Thursday, January 31, 2013

Glazing




I think I am coming down with a cold, but not even this could change my happy mood today! I had to realize, glazing days are always like some sort of festival to my soul. The bare fact that I place white looking pieces of clay into the kiln today, and the next thing I know, I take them out in colors tomorrow evening seems like some kind of miracle to me. Yes, I know I over mystify the process, but that is just how I feel about this particular phase of my work. Being able to turn mud into something with a form, color and function never ceases to amaze me...



Stay happy!
Love, E.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Morning fog and bunny making


Before starting my day, I went for a short walk with the dogs, just above my father's workshop...The morning fog formed a thick duvet over the city,that lays in the valley, but the sun was brightly shining over the hills I was at...Bewildering moments I am incredibly thankful for!


Due to an unexpected event, my father had to leave, so I spent the entire day in the workshop all by myself. It was perfect. I had a lot to finish up by tonight, since my days left to spend in the workshop are counted, so to say, as I am going back to London in a few weeks, but today without any rush I took my time, enjoying everything. Today I felt like I had all the time in the world...




One of my faithful companions was with me all day long, hypnotizing me ALLDAYLONG to feed him alldaylong! But anyways, it was still nice to have someone around. So in between all the dancing and singing along foolishly with the radio, I had a wonderfully fun day, doing what lights my life up...

All together a very simple day, but all the more meaningful to my heart!
Hope your days are filled with magic.
Love, E.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bread baking experiments




Experimenting in baking a different kind of bread. I have a tiny bread baking history, noting fancy, but at least I more or less know what I am doing. Today I decided to spice things up a little bit, and replace the good old white bread with wholewheat. There is hardly anything that comes close to this feeling... after having smelled the calming aroma of a baking bread, that fills the entire house with peace, cutting the fresh, crusty wonder and share it with the ones I love!

 (this is how the risen dough should look like)

Here's what you need for 1.30 kg dough:

- 450 g wholewheat flour
- 400 g rye flour
- 1 cube (25 g) fresh yeast
- 300 ml warm water or semi skimmed milk
- 1 tea sp. sugar
- 2 tea sp. salt
- 1 tsp.fennel
- 1 tsp. coriander
- a bit of flower to knead with


1.  Mix the rye flour and whole wheat flour together in a bowl with your hands. Add the warm milk (or water), you dissolved the yeast and sugar in, to the flour mix. Knead all these together, then gently add all the rest of the ingredients, and if still doesn't  hold well together or the dough is way too stiff, add a tiny bit of warm milk to it. When you find the dough to be ready, leave it 30 min. to rest in a warm place, covering it with a tea towel. Then knead it again for a few minutes.

2. Form the dough into a nice round bread shape with your hands. Line an oven pan with baking sheet, place the bread in the pan. Slice the top in with three lines gently. This will form a nice rustic crust. Then leave again to rise for 45 min. covered with a tea towel in a warm place.

3. Take off the towel, cover the top of the dough with water using a kitchen brush. Then put the pan into the preheated oven and leave it to bake for one hour.

4. Leave it to cool.

Note. I like to put a little bit of water in a fireproof bowl/plate into the oven.



Happy baking!
Love, E.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

the sweetest memories

source Kayla Skogh

It does not happen often that I watch tv.
And yet, somehow tonight I watched the amazing biography of a Hungarian actor. His life, his stories, oh it felt like reading an amazing novel that hugs you and keeps you under its spell. And at one point he said, my grandfather had just died, and shortly after my father had lost his job. We had to move out from our home and resettle -all 5 of us- in a small studio place. And yet, we were very happy. Everything that was around us, material things, seemed to melt away. But we shared this amazingly humble love, and we were truly happy! After this, he talked about his memories, the way they had to move and hide, when the war started and the Russians invaded the country. He talked about what an amazingly large family he has and how they used to play together with his cousins, jumping in ponds, running from their neighbor and from the man's dog, making Christmas decoration from old cardboard and food cans...They had everything they really needed.

It was the most wonderful life story I had heard in quite a while...

I always loved listening to my grandparents' and parents' stories, I still do. And I love writing my own story with an imaginary pencil into the wind.

But today, after watching this amazing, happy man, I asked myself...will there be any stories for the computer generation? What will they tell their children and grandchildren about?


