Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lingcod and flowers

Blogging is difficult when I don't feel like I've done anything worth Blogging about.
Work is back! And It's made me sick. You know, the usual.

Tidbit of Home improvement! Back yard edition.
Water collection wine barrel. Check.  I have a video. But I guess I'm not so savvy as to show it. hhLame.
Put up siding, a gutter, and sawed some holes. The spout lines directly into the barrel, but we were visually checking it and rinsing out the inside. Fermenty.
This is primarily Forest's creation. He found the barrel, did the legwork and beautified our roof line! I supervised, pointed, and helped hold the super long pieces sticking out from the chop saw.  

Tidbit of Photography:

Lingcod Face
 I wanted a good mouth photo for a color page drawing. The internet failed me. SO, I took my own.

Pacific side of Seal Rock, Oregon
 My last shrimp trip was slow. The fishing was good and the bycatch super low (always nice to see.), aka slow for me. So obvi I crafted instead.

Tidbit of cards:
I took my waterbrush and little water color pallet along with my coloring book sketch book. I don't know what I plan to do with these. I guess send them. lol
Did ten of them, three color pages, read 2.5 books and was bored around day four. Right?

Don't see this week's trip being the same. Watch me sleep away the rest of june trying to get UnSick.

Morgan Golding Designs

Adding a fancy title to everything makes things fancy. Insider secrets. hhplease.

I think I'm going to take my watercolor postcard stack that I've been hoarding (for years?), tonight. Cause...this is gunna by a long'en.
Tidbit 3 Website?

Boldly going where things are horrifying! I am building a website, and if you're super tricky, you can find it. (This is my accountability notice.)
But I'm not giving any hints. It's goal is to be done by the end of the summer. Spawned by the existence of this coloring book dallying, it seemed appropriate. Also, what in sweet hell have I done!? It's getting to a good place now, if basic, but the mobil phone factor is still uber wonky. (tech terms)
To Sea For Me
Happy Tidbitting

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thanks to ALLLL!

Wow Holy Whoa.
Oh my goodness, the love has been incredible, and down-right amazing. I wanted to officially thank every single one of you who've purchased and/or expressed positive love and vibes for my coloring book creation and venture! It was quite a journey and I'm pretty proud. Everyone has been so supportive! Who knew an experiment could end up so well! When I found createspace, I never thought of where it could lead after I uploaded the file. So, again, thank you thank you Thank You!
If you have a book I encourage snapping a colored pic and popping it on fb. I want to see! It's pretty novel for me, and I think all folks are creative, no matter your own views on the subject. Color!
First guy I took a coloring whack at after it was bound.

I know it's waay too soon, but since I keep getting asked, "are you going to do an ocean one?!" I thought I'd officially announce that YES I am! It's going to be a few months out though. When I first started Flowers and Bouquets, it took me three months to get all the pages together on a timeline, and that didn't include editing! Alas, having good employment is a fickle bitch.
Meet page Bob!
Bobtail squid. Or, as I like to call them on my deck sheets, Bob squids.
Ironically harder to doodle animals. I'm sure it'll evolve.

Amidst all the coloring book announcement craziness the Pink Shrimp season finally got going, and I've been back to work in Newport and Charleston. If seas are calm, and work it light, lots of doodling happens. If it's sloshy and rude out, I tend to read more. The last week had both.
Tidbit: New reading.
I started reading Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory on a whim. One of those ebooks that are recommended after finishing a book.
The central message is that even a busy person can find at least ten minutes a day to create. His creative style, erratic, but I like what he's getting at. Draw every day. Roger.
He's got a lot of stuff in there I scoffed at. Then I tried it. Drawing JUST the outline of all the images and then filling it in. Brain learning dysfunctions. Buut, I guess it's good for brain stretching...or something.  I could tell it was tapping into something because I became irrationally and royally ticked off at a book. 
I mean, it was sassing me, honestly.
Anyway, I've never liked drawing what was in front of me. I was uptight, I guess. Well, I learned I'm still suuuuper uptight. Just.... I used to be. lol My art teacher in High school knew.

I hope everyone had a marvelous Memorial weekend
and always,
Happy Tidbitting

Friday, May 26, 2017

"hiked" And a fish.

Whoa, blogging from the sea. Well kind of. We're hold up in Charleston, OR for the night so it's more like house boat blogging.
Got a ride to my car in Newport and pulled over at Devil's Churn for a quick tourist nature walk.

