast

Here is a photo of the chocolate orange cake I made for my sister's birthday.It was very tasty but slightly rustic looking because my frosting gun broke. The bottom layer is covered in ganache that I bought at the farmer's market over the summer. Tthe top layer is frosted with an orange-infused chocolate buttercream.

In other news, I am hunting and pecking to type this post because I broke my left arm. I would love to say that I did it while I was saving a puppy, but truth is I slipped on an icy sidewalk. A common tale this winter. I can still surf the net but won't be doing too much crafting.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!

All of the brouhaha of the holidays is over now. To be honest, it's somewhat of a relief. However, I have realized that after Christmas is over, I'm pretty much ready for spring. This is a problem since I live in a state covered in ice and snow for almost half of the year.

I am consoling myself by looking at the cool stuff I received for Christmas this year (see the neat vintage-y cups above!) and realizing that the cookie-baking madness is finally done with. I was happy with the cookies that I delivered and happy to pay some bills with the money. However, I don't know if I'd do again next year - unless I move into a place with a bigger kitchen.