Texas

17 Oct

This painting is not listed yet, but I framed it. I haven’t decided if I want to make it part of the 5 painting set or frame it alone.
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10 Oct
Cat Tree

Cat Tree

Happy Friday everyone,

A bit of a varied collection this week:

First, the coupon code OCTOBER is still effective on my Etsy store though the lowered pricing has ended.

Wormy Wood I am considering for a project

Wormy Wood I am considering for a project

We have been trying to finish projects around the house this week and next so I have one of those to show.

Wormy Wood, other side

Wormy Wood, other side

It is a cat tree built into the corner using a favorite branch of a couple of the cats. There is a small red shelf midway up for them to play on. I left short branches for them to grab and hang from since they love that.

Also there are several drawings from my notebook. These are pencil.

Chinese Style

Chinese Style

Sketch

Sketch

Furniture Sketches

Furniture Sketches

Sale – Free Shipping

3 Oct

Just updating everyone, there is a sale on my Etsy store

Free shipping on any order $15 and up

Use the coupon code: OCTOBER

Some samples of what I have there – all things you have seen here on the blog:

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Steampunk Spin

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Powered Spin

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Teardrop in the Rain

Steampunk Spiral Drop Pendant Necklace

Steampunk Spiral Drop Pendant Necklace

Copper Wrapped, Silver Framed, Amber Glass

Copper Wrapped, Silver Framed, Amber Glass

The front, in the sun

Wire Wrapped Steampunk Blue Glass Pendant in the Sun

The back

The back

Big Bend National Park sunset acrylic original painting pendant for a necklace.

Big Bend National Park sunset acrylic original painting pendant for a necklace.

Back, I like the simplicity of it actually.

Woodburned Box

Birthday!

2 Oct

Two posts this week because of a special event – my birthday!

So today’s focus is birthdays, friends, and supporting things we care about.

First for the birthday of a good friend and former boss, Director of a wonderful non-profit organization: Dr. Kathleen Hudson at Texas Heritage Music Foundation shares my birthday!

Visit her site and check out the education, stories, music, and interesting things they do – tell her happy birthday!

Mahatma Gandhi was also born on this day – one we should all remember.

As a birthday present to myself this year, I will soon be starting a new job as Office Manager at a non-profit near my home that runs a preservation garden, education programs, and is a simply amazing jewel of a place to visit: Peckerwood Garden. Check out their site if you are looking for something to visit in the area, it is pretty central between Brenham, Magnolia, Houston, and Katy, in Texas.

Now, for some other important figures from history:

Nat Turner – leader of a major slave rebellion in Virginia was born today

King Richard III of England, Isabella of Naples Duchess of Milan, Saint Charles Borromeo Italian cardinal, numerous composers and writers from around the world and a general from both the Union and the Confederate armies also were born this day in various years.

Julius von Sachs, botanist/naturalist; a German president; William Ramsay; Francois C Schlumberger; a Russian commander; Christopher Clarkson; Premiers of Austria and India, Ron Meagher; and many painters were born today.

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh of Sinne Fein; Rex Reed of Texas

Waheed Murad of Pakistan; Yuri Nikolayevich Glazkov and Vladimir Ivanovich Kozlov, USSR, cosmonauts; Lord Davies of the Welsh National Opera; Vernor [Steffen] Vinge; Jo-el Sonnier, Rayne La, country singer of Louisiana; Eric Peterson of Canada; Donna Karan, Fashion Designer; Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer share my birthday.

Persis Khambatta, indian actress in Star Trek and Sting were both born today.

George Meegen, from England, who walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska (wow) was born today.

Sigtryggur Baldursson, Icelandic drumme and Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director share a birthday with me, a few playmates, many cricketers, and lots of actors.

One other worth mentioning is Bernie Merai (spelling is wrong I know) a man from my childhood that helped feed my interest in art and interest in how it could be used also shares my birthday.

There are footballers from around the world and people I could name for some time but suffice to say HAPPYY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OF US!

