About lulu

I am a fiber artist with special emphasis on weaving, but I love working with threads and cloth in a variety of mediums. New ideas, new ways of connecting threads are the spice of life.

Behind Closed Doors

Linda_  023How many times have I walked by this house never guessing what was behind closed doors?  Today the garage door was open, and to my astonishment the garage had been converted to a delightful entertaining/recreation area.  I happened to have my iPhone and couldn’t resist knocking on the door and asking if I could take photos to share with you.    Luckily, the homeowner cordially agreed.

Linda_  024Let me start by telling you this lady has quite a talent for staging.  Every little thing is in the just right place.  I thought she might be an interior designer, but she is not.  She does enjoy interior styling, however, both in her own and  friends’ homes, using what is already there to create fresh new looks.

Linda_  025All that I saw in this delightful room had a purpose.  Wicker baskets are filled with magazines and books and hide the TV controls.

Linda_  029A wonderful old chest is a drop spot for athletic equipment.  Look closely at the flowing curtains in the background.  They are made from drop cloths and give not the faintest hint of the material’s intended purpose.

Linda_  034Rattan chairs flank a table which, if you can believe it, was actually a real tree trunk.

Linda_  037There was so much to like here.  I was crazy about the lamps which were a find at the Round Top antique show

Linda_  027as were the pillows on the chairs.  Did I say that the chairs came from a thrift shop?  Some people just have the eye!

Linda_  031Right inside the door that opens to the pool, a basket is filled with towels for those who enter dripping wet.

Linda_  036With so much to take in, it was hard to pick a favorite thing, but I finally decided it was the coffee table, actually an old galvanized watering trough turned upside down.  For the wine corks, what could be better than a dough board?

With an eye toward cost effective decorating, this lady is a real hunter/gatherer.  She combs thrift shops and antique shows looking for those special pieces that, in the right place, make everything seem new again.   Hmmm, wonder what she could do at my place?

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A Really Good Friday

St Paul'sFriday is not a day a protestant typically goes to church, but in the tradition of the Christian religion, Good Friday is a special day of remembering.

St. Paul'sI love going to church on this day, not only because of the message but because the windows are open letting in the sounds of the city.  Bird songs filter in as do the sounds of traffic passing and construction going on outside this midtown location.  Together all the sounds make everything seem more real.

St. Paul'sThe organ is silent, yet beautiful  choir voices fill the sanctuary, 

St. Paul'sand chandeliers are dimmed to enhance the drama of the service as well as to allow natural light to filter in.

St. Paul'sIn a moment of silence, the bells peal from on high and make my heart go quiet.

Rothko ChapelAfter the service, I had an urge to go to the Rothko Chapel.  While it is one of Houston’s must see places because of the 14 panels of dark hued Rothko paintings hanging there, it is also a peaceful environment for quiet meditation.  There one can think undisturbed and be aware of how important loving one another, peace and social justice are today.  Isn’t that what Jesus was about?

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Easter Thoughts

Easter table

Once upon a time I did Easter tablescapes but not anymore as it is one of the holidays taken over by a daughter.

Easter tablescapeEven so, I can’t resist getting out the rabbit and a few colored eggs and setting a table for the hubby and me on the screen porch.  As we enjoy dinner there, we recall days past when we’d have to hide the same eggs two or three times before our girls had had enough fun.  I can still hear their laughter and shrieks when they found a special treat likely to be a chocolate bunny, an egg filled with quarters or a Beatrix Potter figure.  When I can find them, I still add to their collection of china figures.

These days, we go to a daughter’s house for a late morning Easter egg hunt and brunch.  

EasterEasterEasterWith three little boys, you can bet there’s a lot of enthusiasm for finding those eggs, but it’s hard to say which is more important, finding or eating.

cakeWhen the fun is over, those of us who aren’t filled up on chocolate enjoy brunch.   My contribution is generally an orange cake topped with lots of fresh fruits and a dollop of whipped cream.  Yum!

Cake PanThanks to a pan with basket weave edges and fruit shapes that I found at a resale shop,

Cakethe cake is perfect for an Easter table and tastes as good as it looks.

