You may be familiar with this cake as it goes by many different names. In my childhood home, we called it Wacky Cake because that's what the Girl Scouts called it. My sister Sue was a Girl Scout and that's how we came to have the recipe. The origin of Wacky Cake is thought to be linked to the Depression or World War II eras, which makes sense as it contains no eggs (have you seen the prices lately!), butter, or milk.
I plan to continue with my Monday sketchbook collages but with a twist this year. I needed to change things up a bit so I challenged myself to work in a concertina style (Z-fold) this year. At the end of December, I cut 12 strips of paper and divided each one into 4 or 5 panels depending on the number of Mondays in that month. Below is the first panel of the first strip I created on January 2nd.
Below you can see the weekly progression.
At some point this year I'll figure out how I'm going to bind all the strips into one complete book.
Since my outdoor garden will be sleeping for several more months I look to my indoor garden for some needed color. Each year I buy at least one amaryllis bulb. So easy to grow and they only require a little indirect light and a little water every once in a while.
The stages of growth are beautiful and amazing. Watching the stalk lengthen by what must be inches per day and then the bud easing into a fully blooming flower just never gets old.
Did you happen to see the amaryllis bulbs that were dipped in wax in the stores this year? I got one as a gift and talk about easy. No water required, just put it near a window and watch it do its thing.
Ring in the holidays with some paper bells.
Well, the ones I'm talking about don't exactly ring but they sure are pretty!
They are lots of fun and pretty easy to make too.
Click the image below and start making some bells!
On second thought, I guess you could make these bells ring.
Just add a little jungle bell at the bottom. I'm going to have to try one like that next.
The quote above is exactly how I felt when the calendar read December 1st last Thursday.
It made me laugh too because I think it's a pretty common yearly sentiment.
November really did seem to go by faster than ever before.
"December is a simple wish
that brings spectacular moments."
Did you miss last year's 8-pt Paper Star tutorial?
You can still find it on my YouTube Channel. Just click on the picture below.
Nope, It's the opera house in Zürich, Switzerland. From the nighttime lighting in this photo, it does look like it might be a good place for a Halloween costume party but the evening I spent there was anything but spooky. It was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Switzerland. We saw the Italian opera 'Nabucco' and yes (fortunately!) there were English and German subtitles on a screen above the stage. We had a pretty good idea of what was going on because before going we watched a hilarious video that used little plastic toy people to give a synopsis of the story.
When I say we, I'm referring to me and my friend Bea who I used to work with here in Connecticut. She has since moved back to her home country. This was the day I arrived after not seeing each other in person for 6 years.
It's such an incredibly beautiful country I wanted to share a few photos with you.
A 30-minute ride on the world's steepest cogwheel train brought us to see this view from Mount Pilatus.
Older villages like Carona have some of the prettiest windows and doors.
I bet palm trees are not the first thing you think of when you think of Switzerland. I was surprised too but Lugano and the southern village of Morcote reminded me very much of southern California.
The medieval architecture in the city of Lucerne was stunning.
Autumn color along the Rhein River, floating towards Stein am Rhein, Switzerland.
"It was a beautiful, bright autumn day,
with air like cider and
a sky so blue you could drown in it."
~ Diana Gabaldon, 'Outlander'
Hi, I'm Kathy a collage, eco-print artist, and rust enthusiast who loves to teach and guide you along on your creative journey.