Friday, July 24, 2009

A Little of This and a Little of That...

Today's post is an eclectic mix of things.First, I just wanted to extend wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all and show you a little bit of my current project.
It is for the Pink Artists Project. If you would like to be involved just click here. You have until next Friday July 31 to create a piece of art to be placed in the auction to benefit breast cancer. Below is a close-up of what I'm working on.
The finished piece will be a surprise-- not only to you but me as well since I haven't decided how I'm going to incorporate this into what I'm making. I just knew that starting with a pink bra was the way to go! I'm making it up as I go and so far I like it.

I plan to attach it to a background of either fabric or painted canvas??
We'll see what it tells me to do as I get closer to finishing the bra itself.

I urge you to at least go to Monica's blog and check out this great project.
Even if you don't have time to create something maybe you'd like to participate in the auction.
Second, I'd like to call your attention to the artwork at the top of my left-hand column. My dear blog friend Marsha created this piece as well as a new flickr group in response to someone stealing some of her lovely artwork and using it as their own.
Whether it was done in pure ignorance of copyright issues or outright theft is beside the point. WE all need to be aware of taking something that isn't ours and then trying to pass it off as our own. I know there are tons of images floating around on the internet that are in the public domain, BUT artwork created with these images is NOT for the public domain! So go check out the flickr site, it has some great art with the piracy theme.
And finally I'd like to share a recipe with you. Another form of creativity for me is cooking. I don't do it as much as I used to because paintbrushes and beads and thread and on and on, usually call my name a bit louder than the pots and pans in the kitchen do. But I did make this dish a few weeks ago and it's still on my mind.
It is sooooo good I just have to share it with you. Especially with the abundance of fresh blueberries in the grocery store and farmer's markets right now.

Blueberry Crunch
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup sugar
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans
Spread the undrained pineapple in the bottom of a greased 13 x 9 pan. Put the berries on top and sprinkle on 3/4 cup of sugar. Spread the dry cake mix over the berries and drizzle butter on top of cake mix. Top with nuts and sprinkle on the remaining sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min. Remove and cut through with knife to juices can moisten the cake mix. Put bake in oven and bake another 25 min.

It is delicious warm with ice cream or whipped cream or plain. And it is even better the next day. It's even good cold! Why of course it's good, it has all that butter and a whole cup of sugar in it... I know it's not exactly healthy... So to cut the sugar I did use half a cup of sugar and the equivalent of half cup of Splenda.
I DID however,use the whole stick of butter!
I wasnt' sure about the pineapple with the blueberries BUT WOW, was it good! Did I say it was really delicious? AS you can see this recipe left it's mark on me. I WILL
be making it again very soon. Right after I spend several hours on the cross-trainer.
Let me know if you like it as much as I do.
Enjoy the weekend my friends~

P.S. I received my "Party Animals" book to help benefit A Place To Bark and it's so cute. The artwork is fabulous. I'm already counting the days until I can bid on some of the original pieces of art on ebay. Click on the pug on the left side of my blog
to find out more.


Janine said...

Hi Cathy, I love your pink- bra- artwork. That is really cool and cute.
I have a giveaway running on my blog ( Yes, again!!!)
Maybe you want to join it.
Have a great weekend

Terri Kahrs said...

Oh, Cathyf! I ADORE the pink bra creation and can't wait to see the finished piece. OUtstanding! You use you needle and beads the way some of us use scissors, glue and paint! Fabulous!

I'm so happy that you've "joined the cause" against art piracy. It truly IS an issue that affects all of us. Yay! One more team member! Marsha has really started a wonderful movement.

The blueberry recipe sounds scrumptious! I'll have to share it with my daughter in ME. They LUV blueberries!

Hope you're having a super wonderful weekend! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Tammy said...

Hi Cathy,
What a great project cause, you did a wonderful job in creating a piece for the auction.
I will stop by the blog to read more.
Thanks for sharing, and that recipe I will have to try it, sounds so yummy..
Your Daughter and her Horse are beautiful, and congrats on her ribbons..
Have a Wonderful Weekend!

whymsicalmusings said...

Cathy your Bra is just fabulous! Then everything you create I love:) I will go check out the site also.

Thank you for the fabulous blueberry recipe I love blueberries and eat them year round! I can't wait to try this new recipe out.

Have a magical weekend.

Cathy said...

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. I really love to sit and 'paint' with my beads and threads.
It's very relaxing to just let your fingers do the work!
I do hope you will visit the website and join in the 'cause'. It's really worthwhile.
Enjoy the recipe. It really, really is good!

zquilts said...

Hi Cathy! I just wanted to thank you SO much for leaving such a nice note on my blog...since you were a no reply I found you through your magnificent blog - which I immediately added to my Google Reader.
Your work a m a z e s me. i also hooked up to the Daily Om thanks to you too!

Cathy said...

Thanks so much Marie! I love your work and will be back to visit more regularly.

Alberta said...

This post is surely a delight for all the senses! That pink bra is fabulous, Cathy. I have an award for you on my blog when you have time to pick it up.


vintagepix said...

That is one fab pink brassiere (am I the only one who thought of that SNL sketch about the alien women whose eyes were on their breasts ;o)

Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe too...mmmm....

Tumble Fish Studio said...

I am sorry I have been so slow to come in for a visit. I want to especially thank you for putting up the piracy project piece. It means so much to a lot of us and you are a real sweetheart to promote it.

Next I have to comment on this lovely bra! What a perfect piece for the project! I would go shirtless if I had such a lovely thing to wear! Couldn't just leave it on the wall - must be used for all to see! PERFECT!

Cathy said...

Thanks Alberta, Carolyn & Marsha!
I had forgotten about the SNL skit carolyn, thanks for reminding!
And thank you Alberta for the award, it means so much to have your peers present them to you.
Marsha, it is my pleasure to post about the piracy issue-it affects us all.

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