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A little organization was needed this past week. I had at least six, large baskets full of yarn and crocheting supplies. I decided it was time to sort it all out and consolidate. So this is what I came up with….
I had the four vintage suitcases in the store and the two on top are Home Goods finds. So now all my supplies are in one place, easy to get to, and they make an attractive display (at least I think they do). So I’m set, as long as I stay out of the yarn shop for awhile. All the suitcases are packed full, no more room! Unless…I find another suitcase at the auction.
So with that finished, I decided to move to the “Inspiration Room” and work on some journal pages.
Now I’m thinking the “Inspiration Room” needs a little organizing. Maybe for next week.
I know, I missed week 4! Well, I didn’t really miss it, I just didn’t get it posted. The last two weeks have been a blur of Fall activities. Here’s a visit to the farm where we bought our winter supply of hay for our four-legged babies. They had a great Fall display and lots of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and all different types of winter squash for sale.
Fall brings on that “nesting” feeling for me. I want to move back inside, crochet by the fire and make Fall foods.
I bought a new loaf pan that makes 4 mini loaves of bread. It works great, but I’m still adjusting my recipes for the right amount of batter. First time not quite enough, the second time a little to much. My boys don’t seem to mind eating the mistakes.
Pasta Fagioli soup w/ “rustic” meatballs…haha!
This soup turned out so good, (I was wishing my brother hadn’t been a duck and headed to Florida already, he would have really liked this one). One of these days I’ll start putting my soup recipes to pen and paper!
Here is a similar Potato Leek Soup recipe to what I made (I made a really large pot so I don’t have exact amounts for mine).
The Beekeeper has been busy taking the honey boxes off the beehives and getting the bees ready for winter. We have about half of the honey extracted, looks like a good honey year for us.
And then there was the grape harvest….just when I thought I was done making jams and jelly! I forgot about the grapes.
I did get a new scarf crocheted and a little doodling in between the fall chores.
Time to get started on the next week!
P.S. Here are the bread recipes:
Blueberry Banana Bread
1 cup blueberries
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup margarine (I use butter)
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup mashed banana
Toss the washed and drained blueberries with 2 tablespoons of the flour. Sift the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together. Set aside. Cream the butter and gradually beat in the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the mashed banana, stir in the blueberries. Bake in a greased loaf pan in a 350 oven for 50 to 60 minutes (this is different of course if you are using a mini loaf pan like I did). Makes 1 loaf
This recipe is from a great cookbook I use a lot called, The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook.
Ruthie’s Pumpkin Bread
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup oil
1 cup pumpkin
2/3 cup water
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Bake in 3 greased and floured coffee cans (you need the kind without a lip), filled 1/2 full, at 350 for 1 hour. This can also be done in a loaf pan.
This was my Mom’s recipe. I’m not sure where it originated from, but pumpkin bread in a coffee can reminds me of my childhood…happy memory!
We went camping again last week. The same spot back up to the lake in the Adirondack Mountains, but this time with the Beekeeper’s family. Finding time to create was a little tricky, I did work on a few pieces that may end up in my journal and I took a lot of photos. Since photography definitely counts for creating in my book… I’ll start with those.
So the leaf on the lake is my favorite, I just love the way it turned out. Sunsets on the lake are always beautiful and a great photo opportunity, as is the wildlife. The geese that were using the lake for a stop off point on their way south didn’t like our kayaks passing through. I’m not even sure how many picture I took of this blue heron, who usually evades me and this trip decided to pose for me. I was so excited to see the young loon again that I wrote about in this post, but this time I discovered that there are four of them now. I think they make their migration trip together, anyone know ? The Beekeeper did lots of fishing, as did the fisher in the picture under the hubby’s hands on the reel. If you look close that little black creature (the fisher) has a fish in his mouth. The fire was one of “my creations”, and then the artwork I was able to get in, not a much as I had hoped, but some anyway. It was a good week, but I’m glad to be back home.
Well here we go…week two. I’m a little obsessed right now with my art journal, bear with me. First I just made new pages for the little one I started.
But that wasn’t enough so I had to create a whole new journal….
