the flotsam and jetsam journal seems to have taken to a flight of it's own. sometimes journals do that go off in a different direction than initially planned the original plan was a scrap, vintage paper and photo image journal but today it turned into a sketch journal it started as a quick pencil sketch of a little Cedar Waxwing soon color pencils were pulled out next water colors
this was not the plan today's agenda was to walk the creek beds looking for fossils a tiny bird was calling my attention was held time stopped I slipped back to years past to a place where I enjoyed drawing little birds
first off thanks for all the emails asking to see more details and progression in the "White Eye" flotsam and jetsam journal more paper layers have been added with some "flippies" and tags I am in love with the new Basic Grey Porcelain line of products available on the Tuscan Rose web site
items used on the above page include Basic Grey Porcelain 6x6 paper pad Basic Grey Porcelain Olio rub ons cardboard off the back of the Basic Grey glazed brads package - nothing goes to waste when it comes to flotsam and jetsam ledger scraps, pages out of a book from a library book sale and an old photo and a brown elastic ribbon from a box of Godiva chocolates that didn't last long enough more of the Basic Grey Porcelain paper collection text pages, old photo, paper scrap, clipping from a magazine and machine stitching love this bee glazed brad and the rose is from the Porcelain Olio rub on set
flotsam and jetsam journal stuff laying on my desk a journal to catch things before they disappear you are getting sleeepy, very sleeepppy flirty dresses with impossible waistlines scrap cardboard was called into duty little birds wishing they had a more exotic name
never have I been so happy to have a concrete truck in my front yard pecan tree limbs were propped up new driveway has been poured one of the crew is parked in front keeping surveillance for pranksters wet cement has been known to be a magnet for little fingers it was a good day for concrete
the rewards from time spent last fall taking buckets of lavender cuttings because can you ever have enough lavender in the garden
It looks like all 30 cuttings of lavender have not only taken root but are flourishing
with the gorgeous weather all my time was spent outside this weekend tomorrow the concrete is being poured for the new driveway and then there will be no holding back on progress with the front yard. The plans are to remove all the grass and xeriscaping the front with a small more manageable water friendly grassy area. By the end of the summer, I should have arms like Popeye from hauling and placing all the rock. So far I have gathered and brought in two trailer loads and about 18 kitty litter buckets of smaller sized rock. Putting down rock is a quick way to put the size of the yard into perspective.
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour* 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened) 2 oz. red food coloring 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature 1 teaspoon white vinegar 1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or three 8-inch round cake pans.
2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside. In a small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to form a thin paste without lumps; set aside.
3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
4. Make sure you have cake pans buttered, floured, and nearby. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda. It will fizz. Add it to the cake batter and stir well to combine. Working quickly, divide batter evenly between the cake pans and place them in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check early, cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. To remove the cakes from the pan, place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, then gently lift the pan. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting. Frost with cream cheese icing (recipe below).
Recipe Notes: *Sift cake flour once before measuring, then sift again with the other dry ingredients per recipe instructions.
Cream Cheese Frosting
16 oz. cream cheese (2 packages), softened 1/2 cup butter (one stick), softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted pinch of salt
With an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Turn mixer to low speed and blend in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy. Use immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. If refrigerated, the frosting will need to be brought to room temperature before using (after frosting softens up, beat with mixer until smooth).
The new Basic Grey lines have just arrived and let me tell you they are gorgeous available on the Tuscan Rose web site Porcelain 6x6 paper pad Porcelain Olio Rub On book Porcelain Chip Board sticker shapes glazed brads in coordinating colors Aviary Clear Acrylic Stamps - I love these Marrakech 6x6 Paper Pad
I have been scanning old family photos putting them on disk so they can be safely stored Going through the pictures, recalling memories and noting how much has changed over time but through the years some things remain the same, the basic core of who I am and what I loved has not changed
so I submit photo evidence #1 THEN - glasses I picked out myself cat eye frames in pink and blue with lots of sparkle NOW - still love fancy eye wear and still picking out frames with blue (journal page from 2007)
more photo evidence will be provided in upcoming days So I challenge this - go through your old photos and look at them. I mean really look at them even if it takes a magnifying glass and look for things that have remained constant for you over the years. Not only is this fun but you may even be surprised at what you find.
and while you have those photos out, take the time to scan them or go to the office store and make copies for safe keeping