You may have noticed a new badge on briciole's sidebar
It was created by the wonderful people at TypePad and offered to bloggers whose interest is in handmade things. As you know, briciole is mostly about things handmade in the kitchen (cucina), but I like to make things with my hands also outside of it, and I thought this would be a nice way to meet new bloggers and learn new things.
Let me introduce you to three of them whose blog I visited this past week:
Molly of Molly Hashimoto is an artist and teacher in Seattle. On her blog, you can see her beautiful illustrations, bird and landscape paintings, and prints. After "meeting" online, Molly and I have corresponded and have a little project ongoing that I will describe in a future post.
Elise of Elise Blaha has a wide array of interests, and is currently working on completing 26 projects before she turns 27. Her most recent one is a nice wreath made of driftwood. I am not sure about the rest of the country, but if you live on the west coast, like Elise (SoCal) or Simona (NorCal), collecting driftwood on the beach (spiaggia) is an impulse difficult to resist: the possibilities are too tempting. I have a stash of small pieces of driftwood that I use in my book projects, like the one below (if you'd like to know more about artists' books, you can read a short piece I recently wrote on the subject)
Cassie of You Go Girl writes about "fun stuff" and her blog is fun to read. Her recent post on crocheting (lavorare ad uncinetto) reminded me of another skill I have. (The last small project I did was used to make a Valentine card for my husband: I just saw it the other day in his office.) This post about a crime committed in her house is quite hilarious.
It was very interesting to browse those three blogs and I will certainly do more of it. briciole is and will be for the foreseeable future about my experiments in the kitchen and my Italian heritage. However, one one the things I would like to do this year is to talk a bit more about other things I do when I am not generating dirty pots and pans (pentole e padelle) for my patient husband and dirty bowls and various other cooking implements for my dishwasher (lavastoviglie).
To see the caption and description of each photo, see the slideshow on flickr.
Click on the button to hear me pronounce the Italian words mentioned in the post:
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