Friday, December 31, 2010

~ gifts of the season. . . . .

*   ~*    h e l l o o o o o o u ~ *     *         *

~*   *     *
so... .   .

as we all scribble in the last few entries into
 this year's notebook of our life~

the family photos have been taken

 and our quiet inner visions are pasted on the back cover 
and kissed goodnight for another year.. .   .

after the gifts have been exchanged, now 
come the gifts that i give myself this year.
the gifts only i can give ~

the gifts only i know that i want.. .  and truly need.


so my holiday tree was furnished this year 
with my love of old pink ornaments~

some cool vintage silverware

and topped with my favorite, comfortable, folding

'  t a b l e    &   c h a i r s  '

(( .  . even got to go for a car ride for a brief gallery appearance~*  ))

it really seemed to have adorned itself using whatever was within reach.
the flavor... .  . or   ' taste '  this year
 being a symbol of gathering
of eating
of sharing.

then as the epiphanies have come
 been hopefully noted for future use
 and gone ~

~  ~*
and my/our wishes and dreams... .  again re-evaluated ~

i give myself ~





~  ~*  *     *         *  goodbye  old  year...  .   .      .

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

~yes... . 'tis the season *

the window is in.. . .

& here we go ~*

Sunday, December 5, 2010

~next in the Oven... . .

So... .   .

moving on
from our time of  ' Giving Thanks '... .

to the chance for just plain  ' Giving '

* * *

all the pies were made
blending tradition & inspiration... .   .

& the last bites slowly eaten.

so... .   .

next on the menu and then in the oven
is clay based ~

main ingredient:

*    p o r c e l a i n    *

a focus change to the visually edible.
right up there with the preliminary senses of sound and smell.
before it passes our lips.

these vessels that contain our so carefully chosen foods.

(  i think this would be a beautiful tart... .
i'm working on that ~ )

i guess these are a kind of ' twice baked ' food ~

to then be adorned
with a colorful glaze of powdered glass and water.
then back in the oven
for a relatively quick finish... .   .

at @  2000 degrees ~

~ wish them luck !

Saturday, November 20, 2010

~ food for a rainy saturday afternoon... . . .


.   . ...what's on my table today ?

.  . ...what surrounds me ?

.  . for two, or more ?

.  . ...or one ?


it's raining on the outside of the window.  another sunny day inside.


this time, i choose ... .  .    .

  a table for one, please~  

.  . ...maybe something with an   O r c h a r d   view ?

then when i'm done,

i'll just fold this day up.. .   .  
& into a drawer
for another use.


or i could pass it on.

such delicious   c h o i c e s .

i'll let you know. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

~a food blog~? ... . . .

so... .    .
you know, this is actually supposed to be a "food blog". i don't know if you can tell, really. but of course, that is the point.  well, my point anyway.

that everything we do~
is our Food.
Our pure nourishment.
~or not. 
~it's our choice.

so when i approached the window display this time... .
(( it being maybe one of the only windows i know of that is still traditionally based on the 'Current' season or holiday~ ))

 we are now talking... .  thee  ' giving thanks '  holiday.
(( Thanksgiving~ ))
so... .   .      .

what am i cookin' up here?
what am i serving people?
for family?
for friends?
and friends i don't even know yet. or in other words, the passers-by~

what do i taste and feel and nourish myself with while creating this... . 
. ...and what will others taste in turn~?

first of all, i must mention, the owner of this clothing shop is quite the stylist, and quite the cook.
yeah, needless to say... .  these things are dear to my heart.
so, i get to express myself here via  'all things beautiful & culinary' ~

so, the Chandelier/slash/lighting source, is my own.
embellished, of course, with thee serving and eating and nourishing utensils known as
the knife, fork & spoon

then ... .
candles, colored glass jewels, the most sincere ribbon, the spun webs of a spider's gold &  silver, then the tasty pure crisp parchment paper that i so love~

so... .   .      .
what would one wear?
what shall i suggest?
what could possibly encompass all of this majesty?

to keep it fun. to inspire. to entice?
for this sensory celebration of the seasons.
the tactile color and texture and crunch !

.     .  . ...just a few ponderings~

Thursday, November 4, 2010

. ...what we Think we need~

" The best ideas are born when you don't have
what you  t h i n k  you need ! "
                                                         ~ me... i think

so i remember... .
 back when i had the most marvelous, fantasyland opportunity
with the Macy's Visual Merchandising  team. They actually called it 'a real job', complete with almost  total freedom, deserved respect, benefits...
and actually Payed me quite a bit to do it~!

  Anyway, there was a little blackboard in our Creation workshop next to the phone, the coffee grinder, ( fresh beans from the Housewares department, thank you, musssss.. . ) coffee maker, useful stuff...  mostly for messages, etc.,
that also held the permanent chalk message of :

Repetition is the last Refuge of the Unimaginative~ "   
These wise words seem to be ingrained in my being, like the decadent alternative food i actually crave and can choose  when finding myself 'without' whatever i think i need, which is of course 'normal'... . if we stop to think about it~

So... .   .

maybe needless to say,
 that when i found myself 'without a pumpkin-like object' on Halloween day, after embellishing everyone else during the month...  .

 the shop windows for the holiday  ~

~ complete with
 a chance to make a not-too-dorky gourd lamp.. .   .

and a totally handsome crow with crown~

.  . . ..baking & delivering a few yummy pumpkin-ish tarts~

Roasted  Butternut  Squash   &  Garden  Rose  Petals
on an almond and herb crust... .

