Of Pomegranates and Fabric Pleasures

I LOOVE POMEGRANATES!! It’s such a delicious exotic fruit and the seeds remind me of ruby gems. Bought these beautiful pomegranates fibre postcards (below) from the talented artist Dijanne Cevaal for a friend and myself. I love the pomegranate monoprints Dijanne makes herself and then overstitches with freestyle embroidery. Her pomegranate artwork is flying off the shelf, you better run and be quick. She treated me to this fabulous Barnacles fiber ATC (middle). Love it and thank you so much! I try to have one or two at home just for a snack, to add to granola, a sauce or a fruit salad. Been wanting to try them out for fabric dyeing, beware of it’s juice! Centuries ago it was also used as a natural dye. At the bottom of the post is my favorite orange salad recipe.

Ich LIIEBE GRANATÄPFEL!! Was für eine köstliche exotische Frust, die Kerne erinnern mich an rubinrote Edelsteine. Hab diese wunderschönen Granatapfel Postkarten (oben) von Dijanne Cevaal für eine Freundin und mich selbst gekauft. Ich mag total die Monoprints, die Dijanne selbst macht und dann mit Freistilmaschinestickerei überstickt. Ihre Granatapfelwerke fliegen nur so von den Regalen, mußt schnell sein, wenn Du eins willst. Hat mir noch dieses Fiber ATC (mittig) mit Seepocken dazugelegt. Mag’s total, hab vielen Dank! Ich knabbern gerne an den Kernen, mag sie mit Müsli, in einer Soße oder einem Obstsalat. wollte sie schon immer mal zum Färben verwenden, der spritzige Saft hat’s in sich. Früher wurde es wirklich zum natürlichen Färben verwendet. Ganz unten ist mein Lieblingsrezept für einen Orangensalat.

Violetta

Needed to work on a few projects and decided to make my long overdue first Dotee Dolls which turned out to be in bloom. Dotee Dolls have been brought to us by Dot Christian from Australia (instructions can be found on her blog HERE). They fit perfectly into the palm of your hand and are ready for squeezing and hugging. They feel soooo soft that I didn’t want to add more beads this round. Perfect for carrying in your purse! And made Heather, another Goth Doll who is already on the way to her new home.

Orchid Green Mariposa Heather

Arbeite an einigen Projekten und hab endlich meine längst überfälligen ersten Dotee Dolls gemacht, die natürlich in voller Blüte sind. Dotee Dolls haben wir Dot Christian aus Australia zu verdanken (Anleitungen gibt’s auf ihrem Blog HERE). Diese Püppis passen prima in die Handfläche und können gleich gedrückt und umarmt werden. Sie fühlen sich sooo weich an, dass ich diesmal unten keine Perlen und Gedöns aufgestickt habe. Prima für die Handtasche! Und hab auch noch Heather, eine Goth Doll gemacht, die unterwegs in ihr neues Zuhause ist.

Got my complimentary issue of the new Art Doll quarterly Summer 2008 because they published some of my Icicle Dolls in the Show & Tell section. They wrote a wonderful article, but omitted that they were originally created as fabric ornaments for the Christmas Tree. I shared instructions in my second Icicle Doll post as a result of the feedback to the first post since they are so easy to make, and perfect for the Christmas tree. Cannot resist showing the 3 pages, the dolls look so beautiful! Thank you very much!

Hab meine Gratisausgabe der neuen Art Doll quarterly Summer 2008 erhalten, da sie einige meiner Icicle Dolls im Show & TellTeil veröffentlich haben. Sie haben einen tollen Artikel geschrieben, doch haben sie vergessen zu erwähnen, dass es ursprünglich Stoffornamente für den Weihnachtsbaum waren. Die Anleitung hab ich im 2. Beitrag eingestellt, nachdem es so vielen gefallen hat und sie ja so leicht zu machen sind und perfekte Weihnachtsdeko. Die Püppchen sehen aber toll aus, muss sie einfach zeigen! Vielen Dank!