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Natural dyes - yarn - TUTORIAL

I happened to have this bundle of white cotton, and as I wanted to crochet up some sweet little hearts, I decided to form smaller bundles of white yarn and dye each bundle in natural dyes to get pretty pastels.



I used coffee, blackberry tea and home-made blueberry syrup. 
I recommend letting the different dyes to boil when putting the bundles into them, leaving them like that for a few seconds, then pull the pots of dye from the stove and covering them, leave the bundles to rest in the liquids for 20-30 minutes. Adding a spoonful of white vinegar helps the fabric to absorb and keep the color.

Remember, your yarn needs to be 100% natural in order to absorb these natural dyes.



You can then use the yarn to do different projects. I used mine to crochet tiny little hearts, but you could even dye a larger amount and crochet/knit up a cowl or why not, even a cardigan! Totally up to you!

Enjoy!

Monday, January 7, 2013

We are engaged - Christmas 2012 / part lll


Perhaps I gave the news away with the title and the photo, but I mean, we are engaged! Can you believe it? :) It's a good thing I have the pretty ring on my finger, otherwise I would not believe it myself. It is like a pinch to reality!

On Christmas Eve, I was opening a gift, there was a cozy knitted pair of socks inside, and between them was a tiny handmade origami box with a navy colored satin bow. The timing was perfect and the answer was already formed in my heart...

I am excited about this fresh start, a new year with new adventures.
Thank you so, so very much for being a part of it!
Love,
E.

Christmas fair - December 2012 / part ll


getting ready

Two days of great people...This is what I absolutely love about this particular fair!!! And now, having been away for so long in London, all my old clients were there, happy to see Jasmin Blanc jewelry in person again. It is such a blessing to meet clients face to face, see their expressions, see the way their eyes glow when holding a piece of jewelry in their hands. One of my favorite things was when boyfriends came back asking for jewelry that their girls were looking at! So sweet!


my stall at the fair

I met wonderful new stall holders/artists/artisans too, along with those whom I started out going to these fairs with... In no particular order here are some photos and links to these artists shops/blogs. Check them out, it is really worth it!

 I have written about Adriana from Marillys a number of times already...She has become a dear friend over the years since we both do what we do, and even though we only get to meet at fairs she inspires me with her joyous optimism, her strength to persist, her dream to create a sustainable and nature friendly business and her kind words with which she encourages me to keep doing what I love, even when times are harder...

Please check out her blog, facebook page and most importantly her shop! She makes everything herself from 100% natural ingredients. I wholeheartedly recommend her chocolate mouse body butter and her magic eye cream stick. 

 My sweet friend, and stall neighbor, Ruxandra and her colorful jewelry and Christmas tree ornaments

 LaVee Bijou and her blog here!


 Beautiful sisters creating delicate jewelry. Click here to see their shop on Etsy.

Contemporary art by Mar Verde, check them out on facebook!

 Maria and her amazing bib work and beautiful cameos. Find her blog here!

 Phenomenal paper jewelry and scrapbooks made by Bianca. Find her on FB!


See you at Craciun Cu Stil  in 2013 :)


Love,
Erika

Sunday, January 6, 2013

work and ceramics - December 2012 / part l

Life's been pretty crazy and hectic right before Christmas with all the work, participation at two fairs and the Christmas preparations, so there was no time left for sleeping, let alone for blogging. This is why I decided to do a little recap of this past month and then take it from there.

There was a lot going on in the workshop since I arrived at the 1st of December. I wouldn't have had much to take with me to the fairs, so I had to put in all the time I had, but it was really worth it. Plus, not being able to hold and work clay for three months in London, had really accumulated up some feelings of desire. Whenever I am pulled away for one reason or another from what I love doing I feel like half my heart is missing...

Anyhow, the concept of optimum working hours was slightly stretched, to say the least. But I wouldn't trade those two weeks for anything...

raw

glaze firing

out of the kiln- glaze firing

Stay close for Christmas Fair photos :)
Love,
E.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year


Happy 2013, friends. A bit late, I know, but better now, than never...
I have not forgot about this little cyber nook, no. It is just that I voluntarily disappeared to catch my breath over the holidays.

I decided to start out with a short recap of this challenging yet -in its own way- pretty year that we had so rapidly left behind. Then smile, and leave it to become just a sweet memory.

I must say that the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 seems to treat me generously with the sweetest surprises (a separate post on that soon).

But for now, enjoy the weekend, friends, and stay cozy!
Love,
E.