Sunday, April 30, 2017

April, 2017 complete and May waiting in the wings in my never-ending calendar

My April calendar is finished a bit early.

In case you want to read the minutia, even with a very busy month, it is still quite boring compared to others who are globe trotters (you know who you are ladies).

My reason for completing my April calendar early was so I can create a few new projects I hope to start in May.  Different for me, and will hopefully turn out favorable.  I'm also hoping I'll have time to figure out why things on my right sidebar, like the clocks and weather, are no longer showing, even though I've added their codes again and again.

Now I'd like to switch gears to get my mind off the continued meltdown blogger is doing to my blog.  Before the cost of salmon went through the roof,

I used to buy fillets about this size and smoke them at Christmas.  They made great gifts and were always appreciated by my friends. 

Everything you need to know is on this label.   It tells how to safely prepare the salmon.  It shows it is sockeye, the second most expensive breed after king (sometimes called chinook) salmon.  Sockeye is an oilier fish with deep red flesh.  It is high in omega-3s but has a strong flavor.

When buying fresh or fresh after flash frozen, be sure it's wild caught.  In the U.S., that means it was caught in Alaska where fish farms have been outlawed due to disease.

I learned I could cook the salmon in parchment paper, and since I was entertaining, I wanted to make certain clean-up would be easy.  I can't believe I actually sacrificed some of this hoarded craft supply for a cooking project!

I laid the parchment paper in the bottom of the aluminum pan, then cut onions and laid them on the parchment paper.   I cut butter and laid it on top of the onions.  Then I squeezed some lemon juice over the top of both.

Next it was time to lay the salmon, skin side down, on  top of the onions and butter.

I love dill.  In fact, I love it on just about any and everything.  I'm not sure everyone feels the same way, though.

That's why I decided to add rosemary to a portion of the fillet.

This was my feeble attempt to make the dish pretty.

Then it was time to wrap the fish tightly in the parchment paper and cook it for 25 minutes in a 300 degree F (150 degrees C, Gas Mark 2) oven.

When I removed the photos from my camera, I didn't find a single one that showed the finished salmon.  It was really lovely, though, and still had the red tint to it.  It was completely cooked and got rave reviews from some pretty picky people!

And finally, I broke down and bought another hibiscus.  Overnight the blooms drooped and are no longer upright.  Only one bloom left to stand straight and tall!  I must get it in the ground, soon, so I don't lose it.

Thanks for joining me today.  I am thrilled you stopped by because this is the only place you will see my monthly calendar and my fishy fish tale.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April ARTifacts

I'm joining Seth Apter with my April ARTifacts journal entry.  I had so many images I wanted to share, but am only allowed one image on Seth's blog.  Each of these images has special significance this month.

I'll sew this into my rocking horse journal as soon as I've photographed this latest entry.

Beginning on the left edge, I sewed the Space Museum map and directions to a folded 6" X 6" colorful card stock gifted me by my friend Erika.  After sewing the assembly to the background paper, I created a pocket from part of the emblem.  I attached the pocket to the two pieces and inserted the ticket I received that day.

Moving up a bit, I pay homage to the the 22 days from April 1 through April 22, where I recycled something every day.

The March For Science happened on Earth Day, or as I call it, bEARTHday.   Although I've no idea what the postage stamp, sent to me by my friend Valerie, reads, I thought it looked like a piece of cake with a candle on it.

At the top near the fold is a calendar of April.

I really detest my handwriting, which used to be readable until my fingers stiffened so badly at age 19, I can now barely hold a pen.

For the right side, I have notes on the herb workshop I attended, along with herb stickers showing some of the herbs we discussed.  The actual notes are hidden on the second page so only I can see them.

Something I remember from viewing one of Seth's DVDs, is to always save words that have certain meaning to you.  The word "grow" seemed quite appropriate.  Another postage stamp, also from Valerie, signifies spring flowers I saw in my yard this April.

The note card is a replica of canvases made by women of Rwanda and sold by the African-American Museum

I visited twice in April.

One lecture was on genealogy and one on how similar President Obama and President Eisenhower were.   Both had roots in Kansas, and Obama had roots in Wichita.  But the similarity didn't end there.  It was a fascinating lecture, and I was so mesmerized I didn't take any photos.

I only found a portion of the fortune I received when my friend Sally took me to celebrate my birthday lunch with her.  It could also signify the lunch I took her to at a noodle Thai restaurant for her birthday at the beginning of the month.

One more look at the left side

and the entire spread I will sew into my ARTifacts journal for April.

Once again, I want to thank Seth for creating this collaborative.  And I want to thank each of you for visiting today.  I'm very grateful for your visit and your support of my art.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Let''s head back to Bali and a Blogger rant

I have been offline for nearly 24 hours, thanks to my (NOT) "very reliable" internet service provider, AT&T.  Granted they are cheaper than some, but keep raising their rates and performing poorly.  When it rains, I seem to have this problem, even though they promised they had fixed it the last time I was offline for about six days.

