Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sweet and Sinister Swap 2

As promised, here is a pic of the lovely goodies that I received from Pam:
There's a cute, "stuft prim" black cat,
some terrific ephemera for more crafting,
some sinister skull ornaments all glittered up,
some fabulous buttons at least one of which I want to make into a ring,
a really cute altered tin filled with black candies,
and I love how she altered that silver tray!!
Thanks so much, Pam, I love it!

And here's something Sweet and Sinister for you:

Click, then right click and save ;)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sweet and Sinister Swap

I have had so much fun doing Kari's Sweet and Sinister Swap this year! It's a private blog with lots of fun seasonal tutorials and also a swap with a black and white theme. We're to include at least one handmade item, one vintage item, one home decor item, something sinister and something sweet!
I just love themes and challenges, it makes you focus on things you may not have picked up on otherwise. I was assigned a sweet :) partner, Pam, and had lots of fun making, collecting and gathering things for her Sweet and Sinister package,
here's a peek at what I sent to her:

Just to be sinister and suspenseful ;),
I'll post the lovely goodies she sent to me...tomorrow!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Projects

Thought I'd give you a little peek at some of the things
I've been working on for Halloween:

Here's a little Halloween freebie to use in your artwork:

Click, then right click and save ;)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Freebie Saturday

Well, late again.
Maybe I should just change it to Frequent Freebie ;)

Here's a Halloween cutie for you:
Click, then right click and save ;)

Last Sunday, San Diego's Little Italy

held a Festa for Columbus Day Weekend, complete with large models of the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria, gondola and gondoliers, and a
Gesso Italiano--Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest!
There were some amazing ones, here's a sample:

A little bit sad to think that they are just so much dust now. Ephemeral beauty.
Still there was Italian music, wonderful food, and arts and crafts for sale. Just a terrific day!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Mermaid's Mercantile

Hello Friends!
Last weekend Marti and I went to The Mermaid's Mercantile in Solana Beach
for their monthly "flea market".
 It's beautiful any time of the month,
but the last weekend of the month they have many outdoor vendors
purveying their lovely, vintagey goods.
How cute is the front of this shop?

The outside is as lovely as inside:

Inside are beautiful, dreamy things:

And whimsical:

Do you love this butterfly dress as much as I do?

They also sell lots of vintagey bits, altered couture, shellcrafts and mermaid-y stuff.
Here's a little mermaid freebie for you:
Click, right click and save!
♥♥♥Thank you so much for visiting and for all your lovely comments!! ♥♥♥
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Eat More Veggies!!

OK, so I am in week 3 of eating vegan. It's not bad, and I'm definitely eating more veggies and legumes and not sprinkling parmesan cheese on everything. And I only cheated once. OK, twice. Like I'm going to go to Yogurtland with 6 people and not get froyo?! And at least my lapses were vegetarian. Haven't had meat or fish. Here's a great vegan soup recipe:

Ratatouille Soup

1 small eggplant (abt. 1#), left unpeeled and cubed
2 medium zucchini, cubed
2 t. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 lg. clove garlic, finely minced
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 c. canned chopped tomatoes, with their juices
4 c. (defatted chicken) or vegetable broth
1 lg. or 2 small bay leaf
2 T. chopped fresh basil leaves
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
freshly ground pepper
(freshly grated parmesan cheese)

Combine eggplant and zucchini in a large colander, sprinkle liberally with salt, toss, and allow to stand and drain for 30 minutes.

Heat the oil in a heavy 4 or 5 qt. saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggplant, zucchini, and red pepper and stir well to combine. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini and eggplant begin to lose their raw appearance, 3 to 5 minutes longer. Add the tomatoes, broth, and bay leaf; stir to combine, and increase the heat to high. When the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, partially cover the saucepan, and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in 2 T. of the basil and parsley and cook 5 minutes longer. Remove bay leaf.

Transfer the soup to a food processor or blender or use an immersion blender, and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and reheat before serving. Garnish each serving with (parmesan cheese), as desired.

6 Servings
77 calories, 2.3 grams fat

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Freaky Friday Freebies

Yes, I know it's Tuesday, but I am so far behind. Here's a little sample for you to download, taken from one of my collage sheets that are available in my etsy store.
Click, then right click and save and use in your artwork!
Hmmm...let's experiment with a little giveaway. If you leave a comment, and/or sign up to follow me, I will email you the whole collage sheet from which these images were taken. Sound like fun?


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