Thursday, November 10, 2016

TBT- Dad's pocket knife

As far back as I can recall my Father owned a pocket knife.  One of his knives, the one I specifically remember, is this Buck knife, which is a USA company, purchased between 1967 and 1972.   I have had it rattling around in my studio for quite sometime and today finally decided to sharpen and clean it up a bit.
A friend gave me her Father's sharpening stone which is in a beautiful wooden box.  Love it!  This was my first experience sharpening a knife using this technique.  Did a pretty spot on job, pretty proud of myself.
He also had a sharpening stone pretty much like the one Chris gave me of her Father's


photo bomb by some pretty amazing hammers, lol :)


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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mornings in the Studio

Mornings in the studio are filled with hope for what the day will bring and glorious light from the breaking day.  Coffee from a rich dark blend, freshly ground with added cream and honey helps motivate also.  Mornings are the best.
"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."   ~ Mark Twain

Monday, November 07, 2016

Look at these amazing new cookbooks

Admittedly when Alton Brown came on my radar in 1999 I was intrigued and appreciative of his mad cooking skills but, once the Alton Browncast podcast busted through my world, yep, I was crushing.
The podcasts are very entertaining hitting on pop-culture, retro coolness, film history,  an insiders view of food TV but, during all this there is a circling back to some aspect of food culture/experience.
His latest book Alton Brown Everyday Cook is pretty spectacular.  Here is a recent podcast chatting about the process with his photographer Sarah De Heer who used an iPhone 6s Plus in a directly overhead shooting style on every shot.
Another recent purchase is The Homemade Vegan Pantry, more about that at another time  ;)


So much of this technique is all about composing the shot.

Lovely bit of fan fun playing around with Matt Smith's 11th regeneration of Doctor Who.  The Doctor was feeling a bit peckish but, finally found what he was craving, Fish Sticks and Custard.  Mr. Brown gives this a thumbs up for flavor with this version of the dish. 


You will find useful Alton Brown methods through out the pages of his book.

If anything listen to the podcasts and if this is your first experience with podcasts, what a way to be introduced!  Owning Android operating systems in the past Stitcher Radio was my go to app but, now with migrating over to Apple and a 6s iTunes is taking a little getting used to but, very user friendly.

'This time it's personal',  what a great approach to a cookbook!  What shall I whip up first?

"Do not allow watching food to replace making food."  -Alton Brown

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Until next year

This past Summer was a bugs busy season.  As always the porch gives us a place to land and come back to center with a book or quick chat with a friend.
This year's annual combos in pots were salmon geraniums, sweet purple Allysum, Profusion White Zinnias and sprigs of  Purple Wondering Jew starts from last year.  Potted herbs are a necessary part of the porch experience too.  Five different varieties of Lavender were divided up among each pot of annuals also with Prostrate Rosemary, Thyme, Pot Marjoram, Berggarten Sage, Pineapple Sage and Lemon Verbena in separate pots.

Having a morning coffee behind the curtain :)


Rabbit Foot Fern


Setting up during Arts Fest in June at Elk Country Visitor Center
There were a few shows this year that I found myself at with my artisan jewelry business.  Pennsylvania Wilds Arts Fest, LH JAMS Jazz & art Festival and The PA Wilds Art Invitational at Lynn Hall were wonderful local shows and all The Wilds Cooperative of PA related.

She is such a Spider Monkey
Until next year!


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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Energy of a studio

Visiting an artist's studio is always amazing to me actually everything about an artist studio from the purpose to all the tools needed to create their medium.  Being a tool collector tunes me in immediately.


Their open house was held during the Gingerbread Tour which included quite a few businesses and other venues through out the region.  The day was perfect!







We all have our photo designated areas for photo shoots.  Their photos always turn out glorious.  Take a gander here on their website.

Wonderful #madebyhand artisan work in the most idyllic setting.  Thank-you Charles, Rowan and Morgan for adding to our #PAWildsmade experience.

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Friday, November 04, 2016

November goals

What are your goals for November?  I have goals I try to keep, goals I have my dh help with, lol,  and goals that, if they are achieved, are totally liberating.


