Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Where's Corey?

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


leaving the studio.

coming home.
Daily photo(s). Self-portraits.

Self-portrait week.

Daily photo: 4/28/08

So begins a week of self-portraits. For no particular reason.

Lucky number 7

Congratulations, Lacy! Your prize awaits...

F.Y.I: the stairs won by a nose.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The season.

The world of produce at the Neighborhood Co-op has little cause for excitement, but right now, during the morel mushroom season, that is not the case. People go nuts for these things! We get multiple calls from people looking for them everyday and, though they sell for $25.99/lbs, whenever we get a new batch in from a local hunter, they sell out in a matter of hours.
And I have to say, they are delicious. If you have the opportunity to eat some, and are unsure about how, my advice is to clean them, cut them up, and sauté them in butter with salt and pepper. It is a real treat!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ma, I got the toilet paper!

Daily photo: 4/27/08

Trying something new

or old, ( as in punched tin) depending on how you look at it.

This is an aluminum wall panel, instead of copper.



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Saturday, April 26, 2008

SIU-C, Pullium Hall

Daily photo: 4/25/08

Friday, April 25, 2008

Last one!

Since October, I've been writing a monthly column on local art events for the Carbondale Times, but as N. and I will be moving in the not-to-distant future, I told them that May would be my last one. It has been a beneficial experience for both me, and I like to think, the community, but if you've ever done any freelance writing, it pays very little and takes alot of time, so I'm not sure I'll miss it.
I do hope to continue writing about art in the future, just not on such a regular basis and for so little.

Daily photo: 4/24/08

Thursday, April 24, 2008


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Wednesday, April 23, 2008


at the bottom of the stairs, in the empty door jam on the right, is the ball. Just an F.Y.I.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Contest and Giveaway!

I could not decide between photos today for my daily photo. I liked them both.

So, I decided to post them both and ask you to vote for your favorite. It doesn't matter what you pick or how many times you vote--just that you vote by making a comment. One comment-maker will be chosen at random (the number has already been picked) to receive a small package of some of my favorite things--It will even come wrapped in brown paper, though I don't know that string is allowed in the mail anymore.

So, vote away!! The contest will end on Tuesday, April 29 at noon.

Daily photo: 4/22/08

'nother new wall piece--unfinished

New rattle images

on flickr.

The Kindness of Strangers.

Currently, I am the exhibitions coordinator for the next Enamelist Society's National Conference, which will be in Oakland, CA August 7-9, 2009--a large job, which, frankly, intimidates me a little.

Ana Lopez was the previous coordinator and yesterday she sent me a very helpful packet of information regarding the last conference's exhibitions, along with this box of gourmet hot chocolate--and I mean gourmet--you have to 'steep' it and then use a blender to mix it, then strain it, if you desire a smoother experience. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm very excited to!

Thanks, Ana!!

Daily photo: 4/21/08


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Sunday, April 20, 2008

New wall piece in progress

Daily photo: 4/19/08

Saturday, April 19, 2008


On the way to St. Louis for the day.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

High Tech.

This much mess can only mean one thing--major computer overhaul. N. spent the week fixing my mom's computer and mine, and I got a new motherboard, processor and RAM--it was long overdue.

Daily photo: 4/17/08

If I had a million dollars...or even $20...

I found this video about Michael Reynold's Earthship project on the blog One Man Gathers What Another Man Spills, today.

The above image is the start of a house they built in France. They use old tires for the exterior walls--they are packed with dirt-- and old sheet metal from appliances and glass bottles and aluminum cans to build houses that are completely off-grid and sustainable. How cool would it be to own to one?!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Word of today: procrastination

I should be writing my article on the Cardboard Boat Regatta, but I don't want to. Instead, I will share these good things with you, my (surely ) numerous readers!

Unless we're talking grapefruit, I generally avoid citrus because it is too messy. But these honey tangerines are delicious!! And organic.

