Friday, April 10, 2009
Lemons to Lemonade
I'm a firm believer in turning lemons to lemonade, especially since I love lemonade. My Meyer lemon trees happen to be producing lots of lemons this year. So I think I'll squeeze some and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. I just know those ice cubes will be so refreshing in the summer. There are all kinds of wonderful recipes using lemons; I came across this article in the LA Times, 100 things to do with a Meyer Lemon.
But seriously, I do try to think of ways to improve or work around problems I'm faced with. You might recall when I made this vine pitcher I wasn't happy with the shape of the handle. Later I decided to make two cups to go with it since I took the time to make the pitcher. I thought the pitcher would be nice to serve some lemonade from in the heat of the summer.
Now that I'm looking at the cups and pitcher together I was thinking the handle could have had a curve to it similar to the seam in the cups and that would have added a bit of whimsy to the set. I noticed the handle looked like it had a separation where it was attached to the pitcher so I added a little bit of slip.
I made two pinched pillow boxes a while ago, one box dried just fine, but this one separated at one of the seams.
I decided to see if I could repair it by putting some thick slip in the crack. I just checked the box and its drying with a crack again, I'll have to add more slip. I'm hoping to turn this from lemons to lemonade, I'll let you know what happens.
Here's a vine platter I made and attached some feet with the same decor to the bottom. As the platter was drying it started to lift in the middle and I thought about scraping the whole thing.
But I decided to put a bag of rice on top of the platter as it was drying to weight the middle down. Now that the platter is almost dry, the feet are all touching on the bottom, lemons to lemonade.
Remember my post on details, here's how I made the feet for the platter.
I am on dial up at this location and earlier this week my modem was zapped out by an electrical storm. When we move I plan to switch to wireless, but until then I make do with dial up. Anyway, while I was without my Internet all week, I took a trip to the local library and used their computers and, of course, I perused the ceramics section and brought home two ceramics books to read. I'd never even been to the local library and was pleasantly surprised at the resources there. If my modem hadn't of broken, I probably wouldn't have gone to the library, a little more lemons to lemonade for me.
I was mentioning I worked in clay to the computer repair person. He told me about the bones in his writs which are deteriorating and said he can't do woodworking any longer, but that I had given him an idea that he might want to try working with clay. So I invited him to come back for a visit when he had more time to let him try working with some of my clay to see if he is able to do that. He said he would really like to do something creative with his hands again. Sounds like he wants to turn lemons to lemonade too.
Have a great weekend and Happy Easter. The rose is a Cecile Brunner which has just opened.