I love these golden, sunny fall days. This is a view from my kitchen table a few sundays ago. I LOVE my weekend mornings- sitting at the kitchen table with the paper, girl cat on my lap, the washing out, geraniums in the window and a hot cup of tea. It may not be repeated again this year. The days are colder and laundry is happier drying by the newly turned on furnace now.
I am playing around with some new silkscreen ideas! It has been along time since I did this! I am happy to pay now to have my screens exposed and I will be taking them to Kid Icarus to be done. How nice to delegate! They make beautiful things as well as sell lovely things made by other people. I have decided I simply never create enough screens anymore to make buying a bottle of the stuff worth while as it expires within a short time once it is active. I have a sad expired bottle in my fridge as we speak and its such a shame to just toss it but I have no other choice.
I thought the food one would be cute for a grocery tote bag and the house, well a house with a face is always cute.
I know that I said this was my best day ever, but I have upgraded to pugoween. This was the craziest thing I have ever seen. I dragged Paul (bless) out to it, after having heard about it the week before and then, thank goodness, seeing a poster about it at the pet food shop or I may have forgotten! Obviously, pug owners dress up their pugs for a hallowe'en costume contest and the pugs LOVED it. I was really happy to see Nora, top right, center and bottom right, as she is the only pug I am acquainted with and I got to cuddle her. It was mayhem with pugs runing around in circles everywhere and people squatting to take pictures. I sat on the floor and was immediatley overrun by enthusiastic pugs, trampling over my lap and snuffling in my face. Sigh- it was heaven really, pure pug heaven. I have been a pug admirer for probably over ten years, when I would longingly scroll through pug rescue sights and read anything (hilarious book, BTW) about pugs I could find. Why not get a pug? Why not indeed... girl cat might not appreciate the intrusion into her peaceable kingdom though, and I like to spoil her in her golden years. For now I will just have to remain a pug stalker.
It must be the strong cup of tea I just finished, but I have overcome two of my hurdles just now and they are:
1) Posting an actual picture of myself that is clear, not a drawing and including my face , on this blog. (That is obviously me, at the book presentation)
2) Looking at all the pics Paul took of me at Word on the Street and picking a few to put in a new photo album on the right here. It has taken me three weeks to calm down and not be scared to look at them.
The album I just finished making is all the news about our book, which has already been reviewd in a few places and I decided since this IS my blog and all, I may as well do some horn tooting because no one else (except my dear Paul who I should hire as my publicist, bless) will do it for me. It also includes some great pics sent by friends of Berkeley sightings in stores near them and anything else I can think of. So stay tuned! More will be added as it becomes available.
A lovely Thanksgiving away in Picton this past weekend, involving walks, knitting, magazines and lots of Arrested Development Season One, my new favorite show. How can it be so mad and funny? I don't know but it is. And how did it take me so long to watch it?
A walk in Delhi Park, Picton, looking at the very old graveyard and enjoying the sunshine.
In the brush at the side of the park I encountered a pair of these most adorable birds who I was unable to take a proper photo of and can't seem to identify. The were not shy and I loved them - so sweet! UPDATE!! My friend Grace is so smart- she says it is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet! Now that I think about it, he did have a cute red dot right on the top of his head- I am so exited. What a thing to see!
An apple cake! Baked back at home wth this recipe- very very yummy.
And some very pretty earrings which I won! From Nicole at the Theft of Thursday- Thanks Nicole!
I have been really into quiche lately. It is a great way to get some protein and a pile of veg. for what seems like a very healthy dinner, with a nice salad. I learned the cherry tomates are nicer if placed middle side up. It all started with this scrumptious photo and I was inspired. It was nice to learn that just because it has a french name, its not hard at all. In fact its been a treat to whip together after a long day at work when you want something cozy but feel very lazy. That is without a crust. WITH a crust is more of a sunday project for the likes of me.
Then there are these brownies which I made way back for the kids trunk show and I decided they would be extra cute cut into flower shapes.
Thanks for all your good wishes for my appearance at Word on the street! It went well I think, though it was a bit sparsely attended due to it being 11 am on a Sunday. Krissy and Paul came and I was so happy to see them as well as a few other pals after wards. I am still really honored to have been asked, being a first timer and all. I was really pleased to meet one fan who was so nice and introduced me to her family. You can see her account of things here. Paul took piles of pictures and I have not sorted through them yet. I may not get to them soon as I felt so shy and nervous, it's best not to think of it for a while.