Posted tagged ‘Day of the Dead’

The Farmers Market turned Winter Market

November 30, 2008

Yesterday morning after breakfast downtown, my husband and I stumbled into the Winter Market.  The usual gang of veggie and flower sellers weren’t there, but the coffee place was as popular as ever.  Bloomington’s market had an end-of-year hurrah by having many local artisans set up shop for the day.  There were Tuba Santas and carriage rides, even a reindeer or two! It was all very festive.

I like to check out the art to see what’s new and if anything inspires me.   I really fell for this wooden ring from Studio AMF.  She uses braille as a design element.  What a great idea!

I also stopped in at the Tattoo Dreams stall.  Lots of wood items, but embellished with stamps, using letters and words –which always interests me.  I guess we didn’t spend enough time there, because I keep thinking about one of her boxes that might have been Day of the Dead inspired.  I think the chilly weather got the best of me.

Here’s are a few Bloomington pics that I took this week:


Downtown before and after:


JPG Magazine

October 31, 2008

A new experiment for T.   I’m entering the blogosphere. Most of the time, I’m a stagehand.  But, to keep my sanity I stain wood, take photographs or start some other crazy project.  This is where I intend to share those projects.  To give you an example, this week, since I’ve had some free time, I’ve been making sugar skulls out of various things –both cupcakes and chocolate.  (They’re not perfect, but I’m still learnin’.)

I also uploaded a new photo to JPG mag.  The theme is Shoot from the Hip, vote for me if you like it!The challenge was to take a picture without looking through the viewfinder.  How’d I do? However, the stained wood projects are the ones that have been with me the longest.  My last big project was to build and stain a drum with my husband. Here’s a sneak peak:

Day of the Dead

October 2, 2008

I love Halloween, always have, but this year I’ve gotten in to Sugar Skulls.  And, I’ve been making them my way.  My kind husband found a cake pan at, and  I couldn’t wait to try it out.  I went with your basic white cupcake, and decided to cut them in half so that I could add icing in the middle. 

Here’s the finished versions.  You’ll have to take my word for it, but they are yummy.

And, after some cream cheese frosting: