Thursday, May 15, 2014

Yes I AM Still Blogging...

...just not here.

It's been a while since I posted. There has been a very good reason for that. As you read in my last post here, I've been searching for myself, for my voice and I needed to separate myself from blogging for a bit to find them both.

I'm happy to report that I did :)

I am now blogging, regularly (huzzah!) and happily HERE: The Cup and Page

I've been there for a few months now, tentatively reaching outward. Some of you I've already reconnected with thanks to Alex Cavanaugh's post during the A-Z Challenge. For others, I've been quietly reading your blogs and slowly re-following your words with my new blog ID. (If you see me in the comments, I'll appear as Jennifer Chandler)

There is no pressure to follow me over; no hard feelings if you wish to bid farewell here and keep it that way. I understand. There's only so many blogs one can read and follow in a lifetime!

But, if you wish, do click the link above. I'd love to share a cuppa with you and catch up!

All the best, truly,

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Confessions: An Insecure Writer's Support Group Post


Hello dear readers! I have posted a pretty important (well, important to me) post over at my other blog Boots and Bluestockings. Please click on the link and read it there! Thanks :)

Cheers,



Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Makes: Welcome to February!

Winter, for me, is gathering time. I hoard ideas like a magpie and winter is the perfect season to dig for more treasure. My collection of British magazines are so thumbed through they are tattered, bent, and ragged edged. My sketchbook is burgeoning with a page-a-day project I’ve been mustering up the discipline to do. Thirty-four days into 2014 and I have 34 pages filled with drawing, doodles, and notes. There are always notes.

As mentioned before, Pinterest is my addiction. I’m unashamed. I’m actually proud! Oh if Pinterest had existed when I was a teenager I could have wiled away the hours gathering project ideas, creating outfits, and ushering characters into my stories from the fantastic artistic talents of people far more gifted with pen and ink than I.


Here are just a couple of the project ideas I’ve woolgathered. They are on my list o’ things to do this year. If you find the time to dabble, drop me a line! I’d love to see what you’ve made.

1. Seahorse Branch Art

DIY Tree Branch Seahorse DIY Tree Branch Seahorse
tutorial found @ Useful DIY

Seeing as I can't return home from the beach without bags full of driftwood, this is the perfect summery project to warm up my winter studio!

2. Lovely felted mushroom bookmarks!

paddenstoelen tag
from a gorgeous Dutch blog called Artful Delight

Mushrooms and I go waaay back. No, not THAT far back and not THOSE kinds of mushrooms...geez...These would be adorable to give out to a book club or to any bookish friend.

3. This GORGEOUS bracelet

tutorial found @ Erin Siegel Jewelry

I've dabbled in jewelry making over the years without finding a medium that I loved. This branch tutorial however might just be the one that sticks...er...pun unintended!

4. Lovely tea towel 

another Dutch (?) language blog but O so gorgeous!! 101 Woonideeen: Theedoek met decor

Applique and iron-on transfers are some of my favorite art forms to play with. Tea towels are SO easy to make using appliqued fabric forms (either cut out free hand or the designs from the fabric cut out to make patches) and/or images printed out on iron-on transfer paper. If you're so inclined, you can also screenprint images onto the tea towels. That's another project for me to dabble in...when I have the room!

5. Tea Bag sachets!

DIY Letter Sachet
from adorably named blog miniature rhino :) by Jessica Marquez

If I was one to squee over cute, I would definitely do so over these. I've made some fabric tea bags filled with stuffing, but not any stuffed with lavender. Ahhh, what a fragrant way to spend an evening!

Got any creative plans for this year, lovelies? Any projects up your sleeves? Do you like to browse the interwebs and procure plans to stash away in wooden treasure chests for a rainy day? Do tell...

Cheers,

Friday, January 31, 2014

Sketchbook Friday: To Market, to Market

After last week's little mouse, I had several requests for a cat. Alas, the cat is apparently in London visiting the queen for I can find no drawing of him anywhere. Instead of a cat, how about a bag of groceries. A trip to the market during a snow storm can prove dangerous, but it's nice to know the pantry is full of the necessities: bread, cheese, wine, and chocolate!


It's kind of dark and a wee bit blurry. I was in too much of a hurry to grab that wine and cheese before it spoiled. Oh, and see! I did pick up something green. You know, for a salad...sometime...

Happy weekend everyone! Enjoy yourself, stay safe, and create with wild abandon!!



