Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Permanent Magenta

Casapinka crossed the ocean bearing gifts from Permanent Magenta, who is certainly as kind as her paintings are beautiful and vivid. The bird, now known as Bird Bird, looks very happy hanging in our kitchen...


... and the charming little dress sits on the shelf.



Her blog of daily paintings is here if you would like a regular uplifting dose of colour.

The incongruous pot of HOMEMADE YOGURT (with raspberry compote jam) is ostensibly intended to show scale, but in fact it really serves to draw your attention to my recent mastery of yogurt-making.  Engaging in lifestyle blogging for over two years without making my own yogurt has felt like Living a Lie, and now at last I can shake off the guilt and have a sign made up: 'Pretty Far West, featuring HOMEMADE YOGURT, depuis 2009.'

33 comments:

  1. Anything with a bird in it is my motto.

    I have not yet done the yogurt making, but I have the apparatus and perhaps will be convinced to begin.

    All in the name of better blogging of course.

    Are we sturdy gals now?

    xo jane

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  2. Beautiful little bird.

    But I can't agree on the yoghurt. There are just some things you are not meant to make yourself (bedheads, meat pies, umbrellas, teeny tiny petit fours) and yoghurt...

    xoxo

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  3. I started making yoghourt recently and didn't even realise why. I haven't taken up crochet but it's only a matter of time. Sweet bird. So good, you named it twice.

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  4. Hello Mise:
    We were already thinking that we were the Cinderellas of the lifestyle blog world and now your post of today has confirmed this. We never go into the kitchen, we have no clue how to make yoghurt, we cannot knit, sew or crochet, we have never built our furniture and we can only paint our nails. There is no hope......we stand [or sit]in your shadow, dear Mise, Queen of Blogtopia, Empress of All Matters Domestic and Princess of Pink.


    And, we love the little bird!!

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  5. Is this the start of a slippery slope dear Mise ... will it be all sour dough and ginger beer plants from now on ;)
    Love the bird :)

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  6. Flwrjane, if you and I aren't sturdy gals, who is indeed?

    Jane, I applaud your sensibilities and always, always strive to be more like you. I'll be making yogurt in secret from now on.

    Lucille, the crochet virus got me a while ago, but luckily it passed on by leaving only a tenth of a small blanket. I wasn't calm enough for it.

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  7. Jane and Lance, you are so exquisitely suited to the drawing room and the pagoda that there is no need for you to ever set foot in a kitchen. We more domestic types will appear before you bearing ceremonial platters of toast.

    Annie, I had not heard of ginger beer plants! How exciting! But I'm heeding your wise warning and shall keep a close eye out lest braids and beads creep up on me.

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  8. I'm afraid that, in our part of the world, we are very behind and are still at the whittling of pegs stage. We don't even know what yoghurt is.
    .....but, it's lovely to see that the Bonne Maman jars are being put to good use Mise. XXXX

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  9. Jacqueline, if you are whittling pegs, the Jacqueline Is Whittling Pegs Tribute Show will be hitting the West End next week with thousands of adoring bloggers in attendance.

    Good to see you're still keeping a stern eye on suitable jar use.

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  10. I'm with Jacqueline - not in a peg whittling way (although I do love my peg dolls as you know), but I too noticed the very good use for the Bonne Maman jar. I can't say I'm a yoghurt maker myself, it always tastes too sour somehow, and I like the thick and creamy ones, but I applaud your efforts Mise. And the paintings are lovely!

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  11. Only now, you make yogurt? I'm shocked Mise. I feel grossly misled...believing you had already mastered this very important skill. What other confessions of a lifestyle blogger are you to reveal next?

    (I do love all your new paintings by the way.)xx

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  12. I'm so glad you explained about the jar. I couldn't concentrate on the frock at all...

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  13. Lovely works of art and I would love to learn yogurt making!!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  14. Hurrah, you make yogurt!

    I was secretly afraid that the five oven range was ornamental and that would make you one of 'those women', but if you make yogurt, you cannot be.

    I'll go and let you get back to your vinegar & oil flavouring.

    I like the bird bird.

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  15. What - you don't knit yogurt and crochet lentils!

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  16. Ooh. I'm in love with Bird Bird....

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  17. I used to make yogurt in my teenage years but in my mum's airing-cupboard.....alas no airing-cupboard no homemade yogurt!!

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  18. Amanda, thank you. Your building troubles haven't deflected your keen eye for a jar.

    Anita, I'll be making pineapple yogurt soon and dedicating it to you, once I download the Hawaii 5 0 theme tune.

    Magsmcc, a frock, that's what it is. I shouldn't have called it a dress.

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  19. Karena, praise from you is praise indeed.

    Amee, I make cheese too, and bread. I guess you mean those women who pose beside their large fruit bowls? I'll hide my fruit bowl to ensure your approval.

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  20. My sister is going to help me to make my own (almond) milk soon, so maybe yogurt is next...

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  21. Bird bird is a beauty – a goldfinch, if I'm not mistaken.

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  22. Yogurt? Have you ruined good jam by mixing it with something healthy? Bread and cheese I'm very happy with. The consumption of that is. Obviously, I don't make these things.

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  23. Bird Bird is adorable! I'm so thrilled about your introducing me to two new (for me) artists in these last two posts. I've enjoyed seeng their work so much...very sweet and happy styles, the both of them!
    I'm thoroughly impressed by your yogurt making and think this mad skill of yours should definitley be featured in your header...just saying! ;)
    Between B&P making her own cheese and you making your own yogurt, I feel as if I need to start making something farmy...jams & jellies sound good, or maybe some homemade cider in the fall, or goats milk soap...I'll let you know which I decide to tackle!
    xo J~

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  24. I am coming over to buy the yoghurt and take a photo of the sign 'depuis 2009'. I'll bet it was the best tasting little pot of yoghurt ever.

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  25. Yes but can we order the yoghurt with compote instead of jam? I I have my own refillable Bonne Maman jars! Love your birdbird Mise - I can imagine it singing it to you as you go gaily about your yoghurt making next to your yellow Aga. Oh how I wish my life was as gleeful as yours :)

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  26. I now also feel like I'm living a lie, because I haven't made a single yogurt this summer. Thank you for pointing it out. You are the voice of my conscience.

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  28. Mise, I am most impressed with your skill of yoghurt making. Well done. I know if your decided to go into the yogurt business, they would fly (like Bird Bird) off the shelves. That brings us to naming your new venture and while I love Pretty Far West as a blog name, Pretty Far West Yogurt - well it might sounds like your are politically to the left of the dial and one must be politically correct to appeal to all yoghurt consumers, so we need a name, Mise's Pink Yogurt, a division of Permanent Magenta Yogurt
    Helen xx

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  29. I love your blog, I am glad I found it. Your bird painting is beautiful, I keep a small silver bird by my sink because I enjoy them so much. I also think it's cool you know how to make yogurt. :) We make ours too. I think ours is better than quite a bit of the stuff at the store. I am surprised more people don't do it.

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  30. The yogurt was the first thing to catch my eye on the photo of the little dress :)

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  31. OOOH look! Thank you for including me! So glad I got to visit too, at least through bird bird.
    Absolutely relieved that you can now proudly proclaim: 'Pretty Far West, featuring HOMEMADE YOGURT, depuis 2009.'
    Thanks for making me smile with yogurt.

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