New Stuff for Art

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This last weekend myself and three other friends went to Cincinnati and made a stop at IKEA. My friend Michelle said have you seen the the rolling cart that is popular? I said no, but please show it to me. She said that she bought one in December and the price had dropped on it. It came in three colors and the turquoise seems to be a favorite. I was quite taken with it and picked one up. This is how it was packaged and I was getting ready to assemble it.

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Here it is, 45 minutes later. Rolls well and is nice and sturdy. When I have a project going I am having the supplies in the top at my fingertips, that way it will leave more room on the desktop.

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I ordered this bundle, which had golden paints and 3 DVD’s and a new Cloth, Paper Scissor magazine. These are a collaboration with Carrie Schmitt and Amy Jones. I am excited about using these different paints and some of the substances I have not tried before. I like to keep learning all the time!

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Carrie Schmitt has a story in the newest Cloth-Paper-Scissors magazine and that is why it is included in the bundle. I look forward to watching these and making more flower paintings.

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I had picked this hand printed canvas container at a museum of art and decided to move my watercolor tubes so they were more easily accessible. They are so little and do not take up much space. There is even room for more.

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I needed some large letter stencils for a painting I had in mind. I found this bundle at Meijer. They came with eight background stencils that I just love. I was floored that it was only $12.00!

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Not that great of a picture but here is the name of the stencils if you were wondering.

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In the mail this week I received a big, fat, Dick Blick catalog. That is just heaven!

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Also while at IKEA I picked up the iron holder. My husband put this up for me today. It frees up space on the counter and looks to neat and tidy. Picture ledge #1 was installed at the same time. I bought several to put throughout the room to store paintings that I will be selling. The Love picture with the heart is for sale in my Etsy shop Etsy.com/Shop/HeresMyHart. The other picture is one my sister Linda picked up for me. It is an older Papyrus print. I wanted to see how well a couple of pictures fit on the shelf. Lot’s of fun stuff!! Thanks for stopping by…..

Bread Monday

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I love to make bread and I do it the old fashioned way, mixing it by hand, kneading it on the counter. I picked up a magazine that has recipes for homemade bread a few years ago and I don’t think I used any of the recipes yet. So I pulled it out today and tried the first one. It was fabulous! Buttermilk-Honey Bread. I use Fleischman’s in the jar and keep it in the refrigerator. I also keep dry buttermilk on hand in the refrigerator.

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The front of the magazine in case you are looking for one also. I have so many great cookbooks but I find myself going to the internet to find a recipe.  I am going to try to use my cookbook collection more.

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The recipe and directions.

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All the ingredients except the flour.

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Two cups of flour.

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with the complete 7 1/2 cups of flour. Ready to knead.

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Dumped out on the counter with all the flour that didn’t get mixed in. It will get kneaded in. I also add a large spoonful of flour as I knead it if the dough is stickky.

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While I am kneading the dough I put hot water in the mixing bowl for two reasons. One is to heat up the bowl to help the dough rise. The other makes it easier to get the bread off the sides for cleaning.

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Here it is, soft as a babies behind. It will be going back into the warmed bowl.

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I also put a towel damp with warm water on top for more warmth. After 1 to 1 1/2 hours it has risen to double the size.

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One thing I would change in the recipe would be that I would make a third pan. It called for only two but 3 loaves could have easily been made.

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The recipe called for these slits to be made on the diagonal. It gave it a nice touch.

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Here they are, warm and golden brown, but the one on the right is too tall.

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A perfect loaf of bread. So good when it is warm. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. Thank so much for stopping!

You just can’t judge a magazine by its size!

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We get this little magazine because we are in a co-op for our electricity, it is from Paulding Putnam. Seems like sometime last year or maybe two years ago, time does fly, we used to get a similar magazine from Ohio, but this is all about Indiana. I get more information from this magazine that has only 30 pages in it. You would think it would be all about electric current and wattage. Not so fast my friends. Here are the interesting tidbits that learned or they just made me remember. Raggedy Ann and Andy were created in Indianapolis. Indiana had 5 Vice Presidents from our state and one President. Some famous people from Indina are Steve Kroft of 60 minutes, Greg Kinnear, Actor, Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch, John Wooden basketball coach and Col. Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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Apparently every May they choose Art for their calendar and it is from submissions from students, 1st grade and up. I love to see art being promoted and the pictures were really enjoyable. Next year is Indiana’s Bicentennial and that was the theme of the contest this year.

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Here are the rest of the pictures, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the state tree-Tulip, Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home, the soldiers memorial in Indianapolis and the Statehouse in Indianapolis to name a few.

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This page showed the honorable mentions which were just as good. Other articles that were informative: French Lick was having chalk art extravaganza. Vincennes was having a reenacting of the RevolutionaryWar. There is going to be a Dr. Seuss exhibition at the Indianapolis Art Museum. It talks about a Huge Garage sale on Route 40. I can make my own cat treats out of tuna fish recipe. An article featuring a restaurant my husband and I ate at years ago. A good story about a snake in the garden. The last page talks about their great finds at a garage sale. It’s all interesting stuff. It really was a good read.  Thanks for stopping!