Fresh Orange Cake

1 1/4 c. butter, softened

2 c. sugar

5 eggs

3 3/4 c. flour

2 1/4 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

grated zest of 2 oranges

Glaze

1/2 c. sugar

2 T. butter

3 T. orange juice

Heat oven to 350. Lightly grease and flour pan.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Add alternately with 3/4 c. milk to butter/sugar mixture. Stir in orange zest and pour into prepared pan.  Bake for 55-60 minutes.  Cool in pan 15 minutes.  While the cake is cooling, heat sugar, butter and orange juice over medium heat, stirring often for 2 minutes.  Invert cake onto serving dish and glaze.  When ready to serve, top with fruit and whipped cream.

No matter how you celebrate your Easter, I hope it’s a day of joy and gratitude.

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Leaving the City Behind

HoustonCome April, Houston folks leave snarled traffic, city crowds and tall buildings behind for a few hours and head to the country.  

bluebonnetsBelieve it or not, it doesn’t take much more than an hour to find those country roads that wind through wide open spaces.

bluebonnetsYou’ve heard of cows in the meadow?  Well, there are plenty of them, and these days they just might be resting in  fields where bluebonnets and Indian paints are profuse

flowers/poppyand bright red poppies lift their faces to the sun

flowers/cactusalongside cacti showing their colors.

animals/sheepHere and there sheep graze,

animals/pigs pigs play in the mud

cowboyand a friendly cowboy stops to chew the fat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it’s time to sit a spell, it’s not hard to find a welcoming porch where you can breathe the air and leave thoughts of big city life behind.

Think I’ll fit right in with that sassy pink cowgirl hat?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA simple monument to a monumental talent who lays simply among the people and in the place he loved.

Olson HouseUp the hill from his resting place is the house where Andrew Wyeth spent hours as a welcome guest and which became subject for so many paintings.

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Betcha Can’t Eat Just One

Betcha can’t eat just one is a line I remember from a Lay’s ad, either for potato chips or Fritos.  

toffee barsIt also applies to these toffee bars, easy to make and oh so good.  I first tasted them after a tennis match some years ago and immediately got the recipe from the gal who introduced me to what has become one of my all time favorite sweets.  Whether or not I should be grateful to her is another story!

Toffee Bars

Line a rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil and cover the foil with a layer of graham crackers.  Melt one cup of butter with a cup of brown sugar over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes or until sugar is well dissolved.  Pour the hot mixture over the graham crackers and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes.  As soon as the crackers come out of the oven, spread a 12 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips over the surface and top with chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts. When they have cooled completely, break into squares.

toffee bars To speed the cooling process, you may want to put the toffee in the refrigerator.  This allows the chocolate to harden a bit which makes it easier to break it into pieces.

As soon as it is ready, pour yourself a big glass of milk or a cup of coffee and eat to your heart’s content.  Try hard as you might, I bet you can’t stop at just one!

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A Dream Come True

screen porchWhen we talked of the house we would eventually build, I dreamed about having a screen porch,

screen porcha place where I could begin my day with a cappuccino  and a good book. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI dreamed of sitting there, taking in nature’s  miracles  and listening to bird sounds.

screen porchI thought of having a friend come over for an afternoon break

screen porchand how the hubby and I could share a glass of wine as we planned a special trip.

table setting/screen porchI imagined lovely evenings and a simple dinner on the porch.

Yes, those were the dreams.  The hubby wasn’t too keen on the idea saying the times we would use the porch wouldn’t justify the additional building expense.  Luckily, the architect though it a great idea and gradually we brought the hubby around to our way of thinking.  Whether or not we’ve justified the cost is now a moot point, but what I do know is that the dream was worth dreaming, and I love those minutes/hours on the porch.  The only down side is this time of year when the yellow pollen blows through the screen making it a challenge to keep the porch clean.

screen porchLuckily the pollen season only lasts a short time, and I am left with  a wonderful place to read and write blogs with the morning sun shining on my face.  Tell me, do you have a favorite spot in your home?

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