Wall Pieces

Friday, August 31, 2012

Playing around with some wire and gut forms.

Bullets and Bracelets

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This morning I made this cool leather cuff to hold Trixie's ammo. Jealous?

Join A Group

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I decided to join a social group. This is indeed an adventure for me because I am becoming a hermit. Working at my home studio all day tends to keep me a little too myopic. So I joined the Women of Wilmington Meet Up Group. I even signed up to meet them for a night of Jazz at the local art museum. Ok strangers....here I come.

Skeet Shooting

Monday, August 27, 2012

Today we got an early start and headed over to the Buccaneer Gun Club for a little target practice. After shooting Trixie (my 38 S&W Revolver) for awhile, I got to try one of our shot guns for the first time. It packs quite a punch.

I Just Gauchao-ed

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oh my! We tried Gauchao, the new Brazilian Steak House in Wilmington tonight for dinner. I'm hurting, I'm so full.

All In A Day's Work

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Today was Art For All at the Brooklyn Art Center. We had so much fun meeting new artists and catching up with old friends.

Art for All

Friday, August 24, 2012

4th Friday

We got to hit a couple of galleries tonight. Welcome to Wilmington Arts Council! You're finally here. And what a beautiful space CFCC's Hanover Gallery is. I'll be having s show there next month.

Make a Charitable Donation

Last night we watched a movie called the Machine Gun Preacher. A gritty movie that sheds light on the atrocities happening against children living in East Africa. It really opened my eyes to the many needs that exist outside of my safe and comfortable world. Machine Gun Preacher is the true story of Sam Childers who gave up everything to follow the call of God on his life in Sudan. He continues his work there, helping the children and fighting the bad guys. The website has a PayPal link that allows people to make a donation. Today's adventure happened in about five minutes from my computer. I encourage you to make a donation too. Even 5 dollars can make a difference in a child's life.

Art For All

I'll be selling lots of goodies at the Art for All Handmade Market at the Brooklyn Art Center. Come one, come all.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Today I changed out the bulbs in the headlights on our truck. A first for me but lame as far as daily adventures go. I'm more prepared though and as you know...preparation is my watch word for the year.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today's adventure was to make a leather hobo bag. Awhile back someone gave me several buttery soft hides. The bag isn't quite what I hoped it would be but Roo likes it and it's a comfortable way to carry him when it's storming outside and I still need both hands to work. I plan to make some alterations to the pattern and try again. Stay tuned...


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ok, today's adventure was to try making art using sheep intestines. I've worked with hog gut many times and have wondered what the difference would be with sheep gut. The sheep gut is very tiny...mostly used in making breakfast sausage links. I couldn't even get my finger in it so I decided to start wrapping it around one of my wire forms. It's still drying but already starting to rust the wire nicely. I won't choose it again but it does have its place as an art material. The smell had me choking back my lunch.

Shooter's Choice

Monday, August 20, 2012

I've been thinking about something for awhile now...a new challenge if you will. To do something new every day for a year. Could be big, could be small, profound or insignificant. Just something new. Part of this my desire to do this is to push myself out of my comfort zone, make new friends and accomplish a few things on my bucket list.

Today my adventure took me to Shooter's Choice, an indoor shooting range where Monday nights are for ladies only. I've been meaning to do this for some time now but never got around to it until my friend Jean said she wanted to go too. So we went, got to try out several guns, and had a good time. Here's a link: http://www.shooterschoice.net.

The picture is of me and a fellow shooter named Bonnie. For the rest of the night I was known as Clyde.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Spinach, feta, olives, pine nuts...puff pastry...ahhhh

Pickled Cabbage

We are having so much fun stocking our shelves for the winter. Yum. Pickled red cabbage with cinnamon and cloves.


Well today I tried my hand at making cranberry walnut, orange zest scones and they turned out great.

Currently Reading

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New sculptures

Today I started working on some new wire pieces that will be covered in gut. They will hang on the wall in a cluster. Enjoying the repetitive hand work again.

Honey Thyme Mustard

I found this online today and decided to make it... Yum! I added lemon thyme instead of regular thyme. I also added red wine vinegar because that's what I had on hand. As a mustard it has a very strong taste that's balanced by the sweetness of the honey and lemon flavor.

Honey Thyme Mustard Recipe

1/4 c. dry yellow mustard
2 Tbsp mustard seeds
1/3 c. white wine
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. white wine vinegar (or thyme vinegar you made yourself)
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 c. cold water
2 tsp dried thyme

Put dry mustard, seeds and wine in blender and blend until well combined. Let stand for several hours so flavor develops. Then, add honey, vinegar and salt. Blend. In a small saucepan, whisk cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the cold water to make a paste. Stir in remaining water and whisk well. Add mustard mixture from blender. Cook and stir until thick. Remove from heat. Stir in thyme. Makes about 2 cups.