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These abstracts are based on parenting, how scattered I often feel, and my newest projectland obsession: scents and the study of perfume. When I'm working on these paintings which vary in size from 4' X 4' to 12" X 12", I get totally lost in the pleasure of painting. I... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Projectland
Here is why I make an "ofrenda" or altar to honor the dead. because by placing a necklace on the altar, I am reminded of the hands of my grandfather that made it. because by arranging flowers, I am reminded of my grandmother who loved to do the same. because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at Projectland
Reverse glass painting is an art form popular in West Africa. I was introduced to it when we lived in Senegal many years ago. Mor Gueye, who did the painting above, used to sell his work at the Dakar outdoor artisan market and my Mom bought quite a few of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Projectland
Our annual summer visit to York Harbor was perfect in all ways. Family and friends, the weather, the food, the rhythm of the days made it one of our best summers ever. On one warm, sunny day, our neighbors decided to take trip to Strawberry Banke Historical Village and invited... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Projectland
I wish I could be a more regular projectland writer, but I am just not, so I will just try to do the best I can with posting when I can. The lack of time for writing has been supplanted by starting a business with my friend, Alison True. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at Projectland
Last week I had the opportunity to learn how to make a Sami bracelet. For years I had admired my neighbor Lynette's Sami bracelets. So when she told me her cousin Laurie who had made the bracelets for her was going to be in town in a few weeks and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Projectland
It has been very warm here in Chicago so the dandelions have been growing like, well, weeds. One of my favorite spring rituals is to make salads made from the dandelions that grow in the yard. Their taste is so bright and fresh and their texture soft. It's rewarding to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Projectland
Image magical, beautiful, 8 year old girl. How can so many years have gone by so fast? Your thoughtfulness, compassion and quick wit inspire me every day. I love you. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Projectland
It's February, not April that should be named the "cruelest" month. I usually find it so hard to get through without getting depressed at not seeing green leaves on the trees or hearing birds singing. But this year it has not been so hard. Maybe its because it started out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Projectland
When Sophia and I returned from NYC, we got back to our routines with a few special events thrown in for excitement. On December 13, we went to see one of our favorite bands: WILCO at the Riviera in Chicago. Here's a late night picture of Chief Rail and I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Projectland
I remember when Mark Bittman from the NYT wrote about a no knead bread method and I thought, "I have to give that a try..." but I think I had a one year old and a four year old when the article came out, so my time was otherwise spoken... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Projectland
Hello again! I'm going to back track a little and post some pics from December. The highlight being a trip to NYC. Again with the NYC, I know, its like a love affair I am having with that city. Every chance I can, I try to find an excuse to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Projectland
I have been absent on this blog. Sorry! things are busy around here and I am finding it hard to write- although my intention is to keep up with the practice because it has been so rewarding. The latest news is that I am starting a part time job! I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Projectland
One day this fall, just south of the Wisconsin border we turned into a tidy U-pick apple orchard that was impeccably manicured. The kids tumbled from the car, happy to be free after an hour and a half drive. They ran around on the grass and on wood-chipped pathways that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at Projectland
A very pleasant lunch was spent recently with friends eating royal pie at Pleasant House Bakery . If you are in Chicago, I highly recommend a trip there. It's a very casual place, but sunlight brightens the small dining room and on the day we went, the counter staff were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at Projectland
The reason I started Projectland blog was to chart the progress of all the various creative projects that get started and then remain half done around the house. The intention was I admit selfish: to hold me accountable for finishing what I start. It has turned into more of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Projectland
Kentucky Fizz (sidecar over ice with club soda) For the past few years, we have had a holiday cocktail party for some of Chief Rail's work mates and our neighborhood friends. Over time we had bottles of this and that accumulating in a lower kitchen cabinet. One day recently I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Projectland
I bought an ebleskiver pan this summer, made these scrumptious Danish filled pancakes and was hooked. We all were! We tried chocolate sauce, strawberry jam, and apricot jam fillings. Adults thought apricot was the best, kids said, "chocolate!". While researching batters and the ebleskiver pan itself, I discovered that there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at Projectland
I love fall. It's my favorite time of year, no joke. But, when fall arrives, I start thinking about winter, and when winter arrives I start wishing for an escape hatch to somewhere warm with big green leaves and bright colorful flowers. My parents have generously solved my cold weather... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at Projectland
Sarah's Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf recipe 8 servings Preheat oven to 350 F Combine in a large bowl: 12 oz. ground beef 12 oz. ground pork 1 ½ C. finely chopped onions 1 C. breadcrumbs 2/3 C. ketchup ½ C. raisins 1 C. of a jar of Potbelly’s hot peppers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Projectland
Step 1: On a beautiful late summer day, pick raspberries with friends. We went to Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard, IL. Not because we want to eat HIS raspberries, but because they use IPM and don't spray their fruit with chemicals. (On the other hand, maybe they are being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Projectland
Went to York Harbor beach. a lot... took riding lessons at a farm with ducks, chickens, goats, cats, and of course, HORSES!... ...took a french cooking class with my Mom at Stonewall Kitchen... ...cooked out on Western Point. Where there was driftwood, crashing surf, poison ivy, teenagers and oldsters,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Projectland
Dinner on a gorgeous summer night at Chauncy Creek Lobster Pier Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Projectland