April 30

In My Studio – April 30


This past week, I was busy getting ready for and going to Greyhounds in Gettyburg.  I’ll be telling you all about it, starting tomorrow.  So, not too much was going on in my studio.  Here’s what did happen:

This tree was the last week of April’s “Try Me” button projects.


I also painted this set of candlesticks.

The candlesticks came from Goodwill.  I used Martha Stewart’s High Gloss Acrylic Paint.  I was very impressed with its coverage, consistency and gloss.  To make sure the finish is durable, let it cure for 21 days.

Daily Inspiration


There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.

Wesley Bates 

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April 29

Comfortable Travel


I can’t wait to share my adventures from Greyhounds in Gettysburg.  Part of the adventure is traveling there and back…an 8-hour car trip.  Here are some things I take to ensure a comfortable trip:


Travel Pillow – I was anxious to try the Total Pillow.  It is a winner.

Layers & Travel Blanket – In case I get a little too hot or a little too cold.

Books & Magazines – I love to read while the miles pass by.

Beverage – For me, travel without coffee is impossible to conceive.

Pen & Paper – I get some good ideas while traveling; but if I don’t write them down, they’re gone.  Pen & paper are essential.

Music & Audiobooks – CDs or an iPod really make the trip go by quickly.

Join me on Tuesday for the first installment of my Greyhounds in Gettysburg adventure.

Daily Inspiration


When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

Susan Heller

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April 28

Oops…Beauty Problems Solved


I love beauty tips and tricks.  Here are three that I think are clever and effective:

Smeared Mascara

The trick…let the smudge dry (about 60 seconds).  It will flake off or, if it doesn’t, it will come off cleaner with the help of a dampened Q-tip.  Precision Tips Q-tips are my favorite for eye make-up “corrections.” 


Doused In Perfume

Unscented Febreze to the rescue!  Spray the Unscented Febreze in the air in front of you and walk through it.  The Unscented Febreze will diffuse the fragrance without adding any additional scent.  The only difficulty…finding unscented Febreze can be a challenge.

Powdered-Skin Look

A face with too much powder isn’t a good look.  The remedy is simple, a quick mist of water from a spray bottle.  Even nicer, a spritz from a hydrating spray like Caudalie’s Grape Water.

Daily Inspiration


When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other.

Chinese Proverb

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April 27

How To Paint An Owl – Week 4


I’m taking How to Paint an Owl E-course by Juliette Crane.  Sadly, I didn’t get any painting done this week.  In fact, I haven’t even looked at this week’s lesson.  Regardless of the fact that I’m behind, I’m already thinking about what’s next.

After I finish How to Paint an Owl, I’ll probably spend a few week doing some projects from books I have; but I also have my eye on another e-course…Supplies Me by Jane Davenport.

This course looks like so much fun.  Here’s Jane’s description of the e-course:

Supplies Me is an online workshop about art supplies with an emphasis on use in visual/art journals. But the only way to truly understand and unlock the potential of these amazing tools is to use them, so I have designed a program of intensive (not scary!) drawing lessons to do just that. The emphasis will be on faces and the figure. So as you are experimenting with using your art supplies in different ways, you will also be learning the basic structure of the feminine face and how to shade, colour and render it. I’ll also share my fashion illustration experience and get you drawing the female figure with ease too!

During the course, you work with colored pencils, watercolors, pens & markers, pastels and acrylics.

I’m still looking around, but this online workshop is tempting me pretty bad.

Daily Inspiration


Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

Pablo Picasso

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April 26

Memorabilia – What Do You Do With It?


This month, I started tackling my memorabilia.  As I get things sorted, the question becomes, “Now, what do I do with all this stuff.”  One of my goals is to “live” with my memorabilia…to enjoy and share my memories by having them displayed throughout my home and readily available.  Memorabilia can be particularly challenging because it comes in so many forms.  Here are a few things I’ve started doing with my memorabilia:

Using it in my home decor.  Getting it out of the box, drawer or closet and putting it where I can see it every day.


Storing it properly so it’s preserved and easily accessible.  One of the categories of memorabilia I have is clothing and textiles; but they need to be properly stored.  I’ve started by getting a few acid-free art boxes.  They’re large enough to store things, but small enough to fit nicely in the closet so they’re easy to get to.

Last week, Kari from Hound Girl shared what she does with cards:

One thing I do with all the cards I get is I tear them apart punch a hole up in the top left corner of the cards and I put them on one of those key rings that opens and closes and then I can go back and look at them any time – I have rings for xmas cards, wedding cards etc – its a fun way to keep them oraganzied and an easy way to look back at them.

