Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Leaf plates

The boys and I made eramic leaf plates and platters which look lovely year-round, and not just for the fall. Our decorating style tends to be light and airy and has nature's colors, so we know first hand that these plates really complement a natural, rustic, or woodsy home. And they are just funky enough that they will do well in pretty much any other more "fun" decor too!

Poke Leaf Platter by my older son last year:
Poke Leaf Platter by Tadpole #1

This year, we made a red-bud leaf plate, a sycamore leaf plate, hickory 3-leaf platter, and a poke leaf plate. I think I posted pictures of some of those on my regular blog.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ceramic plates and platters

The boys and I learned to make "quilted" Wabi-Sabi style plates in ceramics. Here are some of our creations:

Platter by my older son - approx 14"x10.5
Platter by Tadpole #1

Platter by my older son - top view
Platter by Tadpole #2 - top view

Plate by my younger son - approx 8.5"x8.5"
Plate by Tadpole #2

Plate by my younger son - top view
Plate by Tadpole #2 - top view

Teresa's Soap Dish - 8"x4.5"
Soap Dish

Teresa's small plate - 7"x5"
Small plate

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Nifty Notecards

Notecards are wonderful - they let you keep in touch the old-fashion way, but are small enough that they don't feel daunting like writing a whole page letter would.

These are  photo notecards featuring my photography of various nature, animal, and still-life scenes:

Photography Notecards

I also make notecards made with handmade paper, which in turn are made from junk-mail, and featuring my or my son's photography (many from around the homestead).  The handmade paper can be unscented or lightly scented, and sometimes we embed dried plants or wildflower seeds.

Below features the following papers: Chamomile Blues which is a blue-tinted paper, scented with Chamomile fragrance oil, and is flecked with bits chamomile which we grew and dried; "Romancing the Red" is red-tinted, scented with Romance fragrance oil, and has wildflower seeds embedded; and "There's a Tomato Leaf in My Garden" is tinted green and scented with Tomato Leaf and Green Garden fragrances.  As well, it has petals from a wildflower from our yard.   Also available, but not pictured are the "Sun and Sand" series, which is a yellow-tinted paper lightly scented with a delightful Seashore fragrance.

Handmade paper notecards

Similar to the above cards, but on a smaller scale are the mini-notecards below.  They can also be used as attractive gift tags.

Handmade paper mini-notecards

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sushi Soaps

They're finally done!  Except for the container and the plastic grass divider, everything else is soap - the sushi, the wasabi, and the pickled ginger slices.  All the soaps have a tantalizing and refreshing Wasabi fragrance.

As seen from above, Sushi Soaps

Showing the size of the soap.

Each Sushi Soap is about the size of a Futomaki roll, approximately 2 ounces.

Made enough for 3 boxes of sushi.

I ended up making 3 sets of soaps, one of which has been given as a gift.

All ready to ship!

This is how I packaged it up to ship, with a piece of tissue paper inside so the wasabi and ginger won't fly around.