Sunday, March 17, 2019

Pots in Use

Food seems more appetizing on handmade plates. Here are a few handmade pots in use over the years. About the only time I eat mayonnaise is with asparagus or artichokes.
This is a salad I made up the other day of papaya, rice, parboiled carrots and celery, one roasted poblano pepper, and lots of cilantro. I made a dressing of lime, vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce and sriracha pepper sauce. Gary was raving about this salad the next day, even said he'd be vegan if he could eat like this all the time. Ha. I am sure he'd sneak a hamburger every once in a while.
baked kale
fresh figs
cream of heart palm soup 
pink porgie with wild rice 
fresh cobia saute
 portobello lunch
ginger and thyme swordfish

mangrove snapper with black rice
turmeric shrimp and vegetables
New York cheesecake

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Two Buyers, One Vase

Several years ago there was the case of two buyers and one vase. A woman came into my booth at the farmer's market and looked at this vase. And she looked and looked and looked. Then she said she'd be back. I turned to Gary and said the next person who comes in here is going to buy that vase. Many times I have premonitions which actually happen.
Sure enough a woman walked into my booth not a minute later, went straight for this vase and purchased it. Most times folks who say they'll be back to your booth, never return. But several hours later the first woman came back looking for the vase; I had to tell her of the other woman's purchase. I had lots of other choices but those wouldn't do. I can't tell you how many times this has happened in my booth because most of my work really is one of a kind. The moral of the story is, if you see art you like, don't hesitate, buy it right away. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Garage Sales are Treasure Troves

Garage sales are treasure troves to the discerning shopper. Last weekend we went to a yard sale and I found a brand new set of Cuisinart oven mitt pot holders. If you cook as much as I do your pot holders might look like mine do: threadbare and stained beyond repair. For fifty cents I now have a thick new pair.

Gary found an old non digital phone which works without electricity. This is very helpful if the electricity goes out and a cell phone isn't handy. These landline phones are the precursor to digital landlines. The phone operates without electricity because the copper wire connection carries just enough current to make a connection possible. We were pleasantly surprised the phone has a real 'old time ring' to it. Of course most folks rely on cell phones. But one never knows if a cell tower might be knocked down in a hurricane, tornado, or high winds. Heaven forbid in a complete loss of the grid or satellite; in cases like that, this phone would be handy. Ths phone was a bargain at one dollar.
Gary has been wanting an extension ladder to pressure wash the upper story of our home and to reach the roof of our camper trailer to refresh the roof with sealant. We have an eight foot ladder but it just isn't tall enough. Yesterday we went to an estate sale and he got an electricians extension ladder for $30. These ladders regularly cost in the hundreds. They are made with fiberglass side panels to impede the conduction of electricity. Now we didn't  necessarily need this particular specialty ladder but the savings was tremendous.
Visit a garage sales you never know what treasure or bargain you might find. Not to mention the items you purchase are being recycled. Another reason for going to garage sales is you meet lots of new people. What about you, have you found any treasures or bargains lately? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Ceramic Congress - Free Videos till 3/8/19

Free videos on all types of pottery making. Just learned of this now so I have missed out on a few days worth - click this link to be taken to the site. Sign up with your email. The videos run till March 8th.

Thanks for reading and for all your comments.