My latest fascination has been with ribbon folding – inspired by kanzashi methods. This weekend is my first studio tour for ARTrails in two years — so I am busy finishing up details on these flower bases I’ve created with different ribbons.

My gallery piece this year is a bridal headpiece called “Blossom”. With my background in ballet costuming, bead weaving and mixed media – I have elements of lace, ribbon, crystals, beads and tulle to create this unique headpiece. It’s base color is white with accents of gold and pink.



Rainy day cards

I’ve had so much fun playing with Tim Holtz Distress Inks lately! The following cards were created using a craft sheet and water. So first pick your colors and smoosh them onto the craft sheet (or something that resists water) then spray with water to activate. Place your paper (I use watercolor 90lb the most) and wiggle it gently – lift up.

The first layer is usually a nice blend of the colors – I then dry the paper with my heat gun. From there, look for areas that need some contrast or color and tap that section down on to some beaded ink. Dry with heat gun. At this point you might want to smoosh a bit more color and spray – just repeat the process until you are happy with your results!

Once my pieces were in a happy place, I looked for elements that resembled objects. Two pieces reminded me of trees so I stamped tree images in those areas and blended them out. One reminded me of water – so I felt the man with umbrella would work … just have fun with it!

Card 1  Card 2  Card 3

My sewing assistant says get inky!!

My sewing assistant says get inky!!

New directions

It’s been forever since my last post! The last year and a half has involved a tremendous amount of soul searching and refocusing. After closing several chapters of volunteerism, I am now able to refocus my energy on what truly makes my heart sing! I will continue to focus and move forward on this new journey I have chosen.

Both my kids are passionately involved in performing arts, mainly classical ballet and I have fallen hard for this beautiful form of art! In the past I dabbled with the costuming but have now taken on the role of costume mistress for a new nonprofit – Ballet Theatre of Washington. I have loved the creative process involved with developing a costume plot and bringing my sketches to life!

I’ll post soon some of the works in progress … but for now I’m off to sew!

My sewing assistant hard at work!

My sewing assistant hard at work!

Birthday Celebration!

Every year I make a cake for my sister – and this year was no different! Except this time I asked my SIL for some help with decorations! She has everything you could possibly think of to make awesome cakes (and some things I didn’t know even existed) … I just needed something simple for a beginner like me! 😉 So thank you Solveig for the quick lesson and goodies to make my sister’s cake the best one I’ve created thus far!!

Julie loves my handmade jewelry and I’m always trying to come up with something new for her! I thought she would look beautiful in copper so I’m very happy with the final results of her pendant and earrings! I was right – she looks beautiful in copper!! So Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister Julie! I hope her year is full of joy and wonderful things! Love you sis!! -Melinda


Gluten free breads, pancakes, pizza crust …..

Ok, so I am doing my research … why not start with a company I’m already familiar with — Bob’s Red Mill. I’ve only just scratched the surface of the site! I’ve used Bob’s black beans, red lentils, quinoa, gf flour and a couple other things – all very good! And yes – there is a pancake mix!!! 😉

Here is a link to the site: Bob’s Red Mill

I’m going to try the pancakes as soon as I get some mix! I will be using amber agave for syrup! In the meantime – I’m going to create my wishlist on Bob’s site! There are cookbooks, groups of mixes, …. I’d love to try it all!!! Shop-n-Kart carries the Bob’s Red Mill brand so I will begin there! During my detox I was so focused on specific things I didn’t look at the HUGE selection right under my nose! Love that I can shop local!!


A new challenge – healthy pancakes!

We love pancakes with syrup at our house! Only now after eating whole foods and no sugar, gluten or dairy for an entire month, I want to continue eating healthy and what is good for my body (I can’t tolerate dairy very well and from what I discovered during the detox – gluten is another one!) So I am searching for some new ways to bake, cook, etc. There must be a wonderful recipe for gluten free, and possibly even dairy free pancakes!! I have the amber agave to replace regular syrup ….

I need to get the name of that cookbook again from my stamping friend! …

Soooooo, I had my first cup of coffee this morning … not exactly what I was expecting … didn’t taste good or smell good. I ended up making a fruit smoothie for everyone and then we had some red lentil soup for lunch (and my dinner). I ended up drinking tea and water the rest of the day. I feel kind of in limbo …. not really sure what direction to go! I don’t want to eat the things I was eating before and I want to explore some new things beyond the last four weeks. So I think I will just slowly build up new recipes.

I didn’t look up any recipes for pancakes … yet. I will get there! My rehearsals are winding up as we prepare for opening weekend in 2 weeks! Lots of details to finish up and costumes to finalize! It’s a crazy time at the theatre! I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Day 28 Whole Living Detox 2012

… and so the journey ends! At least this one. Today was my last day of the detox and I am so happy I have done it! I feel renewed. I am ready to conquer the world … ok, maybe that was just the gladiator costume at the playhouse inspiring me …. but really – I am a new person! I am more calm, happier and focused again! Can’t say enough good things about this 28 day detox!

No, I did not like all the recipes and will not revisit a few – but overall – loved the food, loved the new ways of cooking (for me) and the wonderful new habits I have developed! There were definitely days I was not inspired and not feeling like prepping and cooking my food …. but they were few and far between! This whole experience also helped me reorganize the kitchen. I still have a ways to go … not enough counter space due to all the fruits and veggies I don’t put in the fridge – but I will be working on finding storage solutions. I even have three little pots ready to use for some fresh chives, parsley and basil!!!!

I’ve decided I am tired of white dishes … so when I am able to afford it – I’d like to get some colorful fun dishes to further enhance my eating experience!! So what to write about now? …. I’d like to continue to post new recipes and share what I learn about eating with whole foods! I think I’m ready to start an exercise routine (*gasp – I know … me — exercising…. but if I can give up coffee … ANYTHING is possible!)

Wow! I did it!!!

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