to make changes.  to read more.  to fulfill our goals.  to think creatively.  to ask deeper questions.  to love each other.  to make grand plans.  to do something fun.  to stretch our boundaries.  to re-envision success.  to find compassion.  to be the essence of who we are.

Oh, and I'm doing the 365 project again (you can see 2010's photos here.  I can't wait to get back up into the studio tomorrow morning when school starts up again.

Have a nice week!

branching out

I had the very best lunch today.  Curried tofu salad sandwich with organic homegrown tomato, basil, and spinach.  Tomato-basil pasta salad.  Rosemary-dijon potato salad (it was really nice and zingy, but sadly, not on my plate when I took this picture).  I had a LOT of good food in Atlanta, but this lunch beat it all, hands down.  My good friend Wendy recently started a catering and made-to-order business, and she asked if I'd like to try my hand at food photography.  I jumped right in.

Goodnight Gracie Specialty Foods , first, is delicious.  Second, it's affordable.  Wendy focuses on spreads, ready-to-go dinner-type salads (think Tabouleh or Thai Sesame Noodle Salad), savory cheesecakes, salsas- things you can build a meal around with what you've got in the fridge or pantry.  If you're in Memphis, she offers specials every weekend- you can get the dish on facebook.  She also caters full meals, picnic baskets, and most intriguing to me, savory cheesecakes.  I'm ordering a tomato cheesecake soon. 

I really had a ball taking pictures of her delicious dishes.  Bonus- she asked to use my pottery for the shoot!

I lucked out with the farmers market on Saturday- I'm under the pavilion again.  So grateful for the shade and ceiling fans, and so ready for this triple-digit heat to break. 

I hope y'all have a nice weekend.  I'm working on getting a new-to-me little kiln set up so that I can fire smaller (thus lower amperage) loads and keep my sweet air conditioning on.  And school starts on Monday- so my summer break ends, too.  See y'all next week!

# five


five
Originally uploaded by Bridgman Pottery
from the one-a-day photograph series I'm embarking upon this year. Lots of folks over at flickr have been doing this for several years. I saw my friendJennifer was doing it and decided to copy-cat her.


I thought I'd get back up to the studio this week, but my studio is in the unheated second floor of our house (unheated because there are no radiators up there, and I don't want to turn on our forced-air heat system that blows dust around, makes noise, is expensive, and is inefficient), and when the day's high hovers around 20 (and when I have an ear infection that makes me cranky, to boot), I stay as close to the stove and radiators as I can, knitting (since last week I've finished 2 pair of socks, a hat, am 75% finished with a wrap for me and whipped out a cowl for my boy today, with new yarn for a sweater to come), making soup, baking bread.

Since I'm doing the St. Jude market on Jan. 29, I'll have to get up there and start making again soon, but until the weather is a bit more accommodating, I'm downstairs, following the warmth and light like a cat.

Hope y'all are staying warm.

autumn colour week: red

Oh how I love red. There is at least one red thing in every room in my house. Lots in the kitchen, hits in every other room. Red fruit, red furniture, red flowers. Um, red shoes. Red shoes are a serious weakness for me. I have an embarrassing number of red shoes. But they make me SO HAPPY! Red and yellow are my happy colors.

I just peeked in the kiln to check and see how this load went. Top layer looked great, including these new red pieces!! These were tests- not for sale yet. I'll make more and have them available before the holidays.

Somewhere in this load there are also some tiny little red buttons. And some robin's egg buttons. I was really, really meticulous with this glaze load. I'll see at the end of the day how the whole load went- it is still too too hot to touch. I did a teeny bit of kiln maintenance, but I haven't scraped and re-coated my shelves yet.

This morning we all woke up with a sunny outlook. We're all well, rested, and ready to face a full weekend. I'm looking forward to taking my first canoe float in about 2 years tomorrow with Gary and some friends. I promised little boy we'd get a pumpkin at the farmer's market tomorrow. The weather is glorious, the leaves are beginning to turn. I'm going to find our tiniest drybag and bring my camera on the trip. Have a lovely weekend!

autumn colour week: green


green
Originally uploaded by Bridgman Pottery
on my windowsill. The pottery isn't mine, but is a piece that I bought last year in Sewanee. It's by Amelia Stamps. I keep a little beeswax prayer votive in it. The bluejays are pecking away at my green tomatoes, so I have to let them ripen inside these days. There are about 20 on the sills right now. And my lone green pepper. Not a banner year for my garden.

Little boy went back to school this morning, and I am going back to bed to kick this cold. Nighty-night.

autumn colour week


yellow: veggies
Originally uploaded by Bridgman Pottery
I'm participating in autumn colour week this week. Besides tomorrow's cooking for kids post (made from these ingredients), I'll just be posting photos this week. I have a miserable cold and little boy is recovering from a nasty GI bug that hit him while he was on a group camping trip with Gary and some friends. I finished a 120+ hour, year-long course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd on Saturday, noticed that I had a hard time paying attention, and took a nap when I got home. Much like my boy, I only sleep during the day if I'm ill. His daddy reported that they got to the camp, little boy ran around, then went to take a nap. Then all GI nastiness broke loose. He and I were both running fevers Saturday, Sunday, and today. So nothing's getting done but some snuggling, reading, movie-watching, and massive spraying-down of everything we touch with lavender-tea tree disinfectant spray (2 c water, 10 drops each essential oil).

On the up side, this means that I don't have to scrape down those kiln shelves quite yet.

I hope your weather is as beautiful as ours is. We did a little convalescing outside to enjoy the sunshine and mild temps. After two straight weeks (really, it was 16 days) of rain every day, we needed some vitamin D.

Holga

Have you ever used a Holga? We've had one in the top of one of our closets for a long time, and we've had 120 film for it for a long time, just waiting for one of use to get inspired and use it. I got inspired. I used it. And while fully half of the roll was ick, there were some interesting things on the roll, too. It makes me want to get out my old Cannon AE1 that has a bit of a light leak issue- it is older than I am, and I've got some functionality issues, too- pop some film in, and see what happens. It is always a surprise. Digital is wonderful. I love the quality, knowing what I've shot, and having immediate access. But film is a fun (sometimes) surprise.

Holgas are inexpensive (under $20, usually), and available widely online. The film isn't too expensive, but developing- I got the roll processed and images on a disc, but not prints for $16- is higher than regular film. But I had an entire weekend morning's worth of fun with it- for about what it would cost to see a movie. I think I'm going to shoot another roll this weekend. I have much to learn about using this camera, but I think it will be fun.

I'm signing off until next week- my little brother is coming into town tomorrowand we're meeting my dad, stepmother, and sister up at the lake for a long weekend. I hope you all have a great end to your week and a beautiful weekend!

celery: green week.


celery
Originally uploaded by Bridgman Pottery
I have loved loved loved green week. The weather's been just fine this week, with more green showing up every day. The daffodils have shaken off the snow and are blooming their heads off, trees are beginning to leaf out, and the perennials are peeking up out from their mulchy blankets.

It's been a super busy week for me, but I'm so glad I made time for green week. I hope you've enjoyed the photos, too.

Have a wonderful weekend. I'll be back with more pottery next week!