I’m taking this online class with Mary Ann Moss. I really like it. Mary Ann is a great teacher and a little quirky (I love that!). The Beekeeper says the same thing about me, I find it endearing. This is the first journal from the class. My plan was to make a journal with only watercolor paper to take with me camping for Columbus weekend, but I couldn’t seem to stick with that once I got started. I had this old children’s book in the store that was the right size for my paper. The cover was coming off anyway, so I figured it would be a good candidate for this exposed spine journal. Plus I loved the cover. But when it came right down to it my antique loving self had to keep the inside of the book with the cover. So now I have just complicated my first journal making experience. My seven, three page signatures have to each include a signature from the old book. I ended up with two signatures of just watercolor paper and five with a combo of watercolor, ledger paper and the old book sections. I’ve started putting clear gesso on the book pages to strengthen them and prepare them for watercolor (I plan to watercolor the black and white illustrations).
The rest of my creating time has been spent building a website to move my blog to. Just a switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, my URL will stay PatriciaFisherDesigns.com. So, Coming Soon, a new look! Here’s a little preview…
Today I’m linking up with Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky to share what I learned in September.
1. Art Journaling – I’ve had many journals that I’ve written in… I’ve doodled… I’ve made “art”, but never thought to combine them all together. Now, I have seen nature journals, and people’s sketchbooks that they write notes in, but the idea of an art journal was new to me, and I must admit fascinating! I stumbled upon them on a couple of blogs like here and here, and I wanted to know more. I told my sister, sister-in-law and niece one day that I was going to strongly resist the urge to start a new thing. What a joke! They know me better than that. Within a couple of weeks I had immersed myself in blogs about art journaling, ordered twice from amazon, been to Hobby Lobby and found two classes to take here. I’m gone…lovin’ this “new to me” thing. You can find me in “The Inspiration Room” with mod podge on my fingers.
2. What gesso is – This was an art journaling discovery. Found this stuff that artists use to prepare their canvases or paper. It makes a rough surface, comes in clear, white and black. Very fun stuff!
3. How many wonderful pens and markers are out there – Also part of the above discovery. Wow, how do you choose?
4. And last on this subject…I somehow learned of this sweet girl and her blog – I’m not sure how I came to her spot in the blogosphere, but I just love these little videos of her calendar pages. Check it out here.
5. How to make apple butter – I had never made this and our apple trees are loaded this year, so time to learn something new. I searched on Pinterest for apple butter recipes (there were many), read through some and gave it a whirl. My Dad was my guinea pig, so to speak, and trust me he will tell you if it isn’t right. The first batch was too thin. You have to cook this for a long time, so go with the slow cooker recipes. Here is one to start with.
6. How to build a website – This one is an adult continuing education learning curve. I need to move my blog to a self-hosted website, so I have begun this process. I think the learning is definitely going to continue well into October and maybe November, so this will be on my list again next month. I have the hosting, I’m on WordPress.org, I have framework, a new theme, and now to decorate it to my liking and transfer over for WordPress.com (keep me in your prayers)!
I’m a firm believer in the fact that everyone is creative. The people that know me very well know this about me. I have a hard time being quiet when I hear someone say, “I’m just not a creative person”. We were all created by the ultimate creator (artist of all time), and we do carry His genes. We may not all be in touch with Him or His creativity, but the potential is still there. It’s a little different in all of us, but it does exist. So I’m kinda launching off the idea of Creation week in the Bible. Having said that I can now explain my new plan for myself. Being creative isn’t the hard part for me, but making the time can be. So that brings me to the reason for this post title. I’ve come up with a way to motivate (push) myself to create something every day, which I intend to post about the following week….Eek! I figure it will get me thinking everyday about ways to be creative, about documenting it with a photo (which is creative in itself)… and a weekly blog post to keep me committed. So it should be a win-win for me…I make something and I have a way to remind myself of all that I’ve done each week. So I’m thinking anything that I make goes; painting, drawing, art journaling, writing, gardening, sewing, crochet, jewelry, cooking and baking, photography…..pretty much anything goes. Since we all know that God rested on the seventh day, I may also. So it isn’t about exact numbers, but it is about exercising creativity as often as possible. So here goes week one, which started last Monday.
So from art journaling to watercolor to canned tomato sauce and a new pair of earrings… it’s not the sun, the moon and the stars, but it’s a start. Join me and document your creativity.