Friday, January 30, 2015

Yum Yum Two dozen scones just came out of the oven!

Wanted to make some scones. Made the first batch and I couldn't get the dough to run around the cuisinart to form a ball. Had to add a little more milk and it still wouldn't form a ball. So I had to knead it by hand. Disaster! 

Went ahead and tried another batch. This time I over compensated and the dough was runny. Geez! 

However, after both batches were baked...they tasted remarkably the same. Undercooked the first batch, over cooked the second to get them brown. 

I haven't made this recipe in several months -- why? Because I was eating all of them. But I was really wanting a scone this morning! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9am - 2pm INDOOR TAG SALE IN FLORENCE, MA

I'll be set up with antique linens, beads, fabrics and much much more! 
Come by and say "hello". Mention my blog and you'll receive 10% off your purchase.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Went over to Mount Holyoke College Botanical Garden last Friday. Drew a little in the succulent room. Then went over to the Art Museum and oh my....There was a small exhibit of Yoshida Hiroshi and his family that created prints in Japan for the last 3 centuries. I never have drawn a boat. (Pencil sketch) I copied it ...The originals (4) were done at different times of the iphone was totally out of juice so I couldn't take a photo of these 4 beauties but I'm definitely going back.
Then I opened up a little set of inexpensive gouache tube paints....and I've been having a lot of fun painting with them. I love the way you can get flat color backgrounds.  I tried a turtle swimming deep in the sea.  What I learned was that the background water had to be dark in order for it to look like he was swimming underwater rather than above it.  Then the hardest of all -- a selfie -- using the gouache.  You can remove the paint easily giving way to highlights underneath (if the color is light, that is)....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Sketchbook Artist for Danny Gregory to add to his list of teachers in Sketchbook Skool!

I literally stumbled upon a blogger who, in my humble opinion, is a creative sketchbook artist. And an instagram phottographer, and a calligrapher. His name is Jose Naranja. You can find him by going to

Leaf study in my sketchbook!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner

Got to spend quality time with my grand children. Jessie and Jacob. 13 and 16. Jessie enjoyed squash, turkey and brisket along with a few pecan tarts and egg nog. The stuffing was Pepperidge Farm with cooked onions, celery and Chicken stook. The asaparagus was cooked on a tray covered in olive oil, with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Jason brought the turkey that he cooked for the first time. Hot baked rolls and pumpkin pie were there, too. Oops, almost forgott the marshmellow and fruit side dish and cranberry sauce. Yuuuuuummmmeeeeee! Wish you could have been here. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A page from my sketchbook journal

Sometimes it's the ink color that inspires. Most of these drawings were taken from the internet. Some were sitting at my kitchen table. My 5.5 x 8" journal has just the right paper for pen and ink. "Black Swan in Australian Roses" is the name of this ink. Love it. From

Monday, March 10, 2014

You're Invited to the JFK Middle School Antique Show and Sale

March 16 from 10-3

Florence Road,
Florence, MA

I'll be there in my usual spot selling all my favorite things from lots of lace, all handmade, from around the World; as well as lots of smalls, jewelry, beads, old keys, old safety pins (really large ones); small woven textiles, antique quilts, antique photographs, German scrap, advertising cards, hand painted ukraine eggs, and much, much more.  Just ask for "JudyKahooti".

Homemade chili, sandwiches, desserts all benefit the after school program at JFK Middle School in Florence, MA.