Creative Doings May 23, 2010

Okay these chips are amazing!!!!
They go very well with fresh strawberry salsa.

Baked Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 flour tortillas
3 tbsp. butter, melted

In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush tortillas with melted butter. Then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar mixture. Cut each tortilla in 8 triangles. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place tortillas sugar side up on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until crisp.

I will be posting Fresh food recipes all summer long.

Creative Doings May 21, 2010

For me Summertime just wouldnt be complete without strawberries.
This salsa is the perfect way to jazz up burgers and on top of fish and chicken.
YUM!


Strawberry Salsa
1 cup diced strawberries
1 roma tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 finely diced jalapeno
Juice & zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon of fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro, chopped
 Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Toss lightly and chill.

Creative Doings

This sage sling bag is big enough to hold all of your daily essentials and cute enough to glam up your outfit.


Details:

Exterior fabric is made from 100% cotton linen fabric with silver embroidery.

The interior is made of 100% cotton.

Interior zipper pocket.

39" strap

Magnetic snap closure.

Heavy duty interfacing for extra support.

Dimensions:

15"W x 12"H x 5"D

For additional information or how to purchase this bag please see my Etsy store.

Creative Doings May 14, 2010

This beach inspired handbag is the perfect bag to Glam up your new summer outfit.

This is definitely a smart looking accessory.

Details:

Exterior fabric is made from 100% cotton.

The interior is made of 100% cotton.

Interior pockets.

17" straps made from cotton rope.

Magnetic snap closure.

Real sand dollar pin.

Heavy duty interfacing for extra support.

Dimensions:

14"W x 10"H x 4"D

For information on how to purchase this bag please see my etsy shop.

Creative Doings May 13, 2010

Everyone can get into a creative slump. Here are ten ways to stimulate your creative juices and generate fresh inspiration.

Create art in a new place
Grab your sketchbook and head to a part of town you usually don't visit and plop down on a curb, bench or car hood and start to draw what you see.

Try something new
Do you usually paint in oils? Try pastels. Draw anime? Try drawing flowers. Do you work with leather? try cotton or burlap.

Read
Try reading something totally different from what you usually do, even if it is just a magazine article on an unusual subject. Keep doing this at least once for several days. The new and different information will get your mind thinking about new subjects, unlocking new avenues for creativity.

Go back to your roots
Think about what you used to draw or create as a child. Try your hand at it again, using crayons, of course. This exercise moves your mind from the strain of "adult art" and allows it to be more creative in the process. All the while you are still creating art that may be used as preliminary sketches for something more grand.

Go Radical
Don't just try a different medium, try a virtual medium! If you've never dabbled in computer art of any kind, now is the time to give it a try. You don't need to buy fancy software.

Teach
We artists are so into learning new techniques that sometimes we forget it is also important to switch gears and teach. This will put your mind on a totally new track for a while. I'm not saying you have to go out and teach to a classroom of students. There are many sites on the internet with forums where artists can share their ideas and takes on techniques.

Get Chatty
Creating can be a lonely, solitary job sometimes. Get out and talk with others about your craft or join an online chat group. Your brain may be crying out for conversation

Rewind
Instead of trying to make something new, look at something old. Go through your old sketchbooks, portfolio, and finished art pieces. Maybe revisit and old piece and re-do it.

Take a mental break
Do something other than obsess about your creative block. Go for a walk, go eat lunch, get some errands done. The important point is to get your mind on something else to give your subconscious time to work on the problem. You may find an idea just comes to you while you're doing something else.


Give yourself a blank slate
Cleanse your mind by cleansing your mistakes. Erase a botched drawing. Paint over a fouled oil. Rip out and toss a fizzled sketch, tear apart that botched blouse.

Creative Doings May 09, 2010

The modern Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in May, though also celebrated in March in some countries, as a day to honour mothers and motherhood. In the UK and Ireland it follows the old traditions of Mothering Sunday, celebrated in March.
In Europe there were several long standing traditions where a specific Sunday was set aside to honor motherhood and mothers such as Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday celebrations are part of the liturgical calendar in several Christian denominations, including Anglicans, and in the Catholic calendar is marked as Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent to honour the Virgin Mary and your "mother" church (the main church of the area). Historians think that children who served in houses were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families. The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place them on the church or to give them to their mothers as gifts.

International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time in 28 February 1909, in the US, by which time Anna Jarvis had already begun her national campaign in the US. It is now celebrated in many countries on March 8.

The "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.


Although Mother's day has become widely commercial and probably the biggest day for restaurants in the US, it also continues to be a day to celebrate life and the women that gave it to us.

Today I celebrate the gift of creativity, sensitivity and Love. These are three things that I learned from my mother and grandmother. You forced me to go to church and now God is my sanctuary. You forced me to walk a day in someone elses shoes and now I think before I react. You taught me to Love even when Im standing in the middle of despair. You taught me to be original and never apologize for being myself.

Hamilton W. Mabie said it best when he said;
"The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best."

Happy Mother's Day!