Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
My mother recently gave me this lovely set of fluted ramekins. They were practically crying out for something yummy. I like custard! And, I like pumpkin. So, I decided to combine the two.
First, I lined the bottoms of the ramekins with a simple crust of crushed gingersnap cookies (biscuits) and melted butter.
Farm fresh eggs from a friend.
Add some sugar, vanilla, whole milk, and a pinch of salt and you have lovely custard. Then stir in a cup of cooked pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice and voila!
You have pumpkin custard! I sprinkled a tiny bit of nutmeg on top just to make it pretty.
They smelled so heavenly when they were cooking! I had to have a taste while they were still warm. About halfway through, I remembered to take this picture for you. I guess you can tell, it turned out well.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Yes. That's perfect. And so, this little self-portrait reflects some of what I have been feeling lately, and is a deliberate exercise in embracing imperfection. Sometimes life leaves us feeling a little frayed around the edges, a little tattered and torn, and feeling a little fragile.
Our imperfections help make us interesting and beautiful in our own unique ways. This little piece is a celebration of that. A little reminder to myself that it's ok to not be perfect.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Well, at least I think it is. For the moment anyway.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Along one side of our driveway, there is a long line of water oaks that we guess to be nearly 100 years old. Nearly all of them are dying. This tree in particular has been dead for a while, and my husband decided that it was a safety hazard and needed to be pulled down. So, he took the tractor and tried to push it over, but it would not go down. She is old and decaying, but she is not ready to lie down just yet. Her heart is still strong as you can see in the third photo, and it is all that is holding her upright. Some people may pass by this tree and only see a decaying stump. But, to me it is a poignant image. It is all that remains of a once tall and mighty oak. Children played under this tree. Couples kissed goodnight under this tree. Birds and squirrels and countless other creatures made their home in this tree. And she is not ready to say good-bye just yet. I was struck by the sculptural beauty of its shape and form, and I am still appreciating the beauty she has to offer those who will see it. I will be sad when this tree finally falls to the ground.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Aren't they beautiful?! How fitting that these ghostly colored beauties popped up on my trail this month. Very fitting for the month of October, yes? Notice how the mushrooms are the same color as the piece of firewood they appear to be sprouting from. And also how their caps seem to have the same striations that are in the wood. I wonder if that is just a wild coincidence? Anyway, I just love them! They make me think of a beautiful french gown like the one Audrey Hepburn wore in My Fair Lady. Or perhaps a ballerina's tutu. They're so delicate, so ethereal, so ghostly. Happy haunting everyone ;)
Monday, October 8, 2012
My latest abstract. The colors are much more vibrant and beautiful in person. I promise. Those inner rectangles that appear black in the photo are actually a deep purple. My poor little camera just cannot pick up colors accurately. Oh well. A new camera is on my Christmas wish list!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I have attached my little house to a lovely purple calico background (which looks blue in the photos for some strange reason). And the little surprise behind the door is a needle felted ghost! My sweet friend, Emily, from The Floss Box has made an adorable little needle felted witch doll, and she kindly sent me some roving to play with. It was the perfect thing for a wispy, ethereal ghostie. I have also added a graveyard and a swirly starry sky ala Vincent van Gogh. Soon, I hope to add a nice spooky tree and some pumpkins to complete the scene. Hope you like it :)
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A very early morning walk. Just as the sun was coming up. I could see my breath in the chill morning air.
We had a good soaking rain yesterday. The dewdrops were clinging heavily to this old red cedar.
And everywhere I looked - in the meadow, in the woods, in the yard, there were spider webs....
Lots of spider webs......
Clearly, there was a party here last night, and I wasn't invited!! Considering that the whole of Wonderland Woods appears to be draped in silky webs, there are surprisingly few spiders to be found. I guess they're sleeping it off.....;)