Make Your Own Fairytale #2

Feel free to write your own story or let your kids invent one!

Once upon a time there was land made of fruits and vegetables

Make Your Own Fairytale #2

Monday Drawing #1

Alessandro Fiorini and I have thought of starting something called Monday Drawings. It’s our way to stay focused  and post at least one drawing a week. In truth, Alessandro doesn’t need any reminder to put his Wacom tablet to good use, but I do. Monday Drawings is open to anybody who wants to join the club.

Tramonto Sul Lago

Wacom Tablet, Artrage: airbrush on concrete canvas

Tramonto sul Lago

Monday Drawing #1

Roses and Teacups

I discovered that a batch of cold porcelain I made in February is still usable. Hard to work with, but adding small drops of Elmers glue to the dough it makes it malleable again. This is the first time a batch lasts this long. I tried to take a few pictures to illustrate how I model a rose and I apologize for the abysmal quality of the images. Not an excuse, but in a few pics I was holding both cell phone and dough. Needless to say, you get what you shoot for… or something like it.

A Rose

This is more or less what you need to create a rose.

The Cone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I start with modeling the cone that will support the structure of the finished rose. The petals are made by flattening  the small spheres between my fingers.

The Petal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, I wrap the petal around the cone like a tight scarf.

The Scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second petal I add is not as tight as the first one, but more loosely embraces the stem.

Adding the petals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I keep adding petals, leaving them more and more open as I go around, while I pinch the base.

Assembling the petal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I have a fully formed rose.

The finished rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cut the rose from the cone and create the stem by rolling the remaining dough between thumb and index fingers. I repeat the process with a second flower and I add a rosebud.The two roses  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of the small composition. To create the rosebud I make an incision on one end of an elongated cylinder and then I cover it with a snug petal.

Close up rose e teiera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had to have some fun with the picture as well. Paint.NET oil filter on a resized canvas to accommodate my little piece of wisdom.

Life is too short not to have tea and smell the roses

Roses and Teacups

Friday Snippet #14

Following last week successful experiment, this Friday snippet was written just for fun. Coincidentally, I wanted to know what Allegra and Julius were doing. I left them unattended on a running train last week.

From X:

Cartaghena the Beautiful, it was called. Allegra rejoiced at seeing it still held true. They had jumped down the train worried it wouldn’t stop long enough to let them out. The city was still there. Unwalled. Unexed. Funny how words that hadn’t existed a year ago, now were part of their vocabulary.

“Ready?” Julius took her hand in his and gently squeezed it.

“Ready.” She smiled, not wanting to show him how scared she was and knowing it was a futile attempt. She had thought she could cope with going back home, but she had been wrong. Back at the boarding school, the pupils were shown footages of their home cities to prepare them. Mostly, it was done in good faith to help them visualize what they were going to find once out of the safety of the institute. But there had been accidents. Not every mind was strong enough to accept their families were lost to the world. Unreachable behind dark walls. And that was what scared Allegra the most. The unknowing quality of waiting for the truth to reveal itself. What if there was nobody alive behind those un-climbable barricades? What if the people you loved the most were worse than dead? One look at the glass towers and she sighed in relief; the buildings were mirrored on the placid waters of three rivers insinuating through the city. Cartaghena was intact. The destruction bordering its limits a palpable reminder nothing was what it used to be, but the city had been spared. For now. How long would it take for the Malady to corrupt her city?

“To your place first.” Julius’s good nature shone bright even in times like this.

Friday Snippet #14

Chocolate Banana Muffins

EnjoyToday, I feel like giving back to the world. I’ve been struggling to be good and avoid eating gluten and dairy, but sometimes it proves to be hard. But I do try and the following recipe is the proof I successfully concocted something worth serving to guests. The original recipe was for a banana bread and was given to me by a good friend—thanks, S. I made several substitutions and I had two bananas instead of three, but the final result actually surprised me.

The ingredients I had in the pantry:

  1. 2 Ripe Bananas
  2. 2 Cups of Gluten Free Pantry Decadent Chocolate Cake Mix
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 3/4 Cup of Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

This is how I did it:

I threw everything into the Kitchenaid bowl and let the machine work its magic until  the bananas were completely dissolved and all the ingredients were well mixed. Meanwhile, I turned on my oven at 350F and oiled the muffin tray with a few drops of the coconut oil. I filled the muffin cups up to two third and put them into the oven for 30 minutes. Notice that my oven doesn’t cook well, but after the thirty minutes mark I poked one muffin with a wooden skewer and it was moist but not dry. I let them cool inside the open oven and then tried one and it smelled and tasted better than I thought. Reason why I thought to share the joy. As an aside, the image a the top of this post is actually a picture I took with my cell phone of one of the muffins. I used Paint.NET to give the picture a little makeup.

Chocolate Banana Muffins