Archive for September, 2007

Cherry Pie

I have a cherry pie baking in the oven and I can’t wait until I can eat it.  Yummmy.  I have adapted my mother-in-laws filling recipe.

Cherry Pie Filling

2 cups of cherry juice (my favorite is Trader Joe’s Just Cherry)

1 cup of sugar

8 cap fulls of lemon juice

5 tablespoons of corn starch

two cans of drained pie cherries (my son drinks the juice)

Stir everything together, but the pie cherries and cook in a sauce pan over medium ot medium high heat until it boils and thickens.  Stir in the cherries and pour into your pie crust and then top with another, sprinkle with sugar and bake at 375 for 50 minutes.

You can half the recipe for topping for a cherry cheesecake.

For a crust, I double Better Homes and Garden’s double pie crust recipe.  I have a really deep 10″ ceramic pie plate that I love and one recipe isn’t quite enough.  It gives me some extra that I can cook with cinnamon sugar so that my daughter who doesn’t like fruit pies get a treat.  The one thing I do to my pie crust, is that I put my shortening and water in the freezer for a few minutes before I mix the dough.  The colder your ingredients the flakier you pie turns out.

As far as art goes I have finished a few journals last week and have a bunch of custom ones that just need pages.

When I was at the paper store the other day, I found this gorgeous hot pink with lime green and white sparkly paper.  I had to get it and it just screamed make me into a fairy journal.

Fairy journal

It is stocking at http://www.necessitae.com to end our anniversary bash.

Also for that a friend of mine who also works with me wanted to do a newborn set.  She made a newborn diaper, and I was going to make a journal that could be use to record special events to go with.

I got the diaper and it was gorgeous, but I was just having a hard time finding the inspiration and figuring out what to do.  It came just in time and I love how the set turned out.

front of diaper setfront of Patty Naps diaper setfront of Patty Naps diaper setback of Patty Naps diaper setback of Patty Naps diaper set

The diaper was made by Stephanie from http://www.pattynaps.com

Mmmm, the cherry pie is done and it looks great, now just to wait until it is cool enough to eat.

I did great excersizing last week.  My goal is to workout for at least 30 minutes 6 days a week.  I did it and I feel great.


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First of all I want to thank all of you for your nice comments.  It is going to be wonderful to meet some of you at Artfest.  I really need this creative and artistic break and am so looking forward to it.

I have been meaning to take better care of myself.  One of the blessings of Stiles’ food allergies is that it has made my family look at what we eat, and we have changed our diet to a much healthier one and honestly the food is better, too.  We have found some incredible healthy recipes that we all love.

So I wasn’t worried about that part, but did want to start exercising.  It has always just been so hard getting started.  A couple things have happened to make me stop putting it off.

First of all I read my Artfest journal.  I attended once in 2003.  I was 5 months pregnant and my sciatic nerve was killing me.  I had an incredible time, but physically it was all I could do, to go to class, and make it back to my dorm room and collapse.  Not that I didn’t enjoy my time alone and love the classes, but when I was reading it, I was excited that I wasn’t pregnant and would be able to do so much more.

I decided I was going to start exercising so that I would be in great shape and be able to fully enjoy it and everything else about life.

Shortly after that I started having some health problems and had a month where I was in constant pain.  That really showed me how much I take my health for granted and I how I need to stop.

I decided that I was going to start this week and nothing was going to stop me.  Monday I ran around the gym with my kids for a half hour.  Kids can run.  Tuesday I worked out on my eliptical for 35 minutes and yesterday for 30.  I was actually amazed that I was able to start out doing more than I was doing before when I exercised.  I can tell that the healthier diet has really helped.

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I love the colors of fall.  They are my favorite colors to work with.  So I was thrilled to get a custom order to make some fall invitations.  She left it all up to me for the most part.  I love the colors.

Today is the day we are at Maren’s homeschool resource center all day, so I always try to have projects that are transportable that I can work on while Stiles plays and she is in classes.

One of the projects I took with me today was to do some of the work on these bookmarks.  The first ones are a trade and the second ones are for trades for Artfest.

I lover the artwork of my friend LeighAnne from http://www.bluegrassmoon.com and am so grateful we were able to work it out so that I can use her artwork in my artwork.

I also added a bunch more pocket pages to my Artfest books and bound some mini journals to use as special trades at Artfest.

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Something for me

My little four year old has asthma and multiple life threatening allergies, so needless to say it is hard to find a babysitter for him, and I don’t get out much.  That is one reason I am so excited about Artfest, it has been a long time since I have been able to take any classes or do anything for myself.

