Archive for the 'Domestic Arts' Category

A New Dish

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I’ve decided I need new ways to make couscous dishes. Plain couscous is boring and tasteless. The boxed mixes are ridiculously expensive. Fruity Couscous Salad 2 & 2/3 cups dry whole wheat couscous (or regular) 3 cups orange juice (or water, or a mixture) 1 cup packed dried apricots, chopped 1 & 1/3 cups dried […]

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Love Is Always

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Claire and I made this together. I set it up, she sprinkled stuff on it (confetti, sequins, jewels, feathers), squirted glitter glue, and I finished it off. Contact paper is wonderful stuff! A few days later I made a quick collage in a few spare moments in my art journal. I call it “Store Up […]

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Letter Q

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

We continue to create our way through the alphabet!

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The Letter P!

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Piano and pennies…

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Playing

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Feeling quiet on the blog these days. Did a painting on a 24×36″ canvas — my first one. All that blank white canvas felt a bit daunting, but I did enjoy mooshing paint around. I also used oil pastel on details. Claire and I are getting into the spirit of the next holiday: And we […]

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More Sewing

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

About ten years ago — more than, probably — I found a fabric I loved. I didn’t sew then, but I bought some. When we moved in, I hung it in Claire’s room with push-pins as a makeshift curtain. There wasn’t enough to make curtains for the window, but it did block some of the […]

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A Christmas Wish

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

From Recuerda Mi Corazon, read The Perfect Scent of Pine — a lovely, heartfelt, poetic tribute to Christmas. I hope that when Claire is grown, I will be able to grace paper with words in a similar way. Let there be light and joy in your heart; may you hear music that sends your soul […]

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Accessory

Monday, December 20th, 2010

I haven’t been knitting much this year. My last project I resisted — I just didn’t like how the yarn handled and was uninspired (it was a project for someone else). In late summer I made a wool-silk blend scarf, short and lightweight, to use as an accessory on cool days. It provides just the […]

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D-d-d-d-did You Say Sugar?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Today’s project! She ate almost as much candy as she put on the house. And ironically (is it?) she also had a dental appointment this morning (for which she was most calm and cooperative, and her teeth are just dandy).

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For Today

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Outside my window… I see rain falling and a gray sky. I am thinking… about the health of our cat, Stella. Tomorrow we’ll take her to the vet. I am thankful for… a good night’s sleep. From the kitchen… I have fresh homemade bread. I am wearing… the usual — jeans, turtleneck, knit vest, with […]

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My Beloved Angel

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A serendipitous moment last Saturday resulted in this photo of a kiss: Our Christmas preparations are carried out with great enthusiasm and anticipation. Age three is a wonderful time for the magic of the season.

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Anticipation

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in this house! Claire is especially excited. Our tree (before the star topper was decorated): I made the star 25 years ago when I was broke, using tin foil and cardboard. Claire added glue and glitter! Santa’s little elf can’t wait for Christmas. Every gift I wrap […]

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Thanksgiving Craft

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

We made a simple craft today, a list of what Claire is thankful for. I wrote them down as dictated. Note the last item on the list. Also note that if it weren’t for my prompting, “Are you thankful for me?” I wouldn’t have made the cut. (I do feel a tinge of chagrin/shame that […]

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Resupplying

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Earlier this year I made colored rice for Claire to play with. She played with it a lot outdoors last summer, and it had faded and gradually thinned out as it got scattered about. So I made more this week (along with small batches and dyed noodles for crafts). For a burst of color, see […]

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More Crafts

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Leaf turkey with leaves from our yard! Turkey apple made in preschool! Letter I (Island) and i (ice cream) crafts… Indian Corn Paper Bag Town 1 Paper Bag Town 2

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