. ...with beautiful fall pears
topped with my favorite gorgonzola
&  d r i z z l e d   with a sweet  honey ~

mmmmmmm.. .  .   the comforting depth of the roasted squash
with the juicy freshness of the pear
the marvelous creamy, salty cheese
balanced with the sweet honey
supported by the nutty, herbal pastry underneath
& the rose petals for that backlit hint of question and elegance and beauty ~

. ...then baked 'til the natural sugars and cheese start to bubble
and you know it's done just by the smell ~

(  ...make sure there's one in the oven for the chef~! )

~ garnished, boxed and on the road

so anyway... .   .

i did initially cling to that self- and otherwise-ingrained notion
of carving  a largish, roundish shaped squash-family representative to poke holes in to let the obligatory candle/light within shine through-
 representing this otherwise pretty tacky holiday.
 or, to me...  honoring all these fantastic gourds and squashes i find myself
completely drawn to!

i also kept thinking... .
that what i really had here was the personally freeing choice to 'let  it go by' this year, which would actually be the first time since i could remember... let's say many years ago.

ok, that's cool ~

until the day got later and later.. .
and the  a r t i s t  in me got more and more anxious.. .   .

what i had here, was really
 an   O p p o r t u n i t y  ~

here's this  n a t i o n a l  holiday
where it is totally acceptable and actually encouraged...
to have fun carving one of these marvelous natural things into
 whatever your creativity desires~!

 hmmmmmmmm... .   .
the choices are seemingly endless, first of all... .
then the feel of it all, and fresh smell when you cut into it, and the great seeds left over
to Roast when you're done.
well, heaven to me ~

so... . as i had years ago moved on
 from the usual Orange, to carving the White pumpkins, then the Cinderella and the Blue... .   there they were... .  .    .
right on my studio table. the big, beautiful, white Patty Pan Squashes
i got from the Epicurean Farmer displaying his gorgeous Vegetables as Art at my last gallery show.
 raising and swirling their arms in an invisible way to get my attention... " pick me " ~

yes, they had become living sculpture, as many fresh edibles do.. . in that category for me of ' too beautiful to eat'... right away. which many times becomes... .   'a bit too late' .

no problem. my whole point really... .   .

just, food for the Soul ~

.   . . ... so what was i thinking ?
( surprised at myself for first clinging to the 'usual-ish' )

... . who needs a pumpkin ?

 the best ideas truly are born when you don't have
what you   t h i n k   you need ! 

                                                                        .     .  . . ..... enjoy ~

Monday, October 25, 2010

Yellow & Pink inspiration ~

As they say... . 

' one person's stuff to let go of,
is magically transformed into truly a chance for
 new inspiration for another person ~ ! '

~otherwise known as.. .

the "  Yard Sale  "

As was the case this last weekend when walking over to
 my local Library for their fall
" Patio Sale ".

Now, quite consciously aware of the fact that I had
just held what I advertised as
 the " Beautiful Yard Sale "
 just a few months earlier... .

 letting go of ~
 and passing on
 my once cherished possessions to hopefully become
 fuel and inspiration for someone else's Life. 

The still quite lovely remains of my sale was then regrouped, embellished, boxed up and delivered to this same Library to be part of their ongoing little Sunroom Shop, and now this Patio Sale that helps raise money for the library~

So, needless to say...
 I was just dropping by to say Hi... as I didn't need or really want
to now take anything back home with me, right~? 

Enter... . 
the most charming little book I've ever seen ~

" Y e l l o w   &   P i n k " 

Sorry to say, I had never seen this gem
or knew much about it's author William Steig... . and
the drawings are just enchanting~
 These two little characters are out on the grass
pondering the basic time-worn questions of Life~


so... .  I managed to escape
with only two bags of 'new' cherished items ( all the while muttering to myself and a few polite patrons within ear shot that I must be nuts.. . ) but, noticing when I got home and unwrapped my little bounty, that everything I bought was... . 

p i n k   and    y e l l o w ~!
( how weird is that? I call it serendipity, thank you~ )

... . the book, an old Pink colored glass bottle, an
unwrapped set of Yellow cocktail napkins, 
and an 18-piece set of clear glass, simple, contemporary stemware... perfect for serving that inspired little dessert with a glass of vino to ponder more of Life's questions ~

So... . 
as this weekend seems to have finally brought the Fall season to us, full of the magic of self reflection, it's time to question what's on
our Life's plates.. .

~did we put it there
~is it pleasing to our own eyes and palate
~does it nourish us


Now these lovely things that were ' let go ' by another... .
have become an inspired part of My life ~