Buut now back to work. 
The main project I'm working on now is a sweet sweatshirt logo and graphic. But alas, I need the computer. Sooo more Color pages!! That is, when I'm not chucking up my lunch cause it's been almost three months of free time. Hhooops. 
Tidbit o fish:

Happy tidbitting!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Color Adult Coloring Flowers and Bouquets is Here!!!

MEGA Tidbit!
 My first coloring book! The wicked long road is over. Started back in August of 2016 as a coloring challenge, in amongst work, and life, excitement, and angst. I bring you: COLOR Adult Coloring Flowers and Bouquets by ME!
All images were drawn and edited by me including the front and back page. I set out with a marker and some Canson Mixed Media 9x12 paper.

My final proof and first set of coloring books has arrived! They came early and I am suuuper stoked.
Yesterday I got my first round out to the the scorching weather. In all the backyard upheaval, the deck is now placed firmly in the afternoon shade. Accidental win!
And the formal announcement. It's available!
Where to find it?
1. (where it was born) (I find this easier on Chrome)
 On the Right of the screen, click the drop down menu and select store. Then type in my name and it'll take you....
Select Store, type in Morgan Golding

Listed as 12.00
2. Type my name into Search and blam-O! 
If you're a Prime member, you can get free shipping with this product!
3. Order through me is still to come. I'm not that fancy yet. In the mean time just use one of these super easy platforms!
Enjoy! I'm off to a lady date. Share and have a great sunny afternoon!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Coloring Book Progress & Spanish Lav jelly

Weed: Herb Robert
A geranium spp
Was all over the property, so I googled it. 

 Oh man, how does two weeks pass when you're not working. Getting back into the Blog thing might be harder than expected.
That's right, still no boats. I'm working towards almost three months boat free. It's crazy. So I've been crafting, and planting, and killing time like a boss.

Tidbit: Coloring Book Update
It's almost here!!!
So most of the knowledge about this has passed through my IG over the last few weeks. Last week the first proof of my first coloring book arrived! Since this was my first full body slam at using I wasn't sure how it'd go. My first try, everything uploaded easy and the formatting was approved.  It was all going well. 

Matte Cover Proof 1 "Well"
Since I collect and correct data for a living, the sticky-note disease 
transferred to my project. It didn't stand a chance.

Round two into formatting, not as easy, not as pleasant, and I was sneaking up on rage when the final edit, the fourth a few days ago, was finally accepted!!! Microsoft word and I were having words. But it was like freaking Christmas when the Email came through.
 Hashtag StressSuccess

I receive my final Proof and finished copy by next Friday! They will be $12.00 and will be super easy to get a hold of once available. SO Stoked. Fish might be next. Who's to say?
My mini promotion of my coloring book through IG has already spawned a fun graphics project and sewing brain child project. RIGHT!?

Tidbit of Food: Spanish Lavender Jelly

One of my favorites has a delightful Lavender bush, going to town, in her front yard. Since the violet jelly was so easy and fun I did a full experimental jelly recipe, all me!

2Cups Spanish Lavender
Steeped in 
2Cups of water
4Cups of Sugar
1/4Cup Lemon Juice
1pkg liquid pectin (3oz)
Hot water bath Canner

I steeped the lavender for ~45min, (until it was cool really), strained it, and put it in the refrigerator for the next day. (It was laaate).
Got the beast canner started, and 8, 4oz jars prepped, clean and heated, in the dish washer. 

Added the tea, sugar, and lemon juice into a pan to boil. Stirring until I couldn't keep the boil down, then added the liquid pectin. Boiled it for another two minutes. I took it off the heat and went to town filling jars. Hot water bathed for 10 minutes. (we're at a low elevation)

Spanish Lavender Via Sara

Freaking ADORABLE jelly jars.

Until Next week! Or something more interesting happens. Shrimp Fleet might finally be taking the plunge.

Happy Tidbitting!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Instagram?! The new favorite. AND Violet jelly.

Hello out there!

It's been much too long. Ever since I discovered the wonders of Instagram, I've been trucking away with my daily life, crafting, domesticities, and sea life on that platform. It felt like a hell of a lot less effort and therefore less stressful. Blogging is stressful, I don't care who you are.

A new idea that struck was to embed my Instagram photos into my blog. What other pictures am I taking, honestly? Here I can expand on the glory that is. Not to mention who reads these things unless there is a recipe?

Queue Tidbit Recipe:

Copied from PrairieLand Herbs Link:
Wild Violet Jelly Copied below too
2 heaping cups of fresh violet petals (see note below)
2 C boiling wter
1/4 C well-strained, clear lemon juice
4 C sugar
3 oz liquid pectin (Certo)

Wash petals well, drain and place in heat-proof glass or nonreactive bowl. Pour boiling water over petals and let steep from 30 minutes to 24
hours. It usually takes about two hours for violets. Strain through a fine sieve, reserving the clear, purplish liquid or infusion. If not using
immediately, refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Place jars and lids on rack in pan or stockpot deep enough to cover them with about two inches of water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, keeping the jars hot until ready to fill.

