SUNDAY NOTES + RECENT FAVS

What a weekend of mixed emotions. I won't even try to put words to the tragedies in Paris and Beirut- they would fall short and fail to convey the scope of the issues and the devastating losses. I heard this from Michel Martin tonight-beautiful, sobering words we should all keep in our minds and hearts. Thankful for her honest, compassionate coverage. 

Its cold and dark so early now. A good excuse to start lighting fires and nesting down for the snuggly season. I feel the itch to start knitting, crocheting, or felting something. I'm kind of a terrible knitter and only slightly less terrible crocheter but I persist because it feels good, and keeps my hands busy. It can be tough to head down to the basement studio at night once winter sets in so I have to find more mobile projects that can be done up here. 

The girls enjoying the first fire of the year. 

The girls enjoying the first fire of the year. 

 

The girls had the sweetest birthday party at the new Treehouse Kid & Craft in Decatur. They had so much fun with their friends; enjoying snacks and treats, stamping tote bags, and playing with some of the beautiful display toys. What a gorgeous shop and warm, fun staff. They really do carry the best selection of beautiful things for kids. If you're local and have kiddos to shop for make sure you stop in. My sweet baby boy is 6 months today! It seems impossible that this love has been here that long. But then I can't remember life without him. Ahhhh, parenthood.

This happy chappy is 6 months old!

This happy chappy is 6 months old!

 

I've been working away on the encaustic pieces I started last week. I have 4 completed-I want to make at least 8 of the 12"x12" panels and then I'm going to try my hand at some larger pieces. I also created a series of 8 inky, atmospheric pieces for a hotel project. They actually only need 2 but it seemed easier to make several at once since it was so messy and kind of unforgiving. 

Process shot of my abstract ink & pigment pieces.

Process shot of my abstract ink & pigment pieces.

The holidays suddenly seem so close! We try not to stress about them here, usually keeping it pretty low key. We don't go crazy with decor but I will probably add at least a few things to our stash of handmade, thrifted, and heirloom items-been gathering a few ideas here. I've been thinking about things I have on hand and in my studio stash and how I can use them to create a few gifts. Some ideas: felted slippers, indigo dyed scarves and pillow covers, soft storage bins, small paintings on panel. Lofty goals! We'll see how I do. 

RECENT FAVS:

Himalayan Spice: my sis in law and I accidentally ended up here on Friday night. What a happy accident! Its delicious. We had the samosas, garlic naan, palak paneer, and chicken tikka masala. Nothing too adventurous since it was our first time but I will be back! We have a bunch of good Indian restaurants close by but this is near the top of the list. 

Masala Chai: Its chai season! I've used the chai recipe from a 30+ year old Madhur Jaffrey cookbook for a few years (its excellent).  The version she references here is slightly different but I'm sure totally delicious. Bookmark this. 

Art of the Costume: I follow Molly (@remedialeating) on Instagram and was pulled in by some gorgeous images of exquisite detail work on "50 unique, hand-crafted garments, spanning the eras from Cavalier through the 1920's" created by her mother, Susan Pasco. Good grief what talent! They are currently on exhibit at the University of Washington. I hope she posts more images on her site for those of us who want to drool from afar. Also-reminds me of a beautiful movie "Sequins" (which apparently has 3 other names I've never heard of). 

Pan Roasted Pork Chops with Quick Pickled Green Beans: We happened to have all of the ingredients on hand from our CSA for this recipe I pulled out of the most recent Sunset Magazine. Their Fast & Fresh recipes are on usually on point and this turned out really well. I altered things slightly so it was all done in just one pot. 

Kiva Zip: Kiva, the internationally reaching microloan nonprofit has extended its concept to offer small businesses and entrepreneurs stateside their person-to-person funded, 0% interest rate loans. Meighan O'Toole talked about her recent Kiva Zip loan experience on her latest podcast-its really great to hear from creative professionals on the real-deal, nitty gritty of making small business dreams work.