OK, I admit the cover would never catch my attention but what’s inside is SO TERRIFIC, so much inspiration for the doll/fabric and fiber artist. My very favorite dolls come from Karen D. Milsten (above) who created awesome veggie dolls! Gotta see them gourds🙂 Patti Medaris Culea’s (below left) doll artist profile is filled with beautiful colorful and funky dolls, what a treat! And another highlight of mine are Stacy French’s Summertime Whimsies (below right)! Found spread shots from my fave articles on the magazine page. And so many more fabulous clay and fiber and whatever-not dolls in the Show & Tell section! I buy it from time to time and this is one I am so glad I did not miss!

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Stampington finally seems to be catching up with fabric. After all, they started out with paper and rubber stamps. They issued a call for Softies aka stuffed artwork! Way cool. Click on the pic for details. And ADq also announced that they will be releasing an Art Quilt Studio issue as of 2009. Fabric rocks (I’m still in fabric heaven)!

Stampington scheint endlich den Anschluß zu Stoff zu finden. Immerhin haben sie mit Papier und Stempeln angefangen. Sie suchen Softies aka gefüllte Kreationen! Sehr cool. Klick das Foto an für Details. ADq hat auch angekündigt, dass sie sich ab 2009 einer Art Quilt Studio-Ausgabe widmen werden. Stoff rockt (bin ja noch im Stoffhimmel)!

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Oriental Orange Salad (4 servings)

4 oranges
1 pomegranate
50 g unsalted pistachio nuts
3 tbs apple vinegar
1 tbs brown sugar

1. Peel oranges, removing white skin. Cut into slices, removing all whites. Save orange juice.

2. Cut pomegrante in hald and carefully remove seeds, discarding all white skin. Chop pistachio nuts.

3. Mix vinegar, brown sugar and orange juice well until sugar is dissolved. Arrange oranges on a plate, garnish with pomegranate seeds and pistachio nuts. Pour on dressing.

Tip: Ideal also as a salad for a buffet. I just cut the orange wedges into small pieces. ENJOY!

Orientalischer Orangensalat (4 Personen)

4 Orangen
1 Granatapfel
50 g ungesalzene Pistazienkerne
3 El Apfelessig
1 El brauner Zucker

1. Orangenschale inkl. weißer Haut schälen. Fruchtfleisch in Scheiben schneiden. Inneren weißen Strunk entfernen. Saft auffangen.

2. Granatapfel halbieren und Kerne sorgfältig aus der Schale lösen, dabei weißen Häute entfernen. Pistazien grob hacken.

3. Essig, Zucker und aufgefangenen Orangensaft gut mischen, bis Zucker aufgelöst ist. Orangenscheiben auf einer Platte anrichten, mit Granatapfelkernen und Pistazien garnieren. Dressing darüber geben.

Tipp: Geht auch prima als Buffetsalat, dazu schneid ich die Orangen gleich in mundgerechte Stücke. Guten Appetitt!

22 responses to “Of Pomegranates and Fabric Pleasures

  1. Thanks for sharing the wonderful page. I love to read them. I love pomegranates drink ~ i took it in Abu Dhabi …it’s really yum yum. I think you’ll like it too.

  2. Just looking at the picture, I am already tasting the pomegranates! What a gorgeous color combo. In Lebanon and throughout the Middle-East, pomegranate juice (actually syrup) is used to give cooking a tangy yummy taste. Here’s what my Lebanese cookbook says:
    “Pomegranate molasses …has a wonderful flavor and a heady aroma, and its thickness and dark color make food look very appealing. It keeps almost indefinitely in the refrigerator. The uses for this thick, tangy, piquant syrup are many. It blends well with walnuts, adds a tart and pungent flavor to beans, sharpens the taste of poultry, gives a clean, tart taste to fish, gives an astringent edge to salads and vegetables, and is a great tenderizer for lamb and pork. It can also be diluted and used for sharp drinks and tart sorbets.” I LOVE the summer drinks too; they’re called “jellab,” served with crushed ice and a sprinkle of pine nuts! Try it if you find it🙂

    A long comment…sorry but I could not resist..

    And yes, it’s about time that Stampington “discovered” fiber arts.