Today I got a fall catalog from Shire Books, a British company that publishes very reasonably priced and short books on a variety of subjects, such as The Victorian Asylum, one of my personal favorites, Buttonhooks and Shoehorns, or Perambulators, "a complete illustrated history of the British wheeled baby carrier,"

This is a delicious tea I just bought by the Yogi tea company. It is an herb tea, so caffeine free. It has a slight chai taste, but a little more sweetness and spicyness, as the name implies. Mom and Lace--I'm bringing a couple packets for you guys to try.



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New bowls on flickr.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Van Jones--I'm impressed.

Recently I read an interview in The Sun magazine with Van Jones, a California activist who fights for racial justice and green jobs initiatives, among other things. I've rarely been so excited by someone's ideas and so I encourage you, anyone, everyone, to read the interview here.

Here's a teaser excerpt:

It used to be that, to people working for racial justice, the environment was a side issue. The same was true of those working for the environment: racial justice was an add-on. That approach won’t work anymore. Social problems are driving ecological problems, which are feeding back into social problems. You have to deal with both at the same time. If you try to fix poverty with suburban sprawl and pollution-based economic development, you are going to sink the environment. But if you preserve the environment by outlawing development, you then strand poor people and displace workers. They’re not going to starve to death so that you can have trees. They are going to fight for their survival. You have got to come up with economic development that honors the real constraints of the natural world. All roads lead to the same solution: a green-collar-jobs agenda that puts people to work reengineering our production, waste, energy, and water processes.

Van Jones, The Sun, March 2008, issue 387.

Monday, April 14, 2008


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Sunday, April 13, 2008

He's so great.

While I was a work Saturday night, my wonderful husband cleaned the bathroom! Doesn't everything look shiny?!

Daily photo: 4/13/08

The view.

From the prep room in the produce department at the Co-op.

Daily photo: 4/12/08

Friday, April 11, 2008

Blue sky--for a change.

Daily photo: 4/11/08

Better and better!

Juliet from the Broken Plate sent me one the pendants she made from the broken Diana Fayt plate. Thanks, Juliet! I love it!!

More packing.

Sending work to the Jewelry Student Co-op sale at Kent State. Thanks, Barbi.

Daily photo: 4/10/08

Thursday, April 10, 2008

All's well that ends well.

Remember my sad, broken Diana Fayt plate? Well, Diana graciously sent me a new one, which you see here. A beautiful pear plate that I love. And as for the broken one, Juliet of The Broken Plate contacted me about it and, with Diana's permission, made these lovely new pendants. You can get one for yourself at her etsy shop.

So, a story with a happy ending all around. Isn't that nice?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


leaving the strip mall where I work.

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Larger wall pieces

Consensus at the craft show seemed to be that I need to make some larger pieces that are more 'attention grabbing.' Not a natural move for me, but here is my first attempt.

The sections are cold connected with copper 'stitches'. I was inspired by the piecing in quilts and juxtaposition of pattern.



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At the end.

Doesn't look very different from the middle, does it? Well, that's probably because I hardly sold a thing. Oh well, I feel like I'm making progress with my display, and that's important.


In the middle.

Queeny Park all set-up.


In the beginning

Set-up at Queeny Park.


Thursday, April 3, 2008


Spent the day packing for the craft show at Queeny Park in Ballwin (St. Louis, MO suburb) this weekend. No packing can be done without the nervous supervision of a cat. Ever.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008


More mornin' light.


This tree outside our apartment is blooming. I don't know what it is, so if anyone does, please tell me, but it reminds me of another favorite memory I have from my oh-so-long-ago trip to France. We went to France in the late spring (May, or June, I can't remember--it was 11 years ago...) when the Linden trees were blooming in Paris. They had possibly the best smell I had ever smelled up to that point in my 16-year-old life.

Ahh, Paris...

Daily photo: 4/1/08


Got the recipe for this delicious avocado and ruby grapefruit salad from The Three Ingredient Cookbook by Jenny White.

All it is, is one sliced avocado, one sliced grapefruit and arugula lettuce. You squeeze the grapefruit skin (after cutting out the slices) to get the juice for the dressing. Mix the juice with salt, a dash of chili powder (or chili oil) and a splash of olive oil. I realize that's more than 3 ingredients, but the book's philosophy seems to be that if you should already have something, like salt, then it doesn't count as an ingredient.

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