Pantone Color of the Year 2017!!

The Pantone Color of the year for 2017 is... Greenery!!!!


Another Nature Inspired Color!!!
See http://www.pantone.com to learn more!













The items I most enjoy making are the ones based on real plants, especially ferns. A great way to add some Color of the year to your decor!







































The Pantone color of the year for 2016 was ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY. This combination of pale pink and light blue are meant when combined to bring a feeling of order and peace.
ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY












Read Pantone's Article on Color of the Year


One will often find these colors in nature, especially in the sea and sky. Many people find inspiration from the beauty of nature. I am also often inspired by these colors in nature when creating glass items. Some of my pieces combine these colors in one piece such as this mosaic cross you can find in my etsy shop. Other pieces include one of these colors.





"Far away on the horizon we could see the great mountains…The sight of these beauties made a deep impression on my thoughts; I felt as if I were already beginning to understand the greatness of God and the wonders of heaven. Words of St. Therese


Video of the Maine Shoreline

 









Holiday Season

We have been busy getting ready for the holiday season, which includes the craft fairs, online orders, and local requests. In the middle of that I created a new 'Santa' Christmas Ornament. It is designed similar to my reindeer, penguin, and snowman, fun and cute!




New Santa!






Funny Reindeer


Snowman!
Cute Penguin

Acadia National Park Inspiration

Inspired by visits to Acadia National Park...,



Maine Ocean Fire
A perfect place for a picnic table

Maine Hiking Trail
Maine Lake
Inspired by Ferns in Acadia






Full Harvest Moon - Maine Atlantic Coast

The full moon and the milky way helped inspire me to create the dish
below.





Check out the Moon in these photos! That's right the MOON!!!


Moon Rise, Ocean, and Small Dish. Dish inspired by Colors of Acadia.




The dish above features a mix of colors includes a mix of blues, greens, and lavender. Display as decor throughout your home and use for such things as holding small sugar spoons to rings.

Click on the dish above to see it in my shop. Thank you. 


New Designs

Just a quick post....Check out some of my newest winter creations on my special blog page here http://chelkay.blogspot.com/p/newest-creations.html


Quick Easy Tasty Zucchini Lasagne


We looked for ways to use up all the zucchini which is now in full swing in the garden. One way we enjoy using it is by making zucchini lasagne! We make a very quick version with smaller amounts of cheese and meat for both healthy and tasty eating!











Step 1 Cut the zucchini length wise and layer in the bottom of a greased baking dish

Enjoy some wine while prepping! Rose d'cabernet

fresh herbs in background to put on top

spread sauce on zucchini (make your own or use sauce from can/jar)

Add meat (We used italian sausage fried separately with onions and garlic, drained on paper, add a little for some flavor)


Add cheese (part skim mozzarella, again just some for flavor)}

Alternate layers of zucchini, sauce, cheese, and meat to your liking













Garden Notes




Garden Notes



  • updated tomatoes section 8/6/16
  • updated with a picture of all 5 tomatoes I am growing this year! see below 7/30/16
  • updated with link to a zucchini and tomato salad - see below - 7/24/16
  • updated with links to my easy zucchini lasagne recipe! 7/16/216

Produce Garden 2016

Here you will find notes, articles, and links to growing, picking, cooking, and canning produce type foods grown by hand and maintained by just two people with low amounts of chemicals (usual natural) Below is roughly in order of harvest!

  • Asparagus

    • In 2016 I added a second "future" asparagus bed. 
    • New Future Asparagus Bed
    • A favorite way to eat asparagus here -->

  • Rhubarb 


  • Lettuce

    • Leaf
    • Mixed

  • Berries

    • Goose berries 
      Gooseberries
    • Blue Berries
    • Raspberries

  •   Beans

    • Green
    • Yellow


  • Garlic
    • Garlic Hanging to Dry and Cure (Polish and German Porcelain variety)

  • Onions

    • yellow
      Onions Sitting in Sun for 1 day after harvest to dry

      Onions ready to dry. Place in shaded and windy location

      Red, White, and Yellow Onions!

    After drying for 2 weeks in a dry, breezy, shady, area outside.
    After cleaned and prepped for long terms storage!



    • purple
    • white


  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash 

      Zucchini Lasagne









    • Make a salad with zucchini and tomatoes from your garden! -> here I added and used almonds, parsley, chick peas and balsamic vinaigrette instead of the suggested recipe. 
Zucchini and Tomato Salad

      Zucchini w Green Beans just harvested
    • Squash Bugs!! We hear that many people just don't plant zucchini or squash because of squash bugs destroying their crops. We find the best ways to avoid them is to remove the eggs from the underside of leaves with duct tape and to kill adult squash bugs by hand after watering the plants. The adults seem to climb to the tops of leaves (maybe to get dry?) and they are then easy to spot! Here are two articles that may help you. http://www.almanac.com/pest/squash-bugs and http://thefreerangelife.com/control-squash-bugs/ 

  • Tomatoes


    video
Tomatoes Video (Roma, then Red Currant, then Brandywine, and finally Bloody Butcher)
    • Yellow Pear
    • Red Currant
    • Roma
      Roma Tomatoes in foreground and 'Red Currant' cherry type tomatoe in background
    • Brandywine - This is an heirloom tomato. For those that don't know an heirloom means you can save seeds from the fruit and replant next year! This seed is from my Father and have been replanted for over 10 years!

      • This year we buried the tomato plants deeper into the ground (4" up the stem of the seedlings) and believe this helped make the large brandywine below.
    • A Giant 1 pound 1 ounce Brandywine

      A Giant 1 pound 1 ounce 4.5" Brandywine
    • Bloody Butcher
    • 2016 Tomatoes
    • 2015 Tomatoes

  • Peppers

  • Mint
  • Oregano

    • drying and links to oregano uses! here--> 
      Organo Blooming

  • Plum

  • Apples


Flowers


Bee on Blue Globe Thistle

Bumble Bee on Blue Globe Thistle

Honey Bee on Scarlet Bee Balm