New Website & Blog

Just a reminder the new website is at:

jeanottosen.ca

Go check out the latest blog postings.  Those of you receiving my blog by email, please remember to sign up for the blog on jeanottosen.ca,
as I will no longer be posting to this site.

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Check it Out!

I am switching my blog posts over to my new website at:

jeanottosen.ca

To continue reading my blog, head over there.

See you all over at my new space on the web!

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Pear Streusel Cake

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Pear Struesel Cake

This recipe can be made a multitude of ways.  It originates, again, from one of Anne Lindsay’s cookbooks – “The Lighthearted Cookbook”.  I modify it, as always.  I’ve had it with plums, peaches, or apples on top.  This is my first time with pears.  It was pretty good.

There is a glaze that goes with it that I do not use – too sweet.  And I cut the sugar by about one quarter cup.  I also was out of cinnamon, so substituted pumpkin pie spice instead.  I prefer the cinnamon though.  I also subbed butter in for margarine.  And yogurt for milk.

This recipe works better if the eggs are at room temperature.  The whites whip up easier and fluffier.

Pear Streusel Cake

1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. white granulated sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/2 c. yogurt (plain natural) or milk substitute (almond milk would be good)
1 1/2 c. white flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 14 oz. can pear halves

Topping:
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. soft butter
1 tsp. cinnamon

Grease the bottom of a 9″ springform pan, or a 9″ square pan.

Cream together butter, sugar, egg yolks and beat till light colored and fluffy.

Mix dry ingredients together (flour and baking powder).  Alternate adding to egg mixture with yogurt.

Beat egg whites till stiff and fold into the batter.  Scoop into pan and even out top.  Drain and slice pears.  Arrange on top.

Make topping and sprinkle over the pears.

Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 35-45 minutes.  Or until top springs back when you touch it.

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In my studio…

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I managed to partially pick up the mess in the studio Friday.  Spent most of the day working with Hubby to do a deep clean of the house before Christmas.  I try to do this every year before I decorate.

I decided to put up the Christmas tree last evening and managed it and a few major home decoration items on my own.  Still have a ways to go, but I’ll get there!  So, yeah, I’m in Christmas mode here.

Still thinking about rearranging artwork and hooked wall hangings on walls.

Today I’ll be dealing with organizing my business books.  Which means continuing to look for missing receipts.  I found some over the weekend, but I’m still missing a few.

I also hope this week to post most of my product on the new website.

I am in the mood to do more serious sketching of rug designs.  Different style.  We’ll see what happens.  They might make it to backing…or not.

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Weekly Review

An interesting week this week.  I spent time uploading product to my new website.  I also spent time updating my business books.  That’s about it.  They both took much longer than anticipated.  And I have more bookkeeping to do this weekend.

Today is occupied by my “Fall” deep clean of my house.  I use the term “Fall” loosely.  It’s almost the end of November and still no snow on the ground.  I have a lady coming to help me clean today, so I am making the most of it!  Hopefully I can get my sunroom studio picked up a bit better.

Hubby and I have been discussing rearranging artwork in the house to display more of my hooked wall hangings.  Not sure we’ll have time today, but it’s definitely a plan.  Right now he’s busy taking down curtains for washing.  I had better go help!

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WIP Thursday

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Hi everyone!  I’m up early today.  For some reason my sleep patterns are off kilter. I wish my American friends a very

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve spent most of this week working on my website.  It’s not finished or ready yet, but it’s getting there.  Mostly I’m posting product.  I hope to finish product posting next week, but we’ll see.  I’m still coming across the odd wall hanging I don’t have a picture of yet!

No hooking on “Moss” this week. Or knitting for that matter.  I’ve been working on my Gale courses as well as the website.

Plus I’m still reading “Everyone’s an Artist”.  It’s a pretty good read. It starts out by saying how everyone needs to be a bit creative to be the best at their job, and then the rest of the book goes on to say how you can be more creative.  It covers the main character traits of artists and relates them to the every day person.

I’m also trying to decide if I want to take my artwork in a different direction or not. This is always a touchy subject, as my inclination touches a raw nerve with some people.  My nature work and children’s work is an extension of my past experiences.  This new direction would be darker, and I’m not sure the world needs that right now.  Still, I may hook a few pieces just for myself…to work some things out of my system.

Hope everyone has a great day!🙂

 

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Inspiration Wednesday?

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Today is a different kind of inspiration.

I went through my magazine baskets (yes, that’s plural) by my big chair in the living room and turned up some old business journals with notes from past years.  One had considerable room in it, so I pulled it out for note taking related to my new website.

On doing so, I looked at the cover and realized, yep, design ideas come from everywhere.  I love the leaf pattern in the background of the butterflies.  Some day…

I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I also save or photograph the designs on facial tissue boxes.  There are some cool design elements there too.

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The other thing I do to find designs is look through the pretty coffee table picture books of nature and landscapes, or whatever takes my fancy really.  Sometimes if I find a scene I love, I’ll make a photocopy to add to my sketchbook for later adaptation as a hooked wall hanging.

And of course in the modern age I browse Pinterest and pin any interesting design and color ideas to my Pinterest boards.

Design is all around us.  If we are open to it and really see it for its worth, then we can go on to create beautiful original pieces of work.

Where do you find design and inspiration?  Post in the comments below to share your inspiration.🙂

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