Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thai Spice Paste

Thai Spice Paste

1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh lemon grass,
or 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mash all ingredients together, or process in a small food processor. Store, covered, the refrigerator.

Yield: About 1 cup

In recipes that call for a dry spice blend, use about 3 times as much of the paste (if the recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of dry Thai spice blend, use 3 tablespoons of the Thai Spice Paste.)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Steampunk Stress reduction machine

Stress Reduction Machine….…..Release pressure and automatically extend life as much as 50%.
I used an old steam pressure gauge with a glass face to create this fantasy Steampunk machine. I added a vintage hinge, old sparkplugs, a hinge and combined odd metal pieces to create the body. I found the strange text and images that I applied to the wooden sign in a 1927 magazine article about cars and machines.
On the head is an odd little statue of a hummingbird. Inside the glass orb tummy window is a little goldfish… because as studies show watching fish relieves stress!!
The work seems fitting somehow in our time of increasing stress and all the reports on health studies that seem to be constantly contradicting each other. Coffee is good this week and bad next week…or is that dairy?
Oh yes…back to the artwork! The piece is 12 inches long and 6 inches wide at the arms and is ready to hang.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Relics Stolen from the Crow Nest

If you are looking for shiny and new this ode to the crow necklace probably won’t suit you as all the objects and materials in this piece are found and upcycled/recycled and have natural patina of history and mystery!
The center piece is made from an unusual found object. It is a stiffened leathery holed object 3.5 inches long. I backed it with a metal brassy piece to create a window. Behind the tiny mica window is the word: crow.
Along with beads and baubles I used large vintage safety pins, old buttons, a tiny light bulb, shiny crystals on chains, and old tokens to create the sides. The top part of the side pieces are vintage black ribbons and added a brass fastener for a clasp on the top. The sides are each about 8 inches long. I can pull the piece over my head or it can be put on with the brass clasp

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What We Cannot Speak About

What We Cannot Speak About, originally uploaded by moonwild.

What We Cannot Speak About

We Must Pass Over In Silence

This is from my series of small mixed media art quilts. This primitive style quilt is made with beautiful aged doll's lace trimmed dress of vintage muslin that Iapplied to a felt batting using the shape of the dress. I then quilted the dress to the batting with my sewing machine. I further embellished with an old tarnished photo image of a very serious girl that I transferred to fabric canvas, and the above quote, also on a canvas piece.
I also added old safety pins and a tiny old turquoise token of "the speak no evil, see no evil say no evil" monkeys, and three very old buttons.

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Saving Potted Geraniums for Spring

Saving Potted Geraniums for Spring

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Vanished, originally uploaded by moonwild.

Old photo, paint, text, found images by Laurie Dorrell/ moonwild

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keefe, originally uploaded by moonwild.

Art doll of Georgia O'keefe
Georgia image, bleached bone, branch, matchbox, fibers, and yarns and fabrics

Friday, October 30, 2009

Slow Cooker Flu Fighting Soup!!

Moonwild's Flu Fighting Soup!!

SERVES 8 -10

1 medium head broccoli
1 head cauliflower
2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 green)
4 green onions
1/2 red onion
2 cups peeled cubed sweet potatoes (1 inch cubes)
2 tablespoons garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp curry (yellow)
4 cans chicken or vegetable broth
1 Break cauliflower and broccoli into florets or cut them up and place in bottom of crock pot. Add cubed sweet potaoes to this.
2 Dice bell peppers, onion, and garlic add to crock pot.
3 Add 4 cups broth.
4 salt,pepper, curry, turmeric for color and flavor about 1 tsp each to start with.
5 Cook on High 6-8 hours. Slow 10 to twelve hours.
Great with some fresh bread !! You can change up the veggies as desired, add more spices if you like it spicer, more or less broth if you want a thicker or thinner soup.Add a cup of cooked rice to it the next day for a change up.

Chef Dishes Up Tips on Flu-Fighting Foods

Chef Dishes Up Tips on Flu-Fighting Foods

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Dream, originally uploaded by moonwild.

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Three Sisters Soup Recipe

Three Sisters Soup
The "Three Sisters" are corn, beans and squash, which were grown together by American Indians. The beans climbed on the corn stalks and returned nitrogen to the soil, and the low-growing squash vines shaded all the roots and kept weeds from sprouting. And they can all be combined in one pot of delicious soup!

3 pounds winter squash (such as acorn or hubbard) or pie pumpkin
3 small onions, chopped
3 cups bouillon
3 heaping teaspoons mild chili powder or 3 tablespoons Southwestern Spice Paste
3 cans (16-19 oz.) cannelini or other white beans, undrained
3 cups fresh or frozen lima beans
3 cups frozen corn kernels
3 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions for garnish (optional)

Pierce the squash with a knife in 2 or 3 places. Set in a microwave dish and microwave on high for 3 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the squash into bite-size pieces.

