Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I loved working with Mia. She was always upbeat, funny and chatty. "Wanna hear something wacky?" initiated many interesting conversations. She always brightened up the day.
Mia hated spiders, which was hard for her because the spiders were rather industrious and popped up overnight. Most were just the harmless "daddy long legs" house spiders, the most meek and inoffensive of spiders. I can recall hearing "Ew, ew, EW!" as Mia dusted or straightened and knew she'd encountered another spider.
One day Mia was cleaning out a cabinet, an old Victorian cabinet with drawers...and found a dead spider. "Ew, ew, EW!" I can't remember what I was doing but I suggested she just shake the drawer upside down and it would fall out and I would sweep it up, so that's what she did. The spider fell apart, as dried up daddy long legs tend to do! I'll never forget what happened next. Mia picked up one of the spider legs, held it up and looked at it and said "THIS?? THIS is what I've been afraid of???? Oh. My, God!!!".
May all your fears be spider legs.
My learners drivers license came in the mail yesterday.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I'm still playing with pods and pods and pods, I just can't stop making them and trying different color combinations. Lovely Jean at Nortel sent me samples of a few new colors to try. The odd lots are so interesting but it's important not to fall too deeply in love with them, for sometimes they are never, ever made again and then I'm left pining hopelessly for some more of that weird olive green or obscure streaky brown! It's been stretchy and good to work with colors I don't usually play with. My Rubino d'Oro (beautiful cranberry pink glass) feels very neglected!
A box of juicy pods and one annoyed owl.
So and I sorted through several long term collections last week. She decided to sell a lot of antiques and memorabilia that she had acquired over the last 15 years or so. It was a big job but fun, and left us with extra space and a nice bit of cash. I spent a bit of time going through the accumulated vintage postcards...sometimes to get one military card she would end up with a lot of others which just all ended up in a box. Many were just pretty Victorian pieces, but there were a few 50s and 60s ones too. I thought these were particularly interesting.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Murrine work is slooooow. I have finished a test face which is useful as I can see what changes I want to make before proceeding with another.
Sketches, hand blended color, component pieces:
Hand blended color:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Ready to deglaze the pan with some stock and white wine:
For dessert, gluten free apple crisp, with apples, raisins, butter, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom and brown sugar brought for us all the way from Fiji by Kyla! Topped with toasted pecans, walnuts and almonds tossed with butter and more brown sugar. The sugar has a slightly more delicate flavour than the brown sugar we're used to, and is more crystalline. If I do say so myself this was delicious too.