Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Louisiana events

Hot Air Balloons!
National Hot Air Balloon Championships will be held in Baton Rouge in  August, too! This should be awesome!

Louis Armstrong celebrated
The music and memory of Louis Armstrong will be celebrated in New Orleans in early August. It's a good time to visit the area! Seafood is still available (Other than oysters) even though the fishermen are having to travel great distances to get outside the spill zone to get fish and shrimp that's safe to eat. BTW, crawfish are raised on crawfish farms in freshwater swamps, so they're definitely safe to eat! 

Click on the "Eyes" to the right of this post to see other "Events in Louisiana and Fun stuff to see and do."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Clay is awesome!

Clay is awesome. It comes from the Earth and its many uses provide for some of our most basic needs: shelter, food preparation and service, and aesthetics.  Did you know that clay can be reused? If you make something out of clay that you don't like or  messed up,  just dry it out, break it up, and rehydrate it to start all over again! You can save your scraps and use them again, too! Bits of bisque (fired clay) can be ground up and used as fire clay (which is added to clay bodies to give them additional strength and stress tolerance.)  Bisqued and glazed pottery last for thousands of years. Pottery remains are found in the digs of almost all ancient civilizations. The pottery you use in your home can last for generations, too, if properly cared for (which isn't hard - most pottery is dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and often oven safe, too.  Even broken pottery still has usefulness. Many types of pottery shards are used in making mosaics, while stoneware and porcelain pottery shards are used in making jewelry.  Clay - reusable, recyclable, and upcyclable.  How cool is that?