Monday, September 10, 2012

Chicken Lentil Soup, Handmade Stamps and Mail Art

I was the lucky winner of a lovely art print from Hilke at verzwirnt und zugeleimt and I am thrilled to have it.  I've been a subscriber to Hilke's blog for more than a year now and love her handmade books and her printing talent. She shows lots of process pix that make reading her blog so helpful and informative.

This photo really doesn't capture the beauty of this print.

I used some of the labels from the package to add to the art journal page I am working on. I don't think I am happy with it just yet and think another layer here and there may help.

On Friday after my conditioning class and before Zoë arrived I made some homemade chicken lentil soup. I am quite happy that the weather is getting cooler as I am a homemade soup fanatic. I bought a rotisserie chicken just so I would have the carcass for making stock.

I sauteed some vegetables in a separate fry pan and then added them to the stock from which the bones had been removed.

After letting them cook for about half an hour, I added lentils, thyme and a bay leaf and then let it cook for another 40 minutes. Et voila! Yummy!

I did find time to make another rubber stamp after Zoë went home yesterday. I really need to get better in the small spaces, but overall I like her.

As you can see, it is not perfect.

I've been to my conditioning class this morning followed by half an hour of floor exercises and am feeling great. I am eating breakfast as I write this. I sauteed some onion and yellow squash and then added scrambled eggs. When it was almost done, I added a small cut up tomato from the garden. The squash was from the farm package I received last Friday. This is a great start to my day.

My friend, Nancy, brought a few books with copywright free illustrations in them that I might adapt to rubber stamps, so I may try another one today.

What about you? Do you have plans for this beautiful September day? Does it include cooking? art? are you willing to share?



  1. congratulations on the lovely prize! Your soup sounds wonderful, guess what? I'm making soup right now too, chicken vegie soup with squash, and i'm still watercolor illustrating my recipes, have a wonderful day,

  2. I love soupmaking, too, and read yours with interest. Also thank you so much for mentioning that great blog! I'm planning to read it regularly, just love her. And your print, lucky blogista!

  3. Lovely print! I checked out her blog and then realized how the sentiment goes forward and backwards--LOL! Very talented woman.

    Love lentil soups! Your ballerina stamp is so cute! You are alaos a talented woman. :)

  4. Still loving your prints and journal. So colorful. I've to admit that I'm not able to do like you are making... probably one day.
    And congrats for the soup. Lentils soup is one of my favorite.

  5. Wow, you have been busy! Good luck with your journal pages - have you thought of adding your new stamp to them?

  6. Yum yum yum I just woke up to a very chilly morning here in NJ that would have been a great leftover soup.

  7. You're getting better and better at stamp making! (is that s'posed to be one word? .... Prolly). Lol. hugs, nancy