Ahhh the passing of 2008. Shall I miss it? No, I don't think so. Were there wonderful things about 2008 that I will remember fondly, certainly. Were there giant balls of shite that I don't want to cloud my brain for even a second longer, hell yeah.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
So when we walked into the house on Saturday night (just 4 hours late from the flight delays) it smelled like something had burnt. A fuel-ish smell, which was odd given that we have a gas furnace. Badcat was fine (and in fine voice) but there was definitely an odor. Tom scouted and I pressed the readout button on our hallway carbon monoxide detector (there is one mounted on each floor and a plug-in version in the main hallway with a constant readout.) The carbon monixide detector had a reading, a low one (30) but any reading is cause for concern in my book. Thinking that we were having gas furnace trouble Tom started calling 24-hour service numbers from the yellow pages. And FYI, 24-hour service on the Saturday before Christmas just means they have an answering machine and they'll call you back on Monday (if they call you back at all.)
A photo from the morning after we arrive back in Boston. We had about 16" of snow. Fluffy, white, ice cold snow. (That later turned to wicked heavy sleeted-upon snow.)
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Well a whole lot of you got on the Etsy train and bought baubles and shiny things today - many thanks doves.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here I sit after three shows and a weekend of 20 hour prep days in my studio. My hands hurt, my silver files need to be mended and I can't keep my eyes open. I think the kiln was running 6 hours a day. (The electric bill is going to hurt...) Mama's tired, but very excited and pleased about new things on Etsy. To wit;
Indian Elephant. Another super-popular item over the last three shows. I have four left available on Etsy. BUY YOURS HERE.
Love is a Charm. I'm experimenting with some retail packaging and this is one of the trial items. This will go up on Etsy soon.
Here's my first crack at CPG. I kind of like it. I've gotten good recommendations on how to improve the overall look and feel. Tommy exclaimed "YOUR NAME IS HUGE" and I said, "Duh, it's my name..." Yeah, I am queen of the snappy comeback on 4 hours of sleep.
Cindy's necklace; This combination of mini-tab pendants and the new silver heart will go up on Etsy soon. The mini-tab pendants are available HERE.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
A re-work of Annie's bracelet incorporating her beloved pooch Maud Bianca.
OMG - Had the most divine lunch with Business Rep Eileen Milano & my co-worker Zoe at Henrietta's Table at the Charles Hotel. No, we didn't start with dessert, but I was salivating over a nearby table's dessert selections including this:
Before I tasted the sweet treats I enjoyed the Gloucester cod and mashies. It was a cold fall day and this was the most perfect lunch.
Zoe had the salmon burger that was so beautifully presented it seemed a shame to eat it. The shame passed quickly.
Chef Peter Davis has released the first cookbook from Henrietta's Table and it is AMAZING. Well written, gorgeous photographs and large, readable type! This will make an awesome New England holiday gift. Get it HERE or at Henrietta's Table.
After lunch Zoe and I walked from Harvard Square almost to Fenway (then we ran out of sidewalk and got a cab.)
For Thanksgiving I made the much desired potato and brussel sprouts gratin that I blabbed about in mid-November. Making this dish using the actual recipe yielded a riot of flavor and a grateful Thanksgiving table.
I made a delightful loaf of bread using the recipe from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois . Get it HERE and check out their AWESOME AWESOME blog.
It was delicious, fresh and hot from the oven with Kate's of Maine butter.
I was the a proxy confirmation sponsor for Miss Suzi Stein (previously seen here in The Kid Thing.) Her brother Pete is actually her sponsor, but due to an important exam at Colgate University, I was asked to fill in. Since no Nuns popped up to point and scream 'HERETIC!' I feel good about the whole thing. Any kid that wants to make a commitment to God will get all of the support I can muster. I mean really, I dressed like a grown up to stand next to the Bishop!