Thursday, February 25, 2010

fluffy stuff

It's been quite a month!
Three snow storms, two power outages, head colds for me and my two sons...
I am ready for spring now ;-)

The forecasters had predicted something much worse than what we are actually getting so far. I read that this snow is wetter and heavier than usual, so that means that there's not as much to show for the amount of precipitation. Normally snow is about 10 inches of fluffy stuff to one inch of water, but this is closer to 7 inches per inch of water. In any case, it's not piling up much so far. There were also predictions of hurricane like winds, and we don't have that.'s a bit of fluffy stuff from today...



I'm happy to still have our power on.
Yesterday, so much of the last snow was melting away, and I was able to see the daffodils starting to sprout, and later spotted a flock of robins, so spring will be here soon!

Monday, February 15, 2010

fire and ice...

I couldn't resist using that title, since it fits so well.
These were the views that I had yesterday...!

I went out to the store just before sunset, and the sun was just amazing. It was directly at the end of my street, and as I drove away it only became even more amazing. So, I headed back home for my camera and was able to capture this. Not the glowing orange puddle of light that I originally saw, but you can still get the idea of how large it looked. The entire roundish shape just above the cars is the sun!

This is the view outside my kitchen window...they're getting bigger by the day!
Here's another perspective...and more snow is on it's way!
You can see some of my snow photos and short videos in my Flickr album.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

thrift store find...

I'm on the lookout for anything with an interesting, deep pattern that I might use to make molds out of for polymer clay. My plan is to find some Sculpey Super Elasticlay Moldmaker and use it to make flexible molds. (For some reason, the two craft stores near me are both out of stock of it.)

So, yesterday I had a chance to stop at a local thrift store, after going to the dmv for my license photo (which was actually fun for a change), and I found this bread warmer for $1.

It's got a nice variety of images in it, and I just like it in any case, so we'll see if it works when I get the molding clay.

Meanwhile, I'm keeping my eyes open for patterns and designs. I think it's something I'll have to develop over time, finding where to look, and what types of patterns I'll want to use. Once I get the molding clay, I'll have a better idea of what works.

Monday, February 1, 2010

tomato soup and abs...

I'm so glad I got my Art Bead Scene entry in for January. Heather Powers was really sweet to make a collage of her favorites, and to include made my day, along with the kind comments that I received! And thank you, too, to Maire, for encouraging me and helping to keep me on track ;-).

Now, on a different theme, I had suddenly decided that I wanted to make some tomato soup. I found this video and thought I'd share, because even if you don't make the soup, it's fun to watch! (well, it is if you like to watch people cook ;-))

(I made a much lighter and quicker version of this without the crust, but I think the crust would be a great addition...I'm keeping this in mind for the future.)

This is Tomato Soup En Croute from Bistro Jeanty restaurant in Yountville, can find the instructions on the sidebar (click 'more info') if you go directly to YouTube at this link.