Monday, November 30, 2015

Gift Tag Ornament Sale

Gift Tag Ornament Sale in my etsy shop.

 I purposely left the backs unglazed so they can be used to write a message.

 I like to use a metallic pen to write on the backs.

I've strung each one with a natural jute string to hang on a tree or attach to a gift package. They're five dollars each plus shipping, convo for combined shipping price. I'll be adding more as the days go by. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Five Spice Rice

Five Spice Rice takes about 30 minutes to prepare. It's a dish I threw together from ingredients I had on hand. It's quick and easy and a meal all in one.

Cook one cup brown rice. While rice is cooking in two tablespoons of olive oil saute one quarter finely chopped red onion, about a cup of sweet peppers cut small, three garlic cloves chopped fine, and one square inch fresh ginger chopped fine. After first ingredients are soft, add one can of cut green beans, 1/4 cup of sunflower seed kernels, and one small can of sliced bamboo shoots. Next add one teaspoon of ground fresh chili paste, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/8 cup of rice vinegar, 1 teaspoons of ground Chinese five spice. Gently stir these together and fold into the rice when cooked. Five Spice Rice will cleanse your sinuses and warm you up. You can add less chili paste if you prefer but it's not the kind of chili that burns but warms the palate.

Bamboo shoots contain lots of vitamins and minerals so be sure to keep those in the recipe.  Also sunflower seeds are considered one of the world's healthiest foods so don't leave them out either. I keep a large container of kernels in the pantry and add them to salads and other recipes for texture. Thanks for reading and for all your comments..

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shop Small Saturday, More Books

Today is Shop Small Saturday. I have listed more pottery books in my Etsy store at rock bottom prices. Books are in excellent condition and most are less than half price. There even a couple of vintage pottery books, that although old, have excellent hand building, pinching, and sculpture techniques for the beginner or advance pottery person.

Check it out, books make a great, long lasting gift for yourself or other pottery lovers. I'll also be adding more pottery so stay tuned. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Leaf Plate Set(s) in Etsy Shop

 Leaf Plate Set in my etsy shop.

There are three more (four total) of these sets available.

These have a beautiful shiny blue/green and gold glaze on them.

I added a few other pieces to the etsy shop and I'll be adding more. Also I'm reducing my pottery library and there are several pottery books for sale. Thanks to those who've already placed an order; your item will ship today. 

Meanwhile I fired a bisque yesterday and the electricity went off right in the middle (on a perfectly clear day). So I ran down and unplugged the kiln. Then the electricity went back on so I went down and plugged the kiln in again and it started right up where it left off. Thank goodness it wasn't a glaze load. I'll see today if all is ok. I have two commission pieces in there. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.