Inspire by Nature – It’s All About the Green

Every time I see someones art or the gift of nature’s beauty I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share some powerful gift from my garden, some of natures green that moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits! Color guaranteed!


So many, I bet there are thousands of shades of green just outside my window. I love to name them all as they take turns emerging this time of year. I like to mix those shades of green with golden shades of brown when I bead, the two colors do play so well together, they enrich and compliment each other so easily, they might as well be best friends!

Patience

When customers are viewing my bead work during art shows, they sometimes comment “you must have lots of patience”! This starts me wondering, do they think I go through suffering to make my creations or do they think I wait contently through the process of weaving beads for the end product. I don’t think of myself as being a patient person or going through any suffering doing what I do, in fact its total creative fun!

While I was at the north shore last week I did find what patience truly was! I should bring this photo for the next time someone says “you must have lots of patience”.

This seagull sits on her eggs for 30 days! She gets up everyday to carefully rotate the eggs. Her faithful mate does bring her food or maybe even take a turn on the eggs, but she is patiently there for those 30 days, through rain, wind, sun, cold and hot weather, you know Minnesota weather is one ext ream to the next and Lake Superior though majestic can be cruel, but there she sits the seagull on her eggs through it all. Now that is patience!


Recipes for June

Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken

This recipe is so EASY and versatile that it can be served over many items like brown rice, tortilla chips or a baked potato


1 ½ pounds frozen chicken breasts15 oz. can black beans15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
16 oz. jar salsa
8 oz. cream cheese (do not use “light” cream cheese)

Place frozen chicken breasts in bottom of crock pot.

Add beans, tomatoes, and salsa

Cook on high 4-5 hours or until chicken is done

Place cheese on top for 30 minutes.

Stir to incorporate cheese into sauce – causing meat to shred

Serve on brown rice

Rhubarb Crisp

While at the North Shore I picked some “North Shore” rhubarb and made this glorious crisp and topped it with real whipped cream! I love to cook and for sugar reasons do not bake, but the sight of that sun ripened rhubarb that was delicately kissed with the fresh sea air changed my mine and I could not resist to bake something delightful!


Filling
4 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 3/4 inch pieces (about 1 pound)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Topping
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 375

Filling: Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl until coated. Spoon in greased 13×9 inch baking dish. Drizzle with vanilla extract.

Topping: In another bowl, mix all topping ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until rhubarb is tender and topping is golden brown. Serve warm

Beading & Following My Bliss at the North Shore

I just returned from six days of bliss on the shores of Lake Superior! It was a working vacation…well maybe I should let you be the judge of that, but I did bead bracelets and earrings while I was there! I also received a wholesale order from a shop in Grand Marais called “White Pine North”!

Beading with a view!


Bead work from the shore.


The view to the west


And when I gazed to the east


Aah a place to nap

Waking from my nap

Grateful! Thanks Connie

Inspired by Nature – The Beauty of My Garden

Every time I see someones art or the gift of nature’s beauty I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share some powerful gift from my garden, some newly blooming flowers that moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits! Color guaranteed!

This week there was a number of new flowers blooming in my garden and the colors are inspiring me to bead and create something as lovely as those new blooms.

Last year my neighbor and I went on free cycle and picked up and planted lots of new flowers. This year I am enjoying the fruits of my last years labor and in some instances surprised at the new beauty in my yard. Summer 2010 flower inspiration will produce a number of garden bead works that will last for years to come.

Inspired by Nature – Purple in My Garden

Every time I see someones art or the gift of nature’s beauty I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share some powerful gift from nature, some newly blooming flowers in my garden that moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift thespirits! Color guaranteed!


The lavender and purple irises are in bloom in my garden along with those hardy but vividly purple pansies…oh so purple and oh so pretty.

Inspired by Nature & Art – Art In The Hollow

Every time I see someones art or the gift of nature’s beauty I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share some powerful gift from nature, a park in the middle of the city filled with artist moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits! Color guaranteed!

My Senses were bursting with all the shades and smells of green in Swede Hollow Park! The place proved to be inspirational and the event that was held yesterday with all the artist doing what they love to do along with the thunder, lightning, rain, the new shades of greens and then the sun inspired me to create two free form peyote stitch bracelets…while I was in the open air…meet “Hollow”.

“Hollow” has the semi precious stone “Unakite” woven into it! The stone itself is a slice of a scene, imagine a field of green plants with lovely warm peach colored flowers sprinkle throughout!

More May Recipes – Bruschetta

Plant the tomatoes and get those basil plants in their pots because it’s Bruschetta time, well any time is Bruschetta time but when local fresh tomatoes start coming your way, you want a easy and great recipe!


Bruschetta
Mix together:
6 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 Tbl fresh basil, chopped
1 cup grated Asiago cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup Good Seasons Zesty Italian dressing

Serve on toasted french bread!
Lightly brush bread before toasting with butter or olive oil…Enjoy!

Inspired by Art – Something from My Subconscious

Every time I see someones art, the gift of nature’s beauty or a man made monument, I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share some powerful inspiration, a man made gift of centuries long ago and lands far away that moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits! Color guaranteed!

When I started to bead this pendant I was uncertain the directions I would take, but started the process anyway with my choice of beads and this metal filigree! These beads and even the filigree have no Asian significance separately but together they took on a definite Asian appearance and art form!

I love this trust process when something in your subconscious is guiding you, something that you found profound at some point in your life and then tapped into it to make some art!

May Recipes – Sweet & Sour Lentils with Fine Noodles

Love love love this tasty dish, it makes a great main dish and you can eat it cold the next day, no need to reheat! Enjoy!


Sweet & Sour Lentils with Fine Noodles

1 cup of lentils, rinsed
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
3/4 tsp freshly grated ginger
6 oz Ramen or other raw fine egg noodles
2 Tbls dark sesame oil and add a few drops of chili sauce or Tabasco to the oil
two garlic cloves, minced
one large carrot, thinly sliced
half medium green or yellow pepper, finely chopped
two bunches green onion chopped

Combine the lentils and water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender but still firm, drain.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, vinegar and ginger. Mix well and set the sweet & sour sauce aside.

Cook the egg noodles al dente (watch them carefully because they cook very quickly), drain, and set aside.

Heat the sesame oil over medium heat in a large skillet and add chili sauce to the oil if you like spicy. When it is hot, add the garlic carrot and saute over moderately low heat until the carrot is tender crisp. Add the green pepper and onion, and saute just until the onion wilts a bit.

Add the cooked lentils and the sweet and sour sauce; simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the noodles and simmer just until they are heated through. Serves 4 to 6.