Because gray Cement needs love too...
Imagine the person who wrote this. They could have written anything... 
They could have just written, 'I love you'. But clearly that was not enough. 
Have you ever felt like you just had to write EXACTLY what you were 
thinking? Because anything less would be a lie. I just love this. 

Fresh Illustrations, hot off the press

Just workin' over here...



This week's Illustration Inspiration features... Me. I have been so inspired by all of the 
amazing artists I have been discovering in my quest for the illustration inspiration post, 
that I got LOST in illustration yesterday. I sat down to create a 'master piece' with all 
of the inspiration that was swirling around in my head and hand.  And I allowed 
myself to try something new, 'Digital Painting. Its not a new concept to me but it is 
new to my work. And honestly, I loved it. It was so much fun, I didn't want to stop. 
Usually, I select the area I want color and fill it. Than dodge and burn that selection 
until it looks properly lit. Occasionally adding color with the paintbrush tool. But the
 new technique was so much more engaging. I painted every selection with transparent 
colors layering them until I was happy. I really like it and will be utilizing this 
method more and more. 


May we always be young enough...

It's true. I have never grown up and I will always want to climb on a playground,  
read children's books in funny voices and make brilliant sculptures out of play doh. 
But you can't deny that these colorful playgrounds originally designed by, 
Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdams are knocking your socks off. Their innovative design 
allows tension to be maintained as the fiber stretches, therefore enabling the children 
(or adults) to play safely. And they are the coolest most colorful playgrounds 
I have ever seen. 


Jello Cocktails...?

Don't these look cool? They are Jello Cocktails. I love it!
The French 75 (with gin)

Recommended Pan:  Standard Loaf Pan (approximately 8” x 4”)

1/3 cup lemonade concentrate (strained to remove solids)
1/3 cup water
2 envelopes Knox gelatin *
2/3 cup gin (Mr. M. suggests Gordons or Bombay Sapphire)
2/3 cup flat champagne, prosecco or other white sparkling wine **
1 tsp sugar (if desired)
Lemon zest garnish, if desired (we prefer these to be 
ribbon-y and just for looks)
Combine lemonade concentrate and water in saucepan (and sugar if using).  
Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over very low heat, 
stirring constantly, until gelatin is fully dissolved (approximately 5 minutes).  Remove
heat, and stir in the gin and champagne.  Pour into pan and chill until fully set, 
 for several hours or overnight. 

To serve, cut into desired shapes.  Garnish with lemon zest.  
Makes 18 to 24 shots.  

* Note: if using a flexible silicon mold, as shown above, add 1/2 envelope additional 
gelatin (1/2 envelope equals about a teaspoon of gelatin powder).  A slightly firmer 
jello shot is easier to pop out of molds.


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