Thursday, January 31, 2013

Smell the flowers

Since I discovered art, I have less trouble stopping myself from doing all the have-to-do items on my list so that I can do the want-to-do's. I want to paint all the time and I think one of the reasons is that painting lets me enjoy the moment. The moment of the color floating on the water and doing what it wants to do rather than what I make it do. Watercoloring teaches me to let go. When I came across a photo of a bunny smelling a dandelion on Pinterest, I knew what words I could add if I watercolored it. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Giraffe in Waiting

My brother and his wife just had a baby girl! And for me, that means that I get to crochet little girl stuff for at least the next few years! You see, when I had my little girl, I unfortunately did not know how to crochet. My baby girl is now 16 and somewhat picky about what she wears. My first crocheted item for baby Belen? A stuffed giraffe - she has been waiting for the baby to arrive for several days now. The pattern was fun and easy to follow and you can find it here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Lemons

I believe in eating healthy meals prepared at home and although the benefits are tangible, it is always hard to want to spend 2 hours in the kitchen when I would rather spend two hours making art. I am always looking for shortcuts that help speed up meal preparation and one of those tips that I always wanted to try but didn't until a few months ago was juicing lemons and freezing the juice. I finally invested in a good juicer (pictured here is my made-in-the-USA NEMCO juicer) that allows me to juice an entire bag of lemons with ease. After juicing them, using a tablespoon measure, I pour juice into an ice cube tray (1 tablespoon per cube). Once frozen, I pull out the cubes and put them in a freezer safe plastic container. Healthy meals often call for lemon juice to brighten up flavors and now a tablespoon of juice is just a few steps away in my freezer. Added benefit: lemons no longer go bad in my fridge when I don't use them.