Spring News from Wabi Brook Studio/Julie A. Brown Spring was so late arriving in my neck of the woods. It seems to have shown up just in time for sum

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Spring News from Wabi Brook Studio/Julie A. Brown

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Spring was so late arriving in my neck of the woods. It seems to have shown up just in time for summer, which is officially only three weeks away!

Most of you know by now that when I am not in my studio, I am in my garden, recharging my creative energy. Just the other day, I stumbled upon this little nest buried in the grass under a tangle of cow parsley and thistles. Miraculously no-one had stepped on it! I was worried that the birds (sparrows, I think) might abandon it, but the next day I saw that another egg had been added. Hopefully we can co-exist in harmony until the eggs hatch and the nestlings safely fledge.

It has been a busy year for me so far (which is why this newsletter is so late). Why don't you grab a cup of tea, a wee piece of chocolate (just a little won't hurt!) and take a short break while I catch you up.

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"Mountain Sketch" a new pendant inspired by the work of Group of Seven member Lawren Harris, and the first in a new series. Available at the Gallery Shop

New Jewellery Retail Outlets

Many of you have been asking for (and suggesting - thanks!) more retail outlets where you can enjoy and buy my work in person year-round.
I have been working hard on this over the last few months, and am pleased to announce two new shops in Ontario which are now carrying my jewellery:

The Gallery Shop, Sudbury
The Eclectic Cottage, Hwy. 11, just south of Sundridge

And, of course, at:
*Soul Sisters Creations, North Bay

More shops are in the works. Find the up-to-date list on my website.

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New Art Project

Over the winter my artistic cohorts Anne-Denise Mejaki and Iris Shields, and I, aka "Spirits of the Heart", have been working on our Next Big Thing. "White Woman Listening" is a global reflection of the indigenous peoples, their beliefs, teachings and traditions, corelating how we are all connected with similar needs, wants, dreams and realities. Launching in 2012, the exhibit will tour throughout Ontario, and eventually within and beyond Canada.

Keep up to date on new developments on our "Spirits of the Heart" Facebook Page

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Interested in commissioning a portrait? I will have examples of previous commissions with me at the Market this Saturday, June 4th.

Riverside Farmers' Market Season Starts June 4th!

I will be there with my jewellery and portraits, along with many other local vendors selling everything from asparagus, to soap, to tulips and baking. Keep up to date on which vendors will be participating each week, and what produce and products will be available on Riverside Farmers' Market new Facebook page.
You can also check my blog, Living and Creating by the Brook, Wabi Brook Studio on Facebook,or call me at 705 622 0809 for updates on which weeks I will be attending.

The market runs every week from 8 a.m. to noon until the end of October at Riverside Place on Whitewood Avenue in New Liskeard. See you there!

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New Jewellery Recycling Service

Do you have old, out-of-fashion, unwanted or broken jewellery cluttering your life? Instead of letting it languish unwanted in your jewellery box, or throwing it away, (and adding to already overflowing landfill sites), I will take it off your hands. I often use recycled jewellery in my metalsmithed creations.

Recycling your unwanted jewellery is simple. You can either drop it off at the Riverside Farmer's Market (check first to be sure I will be there that week), or request a prepaid envelope which I will mail to you. Just put your jewellery in it and drop it in a mailbox. Simple!

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I know you would much rather see a photo of the rhubarb salsa, but I ate it all before I remembered I should have taken a photo!

Back to Gardening - A Rhubarb Recipe

I don't know about you, but I always have a bumper crop of rhubarb. There are a lot of recipes out there which use rhubarb, but most of them require large amounts of sugar. Since I am trying to eliminate sugar from my diet (with varying success) I have become resigned to letting my rhubarb go to seed every year. So I was very happy to discover this low sugar recipe (it uses just a bit of honey and no refined sugar) for Rhubarb Salsa.

I'd not heard of using fruit in a salsa before (I don't get out of my studio much) so I had to give this recipe a try. I highly recommend that you do, too. It's different and delicious!

Ingredients

2 cups rhubarb, diced small
1 cup chopped apple
3 green onions, chopped
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons honey
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (I substituted a couple of drops of hot sauce because I didn't have a pepper on hand)

Directions

Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium heat, and stir in the rhubarb; simmer for 2 minutes to blanch. Drain in a colander set in the sink, and let cool.
Stir together the cooled rhubarb, apple, green onions, lime juice, honey, and jalapeno pepper until thoroughly combined.

It is very easy to make, and very adaptable. I found it particularly delicious with some grated 2 year old Thornloe Cheddar cheese added, and eaten with toasted sprouted grain tortillas. I'm also going to try it with some grilled pasture-raised pork and chicken.

(I found this recipe on allrecipes.com)

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Just because I appreciate each and every one of you!
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"Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." Voltaire

Thanks for singing with me,

Julie

P.S. I no longer have a land line. You can reach me at 705 622 0809.

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