Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

We had fun. 
My daughter cheered her first college game...

We were so proud...

I will not show you the other 156 photos and the 22 videos (we will save those for tomorrow). Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already seen a few of these pictures! 

As you can tell from last week's posts, I am thankful to be painting, again...

We were able to spend time together as a family. 

This was my view trying to watch television the other night...

I am on the sofa - with no room for my feet.  The television is to the right, but they are content to watch out the dark window and wait for a burglar to walk up and knock.

Hey, girls, could you scoot over just a little?

I also made these this weekend....

The kids and I like them!

And, I want to live here for the fall....

Wow. Someone is quite fortunate.

Have a great day!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Just a few days ago I went to bed wondering if I should continue to pursue art. 

Now, I can't put my brushes down.

Things can change in the blink of an eye.

Enjoy your day! 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


How cute is this idea for a laundry hamper?....

It is made from old screens. Very cool. I'm not sure I am tall enough to use that one.  There might be lots of socks left at the bottom when I am done.

I bought an old laundry basket at a flea market while visiting my dad in Tennessee 10 years ago,

 and then Pottery Barn came out with theirs....

Hmmm. Same wave length as PB at that time, I guess. 

I also found this cute DIY idea the other day, if you have a hankering to build a laundry basket....

And, finally, one of the most inspirational laundry room posts I have ever run across is this 'before and after' by Kelly at View Along the Way...

She spent $157. That is a stenciled wall. And painted floors. 
She is a genius. 

On to the topic of ME -
here is one more painting I created this week that I haven't shared with you....

Very similar to another one I painted, earlier this week. But, that one sold in my Etsy store, so I had to replace it!

Have a great day.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun Times

The creativity bug has bitten me, this week.  

Abstract art...
Whimsical paintings...

Call it what you want  - I've had a fun time.

Back to my computer and "regular" work for the remainder of the week.  (Woe is me - violin music - or maybe an Eeyore voice)

As I drag myself back to the computer, I need to remember that I am fortunate to have found the time to sneak in a little painting!

Have a great day!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

New Art

I'm finally back in my art studio. 

And GLAD to be painting, again.  

For sure.

I walk past this painting in my hall, every day...

it is just too DARK. 

So I added flowers to the "frame"....

I enjoy walking past it, now.

Hope to post a few more paintings, later this week.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Fig Preserves

I will be honest. I had never even tried fig preserves, until I made a batch, yesterday.

I'm not sure I had ever eaten a fig.

We had strong thunderstorms earlier this week and our power was out for about four hours. And my cell phone wasn't charged. Gasp! And all of our cars were out and about (so there was no way to charge my phone in the car), therefore, I was at a loss for something to do. 

Which never ever happens. I ALWAYS have something to do. 

So - no electricity means no electronics, no way to wash and dry clothes, no television, no cooking dinner, all of which was sort of like a little mini-vacation. So, my son and I walked over to my neighbor's yard. She is 92 years old and is very kind to us. She has 4 huge fig trees where the deer and their fawns hang out all summer torturing my two labs who are stuck in our fence.

My elderly neighbor mentions to me every year that I am welcome to her figs because she doesn't like them - she only likes fig preserves. The offer of free figs has never seemed appealing, until lately. She told me last week as we discussed her figs and the deer population in her yard, "what the deer don't eat from the bottom, the birds get from the top." 

So we picked all of the figs that we could reach. 

And the next day I found a fig preserve recipe.  I will gladly attempt anything with only 3 ingredients. (Figs, sugar, lemon, plus salt and water = easy as pie). I cooked the figs and actually canned the figs. 

I CANNED them - in a pot - with boiling water. This was clearly an adventurous day.

I found directions entitled Water Bath Canning for Beginners by Canning Granny here.  I do not know how people cooked before the internet. I can hardly remember life before the internet.

And I took a couple of jars to my neighbor who owns the trees.

I tasted the fig preserves. They are delicious. Then again, isn't the fruit-with-sugar combination just heavenly no matter what? This is something I may try, again. I might even ask for canning equipment for Christmas. 

Have a great day!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Second Time Around - College Drop Off

We took another child to college, last week....

(Obligatory photo in front of dorm.)

Now both of my girls are on the same campus, one block from each other - which is quite comforting for a mom.  Can you run check on her.. can you run with your sister to get such and such...

Eldest daughter (dark hair) received a job offer this week for when she graduates next spring!  So-so-so excited and proud of her! 

Children certainly grow up quickly, once they pass the pre-school age!

Now that 2/3 of my kids are out of the nest, does that mean I am old? 
Surely not!

And I did not take any cute dorm photos, this go round. Maybe that room will be clean when I visit for a football game? Odds are slim, I'm guessing!

Have a great day!

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