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Week 51: 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, is in Paris, and she's taken the opportunity to take some photos while she's there.

Trish and Richard are staying in a gorgeous, but tiny apartment on the Ile Saint Louis, but they've had a lot of work to fit in and that hasn't left Trish any time for cooking. With extraordinary food on every corner, who needs to cook in Paris?

Paris photography
Paris Photography
Paris Photography

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has returned from a joyful family wedding in San Diego, where she spent time with family, went sightseeing, and drank quite a few margaritas.

Telena in San Diego

She took bamboo knitting needles, crochet hook and some wool to amuse herself on the plane, and she managed to knit and crochet a number of squares while watching seven movies over the course of two flights. She finds it easy to knit without watching what she's doing and she's getting better at this when she's crocheting, although she notes that she's a little slower.

Telena's squares

Telena had no opportunity for felting this week, but she's gathered some silk chiffon and fleece for a new project and can hardly wait to get started.

San Diego

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been the Jimmy Choo of Warragul this week. With three of the girls from the Remembrance tour green with envy over the ruby boots he made for Libby last week, he's found himself in hot demand. The girls trooped off to Target to buy some cheap shoes for Kanen to play with, and they put in requests for their favourite colours.

Kanen's shoes

Kanen says he spent no more than about 90 minutes on any one pair, although he notes that the pink undercoat didn't take to the faux leather very well, requiring four coats for even coverage. Each coat was completely dry within 5 minutes, however, so it didn't hold up production.

Shoe makeover

Kanen forgot to take a before photo of the blue boots (which were black), but he was quite taken with the blue leather paint, sans glitter, and he says he might whip up a pair for himself when he's home from tour.

shoe makeover

Stephen Bennett

Steve's scones

Stephen Bennett put on his chef's hat this afternoon to make a delicious batch of sultana scones to get us through the working week. He was a popular fellow indeed when they were sampled this afternoon. They're delicious!

Steve's scones

He's also shared some photos from a gathering of film photographers last weekend. The group sat around for a while talking about cameras, films, prints and the weather, then went their separate ways to see what they could find to photograph. The two buildings in Steve's photos were taken with a lens on the camera and the other two are pinhole (lens-less) photographs. Nice.

landscape photography
landscape photography

Scarlet Bennett

I've started working on some pieces to put aside for Christmas gifts, and I put together this choker set today for a friend who adores blue and butterflies. It's made with blue sky jasper, crystal quartz and sterling silver. It's not something I'd wear myself, but she'll love it.

blue sky jasper choker

Week 19: Creative Challenge 52

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been embellishing necklaces this week. Her daughter, Rachel, is getting married soon and they've been out shopping for bridesmaid dresses together. Rachel has also been draping her belongings around the house to see what she really wants to take with her into married life, so there's been lots of cleaning and sorting activity too. The downside of this is that Telena's studio is now quite full! She plans to remedy that in the coming week.

Telenas Dreadlocks
Telenas Cat

In the meantime, she's taken some of her dreadlock necklaces and added felted balls to create another dimension of interest. The autumn toned neckace is going straight to Telena's private collection, I'm told. Telena has also shared photos of some of her other bead necklaces, and there's a picture of her special studio helper too - just what you need when you're trying to sew knitted squares into blankets. As you can see, Hazel (the cat) has claimed them as her own. Who's a nice, warm kitty, then?

Telenas Felt Beads

Trish Urquhart

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 delightfully creative in her kitchen again.

Her masterpiece this week is an innovative sage pesto, which she served with a roasted garden butternut, fresh out of her garden. Trish's sage is going crazy at the moment and her first butternut was ready for picking yesterday, so she was determined to find a way to combine the two.

She often fries the sage leaves but, after the success of her recent tarragon pesto, she wondered if sage pesto would also be good. As it turns out, it was delicious.

Trishs Sage

Trish took two loosely packed cups of sage leaves and blended them with about a cup of olive oil. She then added six cloves of garlic, salt and pepper, and blended that. She stirred in around two handfuls of chopped walnuts and another two handfuls of ground almonds - thinking that the powerful sage needed this degree of taming - along with two handfuls of mixed grated cheese. She added a couple of teaspoons of honey, and served the pesto with slices of roasted butternut. Do visit Trish's fabulous food blog for more news of her food adventures.

Roasted butternut with sage pesto

Dinner wasn't served until about ten o'clock, however, because Trish was multi-tasking - arranging a bookcase that she'd moved into the living space from their ex-writing room. This, of course, turned into a bigger project than intended and the photos here are a work in progress as she didn't have time to move all the books. Looking good, Trish. Love the paint job.

Bookcase renovation

Kanen Breen

Kanens Gold Shoes

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has effected a five minute shoe transformation this week - a crazy work week for him - and he says he's very happy indeed with the results.

He bought these ultra-conservative shoes last week and wore them to rehearsals where he was roundly mocked for his 'plain Jane' footwear (people can be so cruel). Until then, he hadn't intended to mess about with the shoes but, upon reflection and with a little bit of a nudge from his friends, he decided that they weren't very 'him' after all and something had to be done. Five minutes with his So Soft gold paint and he now has just enough razzle dazzle to satisfy the naysayers and put a smile on his face as well. He says his creative output this week is hardly groundbreaking, but the best his schedule and energy levels would permit. I'm just glad to see him back in the shoe game. Flamingos are all well and good, but I'd definitely being missing his ultra glam shoes. Perhaps a well shod flamingo for next week?

Kanens Shoe Transformation

Georgia Bennett

Singer, guitarist and song writer, Georgia Bennett, has delighted us with another culinary delicacy this week. Always keen to make new things, she had a go at a German Apple Cake and the results, I think, speak for themselves - yes, it tastes easily as good as it looks. To serve, she invented an apple and blackberry sauce using fruit freshly picked from our garden and the combination couldn't have been better. It was a wonderful dessert.

Georgia hasn't done any recordings this week, but she's been prolific with her song writing. She has four new pieces to add to her repertoire once she's refined them to her liking, and we'll hopefully get to hear them in the coming weeks. Keep 'em coming, Georgia.

Georgias German Apple Cake

Stephen Bennett

Grandfathers Chest

Stephen Bennett has had a busy week attending meetings for a new job as choirmaster at Canberra Grammar School, so his creative work this week has been somewhat curtailed.

He inherited an old chest from his grandfather and has been intending to turn it into a bedside table for at least 25 years, so he got on with the job and now can't figure out why he took so long to get around to it. It looks fabulous, doesn't it?

Finished Chest

The tapestry stand he made for Hannah needed a re-design and a few modifications, followed by staining and varnishing, and he completed that job too (not bad for a curtailed week).

Hannah's tapestry stand
Doors in progress

The kitchen re-build is still hanging around his neck like a noose, so he tried to make some progress there. He cut all the rails and styles for the door frames, and when the panel raising router bit arrived in the mail from the USA, he raised the first two panels. He's also gluing up the next panel to be routed. It will be a slow job but he swears he'll get there by next Christmas. All in good time, I'm sure.

Kitchen Panel Doors

Scarlet Bennett

I could take a photo of my computer to show you all the writing I've done this week, but that wouldn't be very exciting, so you're going to have to take my word for it. My fingers have been flying across the keyboard with pleasing fluency, and long may that last is all I can say.

Determined to create something visual, however, I tinkered with some polymer early in the week, making a rose using a few different shades of red. I then added some wire and resin to make the piece a bit more interesting. It's an unusual design and I must say it's growing on me. It looks striking on and the steel wire stops the flower from looking too girly. An industrial passion theme, perhaps, and you've gotta love that.

Scarlets Red Rose