October 18, 2014
The pine needles float down so slowly that they feel very companionable as I circle the house with the dog. There are so many beautiful colors textures and patterns now to add to the inspiration list in my mind. The veil between the worlds seems thin and I often feel I can see the molecules spreading to give me a little peek into the mystery. I am looking at things and thinking things and playing this song over and over and over.
“Magnet and Steel”
September 1, 2014
July 4, 2014
On the first day after her wedding and in her new apartment the neighbor across the hall came over and brought my newly wed mother this chocolate cake with the recipe. The neighbor’s name was Madonna Smith. That was back in the 1940’s and was I am told a common neighborly gesture. This cake became THE cake and it was baked by my mother at every single one of our birthdays until she passed over. I continued baking it for my daughters also. July is their birthday month and our country’s. Here is the recipe -
Bake 350 degrees
1/2 c crisco 1 c sugar 1 c brown sugar 2 eggs 2 c flour 3 sq melted unsweetened choc
1 c hot water with 1 tsp soda 1 tsp vanilla
Mix shortening with both sugars add eggs melt choc and add to mixture add sour cream
add flour and water alternately add vanilla pour into greased and floured cake pans
Frosting 1 package confectioner’s sugar 8 tsp cocoa mix with about 1/2 c of milk with some melted butter in it
add slowly as you mix it with the confectioner’s sugar add 1 tsp vanilla
Bake for about 22 minutes. WATCH CAREFULLY AND DO NOT OVER BAKE
Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend.
And we all so thank-you Madonna Smith for that long ago gesture of kindness that has never been forgotten! Our family has gathered around this cake and had so many many of our best of times.
June 19, 2014
The female shape I formed from black annealed wire. The fabric is a cream wool. I dampened the wool and placed the wire image on top. The wool with the wire piece was put between two blocks of wood and bound tightly together with black annealed wire. This wood block ‘sandwich’ was placed in a vegetable steamer and there is was steamed for 20 minutes and then unwrapped. The outer edge is created because the top block is a bit smaller than the bottom one. The piece of wool is 3 1/4″ and the image is 2″. I will move on to test an overall marked pattern and other images. This element looks like it could be used to help tell stories on my totems and even in certain kinds of necklaces or embellishments on clothes. The mark is made from the rust in the iron. The durability of this mark is unknown at this point and will be tested later. I have found rust marks to be fairly permanent in the past………..and while one fuddles around testing in fly more “friends”……fun ones!
May 29, 2014
Pink Lady Slippers are a wild flower of the orchid family. Even though they have only two leaves and one stalk they take a long time to grow, but can live over 20 years.
Their seed does not have any food so to live and grow they must have a fungus to help. The fungus breaks open the seed and passes on nutrients to the plant. The mature Lady Slipper then feeds the fungus.
Unlike other flowers it is closed in form and once a bumblebee enters the flower his only route out is to push past the stamen which covers him in pollen. Upon entering the next Lady Slipper he leaves the pollen from the first plant and picks up some from the second. Without the bumblebee no new seeds can be made. In most areas they are now protected.
Tonight, once again, I write a diary entry that I repeat often. “Dear Diary, nothing happened today, but everything is going on.”
(This photo is of two separate plants that are growing side by side so very close together.)
May 22, 2014