Ladle quickly into jars to within about 1/8 inch from the top; clean each rim and threads of the jar as it's filled, and place flat lid and ring on each before filling the next.Place the jars in a hot-water canning bath and boil for 10 minutes (or the appropriate time for your area). After canning, carefully check to make sure the lids have all sealed.
Sealed jars will last up to one year in a cool, dark place. Put any unsealed jelly in the refrigerator. it should keep about three weeks. Makes four or five half-pint jars. The flavor and color will vary somewhat due to growing conditions and season - that is part of the joy of working with plants, is the endless variety! The taste is delicate, green/floral.


 I had a hell of a time finding 2 Cups. Like. Damn.
Couldn't cut the recipe, it was already little.
Also, it's canning, you don't mess with canning.
Wild Violet batch

Front yard plants...not abundant.

What to do when you don't have enough? Make Tea anyway. Steeped the flowers in (less) boiling water and popped it in the freezer for safe keeping.

One cup fresh....not really good enough.

Suddenly genius occurred! Why not just dry the flowers until I've enough? Or close enough... Eureka!

Cute as shit jar for the dried wild violets!
Mayday arrives. The day of reckoning!
On the right you see my frozen first go.
It's much more blue then the final product.

When the lemon juice was added, the chemical reaction
made for an adorable lavender/light pink sugar soup.


Sidenote: I did not Can my jellies. Although that was the original intent. Mine are heading to the fridge and freezer. But Seriously, it's 4cups of sugar to two cups of flavored water. It should hold up for a while.

Dried flowers were a win. If I had more like i'd have wanted, it'd be darker. But as nature is, every time is different.
Light, a little tangy. Should go good with a white cheese and cracker like a Boss.
Back to the talking

So I've erased my old blog template and started fresh in all white, with a little color to come. Hopefully the once a week, at minimum, crops back up.

A few things that might come up?
Home improvement
Life at sea (if I ever get a boat. It's been very slow.)
Garden witchery (See violet-life experiment above.)
Trying to make a dollar...

Speaking of ART?

Tidbit: the Color book that never came

Last fall I started a project: Draw 30 color pages in three months (while working) to bind into a coloring book. I kept/keep being told "you should do that". SO Damn it! I have! Except it took waaaay longer than three months.
 If you've been around my IG account ( for any extended period of time, you'd know that the whole project fell off the radar. The computer nonsense tripped me up pretty good. First time blah blah blah ect.

So we fought. I...didn't loose, per se. But you know what's dumb? Cover pages...and formatting. Formatting is super dumb.

It's still in the throws of the platform, CreateSpace, making sure it's all dandy. Also, I'll still need to get a preview before it's out out... You know, make sure it's not the absolute worst! I had to relearn Microsoft word, Acrobat, and createspace's needs. Also I had to buy new photo manipulating software and force it to my will. Unprepared effort, people. Maybe next time I'll make a subversive coloring book. Swear words are always "In".
Happy Tidbitting!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

This is Halloween!

Tidbit: This Is Halloween
Definitely watched Nightmare Before Christmas this fine morning. Which was inspired by my last week's dive into appliqué  hexagons. Oh man.

 I bammed out this pumpkin, appliqued it to a piece of hand dyed fabric, then thought: Damn! That was quick. Foolishly quick. Nay absurdly. Therefore it needed a wee bit of something more. Obviously.
I don't have an armory of embroidery techniques, but the basics worked out great.
I did intend for the dark purple script to be more washed out to maintain the pumpkin's focal. Which it is. However some such folk believe some dimensional highlighting should be added. TBA
But, why stop.
More hand dyed.  
I don't know what I'm to do with this, but I made a dang ton more of the little beasties.
Tidbit: Watercolor Experiments
First I played with salt
Then I played with Saran wrap 
Then I did BOTH 
It was fun...
Tidbit 3: Water Pen Butterfly from the sketch

Mr. Butterfly's model, I named him April. A leopard lacewing Cethosia cyane.
It comes to us from last year's 2014 calendar, smartly titled: Butterflies. Guess what month! I love calendar photos because they're vibrantly colored, glossy and Dang Huge.  
It's sitting on lavender. (At least, he's sitting on lavender in the actual photo.)
Happy Tidbitting!