Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pots at the Lake

Plans for taking pottery photos at the lake didn't turn out as I planned. Lake levels are extremely low due to a lack of rain this summer. Hopefully this winter we can make it to the coast for beach photos. My impetus to take photos in a natural setting stemmed from the fact that my photo cube isn't large enough to accommodate very large pots.

We decided to proceed with the photos since we made the effort of driving to the lake and carrying photo props along with us. These overly large pots must be packed and carried individually wherever they are transported.

Inspiration for the colors and layers of my driftwood vessels come from the natural landscapes which I discover in my travels and which surround us all. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cream of Celery Soup

It may seem strange to make soup in the summer, but there are several good reasons. Soup can be served barely warm even cold, fresh vegetables are in abundant supply and very reasonable in price, common vegetables are so delicious and also so nutritious. So, why not make summer soup. Today I made cream of celery soup, mostly smooth and thick. I know you think of celery as a filler in soups or for stuffing at the holidays. Not so, check it out, celery is really good for you, the perfect reason to make it the main course.

Saute two shallots chopped fiine till soft, add four garlic gloves chopped fine and cook till fragrant. Add one whole bunch of celery chopped small, including the celery leaves. Add two tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon of dark balsamic vinegar. Steam ingredients covered on low heat till soft.

Next add six cups of water, add 4 medium white potatoes, peeled and chopped small. Add one 1/8 cup of fresh Spanish tarragon chopped fine, 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, a dash of nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on high till potatoes are cooked and soft. Puree in a blender till smooth. Serve warm, it's so fragrant and delicious. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Driftwood Baskets

 Yesterday I finally got around to attaching the handles to my latest driftwood baskets.

I've left the tails (on the jute) purposely long because I plan to go to the bead shop today and see if I can find a bead or two on the ends. So these aren't really finished. The handle above on the right looks like a dog's head. Do you see it?

If you recall these are the ones that I used the wrong base glaze. They all turned out fine just not what I expected. I have one more to attach the handle to. I'd like to take these down to the lake and take a few photos with the lake in the background but not sure of the best spot. Would you believe I've lived here almost three years and have only been to the dam and no where else on the lake. I must change that. I forgot to take the measurements of these. This one is about 18 or so inches tall. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flea Market Project

At the trash to treasures sale last Friday I got a dvd holder with the intention of modifying it to hang clothes to sell. By cutting out the middle dowels we can now use the holder to hang clothes we no longer use.  Previously I had the clothes folded neatly but folks rifled through them and they ended up in disarray. Clothes sell well when they are more visible and neatly hung on hangers. Hopefully this new system increases sales for clothes. Every little bit we can sell helps pay for dental work we both need. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.