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Screenprinting Class Part II

The second screenprinting class was Saturday. We got to do the whole process again and I’m proud to say I remembered all the steps. The image I did this time was one I’d drawn – a little cartoon monster. It turned out really cute and I even got to print a few extra to see if they would sell at the shop! Can I tell you, I’m kinda excited about that. Maybe if they sell, I’ll have to do a few more.

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Friday for Fun

I have discovered the joy  of Pinterest. Per usual I am probably one of the last people on the planet to get in on the fun, but better late than never. For those who don’t know (and really, are you still out there?), Pinterest is a board where you can snag and organize pictures from all over the web into one place. It is so much fun and I have found a perfect use for it (besides just putting together all the pretty stuff!)

I am going to use it for my novel. In my mind I have ideas about how characters, places, buildings, etc all look. I can visualize it all like it’s right before me, but I also use a lot of inspirational imagery to help me settle into words how something/one looks. Already I’ve started  boards for two of my main characters – images that I’ve already seen and keep in mind when I’m writing, but now I can have them all in one place. It’s so convenient. I can’t imagine that I’m the only one out there doing this, but it’s cool nonetheless.

Just for fun, here are a couple of my inspirational images.

So, is anyone else out there on Pinterest? How are you using it?

Screenprinting Class – Part One

Something I’ve really been wanting to do is screenprinting. Luckily, we have a local print shop that offers classes. I signed up for a two part intro class at Green Pea Press. It was great fun and I thought I’d share my result.

I used a photograph I’d taken of Chloe and converted it into a black and white image in Photoshop. The image is screenprinted onto a canvas material and my plan is to add some paint and embroidery to it and stretch it like a regular canvas.

The second part of the class is next Saturday and since there are only three of us in the class we’re going to get to go through the whole process again with another image. I think I may do some t-shirts or tote bags next time with one of my little sketched creatures.

I’m Still Here

I know it’s been a little while since I blogged. Chalk it up to recovering from the holidays. 🙂

There are a few small things that have made me happy over the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d share.

One.

This recipe from Crepes of Wrath. These S’more Cookie Bars are sooooo (I can’t put enough o’s here!) good. They are super easy and really rich and I see myself making them often. Or at least as often as my blood sugar can take it.

My picture isn't nearly as pretty as the one on the other blog, but I'm going to work on that!

Two.

I read a lot of blogs and I’m discovering new ones everyday that I love. On the suggestion from a post on one of those blogs (This one!) I checked out the site. Bloglovin.com. I’ve only been using it a couple of days and already I love it. All the blogs I follow are in one place. It updates new posts without having to go to every single site. I’ve been wanting to manage my time better, especially online, so this is perfect.

Three.

On a personal note, I have about 15 scenes fleshed out on my novel. My goal is to have the novel ready by DragonCon, since a couple of agents I would love to sign with are going to be there and if they tell me they’re interested I want to be able to send them something complete right away. I am super happy with the direction this rewrite is going. I feel like I finally have gotten a handle on my novel again. I finally have returned it to something that is mine.

Bread Recipe

So, I did have a couple of people ask, so here’s the recipe I used for my bread. It’s straight out of the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (12th ed.), so it’s easy to find, but for those who don’t have easy access – here ya go!

The first loaf is already gone, but here’s the second loaf freshly sliced and ready to eat!

I’ve been enjoying it with some spreadable goat cheese and this really awesome strawberry guava jam I found at Kroger. Now, on to the recipe.

Ingredients

 

5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 package active dry yeast

2 1/4 cups milk or buttermilk

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon butter, margarine, or shortening

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

 

Directions

 

1. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, sugar, butter and salt just until warm (120 to 130 degrees) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Beat with and electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, sitr in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enought of the remaining dough to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Shap dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface of dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (45 to 60 minutes).

3. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. cover; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease two 8x4x2 inch loaf pans.

4. Shape dough halves into loaves by patting or rolling.

5. Place shaped dough halves in prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (30 to 45 minutes).

6. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Immediately remove bread from pans. Cool on wire racks.

 

Enjoy!

Baking Bread

So, this is actually my second attempt but I didn’t document the first go, so here’s this try.

I used the basic white bread recipe out of the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook.

So, first is the Flour and Yeast.

Then the Milk, Sugar, and Salt

So, I’m not going to go through all the steps, but the basics are, I mixed up the dough, kneaded until my arms hurt, and set it in the oven with a buddy of a bowl of warm water to rise. While it was doing it’s thing I got some cleaning done.

After rising.

Then, the dough baby gets divided into two pieces and put into loaf pans.

They get to rise some more and into the oven they go.

Once all that’s done, I have two loaves of bread – all baked and pretty.

It took about four hours from start to finish, but the bread is so worth it. So much better than the stuff you buy in the store. I’m going to start trying some different breads and my ultimate goal is to eventually be able to do a decent Cuban bread – which I’ve read is one of the trickiest to get right.

 

Oh, and last night I also made Kung Pao Shrimp from a recipe found here. This woman’s blog is really, really good and has a lot of good recipes. There’s one on here for homemade Pop Tarts that I’m trying probably today.

 

Oh, if anyone wants me to copy out the recipe I used for the bread, let me know and I’ll copy it from my cookbook.

 

Enjoy!

 

New Year

So, beginning with a picture of the first plush of the New Year seems a good way to start. Aren’t they cute? 🙂 So, goals for this year. Yes, I know I’m a little behind most other people posting their goals for the new year, but that’s part of my new thing for this year – living up to my own expectations and not everyone else’s.

This year I want to start my business both at craft shows and online. I want to finish my novel. I want to work on pieces that I hope will be a solo art show. I want to learn to bake bread, make soap, and I’m going to wear more lipstick and nail polish. That sounds like a good year to me. Oh, and I promise to update my blog more!