Friday, October 28, 2011
This year I planted a variety that I hadn't grown before called Lemon Boy. They are a fairly common yellow tomato. I think I got them at Canadian Tire of all places.
I had them planted in the large herb box on my deck where they got regular attention and sunshine. They had a bit of a slow start with our cool summer up til about mid July but eventually they took off and became very happy tomato plants. Here's a photo from when they were just starting to produce.
The fruit was a beautiful colour and had a great taste to it! My only gripe with them is that they took forever to make fruit and ripen. I planted them as 8" tall seedings back in April/May but they didn't really start to produce until late August and September. They should have been producing by late July so I think that the cool summer put them back by about a month.
Below is the info on the tomato variety.
Lemon Boy tomato
Indeterminate- 72 days
yellow flesh- 6-8 oz size
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
October is lovely for so many reasons; beautiful colours in the trees, fresh crisp air, a break after the craziness of summer and September, and PUMPKINS!!!!
I love driving by fields of pumpkins. There's quite a few of them on the island; especially on the highway towards the airport. They always bring a smile to my face. Green fields with orange polka dots are just so cute!
I, personally, am a fan of pretty well any recipe that includes pumpkin in it. Today, I have been trying a new roasted pumpkin seed recipe. I got this recipe from a friend at work and it's so delicious that I wanted to share it. Recipes are made for sharing after all so enjoy!
Jack-Be-Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup (250 mL) pumpkin seeds
2 tsp (10 mL) soy sauce
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
3/4 tsp (4 mL) chili powder
3/4 tsp (4 mL) hot pepper sauce
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1 pinch cumin
Toss pumpkin seeds with soy sauce, lemon juice, chili powder, hot pepper sauce, salt and pinch cumin. Spread on baking sheet; roast in 250°F (120°C) oven for 1 hour until dry.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A few weeks ago, I went with my parents to the cute little artisan community of Cowichan Bay. I had never been there before and I loved what I found. This little seaside town has an awesome fromagerie (mmm cheese) and bakery, and a great pub, cute little clothing shops and lots of different artist studios.
One of these artist studios is a little pottery shop called the Mud Room. It's owned by a lady named Colleen, who happens to be my second cousin. I didn't know this until the day we went up there and it was really neat. I guess artsy-fartsy-ness runs in the family!
Colleen makes all kinds of wonderful pottery and her skill at the pottery wheel is amazing! The day that I was there, I came out with beautiful a new mug in Colleen's signature yellow colour (she mixes the colour for the glaze herself) with a dragonfly. I love it!
Someday, I would like to get a teapot and more mugs to match mine. Isn't this teapot just awesome? She is just so talented!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Okay, maybe I'm weird but when I create art, I tend to get a little attached to my creations. It's as though each piece of art holds little snippets of my life. Memories of places where I lived, or life lessons I was learning or emotions I was feeling at the time. To me, it's more than just a visual stimulation. There's stuff going on in the brain too. I don't know if that makes any sense. It may be one of those "it made sense in my head' moments!
While there are some paintings that I will never ever sell, I've decided to put my Blessings painting up for sale in my Etsy shop. I really like this painting, and as much as I may feel an attachment to it, I feel that if it can bless other people then that is more profound than if I just keep it selfishly for myself. So, here it is, listed at HornCat Creations with some more photos and a better description. Feel free to have a look!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The first project is an altered book that I've been working on. I'm enjoying this project. I like making artwork that is somewhat functional as well as different from the norm. I'm still not decided on whether or not I will keep the book when I'm finished or if I will try to sell it.
I used the theme of a robin and the word Believe. I realize that these are a bit unseasonal right now seeing as it's autumn but lots of my friends have been commenting lately on how autumn is their favourite season. I agree, the colours outside are very pretty but spring is my favourite season. I love how everything comes back to life and quietly promises that summer will soon follow.
The second project was done on a canvas that I got from work. The canvas had been labeled incorrectly and the front was splattered rendering it unusable for our projects at the studio. I took it home to do something creative with it. I kept with the robin theme and used the word Blessings and some Bible passages.
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