  • Post here on the blog each and everyday. (almost made it....)
  • Develop new designs in keeping with my voice.
  • Finish the studio with picking up oak display case from storage, build a porch on the street entrance and a get the closet door in. 
  • Organize house for oldest daughter and grand daughters during December's visit.
  • Put summer porch cushions, blankets, pillows, etc. away in the small camper.
  • Get the crazy dog to the vet for her check-up.
  • Deliver inventory to trading posts.
  • Make a kick butt Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Start baking bread during the week once again.
  • Make vegan cheese from the raw cashews purchased last month.
  • Set-up dust collection system for bench.
  • Locate a console style drop leaf table for the studio
  • More product photos 
Share some of your to-dos! 

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

TBT- 2005 My Mom and Youngest Making Noodles for Nonny's Chicken and Noodle Soup

Part of life while we were all small was eating my Grandmother's chicken noodle soup.  She took the day to mix up and roll out a very large batch of her egg noodles.  She would dry them on everything in the kitchen from chair backs to cereal boxes.
One day, late November, my Mom decided to show our youngest her Mother's egg noodle recipe from start to finish.  They had a great time.  In 2005 Tameryn was only five and totally grooving on getting her hands in the dough creating an end result that she could eat.

The recipe is simple; dump cake flour on the table, add enough eggs to make a pliable dough that does not stick to the table or rolling pin and add eggs or flour as needed to achieve this.


Nonny is what my brother and I called my Mom's Mom :)  She served her soup in a way that I have never seen anyone else do with the broth, chicken and noodles all separate.  After the whole chicken was cooked in the stock pot all day it was taken out on to a platter whole, not deboned and then the noodles were left in the colander.  This way all of the prepared additions, when building your bowl, kept their flavors.  This was wonderful for when they would finally come together in the bowl your steaming hot serving of soup not only fed our bodies but, our souls.  





Sooo incredibly satisfying.  My additions to this bowl were fresh spinach, mashed potatoes and grated aged provolone with a drizzle of olive oil.  Yes, we enjoyed every single bite and had a sense of nostalgia for this special time in our lives.


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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

PMC work will do 

It has been a bit since putting out original work.  LIFE takes hold and does just that holds you back from exploring new techniques and designs. You don't want any of that nonsense to keep you in a place of stasis but, yes it is all a part of IT.
Making way for those bursts of creativity on the bench ebbed and flowed.  Through out the last 10 years money has been spent as the thoughts of designs kept coming.  Believe it our not this is how I work, obsessed with a technique I exhaust it from researching to obtaining tools and materials.
I feel it coming together in my brain, honestly :)  Now that movement in the studio is possible with more room the kiln purchased a few years back is SCREAMING at me.  So here is some of the precious metal clay cache of tools and material.  Let's begin.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

National Novel Writing Month 2016, or getting back in the swing of things

I am excited to continue a tradition or partial tradition :) of publishing a post every day this month for National Novel Writing Month.  Just my half a$$ed way of playing along with what I think is a pretty cool yearly event.

Recent post on Instagram from trick or treat this past Saturday of my youngest.  Her art teacher is amazing!  She is in 3-D art for her Junior year of HS and loving every minute of it.


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Have a great night, see you tomorrow at some point!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Getting Through Hot Summer Days with Infused Waters

