by Corky's Cookies
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
by Corky's Cookies
Monday, 22 December 2008
Sunday was our annual champagne and lobster lunch with friends, they put on a magnificent spread of lobster, crab, prawns, smoked salmon, gravadlax, assorted mayonnaise, sour dough bread, caviar with vodka, then a salad course, then prune and Armagnac tart, mince pies and chocolates. All washed down with indecent amounts of Champagne (2 magnums) and a healthy selection of the six bottles of Prosecco my mother supplied. It was splendid. I was very glad indeed to get to the gym this morning to undo a little of the damage!
by Jan Morales Photography
Saturday, 20 December 2008
I love the Ti Amo photograph from Eleanor - I wonder if it was posed or just a lucky find?
Lasidi is a jewellery maker from Granada in Spain and her shop if full of goodies, I especially like the felted pieces which she combines with some unusual stones and materials to make very original looking items. I seem to becoming attracted to felt lately, I've not really given it a lot of thought but recently I've been noticing masses of the stuff on Etsy and it's all used in a really original way. The featured seller last week had some stunning things, it was her felted acorns which I fancied and one shop I've been in love with for a while sells the most delicious looking felted pebbles and beads.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
One gallery I've been filling out a bit more is the one called Gone and Forgotten, it's for photos of abandoned graves, headstones and flowers at the Southern Cemetery which is just over the road from my home. It's the most amazing place and I'll happily spend hours in there taking pictures and even went blackberry picking there this summer (several jars of blackberry jelly and a cobbler were the tasty results). I find the bare graves with remnants of real flowers or faded bunches of plastic flowers incredibly beautiful, mournful and sad. When I first started to go there I'd concentrate on the damaged lead letters on the stones, the ones where many letters had dropped off as I found that I liked the resulting graphic effects, the way that some randomly formed words really stood out.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Sales were good a couple of weeks ago, lots of card sets, two or three to a customer which was great, hopefully they'll be back for more, some custom print orders and quite a few items from my other shop, Inter Alia too. Now it's gone dead, but I suppose postage times to America have run out now and I don't have anything Christmasy at all. Let's hope the good sales continue in the New Year.
I've also not been checking the Treasuries for ages and today sort of remembered about them and found my Mansion House print in a nice POE one - it's always nice to have my work picked by another photographer!
By Alison Du Bois
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
I love to see a good summery colour scheme in these cold, dark and wintery months. This is a beauty.
by Three Girls and a Goat
Now here's a really original collection of goodies from a shop with a brilliant name! I'm usually impressed with the overall appearance of Treasuries but often there's not a lot that I actually want to click on and investigate further. This one is full of really cool items -
The Colour Letter Card by A View To is great, her shop has some really great colour themed cards, like the one below. I love the collections of items she's photographed for each one and I can't understand why she's only sold three items.
The pierced disk, rings and tiny berries necklace by kathiroussel is just the sort of thing that I'd wear (it's now firmly in my favourites - hint hint). The photographs of it are really original too.
And finally the Love - Original Text Based Painting from Simon's Gallery is just up my street too, I'm a real sucker for texts.
So the cards and prints from yesterday are almost done and will be in the post to their new owners today.
This is a really pretty Treasury, I do like the way that the colours are grouped together over a whole range of items. I think that it's very well done!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
My second Fromt Page appearance in two days! It's the bottom left print which is a bed of thin silver birch trees outside Tate Modern in London.
I've had some sales at last - five items to two customers. I'll be kept busy today.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Kelly's shop is full of sweetie coloured goodies, all the photographs of her jewellery are really striking and make a totally coherent look to the whole shop. The pieces all have a lovely smooth curvy look which really appeals to my taste. I this particularly like this necklace and it's relly refreshing to see jewellery which isn't stupidly underpriced, which I always feels reduces the percieved value of items. If I'm going to buy something as a treat or a gift I like to feel that the maker values their work as much as I value mine.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
I've had enquiries about custom prints and cards which I can't fulfill as I can't get to the original images and I'm concerned how long these lovely prospective customers will wait. I don't really want to tell them that my computer has had a seizure and that I'm incapable of fixing it, it just doesn't seem very professional.
Anyway, I've sold some more Soviet Posters and relisted them at a slightly higher price and increased the quantity of posters from three to five. At least the things in my Inter Alia shop are all ready to go.
Friday, 14 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
For sale here at the bargain price of $24
For sale here also at the bargain price of $24
Both books have about 50 pages of recylced/found/rescued papers from various places. Some are plain, some are violently patterned but they all work rather nicely together. I hope these sell as I really like making them!
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
I really must check the goings on with my Inter Alia goodies, after finding the lovely Treasury (see previous post), I've just searched the Flickr Front Page Group and found that my battered Penguin book was there in the top left corner. I've sold it and I wonder if it was because of the front page exposure?
Kaisanna's from Finland and is a buyer rather than a seller, so I can't show you any of her creations!
Monday, 10 November 2008
Past Meets Present
I've also been fancying having a go at Digital Pinhole photography and finally managed to buy a body cap for my D300 so that I can make my lens. Hopefully I'll get that done today and then I'll start to experiment and see if I can actually get some images!
