Category Archives: painting

Paint and chocolate

E and i did some more painting, this time with leftover tie-dye that i had stored in squeeze bottles in the fridge for an afternoon like this.

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And here’s this week’s favourite sweet recipe, a raw take on chocolate turtles:
1/2 cup raw cocoa
1/2 almond butter
1/4 cup agave nectar

Combine in bowl and stir to blend. Spoon tablespoons onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press a pecan into each turtle. Freeze. Enjoy straight from the freezer.

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Recipe courtesy of Raw Energy

In between days

We have a lot of trips planned this summer, both short and long. The days in between – while i look forward to them – for Eily, they are taken some getting used to. A bit of boredom can do you good….in the long run. Still, i’m trying not to just fill up these days with housework and self-directed play. But to give them something to look forward to in these wide open afternoons.

So we painted….ponds and muskrats and waterfalls and also ourselves. It’s something we haven’t done in ages and not yet with Gabe. I took the easel from the attic and put it in the yard. With the pool nearby to dunk Gabe in at the end.

We stopped for snacks and to steal the first ripe raspberries from the garden. And sugar snaps. And broccoli.

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The gift

A few years back i gave Brett the gift of the never-ending coffee mug. If it broke, i’d make another. And it did this past summer.
The first one was hand built, then glazed. For the second, Eily and i went to Luci’s Mudhouse where he painted a pre-made one.

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i took another stab at the lampshade covering. once i had the paper lantern, i realized i needed to make it 50% larger than the pattern stated. here’s where the changes in stitching i accidently made between rows is obvious. hopefully, it won’t be so much when it’s hanging up with a light behind it.

and, an oil painting i’ve been working on, in an attempt to add some cheaper art to some of our newly painted walls:

we finally sold the hutch that was taking up most of our dining room. now, there’s room for our sideboard and though it still needs to be sanded and stained, this weekend’s work quickly find a home on it; a “tree” for displaying felted work, calendula drying, and eily’s printmaking from the open doors at the button factory yesterday.