August 19, 2017
by Caroline
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Welcome to my Niche-free Blog

I have so much I want to share and talk about.

I cannot stick to one niche.

(I pronounce it “nitch”.)

I have many tags and categories, so I hope you will find something that you like.

Thanks for visiting. Please have some tea, poke around, and come back soon.

December 30, 2018
by Caroline
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One-Cauldron Chickpea Curry Illustrated Recipe

 

 

 

 

Here is a one-pot recipe I decided to illustrate for a contest that I did not win. Foolish judges. I borrowed heavily from my great-great aunt Katharine (okay, flagrantly copied) in order to learn some of her pen-and-ink techniques. I used Prismacolor markers. Next time I’ll go all authentic and use a quill and India ink, as she most likely did.

(right-click on the image and open in new tab or click here for a size you can actually read)

December 20, 2018
by Caroline
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How to make a WimMala for Counting Breaths

Love and Nature!     Healthy, Happy, Strong!     Image may contain: cat

 

This is how I count my breaths whenpracticing the Wim Hof Method. There are 3 sets of 30 snow (of course!) quartz beads. One breath for each bead. Each time I reach the hexagon bead, time for retention. Then getting to the Tree and Love charms means I’m all done!

To assemble, just string 30 snow quartz beads, each separated by a seed bead, then add a silver hexagon. Repeat until you have 90 snow beads. Add the Love and Tree charms , if you want (you might need a jump ring here) and tie off the elastic string. Secure with a drop of E6000 or super glue. Here are links to the materials I used.

90 Snow Quartz Beads (Amazon)

E6000 Glue

Stretchy Powercord

Seed Beads for Spacers (these are the exact size of the string so you might have some that don’t fit but most will)

Tree Charms (ebay)

Hexagon Spacers (ebay)

Love Charms (ebay)

 

Note: affiliate links are included in this post.

March 25, 2018
by Caroline
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I like you just the way you are: The Colors of Mr. Rogers’ Sweaters 1979-2001

In honor of what would have been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday, I am sharing a picture I painted.

I like you just the way you are: The Colors of Mr. Rogers’ Sweaters 1979-2001
12×12″
Oil on Cradled Board
2017
$250 

Each square represents an episode and the approximate color of the sweater that Mr. Rogers wore. There were three episodes during this stretch when Rogers went without a sweater.

A donation of $143 (Fred’s favorite number) will be made to the Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe, PA upon the sale of this painting.

See Fred talk about sweaters here and here.

And if you know of a sweater pattern close the ones Fred’s mother used, please let me know!

 

October 1, 2017
by Caroline
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My first Goodreads giveaway!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m eager to get the word out about my children’s picture book. I’ve set up a giveaway on Goodreads. No need to like, share or sign up for anything. You do need a Goodreads account however. Two winners will receive a free copy of my book!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Where's the Turkey? by Caroline Jones

Where’s the Turkey?

by Caroline Jones

Giveaway ends November 07, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

 

Enter Giveaway

May 15, 2017
by Caroline
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Artists at Work: Jasper Johns (May 15, 1930 – )

Jasper Johns’ explained that  his use of familiar imagery – flags, letters – derives from “things the mind already knows.” 

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Note: There are many sites listing artists by their birthday and presenting their biographies. My project differs because I am focusing on the artists’ process whenever possible, and giving just a brief summary of their work along with my comments. Being able to peek into artist’s studios is fascinating to me.  I’m hoping to learn more about how artists work and maybe find some artists who are new to me.

April 24, 2017
by Caroline
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Artists at Work: Willem De Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997)

Today’s Artist is Willem de Kooning. I don’t pretend to understand or fully appreciate abstract art, but apparently de Kooning was a pretty influential member of the New York School along with Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. However, the coolest thing about him (besides his incredibly messy studio) is that he came to America in 1926 as a stowaway aboard a British freighter. I also find it fascinating that the early work of many abstract artists is technically quite good, in a classical way (as in the charcoal still life below, click on image for larger view).

Note: There are many sites listing artists by their birthday and presenting their biographies. My project differs because I am focusing on the artists’ process whenever possible, and giving just a brief summary of their work along with my comments. Being able to peek into artist’s studios is fascinating to me.  I’m hoping to learn more about how artists work and maybe find some artists who are new to me.

April 22, 2017
by Caroline
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My Personal March for Science

I was going to travel to DC and March for Science. I even knitted a hat. But for several reasons, notably a need to stay home plus some anxiety, it just didn’t happen.

Nonetheless, I defend and revere science on a daily basis. And here are the reasons, which include both personal and global:

1.  I have a a love for science which was nurtured while getting a degree in a science field (entomology-plant pathology, minor in biology, graduate work in genetics).

2. Science saved my life (Thank you Dr. Slamon). 

3. I love the internet, my cell phone, and color changing mugs.

4. It enables me to understand and make sense of any domain I wish to tackle: physics, paleontology,  geology, the stars, the weather.

5. Most scientists are committed to improving the human condition, for example, by eradicating smallpox via vaccines.

6. Science is endlessly fascinating; favorite processes of mine are DNA replication and protein synthesis.

7. From Pythagoras to Newton to Marie Curie to good old Bill Nye, there is nothing so contagious and engaging as human ingenuity and curiosity.

8. Finally, because science is a rigorous, sometimes thankless, grinding effort that can – and often does – produce actual, verifiable facts. For example, that the earth revolves around the sun, that bacteria and viruses can cause infection, and that climate change is  occurring. These are facts., and I’m stickin’ to ’em.