These dishes...perfect on a rustic farm table...the design is St. Cloud. Basically, if you live in St. Cloud and had these on your rustic farm table ('cause they would contrast nicely with the floral and gold)...it would be pretty rad.
I managed to get some *okay* images of the wild turkey babies (and mommas). I think the babies look like footballs with legs. I haven't seen any males around, or what Boo calls the "handsome" ones. I'm sure we'll be graced with their handsomeness when the babies are grown a bit...in the fall, I believe. It'll be here soon. Crazy.
Here's one of our wee deer with spots we see around the house so much. His (or her) mama is right there behind him...on lower ground. There are also twins...and maybe more, but it's difficult to distinguish between them, so I can only know for sure if it's a singular baby or the twins. I tried to get some pictures of the baby turkeys too, but they just look like little spots in the grass. Maybe I'll have some more luck soon.
I've been working on things lately, crafty things...even conceptually crafty things. It's like conceptual art in craft form. Art for the masses? I love accessible art. Well-executed accessible art.
I may have the shop closed for a short bit at the end of the month, or I might just post the date when I can ship next. We're going to go see family before school starts. One last hurrah. I am excited about school to start though, poor Boo has been spending too little time with other kids and a lot of time with Mom and Dad. I don't think he actually minds much though. We have a lot of fun together, my wee family and I.
I hope to have some finished products soon. Hopefully even before we leave for our quick trip. Maybe not fully ready to post in the shop, but maybe enough for a sneak peek.
I hope your week is treating you well, dear reader.
Boo and I like to pick up feathers when we walk around the house and surrounding area. Here's a few that we've found:
1. Wild Turkey Feathers - I wish you could see how iridescent these feathers are on the dark part near the tip...it's really pretty. And, I love the white eyelash tips to these.
2. Wild Turkey Feather - Wild turkeys have such a variety of feathers! This one is deceiving, it's really quite long, like 12" or so. If you follow me on Twitter, I've mentioned all the little baby turkeys (as well as spotted deer) that we've been visited by in recent weeks.
3. Blue Jay Feather - or at least that's what I think it is. I've been looking for one of these for some time. Eva has had better luck. This feather is much smaller, maybe 4" long.
The wood in these pictures is the new landing for the exterior entry. I'll share some pictures when the whole thing is done. Slow...we're busy with so many other things. Before and afters are so much better when the after is fully finished.
So, lately....I've been pretty uninspired which isn't like me. I usually have so many ideas running through my head that I can't pick one. I also have been waiting on Jeff to have some time to help me with something...he's been so busy...it's okay, I'm pretty patient. I also have had some inspiration this week. I've been mentally trying to solve a problem, and I think I've got it. Oh, how I need a method to my madness. Systems. I'll try to share more soon.
When I was in 6th grade (late 80s), peach and gray was a favorite color combination. We recently had to tear up our approximately 30-year-old redwood deck to be able to work on the house. So, we're re-using the wood for the exterior entry and some steps to the house...and eventually, a rustic dining table. I'm sure we'll find many uses for the wood. The new exterior entry makes a nice spot to photograph as well....More of that to come.
I hope you're staying cool. I feel very fortunate to be in usually rainy Oregon right now, as the temperature has been in the 80s. I've been thinking of you folks in areas with sweltering heat.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. I'm not sure what we're going to do, but I'm hoping to get more done on the house...I've been thinking it will be cold and rainy here soon enough and this house has so many drafts that I want to seal up as much as we can soon.
1. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies aka Volcano Cookies - I got some raspberries from a local farm and decided to cook them down with a little water and sugar. I used some to make raspberry thumbprint cookies (based on this recipe), which Boo re-named Volcano Cookies. The rest of the raspberry "jam" was put in a jar and eaten by yours truly on toast for breakfast the rest of the week. It would have been great on plain yogurt as well.
2. U Pick Queen Anne Cherries - Cherries my parents and Boo picked from a local U Pick while my parents were visiting. We ate handfuls, but cherries don't last too long. I cooked them down too with less success (they brown a bit, which makes them less inviting to eat).
3. U Pick Blueberries - We've been U Picking blueberries and raspberries (which all started from the U Pick my parents and Boo found when they were here). I've been freezing what we don't eat in a few days and then getting more. I think the U Pick is closed now which is a bummer, but at least I've got several canning jars in the freezer of frozen berries. Boo's been requesting frozen blueberries...little treats.
4. Blueberry Crisp - I love ramakins for individual portions. I decided to make a crisp one night on a whim and put some blueberries in a bowl, squeezed a lemon on them, a sprikling of sugar (I think...if so, just a wee bit), and a bit of cornstarch. I put this mixture in the ramakins to the top (since I knew it would cook down), then made the topping. I mixed thick rolled oats, a little sugar, chopped up some cold butter, and mixed it all together, then piled it on the top of the blueberries. Cooked them in the toaster oven and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perfect.
So, I suppose Oregon is known for berries for a reason. Just when you think berry season is over, another type ripens. Last of which (I think) are blackberries. Most of ours are still small and green, but Boo found the first ripe one yesterday...here we go!
I hope you're enjoying the fruits of the season as well.