Sunday, 9 November 2008
For pudding I wanting something quick and easy as I can't generally be bothered with puds apart from my utterly divine French chocolate mousse which really is one of the most gorgeous and luxurious things I've ever eaten - but I made than last weekend. I fell back on a tried and tested old favourite from Alastair Little's book Keep It Simple: Fresh Look at Classic Cooking - Compote of Winter Fruits. Which is a divine smelling, jewel coloured sticky delight which is the real essence of autumn. Pears are poached in an aromatic syrup of red wine, cinnamon, star anise, lemon zest, peppercorns, vanilla pod with added dried apricots and prunes which have been plumped up in sweet Lapsong Suchong tea.
Friday, 7 November 2008
But for now:
Here's an old favourite foodie post from more or less a year ago to get me in the mood:
I was given a bin liner full of prickly sloes by a generous friend whose larder is already groaning under the weight of home made goodies.
She said “it’s really easy, but takes a while”. No kidding.
So this is what you need.
Small, sharp poking implement
Gin – lots of gin
Kilner jars, or other large containers, sterilized
Settle down at a large table, empty out your bin liner of spiky fruits; put the radio on because you’re going to be here for a while.
Pluck the sloes from the branches, trying no to puncture yourself in the process, they are very sharp. I didn’t bother with any which were obviously mouldy or squishy, but I did include them if they were split.
Discarding the branches once the berries are off makes the whole thing a bit neater and it’s encouraging to see the massive heap grow smaller.
Once all the sloes are in a bowl together looking lovely, clear your table of spiders, leaves and other creepy crawlies which will be looking to make a home for themselves in yours.
Leave the sloes in some cold water and wait for all the leaves, twigs and corpses to rise to the surface and remove.
Try to scrape the welded on purple sloe stickyness from your hands and under your fingernails (mine stayed put for about two days).
Drain the berries and when you can face it, sit back at the table, with more entertainment and ideally a darning needle, although I can’t think of one single person I know who would actually possess such an object. I used a cocktail stick.
Laboriously remove each sloe, one by one, individually, by itself, from the glistening purple pile and poke with your little wooden stick, lovingly place in a clean bowl. Repeat about 20,000 times until your back aches, your fingers are stiff and sticky and you consider breaking into the three bottles of gin luring you to their shelf.
Take a deep breath, have a walk, have some chocolate, watch CSI.
Finish stabbing the sloes.
Now the science bit – you need 1-2oz of castor sugar for each pint of gin, more if you like it sweeter and less if you like it dryer. I have no idea how I like it so I used about 1.75 oz if I did the calculations right. These quantities are from the BBC website, blame them not me if it’s horrible. It’s my first time and I trust them…..
Sterilize the containers by putting through the dishwasher, heating in the oven or pouring in boiling water.
Drive down the road to replace the jar you have just cracked by pouring boiling water into it and repeat the process with slightly less than boiling water and placing a long metal spoon in the jar, just as your mother always told you to do.
With great satisfaction, carefully pour the sloes into your first container, watch out for them rolling all over the floor as they make a terrible mess when you tread on them and walk them around the rest of the room on the bottom of your shoe.
Measure and pour one pint of gin onto the berries and then add however much sugar you’ve decided to use in too. Give it all a bit of a mix around and continue adding gin and sugar to the berries until all are covered in all of your containers. Leaving a little space at the top of the container makes mixing easier.
Seal the containers and hope that the seals work better than mine did. If they don’t, mop up the gin which will squirt out from under the ‘waterproof’ seals and top up again.
Keep in a dark, cool cupboard for three months, turning every couple of days initially and then less frequently later on so that the sugar is evenly distributed. Don’t wait for longer than six months to decant, it won’t benefit from longer.
If you haven’t forgotten about them in three months time, strain the berries from the sweet, pungent, purple gin and rebottle into sterilized bottles (don’t forget the spoon if using the hot water method), add a few sloes to the bottle for artistic effect and keep some for adding to casseroles. Wrap prettily as gifts or hide at the back of the cupboard and keep for yourself.
Sexy Silver and Black Squares Peyote Stitched Beaded Cuff Bracelet for $55 from Miamiamia.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Anyway, one of my photos from Japan is in a really atmospheric watery collection:
by Honey Tree
Honey Tree has some beautiful pictures of her own, she's got a great eye and a lovely evocative colour palate.
And here's a great collection of pink and blue photos - there's one in both of the collections in this post - obviously a popular photograph today!
by Felicity Crew
Felicity's from Vienna - a beautiful city with the best cakes, I think she's the only person I've seen on Etsy from Austria....I would imagine that such a gorgeous country would be bursting with photographers! She's got some really pretty beach hut images in her shop, lovely and pale and serene - I've always had a soft spot for beach huts. I'm pretty sure they don't have those in Austria...
Also a Treasury first - two prints in one!
by Make Your Presents Felt
A fantastic shop with a great name. I really didn't know that I liked felt things until I started to notice it on Etsy.....