Friday, 5 October 2012

How do you like them apples?

A while back I was really into making apples with clay.  We just got a trailer full of stuff we had in storage from when we moved out of Ontario.  I was thrilled to just find these little guys!  the two on the left are raku, while the one on the right is a mix of glazes and underglazes.  They were formed using the pinch pot method then pounded into shape.  I absolutely love this technique for handbuilding!

Speaking of apples - something new I have tried is a recipe for apple pie filling in a jar.  A friend brought me a bunch of apples from her mothers orcharch in manitoba. I decided to try this recipe and I cannot tell you how happy I am with how it turned out and I am just thrilled to think that at any moment I can make an apple pie as simply as pouring this already made filling into a pastry!  It is so good we joke about eating it straigh out of the Jar!  Below is the link to the recipe and 'tis the season!
Oh and for $14 I bought an apple peeler that peels, slices, and cores the apples in a fast turning motion - it is so fantastic - fun for the kids to help out!  Who doesnt love apple pie!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The art of canning

Not great photos I know, and the display, not so glorious.  I guess practicality is key here, as the not so nice, crappy lighting basement is the only place where there is room to store my canned goods.  I still love to go down there and look at all the colourful jars filled with organic produce from my garden.  To me this is a beautiful thing, a labour of love!  This is the art that has kept me busy these last few weeks as I harvest my garden.  I do get so much pleasure from it!  There was an elderly women behind me in the store where I got my canning jars and when she saw me buying them she asked if I liked canning and she seemed shocked to hear me say I love it.  I could tell that just seeing my canning jars was causing her to cringe.  She went on to tell me she would can hundreds of jars every fall because she HAD to, she had five boys to feed.  There is a big difference between doing something because you have to and doing something because you love it.  Well I get such pleasure filling these bottles with homemade goodness - I may be a bit obsessed with it!  When you eat homemade salsa - you cannot go back to store bought ever again!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Humble beginings

Well everyone has to start begin somewhere and my journey begins here, with blogging that is.   I know blogging is by no means a new thing but for me it is a whole new world.  I have never really gotten into the blogging thing until very recently I started out on Barbara Lewis's blog about painting with fire.  Really great blog by the way.  Started following it and it has lead me too so many wonderful places where there are fantastic communities of like-minded folks.  I just cant believe I have never jumped on board long ago.  I guess I am an all or nothing kind of girl - the same reason I have never entered into facebook - I knew that once I would enter I cold get hooked and then have to devote time I just don't have!  Well here I am hooked to blogging, so hooked in fact, I want one of my own.  So here it begins......

Where it goes
                        I do not know

But I think I shall enjoy the process!
I will blog about the art in and around my life, projects I am working on, things that inspire me, and all art related topics. 
I am learning as I go with the technical details related blogging.