Friday, May 30, 2014

Flyers Art Journal Swap (getting close to the end)

I am so excited because we are almost finished with our Journal Swap. We only have 2 more journals left and then we will have our own journals home and filled with amazing art from our fellow Flyer Artists. (we all took Kelly Rae Robert's class "Flying Lessons" together that's why were called flyers) There are several of us doing the swap. Here is the latest one I've been working on. It's Elizabeth's Journal. Cool cover isn't it?



I just put my hand to the paper and drew and this is what i came up with. It's a very creative process just go with the flow, let it all out. It's another form of meditation.


Bird


She likes dolphins.


Here is the whole page. I had a great time with this one. At the moment I can't do much because of the baby but one night I was able to slip this little bit of creativity in. It felt so good to let it out. 


It says,"When you feel it's lack of inspiration ride the waves of Art. Be Kind (to yourself) Be colorful and be free." 
Now to send it on to my Artist friend Sandy. 

Chandra


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party! Reveal Day! Party!


I am only one in about 500 blogs participating in this Blog Party! 
Revealing my lovely beads sent off months ago...  to my partner Catie all wrapped up. I think she liked it!
It's funny because we sent off similar items to each other, he he, great minds think alike :)! 


I sent her a green group of beads.


 A purple group of beads.


A pink group of beads.


Some silver fun things.


A lovely group of pearls. Stir them all together and you've got a great bead soup! I neglected taking a picture of it but maybe Catie took one on her blog. Fingers crossed.

Here's what she sent me...


Everything was so neatly wrapped!


A lovely Metal Me This clasp and silver goodies!


Dragonflies which I also sent to her.


This is the Bead Soup! I love the color combo it's so delicious in the bowl. :)
I have not had much time to work on making anything spectacular yet with the baby and moving house. I did make a few little starters though...


Wire wrapped and awaiting the other beads.


You'll have to check back later for a finished necklace or bracelet at a later date. I am looking forward to making something beautiful with the large glass bead as a focal point!

Happy Bead Soup Blog Party! Make sure to visit my lovely partners blog next!
Catie and a big thank you to Lori who works her self silly getting this bead soup party off to a great start! Visit her here where you can see her beautiful creations and the list of 500 other participants.


Chandra

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party

Bead Soup


It's Bead Soup Swap time! This is my second year joining. I have disguised the Bead Soup collections as colorful outer space modules due to the fact that it is a surprise to my partner in waiting. 

Bead Soup

Let me tell you Lori Anderson, who is our gracious hostess with the mostess really knows how to pick swap partners! Big high five to Lori!! I love my partner Catie.

Bead Soup

I went a little overboard with my Bead Soups this year making 5 in all. I have so many beads that I wanted to use, I could not stop. So needless to say, she is getting a full pot! I hope she knows she does not have to use them all, just the ones that sing to her heart. You see Catie is a lampworker. I got together the beads I thought might inspire her and some extra beads. I can't wait to see what she makes!

Beads

Let me tell you about my lovely partner Catie- she loves Buddha, meditation, yoga and all the colors I love, like purple, green, light blue. She is a very wonderful, kind and giving woman! She spends her days as a nurse and a consultant for a Hospice Company. The most important job in the world is helping others pass away peacefully. She has even taken a class in End of Life Care Practitioner Training through the Metta Institute.( A Buddhist program) How cool!
  
Bead Soup

I hope Catie enjoys the Bead Soups I made especially for her. 

Bead Soup ready to ship out

This Bead Soup Pot will get to Catie all in one piece and quickly.

A big thanks goes out to Lori for everything she does to organize the Bead Soup Blog Party!

Peace, 
Chandra

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Birthday Acts of Kindness / Flying Lessons Blog Circle / Kindness Mission


It was my Birthday so I went on a mission! Last year I heard of this woman who gave Acts of Kindness away for her Birthday. What a great idea so I tried it out. I gathered up my jewelry pieces, some candy and made lunches in red sacks. I found this great tag for the bags that said,"You are the recipient of a RAOK (random act of kindness) "Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."- Mother Teresa" 
I posted on FB my mission and asked everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday to give as well. Most agreed they would. Oh yeah, spreading the Kindness!

