Monthly Archives: August 2011




Love washcloth…

Hand made knitted cotton chenille washcloth.

Something that I’ve enjoyed creating is washcloths and dish rags. I made this one for a friend who expecting a baby soon. 

Shanna Allyn…

Coming up with compositions rather than taking photos of something. Seeing her subjects at the moment she is photographing them. Connecting with them and getting to know them on a different level, perhaps in a subconscious way. Documenting her life carefully, organically, allowing it to move along at a pace that is comfortable for her.  To be out there and be a part of something this is where she feels that her work can be somewhat of a light. Progression from start to finish. Seeing things for what they are. Seeking truth in life and never giving up on life’s passion.

This is my sister Shanna and I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of her journey my whole life and a model for her Strange Beautiful series: A series of mind body and soul.

“What intrigues me the most about her work is the over all composition of the picture, narrowing in on texture, color, and placement of the subject. I enjoy the oddness of the photos, while trying to make sense of things. It tells a story at many different levels, portraying the questioning-answering of one’s life journey.”

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Shanna describes her work as raw, compelling, dreamlike, honest and funny, all while digging through conscious emotions; concentrating on imperfection and natural beauty, unified by escapism and freedom.  Creating unusual situations, dealing with issues that make people squirm, perfuming a sense of eeriness.  A humor that is dead-pan and sarcastic, strange & beautiful.

Shanna Allyn is a multi-media Minneapolis based artist.

She grew up in Wisconsin & spent four years living and working in New York City as an editor, assistant art director & graphic designer.   As a photographer, she portrays portraits of women.

She holds a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

Personal website:

Bathroom wall…

what nature can create…

A few pictures of things on my walk this morning. I find it amazing what nature can create and how things start out and progress.


Grilled tangy BBQ legs/thighs…


1 package legs/thighs (approx. 15-20 pieces) cleaned and dried. Place in bowl and toss with 1/8 cup fresh lime juice. 


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup ketchup (add more if needed for taste as vinegar can sometimes be overpowering) 

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon minced red onion

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon stone ground mustard

2 tsp. dijon mustard


*Saute minced red onion and garlic in small pan until golden brown. Add remaining sauce ingredients and simmer over medium heat for approx. 15-20 minutes or until sauce thickens and reduces. Set aside to cool. Once cooled set aside 1/4 cup of sauce for dipping and pour the rest of the sauce over chicken legs/thighs to coat. Let sit in fridge for couple hours to let flavors mix.

Once flavors are mixed, fire up the grill.  Use the leftover sauce in the bottom of the bowl that the chicken has been marinating in to baste the chicken pieces every time you flip them.  Grill chicken pieces until internal temperature meets 165 degrees.  Serve with left over sauce and other favorite side dishes. 

The rock…

When in doubt, go for things…”You are the only shadow standing in your sunshine”

– Top chef contestant 

I took this photo during my trip to Puerto Rico. I saw this drawing on a rock in the middle of the rain forrest.  What’s great about this is every where you go people leave there mark, inspiring others to do the same.  Where ever you are reminded, always allow yourself  to shine .

Rain forrest- Puerto Rico