  3. You are SO right, pomegranates are not only pretty to look at, but oh so yummy too. I must try your recipe, it sounds great. Congratulations on being published. I’m sure it’s not your first time. Everything you do has so much flair and heart, always a delight🙂

  4. du hast recht, diese granatapfelpostkarten sind der HAMMER!!
    hab mir mit granatapfelsaft in ägypten mehrere t-shirts versaut, konnte es nicht lassen *g*… war´s aber wert!!

    hab deine veröffentlichung im ADQ schon gesehen, sehr schön!! bin gerade auch wieder total auf stoffig eingeschossen… muss mich richtig beherrschen, bekomme langsam ein lagerproblem;)

  5. granatäpfel,grenadine oder bei uns in croatien gennante : sipak (fählt klammer auf *s*) esse ich seeeeeeeeehr gerne. meine männer sind wenig begeister*schulterzuck*.
    gerne trinke ich auch ein saft davon. leider in deutschland gibt es so was nicht. nur zur selber mischen,schmeckt mir aber nicht.
    übrigens,dein salat rezept liest sich schon lecker an *g
    deine püppis sind wieder klasse geworden,aber das muss ich dir nicht sagen.;-)
    und..ja..herlichen glückwunsch !!!!!!deine iccile dolls haben es verdient.🙂

  6. MMM those pomegranates look very tempting. Your work is so amazing, Belinda. Those icicle dolls are divine- the structure, textures, colours- beautiful. Congratulations on the publication.
    xxxxxx

  7. What a fabulous gourmet post…. both the pomegranates and the luscious fabrics you have used in your art dolls. Your Dotee Dolls are divine…
    Love the pics from the magazines, lots of fabulous eye candy and lots of inpsiration…those art dolls are fantastic.
    LOVE those plates you have your pomegranate and orange salad on… beautiful.

  8. Yay for pomegranates, beautiful, sensuous, delicious and also good for us! I can second Neda’s recommendation of pomegranate molasses, but I warn you that one can be obsessed and add it to all sorts of things. Not always welcomed by everyone who eats the finished product (except me!). I have to read this post again a few times, so much in it and all looks so interesting and attractive.

  9. Mouthwatering plates you’ve created! Love pomegranates as well. Fab postcards, really like them! Too bad my family doesn’t like them. And congrats on getting published again. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will have to try it.

  10. oooh… I might just have to try this salad recipe of yours… sounds and looks oh so delicious! YUM! ;D

  11. Yummy, delicious and delightful blog filled with tasty artwork and ideas! Always a joy to come visit Belinda!

  12. More gorgeousness from Mizz Amazing! I feel like reaching out and touching the pomegranate. Perfect picture. Believe it or not, I have never tried one. But after reading your post and the comments, I feel like I have missed out something.

  13. OMG, I haven’t eaten a pmegranate since we left Spain! We used to just pick them where they grew at the side of the road! Yummy!
    Congrats on getting published… I’m actually thinking of making icicle dolls as Christmas pressies this year because I like them so much… trouble is they’ll probably become yet another addiction! You and Michelle Ward have a lot to answer for you know!!!😉

  14. Such a delicious and vibrant blog! I too, lately, have fallen in love with fabric postcards. I just featured some on a recent blog. I still got a ways to go, (with techniques) but I am having fun learning in the process.

    Salute,

  15. Your doll is really nice, I always find these little dolls so cute. The recipe for the orange salad looks terrific. Love your plate even your plates are as colorful as your ART. Why am I surprised. 🙂

  16. annietavries

    Congratulations to your publication in Art Doll Q. ! Your art should be in it!!! I love that Magazine! I always buy them when there’s a sale at Stampington… hi, hi, hi …

  17. Dawnie Thomas

    Hello starshine
    I see another glorious colour filled post. You are an inspiration miss B and I adore all you share.
    How cute are your Dotee dolls and those pomegranites by DC are SCRUMMY.
    congrats on the publication my lovely.
    You are a STAR !

    Hugs
    ME

  18. kathy mcelroy

    Can’t wait to read your article in Art Doll. You do make the most luscious dolls I have ever seen. Enjoyed reading your post. Your recipe sounds yummy!

  19. Bel,
    Check out this site:
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    They are looking for people to fill the Luxembourg pages. Write to
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    Cheers
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  20. everything AS ALWAYS! is so yummy here belinda…
    thank you for this recipe. it is me all over. pomms are one of my fav favs…
    hope this finds you well!
    xo
    susan

  21. You go girl with the article! Woo Hoo! Great photos.
    Terisa

  22. What a great read~! I love your dolls. Great great great!

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