Saturday, August 27, 2011


This morning I added a shoulder bag to the doll . Inside the bag are 2 tiny "books" and I think it looks really nice on her!

Friday, August 26, 2011


Well, I just finished another "storyteller" doll. I love making these, and all of them are quite different from each other. As usual, this one was made with bits and pieces and scraps from my studio. The face is polymer clay on a form of crushed newspaper and masking tape.The body is several layers of cardboard glued together, and then covered with a knit bodysuit filled with a polyester fiber to give her some softness. At the initial construction I attached a fabric loop to the back so that it can be hung on the wall.
Then came the fun parts: painting the face, stringing the necklaces and sewing the dress. Her hair is a raw silk yarn and her head scarf and waist sash were cut from a piece of brown gauze I have had for about 14 years!
Her underskirt is part of a lace and polyester slip and the design on the bottom of the skirt was made by using a stamp I had made and acrylic paint. She measures 25 inches long.
I love her! And, now I am wanting to make another one!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


On our recent trip to Canada, and the fabulous day of winery touring, we stopped at one vinyard which had a wonderful cheese shop. The ladies in the shop were preparing canapes and offered up samples. Below is my recreation of the best one! The base of the canape is stoned wheat crackers (no, I am quite sure that refers to a milling process). Next is a lovely slice of Brie Cheese. Topping the cheese is a chutney made as follows: Finely dice a peach and a plum (or any such fruit that is getting too ripe). Add some chopped basil and then a bit of wine, whatever bottle you have open. Put the chutney in the fridge to keep cold until time to assemble. So, this was our lunch on the porch today. We added some wine (since, of course, the bottle was already open) . I encourage you to try this! See, the plate is quite empty! As are the glasses:)
It was soooooo tasty!

Friday, August 12, 2011


Earlier this week we took a couple of days to go north and fell right into the fabulous Ontario Wine Country. We stayed at the Capri Inn in the city of St. Catharines. a lovely room with a view over a river (?). We visited several of the 57 wineries in the region and it was a beautiful day for wine touring! This was our very favorite winery!
Here is Roy, getting up close and personal with a vintage wine press.
Here you can see just one of MANY rows of grapes. Rows and rows and rows and rows.....they just went on and on.
All of the vineyards and their attached wineries had beautiful gardens. And, many of them had quite extensive gift stores. One of them had a fabulous store of artisan cheeses. Samples came faster than you could taste them and we came home with several pieces of speciality cheeses. Of course, the wine tastings were wonderful too and we brought home a case of assorted wines.
The gardens were so pretty I had to photograph the flowers.
At one of the wineries we had lunch outside in view of all those grapes. We shared a lobster and shrimp baguette, lightly dressed green salad and a very nice Chardonney. Best lunch in a very long time.
Roy has his hands full of cheese!
And here I am under a grape arbor holding four really tasty cheeses.
I have no doubt we will be going back. There are so many vineyards to visit! So many cool labels, so little time. It was a wonderful trip and we stopped at Niagara Falls on the way home. Stay tuned for the requisite "falls" photographs!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Cooling on the table is a peach and raspberry tart! The peaches were bought frozen in bulk at our local farmer's cooperative and Roy picked the raspberries in our woods yesterday. I don't really have a recipe for you because I generally just wing it for these. I confess to a frozen pastry round for the crust.
I combine peaches and raspberries and some water and some sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and lemon juice. I cook it for awhile and then thicken it with corn starch. That's it! I bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Postscript: The tart is resting comfortably on a cake stand I made when living in Mountainair, NM where I took a pottery class. I have been waiting for a chance to use it!