I’m super interested to hear your great ideas…things you’ve done with your memorabilia or things you dream of doing with your memorabilia.  Please share your ideas in the “Comments.”  I’ll be revisiting this subject later in the year, as I get further along with this project.

Daily Inspiration


The home is the chief school of human virtues.

William Ellery Channing

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April 25

Try This – Button Painting


April’s “Try This” projects have all involved buttons.  This week, a painting with buttons.

I started by painting a canvas.

I sketched the tree with a drawing pastel.

I painted the tree.

Then, added buttons.  The inspiration for this project came from Pinterest.

Daily Inspiration


To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

Eva Young

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April 24

Love This – Crocheted Cactus


I am honored to have won a crocheted cactus from Dip-Dip and The Bridge.  I’m in LOVE!  My pictures don’t do justice to the “coolness” of this little cactus. 

Dip-Dip and The Bridge is the blog of Dinah, Bridget and Elliot, three wildly wonderful chihuahuas.  Sometimes they even let their Mum, Lynne, do a post.  I’m a new reader of Dip-Dip and The Bridge, but it has quickly become one of my favorites.  Here’s why:

1.  Dinah, Bridget and Elliot are adorable, funny and they rule the roost.  I can relate to three dogs who rule the roost.

2.  Lynne goes on trips around the British Isles and does great posts about her adventures.  I hope when I have my “Get Me To Britain” trip funded, I can talk her into being my guide.

3.  Lynne is an awesome fiber artist.  I would love to learn to knit and crochet.  By “love to learn,” I mean have the ability magically appear in my life…NOT, take the time and effort to actually learn; so, in the meantime, I have to be content with “ooh-ing and aah-ing” over Lynne’s creations.  She also has fun tutorials on how to make a bandana and a scrunchie necklace for your pups. 

4.  Through their blog, Lynne’s and the pups’ lives shine through and reach out in friendship.

How did I win?  Lynne hosted a give-away to celebrate her 250th post.  You had to leave a plant-related comment.  Here’s the link to my winning entry.

Thank you, Lynne, Dinah, Bridget and Elliot.  Your little cactus will have pride of place in my home.

Daily Inspiration


Two kinds of gratitude:  The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

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April 23

In My Studio – April 23


This past week, I continued with “button” projects for April’s “Try This” posts.  Antique buttons were the focus.

As a tiny bouquet.

In a dish.

As part of a picture.

I spent a fun evening with my card club gals, and we made these two cards.

One inspired by a card on Mary Fish’s website, Stampin’ Pretty.

One that our Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Char, created.

In my How to Paint an Owl E-Course, we learned how to add embellishments to our owls.

Daily Inspiration


The soul speaks in image.

Carl Jung 

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April 22

A Side Dish Recipe


I’m a horrible cook; but whenever I have to take a side dish anywhere, this one gets compliments.

Creamy Rice and Succotash Casserole

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

1/2 cup diced yellow onion

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

1 can condensed broccoli cheese soup, regular or low fat

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, regular or low fat

1 cup milk

2 bay leaves

3 cups cooked rice

16 ounces frozen succotash vegetable medley (peas, corn, carrots, green beans, and lima beans)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place butter, yellow onion, and red bell pepper in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cooking for 4-5 minutes, just until the onions begin to turn translucent.

2.  Add the condensed broccoli cheese soup, condensed cream of chicken soup, milk, and bay leaves (tear each slightly to help release their flavor, but keep them intact to easily remove) to the skillet, stirring constantly until everything is combined into a smooth sauce.  Bring up to a simmer and then remove from heat and let sit at least 5 minutes.

3.  Place rice and frozen vegetables into a 2.5 quart baking dish and cover with the sauce from the skillet.  Stir all to combine, removing the 2 bay leaves as you find them.

4.  Top with the grated Parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes, just until bubbly hot.  Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

This recipe comes from the cookbook,  Hot Recipes in Cool Dishes by Tara McConnell.  Sadly, it is no longer in print.  I just ordered Tara’s new cookbook, More Hot Recipes in Cool Dishes from QVC.  Hope it has some good recipes too…I need all the help I can get.

Daily Inspiration


The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.

Beatrice & Ira Freeman

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April 21

Before You Speak



The subject, Stop & T.H.I.N.K. Before You Speak, was discussed in one of my favorite sermons.  Is what you’re about to say…

T = True

H = Helpful

I = Important

N = Necessary

K = Kind

The wrong thing said any time misses.

The right thing said at the wrong time misses.

The right thing said the wrong way misses.

The right thing said the right way at the right time has a chance.

I wish I would remember to consider this more often.

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Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.

Spanish Proverb

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