Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rhubarb Bars

while I'm getting my act together to do the profile of 'artists named Susan'

I thought I'd share one of my favorite recipes. this one is from a friend, who got it from one of the ladies I taught with years ago. When I was a new teacher in 1975, the lady who had this recipe 'first' was ready to retire. These are tremendous, so if you make them to share, be sure to have a copy of the recipe to share also.

Lou's Rhubarb Bars

in a saucepan

1/4 c water
2 1/2T cornstarch

3 c chopped rhubarb
1 c sugar
a dash of cinnamon
a dash of salt
1 t vanilla
cook until 'sauced'


mix this and put 3/4 of it in the bottom of a 9x14 pan

1 1/2 c oatmeal I use old fashioned
1 2/3 c flour
1 t soda
1 c brown sugar
1 c shortening (I use margarine)
1/2 c chopped nuts

spread the rhubarb sauce on the crust
and sprinkle the remaining crust on top

bake 350 about 35 minutes

mine is in the oven now. We got back to Michigan with rhubarb still growing well in the back yard.



Thursday, June 19, 2008

Back in Michigan

We're back for the summer! Last week was finishing up work and packing for summer in our home in Michigan. Since it hasn't sold, we are enjoying the proximity to the lake and the nice weather. Plus our friends and acquaintances from 30 years of living in this area.
I went to buy some tissue paper today and it took two hours because I saw many people for the first time in a year (or more). It's fun unless I'm in a hurry.

Got the torch hooked up and did a bunch of beads this afternoon. I found my stash of Check glass that I didn't take to North Carolina. There are issues with compatibility with some of the glass, so today I made spacers. Ooooh I remember why I bought the glass in the first place. It's beautiful. I'm thinking it would make awesome hollow beads, so that's on my list of things to do.
It may be a good summer for trying those new things that are floating around in my mind also, since all I really have to do besides some scheduled shows and classes, is to pack up whatever is left here so we can empty the house.
It certainly is cooler here. 60 degrees when we got here on Monday, as opposed to in the 90's in NC. We were pretty cold until we found our sweatshirts.

Friday, June 13, 2008

glass artist spotlight

I was thinking. I wonder how many glass artists there are named Susan. Coincidentally, there is another Susan Lambert who does lampwork. She goes by 'Suzy'.
So on my blog for a while, let's look at some glass artists and I'll hunt first for the ones named Susan. Just for fun.

Susan Sheehan is a fellow member of the Etsy Glass Artists team. She is always so friendly when she visits with the other team members, so I picked her for my first 'Susan Spotlight'

I've admired Susan's florets for a while. She has great color sense, and the florets look like they would be awesome in bracelets. Examples can be found in her Etsy shop. I also love this type of bead that she makes (see the image above).
She lives in New Hampshire In a home that came with a custom built studio. What a tremendous thing to find in a home when you are house shopping! We should all be that lucky.
She has done lampworking since September 2004, and is full-time at this, so she's got a pile of experience.

and the important question..
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Susan would be Seafoam green. She loves the ocean, cool water, misty air and soothing things.

You can see Susan's work here.
If you know any glass artists named Susan send them this way please for our 'gallery of Susans'.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Packing to go to Michigan

What should I take? There will be friends, summer, silver studio, two art shows, and a limited amount of space to pack since everything I transport that 14 hour drive has to come back! I'm getting pretty good at packing with all this moving, but this is certainly a challenge. Box it, label it, and take the important stuff.

Monday, June 9, 2008

frustrations in web design

grrrr I have a web-site but didn't care for the hosting service. Hard to get help, hard to work with ftp, just generally difficult. So I switched services. Life isn't ever easy right?
My domain name is lost somewhere out there in cyber land and I can't access it to get the codes for transfer. I did the transfer, but they (the new service) say I gave them the wrong number. I did copy and paste. Must be my 'copy and paster' isn't working ;-)

so after hours on hold, emails to the old service that they'll never answer to my satisfaction, nor will they give me a phone number for help, I switched my web address from to
I'm so worried my loyal customers won't find me. Nor all those people with a business card from me going as far back as 1993.
Maybe when my old domain name expires, I can buy it thru my new service.

wishing things were like in the old days at the Mom and Pop stores. Remember that?
I remember going with a penny that I found to the little store on the corner. I was in kindergarten. Can you believe we could walk to the store if we wanted to? I recall going with a friend from down the street.
anyway I asked the lady 'what can I buy for a penny?' and she got a little box out and took penny candy out of boxes saying 'one of these, and one of these, and one of these....'
and handed me a treasure trove of penny candy! What an awesome thing to do, and here at the age of 54 I still remember that so clearly. It sure beats outsourcing!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Two more days of school

Hooray! The yearbooks are passed out, the paperwork is mostly done, and the kids are finished at 1:30 on Friday. Happy Summer to all of us.

I've been making beads at night, relaxing with experiments and will post some soon I hope.
It's helpful during this stress of ending the school year. Plus I'm trying to keep the kids as busy as possible. Teach till the last minute! That's the plan.

A few days at work next week and we'll head to Michigan for the summer. Hoping to sell the house, but we'll stay there and enjoy the summer weather, and golfing and art shows.

Plus I'll be going to the Arts Center for lost wax silver casting one night a week. Fun!