The weeks leading up to the holidays takes on a whole new kind of busyness when you have 3 children. This week was chock full of obligations, events, festivities, and errands of all kinds. The next 2 weeks are going to be blissfully open. We don't travel for holidays and the girls are out of school so we are planning to adventure around ATL, hanging with friends, family, and neighbors, making crafts and food, and probably watching more telly than is usually acceptable.
We did manage to squeeze in some holiday crafting. I made Fiona a stocking from a sample weaving from my college days and added some felted elements and a little clay bird bling. My sis in law and I tried our hand at soy candles. I think ours will be on the VERY subtle on the scents but we had fun experimenting and we are going to do some more soon using more essential oils this time. I created a couple of water-less snow globes as examples for a project I hosted in Nila's kindergarten class this week. I love these things so hard! I want to make a million more.
We are trying to plan our Christmas day. I am leaning towards brunch but if we do dinner I might just recreate this entire menu again, its pretty much flawless and I love that includes shopping lists and daily "to-do" checklists. I really want to try my hand at a bûche de noël this year. I've been saving a few ideas and recipes for different versions to my eats board on Pinterest. I have always wanted to try and make one, I think the girls would really get a kick out of it.
I am finishing up embellishing on a few pieces for my most recent commission. I was able to complete the large scale, abstracted landscape diptych for the same job and am really, really happy with the results. I won't be able to post full images here until they are installed at the hotel. The timing wasn't great but I am happy I took on something challenging and different for me. A good way to finish out the work year. I don't have any orders currently on my schedule for the break so I am hoping to continue work on my abstract encaustic series, work up some clay samples for a new sculptural wall concept, and probably knit or stitch away at some handwork.
Oh! This dude got his first 2 teeth peeking through this week! Happy, happy.
Sweet Peach Sweet Spots: My friend Pam of Sweet Peach has her finger on the pulse of all things cool, design-oriented, tasty, and crafty coming out of the South. She's been releasing her Sweet Spots papers around town for a couple of years and they are an amazing resource if you're looking for the best shops, eats, and happenings in our area. I LOVE that she included Buford Hwy in this issue. There is so much delicious international food there I have yet to discover! Just grabbed a hard copy at the Grant Park Farmer's Market this morning to have on hand for when folks come to town and I forget all the cool stuff there is to do around here.
The Microbiome Diet: Ok, ok... first let me say normally I'm not a diet type, but had become frustrated with some stubborn postpartum weight (baby #3 is no joke!) & overall health and was struggling with what to do about it. This book was referred to me by a craniosacral therapist who helped sort out some gnarly back pain I was dealing with for months. It gives some great info and guidelines about the connection between gut health and overall health and a plan to get the gut back in check. I've been following the first part of the plan for a little over 2 weeks and have lost more than 6 pounds, so theres that.
We Quit Sugar: Have you ever seen the Katering Show? When I told my aunt about the above she sent me this. Pretty hilarious!
R&F Pigment Sticks: I originally purchased these to use with my encaustics, since the oils can be used to color the wax. For my most recent commission I used them solo for the first time, directly on wood artist panels. They are really great to work with-they have a very buttery texture and dreamy application. I worked them directly with my fingers, as well as with brushes and rags. They are spendy but seem to go pretty far.
Kathryn Clark Craftivist Quilts : I've followed Kathryn for some time and really admire her quilts that use fibers to map out crises both here in our country and in the larger global landscape. Her work gives a tactile, intimate way of relating to issues that can seem too large to fathom. I enjoyed this Creative Live interview that reveals more about the thoughts and processes behind her beautiful, complex works.