Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wow...I won!

It seems I never win anything, but this time I actually did it...I actually won something really cool over on

...and this is what I won...

Can you believe it? I know me either!

I can't wait to get it...the magazine's not quite out yet so I will have to have patience for it to arrive, but that's OK by me...
when it gets here I will let you know, and share some of the goodness inside :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

5 things...TASTE...carrot cake

Over the weekend I baked a carrot cake Birthday Cake for my beautiful Daughter who happened to turn 22. It really turned out good ...I'm just sayiin"...

Here's what I did:

I used the Betty Crocker Carrot cake mix and used the ingredients listed on the package except I subsituted canned pineapple juice for the water. Then I added all sorts of add-ins to make it taste more home-made.
I added :1 tsp. vanilla, 2 c. peeled grated carrots, 1 c. raisins, 1c. chopped walnuts,  1/2 c. diced pineapple...

I allowed extra baking time due to the added ingredients and whoola! a moist delicious carrot cake...

I grabbed a cream cheese frosting recipe I had on hand and put that together:
3/4 lb.(3 sticks) butter, softened
1 lb. cream cheese at room temp.
3/4 lb. powdered sugar
1tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Whipped it all together until light and fluffy and covered the cake.
It made plenty to add as filling and have enough to tint and pipe.

And even though we were all pretty full from just having consumed massive amounts of grilled shish-ka-bobs, we all couldn't resist that cake, yum...

I wanted to share the recipe just in case you would want to make it for your Easter dinner dessert or jot it down for future use...Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April Challenge...memories of summer past

 Last week, I wanted to see if I could keep up with posting a little more frequently and just found that although my intentions were good, life keeps stepping in my way...none-the-less, I won't give up on the idea of the "5 things" posts...I'll just have to rethink how I might want to do them in the future...maybe all at the end of the week? or just whenever something comes up to insert in one of the themes?...I don't know yet... I guess, I'll have to get back with you later on that :0)

So for today I decided to jump in on the 
Mary Green's Green Paper Press...
I did a digital collage using using parts of each of her ephemera

I felt that the piece could be interpreted that the memories could be by the birds or by the choose :)

Happy days to you!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

5 things~ touch tuesday

I wanted to use a vintage photo of a hare in celebration of the upcoming Easter season...

I also chose the image of the Hare because of the idea of how soft bunny fur is to touch for my post on Touch Tuesday.... 
Mind you I have never touched a Hare per-se but I figured even if it had rough fur I bet its ears would be velvety soft...and their noses too!

Kim Klassen Cafe...Texture Tuesday 

Our  photo must contain at least one layer of Kim's WarmSun texture
this week...


I tend to work a bit heavy handed with my background textures, liking the vintage
 loved-worn feel to them and the above image as well as the one I used last week 
were layered over the photos twice...

I decided trying again using a lighter hand and different approach...and really liked 
the different feel it gave the image and so decided to add that here as a addendum...
Kim Klassen texture warm sun with color dodge layer properties 

Things to share later in the week...


Monday, April 4, 2011

5 things...Sight Monday

sight: bokja design

Bokja is the Beirut-based duo of Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, whom along with their talented team of craftspeople create these amazing chairs and lounges. Using beautiful vintage textiles from Central Asia and the Silk Road, each peice is unique with an amazing story behind it.

...These are so beautiful and so creative to never can tell where inspiration like this will pop up in my art at a later date :)

Things to share later in the week...