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Wake Up (the Muse)

Good afternoon! Bet you thought I'd forgotten about you (and this weekly post theme). No, just sidetracked by the Atlanta Snowpocalypse. It's been crazy around the metro area; thankfully we're both safe and sound and home and NOT trapped on the interstate. If you think about it, send up a prayer or three for those people who are still trying to get home. They've been on the road since noon...YESTERDAY!!!

Here's your five Wednesday Muse Wake-ups! As before, I'll post the photos, a link back to where I found them, and a line or two of writer/artist prompting. This week, everything revolves around snow. It's only fitting.

If you do anything with these prompts, I'd love to read/see it! Shoot me an email (jstantonchandler (at) gmail (dot) com) or leave me a comment below! Enjoy!

1.  

A lonely path? The road home? An enchanted road to an unknown realm?
You decide...


2. 

He shouldn't jump, that much was certain, but the temptation to fly was just too great.


3. 

Perhaps the way out leads through the dark forest and not around...


4. 
I certainly couldn't let this topic go without an image of the White Witch. Found on CBN.com

Her lonliness finally became too great a burden to handle alone. She cast off all warmth and vowed to share her pain with everyone. The whole world would suffer because of what she's been forced to endure...

5. 
Speaking of armored bears...a still from The Golden Compass found at CGSociety.org

Friend or foe? Wisdom or folly? Would you ride an armored bear? Would you befriend the enemy?

Happy writing, dear readers! Stay warm.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Makes: laMMMMMMMb

Hello dear ones! For this episode of Monday Makes, we're talking LAMB.

Thursday I took an adventurous ride from Hampton to Decatur. Forty-five minutes and much highway annoyance later, I found m’self at The Dekalb International Farmer’s Market. I’d LOVE to show you some pictures of this small universe but, alas, no picture taking aloud L. The city of Decatur is a designated refugee site, meaning, people who are displaced from their own countries may be sent to Decatur, GA once they enter the United States. Who knew? It’s not like it’s New York or anything. This explains why one can venture into Decatur and find this bustling world market extravaganza! Seriously: every country and nationality is represented here in the form of food, spices, wine, cheese, meat, employee background, even vegetables and chocolate. Oh, dear friends, it is a feast in every sense of the word!


I brought home a couple of lamb chops. Now, I’ve never cooked lamb chops. They looked scrumptious and the felt a bit guilty looking over the meat while the butcher looked at me with a gaze that said, “Your eyes touched that; you must buy it.” So I did! And this, dear readers, is what I did to these little lamby-kins:


My First Go @ Lamb:

Rub your lamb chops with sea salt, pepper and some curry spice
Put a dab of olive oil in a skillet and turn the heat on to medium
Lay those little chops in the oil and let brown on both sides
Cover and cook for about 10-13 minutes, depending on how you like your meat (for me, medium rare to medium)
Serve with cucumber dill sauce. Eat. Enjoy. Rapturous.

Cucumber Dill Sauce:

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together:

1 cup of plain, unflavored and unsweetened Greek yogurt or Kefir
1 tsp of dried dill
1/2 tsp of dried mint (or fresh, whatever you've got!)
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 tsp sea salt or to taste
1/4 cup chopped red onion (optional)

Spoon liberally atop the lamb chops. This also makes a fantastic salad dressing or sauce for just about anything. Or you can just eat it by itself with a large spoon.

How was YOUR weekend? Cook anything fantastic?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sketchbook Fridays_A New Adventure!



Good morning! I have an idea and I want you all to be privy to it. I’ve devised a way to keep this blog neat and tidy (until the hailstorm of April arrives…more about that later). On Fridays you’ll get a peek into my notebooks. Seriously. All my little doodles, ideas, quote collections, and book excerpts will be here. There might be an essay. There could be a rant.  May even toss in a tea stained photo. Think of it as a virtual sketchbook. It’s an experiment and one that I hope will keep me committed to sketching and writing and exploring. I do hope you enjoy it!


WHAT'S IN YOUR SKETCHBOOK?

Happy Friday & Keep on Creating!


(All sketches, photographs, stories, essays, recipes and/or ponderings –unless otherwise noted or glaringly obvious- belong to Jennifer Chandler. If you wish to use anything, please send me an email! Thank you for not stealing. Thieves go to Mordor and die horrible, gruesome deaths  J.)