Sunday, July 21, 2013

Time?



I just realized that I haven't done a real post in a week.  We've had a lot of heat with equally high humidity;  I have thought of myself as being exceptionally slothful and doing nothing but lying around or in the pool and drinking iced tea.

Then I started listing what I have done and I don't feel quite so bad.  (Puritan guilt can get you every time!)

Does anyone get the CAD daily postings on Ceramics Arts Daily?  There is a great post about a 30 Minute Teapot.  (Click on the photo of the teapot or scroll the links.)  I didn't have a hump mold so I used a bowl.  And, being me, I had to mess around a bit, screw up the lid and fix it to some extent.  Still I think i was done in an hour.  I love The possibilities of this.  They are fast enough to do, that I can do them between projects.  Teapots as test pots?!  Hmmmmm........we'll see, Grasshopper.......we'll see.



I did a variation on my Cuban Bread recipe.  I added a cup of uncooked oatmeal and one eighth cup of molasses.  I wanted something a little different so I decided to fool around with the basic recipe.  I've found that a good bread recipe can be very flexible.  It also made great hamburger buns!


This is KikiLaSois after an exhausting go at destroying a pile of mail which I had sorted.  She likes to sleep in this position.  She is turning into something that more resembles a meat loaf than a cat.  She loves to eat the leftovers and will even push Winter away from her own food.  Winter was smaller than the cats when we got her and easily intimidated.  This pride is the only one I have not been able to leave food out for.  I still think it's because they are all rescue cats and for a long time did not know where or when their next meal was coming from.  Bad habits die hard.


We are starting a thunderstorm....so I am going to post this over on Mud Colony while there is still time and do an edit later.

It looks like a day of rain is ahead......the gentle, soaking kind....not the wash away in floods kind.

Enjoy the day and the week ahead.  As always, thanks for stopping by..........*s*

21 comments:

  1. a thirty minute teapot, amazing. it's been tolerable here with less rain but humid, not more than Florida, I've had a lot of guilt over not working clay but what can I do ha, my cat binky would probably eat himself to death, but since I switched to Katzenflocken food he is actually eating less.

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    1. Hi Linda....Just think of all the ideas you are storing up for future studio time. What is Katsenflocken? How do the kitties like traveling? Do you have to crate them when you are on the road?

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  2. That sounds like a nice variation to the Cuban bread. I love your comment about your cat resembling a meatloaf! I have never had cats that could I could free feed. They would always over eat when given the chance. Sophie is fed 1/4 of dry food in the morning and 1/4 cup in the evening. She would love more but this was the vet's recommendation and her weight has been consistent most of her 11 years.

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    1. Hi Michele....I think I could open feed previous cats because they were raised from new born or very small kittens.
      Try the bread recipe in all the free time you have in the next week and a half....Fe/ ( a symbol for irony someone came up with on one my SF sites)
      Glad the anniversary went well, who understands the vagaries of the buying public? I know I sure don't!
      See you soon!

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  3. Tis the season of the sloth, I have done nothing this summer!

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    1. Hi Tracey...I wouldn't exactly call it nothing. You've been doing the Farmers' Market and making stuff for that. You joined Weight Watchers and made a totally cool cover for your journal. You made dream fish. And perhaps most importantly, spent time with Wesley. I've watched a lot of families and I can say that the families who establish good, positive relationships with their kids are set for life. Sure they may disappear for a few years and not seem as close, but one day they come back and the relationship is there stronger than ever. So perhaps think of this summer as putting money into a long term savings account. At some point all those things that have been way down deep are going to surface and will zoom! Although I must say there is nothing wrong with a bit of sloth now and then.
      Enjoy the day!
      P.S. Thanks for the William Morris quote.

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    2. Ohhhh...is this too patronizing? I hope not!........*s*

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  4. KikiLaSois is so cute. A bit of dumpling! ; ) It's incredible that you made a teapot in an hour! It looks sweet! : )

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    1. Hi Midori.....Kiki is a bit of a dumpling! If you go to the CAD site you can get the teapot instructions.....it's been a fun and new experience to do something quickly that usually takes a long time.

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  5. Dearest Suzi,
    That is a great way of saying 'Puritan guild'; yes it does affect us from time to time!
    Your cat is hilarious; we got one like her. She came from the North Carolina humane society as a kitten but she loves to cleanup everyone's bowl. She eats anything and is therefore huge. What can we do about it?
    Enjoy your summer and relax!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette......Kiki came from the Providence Humane Society. She was found living in a dumpster....thus she has become one of the Dumpster Duo. The only thing we can think of is to lock her in a room until the others have finished.....but that makes her sooooo unhappy!

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    1. Hi Gary.....I forgot you have the original BIG BOY!

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  7. yes, I get those CArts daily posts, but usually delete them and then keep the weekly 'review' which compiles them all in one! Saw that one about the teapot--- teapots are of little interest to me, but maybe someday that will change. Probably because they're SO time intensive! Good to know that in one hour yours was created! looks great!

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    1. Hi Amy.....I read the daily posts, but save the weekly roundup too.....although I'm pretty sure you can access them on the CAD site too.
      Teapots can be so frustrating; you have to be in the right mood to make them.

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  8. I am still making bread and need to go back to use your recipe soon. i like what oatmeal can do for the texture.
    Teapots- love them and hate them. I go for easy when I can... but are tea pots ever easy?

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    1. Hi Meredith....I'm thinking of trying other grains in the recipe. I'm starting some slow rise bread today....hope to bake it on the grill tomorrow evening.
      I am such a huge tea drinker that I have always made teapots......sometimes the magic works; sometimes it doesn't.

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  9. I think I'd have to mess around with the 30 minute teapot and make it a longer project too.

    I like the idea of oatmeal in that bread, makes it even healthier. I'll try it when the weather gets cool enough to bake.

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    1. Hi Lori....It's presented as a class project, but I'm having a lot of fun with the making.

      I want to experiment with other grains in bread....or perhaps something like wheat berries. I have a small countertop convection oven doesn't heat up the kitchen.

      I 'm waiting until the weather is a bit cooler to fire my kiln.

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  10. Nice teapot, love the handle on the lid.....pretty great for an hour....kitty is naughty and loving it. Cooler here, hope so for you too. xox

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  11. Hi Corrine...Thanks. It's cooler here too, but cloudy. I'm listening to WGBH predict thunderstorms and showers for the next few days.

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