I am so lucky to be a part of the most wonderful group of charm swapping friends. We meet every six months to trade charms that we have created or collected with one another. The group ranges from 20 to 25 women. We swap helpful hints about jewelry making, share the stories of our charms, and admire the show and tell that appears. There’s lots of food and lots of joy. I am usually distracted, and mean to take lots of pictures. This time, I thankfully handed my camera to Julie. She took these fabulous shots before she got distracted too!
Archive for August, 2011
Our recent cocktail class at Cuoco, a Tom Douglas restaurant gem, was some serious fun! Raoul and I learned to make three scrumptuous drinks: Lemon Basil Collins, Summer in the City (an Italian version of a Manhattan) and Bellisima (with a base of strawberry-infused tequila). It was hands-on learning and drinking at its’ finest. I’ve been diligent about practicing my homework ever since.
Incredibly beautiful food abounded at the Ballard Farmers Market this last Sunday.
The orange and purple carrots we’ve been growing at home don’t look quite this spectacular, but they are delicious all the same.
Raoul and I got some ideas for new veggies to try growing next year. Even though our home garden is producing like crazy, we still managed to fill our shopping bag with corn, cheese, olive bread, raspberry cider and dragon’s tongue beans. The hot, fresh mini-doughnuts we indulged in didn’t last long enough to need any space in our bag!
Here’s a snapshot of our most recent neighborhood shindig. Once a month we have a potluck dinner in the middle of our cul de sac. We all moved here within a few months of each other, and instantly bonded into a community of neighbors. And we discovered right away that we like each other’s cooking, as well as company!
I volunteered to do the dessert for our last feast. I made this Pavlova (it’s a meringue that you bake until it’s chewy instead of crisp), layered with homemade lemon/lime curd, whipped cream and berries. There were no leftovers.
I am a lucky duck to have a separate room for my studio. I claimed one corner of it for a permanent sewing station. Here is my trusty sewing machine from the 1950’s. It doesn’t do any sexy stitches. We go forwards, backwards and zig zag. (Sort of like a well-lived life.) I’ve been spending the past week fixing up the clothes I already own – shortening hems, repairing and adding zippy little touches. Mending stuff feels darn good.
Canning jars are the best. Sturdy, easy to find and handsome. Here I’ve added some 20 gauge wire, created lots of little loops done with round-nose pliers, and slathered on the crystal chandelier drops. A grouping of several of these, glowing with candle light, would look dazzling for evening entertaining. A single one used as a vase would be charming inside or outside. So many possibilities!