in.a.finch.

The River That Flows Both Ways

The River That Flows Both Ways, 2009

Moonlight (Venice, March 10, 2009)

Moonlight (Venice, March 10, 2009), 2009

Moon Dust (Apollo 17)

Moon Dust (Apollo 17), 2009

White (Niagara Falls obscured by mist, April 17th, 2006 5:30pm)

White (Niagara Falls Obscured By Mist, April 17, 2006 5:30 PM), 2006

 Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch utilizes light and colour in his installations to re-create moments of “light”. Most of his pieces specify a certain time and place in which he is attempting to re-create the light of that specific moment.

I recently used Finch’s work as an inspiration for my science class that I teach to 2 year olds. Even as young as they were, the students really began to experiment and think about how light and colour effect the way we visually interact with our environment.

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+ covet: Affordable Art Prints

+ blog: Mint

+ make: DIY Sandals

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super.steaz.

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Love XI, Collage, 2006

When I first saw these images, I was rendered speechless.

British artist John Stezaker… what can I say… just amazing.

 

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Cinema 1 I, Collage, 2005

Stezaker makes collages of old images–classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations–into new images.

I can’t even imagine the pain he must have felt cutting up old bromides–I was almost emotional looking at this work just thinking about destroying these images to create new ones.

 

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Pair IV, 2007

favourite

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Marriage XXXII, 2007

John Stezaker - Mask LXV  - The Approach

Mask LXV, 2007

If you’re lucky enough to be in London right now he has an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery that you should go to and tell me all about so I can live vicariously through you (please).

 

*note: apparently  “Steaz,” “Steaze,” or “Steazy” has a variety of meanings according to more urban sources. I simply shortened the artist’s name because I wanted to sound gangster and clever, and I am not implying any other meaning by this hyphenation other than to be witty.

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+ read: this

+ listen: These Days–Nico

+ eat: Homemade Calzones

 

 

love.boat.

Breaking out my nautical-themed cashmere afghan as I sail away on a sea of loveliness.

(Ugh, I make myself sick sometimes with how saccharine I can be)

pirate ship cake

How cute is this Pirate Ship cake via Baked Bree?!

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I’m pretty sure that’s illegal, but this sand-encrusted turtle is precious.

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Beach-combing Series No.6 by Quercus Design

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+ watch: The Invisible Moustache of Raoul Dufy

+ visit: Fishs Eddy

+ eat: Tilapia and Quinoa with Feta & Cucumber

 

 

novemburr.

November is my favourite month.

Not because of my birthday–which actually is in June… not November.

Not because of Thanksgiving or it’s proximity to the holidays.

Because autumn is my favourite season, and more-so than October do you see the foliage change colour (in glorious Portland, Oregon that is) in November.

Duh. (Just kidding)

 

Anyways, today I have treats for all you lovelies who read my blog.

My famous pumpkin cookie recipe.

Which is perfect for a lovely November day after you’ve stomped your way through piles of crunchy–or in Portland’s case, wet–leaves.

 

Today I made them into muffins, which I’ve been super fond of lately, because of their ease of transport and clean-up after baking. However, I did not change the recipe in the slightest, so you can make them which ever way you fancy.

 

*side note: These famous pumpkin cookies were actually Carol’s famous pumpkin cookies. However, I don’t know who Carol is, and I am famous for them among my friends and family. So, sorry Carol if you’re reading this and thinking this is your recipe… because… it is, but hey, your cookies are great!

 

Famous Pumpkin Cookies

Yields: 3 dozen cookies or 2 dozen muffins

Ingredients:

COOKIES

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup un-spiced pumpkin

ICING

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 0.5o cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

COOKIES

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients first.
  3. Add butter, egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix well. (It’s okay if the mixture is still a little lumpy, they won’t bake that way.)
  4. Drop teaspoonfuls onto un-greased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Place on cooling racks after baking.

ICING

  1. Combine butter, milk and brown sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil stirring CONTINUOUSLY. (If you don’t it will turn to caramel and ruin your saucepan).
  3. Take off heat and let cool completely.
  4. When cool add powdered sugar in small amounts, stirring continuously. Add vanilla during this process. (If you have a flour sifter or a small strainer it would be best to put the powdered sugar in there while adding it to your butter, brown sugar and milk mixture. If the powdered sugar is super lumpy, your icing will be lumpy and the sugar will not be distributed properly.)
  5. Spread icing on cooled cookies. **Hint: if you don’t want icing to get all over the place, put newspaper underneath the cooling racks because the icing will drip off of the cookies**

 

For some interesting flavor profiles you can try adding 2 tablespoons of curry powder to the icing, or use maple syrup instead of vanilla extract.

See how lumpy the batter still is? It’s okay though, the cookies come out as light as air.

Because my father is diabetic I made these pumuffkins (pumpkin muffins?) sans the icing, and as always used spelt flour as opposed to white. I’m thinking of topping one or two of them with some delicious nutella as a sweet treat for myself though.

 

Happy baking!

 

(oh, PS. the images are mine)

bug.a.boo.

Today starts off “Insect Week” at camp. I normally try to do crafts with the kiddies that corresponds with the theme, but I’m not a big bug-lover.

Fortunately! I found these sweet little origami butterflies on Etsy

Origami Butterflies in Shades of Yellow

Which inspired me to make some butterfly mobiles with the little ones. Photos to come later of how the project turns out.