Today some local Artfest goers were getting together to talk and create.  I had decided to stop by and say hi with the kids and leave and then.  The more I thought about it, I realized that I needed some time to do something with other adults, so I went through our very short list of qualified babysitters.  I found somebody who couldn’t stay the whole time, but could come so I could go for an hour of the time.

I was so excited and decided that I wanted to make me an Artfest journal that I could work on there.  The brochure was the perfect size for a signature, so I bound it into the book.  I also made pocket pages to put my class lists in and anything else I want to stick in it.  I am thrilled with how it came out.

It was a great morning.  I had a fabulous time meeting some great fellow Artfesters and hope to be able to make it there next month.

my Artfest journalspinespine

Artfest brochure sewn in as a signaturepocket page

My husband got home early today so I was even able to go to the outlet paper shop by myself and stock up on paper.

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Maren my entrepreneur

Maren is eight now and quite the little artist and entrepreneur.  When she was about six she came to me and demanded her own website so she could sell her art.  I offered her a page on mine, which at first she refused, because she deserved her own.  lol  She did relent, when she realized that her choice was her own page or nothing at all.

She sold pens and bookmarks on it and called it Maren’s Creations.

One day, she wanted to buy a beta fish.  She was two dollars short, and I gave her some chores she could do to earn the money.  She turned to me and said, “I will sell my art instead.”  So she went and grabbed her bookmarks and went into the back yard and came back a few minutes later, with two dollars.  I asked her who she sold the two bookmarks two, since they are a dollar each.  She said, “I needed two dollars so I changed the price to two and sold one.”

Yesterday, when I was making the ladybug journal I wanted a piece of red polished stone paper. I looked through my stash and didn’t find any and saw a gorgeous piece Maren had done, so I asked her if I could have it.  She told me that yes, I could, but I would have to give her some of the money from the sell of the journal.  lol

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I love to make handbound journals.  I enjoy all the steps involved.  Every once in awhile I think it would be nice if somebody else cut all the papers, etc., but then I realize that I need to do it all.

My favorite part is when the journal is all bound and I get to sit down and embellish the cover.  It is like my reward for doing all the hard work to get it to that stage.

I am so excited, because I have 7 journals all bound and ready to be embellished sitting in my studio (aka bedroom).  I can’t wait to have some time to go work on them.  I have a few ideas for a couple, but I usually don’t know what they are going to be until I sit down with them.  They all seem to have a mind of their own with very strong desires of what they want to be.

Hopefully tonight I will have some pictures of some finished ones.

Yea, I had so much fun.  I really enjoy this process and none of them ended up being what I had planned for them.  They always seem to know better than me anyways. 

Maren wants the horse one, but since she already has about 20 handbound journals that still need used I told her she has to use them before she gets anymore.  I had planned for that one to have either a butterfly or a fairy on it, so a horse is close.  lol

The red one just screamed to have that little ladybug on the cover.

The owl was inspired by the theme of Artfest.  My grandma loved and collected owls, so whenever I create something with an owl I think of her.

I love the mix of colors on the “bliss” one it reminds me of me.  I very much like earthy colors, but bright retro type colors often like to sneak in, just like in that journal.

I suppose I better go list them.  lol  At least a few will go up for Necessitae’s anniversary celebration in the next day or two.

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I finally did it.

Well, I have been thinking about starting a blog for awhile and kept putting it off.  My four year old son (who doesn’t nap) took one from 4 pm to 8 pm tonight.  So it is way too late and he is not at all tired, and I figured it was a good time to do it.

This would be the little boy keeping me up.

This picture was taken two years ago, so he doesn’t let me carry him much anymore.  I am the one wearing him.

I can’t believe how fast they are growing up.  They are 18, 8, and 4 now.

One of my favorite things to do for myself are paper arts especially bookbinding.  It has been a long time since I have been able to take or teach classes.

I went to Artfest in 2003 when I was pregnant with my youngest, and realized that is was time to go again.  I am so excited.  I can’t wait.  I am thrilled to have time to myself, time to create, and some fabulous classes I am looking forward to.

I belong to a great group of artisans http://www.necessitae.com who stock our items on the 15th and 30th of each month.  Our anniversary is in September, so we decided to stalk some special pieces daily.

I wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone.  I decided to do a carved journal.  I learned the carving technique from Doris Arndt at Artfest.  Normally I pick very simple designs with strait edges to carve, but like I said this timed I wanted to test myself.  So I went searching for the perfect image and I found it.

The saying just seemed to go perfect with the journal.  “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain”.

I call it Act and I am secretly hoping that it doesn’t sell before my current journal does so it can be mine.

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