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Red Flower Mixed Media

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This project was the epitome of crapsmanship — working, reworking, and reworking until I get something pleasing. My original intent was to do something abstract in black, white and gold. Strangely enough, I started with a baby blue background on an 18X24 canvas. I had read that starting with an unexpected color can add interest. The picture below isn’t my canvas, but it does show you the color I began with.

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Sopa de Fideo

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Dan the Man bakes bread and desserts for a local brewery. One bar employee, Chris, particularly loves Dan’s desserts, so we spend a lot of time talking about food. As a native Mexican, Chris asked Dan about making her favorite soup from childhood — Sopa de Fideo, or Noodle Soup. Neither Dan nor I had ever heard of it, but I was up for the challenge. I found a recipe to try at https://www.isabeleats.com/sopa-de-fideo/. Read the rest of this entry

Halloween Couples Costume

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img_6140If you’re procrastinating about Halloween costumes for you and your significant other, perhaps you’d like to do what Dan the Man and I did for a party at our son’s house last night. Mine was easy — a purchased orange Jack-o-Lantern shirt, black pants, (a black turtleneck shirt because it was chilly), and a headband with a pumpkin stem on top. Dan the Man’s was a little more labor intensive, only because I couldn’t find a yellow shirt. After a trip to WalMart for a white shirt, yellow dye, and black duct tape, the Charlie Brown look was born. A little swish on the forehead of Charlie, a necklace for The Great Pumpkin, and a timeless partnership was born!

Artist Trading Cards

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I’ve always turned up my nose at the idea of Artist Trading Cards. I mean, why would I want to start a new collection when I hardly have room for what I already have? But when Martha, Kathy, and I scheduled a trip to Dallas for a big crafters’ conference, Martha suggested we make some ATCs in case we have the opportunity to swap with other crapspeople, er, I mean craftspeople. So I approached the task with my usual blend of ineptitude, mixed media, and luck. Here are a few of what I’ve created so far.

I used a stamp and a label on the back of each to identify the “artist.”

They’ve been strangely addictive to make, and I’ll create more before our trip in mid-September. I might even sprinkle them throughout the conference hall for my donation to found art!