Saturday, August 21, 2010

A New Place To Create...

Since before moving into our new house, I have dreamt of having a room/place to create.  Well, the room isn't possible at this point, but I now have this exquisite secretary that I call my creativity center...


As you can see, my lovely new secretary has lots of little nooks and crannies, and shelves to place all kinds of inspirational items, such as photos, ribbons, buttons, pictures, eggs, stamps, books..., and I don't know if you can tell, but its painted in a soft golden color, with beautifully painted scrollwork..., I'm not exaggerating when I tell you, it actually seems to "glow"... invitingly...  Just looking at it makes me want to sit there and do something lovely like a pen and ink drawing, write a note to  someone I love, or write a post to this blog..., I just love it!

As you can see by the photo above..., we are still finding places for artwork, and unpacking boxes - moving is a lengthy process!  But today, we got the secretary moved into a quiet corner in the bedroom... now I am ready to move again, only this time its much easier and enjoyable..., I am moving into my "creativity center."

I will enjoy filling it with my favorite, inspiring things, and then sharing it with you:)

What about you?  Do you have a special place to create?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

All The True Vows...

I'm having technical problems with up-loading my photos...
Hopefully I will have it fixed by tomorrow.. In the mean time, here is a beautiful poem by
David Whyte...

All the True Vows
All the true vows
are secret vows
the ones we speak out loud
are the ones we break.
There is only one life
you can call your own
and a thousand others
you can call by any name you want.
Hold to the truth you make
every day with your own body,
don’t turn your face away.
Hold to your own truth
at the center of the image
you were born with.
Those who do not understand
their destiny will never understand
the friends they have made
nor the work they have chosen
nor the one life that waits
beyond all the others.
By the lake in the wood
in the shadows
you can
whisper that truth
to the quiet reflection
you see in the water.
Whatever you hear from
the water, remember,
it wants you to carry
the sound of its truth on your lips.
in this place
no one can hear you
and out of the silence
you can make a promise
it will kill you to break,
that way you’ll find
what is real and what is not.
I know what I am saying.
Time almost forsook me
and I looked again.
Seeing my reflection
I broke a promise
and spoke
for the first time
after all these years
in my own voice,
before it was too late
to turn my face again.
From The House of Belonging 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Capturing The Taste Of Summer...

Raspberry Jam

Jam is a great way to preserve the delicious fruits of summer.  Its been several years since I made any, but this year, I promised myself that I would make the effort to make enough to fill a shelf in the pantry and have a few left over for gifts.  On a cold dreary winter morning, there's something so comforting about opening up a fresh jar of fruit preserves. Just one sniff, and a little bit of summer returns.

Here's my recipe:

4 pints of raspberries
juice of 1 medium lemon
3 cups of sugar

Step 1.  Put the raspberries and lemon juice in a non-reactive pan ( I use my LeCreuset Pan)
Heat gently at first, this allows the fruit to release its juice.  During this time, mash the berries, till the fruit is soft and the pan is filled with juice.

Step 2.  Add the sugar and stir over a medium heat till the sugar is completely dissolved.  Turn up the heat and bring the jam to a rolling boil, removing any scum that floats to the surface.  Continue to boil the jam for several minutes..., test the jam for setting point after 5 minutes by taking a chilled plate from the freezer and dropping a spoonful on the plate, allow to cool for a few seconds then push your finger through the jam, if it wrinkles and sticks, its ready.    You can also use a candy thermometer, and test the jam when it reaches 220 degrees.

Step 3.  Pour the jam into hot, sterilized jars, put the lids on and seal.  When the jars are cool, wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any excess sticky stuff.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Time To Be Gentle...

 I spent the weekend in Portland racing with CG... and it was very hottttt and dryyyy at the race track... (I retreated into the air conditioned rv, fondly known as Petunia...,) and I remained cool as a cucumber,  I napped, and I read and I sketched, and drank cups of tea... , and realized how tired I'd become from all the moving and recent changes and upheavals..., so I took time to myself, and decided to take a couple of days off from blogging and listen gently to what my body needed ~ and REST was the answer...

One thing I did do, was go to the farmers market.  I love going there......, I get so inspired ~ to cook, to plant and grow things..., to capture the sights and smells... and photograph..., to eat...!!!

Here's a collage of market photo's... enjoy...



Dahlia bud

So many peppers

Viburnum berries

Sunny sunflowers