Monday, January 23, 2012

Lemons and Lemon Souffle

There is so much stuff I want to blog about right now, but I barely have time to do the regular work I do, let alone write.  BUT I do have a little bit to say.

What I DO want to blog about today is my silly new beads.  The Unfortunate Pet ornaments have had a new incarnation as beads... they'll soon be jewelry as well.  I've had pictures of them on Facebook the last few days to get feedback and I'm pretty sure they've had the Facebook seal of approval (yay!)

My friend Keith told me that when life handed me lemons, I would make "an imaginative lemon-based dessert that would be the perfect follow-up to any meal."   The two of us referred to this as "lemons to lemon souffle" from then on.  Little did he know that HE would become a lemon souffle.  That sounds bad... this isn't a Hansel and Gretel thing, he wasn't cooked into a souffle!  What I mean is that his death this summer was what caused me to make those crazy Unfortunate Pet ornaments.... so they are the good that came from the BIG FAT STINKIN' LEMON that was the death of a friend.

and now there's a new batch of lemons in town... the shakes.

While I was in the studio last week, I was trying to control my hands and I had one of those big light-bulb moments (which I'm pretty sure was divine intervention, but we won't go into that now) and I thought that I should embrace the spastic-hand thing by making the Unfortunate Pets as beads instead of ornaments... the blown ornament thing wasn't happening with the shaking, but I thought I could handle a big solid-glass bead.... so I tried it and it worked....shaky hands and all.  In fact the shaky aspect sort of gave me permission to be loose when I might have tried to control things TOO much.  The hollow ones can't really be controlled, but that's what gives them character.  My spastic hands actually kept me loose and spontaneous making the solid beads, which is what gives them character.  Now I've got a fun collection of Unfortunate Pet beads....  So, I'm taking them to Tucson... thanks to Keith and the basket of lemons I was given.

Here's a picture of some of the Unfortunate Pet Beads...

I know he's laughing at the beads AND at me.  He thought I was a sit-com waiting to happen and often I am.  I miss him bunches, but I'm glad he had the idea of making lemon souffle... lemonade is WAY over-done.

p.s. He would have said that my hair unexpectedly turning pink was just another great episode in my sit-com of a life.

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee - free and yummy
music - not sure yet... whatever I can sing to and not shake!


Kate Richbourg said...

Love those beads!!! Keep goin' Sylvie. I know your friend is cheering you on and I am too.

connieJ said...

I love the whimsical beads. All of the cat lovers in Tucson will love them. I admire your "can-do" spirit.