Monday, October 12, 2009

Domestic Bliss

Today I went to the Chiropractor, something I do every week to stave off the rounded back that would surely come without preventative care - I am very proactive about this frame for my soul!
Afterwards I went to the gym and sweated like I meant it - doesn't always feel so good?

Homeward bound, I spent about four hours at the tooling table and really dug into two bags whose bodies I had cut out days before - a custom (the tiger) and one for the shop (the classic tooling pattern, a bag in which I will be insetting a fabulous cabochon of rhodonite!!)

ooooooooohhhh!!!! I cannot WAIT to finish them!!

The classic poppy pattern with the rhodonite is for a girl who is tough and tender: I know a few and man are they something...

If you look at the straps, you can see that they have an unusual spotted pattern: it was an mark on the hide and I love love love it: I cannot wait to see how it responds to antiquing and resist finishes.

After a good solid shift in the studio I went into the kitchen to make a remarkable tomato potato gratin with carmelized onions, a recipe that can be found in Sunday Suppers at Lucque, a spectacular cookbook by Susan Goin.

She is the proprietress of one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles: AOC.

If you live within a fifty mile radius, make reservations and GO!!! It is sublime.

Right now the dish is in the oven and it is making my mouth into a river.


I will surely miss delightful heirloom tomatoes, the friend I always wished for this summer.

I will report back and let you know how it tastes: if it's amazing, you'll get the recipe, too!

A bit of business: I will be gone from the 16th to the 30th, with a few days back at home on the 20th and 22nd - From the 16th to the 19th I am going on an anniversary trip with my boyfriend/fiance/husband, as he is still all these things!!

From the 23rd to the 30th, I will be in Los Angeles for some good singing gigs: a wedding, a pumpkin patch (Live Oak Canyon), a good club/restaurant in Los Angeles, and The Loft, the most special of places to play.

If you live in the Los Angeles/Redlands area and wish for details, convo me or send me an email:

If you have something reserved in the shop, make sure to factor in the time away when you purchase!

All my heart,


Two Bees said...

It's so nice to see your work again! I love watching the progress of the leather come to life, thanks for sharing the steps. Do I hear another roadtrip coming up?

Nu said...

Wow they're awesome can't wait to see them finished! good luck!

Good Girls Studio said...

Can't wait to see the finished product! That dish you are making looks sooo yummy! My mouth is watering too ;)

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Corinna said...

I wish so much that I could come to one of your shows! Good luck, and have an amazing time!

RosyRevolver said...

Such beautiful work and equally inspiring cooking!! Best of luck at your shows, and have a wonderful time away!!


Michelle - Revelate said...

I LOVE being a Domestic Goddess... :) Hope you're having a beautiful and productive day everyday!