Week 36: Creative Challenge 52

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries her best to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has been exercising her keen artistic eye this week. She and Richard are currently moored at Paddington Basin, and Trish has been walking through Paddington Station in her search for interesting culinary provisions. She looked up, yesterday, and noticed the elegant steel scaffolding above.

Paddington Station

Trish took shots with her phone from a few different angles, and she liked the location so much she intends to go back with her camera.

Paddington Station

Having captured her masterpieces, she then got inspired about food. She ducked in and out of a couple of supermarkets, then she rushed back to the boat to make supper with Richard for some friends. She was so inspired she even managed to dash out a quick blog post. Check it out here. You'll be hard pressed to find more creative ways to use togarashi seasoning. The roasted peaches with vanilla, cognac and togarashi seasoning look simply amazing. Yum!

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, is still obliged to keep off her injured ankle, so she's been finishing some longstanding projects to make the most of her enforced immobility.

She's been working, this week, on a pullover she started a few years ago, a project which stalled when she couldn't decide how to finish the neckline. She decided to move away from the striped pattern she used for the body, opting for larger blocks of colour on the sleeves to achieve a quirkier look overall. The pullover isn't quite finished yet, but Telena's hoping to have another warm woolly to wear by the end of the coming week.

Knitted pullover

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, promised us more of his signature glitzy shoes last week and, as always, he's delivered in spades.

Kanen says he's tres happy with the sparkly little quickie transformation he's executed this week on another $20 pair of Zu shoes - gorgeous soft lambs wool lined suede, down from $120. He's the king of the bargain as well as the king of glitz.

It took Kanen an hour and a bit to jazz up these shoes, with a trusty hairdryer by his side to cut down the drying time.

Shoe makeover

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett's creative offering this week is a light-tight addition to a drawer for his friend Pete, whose darkroom Steve build a couple of years ago. Pete often comes up with little modifications and Steve is happy to oblige where possible. This drawer makes it possible for Pete to store open packets of light sensitive enlarging paper ready to be grabbed and stuck under the enlarger. It's a real time-saver in the darkroom and something Steve might just add to his own darkroom one day.

Darkroom drawer

Scarlet Bennett

My novel will be published on 14 July, and it will be going on a global blog tour as part of its marketing. It's customary to provide giveaways for book bloggers to use as prizes in competitions they run for their readers. There will be book giveaways, of course, but I've also agreed to make some jewellery to add to the mix. That's going to be my creative challenge for the next few weeks.

I'll be making a variety of pieces - some classic sterling silver with semi-precious gemstones, and some book themed pieces like the Pride and Prejudice pendant I made for my niece recently.

Today I made some earrings. This pair is made with turquoise and sterling silver finished with an antique patina. These earrings are reminiscent of American Indian craftsmanship.

Earth goddess earrings

I also made a pair using freshwater pearls and sterling silver. I never, ever tire of pearls. They lend a timeless elegance to just about everything.

Pearl earrings

This is a good start, but I need more, much more. Watch this space to see what I add to the booty.