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Friday, August 7, 2009

TMTA - Friendship

It's been a rough week at our house so I haven't done much in the way of artwork - challenges or otherwise. This morning I decided to try and take my mind off of things for a little bit.

See other pieces at TMTA.

Postcard Friendship Friday

This postcard is a new but vintage looking piece by NW artist Paul A. Lanquist.

The back reads;

Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge stands at 710 feet above the Columbia River. The Vista House, built in 1916, is one of the premier attractions in Oregon. From the steps of this historic wayside one can look far up the Columbia Gorge and down to Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

See other cool postcards at Vintage Postcards.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Canning and Mississippi Avenue...

Not that the two are related in any way, shape, or This is part of what I did today...Fresh out of the canner - zucchini pickles.

Now onto more fun stuff!

Yesterday my SIL and I went into Portland to Mississippi Avenue. Hubby and I wander over that way from time to time, usually to eat at Laughing Planet. I've always wanted to visit Pistils Nursery, but I'm always in town after they've closed for the day. I've looked longingly through the wrought iron gate more than once.

Yesterday I finally got inside. It's worth looking around even if you don't buy anything. Although, seeing this porch made me want to come home and build my own. lol

And look at this chicken coop! I want. This is an absolutely fantastic structure, and even though I didn't get a shot of it, it has a living roof.

These little ladies were scratching around having a good time.

And I have to say that this old door with the rusty numbers and metal birds makes a collage artist's heart soar...

Anyone who reads this and knows the area is going to say "you didn't know about these stores"?! In my defense (lame as it may be), when I'm over on Mississippi it's usually on a mission (to eat), and to be honest, I've never gone much farther down the street than Pistils. I certainly had no idea about the shops on the other side. SIL introduced me to a couple of them yesterday, having been introduced herself recently.

The first shop was Flutter. This store is an absolute gold mine of fun stuff. I loved it!

Next door - Porch Light.

And look what is right inside the front door....aprons!

Lots of cool stuff to look at. I could have gotten much better shots had I lugged my SLR around yesterday, but I opted not to. These were taken with my snap-and-shoot digital, and with less than perfect lighting you get what you get. There's also the issue I'm having of pictures being lightened during upload to blogger. Still working on figuring that one out. Ah well.

The following photo has been 'artified' to cover up my less than perfect picture, but I think it still offers an idea of what the store has to offer. Do go in and check it out. You will not be disappointed.

For those who have asked about Turbo, thank you. We ended up back at the emergency clinic on Tuesday night, in a nutshell, to find Turbo extremely dehydrated. He was kept overnight and hooked up to an IV drip. By morning there was some improvement, and he made the trip from the clinic to our local vet. He remained on an IV drip through the day and night, and is still residing at the vet's office. Now it's a matter of getting him to eat again. I had hoped we'd get a call this morning telling us that he was eating on his own, unfortunately that isn't the case yet. The veterinary assistant said he's certainly not out of the woods yet, but he's working on it. He's sitting up more, and though he isn't much interested in food, he's trying. He'll probably remain at the vet through the weekend.

I'm trying to be optimistic, but I'm still very scared.


The only thing I know about this young woman is that her name is Mary, and the photo was taken around 1920.

Theme Thursday

Theme Thursday - Purple.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Orange Cream Flip

It's been a difficult few days around here, with kitty in and out of a veterinary emergency clinic (with an overnight stay last night) and now at least a two day stay at our local vet.

I'm just a bit blah and don't feel like writing about anything. Not that there's anything other than kitty to write about anyway. It's been a very focused few days.

For today I'll offer up a recipe....

Orange Cream Flip

2 cups oj
2/3 cup powdered nonfat dairy or soy milk
3 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup crushed ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until the mixture is frosty and thick. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 cups.

Can be halved easily.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Isn't this the cutest?

The instructions call for styrofoam pieces, but I'm thinking wood. The color choices are pretty much endless.

To view the instructions (PDF) visit JoAnn Fabric.
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