Friday, November 18, 2011

Raku

Just bought some beautiful raku lampwork beads on etsy, can't wait to do something with them!  I have been seed beading my little heart out, will post on etsy today or tomorrow.
Also have been using products from USArtquest which is located here in Jackson.  If you haven't been to their website, lots of fun stuff for us mixed media people to play with!
http://www.usartquest.com/index.php

Happy arting!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mixed Media Video

Very interesting artist I found on youtube - she uses spackle and poultry grit for texture.  I'm trying out her technique, will post an image when I get done.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Helpful jewelry tips

If you have sterling silver that is starting to oxidize, either baking soda or toothpaste on an old toothbrush works really well to remove the darkness.
If I have a chain, I will pour baking soda in my hand, drip  a little water to make a paste then run the chain through my hand several times.

To help keep sterling from oxidizing, keep in a plastic bag with a dessicant, such as the little packages that come in shoes.  This will help keep moisture away from the jewelry.  Just keep it away from little ones!  When my son was about two, I caught him about to eat one!  At least I hoped he was about to eat one!   One call to the poison control center later, I threw every one I had away! 

Roasted Tomatoes

One of my patients shared this with me, it's absolutely delicious and easy to make.

Tomatoes of any variety, quartered ( I used about 10 lbs.)
Peppers of all colors, green,red,yellow,orange
Portebello mushrooms
Minced onion { I used 3 vidalia)
Minced garlic cloves ( I used 5)
Fresh herbs, such as basil,thyme,rosemary, oregano
Any other fresh vegetable you want to throw in ( I added about a bag of baby carrots for some sweetness)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut up all vegies into chunks, mix in a roasting pan with seasonings, drizzle with olive oil.
Roast in a 250* oven for at least 12 hours, I did 15 hours.  Stir at least twice.
Will make a very chuncky thick sauce.  I used a hand blender to puree a little as the carrots were still a little hard.
Put in freezer bags and enjoy fresh tomato sauce all winter. 
Not much work for a lot of flavor!

Thanks A., you know who you are!

Sunday, October 2, 2011