Blizzard, birthday and more sketches



We had a blizzard this week. I have never seen this much snow in one day since I moved here. This weekend we will build up the snow fort. For those of you that don’t know (like me years ago) the snow needs to be “packable” which means the temperature needs to be slightly over 32°. Which it’s supposed to be this weekend.




It was also my birthday this week! My amazing mother-in-law made me this pretty doily.




She also made the kids little hearts to hand out at school for Valentine’s Day.




I sculpted a bunch more little guys.








Sometimes I work on little pieces of newspaper, which can be entertaining.




I continue to read The Expanse books. I’m on book 3.


This weeks finds:

Act Fast Friday by Tanja Alexia Hollander

Erased Photographs – via Art Hound

So many good artists at this gallery

Frea Buckler has some new prints


Neither Herbal Nor Supplements – The Atlantic

Coming out as anxious – NYT

How to Measure a Medical Treatment’s Potential for Harm – NYT




More Characters



This week I sculpted more little guys.




I’m going to keep making them until I fill Neil’s massive kiln. They are going to be a joy to load and unload!




I read Leviathan Wakes and started on Caliban’s War. It’s a great series so far, and I can see Abraham’s (brilliant) style all over it. James S.A. Corey is a pen name used by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.




Made the tomato soup in Ancient Grains by Maria Speck. I use farro instead of bulgur. This book, which was given to me by my sister-in-law, is one of my favorite cookbooks.

Here are some reads I liked this week:




Snow, little clay sketches, drawing



This week I made some creatures. They feel like clay “sketches” to me.




I based these guys on the adorable pangolin. A creature I didn’t know existed until last year.




This weekend we started 2015’s snow fort. Peter likes to get a massive container, fill it with snow, and make bricks out of that.




I am not a fan of “How to Draw” books for kids, but this one was pretty great.




The kids spent a lot of time drawing from the book.




They made a rather large drawing.




Doing that whole “add paper” thing.




I got my copy of the worlds most adorable seed catalog. Note: everything I’ve planted from J.L. Hudson has grown quite well, and just reading the book is a joy.




I read Station Eleven this week. It was a wonderful read, but I felt like I was just getting to know the characters. I would like to read more!


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And finally I got around to cooking Chloe’s masala panini, and it was delicious. I’m going to make it again this week.