Riddle Me Mail - June
[ A behind-the-scenes look and some things we discovered along the way. ]
Collage In Progress
When I started doing collage work I struggled with what papers to use. I started with book pages but found the words could be distracting.
It was at a Saturday morning yard sale that I discovered two old books of sheet music and never looked back.
I color the sheets and cut pieces into the shapes and bits I need.
If you look closely at the bottom right, you can see the beginnings of the corn cob. Many small kernels cut from different shades of yellow. The green is prep work for the corn stalk.
A Cucumber Conundrum
Last summer we had what seemed like a conveyor belt of cucumbers coming from our neighbor's garden. It was a bumper crop and neither they nor we could keep up.
What were we to do with all those cucumbers? We needed to find a way to preserve them.
Canning of course came to mind. But, honestly, the thought of it was less than appealing—until I found a recipe for refrigerator pickles. It is far less complicated than true canning (no boiling of the jars) and proved an easy way to extend the life of the cucumbers that were piling up.
If you’re curious about canning, this is a good way to ease into it. Refrigerator pickles take fewer steps and are easier all the way around.
So what’s the catch? The pickles have a limited shelf life. While true canning preserves your harvest for months, this process will give you just about one month in the refrigerator.
Click here for a print-ready version of the recipe.
The Perils of Hand-lettering
Hand-lettering with a nib and ink is challenging. Lots of practice, a deep breath, and still plenty of room for error. Here's a look at my lettering for the seed titles. The first "W" in watermelon was all wrong, and an unfortunate crossbar on the "l" which I mistook for a "t" forced me to try again. Same with the the word corn -- look closely and you can see the pencil-line arrows indicating better letter forms for the "C," "o," and "n". The only word I got right on the first try was "Peas." I scanned the lettering, did a cut and paste and used the best for the final titles.
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