Sunday, December 25, 2011

Caramel rolls and Christmas

I realized that I never post about food or cooking and it's probably what I love the most and where I get the most feedback. I can please more people with my cooking than I can with my mosaics or drawing on glass, no one ever feels afraid or intimidated commenting on my cooking and I can tell if they like it even if they don't tell me because they get seconds and thirds. Most of the time no comment is made about my art I am sure this is due to a feeling of not understand rather than displeasure....

 Last night I started some lovely brioche dough, I always forget how long this process takes. I had to get up once during the night to gently punch it down (before santa arrived!)
And roll it between layers of butter this morning (luckily for me my kids woke me up at 6:30!) so I had plenty of time to work on it while they were absorbed in their new toys. It took all of 20 minutes for the children to finish off the pan after only 15 hours of minor labor... They liked them! I was very pleased with their beauty and the multiple layers of very thin dough, teaming with butter and caramel and yes they were tasty. Thank you Julia Child!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


This is the time of year that I return to the sewing machine, something about the long nights and the snow outside makes me want to sew. I have been teaching my 8 year old son how to quilt and I have been doing some of my own it's all random. Strips and blocks here and there, it's not exactly what I want I may have to cut it all up and sew it back together in a different configuration.

in my other studio I am still playing with glass

there seems to be something similar happening here...

The glass has lots of textured not visible with my iphone camera!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

under the sea

I created this piece with eight children from the hematology/oncology unit at Children's Hospital this summer.  I drew the fish on mesh and the children cut and glued glass tiles down in their own style! The piece was funded by my good friend, Marsha and her non-profit, Breanna's Gift. We wanted to create a piece that looked as though it was an abandoned port hole- all rough and scuffed up- but when you looked through it, you saw the magic of the sea life. We finished and installed the piece last week after a lot of  hassle with plexiglass, which is a nightmare to cut in a circle!
click on the photo for better view of all the textures.