Sunday, May 29, 2011

announcing: a small offering

But a big step for me: my postcards for sale ( Somewhere along the way I think someone told me that being paid for something I love to do, like art, wasn't possible.

Um: What. A. Lie.

Actually my paid working life is pretty excellent at the library (teaching people, learning every day, information matchmaker, and the other day, someone just gave us a brand new Kindle---see? excellent!). And my unpaid working life at home, also is excellent.

And now, the hard part: accepting payment for my art. The part that is uncomfortable and awkward and strange. So, there you have it, me, pushing myself out there beyond my comfort zone. Anyway, four separate sets of cards, on Etsy: Kids, Food, Favorites, and Clotheslines.

Also, according to Blogger, this is my 301st post. Thank you for reading.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

may in maine

is sometimes gray. and cold. and rainy.

~(for weeks)~

it didn't stop us

from enjoying the beach:

bubbles, ballgames, birthday cake

cookout, scraped knees

cutest kids

sun was optional.

~we had tractors~

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quinoa Power!

My New Roots - How to Cook Quinoa from My New Roots on Vimeo.

I like to cook and eat quinoa (KEENwah) way more than my family would like me to cook it. Let us say that they are not fans. So when my friend Kate shared this video from My New Roots, I got pretty excited. THIS, finally, was the marketing campaign quinoa needed in my household! Quinoa is cute! Quinoa is groovy! Quinoa is beautiful! I love every part of this video. It's so cute that my teeth hurt in a totally organic, wholesome way.

"Guys, guess what, I have this fantastic video to show you! It's gonna knock you right out of your socks!" That's how excited I was when I called the boys to the computer.

OK, fine, the truth is that they were underwhelmed and not converted to quinoa through cuteness.

But on Mother's Day, the mother in this house wanted two things for dinner: beets and quinoa salad. (If I had included mushrooms and anchovies we would have hit all the most hated food items in this house.)

So we made a little quinoa movie of our own, with original music used with permission by our very own, talented, 13 year-old friend, Jamie. As always, Jonas was my gracious and patient iMovie tutor and filming assistant.

Ladies and Gents, (do we have gents reading this? come on gents, make a comment if you're really out there)... I give you Quinoa Power!