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,