Adventures in art and home brewing and gardening and a wee tiny house!

I had such good intentions.  I set a reminder on my Google calendar to *ping* me every Monday with a reminder to update this blog.  ~And then LIFE happens, and there is beer to be brewed, art projects to finish, ripening veggies in the garden that need to be harvested, construction support work for my tiny house that needs to happen or a myriad of other things that take up my time and keep me from sitting down at the computer to type up a post.

Here’s a bit of a ~visual round up~ of the last couple of weeks:

I finished the Kylix I was working on and finally found the courage to put it in the mail.  I’ve never been so nervous about mailing something in my life!  This is one of my favorite pieces I’ve created to date and if the USPS smashes it in transit I will cry.  A lot.  I’m still waiting to hear if it made it safely to its new home.

Kylix with traditional Greek design of Dionysos
Kylix with traditional Greek design of Dionysos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other big art project I worked on this past month was a gift for a friend.  Her wedding was intended to be a celebration of community coming together and I wanted to do something to contribute so I asked her if I could make “toasting cups” for everyone to use to celebrate the day and then to be given away to each person as a memory of the celebration.  I made 70 of these cute little cups and I like the style so much I’m experimenting now with a whole new line of similar pottery!

Wee little wedding toasting cups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also brewed a total of 10 gallons of beer this month.  First a Hibiscus IPA that I just bottled yesterday and then a dark spicy porter-esque thing that I’ll rack next week and bottle after I get back from WorldCon.

Bottling the Hibiscus IPA
Bottling the Hibiscus IPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day I brewed the dark spiced beer I posted the following to my personal Facebook page (crossposting here for your entertainment):
“So I’m not saying this happened. But let’s say a random person was brewing a really dark beer.. and they had 5 gallons of it sitting in a cold water bath in the sink so it would cool down enough to add the yeast.. and maybe after they added the yeast and went to lift the 5 gallon bucket out of the sink they forgot to make sure the lid was completely tight and sloshed a whole bunch of sticky sweet dark beer (but without the alcohol part) all over them and the kitchen.. it would be totally appropriate to take off their clothes and clean up in their underwear instead of trying to do it all covered in sticky pseudo-beer, right? And if their best friend walked in on them and said something like “what did you do????” In a completely disbelieving tone of voice, it would be COMPLETELY expected that the sticky half-naked person would flip off said best friend, right? I mean.. if something like that happened.”

There are no pictures of an irritated half-naked beer soaked Sherry.. but here’s a picture of the lovely dark beer before I spilled it all over myself

Dark spiced Porter-esque beer
Dark spiced Porter-esque beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final big project of the last couple of weeks has been accelerated construction on my tiny house.  All the kudos go to my “domestic comrade” Dan who is the designer, engineer and construction genius extraordinaire.  He also  has the patience of a saint for dealing with my need for the wee house to be “cute and unique”;  “oh could I please have a wee little window right up in the sleeping loft?”; and “Er.. sure I’ll go and fetch it, what does that tool even LOOK like???”  Here’s a picture from this past weekends work.

Tiny house construction 18 August 2013
Tiny house construction 18 August 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that’s all the “updatey” stuff… and I have bisque ware waiting in my art studio to glaze, and new design ideas running in circles in my head, and a garden that needs to be checked on, and a packing list to draft up to make sure I’m ready to fly out next week and be gone for two and a half weeks…

Zoom.  🙂