Before I could give these things away I had to give to my most wonderful Mom who gave birth to me. Without her I would not even be alive to have a Birthday. I baked her peanut butter cookies and we went to a mixed media meetup group to visit and make art together. I also gave away some of my jewelry to my fellow artists there, they loved it! We had fun!

I gave a homeless man one of the lunch bags I made plus some water and a granola bar. Then when I was driving down the road I saw a homeless couple fighting. I pulled over and gave them two bags and water. The woman was happy but the man wasn't. I kept on my mission to find more people to give to and found a homeless man who was shaking, he had an emergency bracelet on and a country accent. I gave him two bags, two waters and granola bars. He read the paper I stapled on the bag about kindness. We talked a bit and he said he needed some juice. I told him there was apple sauce in the bag and water. He asked if there was money in the bag but I said no I'm sorry not this time. I felt so bad because I had a $10 bill in my wallet but I was supposed to deposit it into my bank account so a check would clear. I really wanted to give it to him. So, I prayed for him instead. I drove around a bit more but couldn't find anyone else. It was time to go to a Library to donate some books and attend a baby book reading group with Ruby ( our baby she's almost 4 months old now). She loved it! She was really looking at the other babies and toddlers. The teacher was so great! I met some Mom's and babies. There was a Mom and daughter sitting outside the library after the class so I gave them each a bag with candy and jewelry, waters and granola bars. The daughter was so excited and opened it up fast. She ate the chocolate, opened the tootsie roll pop and licked it then threw it in the bag and got another chocolate out to eat. Her Mom and I just laughed, then her Mom put the pop back in the wrapper. I chatted with her Mom a bit about making jewelry and my mission to give out gifts. She had never heard of Birthday Acts of Kindness but said she was turning 30 this year and was going to try it. 



As I was driving down the street I saw this cool art car. I had to turn around and leave a bag on that car! As I was leaving it and taking a picture the woman who owned and created this masterpiece walked up. I talked to her and her girlfriend for a while about Sacramento and the art scene here. They were so happy to see a happy artist here because they were not having a good time in the art scene so far. I gave them two more bags with candy and jewelry. I told them about the cool tiled house down the street because it has dragons all over, like their car. They said they would check it out, I took pics of them and I went on down the road. 



A friend of mine wanted me to check on something for her at our Buddhist center. This was great because I let Ruby see the Buddha's and we both got a little blessing. While there I ended up running into an Artist friend of mine and giving him a bag of candy. He was happy to see Ruby for the first time. 
I took three bags with me into The Co-Op, gave two to the women in the herbal section who are so kind to me. They said it would help them get through the day. I gave one bag to the best cashier ever. She also makes great clothes and bags. She said oh there's all kinds of goodies in here with a big smile. I talked to a woman who told me all of her children's names and stories of their births and a family with five children, while waiting patiently for my lunch to be made. I left a bag on the car who parked way too close.  Usually I would have got upset that I had to put Ruby in from the other side but I wished them love and went on my way.


I left a cute note for my husband in the snack shelf. Chocolate eyes! I left a bag for his Mom who's visiting us at the moment. I left a bag in my daughters room as well.


 I went to another store and gave two bags to the cashier and bagger. They were so happy to get a gift and thought it was a great way to spend the day. I left a box of red liquorish on the Redbox box with a note saying, "Take this and enjoy your movie." I gave my daughters dance teachers each a bag. One had her bracelet on immediately with a big smile. I gave two to the Mom's of the dance girls. They said I never get presents and were so happy. It does make you feel happy to give Acts of Kindness. All day I tried to be patient and let others go first, I helped others as much as possible. I was a bit upset with myself for not being able to help this bind woman cross the street because I was in the car with the sleeping baby and it would have taken me too long to get to her, but I did the best I could. Overall it was a great way to spend my Birthday. I came home to a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my husband. I ate some ice cream, watched a movie and my favorite show New Girl ( it was her Birthday episode how cool!) and went to bed. 

