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.

Uploaded by moonwild on 19 Oct 05, 10.07AM PST.

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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