Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I'm taking an online watercolor pencil class from Cathy (Kate) Johnson and having lots of fun! I'm happy with some of these results but hoping that practice will help. I am learning a lot and enjoying seeing everyones work, comments and discussion. This is the second online art class I've taken and I'm really enjoying the format. It works well for someone who has such a packed schedule.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Added by Brian Laskowski on May 26, 2009 at 7:22 AM
Andrew Tesner, 12, of Fenton raises the flag for the Memorial Day service at Oakwood Cemetery in Fenton on Monday.
Tags: Memorial Day
This photo is part of the Memorial Day photos gallery on Mlive (Flint Journal) website.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
My children both particpated in a wonderful music camp this spring at A Joyful Noise Music Studio and the music they created during camp is being released on CD this weekend. They are celebrating with a CD release party that the local newspaper ran an article about this past Sunday. The kids were thrilled to see their names and band names in the paper. I am hoping that both kids will be able to participate in one of their summer sessions as well. They had a great time, learned a lot about music and got to spend the day with lots of other people who enjoyed making music too.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Mo says that often adults stop drawing when they realize they're not going to do it professionally. They get the message that drawing is for kids and pass that message along to their children as well. He points out that we don't stop playing basketball because we aren't going to do it professionally so why stop drawing?
He also mentions that drawing creates empathy between the person/object being drawn and the artist and we could certainly use more of that in the world today.
It was a fun story and I hope that I am emulating that drawing is important to my children. They still love to draw and realize that its important to their mother so hopefully they are not getting a message that drawing is for kids only and they should quit at some point. I am also trying to emphasize that practicing makes you better and that you don't get good at something overnight. Each of us has our own style of drawing and I hope they believe me when I tell them how much I love their artwork!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
b) My rabbit chewed through my scanner cord
c) I've been sitting around staring at the wall so nothing new to post
d) I just can't seem to make myself spend time in front of the computer when there are so many different art projects to do, kids activities to go to, spring weather to enjoy and books to read.
Hmmm... which one is it?
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
My daughter got this for Christmas and really wanted me to do an art project with her last night. This is what she chose. We had so much fun with it. She also got the fancy fashions book. Maybe we'll try some of those tonight, or this...
I just found this at a garage sale and I think it's even the same year as the one I used to have. How fun!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I really need to invest in a photo editing program so I can actually work with my photos or scans. These are scans and they really didn't turn out that well but my camera needs really good light in order to take nice pictures of these and I just haven't had time during the day to do this.
Cloister of Saint Sauveur
Four Dolphins Fountain
Glass from a cafe and a statue in the market square of a boar. The statue looked very out of place among all the tables, boxes and trucks.
The Cours Mirabeau is the main street in Aix and is lined with beautiful large trees and several fountains in the center of the wide street. This one is a thermal, moss covered fountain that is ancient.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
And a little bit of fun in my real journal, though again, not much sketching from real life going on at the moment. This first one is cheapo markers, something I've never used in my journal before but I liked the brightness of the yellow.
"Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes and annual free trip around the sun." This was inspired by an quote (origin unknown) in "The Awe-manac" by Jill Badonsky. This has me stuck with Monty Python's "Galaxy song" in my head.
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the "Milky Way".
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So here's some April Fools Fun:
April is International Fake Journal Month
And in honor of this month I'm going to actually post some stuff online at least once a week.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Spicy Beef Curry Stew was fun to prepare and smelled marvelous in the crock pot. I chopped everything up the evening before and pre-measured all my ingredients so that morning preparation was very quick (about 10 minutes). This recipe reminded me of a cuban stew I'd made a few years ago that also included peppers (I wonder where that recipe is), so I added red and green peppers as well as onions to the crock pot. The only other change I made was adding a few more tomatoes and skipping the beef broth.
Spicy Beef Curry Stew for the Slow Cooker
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound beef stew meat
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
1 fresh jalapeno peppers, diced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 onion, sliced and quartered
1 cup beef broth
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and brown the beef on all sides. Remove from skillet, reserving juices, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno in the skillet for 2 minutes, until tender, and season with curry powder. Mix in the diced tomatoes and juice.
Place the onion in the bottom of a slow cooker, and layer with the browned beef. Scoop the skillet mixture into the slow cooker, and mix in the beef broth. Cover, and cook 6 to 8 hours on Low.
The Salmon will be made on Saturday for my husband and I. I will probably pop in some fish sticks for the kids. I didn't like salmon as a kid either so there's still hope for them. I am planning a side of sweet potato fries and a lovely salad (as soon as I find the perfect recipe).
Friday, February 27, 2009
2 pounds cubed beef chuck roast
5 cups water
4 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
1/2 onion, chopped
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
3/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
salt and pepper to taste
And the directions are even easier:
In a slow cooker, combine beef, water, bouillon, onion, tomato sauce, barley, salt and pepper. Cover, and cook on Low for 5 hours.
This recipe came at a perfect time as I had just picked up a beef roast on sale and was wondering what I was going to do with it. I read Siri and Molly's posts about the soup and got a few ideas from them as well. I started with all the ingredients from the original recipe except salt. In the end, I decided my modifications were based on "let's use this stuff up". So here's what was in my pantry or fridge that needed using up:
- Pearl Barley (yes it's in the original recipe but I only had a bit left in the bag after I added the 3/4 cup so I used it up-maybe about 1 cup total)
- Italian Seasoning Blend (about 1 1/2 tablespoons left in the jar)
- marjoram (maybe 1/2 teaspoon left in the jar)
- garlic (a bunch of smaller cloves left in the middle of the head which probably equalled about 4 large cloves)
- carrots (2 large carrots)
My kids and I threw this together in the morning in about 15 minutes. It was in the crock pot all day on low (more like 8-9 hours than 5). My husband picked up a lovely loaf of 5 grain bread with a crunchy crust and soft interior that was perfect with this soup. This was a great meal and the leftovers are even better. I need to remember to put pearl barley back on my grocery list so that I can make this again someday.
And in case anyone wants to know what my kids favorite recent dish was (so very gourmet)...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Molly at Batter Splattered
Siri from The Transplanted Baker
Nicole from The Artic Garden
Ingrid from The 3 B's-Baseball, Baking and Books
It took me forever to post after making this. Sorry everyone. My computer was sick and then family. Now we are all on the mend (or at least limping along in the case of my computer).
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
While I haven't been posting to my blog, I have been creating. I've probably been more productive that way this month. Less computer time, more art time. This month's calendar page was done with acrylic and sponge. The sponge is actually from a trip 13 years ago to Taropon Springs, Florida and I'm just now getting around to using it. The acrylics aren't new to me either but this is their first use by me. I really liked them and I plan to actually paint with them soon.