Flu Shots and Food

30 Sep

Well, today I feel like doing something different. They are doing Flu shots at work this week and I have to be careful of my diet and stress to prevent getting sick during these times in my experience. As such, I have been working on ingredients and recipes to send my husband since he has to do this week’s shopping. I thought I would share some of that process and thinking and maybe a couple total recipes. Usually, I work of a concept or culture not a specific recipe so it can adjust to what I have and my time/tools available. – this may be a bit long with the lists and recipes.

from healthnutrix.com

from healthnutrix.com

Resistance tea from sunshineandthekiltedchris.blogspot.com

Resistance tea from sunshineandthekiltedchris.blogspot.com

First, let’s look at the basic ideas I am considering:

Immune system and flavor family – that is where this started

I need foods that boost my immune system and I need cultures that fit the ingredients I have or need.

Dealing with flu, cold, and similar things the first things that come up on food lists are the following, among others.

From Healthy Living

From Healthy Living

  • Mushrooms – usually the stronger flavor dark ones like shiitake, minaki, and reichi.
  • Ginger – fresh is recommended not dried, there are pastes available also
  • Garlic – again fresh is best, dried doesn’t really work for this
  • Carrots – the finer you chop them the faster they cook – this is something my mother taught me cook food faster to keep more in it when working on immunity. Slower if in liquid you are going to eat like soup.
  • Egg yolk – I usually use the whole egg – personal preference
  • Lemongrass – useful in everything from drinks to dinner, desert to breakfast
  • Yogurt – unsweetened Greek is best
  • Chicken
  • Fish – they usually recommend salmon but most would work for this
  • Cinnamon – interesting
  • Dark greens like kale or beetOld worn and scratched cutting board. Perfect background or texture.
  • Red peppers – the hot ones
  • Red onion – sometimes I see green onion
  • Tomatoes – especially vine

 

Ok, so that is the basic list we start with and we have to add a few things I know I have at home or want because it is in best season at the farmer’s market. There is more but these are specifics I want to use.

  • Fresh black eyed and purple hulled peas (soooo much better than dried)
  • Winter squashes – acorn, pumpkin, and several others are in now – pretty much all interchangeable in recipes
  • Black rice
  • Curry
  • Coconut milk (can use instead of yogurt or milk in many things)
  • Frozen berries
  • Nuts
  • Spices

 

This leads us to what to do with them and I think Thai is my major focus first but Moroccan, Indian, and Chinese among others may have ideas.

First I modified a Thai soup recipe for a good chicken soup a roommate made me in Hawaii – she was Korean and made some great food for when you were sick. The prep is from a cooking light recipe but I modified the ingredient list to fit my preference and pantry.

My notes are here and by ingredients. I left prep alone you can modify depending on what you have. This is based on a Thai chicken soup recipe. You can add anything you want really, as long as the basic stock is there. This makes enough for a couple days, can use for lunch if you don’t want soup for dinner. Rice or pasta with it or alone all work. Squash would be good with this. A citrus based desert with little sugar recommended.

12 ounces Mushrooms quartered

also from healthy living

also from healthy living

3 lemongrass stalks, bottom two-thirds of tender inner bulbs only, thinly sliced (if not there try lemon zest or something)

4 cloves garlic, chopped (can add if not strong smelling)

1 (4 inch) piece fresh ginger root, chopped (see if we have some, it would be old so would need more)

 4 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth also works but we may have some)

 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks (any chicken)

2 teaspoons red curry paste – I may not have this, I may only have the Indian yellow or green

 3 tablespoons fish sauce – if you can’t get this, juice from a can of tuna would work ok – bit different but ok

 1 lime, juiced – and another 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving

 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk

 1 red onion, sliced

 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped (add more to serve fresh with it)

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced into rings – can do another if desired

 

from Real Simple

from Real Simple

PREP

15 mins

COOK

1 hr

READY IN

1 hr 15 mins Directions

Stir lemon grass, garlic, and ginger together in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain chicken broth and set aside. Discard lemon grass, garlic, and ginger.

Heat vegetable oil in a large soup pot over medium heat; Stir in chicken; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Stir in mushrooms and cook for 5 more minutes.

from blog.wellwisdom.com

from blog.wellwisdom.com

Stir in red curry paste, fish sauce, and lime juice until combined. Stir in chicken broth and coconut milk; return to a simmer and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes.

Skim off any excess oil and fat that rises to the top and discard.

Stir red onion into the chicken mixture; cook and stir until onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add about 1/2 the cilantro.

