Several years ago I learned how to make lampwork beads and discovered how addictive it can be. There’s something about taking a cylinder of glass sticking it in a blazing hot flame, melting it onto a metal rod that’s absolutely hypnotizing. The next step is deciding what to do with these little gems, so last night I made them into bead markers that are going out as thank you gifts to the Fab Four organizers of the Potholder Swap 2010!
They sort of look like gobstoppers from Willy Wonka!
Wow! Hallmark had it’s 100th anniversary in January — it’s hard to imagine!! As part of the anniversary hoopla, Hoops and Yoyo made an appearance and I got to get my picture taken with them . . .
I know you were afraid to ask so I’ll just tell you — I’m the one in the middle.
February 5th is the fourth annual World Nutella Day! If you go to the World Nutella Day website there are recipes, stories and more information than you could ever use on the delectable chocolate hazelnut spread. I’ve never liked peanut butter and my family thinks that I’m an alien from another planet because of that fact (well, maybe for a few other reasons as well). But Nutella, that’s an entirely different story. When my nephew came home from spending a semester studying in Vienna, he was addicted to Nutella, carrying a spoon and a jar of the stuff everywhere he went. With that kind of devotion I just had to try it to and loved it. Nutella was created in the 1940’s by an Italian named Pietro Ferro in response to the shortage of chocolate due to WWII. There were plenty of hazelnuts, so they were used to extend the chocolate and the yummy spread was originally called “pasta gianduja”. It’s great on toast and bagels, but I have to admit that I like to eat it right out of the jar.
So here’s to World Nutella Day! Enjoy!
Also, if you want to try making your own homemade Nutella, here’s a fabulous recipe!
Oh, my, I saw these on Christien Meindertsma’s website and my mouth just flew open and then I got a big grin on my face! I love these giant garter stitch cushions that are called urchin pouf’s. I so want to see these being made — wait, what am I saying?! I want to try making these!
As you can see, the needle size is definitely off the charts. Meindertsma is a young Dutch designer that has an innovative and humorous approach to knitting. She has a product line called FLOCKS, that as the website says is “a knitwearbrand in the broadest sense of the word.” She was also a part of an exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum called “Design for a Living World” that highlighted items made from sustainable materials from around the globe. Go to YouTube and you can hear her thoughts on her work.
(photos from Dezeen and Christien Meindertsma)
I hope everyone has had a day full of family, friends, food and hope!
I know we have certainly enjoyed ours!
I was sorting through some of my older work and found this one with two of my favorites things — yarn and cats! Painted the old fashioned way with gouache on Arches water color block with a bit of Prisma Color.
I illustrate on the computer almost exclusively anymore. At first, I fought it tooth and nail, but the more I learned the tool, the more I realized that it was just another medium, like pastels or oils or acrylics. I now actually enjoy the computer and yes, it’s become my friend. But last week I pulled out my watercolor block, my brushes and gouache and tried to reacquaint myself with painting again. I had forgotten how relaxing it is to sit and watch an image begin to appear on a blank piece of paper — the happy accidents, the thought process, the fun . . .