ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Steam the cauliflower in a little salted water

There is still space in my Culinary Keepsakes class at the Fort Collins Whole Foods next Tuesday - December 2 - from 6:30 - 9. Join me in whipping up a cool holiday gift (or two) that will be oohed, ahhed, and coveted by everyone (yes, even Tibetan monks).

A Friend is a Friend to me

Please go to my friend Kelly Rae's blog and read her friend Jen's friend's story, and if your heart is moved, and your pockets are not TOTALLY empty (and I know some of them are, and I get that), I hope you will consider helping out.

It don't matter if we're rich or poor

The 5th line on page 56 is turning out to be quite entertaining! If you haven't participated, you might find yourself inspired in the comments section for the previous post. They would make excellent journal prompts. . .

Here are a few more holiday songs - I realize I am behind on some pressing blog business, trying to bootstrap it today. But maybe because the year has literally flashed by for me, I am finding myself more and more, in the mood:

Friday, November 21, 2008

What's on page 56?

"my colors were successful, but the pages lack cohesion. They"

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use

In The Mood

These are videos for 3 out of 4 of my all-time fave Christmas songs. The fourth is Ice by Shelleyan Orphan and I couldn't find a video of it, but you can listen to it on the cd Acoustic Christmas, or online on Rhapsody.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's comin' on Christmas

Tal Wilkenfeld with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Vinnie
Colaiuta, and Corinne Bailey Rae, "River", live at Abbey Road

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Anyone for a fun class??

Title: Culinary Keepsakes:The Fine Art of Recipe Albums
Date: Tuesday, December 2
Where: Whole Foods, Fort Collins, Colorado
Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Sarah Fishburn, artist and author of In This House and In This Garden

What will we be "cooking up" in this class? A fantastically art-full,
personalized cookbook that will be the envy of friends and family. In
addition to your own faves, we'll exchange recipes with each other.
You will leave class with a decorated binder and at least 2 finished

$30 fee includes materials, but please be sure to bring several of your
own recipes (printed out or handwritten will both work), a pair of
scissors, a favorite pen or two, and a glue stick. If you want to
include family mementos or old photos, make copies of any
one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Also consider items like blue ribbons won
for cooking, colorful labels from jars of wine, jam, etc., menus, even
tickets from a fabulous trip that provided an unforgettable recipe.

(Sign up at Whole Foods.)

Pasticcio 5, available now!!

In Pasticcio Quartz 5, there are literally dozen of artists, writers, actors, and others, featured, interviewed, mentioned, reviewed.
Maybe you're in it! --- or someone you know --- or admire.
If this list of luminaries piques your curiosity, stop by
and order your copy of Pasticcio Quartz Issue 5 today. (Issues 1, 2, 3, & 4 still available).

Featured Art:
Sarah Jane
Nina Bagley
Gustave Baumann
Sharon Binder
Suzi Blu
Rebecca Brooks
Brandie Butcher-Isley
Angela Cartwright
Nina Clough
Angel D'amico
Cori Dantini
Connie Freedman
Michael de Meng
Katherine English
Virginia Farnham
Sarah Fishburn
Tara Fortin
Caterina Giglio
Jennifer Gordon
Venita Hawkins
Jane Kearney
Jean McBride
Deryn Mentock
Pat Morse
Elle Moss
Ione Robinson
Trish Moreno
Roxanne Stout
Mandy Sutcliffe
Cynthia Thornton
Andy Warhol
Laurie Zuckerman

Reviews & Articles:
Seth Apter
Hidden Eloise
Lew French
Corina Gerety
Henry James
Stephanie Lee
Justin Roth
Holly Wren Spaulding
De Anna Welch
Beth Wilts

Mentions, Quotes, References
Alabama (the state)
W. H. Auden
Robert Burns
Toni Colette
Sophia Coppola
Bing Crosby
Charles de Lint
Charles Dickens
Aaron Eckhart
Albert Einstein
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Danny Glover
Elizabeth Golden Nakayama
Salma Hayek
Joshua Jackson (Yup, Pacey from Dawson's Creek!)
Jude Law
Nigella Lawson
James McAvoy
George Orwell
Gwyneth Paltrow
Rob Ryan
Christian Slater
Henry David Thoreau
John Van Dyke
Alfre Woodard

Thursday, November 06, 2008

I am NOT the Walrus

You are The Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents,
beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home
decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

"Tadpoles A Winner"

Two Items.

Pasticcio 5, the big Holiday issue, will be available next week! You won't want to miss a single page. So ya'll make a note in your datebook to get on over to our Lulu shop to order it Monday, November 10. All of you except Lynne Hoppe that is, the winner in the drawing for a free Pasticcio to a reader with advice re: my datebook dilemma. Yay, Lynne! Please send me your mailing addy and as soon as I have some copies, I will get one out to you. I did a runner-up drawing as well. Vivian Montre, you didn't win the copy of Pasticcio this time, but I still have something to send to you!
Anyone curious as to what I finally decided to use? Well, there were some swell suggestions, but fate took my hand, making it grasp this:I was at a weekend sale with my friend Caterina, and it was marked $3. I grabbed a handful of gorgeous pearls and a couple of other small items and paid $5 for the lot. Now I'm better at bargaining, after spending the past few weeks under Cat's excellent tutelage, but still, felt it was a satisfactory solution.

Tuesday November 4, 2008 will go down in History. If you were eligible, did you vote today? If ya did, and I don't care for whom, leave me a (courteous, of course) comment on this post and I'll do another drawing at the end of the week. Not sure what the prize is gonna be, but I promise you'll be psyched when you receive it! Sound good? Good luck!