Saturday, April 20, 2019

REI Camp Table A to Z Challenge

Purchased this wonderful little camping table last summer. From REI.
Perfect for trips in the plane to remote places to camp.

Folds up into a nice neat package. Bag included. 

 I have been a member of REI Co-Op (Recreational Equipment Inc.) literally for decades. You get a dividend each year on what you have purchased.


 One day, just one, last week when the weather got springish we pulled the table out so we could sit on the deck & plot our summer strategy. The "real" deck table was still stored away. 
As you see it holds beverages nicely.

We coveted these camping pillows another couple had on North Fox Island last summer. Got us a couple right away. They crush down to nothing but are nice & full when you are ready to sleep.
It's all about the comfort when camping these days with our older bodies. 

REI Co-Op has loads of resources for outdoor adventures, trip planning, clothing, & equipment.

Do you like to camp? Where have you been?


Friday, April 19, 2019

Q for Quick Sketches

Sketching is a skill I would like to develop. It's like playing an instrument. 
You have to use those muscles or they atrophy. 

Artists Magazine has recently been inspiring me to put pencil to paper.  
The site has loads of opportunity to learn. 

Moment Sketchers is something I've followed for awhile. They host monthly challenges with the participants posting to Instagram as well as workshops.Images below are from the site.

This is Candace who started Moment Sketchers. Another place to see her art.

I'm drawn to city scape sketches but need to learn more about perspective. 

There are loads of classes both online & out in the world. You need to evaluate closely before deciding if you want to pay the price & hop on.

A few random pages from my journal. 
Times when I surprised myself with a fairly nice drawing done quickly

Use whatever is "at hand",or feet in this case, when looking for a subject.

A friend's pet bird I took the time to sketch when visiting.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

P is for Pantry What's in Yours?


I love to cook. A well stocked pantry is important. 
To be short one item for a recipe can be maddening. 
I also get to show off some of my fabric bins as they grace my pantry for specific items.

The truth is I'm an organizing addict. Is freak the right word?
 I'll let my friends be the judge of that. Anyone care to weigh in? I can take it.

 Open shelving is great if you have the space. I like to be able to see everything easily. 
Helps when you are making a shopping list. 
It's as bad to buy an extra of what you already have as it is to be short.


 I recently winnowed my collection of cook books. 
It all becomes variations on a theme at some point.
 Plus who doesn't love food sites & Pinterest?

I transfer most items to glass for storage.
An entire shelf full of anxious participants. 

 Open wire drawers work well for dry storage of those things 
that like to sprout if you aren't watching.
I use lots of onion & garlic so it's not a problem here.


 Did you notice the fabric box above labeled chalk? 

I have a chalk board wall in my pantry. Gotta have a place to play with design.
 I haven't changed from this ampersand in ages. I need to attend to that.
 Maybe after the A to Z is anyone else getting worn out? 

A couple past designs on the wall.


It's not all about the food for me as you can see. Ways to express creativity always come into play. 

What's important in your pantry?