Serve with plates of cilantro, lime wedges, and fresh sliced jalapenos.

 

 

After that I began to make combos, this is my personal recipe method.

I make a list of ingredients or flavors I want to use and try and then I come up with various ways to combine and cook them.

The following is 2 combo lists based on the previous discussion process.

Combo 1

From Epicurius

From Epicurius

 

  • Fresh Peas – black eyed or purple hull
  • Carrots – cut small or thin
  • Mushrooms – dark
  • Onion – red
  • Cilantro or parsley
  • Ginger – fresh or paste
  • Garlic
  • Chicken or salmon
  • Squash – acorn or pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • Mint
  • Yogurt or coconut milk
  • Coriander
  • Mustard seed
  • Red pepper

 

Combo 2

  •  Mushroom
  • Rice
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Edamame
  • Carrot
  • Egg
  • Onion
  • Shrimp
  • Possible
    • Pork
    • Fresh peas

 

 

So now we have a base of ingredients and a shopping list; what do we do with it?

The nice thing about doing it this way is I can adapt to time and the form I have ingredients in.

from healthnutrix.com

from healthnutrix.com

  • I can bake it using the chicken as the main ingredient
  • I can make lettuce wraps using the greens
  • Stir fry or fried rice is easy with this combo
  • Using a grill is good with either skewers or a basket
  • Soup is easy and doesn’t have to have a main ingredient same as skewers or stir fry
  • One pan dishes are an option or I can use them in small groups in a couple dishes to serve together.
  • I can also use some of them in tea or other drinks for meals.
  • I love soups like pumpkin soups and these are good mixes for that

Spiralling into Art

26 Sep

I hope this has been a good week for all of you, it has been for meSAMSUNG.

I have several pieces to show today, a couple from this week and a couple from last week but all online for the first time today.

The first one I posted is Teardrop in the Rain, a medium length drop steel spiral on a woven copper wire with a silver and turquoise teardrop. Etsy

SAMSUNGThe second is a wire-wrapped spiral pendant in a very steampunk fashion reminiscent of a coil. Etsy

And the final listing for this morning is a long dropping spiral that curves around the neck and encloses a set of gears at the intersection of the steel spirals. EtsySAMSUNG

Steampunk Spiral Drop Necklace

20 Sep

This piece is the primary piece this week:

Steampunk Spiral Drop Pendant Necklace

Steampunk Spiral Drop Pendant Necklace

Starting with machine shop scraps, an old necklace I made years ago, and a box of beach glass and random bits:

Old Necklace

Old Necklace

Steel Shavings

Steel Shavings

Stones and glass

Stones and glass

 

First step was to weave the copper wire and gear into a long steel shaving:

Drop  pendant

Drop pendant

Then I moved on to create the center mount with the 3 squared stones and the polished stones

Pendant mount

Pendant mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I finished the piece, mounted the clasp and tried it on.

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DSCN1174Then I was ready to post it on my Etsy storeDSCN1176

 

Processing

12 Sep

This week has largely been a planning week as far as art projects. Nothing has been completed. We burst a main water line and had several things to take care of at home. But I have been working on some ideas for paintings, photography and writing. I do not want to start the paintings until I have a solid plan for them, I think I am ready. I really want to do an oil but have had a terrible time getting them to dry in our area. At any rate, I have a solid direction for several things and some things to work on but nothing new to show.

Chinese Influence

5 Sep

grillzebo1My favorite accomplishment this week has been out new entry to our home. I do not have a reader to transfer my pictures so I will use a corporate picture of the model we build. We found a great deal at Home Depot and built it. I love it.

Also this week, I opened my Fine Arts America site: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/bethany-jordan.html

And I am working on my AliBaba.com site

Glass and Wire

28 Aug

Life is slowly attempting a return to something resembling normal for us and time to work on art and design is returning as much as it ever was. Primary this week were 2 pieces of jewelry I made.

Copper Wrapped, Silver Framed, Amber Glass

Copper Wrapped, Silver Framed, Amber Glass

And from the other side, as you can see, this is designed to be able to move and look good from all angles.

And from the other side, as you can see, this is designed to be able to move and look good from all angles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other piece is a Wire wrapped coil-like piece with blue glass, scroll work, and a silvered base.

The front, in the sun

The front, in the sun

The back

The back

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