Monday, November 30, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Goodies

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Sarah's Brushetta Option 1
Sarah's Brushetta Option 2
Sarah's Bruschetta Option 3

The first three dishes were Sarah's creations for lunch. She experimented with three different toppings for bruschetta, onions/orange juice, onions/garlic, and onion/garlic/tomatoes.  The rest was our Thanksgiving fixings (a 21 lb turkey for 6 people, because, leftovers).

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Two and a Half Pies

two apple pies

half-made squash pie

Yesterday my in-laws came to town for Grandparent's Day at the girls' school, and for Thanksgiving. Today the girls had half a day of school and we relaxed the rest of the day, baking pies and playing games. It's only six of us eating tomorrow, but we needed an apple pie and a squash pie (that is a vegetable dish but is as sweet as dessert). The squash pie is not finished - it needs the brown sugar/cinammon/flour/butter topping, which is added after the pie bakes long enough to harden the filling. I will add the topping and finish baking it tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Free Set of Notecards for Email Subscribers

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Monday, November 23, 2015


I forgot to take pictures of these as they were nicely plated so this is leftovers at the end of the meal. I made my usual chicken stir fry and then tried a steamed pork coated with rice flour, a dish my mom always makes and that I never tried before.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pagoda T-Shirt Designs

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© Sylvia Liu

I am designing a t-shirt for my tai chi class and this is one of the ideas, in two colors. The other idea is a bunch of lanterns, which I'll post tomorrow.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Little Red Riding Hood - In Progress

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Starting to add color to the piece. My sketch of the wolf is slightly different too (head size & tail shape). I told myself I'd stop at lunch because I have another project with a deadline to work on, so onto the next for the day...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Apple Doodles

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I signed up for a free graphic design course (Fundamentals of Graphic Design at California Institute of Arts) and the first set of lessons was about denotative work (fancy term for drawing things as they are). Basically, the idea is to draw something in as many different ways as possible, and just play. I did this for an apple while watching the video, using items within reach, a pen, pencil and highlighter, on Post-It notes.

It's quite interesting, but now there is an assignment to turn in, and I'm not sure I will have time to do it.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wolf and Red Sketches

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Still thumb nailing ideas for the Tomie de Paola contest.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mapping my Pirate Story

After I came back from the Better Books Marin workshop, I took Emma Dryden's advice to map out my story with post-it notes. Here, each note represents a different chapter, and the colors are different POVs (Dark pink and light pink are the two main protagonists, and yellow was neutral or a third POV).

It was such a useful exercise, because I could tell at a glance that there was no rhyme or reason for the POVs. Now I know how to fix that issue of inconsistently jumping around in POVs.