Friday, August 31, 2007

Local Harvest

We joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) last year and have been completely spoiled with the weekly supply of wonderful organic locally grown vegetables. Our CSA is right around the corner. Well, less than 10 miles, which is considered "right around the corner" when you live where we do. I highly recommend visiting LocalHarvest to find organic growers, restaurants and markets in your area.
I have all of these beautiful peppers and need to figure out what to do with them. I think I may string up some of the Habaneros and experiment with drying them for the winter. Perhaps it's time to make another batch of pepper jelly, as well. If you haven't tried pepper jelly, you're missing out on one of my favorite tastes in the world.

We had an amazing dinner last night at Woodfire Grill in Atlanta with a group of friends who had never eaten there before. M and I have been a few times and enjoyed every visit. Chef Touhy pays special attention to what is in season and purchases locally grown organic produce. The menu changes daily - all the more reason to visit often.

I know I won't do the meal justice by trying to explain everything from the vegetable tasting menu but I will tell you that the house made goat milk sorbet and fresh peaches at the end was simply divine.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Music for Heart and Soul

W00-H00! I added a few of my favorite videos down at the bottom of the page. I'd like to have it a little smaller but this will work for now. It's the only code I could generate for a standalone player from YouTube. I feel kind of nerdy but that was fun!

Go check 'em out if you've got a fast 'net connection. If not, you can at least visit their websites: The Be Good Tanyas, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Summer Rain

"Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you." — Langston Hughes

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sweet Inspiration

I had dinner (Yoon Sushi) with an artist friend of mine tonight who happens to also be my favorite neighbor farm girl. Somehow the summer got away without us seeing each other except in passing on the road going opposite directions, arms waving out the windows and horns honking. I don't know why we waited so long. She's always such an incredible boost of inspiration to me. So full of life, energy, and just general goodness. We talked art, life, animals, travel, work, jewelry making and all that fun stuff. I'm ready to get back into my studio and make some more jewelry.

The photos above are a few of the first pieces I made using silver clay. I was really itching to get my hands into Precious Metal Clay so I took an Introduction to Metal Clay class with Barbara McGuire. The first time I put the clay in my hands I was hooked. I used part of a rubber stamp from Zettiology for the necklace. Since then, I've taken an intensive 2 day class and am now a Certified Metal Clay Artisan. Whatever that means! It basically means that I can now purchase the raw materials at a discount. Time to get back into the studio and fire up the kiln again.

These others are the five pieces I completed for my PMC Level 1 Certification in April of this year. Bad shot but if you click on the photo you can see a hi-res version that shows more detail. I think the ring is my favorite, followed by the amphora which is a hollow vessel. I wear the hollow bead pendant a lot. The other pendant has embedded dichroic glass and lovely little sparkly CZ at bottom. The earrings need a little more love. Maybe a nice bead dangling off the bottom and some silver earwires. I actually learned a lot in that class now that I look back at these pieces. Plus, it was loads of fun!

Visit The PMC Guild for more information on their certification classes. The class I took was taught by Linda Kline at Carol Augustine's old family farmhouse in south GA. Linda was a great teacher and Carol was the perfect host! I'll put together more links in the future for anyone else who might be interested in delving into the world of Precious Metal Clay. I truly love it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Explore. Dream. Discover.

What a treat to spend the evening listening to true old country legends with one of my long time friends. Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson under the stars at Chastain. Ray Price is 81 years old! They are definitely some of the Last of the Breed if not the last three. Interesting crowd - I was surprised to see so many young people. Lots of fun, old memories and maybe just a little too much wine. As soon as Merle started singing "Silver Wings..." I had a flash of my father singing that same song along with the radio in the driver's seat of Old Betsy our family station wagon. Good memories. I was very fortunate to have a driver home from the concert, as well.

This photo is a shot that my husband took across Cloudland Canyon State Park in northeast GA a couple weekends ago. If you click on the photo you can read the Mark Twain quote I added for a friend. M and I spent the day shopping, walking and talking at The World's Longest Yard Sale. Tired and worn out, we made a bolt to the canyon right before sunset. So worth it and a wonderful way to end the day.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Pointed Cowgirl Boots

I wish I had pointed boots to wear to the Willie Nelson and Friends concert tonight. Drats! I'm sitting here wondering how I'm going to dress comfortably in 95° heat for an outdoor show. My girlfriend just emailed me that she wished she would have put extra undergarments in the freezer in preparation for tonight's show. It's a scorcher for sure. What's a girl to do?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Adventure Eating

How come there are no other bloggers here that have "Adventure Eating" marked as an interest? What else could it be called? M and I are definitely adventure eaters. He's a bit more adventurous than I am but for the most part - we're pretty neck and neck.

I feel a trip to Super H Mart coming on. They have a terrific food court. Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai - everything you'd want after spending a lazy Sunday watching your favorite foodie shows: Bizarre Foods , Feasting on Asphalt and No Reservations. Love them all!

Must have soup dumplings soon. Not sure about the stinky tofu, yet.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Knock Knock

Wow! So, am I officially here?

I guess so. Tiny Pharm Wife finally enters the blogosphere!

Isn't that something?

Ok, now that I'm here...I need to figure out what I have to say to the world.


Are you there?

It's me, Tiny Pharm Wife.