This is a plaque that my husband gave me as a gift a couple of years ago. I've had a fondness for the pieces from Carruth Studio since I first saw them years ago. Most of the pieces are so whimsical that you can't help but smile.
Which is exactly what I did when I opened the box that "Bliss' was in - I smiled. Actually to be honest I laughed. The face is so silly and it never fails to evoke a reaction. I decided to make a small table top collage so I'd see its grinning face every time I sit down. I placed the plaque on top of a miniature wooden chair (which I used to collect), added some smooth pebbles found at the beach, and a dried flower head. Simple but effective.
Being that it was another cold rainy day I spent some time pawing through art papers, deciding on future projects I might want to do. I spent a lot of time arranging things together. Notice I said "arranging". There wasn't a whole lot of gluing going on but I still feel like I accomplished something.
And actually I did accomplish one thing. I tried my hand at making an Inchie. That's exactly what I said when I first heard about them...What on earth is an Inchie? lol
Inchies are the latest craze to hit the paper arts world. From what I understand they started in the quilting world and spread like wildfire. Leave it to us paper artists. lol Inchies are basically a 1" square of collaged art decorated in a variety of mediums. Let me tell you, though fun to do, difficult to work on that scale. I've worked small scale before, but only 2" square and 1" x 3". This is a completely different animal. lol
I think my first one turned out well. Now that I've got the hang of it I plan to make another one for an online challenge. I laughed at something I read while researching Inchies...
Inchies have paper artists all over the world reaching for their bifocals.
No kidding. I've always had a precision with scissors but cutting out that itty-bitty flower and making that tiny crown was painful. lol This however was the result...
I also spent some time in the kitchen. Big surprise huh? ;-) I made a batch of peanut butter cookies. I've been using the same recipe for years and don't honestly remember where it came from. The magazine clipping is glued to a recipe card and filed in my old wooden recipe box close at hand.
I've played around with the recipe over the years to suit our tastes (cutting down on the sugar and butter). I'm partial to homemade cookies. I've had my share of bakery cookies and they taste like, well, bakery cookies. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I simply prefer homemade.
Here's the original recipe with my alterations in parenthesis.
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter (I use 1/2 cup)
1 cup peanut butter - creamy or crunchy (I use Adams)
1 cup white sugar (believe it or not I omit the white sugar completely)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (in place of 1 cup of the unbleached white, 10 Grain, White Whole Wheat or Whole Wheat Pastry flour may be used)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a mixing bowl cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in dry ingredients until combined.
Using a tsp. shape the dough into 1" balls and place on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake. Transfer to racks to cool completely.
*Sometimes I omit 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the flour and add in that much Scottish Oats.