After I got back online, I wanted to leave a few comments and create this post.  But Blogger told me I had to sign in, something I have not done in several months.  It took me forever to remember my new password I had created four months ago.  Once I did, Blogger told me I had to add at least ONE more app, like a tablet or cell phone before I could get onto Blogger.

If you've been around my blog for any length of time at all, you know I don't have a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop, or any number of things they wanted me to include.   I'm so old school, I still use a VCR.  To me, it indicated another way Google can interfere with my life and my privacy.  Since I finally had phone service, I called my friend Scott, and he somehow knew how to get around the problem.  Seriously, if I didn't have him to help, this blog would have gone silent as of yesterday.  I hope this doesn't happen to you, but if it has, please let everyone know in comments.  Now I'm off my soapbox.

A month or so ago, we went to Bali.  Since it seems to be gloomy everywhere I visited before the meltdown, I thought this lovely spot in Indonesia would be a great place to set down our magic carpet on our magical mystery tour.  Not sure what I'm talking about?  I'm joining Hazel of Hazels' Creative Moments who's this month's host at Art Journal Journey.

Bali is many things, including these rice fields in Ubud.

I stumbled on this image at Trip Advisor.  It is a picture of Tanah Lot Temple.

The Tegalalang Rice Terrace always looks lush and beautiful after heavy rain.

Although I can't be sure, these look like marigolds to me.  I have no idea what their significance to Bali is, other than it made a lovely photo.

I swear, after looking at over 100 photos, all the temples started looking the same to me.   All I could find was "unique temple in middle of lake."  It appears to have been taken in Ubud and was on the Trip Advisor web site.

And so you don't get confused, all these images were of Bali, an island of Indonesia.

The three images were cut from three travel brochures and adhered to a used file folder (the back of my first Bali layout I made last month).  I sewed the images together, then sewed them all around the outside of the file folder so it wouldn't interfere with the reverse side.  "Bali" was computer generated.

Thanks for understanding why I haven't been around to visit sooner.  And thanks for joining me at Art Journal Journey.  I really, really appreciate your visit.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Santorini on our magic carpet

I'm joining Hazel of Hazels' Creative Moments again because she is this month's host at Art Journal Journey.  Hazel wants us to join her on a magical mystery tour.  It can be anywhere, past, present, or imagined.

But first, I want to share the wonderful gifts I received from art friends for my birthday.    Ironically, I'm sharing these in the reverse order they were received.

These came from my friend Patty.   It's hard to see, but those die cuts at the bottom are actually maps of the United States.  I can use them when I start on my North America  portion of 7 Continents.  Patty told me the bees were ones she printed out from her laser printer.  They are fabulous.  The bird is a cake topper (very appropriate) and the stamps

are older and tell us Earth Day is every day!

The card is beautiful, and Patty told me she left it blank so I could pass it on to someone else, or keep it for myself.

Linda gave me a fabulous tag that honors tea and coffee.  I really LOVE it, too.  And that marbled paper will be used very soon, I am sure.

Such attention to detail, this tag is lovely from its background to pretty flowers.

Next came Krisha's gift.  Or perhaps I should say gifts.  Look at all those incredible die cuts.  Those will be put to great use very soon, too.  She also included a birthday napkin and two sheets of colored tissue.

And look at this beautiful card she made.  I can only imagine how long it took her to color the flowers and sentiment.  It's fabulous.

Last, but not least, is the package that came from my friend Chris in the UK.  She stamped and fussy cut a few images for me, which I was truly grateful for.  She also knows I love stencils, and sent me these, which appear to be about ATC size.  Then there are the bunny napkins, some stamped and colored images, two tiny doilies, and washi tape.  LOTS of washi tape.

Love the tiny tapes.  They are SO cute.  Then there are the various words I can use for my 7 Continents AB.

Did I mention washi tape?  Between Chris and Cindy, who sent an equal number at Christmas, I now have more washi tape than I know what to do with it.

And then there's the lovely card showing it was for my BEARTHday.  Clever.

Finally, a table full of thoughtful gifts

from two views.

 But now let's jump on that magic carpet and head back to Santorini.

We are once again flying on that magic carpet to Santorini, specifically Oia again.

These blue domes sit atop a church in Oia.  Famous for their blue domes, many visitors take photos of these three domes together.

This is St. Nicholas with its curved roofs and stone arches.  There are three arches.  The middle one has the door and the two outside ones have windows.  The blue gate is gorgeous against the white walls.

I added the herbs because this is an ideal region for them to grow, mostly in pots, I would suspect, although they don't mind growing in rough or rocky soil, as I learned in the herb workshop I took.  They also like the sun and heat from this region.

My substrate was a piece of cardboard, and the various craft acrylics were applied with a faux credit card.  Now that my recycling days are over, I have to admit that I probably could have included this as recycled, because it was a piece of cardboard, but I used acrylic paint I paid for, and I'm not sure I really recycled anything other than the cardboard and the images.

Thanks for joining me today.  Your comments mean everything to me.  I am grateful you stayed with me through this recycle time, as well as viewing my wonderful birthday gifts.  Now let's jump on our magic carpet and head to Art Journal Journey where Susi and Hazel are waiting for us.