Here I sit on this Sunday afternoon with my cup of Oolong tea, a piece of Ugly Chocolate cake and my laptop, ready to blog away. It’s odd to find a place quiet enough with the family home. But I spent part of this week working on my creative space and i have a little spot where I can find a small amount of solace. I love this little area. I feel inspired to create here and though I have a few more things I want to tweak and organize, I feel right at home in my little air chair at my table full of emphera and ideas.
I quit smoking for good about 7 months ago. I had been working on it for a while but that was the point at which I knew I was done. It was such a big accomplishment that I decided to reward myself. I wasn’t paying for cigarettes, so I began to shop, to eat, to worry. I became clingy, dramatic ( ok,more dramatic) and angry. I didn’t put the two together for sometime but I finally realized how much I relied on that addictive behavior to mask my insecurities. I gained 15 pounds, bought a bunch of crap I didn’t need, abandoned my yoga practice and ” went to Lunch” …. a lot.
I live a life of excesses. I spend, eat, waste and complain too much. I pray, sleep and invest too little. I have become self-centered and lazy. I have to stop believing that I deserve a reward for not doing things that I wasn’t suppose to be doing in the first place. I don’t like what that says to my kids and I don’t like how colorless my life has become.
I am working on a 60 day challenge that I will share with you later in the week. I am excited about making some changes. I’m dusting off the ole’ yoga mat.
I have been working on so many things lately that I finished a slew of projects this week.
I am a huge fan of dolls. The weirder the better. I love to sew them, sculpt them and collect them. My kids were never surprised to see hairless doll heads in the oven or an alien in a prom dress.
I started out on paper dolls in my grandma’s kitchen. She would find them and cut them out for me. I could dream and pretend and be whoever I wanted. As an adult I am still crazy about them. But Now I am a costumer and I love fantasy. Still there is a little sparkle in my eye if I happen to see a Mae West or Marilyn Monroe paper doll spread. This got me to thinking about how I could use them to alter books. So I just sat down at my craft table and figured out how I could incorporate them into an altered idea. Here Is what I came up with so far.
A few other things I did this week….
A cross and a sentiment for my sister. Her first birthday gifts were lost in the mail. So here is number 2
A fabric ornament embellished with paper and trinkets
Some ceramic star ornaments
UGLY CHOCOLATE CAKE
I named it this because although it is the ugliest cake EVER… it is also so scrumptuous. It smells heavenly,it is so super moist and tastes so good. I baked this one in a bunt pan but I think it would work in any pan.
1 german chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup water
1 can coconut pecan frosting/topping
Mix all ingredients and pour into a well-greased pan. Top the batter with chocolate syrup. Bake at 350 for 30 – 35 minutes. cool 5 minutes and turn onto a cake plate. ( or you can just leave it in the pan if you want to avoid the ugly) YUMMLY!
Lets say you didn’t want Ugly Chocolate Cake.. Lets say you were oh, 2 years old and at your Nana and Papa’s house. What else could you do for desert….??
How about Strawberries and Chocowlat dipping sauce..
Until later my friends…..