I've been quite drawn to the colour grey of late. maybe because our usual blue skies are full of wonderful grey clouds and a noticeable change in hue has occurred outside these last couple of days. I sat down to have a coffee this morning and a quick look around some of my favourite sites. Only of course to discover new favourites. I'm so glad to have discovered...
Dutch artist, Marian Bijleng. Her art really speaks to me at the moment. the tones and textures, and her techniques.
I've always had a soft spot for beautiful leaves. My latest obsession that I've been thinking intensely about are these ceramic plates and dishes in the shapes of leaves. I pulled out this magazine page earlier in the year. Everyday I sit and stare at it on my inspiration board wanting to have something similar on my walls. I love all the colours. I don't like the plates that have more than one colour to them
And then on a recent weekend away at my inlaws, I spotted the top dish on the right in my mother in law's kitchen. She said she never uses it so was pleased to give it to me. I was very pleased to have it, chips and all.
Then I spied this green Majolica plate and decided that my collection really needed to begin. Since then I have bought two other plates via etsy and ebay both for under $10!!
i have a love hate relationship with cats. You see I much prefer the company of dogs. I guess that is a nice way of saying I hate cats. Are you still there friends?
I just don't understand the cat species. But I do love cat sofites. I think it is their faces and eyes. And I just love the way the makers of animal softies and plush like toys dress them up in beautiful clothes. So to satisfy my obsession I have made a new limited edition print of two little kitties. Titled 'best friends', it is quite apt at the moment as I watch Miss M developing friendships. She seems to have a new best friend every week.
I am amazed that I have never come across a sea urchin whilst at the beach. NEVER! Considering that i have always lived very near to and visited the beach all my life, I think it strange.
They are rare and beautiful creatures and my latest obsession. They make me happy. Perhaps the thought that a beach holiday isn't too far away, makes me think about them more. For now I am content with having just 3.
That is enough..any more and I will become one of those mad, eccentric collectors and before I know it the house will be covered with seashells and coral!
This week its all about dinner. the daily decision I find so utterly boring to make. Thinking about what to have for dinner takes about 15 minutes of my day, then shopping for it, and then finally cooking it whilst listening to the "but I'm still hungry mum" in the background, and making sure it is all ready by a civil hour!
Gone are the days of last minute gourmet dinners served after 8pm! I used to love cooking with a passion. Now I'm not saying that my kids have bland tastes. Tuna Sashimi, Penang chicken curry, French Brie, and Chinese dumplings are amongst their favourites. It's just the process of thinking, cooking, and eating with cranky kids who like pumpkin one day, and hate it the next, that takes all the fun out of it.
So how does this become my obsession of the week?
Well, I still love good food and every few weeks I go through stages of trying to cook new and exciting meals and so I have become obsessed with food sites and blogs. I usually end up cooking the same old thing, but occasionally......I have a good night.
Two of my first favourite blogs were (and still are) Cream Puffs in Venice, even though I don't have a sweet tooth i love this site.
Orangette led me on a walking tour of Paris and Brussels last year to find the perfect Macaroon and Croissant. And i am now passionate about her French Chocolate Granola. (pic botom left)
Steamy Kitchen, bottom right showing how to make bacon and blue cheese butter.
Now not all of these are dinner recipes of course, but each site offers great ideas to meet my obsession with food and food blogs. Quality food, quality photos and quality information.
I can quite happily waste an hour looking for something inspiring to cook for dinner, and come away with nothing. Oh well, at least there is wine in the fridge to get me through the whining whilst I make one of the regular favs!
Fiona jumped aboard 'my weekly obsession' last week, feel free to share yours.
it seems that every week I have a new obsession with something. This week it is with vases. I'm thinking I might make this a regular post on my blog. "my obsession of the week". Please join in if you like, I'd love to know what yours is.