Monday, August 31, 2009

Experimenting with Yarn/Felting



















I received several bags of yarn from a friend, in lots of great colors, so I thought I would experiment with how yarn can work with felted fiber. I hand carded bits of dyed fiber (leftover clumps in a variety of colors)...it looked ugly at this point... and then lay strips of yarn on top, and felted them together. I like how the yarn squiggles up as it shrinks. Thank you, Jeannie!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cakes for People you Love









































There was a period during which I baked cakes for a local restaurant. I also made cakes for weddings and special occasions. It happened that several people that I care about had birthdays this past weekend. Cake with nasturtiums: a birthday surprise for my husband's aunt Mary who has been under the weather lately.
Cake with chocolate leaves: for Harry- a colleague and a really great guy, celebrating a special birthday. Cake with swirls and nuts: for Dylan, my son's band mate and a young man that we have enjoyed spending lots of time with.

If you can't always say it with words- say it with food! I love you all!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mardi Gras Costumes















These costumes are on view at the Presbytere, part of the Louisiana State Museum.
There is so much history behind the Mardi Gras as celebrated in New Orleans, that I have supplied a link to Mardi Gras Digest's History of the Main Line and a general Mardi Gras site with facts, dates, and history. There is so much more to it than I ever imagined. I really appreciate all of the delicate hand work and care that goes into these very complex costumes.

Monday, August 17, 2009

St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans







Understandably, the dead are buried above ground in New Orleans because the water table is so high.
Since I love to visit graveyards, it was nice to visit a town that values theirs, and provides tours of them. Our guide was very informative, and I have to say, I learned more than I would have by just skimming the guidebook. Marie Laveau, the "voodoo queen" is buried here- her grave has all of the offerings in front of it. Our guide, with the yellow Crocs...is in front of a monument featured in the film "Easy Rider". The tombs used to be washed in color, as you can see.....


Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Orleans







This isn't Disney World, but it sure does look like it....











St. Charles Avenue Streetcar-interesting that it runs down a grassy strip......


Cafe du Monde...Beignets...so very, very delicious!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ottoman Update


My daughter bought two ottomans at Target for the tea area in her room at college. A little bit of customizing and .....no...I didn't change it from fancy to plain...after> before