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.
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!
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...
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!!
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!
Perhaps the way out leads through the dark forest and not around...
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...
Hello dear ones! For this episode of Monday Makes, we're talking LAMB.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.)