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I got this idea in my head that I wanted to make Varuna a Halloween themed quilt for Christmas. I participate in an on-line forum for Random Acts of Kindness. People in the group can post a wishlist or just respond to someone’s wishlist. I had requested scraps or fat quarters of Halloween fabrics or any scraps that I might be able to use in my quilt. I received a great assortment of fabrics.
With NaNOWriMo over and my word goal met I am working on holiday gifts for the remainder of the month. I cleared the kitchen table and spread out all the fabrics that I had generously received and the few that I had purchased. I ironed them all then began the painstaking task of trying to figure out how I was going to approach this quilt. I have started several quilts in the past but just realized today that I have never actually finished a full quilt! I thought for awhile about how I wanted to make this piece. Did I want to follow a pattern? Did I want to created a repeat design? Did I want to make a crazy quilt? I’ll be honest I have always had a fascination with crazy quilts. I would love to assemble a quilt from velvet, corduroy, lace satins and all types of materials but I was staring at a table full of 99.2% cotton material that quilters normally use. So I decided to just cut up a few pieces and begin to sew. Half of the material is in irregular shapes already as what I had asked for were just scrapes of materials that people might have leftover from their projects. You know the kind of scrap too good to toss even though you probably will never use it again? Well people were generous and shared these with me as well as some fat quarters. So I took out my scissors and began to cut. I stopped. Then I found another pair of scissors and began to cut again. I stopped again. Hmmm, I found out all my scissors are shot, but that did not deter me. I used the best pair of what I could find in the house and though my fabric edges are choppy, no one will see those when the quilt is finished. So if you see my jaggedly cut edges, I really can cut…..the scissors are just not sharp. Here are a few pictures. I am unable to make the image files smaller at the moment so be forewarned if you click on them they will take a minute or so to load.

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As I slowly free space up on my computer, I get closer to October 16th.  That is the day or should I say night that marks the Artist reception of The Netherworld Art Show.  The show is taking place at the San Clemente Art Supply’s Green Flash Gallery. The shows are up and down in a flash…literally!  The show opens on Friday the 16th from 6PM-11PM featuring a catered artist reception. Additional hours for viewing will take place on October 17th from 10AM-5PM and then the show comes down. With the show being the main thing in my life and on my mind right now, there will be many blogs about the show and updates between now and then.  Only two weeks to go! Sneak Peak at the Emerald UniverseI am figuring out the final touches on my costume for the reception.  Maybe not as crazy as some of my costumes of the past but still a fun one. No frozen pieces of ice hanging off my face and hair!  I might post a few sneak peeks of my costume before the Artist reception…..maybe…..  Hope you can join us that evening!

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I think birthdays are such a fun time. I love it when I know exactly what I want to do for someone’s birthday.  Sometimes, I don’t know, but when I do it makes me really happy!  My friend Jeanine had put up a message a while back(maybe a few months ago) that she would love a rainbow cake for her birthday.   She had posted a picture and a link regarding this cake that she liked.  So I looked into the link and the way that the cake had been made.  I would put that link here but there seemed to be some scuttlebutt regarding who came up with the idea first so if you want to be involved in that drama feel free to do a google search on rainbow cake and get all into the thick of it.  I choose to stay out of it and say yes I saw a picture and post of a similar rainbow cake.  I did not invent the idea.  I am simply fulfilling a dear friend’s birthday cake wish.  There!  Enough said on that!  So here are some pictures of my cake making extravaganza.

 

Bowls of the rainbow!

Bowls of the rainbow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the bowls of cake batter combined with paste food coloring.

 Next I assembled them roygbiv style into the cake pans.

Rainbow in a pan...minus the violet

Rainbow in a pan...minus the violet

 

I still need to add the purple.  Sorry folks, no indigo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that is one dark purple!

Now that is one dark purple!

 

 

 

 

 

Empty bowls of color…notice my black cat!  Oh, I LOVE my black cats!

 

Empty bowls of color.

Empty bowls of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we take advantage of the baking time to do a little cleanup in the kitchen.

Cleaning up the dishes.

Cleaning up the dishes.

As I watch the rainbow of color dissipate into the dish suds I still feel this happy excitement.  Why?  Because I know in just a few moments I will be peaking into the oven to catch a glimpse of the rainbow.  All I could think of was Rainbow Bright…or Punky Brewster.   Or even flashes of this doll that I think was called Candi.  She had a bright yellow shirt/dress and rainbow colored tights. Unicorns prancing merrily in the fields…. fairies fluttering about…..a pot o’ gold…..perhaps even Carebears!  lol!  Time to finish up those dishes and take a peak in the oven….

Baking a rainbow.

Baking a rainbow.

After passing the chopstick, err toothpick test for doneness, they needed to cool completely.  A quick check of instant messenging with Jeanine to make sure she was still coming over in the morning…ahh great, she is still coming over!  Time to make the buttercream frosting.  Is it still considered buttercream when it is made with ghee?  Hmmmm….My gheecream frosting 🙂 held up fairly well.  I needed to put the pastry bags into the fridge to re-set as the heat of my hands seemed to soften it up quite a bit while I was decorating with the pastry bag.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

I placed the finished cake into the refrigerator and waited for her arrival. I cleaned off the kitchen table to prepare for our plarning adventures.  You see, she was coming over to make balls of plarn wih me.  If you don’t know about plarn, it is “yarn” made from plastic.  In this case recycled plastic bags.  I will have a future post regarding this as I am working on my first plarn project right now.

Back to the cake!  I guess she had forgotten about the post regarding the rainbow cake because as she cut into the cake, she noticed the rainbow colored pattern on the blade of the knife.  “Ohhh…you have to take a picture of this!  Look at the rainbow!”

Rainbow on the knife

Rainbow on the knife

At this point I thought for sure that she knew it was a rainbow cake but she didn’t!  When she removed the first slice of cake, revealing the inside she looked SO surprised.  Ahh a priceless moment!  I will remember that moment for quite some time.  I have a few more pictures to share.  Here is a picture of the first slice removed.

Inside

Inside

Cake slice.

Cake slice.

 

More color

More color

 

 

 

 

 

So maybe I went a little crazy with the pictures…here are a few more!  

Forkful of color.

Forkful of color.

The smaller images can be viewed larger if you click on them.  I think you get the idea.

 

 

 I am not one for artificial colors or chemicals in my food, but I have to admit that I had to smile every time I saw the colors.  Hard to explain but seeing this cake just made me happy.

 

Half cake shot.

Half cake shot.

The slices had a whale tail pattern.  I can envision many possibilities of patterns with food coloring in cake batter….far beyond the typical marbling.  

So I dedicate this blog post, not only to Jeanine, but to those that have asked me for more baking.  What can I say, I love to make food for people.  Apparently, even those of you that can’t be physically with me to taste my food, still enjoy seeing it.  It is my honor then to have you “over” here for a sweet treat.

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Magic Moments

The cyclic aspects of life  always enthralled me.  The four seasons, birth and death, sunrises and sunsets offered moments to pause and reflect. So often those moments are missed in our busy lives. (more…)

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