Sometimes we as individuals just do things that are 'naturally' good, infused waters are one of those super special/simple things.  We don't think about each and every mineral or vitamin and how it burns fat, decreases cholesterol, detoxifies, makes us youthful or gives us energy.  We just love that this beautiful beverage is simple to make, flavorful and thirst quenching.
Orange Mint, sliced fresh Ginger, Thyme and a black tea bag over ice
Mason Jars in the 24 ounce size are my favorite style glass to use.  They are the perfect size, a pint and a half, to get the full cold infused beverage experience.  Not too big, not too wimpy just large enough for a full flavored infusion.
Blueberry tea, Lavender, Sage, Thyme and organic sugar
Another great addition to your creation is a stainless steel drinking straw, the wide ones.  These are 8.5" long but, you can get them up to 12".  The trick is to get the wide style to then use in extra thick shakes and smoothies. You know you want one everyday of your life!
Peppermint and Red Rose Tea w/brown sugar, reminding me of my Grandmother
Yes, I do mix it up on the sweetener but, rarely use processed white, love brown sugar and occasionally will squirt a couple drops of Stevia in.
Blueberry, Bronze Fennel and Spearmint w/Agave
Celestial Seasoning teas are truly good quality teas, very flavorful and crazy easy to find in your local grocery store. Lemon, Blueberry and Peach are a good base for any additions you will be inclined to add along with a caffeinated tea such as Assam, Green or Ceylon.  I love Oolong and need to find a source.  
Organic Strawberries and Spring Water
These infused waters can be very light.  Sliced fruit or vegetables ie. a luscious strawberry, tart lemon, perfect peach, mellow watermelon, savory celery or refreshing cucumber make wonderful additions.
Here is a savory infusion including organic Celery, Pot Marjoram, shaved Ginger and Thyme w/no sweetener
Don't over think it.  Take a glass, 1/2  fill it with ice, pour spring water over top, poke some fruit/herbs/tea bags or a bit of everything  in your infusion adding sugar perhaps. You can make them ahead but, I drink while and during the steeping process adding more ice or water as needed.

What possible combos are intriguing to you?  Plum and Thyme, Sage and Apple or Peach and Rosemary sound like refreshing pairings.

filmstrip captures of PA Wilds Conservation Shop at -Kinzua Bridge State Park-

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Off to the PA Wilds with Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry

The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania Juried Artisan, Stephanie Distler, creating fresh off the bench #PAWildsMade jewelry.

A close-up of a copper cuff  "Not all those who wander are LOST" and the PA Wilds branding

Sharing a recent post I wrote for The Pennsylvania Wilds are Calling blog of the jewelry line created for them by SDAJ

PA Wilds branded jewelry, made by hand, includes bracelets, riveted rings, pendants, charms, bottle openers and key rings. The items are created from pure copper, sterling silver, stainless steel and food grade aluminum that is hand cut by the artisan from metal sheeting. Some of the steps used in making her line of branded PA Wilds licensed products include first cutting out desired shapes and sizes, grinding and filing edges, hammer forging texture, choosing the metal stamps relevant to the piece (such as a word string or design), work hardening in a tumbler to add strength and then finally sealing in the finish with a museum quality wax product that will last for years.
Stephanie is a self taught jewelry artisan living in Elk County. Using nature for inspiration, she designs and creates artisan jewelry together with hand tools and larger shop equipment. Collecting metalsmithing tools, learning new techniques and then implementing them in her designs is a passion that is the touchstone of daily life: “I am a crazy tool fanatic whether in the studio or preparing dinner for my family a good tool is the key to enjoying the simplest of tasks. When you have a passion for what you do it spills out around you, it’s contagious joy.”


I definitely need to take some new studio portraits, lol

Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry  is available at Elk County Council on the Arts, Laughing Owl Press, The newly built PA Wilds Conservation Shop - at Kinzua Bridge State Park (opening beginning of September 2016) along with her working studio and from online shop, www.stephaniedistler.com

creating 'me' in the Wilds branding


Prices range from $7.00 to $50.00.
“If you love the great outdoors, Stephanie’s PA Wilds collection will blow you away! I live in the suburbs, and my pieces from Stephanie are a way to keep the outdoors close at hand. Her work is awesome!”  -Debra 
“Thank you so much for the PA Wilds elk charm! It is a small piece of home now that I am away. Last year I moved away from the great Keystone state to Iowa and boy do I miss those deep dark woods of Elk County. I used to camp a lot in Benezette. Thanks again for this awesome item!”  -Wally
Just a simply beautiful ring! The rustic design fits so well with the bark like texture….and it does look like bark! This one will rarely leave my finger! -djarus


Locate  #PAWildsMade made by hand through The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania from juried artisans at  www.pawildsartisans.com

captures from Summer
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