Showing posts from September, 2008

Let's peel back these layers!

juliannlaw Here is a closeup of the endpapers in my debut picture book, THE WORKD’S LONGEST SOCK. I work digitally in Adobe Photoshop but the program doesn’t do it all for me! I knit all the pixels by hand! Haha! I do have things I do to help me work quickly and efficiently, though, like using layers. Here you get to see me take off those layers one by one till we are back at nothing but a background. The World's Longest Sock is now available on  Amazon ,  Barnes and Noble ,  Target , or wherever you  buy books !

A Whole Lotta World Shakin'

Paul Newman has always been my biggest Hollywood Crush. My Top 5 Favorite Paul Newman movies are as follows: 5. The Long, Hot Summer 4. Cars 3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (I made the Hubs watch this with me last night. . . he fell asleep.) 2. The Sting (I've tried to make the Hubs watch this one with me, too. . . he fell asleep.) 1. Cool Hand Luke (I made him watch this one with me when he couldn't fall asleep cause we were still dating and he had to be nice. I also made all my college roomies watch this with me once and eat hard-boiled eggs during that crucial scene. It just might be my favorite movie of all times. If I haven't made you watch this with me yet, consider it your homework from me. . . and please don't fall asleep!)

a haircut for lu

Unfortunately, she wasn't quite this happy the entire haircut, but boy I'm glad I caught the happy moments on camera. Her more typical reaction to the experience is shown here in video. . . And, voila, the final product. . . with her Aunt Guidge, a sucker and a balloon to make it all worth it.

Hiking with the Jacksons

My sister, Jenn, and her fam were here last week from Virginia. We did a lot of fun things on the list , including a little hiking trip up to Silver Lake. It is a beautiful loop around the lake by Brighton Ski Resort and is very accessible to people of all abilities, meaning even people in strollers. . . wahoo! (Please notice my cute nephew, Ethan, and darling neice, Tori. Lucy hung all over Tori and just couldn't get enough of her. Today at church she'd scream every time she saw baby Eleanor . I kind of think she thought it was Tori!"

Monet to Picasso Exhibit

Here are some of my favorites pieces at the Monet to Picasso exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts . Worth going to? Yes, definitely, yes. Especially if you have never seen a Van Gogh or a Monet in person. The colors are so alive and the paint almost jumps off the canvas at you. You'll see why these artists are considered masters AND you'll see how art progressed and transitioned from realistic portraits to enhanced "impressions" of light on everyday scenes to surreal dreamscapes and abstracted forms. Plus, lets be honest, are any of us ever going to "flee to the Cleve" and see these amazing pieces in their place of habitual residence ? But hurry! The exhibit is only here till Sept. 21. . . They are (clockwise from upper left): Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Woman , 1917-1918 Odilon Redon, Vase of Flowers , 1905 Berthe Morisot, Reading , 1873 Vincent Van Gogh, Poplars of St. Remy (pictured below) Claude Monet, The Red Scarf, (reproduction shown below

cool things found at the house, part 2

We inherited an ancient washer and dryer when we bought our house. We listed them on Craig's List immediately in the free category and they were promptly carried away for scrap metal. The instruction booklets which were kept right by them for 50+ years, however, will stay in my possession for probably 50+ more. I love them.

Perhaps the World's Best Zucchini Bread

Well, my zucchini did not exactly flourish this year, but luckily a neighbor lady's did! Inevitably this time of year Sister Fruitful Harvest will bring a big basket of squash and zucchini and other home-grown delights to church and offer her plenty to us less fortunate gardeners. . . and thank heavens, because zucchini bread makes the best Sorry-I-didn't-Make-It-Till-The-Last-Day-Of-The-Month Visiting Teaching treat. And this might happen to be the world's best Zucchini Bread recipe. My mom's. It's delightful and delicious and I remember licking the frosting off loaves my mom made for her visiting teachees when I was like 5, so its time-tested and true. Try it. You'll like it. Zucchini Bread Combine with Mixer: 3 eggs well beaten 1 C veggie oil 2 C sugar Add: 2 C grated zucchini (a good time to use that food processor) 3 tsp vanilla Sift & Add: 3 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp baking powder 3 C flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda Divide into well-greased bread pans, 2