i had the idea for days, envisioning my ingredients and how the flavors would work together. a dollop of olive oil, a small piece of pancetta, half a sweet onion, two cloves of garlic, a cleaned and de-veined bundle of swiss chard, a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. a small can of black beans, a large can of chopped tomatoes, dried basil, black pepper, the little ziplock bag of leftover red wine in the freezer. a 50 cent box of cornbread (an egg, some milk), the herbed feta cheese that was on sale at the grocery store down the block. several meals in one pot, served in shallow bowls, making us both so happy. for under ten dollars. and so delicious.
stacks of vintage biographies and autobiographies (and a few novelty titles) are prepped and ready to stock the shelves of my clubhouse books shop. a few fun craft, backto school and gardeningbooks are still available as well. check back often at the shop for fresh daily listings - or let me know (via comments or email here) if there is a specific book you don't want to miss. i am always happy to create a reserved listing for you :)
it's a great time of year to snuggle up in a cozy chair with a good book to read...
i have a habit of holding pages up to the light when i am cutting up books and magazines for collages. when there are images on both sides i check to see if i can extract from one and still use a portion of the other. i do this all the time. so i can't believe i never thought of this before. i saw it here on vivienne strauss' flickr stream. she found it here on seriykotik1970's photostream. good stuff. and so much fun.
if you try this (and i think you should), leave a link in the comments - i would love to see what you make of it.
every summer the beach we walk and comb offers something a little different. if you are observant and come back to the same place once a year, you may notice this, too. washed up along the cold wet sandy border of our big lake we have found among the stones and pebbles an abundance of birch bark one season, tiny broken shells the next, and oddly, last year, tiparillo tips everywhere we looked. but 2011 happened to be a very good year for face rocks.
tiny frosted jewels of beach glass,
and my favorite; alabaster. both smooth and rough. i may attempt to carve some of the larger stones... more research is necessary.