Keep on spreading Kindness everywhere you go!

Sincerely,

Chandra

This is a blog circle with my lovely Flying Sisters...


Ginger Deverell - http://redpearcreative.blogspot.ca/2014/01/kindness-mission.html
Laly Mille - http://www.lalymille.com/2014/01/spread-some-love-kindness-mission-blog-circle.html
Sandy King -  http://sandymairart.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/kindness-mission-01-14/
Naz Laila - http://www.agentlerebellion.com/
Kristen Fairgrieve - http://bagladylulu.com/blog/
Lulu Bea (Alaina McGinley) - http://lulubeas.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/kindness-mission/
Karrlin Bain - http://karrlinbain.blogspot.fr/2014/01/thank-you-school-bus-drivers-kindness.html
Kathie Gadd - http://lavenderchalet.com/2014/01/the-kindness-mission
Chandra Merod- http://junipergoods.blogspot.com/ You Are Here!
Lisa Ullrich - http://www.heartsoulcreate.com/kindness-mission/




And this will be featured on Kelly Rae Roberts blog for The Kindness Mission
http://kellyraeroberts.blogspot.fr/2013/09/kindness-missions.html 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014

     
      Happy New Year 2014! It's been a fun filled last 6 months or longer since I've posted here.
I will try to post more this year. My word of the year is "Prosperity"
 What's yours?
 
Sincerely,
Chandra

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Gluten free SATURDAYS! Who want's pizza for dinner tonight!?


 It's Saturday night if you can't go out to eat because you are gluten free and have no restaurants around you, who serve gluten free foods, you can make a delicious pizza at home!


I love making my own pizza anyway because I can put whatever toppings I like and as much or as little cheese as I want. I do love white sauce on my pizza but haven't come up with a good one yet. 

I use a pizza crust from my favorite cookbook " the Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook" by Elana Amsterdam
Check out the video here! In this video she has a fan of her cookbook showing you how she makes the pizza crust. 
I agree with most of what she say's in the video but I add kosher salt and half the amount called for in the recipe. I also use olive oil instead of grapeseed oil because my husband say's it's bad for you and wont eat it. I usually double the recipe because it is so good we can eat a large pizza in one night.

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (half this if you don't eat salt very often)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon oil
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Set aside a large baking sheet. Cut two pieces of parchment paper (very important to keep these flattened out with no wrinkles especially when rolling the dough out otherwise it cracks) 
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, then in the middle of this pour oil and egg mix a little alone then mix with the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. If you want to add herbs, garlic or onion powders feel free it's to your taste, I usually add it to the tomato sauce instead.
Roll dough into a ball then place between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out into 1/8th inch thick (or if you like it thicker make it 1/4 inch) in the shape you like your pizza. I've done square, rectangle and round whatever fits your pan. It's okay if it is flatter on the outsides because I go back in and make an edge pushing the crust up towards the middle in the shape I like. The transfer the bottom parchment paper to the baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden. (very important to bake it before adding toppings, i've forgotten to bake it and I got a big pile of mush.) Remove from oven and add toppings while still warm.

This is the fun part you can add whatever toppings you like! We usually do mushrooms, broccoli and cheese. This one above was our summer delight pizza with a layer of colby cheese, tomato sauce I handmade with onion, garlic, thyme, oregano and basil, red bell pepper, zucchini, olives, broccoli and another layer of cheese on top. Yummy!
So have a great dinner and enjoy!

Cheers,
Chandra

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Prismatic Lotus


 Just playing with the prismatic technique with the lotus and twinkling H2O's!





 "The lotus perfectly embodies the spiritual path, rising up through the murkiness of worldly experience until it reaches the surface of the spiritual realm and becomes, vibrant and pure, free from all attachment."