Hearth Dinner: An evening of High Tea

The Menu:

Baked by yours truly:

Gluten Free Cucumber Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches

Gluten Free and Vegan Cucumber Avocado Finger Sandwiches

Gluten Free Scones with Clotted Cream

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies for decorating

Gluten Free and Vegan Cake

Gluten Free Raspberry Macaroons

Gluten Free and Vegan Tarts

Baked by Rebecca D’Antonio:

Salmon and Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches

Traditional Scones with Jam and Lemon Curd

Sugar Cookies for decorating and icing

Truffles

Individual Meat Pies

Wrapped Bacon Apricots

Pinwheels

Afternoon Tea 2015

Menu:

Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea

Harney & Sons Black Currant, Paris Teas

Cucumber and Avocado Sandwiches

Roast Beef and Horseradish Sandwiches

Almond Butter Agave Sandwiches

Cranberry Scones with Clotted Cream & Jam

French Macaroons

Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes

Hello March

Hello, I just turned on my computer after a month of powering it down and I wanted to share you some of my thoughts about giving up technology. I been practicing a lot more mindfulness this year of my daily habits in order to use my time more productively and rebuild a regular studio practice. I knew I wanted to limit my computer use so I posed a challenge to myself to turn of my computer for the month of February. If I needed directions or information I used my smart phone but deactivated my facebook and logged out of any other social media.  It felt good to step away from technology a bit.

I find now when I do turn on my computer my use of it is much more intentional. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of endless surfing from one media to the next, pinterest, tumblr, blogs, etc.  and becoming over stimulated and under motivated. As an artist inspiration is important but the computer can also be a creative killer. Too much access to what’s happening everywhere else makes it seem like nothing is original anymore. When you are alone in your studio though, nothing beats that moment you have a great idea. It won’t matter if you find somebody doing something similar later because you got there all your own and that feels good.

Here are a few sketches from my recent travels.