Meanwhile, bring 1/2 cup of the bouillon to a boil, add the onions and cook 5- 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the bouillon, the Southwestern Spice Blend and simmer gently until the squash is ready. Stir the squash pieces into the soup and cook until the squash is tender. Add the canned beans; mash the beans and squash slightly to thicken the soup. (You can puree it in a blender if you want a really smooth consistency.) Add the lima beans and simmer 10 minutes or until the beans are tender. Stir in the corn, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each serving with chopped chives or green onions, if desired.

6-8 servings

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I hope the exit is joyful. side one

I hope the exit is joyful.
This is an assemblage made of found items and images. I altered images of Frida Kahlo and applied them to the two sides a piece of recycled windshield glass. I used copper foil around the edge and soldered it. I added copper wire, green jewelry beads around the surface. The piece is ready to hang with a wire on the back. The size is approx 6 inches tall and 5 inches at the widest point.

I hope the exit is joyful. side 2

..................I hope the exit is joyful...........................
This is an assemblage made of found items and images. I altered images of Frida Kahlo and applied them to the two sides a piece of recycled windshield glass. I used copper foil around the edge and soldered it. I added copper wire, green jewelry beads around the surface. The piece is ready to hang with a wire on the back. The size is approx 6 inches tall and 5 inches at the widest point.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dreams of Animals by Margaret Atwood

"Dreams of the Animals"
Margaret Atwood (1976)

Mostly the animals dream
of other animals each
according to its kind

(though certain mice and small rodents
have nightmares of a huge pink
shape with five claws descending)

: moles dream of darkness and delicate
mole smells

frogs dream of green and golden
sparkling like wet suns
among the lilies

red and black
striped fish, their eyes open
have red and black striped
dreams defense, attack, meaningful
birds dream of territories
enclosed by singing.

Sometimes the animals dream of evil
in the form of soap and metal
but mostly the animals dream
of other animals.

There are exceptions:

the silver fox in the roadside zoo
dreams of digging out
and of baby foxes, their necks bitten

the caged armadillo
near the train
station, which runs
all day in figure eights
its piglet feet pattering,
no longer dreams
but is insane when waking;

the iguana
in the petshop window on St. Catherine Street
crested, royal-eyed, ruling
its kingdom of water-dish and sawdust

dreams of sawdust

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Body Animal

Treating your body as well as you would treat an animal

If you had saw a pet that was being fed junk food, causing it to be overweight and undernourished, under exercised, and caged without a recourse to relieve stress, how would you feel? Then think how you would feel if you saw this very animal being verbally abused for being out of shape. Wouldn’t you be shocked at the owner’s horrible treatment of an innocent animal? I would call the Animal Cops! This is what many do to our own bodies.

At birth most of us were given by the universe a wonderful animal body to carry us through life. I shudder when I hear people say they hate their body.
Stating hate for your body is like blaming an animal for being abused. We blame our bodies for the very abuse we have inflicted on them. No thank you for the legs that carry them, the lungs for breathing, and the heart for beating….no thank you for the body that would be healthy and strong if given a chance. The body that struggles on, trying to compensate for the excess weight, the lack of nutrition and exercise, unrelenting stress, and the curses of “I hate you” that comes from the very person that it works so hard to support.

Treat your body as well as you would treat any animal that is in your care. Would you give cigarettes to your dog, would you put your cat under such stress that it could not sleep, would you feed your pet junk food full of chemicals??
If you failed to take care of your animal would you tell it that you hate it for being out of shape because of being malnourished with the wrong foods and too little exercise?
It is interesting how we think it is okay to treat our own bodies with such disregard and are so careful to take care of our pets. What is right and moral for your animal care is the right and moral approach for our own bodies… just like trusting pets; your body depends on it!

Taking Care of your Animal

Fresh wholesome foods, a good breakfast to start the day, lots of water
Exercise, outside time, visits with nature
Rest and relaxation, enough sleep
Positive reinforcement, love and attention
No poison….cigarettes, chemicals, toxins, abusive relationships, unrelieved stress

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bumblebee Zen

Bumblebee Zen Morning
Early this morning I watched a bee on a large leaf in the garden.
There was a drop of water on the leaf and the bee was using it to wash herself.
She washed her back and carefully cleaned her face. Each antenna and each leg received apt attention. The little bee washes its face in the morning before going on to its daily work of gathering pollen and nectar from the flowers to feed her young and in return assuring the plants survival by fertilizing its fruit.

I suddenly realized what a wonderful life form this tiny bee is. How beautifully created and perfect in its form. If this tiny creature was found on Mars what a news story that would be!

On Earth we scarcely notice a little bee on a leaf washing its face. Our profusion of life on Earth can cause us to take it all for granted, but even the tiny bee is a marvel of existence.

We are all a part of cycle of life that is reflected in the form of that tiny bee. That little life form contains all the eons of evolution that in which we each have a part.

That little bee on a leaf in the garden washing her face holds the secret to it all.