Elizabeth Enright and Maginel Wright Enright

I’ve been fighting that yuck flu that has been galloping around lately. I haven’t actually gotten it, but have felt worn, weak and a bit achy. This morning I took a gap of time to rest—hoping to rid myself of it for good—and decided to look up one of my favorite children’s authors of ALL time: Elizabeth Enright. She has that magical ability of making the daily doings of everyday story-like and enchanting; where you want to read about her characters lives again and again. She wrote Thimble Summer, Gone Away Lake, the Melendy Family books and more. The exciting thing I found today was that she wrote a book I had never found before! The Sea is All Around. Of course the only available copy is $150 dollars, so I will just have to hope they re-issue it someday. But still, it was thrilling to know there is another gem of an Elizabeth Enright book out there to eventually read.

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The next amazing thing I found was that her mother, Maginel Wright Enright, was an illustrator and Capezio ballet shoe designer. And for me, not just any illustrator, she has deeply charmed me since I was a child. In fact, one of the artists that subconsciously has influenced my own artwork greatly. I never knew who it was, I just knew the images in the back of my mind. Now I know what they are and who drew them. It was a style—she wasn’t the only one—that was typical of  victorian children’s art. Other illustrators I feel need to be mentioned are  Blanche Fisher Wright and Margaret Evans Price.  

It all starts to add up. I have another favorite author/illustrator that I found when my kids were little named Elsa Beskow.  Also Sibylle Von Olfers.  Both were from that same era and made such an impression on me. You know when you find that writing that says it for you, or that painter that paints it how you see? These ladies created a lovely world, one I’d love to crawl right into and perhaps not even ever leave.

The following is some of what I found of Maginel Wright Enright’s artwork:

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Anyway, cheers and hope everyone is having a lovely week!

                                     ~ Marica

 

PS. I thought I should also note that Maginel Wright Enright is also Frank Lloyd Wright’s sister. I ordered myself her biography and am curious if it will be any good.

 

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Onward and Forward

I always feel a sigh of relief when the holiday season wraps up. I hate the kids going back to school, but there is a definite release of pressure and the calm new year to make friends with.

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This is an especially exciting January. This year we are entrusting real walls with our food dream and creating a restaurant that will hopefully house customers all year at a semi continues rate. Food trucks are lovely, but winter and summer both hold their challenges from frozen pipes (and frozen customers—almost no customers) to hotbox days where you open the freezer just to cool your face down as you stand wondering what the F#%^*CK you were ever thinking. Nobody comes out for food when it’s a hundred degrees, so you just open to open and watch an empty concrete lot simmer in the sunshine. Yes, four walls, a ceiling, a floor and some good old-fashion tables accompanied by full backed chairs will surely go a long way.

Our house has made some exciting steps forward too, and our giant children are continuing to be more and more giant. I have written myself a list—still to be completed— of what I need to do this month:

 

Foodtruck:

  • Clean Floors
  • Empty and clean fridges
  • Empty of all equipment
  • Power-wash back
  • Take down signs
  • Light sand outside?
  • Scrub walls
  • Scrub steam table
  • Clean shed
  • Move fridges
  • List truck for sale

Restaurant:

  • Paint
  • Wainscot
  • Sand tables
  • Assemble tables
  • Steam clean chairs
  • Purchase dishes/cups/bowls/silverware
  • Figure out bar top
  • Make wood signs
  • Complete menu
  • Make official ordering and shopping lists for each vendor
  • Choose and hang artwork/decorate restaurant space
  • Make bathrooms wonderful/paint and decorate

House:

  • Trim door to basement
  • Install wood floor from kitchen to hall
  • Cap floor to dining room
  • Paint kitchen walls
  • Paint kitchen cabinets
  • Sand and paint bath tub
  • Organize sewing room
  • Hang kitchen doors
  • Hang bamboo on driveway gate
  • Dog door???

 

I also hope to get a little time to relax and recoup. I got some big paper, pastels and charcoal out. I figure maybe I’ll play a bit and see where that goes. I haven’t used charcoal or pastels in a long time.  In fact, I’ve been feeling artistically rusty lately. Not sure whether it’s just been a while, or if I am now past the age of being in tune and my personal flow of creativey has gone away. But that’s a post for another time. . .

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Happy January Everyone!

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A gift made my my dear friend Robin.

                                                           Cheers ~

                                                                            Marica

One Treat After Another…

It is here, it has arrived, my newest book, One Treat After Another, has officially been released! We had a little trouble getting it out the door, there were cover problems and then a print mishap which led to the book coming out a month after its original release date. But now, hurray, here it is…
Thank you to Mayo, at Escargot Books, who so patiently helped the process through, the book is now possible to order on Amazon, and will be available at other major bookshops soon…
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Please go check it out… I am so excited, this book was made when my kiddos were little, which is quite a few years ago as the planet turns, and only now is finally in print form. Amazing how time and space are always trying to catch up with intention—
A rainy-day Monday, and bursting with the motion of forward, onward…
                                                                Hope Everyone is well!
                                                                      Cheers ~
                                                                                     Marica

Rainy day stuff . . .

A day inside brings out inside projects. The last time we were at an art store we picked 
up some scratch boards. I hadn’t used one of these since high school. It was so fun, and 
such a different way of drawing . . .
We played some good old fashion board games . . . 
I also made the yummiest chai . . . 
I usually like making it entirely from scratch, or I use a simple chai tea bag. 
This time I was in a hurry,  but I wanted the real deal, so I did this half-way version. 
This is a rough guess as to what I did:
Chai
Bring to a simmer then simmer for several minutes:
2 cups water
2 black chai tea bags 
1 black tea bag
3 ginger tea bags
a few whole allspice
a dash of ground cardamon
a dash of ground cinnamon
a pinch of ground nutmeg
a pinch ground black pepper
Pull out the tea bags and add:
3 cups almond milk
Honey or agave syrup to taste
Of course now it is sunny again . . . but there is still that 
clean-ness to the air, and sparkle to the clouds.
                              ~ Marica

Brownies of the gluten-free dairy-free sort

I bought a bag of rice flour recently and have been having fun experimenting. The brownies below, aged a day were super tasty. When I first pulled them out of the oven, they were crumbly and I thought I’d missed the mark. But today when I tried them I was pleasantly surprised. They also got my gluten-free friend’s stamp of  yummy approval. 

Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix in a large bowl:
2 eggs
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1/3 cup tapioca flour
3 oz dark chocolate melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pour into an 8″ square oiled baking pan.
Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Cheers to 2011 ~ Marica