Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Jewellery

irregular dangles with sunstone & pink botswana agate $49

white silver chain with detachable aquamarine pendant $149

irregular shiny hoops with green tourmilated quartz - SOLD

long white silver chain with chrysopraese, new jade and amazonite. front closure 20"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Todays Jewelery - Inspired by the Sea

Seafoam Chain - 30" $145

Seafoam Chandelier Earrings $125

by the sea Bracelet. $55

Churning Waves Pendant. 30" box chain $75

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Fresh Dinner

Whenever Trevor and I are feeling sluggish and lethargic (read: fat) from eating too much junk food, we have what we've come to call Green Soup. The beauty of Green Soup is that it can have almost anything in it. It actually doesn't even have to be a green veg. If we have celery, great. Green peppers? broccoli? spinach? Most of the time we have at least one of these slowly wilting in the fridge so there is never an excuse not to use it. Simmer up some chicken or veg broth, drop in what ever takes the longest to cook. Sometimes we put minced garlic in the broth. In this case, I put in the green onions and tortellini for five minutes. When the pasta still had a minute to go, Trev dropped in the broccoli. When serving it up we put a dollop (Trevor just hates that word!) of bottled pesto in the centre and give it a sprinkling of parmesan.
The broth keeps this super light, while the pasta puts a little something lasting in your belly. Otherwise I'd be starving in an hour. The only problem with this soup is that it is getting harder and harder to find yummy ravioli or tortellini in the deli counter. They've discontinued my favourites one by one. It is starting to look like we might have to make some and freeze it in Green Soup sized batches.
I hope someone out there tries this and lets me know how they like it or how they've changed it - I think that would be fun.
To go with the soup I made the Carrot Cilantro Salad from Jamie's Dinners super yummy! I didn't have lemons so I used limes instead and I think it was just as good, although next time I think I may add a half teaspoon of sugar or honey as it was really tart. Great book. I got it from the Library, but I might have to invest at some point later (when I am employed and can buy books) Hey everybody - go cook something from scratch!

Green Soup

Carrot Cilantro Salad

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Almost Summer

Today feels so much like summer I can barely stand it. I actually had to come inside to cool off a bit as the lunch time sun was getting strong. Love, love, love. The tulips on the other hand are still blooming. I must have picked a later variety. I supose I should write these things down somewhere. They are also all planted in the front of the house where it is much cooler.

Looking at this picture, I am in love with the green that I painted the cupboard last year. I think I have a tiny bit of it left and plan to paint the inside of my desk drawer with it. Unless I can find something better to use it on, it just has to be a small job as there really is very little. This colour requires a lot of coats even with a tinted primer so it didn't leave much left over to play with. Of course if I could find the paint chip all this would be moot.

Corner of the studio

Monday, June 02, 2008

Boo thinks He's the King of the Castle

I had just made the bed up so that I could take a picture of the pillow cases I had painted and doesn't Boo think it was a good time to showcase his handsome features (and dirty nose)?

These cases were rather blah ones that came with the fleece sheets this winter. I decided to scribble on them with heat fixable fabric paint. The only drawback is that the fabric paints I have are the Setasilk ones which are thin and like to bleed. I remember that there used to be such a thing as fabric medium that you could mix with acrylic paint to turn it into fabric paint. Must check Michaels the next time I find myself in Dartmouth Crossing (snort! never....) I think it would be fun to do some cushion covers with the poppies from the Crow painting - cheery and colourful.