Laura Gunn Studio

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Magnolias are out Again

Did you know the Magnolia tree is a prehistoric plant. Cool, eh? Well, they are all over in St Louis, and so beautiful. They come out in early Spring. But, surprise, surprise the really giant ones wait around and come out later. I love this second wave, when all the other blooming trees have finished up.

I did these 3 tiny ink and acrylic pieces: Magnolias on different shades of green. My scanner changes the color a bit.
Things are a bit crazy here. Well, I'm typing with 1 hand (holding the baby with the other.) but thought I'd check in.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Don't Eat the Baby

I know he's sweet, but don't eat the baby. Here's my super fun sister Moe, who did not eat the baby, but did introduce me to all sorts of wicked treats, like spicy chocolates from target. Have you tried those? We spent a few hours at Whole Foods. They have amazing little deserts, gelato, chocolates, and the best salad bar ever. Very fun place for a lunch date. I took her to World Fair Donuts. This time we learned that the "hand cut" donuts come out at 10:30 am. So that's the time to go.

Sisters are gone and now it's time for a reality check. Ugh. Well, it was nice to have my house clean and dinner made for a few weeks.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Antique Row

I'm one lucky girl. My visit from Evie was followed by a visit from another sister, Maureen. Oh, the cleaning, organizing, diaper changing, and shopping. Moe left her 3 children and spent a week with me. We cleaned out my closet, moved out maternity clothes, and purchased a few replacements. We even painted my bedroom. With all the craziness at home I didn't have time to show her all the things in St. Louis I would have liked to, but we did make a stop at my favorite shopping venue. In down town St Louis, there's an area called Cherokee Row. My husband found it once while jogging. It's lined with old buildings converted into antique stores. It's not like the antique stores I grew up with in the west. There's so much old stuff out here and a lot of cool architectural findings.

Our find of the day was this little metal shovel. It'll look great in the kids room. And Moe got a deal on some nativity figures. She does hers all mismatched. What a great idea! We also discovered a new cafe (Mississsippi Mud House) with yummy Italian soda. Moe is the best at finding places like that.

Below are some finds from previous visits to Cherokee Row. Heather and I found the little cabinet with the depression glass in it. I painted the back of it to show off the glass. Heather helped me hang the darn thing. (Anyone else have plaster walls??) My mom got me the depression glass and the large cabinet below on another outing to Cherokee Row with my friend Collette.

Friday, May 11, 2007

I'm Adooring Doors

They just added an Ottoman Garden at the Botanical Gardens. I was inspired by the beautiful entry doors. I can really get excited by textures on old buildings, signs, trains, shacks, whatever. These doors are new, of course. But they got me excited anyway.
A few days after we visited the gardens I had a morning all to myself and the baby was angelic. So I got to paint. Making things really keeps me sane. I love being a homemaker and mom, but so much of what I do is immediately undone or eaten. It's nice to make something that sticks around for a while.
Except when they don't stick around. I sold 3 paintings last week and they were a bit difficult to part with. But I celebrated by buying a bunch of canvases and sparkly new paints and brushes. What loveliness to be justified in such fun purchases.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Evie Love

One of the Great side benefits of having a new baby is the visits from family. We are out here on our own in St Louis. Most of our family is in WA state. Our first visitor was my amazing sister Evie. Wow! I can't say how nice it is to have my house clean, my laundry done, and beautiful meals on the table every night. Evie says she wishes she lived in a commune where all she had to do was cook. Hmmm.... I wish I live in a commune where all I had to do was paint, decorate, and eat Evie's cooking. I thought I'd share a little "Evie Love" with this yummy recipe she made for us.

Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tillapia fillets
olive oil
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cabbage

Combine all ingredients for crema and set aside. For tacos combine spices. Coat fillets in olive oil and sprinkle spice mix on top. Bake at 425 until fish flakes easily. Heat tortillas. Top with fish, cabbage, and crema. Yummy!

A tip: I love to do Mexican food for company, but hate standing over a skillet heating tortillas. Evie coats her corn tortillas in olive oil, stacks up 10, wraps them in foil and bakes them with the fish. Sooooo smart.

We did give Evie a bit of a break on Saturday. We went to the Botanical Gardens and Soulard Market (our 2 favorite St Louis haunts.) On our way to the gardens we stopped at World Fair Donuts for some seriously greasy hand cut donuts (alas, they were sold out) when we saw TV cameras in front of our donut shop. The guy from the food network's "Unwrapped" was there! a bit of Hollywood here in the Midwest.

correction: You're right Atet (see comments.) That isn't the guy from Unwrapped. it's Alton Brown from Good Eats