Monday, July 24, 2017

Things I Am Curious About

Life has been super busy and challenging. Before I get back to posting, I thought I'd touch base with some things that I am interested in:

Wheatgrass- I've been drinking this at least three times a week.

Roasted Corn -Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh corn from the farm. Rather than steaming it, or boiling it, I've been oven roasting it. Try cutting it from the cob and adding toppings - vinegar, shallots, parmesan, salt and pepper.

Farro Recipes - I've been enjoying chilled farro, mainly from leftover farro recipes that I eat straight from the fridge. Here are a some form Bon Appetite.

Homemade Red Onion Pickles - these are great on everything from salads, to burgers, to fish, to steak


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Blessings

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow". Melody Beattie

I am so grateful for today.
These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of decisions, effort, sweat, and tears. Jon and I moved from our home in New Hampshire. It was a long and hard decision, as we have lived in that house for  25 years. We have so many memories from our home and I am grateful for each one. 
I am blessed to have had such a lovely home and hope the next owner feels as fortunate. 
We moved our stuff with the help of some wonderful people - my father, our daughters, my sister, my niece, even my brother, his wife and kids joined in.
Jon and I took our things in a rental truck and drove from one end of the country to the next. We made it safely and had time to process all that we had done. Emotions flooded through me. I was saddened, but realized how fortunate I am. I am blessed, truly blessed to have a loving and generous family who took their precious time and helped us. Thank you!
Thank you for making our home so memorable through the years. Thank you for making me feel that I had help to accomplish my goals. Thank you for your patience and your laughter. Thank you for sharing your feelings and thoughts. Thank you for loving me in good times and bad.
 Thank you for being there.
I am grateful for you.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blessings

"I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." 
Mike Ericksen

Friday, May 26, 2017

Glass Fusing: Blue Square Dish

 This square dish is similar to another one I made, except this one is much smaller, with sharper edges. I continued with the daisy design, because I really liked the outcome.
This dish measures 8 inches square.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Glass Fusing: Cheese Plate

 I created this simple design for a cheese plate on a whim. The studio had a small piece of glass for sale in the light blue and I loved how it looked streaky. While it wasn't large enough to use on it's own, I used some beautiful teal glass and clear glass alongside it and was very pleased how it came out.
The simple colors and shapes are easy on the eyes. The various squares can be used as "compartments" for a cheese plate (a place for olives, almonds, small jar of honey, etc). The glass colors are so bold and beautiful.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glass Fusing: Palm Trees Nightlight

I made this fun, Floridian nightlight using mostly transparent glass.
 I cut out the palm fronds shapes out of green, the trunks out of brown and the water using blues. The interesting thing is that when clear glass frit (ground up glass) is placed on the opaque glass, fun things happen. The opaque glass develops highlights from the layers of broken edged clear frit. This produced a fun texture on the trunk of the tree.
I'm pleased with the end result. Lots of light shines through and during the daytime, the palm trees are noticeable.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blessings

"When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in."
Kristin Armstrong

This week has been full of blessings.
Our daughters visited for a fabulous weekend and returned home safely. We loved seeing them, just like old times.
We kayaked in a state park, in a lake with 500 alligators. It was an amazing experience.
We played mini-golf and shared a lot of laughs together.
As a family, we watched Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2.
Jon had a great birthday with his favorite dinner, nachos that Allie and I made for him.
My sister got married!
I spent an afternoon cutting glass shapes for my glass fusing project. I am learning more techniques.
I spent some time gathering some beautiful fallen leaves for my artwork. I scanned them into my computer and will now work with them.
Jon and I  played tennis with some friends and had a great time on the court.
My friends and I spent the day in Tampa:eating, shopping, and laughing. The conversation was fun and the company was great.
Jon and I paddle boarded around a cove, exploring canals, and even spotted some flying fish. Mother Nature is unbelievable.