"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Recipe for Adventure

Here's my little adventure of the week: I wanted to try my hand at needle felting. I don't have an embellisher machine, but I have the little needle puncher and brush mat. The base of this piece is part of a thrift store wool sweater that was shrunk/felted. I have been adding a little bit each day, and I suppose I will keep adding to the piece until it tells me it is done. I hope you can tell that it is a beach scene. I just added the "lines" to separate the water from the sand and sky, and next I'll fill in more water colors to give the ocean depth and (hopefully) dimension. It's been a fun experiment, in spite of the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing!!!

And I made this cake today - we are celebrating the 19th birthday of Pablo, our Guatemalan high school student who is living with us during the school year. The recipe is below ... delish!

Strawberry Fudge Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 can strawberry pie filling
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract

1 tub chocolate frosting

(note: you can use whatever flavor cake mix and pie filling you want - apple spice is very good! and you can substitute vanilla extract for the almond, or you can omit the extract, if you want)

Mix all ingredients and bake according to directions on cake mix (about 40 minutes for a bundt pan). Let cake cool, melt some frosting in microwave safe bowl for about 15-20 seconds. Drizzle over cake. Enjoy!!


Anonymous said...

I saw beach before I continued to read!!! Its beautifulllll! So rich with texture an color! Really cool!


OMG, they are both Yummy!

Elizabeth said...

You are doing a great job with the felting!! i knew it was beach before I read a word!!! Are you going to bead or embellish with stitches as well??? you will be hooked , if you are not already!!! that cake looks divine!!!

deborahspalette said...

Delicious! how wonderful art into of my favorite forms, Fiber and Chocolate. Hi, I am a new follower from www.artnsoulbydeborah.com I hope you will stop by and get to know me a little. Deborah Thanks!

Butterfly Works said...

The cake looks absolutely delicious; thanks for the receipt.
I live in N.C. too. It's always good to meet fellow NC gals...
I hope you will come over to my blog for a visit....

Karen S said...

I love the beach piece -- it's amazing what we can do when we're "just playing!"