Hello Spring

After moving out of the shop and still unpacking from our move, Sow’s Ear Studio hasn’t had much time to say “hello”. With Spring here and watching television and still unpacking this is one of my favorite Sherwin Paints commercials. Simply click on the button and enjoy this lovely safari commercial. When we’re all done […]

via Hello Spring — Sow’s Ear Studio And Gallery

Past And Present

April Showers Bring May Flowers, April Feels More Like Winter

In Niskayuna New York it feels more like winter coming to an end and spring just barely starting.  What has mother nature done with spring?  We’ve had some sunny days, few semi warm days, and more snow days.  This time of the year I love cleaning up outside.  I hope spring comes soon with some warm weather to go with the sunshine.  With a little sunshine and warmth, I’ll be able to plan my garden and walk Ginger.

Past And Present

Ever since going to a wake last Tuesday night for my mom’s Aunt Jean, this week it’s been looking at old photographs and organizing these old photographs for safe keeping.  I pulled out about 200 old photographs from both my mom’s side of the family and my dad’s side of the family. Within the mix of 200 photographs I pulled out to reorganize, I also found some pictures of mom and dad’s college days. I found some shipping envelopes and bought a marker and labels to pack these photographs and label every one of envelopes.

My mom’s Aunt Josephine was always organized and meticulous about how everything was in it’s place.  I said to my parents, that’s how I want to be.  It’ll take a long time to get there, but I’m going to do it.  Parts of these photographs made me think about when I was a kid and how I used to spend time with my Grandma, and some parts made me think of how I was grateful to have the time I had with her. When she occupied her chair she brought a lot of delight to a room.

Quick And Easy Chicken With Asian Vegetables: by Lauren Prock

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

1 Rotisserie Chicken (Purchased From Your Local Grocery Store)

2 Bags Of Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Asian Medley Vegetables (Frozen Vegetable Section At Your Local Grocery Store)

Vegetable Dumplings (Optional)

Turkey Platter

Take rotisserie chicken out of the fridge and leave in the bag it comes in.  Place bag with chicken in the microwave for two minutes.  When two minutes is up, take out of the microwave and open bag.  Pull skin off the chicken and pull chicken apart leaving the bones behind.  Place all of your chicken on a turkey platter.

For the steam fresh vegetables, open bag a little bit and place in the microwave.  Cooking instructions are on the back, so read carefully.  When both bags of vegetables are done cooking, place on the turkey platter with chicken.  Drizzle some sauce on the top of the chicken and vegetables and enjoy.

Note: Vegetable Dumplings were leftovers with dumpling sauce.  

If you wish to have vegetable dumplings, stop by your local Chinese Restaurant, or simply buy at the grocery store.

 

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sorry for not blogging in the month of February.  Dealing with some health issues with mom, unpacking items from the shop, and working around my least favorite season winter.  During the month of February, I crocheted a new cake blanket made with Caron Cakes Rum Raisin Yarn, and my dog Ginger decided to make herself comfortable on it.

We had some nice warm spells and I was able to take some decorations from the holidays outside and put my new close line reel outside.  Now winter is back with two enormous snow storms from last week and this week it’s been crazy.  With this lovely snow, I’ve been cleaning up stuff, throwing stuff out, working with some cake yarn, and enjoying nature outside.  Ever since I’ve added this bird feeder outside,  there’s been more birds, squirrels, and rabbits outside to see.  With the snow these guys have been limited to what they can eat, so it’s interesting seeing what’s going to come on the deck in the backyard.

Now I’m craving for some warm weather and looking forward to seeing what spring and summer has to offer.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day With A Corned Beef And Cabbage: by Lauren Prock

1 Corned Beef Round Cut.  Round cut corned beef has the least amount of fat when cooked.

1 Head Of Cabbage Chopped.

1 Sweet Onion Chopped.

Carrot Sticks Sliced.

Salt.

Pepper.

1/4  Stick Of Butter.

Pam Cooking Spray.

1 Cup Of Water.

Crock Pot.

Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Vegetables New Potatoes, With Garlic and Herb (4 bags).

Irish Soda Bread (Optional).

In a large crock pot, add cook spray on the side of the crock pot, 1/4 stick of butter on the bottom, and a cup of water.  Place your corned beef, salt, and pepper on the corned beef.  Place sliced vegetables in the crock pot and place on low.  Stir vegetables on occasion and keep lid on.  Cook all day and enjoy for dinner.

Enjoy this amazing dinner with an Irish Soda Bread.

 

SOLD: On A Branch Heart Brooch, Striation Heart Brooch And Hearts Of Palm Brooch

On A Branch Heart Brooch

SIZE: 1 1/8 x 1 1/8.

When I bought this variety stamp, it had a whole bunch of things that I found fascinating on it. A bird, music notes, scribbles, and some other things. I used the branch part of this stamp because of spring, nature, and birds. This handmade brooch is made with scrap polymer clay from a previous project, a variety stamp, black ink, super glue, and a silver pin. Pin on the back has been super glued, clayed, baked, and then has a coat of liquid polymer clay on the top of the clay. Brooch may be worn with a jacket, scarf, purse, and can be worn with scarves, and shawls.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade brooch will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. For further details about shipping, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

Striation Heart Brooch

SIZE: 1 1/4 x 5/8.

Make a fashion statement with this handmade polymer clay heart brooch looks like a hurricane in the south. This handmade brooch is made with teal pearl polymer clay, sparkle white polymer clay, sparkle black polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, and a silver pin. Pin on the back has been super glued, clayed, baked, and then has a coat of liquid polymer clay on the top of the clay. Brooch may be worn with a jacket, scarf, purse, and can be worn with scarves, and shawls.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade brooch will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. For further details about shipping, click on the “policies” window next to this description.

Hearts Of Palm Heart Brooch

SIZE:
1 5/8 x 1 1/2.

Make a fashion statement with a shawl, blouse, jacket, and scarf with this handmade palm tree heart brooch. Handmade brooch is made with light green polymer clay, yellow translucent polymer clay, green and gold polymer clay (for the cane on the outside), black ink, and a palm tree stamp. Brooch is completed with liquid polymer clay on the front and back, along with a silver brooch that’s been super glued and clayed on the back.

FREE SHIPPING: Handmade heart brooch will be shipped United States Postal Service 1st Class Mail. Your handmade brooch will arrive within 1-2 business weeks.

 

Hello 2018

Dear Friends,

Hope everyone had a safe, happy, and healthy New Year and ringed in 2018.  The Prock family had a wonderful New Year at home Sunday and Monday.  With the new year and our business back home, we’re looking forward to new possibilities, trying new things, and making a home studio for friends and family.  Winter 2017-2018 has been filled with snow and bitter cold.  Going outside and doing anything has been almost virtually impossible.  Warming up the car is okay, but just going out in the cold is not fun. Found this cute photo frame on Facebook and wanted to share.  See what happens with Lauren Prock and Sow’s Ear Studio in the year 2018.