Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banana Corn Fritters | Weelicious ™ - Fast, Easy

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Man, oh man.. You've got to try this recipe. I've never had Banana Corn Fritters before, but the picture just looked so yummy we had to try it. Even Marley liked it and she's going through a picky stage right now. We had it for breakfast this morning. And it was good- a variation on regular ol' pancakes, with the added benefit of the corn for a kid who won't eat much right now. Hope you like it! Hint, Hint: it tastes even better if you serve it on a handmade plate... :)


Oh my god, progress on this big piece is soooo slow. I just don't get much time in the studio these days, and so I will put a coil on whenever I have 30 minutes or so to work. Normally, that seems to get me somewhere, as far as progress, but when you have about 35" to build, one coil at a time goes pretty slowly! Think about it: If I get to put on one coil a day, it will take me about three weeks just to build this one section!!! It gets so frustrating if I spend too much time thinking about it, so I try not to! But here is a photo of the "address pot". I am currently working on the column part, where the numbers will go. You can see the sketch on the blackboard in the background...

Visitors in the Studio

Charlie and Marley came to visit me yesterday in the studio. I was just finishing up putting plastic on my big "address pot" when I heard a little knock on the door. Charlie decided the futon was looking comfortable and he wanted to try it out. Marley found a couple of tubes of glue to play with (and I checked to make sure the lids were on tightly...) and they were just as happy as can be. Check them out... I can't believe she is 15 months old now. It's just crazy how time flies..

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Work In Progress

This is a work in progress that I thought I would share with you all. You can see the sketch on the blackboard in the background, but it is something that will go at the end of the driveway with our house address on it. I'm not really sure what to call it - number column, address totem, what?? If you have any ideas on what this should be called, please let me know!! It will be 6' tall when its done and it will have 5 or 6 sections to it. Here, I am building up the 3rd part.... These are detail shots of the carvings on the main portion of the "pot".

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Handmade Things in a Home

It has been one crazy year since we have moved into our new house. I didn't really get a chance to decorate when we first moved in, as life was just too insane to even think about it. But now, I've been spending some time slowly making different items for the house. I really believe that having so many handmade things in your house gives it a different spirit. I always wanted to make some things for our new house, so I started with some light fixtures. I made these pendants and they hang in my studio. I love how they turned out. I didn't know what to think of them at first, but them when I saw them hanging, I thought they were great! This is a clock I made out of stained glass. I loved doing the glass mosaic part of it, but I sure didn't like all the glass fragments in my hands! Charlie said that he got tired of the blue and yellow splinters in his feet! (I did all my glass cutting at the dining room table...) This clock hangs in my studio and it is what I use to keep track of time... It hangs over my sink where I can see it clearly from my wheel or work table. These are some curtains I made for Marley's room. I really wanted to do it all from scratch, but I found these cheap curtains from Target that I liked. They were way too short, so I bought some brown fabric, some ribbon and some trim and got busy with the sewing machine! I haven't sewn in probably 20 years, but it was a lot like riding a bike - you just don't really forget how to do it. The next thing is Marley's name spelled out in tiles that I made. I cut out slabs of clay, carved the letters in, painted the background design and glazed them. They hang over her changing table and we practice spelling her name every time we change her diaper. She really seems to get into it!
And last, but not least, are these little drawer pulls I made of Marley's feet. She had just turned one and after much trial and error, I got her footprints in clay. I cut them out, fired them, painted them and installed them onto her dresser. So cute! I'm having lots of fun making different things for the house. Finally, I can get some of these ideas out of my head!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Neat Morning

Good morning! I was up at 6:30 this morning, and it was still pretty dark. The sky was starting to lighten and the full moon was still pretty high. The dogs needed to go outside, so I took them out onto the pool patio and let them down into the yard. I sat down on the chair and was still trying to wake up when I noticed dark, swooping things in the air. As I put my glasses back on, I realized there were about 10 bats swooping and diving and scooping up bugs from the surface of the pool! I could hear them sometimes as they flew so close to my head. I felt a little like Batman! It was so neat. For the most part, they were completely silent, except for the occasional flutter of wings and the light plop! as they plucked a bug from the pool. I just sat there for a few minutes watching the show. It was mesmerizing! Some people are afraid of bats, but I have no issue with them. I'm thankful for the bug control and they don't bother us at all.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Turning over a new Leaf!

Lots of folks believe that some good can come from something bad. I have a great example of this that I have seen in my life. Most of you know that my mother passed away in February and this has really thrown me for a loop. I suffered from depression, anxiety, insomnia, crazy dreams and a general sense of discontent. Out of all this came one large lesson. Our time here is really limited. Do not live your life always postponing the things you want to do. There will always be some obstacle: money, timing, kids, etc. Don't be one of those folks who is afraid of everything. Just do it and make it work. I have really embraced this lesson now. My husband and I are planning a "temporary relocation" to Buenos Aires next summer. Yes, I am scared. No, I don't speak spanish (yet), and I dread traveling with a 2 year old. But so what?? There will crazy, obnoxious times and wonderful times too. So we are just going to do it. No more postponing. I can't wait! I'm doing the same in my pottery too. I've always wanted to work in a larger scale, and now I'm doing it. I'm breaking out of what was comfortable - functional pottery like plates, bowls, cups - and now I'm doing things that are 6' tall!! Sure, I've had some technical problems and some failures, so that's okay. The point is I'm doing it and I am learning as I go. What about you? Are there some things that you have been wanting to do for a while? Is it time to break out of your comfort zone? Look for some place in your life that maybe needs a change. You can start small. You don't have to move to a different country. What about those extra 10 pounds you've been dealing with? Do it - start exercising, and eating right, and just watch those extra pounds slide off. Won't that feel empowering?? Maybe it isn't weight loss. Maybe it is something as simple as repainting that bedroom in a color that you actually like. Or learning how to cook something gourmet. Just do it people! You don't know when your time is up in this world, and you don't want to be one of those people who regrets the way they lived, do you??

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Baby Needs Love

Sometimes little Baby Marley just need to be held. Tonight was one of those nights. And I found myself willing to put everything else aside, just for her. To do whatever she needed. I was willing to skip time in the studio, skip movie time with hubby, anything, just to be with her. I wish I could bottle up this feeling, this reverence for the mother/daughter bond. It is so strong and so physical. I can FEEL it in my body. What amazes me is that someone needs me that much. That someone gets that much comfort from being in my arms. It is an overwhelming feeling. Everything feels so BIG, and I feel so small, but it all feels so vital, so important. I wish I could hang onto this feeling, but tomorrow is another day, with other feelings to be felt. We will wake up, have coffee, and start another day. I will fix lunch for the munchkin, we will go to the gym and then get work done. And it will be another day altogether.