I recently met a guy a work who is a a comedian and currently working on spreading the comedy scene around Denver. He wanted to know if we could put on a show in the venue… and we’ll, what a great idea!
We are doing it once a month, but today I had the great pleasure of hanging out for the comedians.
It was awesome. They were hilarious.
I think it is going to be a great experience once a month and hopefully we can get more people to attend!
This year is full of so much adventure, creating, eating and relaxation. Some days I need to remind myself to make these things happen.
Today was simple. Make a little door wreath.
I started with a wood stick wreath and wrapped some green leaves around it.
Then I took some flowers. I picked these ones because I feel like it can kind of encompass all the seasons.
I glued them on using a hot glue gun.
And that was that. Hopefully it stays together.
This really is not as hard as you may think, although quite time consuming. I had some grapes in my refrigerator for quite a while and just could not seem to get rid of them, so I figured no better time than now to make some jam.
Started with fresh grapes:
Put into a pot with a little water and boiled:
Covered and simmered for 7 minutes and then too the cover off and began to boil:
When boiling the water from the grapes really emerges, so you have to boil for quite a while before much of the water had evaporated.
Then I added sugar, 3/4 of a cup for every cup of grapes:
I read to do a taste for doneness you place a plate in the refrigerator. Take a spoon full of the jam and place it on the plate. Put it back to cool for a couple minutes. Push on the jam, if there are creases it is done
So then just take it off the stove and pour into mason jars. The recipe I found said to let cool for a couple of hours, then lid and place in refrigerator.
So now, I am just waiting for it to cool. I cannot wait to try it!
I found instructions at this site: Snap Guide.
So yesterday was truly hitting two birds with one stone! I have been planning on knocking this one off the list for sometime and when I saw the Pinterest task and came across the DIY Mason Jar Herbs I knew that was the one for me.
So definitely check out my post from yesterday!
I had so much fun creating an herb garden. I only have three right now but plan on making and planting a bunch more.
I have been looking forward to getting crafty this year and was super excited to find this little project: Mason Jar Herb Garden. There are a ton of different ways to do it, and a ton of different examples on Pinterest… I kind of just looked at a lot and did it my own way.
I’m really happy with how it turned out! Now let’s just hope I get some greens!
I bought mason jars at the grocery store! 12 for just $8.99!
I had some hemp left over from other projects. So took a hot glue gun and got to work.
Then I took a sharpie (blue was all I had) and wrote the names of the herbs I was planting on the jars.
Add some river rocks and potting soil, the seeds, and then another thin layer of soil.
I didn’t really like that the names didn’t pop off the jar once the soil was in so I went out and got an acrylic paint sharpie in white. It blended with the sharpie color (which I didn’t expect but really love!)
And viola! I have some herbs hanging!
It is absolutely amazing how delicious fresh squeezed OJ is… and amazing how little juice you get out of a single orange. This small amount took FOUR ORANGES. I guess I can get why companies add water or other things but I also appreciate a pure juice. So yummy!
I remember when I was little I used to make cookies from scratch all the time! I used to love it and often my moms friends would ask me to make them some too! I was the neighborhood baker.
It has been a while since I made cookies and I have to say it was quite reminiscful. Although I forgot that I used to make them in Florida and today (obviously) I made them in Denver… I forgot to change the recipe for altitude so they came out pretty flat, but they still taste delicious so that’s all that matters.
In the oven:
And out of the oven:
I ate one… so now I have lots to take to work with me!
If I’ve said it once, I’ve probably said it like a hundred times this year… trying and exploring things like this makes me realize all the things out there that I can be doing on a regular basis that can help me feel better or live healthier.
I drank so much extra water today because it tasted so good. All I did was cut up a whole lemon and dropped in four raspberries. I let it sit for a couple hours and then when I drank all the water I just refilled with the same fruit. It stayed delicious all day.
Here’s some recipes for other waters: Infused Water Ideas.
A resolution I have for the entire year this year is to really get my photography business back up and running.
It is often the highest point of procrastination in my life. I got my degree and then fell back into bartending to make money. Following getting my degree I moved to Key West, where I did some photography but not a lot.
I moved to Denver to get back into it but ended up working 20 hours a week in a gallery and 40 hours a week at a bar, so it again fell by the wayside. I quit the gallery to have more time to concentrate on my photography but then I started my master’s… I just realized I am rambling and rambling and just making excuses. The story goes on, I finished my master’s, started a gallery, closed the gallery but started doing social media management… etc. etc. etc. etc.
All in all, it just seems my photography is always pushed aside for other things and this year I have resolved to try and REALLY get back into it. So a few things on my list try and make that possible.
I already updated my resume. Now I am making a logo for my business. Other things I have coming up are hikes or trips where I will have the chance to take photos. Others are actually tasks to create. While others are tasks to show work in galleries or enter contests or create an Etsy page. By completing all these tasks I hope by the end of the year I will have gotten back into doing photography and maybe making some money at it.
So today I made this logo. I am not sure how I feel about it. My photography is not exclusively black and white, so I am not sure if this makes it seem like it is. Is it too simple? Too crowded?
Either way, it is a starting point from which I hope to have a final product soon. I have a copy of it out to some friends who also do design and photography work, so hopefully they will have some tips for me. But if any of you out there have some I gladly welcome them!
Doing a puzzle is somewhat a form of meditation. It does not require a lot of concentration but enough that makes you use your brain in a different way than just sitting and watching tv.
Anyway, I actually got this 750 piece puzzle done in about three hours.
Well, I have slightly fallen behind on my blog posting… so just trying to catch up.
One thing I added to the list for a very specific purpose was Discover a New Artist. This can mean so many things to different people… discover new music, new paintings, new famous works… but for me it is about discovering new local, small business artists that are trying to make a life from their art.
I have had various jobs in the art world. I have a degree in Photography and in Arts Management but far too often it falls by the wayside and I concentrate too much of my life on making money than making art. I am positive many artists fall victim to this and that is why I find it so important to support artists.
Anyway, enough of the rant… I have discussed this before, particularly with my post earlier in the year when I answered questions that will free your mind. Because as awesome as that list of questions was and truly did open up my mind, it also showed me how I close myself off to things that I truly want. But there I go again, continuing the rant…
So let me just get to the point at hand- discovering a new artist.
I found this local photographer, Wilsonapxe Photography. I am stunned by the night images and just blown away by the colors.
Interestingly I just stumbled upon this photography but when I got into the page I discovered that Westword Magazine just named the photographer one of the top “instagrammers” in Denver. Now I have to follow! Maybe you should too… Instagram handle, @wilsonaxpe !