February 28

Inspiration Results – February 28


Every Monday, I’m posting a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I’m posting how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

This week’s inspiration was the 1940’s. Here is the girl that came out of that inspiration…

1940's Girl 1

AND…I want to thank everyone who left me an inspiration idea on Monday. I’m going to use every one of them, starting next week! Again, “thank you!”

1940's Girl 2

How to be HAPPY!


Every Thursday, Jay of The Depp Effect, posts something that makes her happy, and I’m playing along. She encourages us to look around and notice the things that make us happy. It really makes you consider the things that make life good, and often those things are small but powerful.

Here’s something that makes me happy…SOAPSTONE.


I think I’m drawn to soapstone because of the endless variety of patterns and colors and the beautiful smooth feel. I don’t collect soapstone, but if I get a few more pieces, I’m going to have to change my story because the lie is going to become pretty obvious.

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February 27

Wanted: Clever Ideas


Do you have a clever idea for using something intended for one purpose for something entirely different…like using a coffee mug as a pencil holder? If you do have a great idea that’s made your life a little easier or a little more fun, I’d love to include it in a post I’m preparing.

Pencil Mug

Share your cleverness with me in the Comments or send me an email at whatremainsnow@gmail.com. Pictures are welcome.

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February 26

Three Dog Jokes


Freedom Joke

Freedom: We love a good joke around here. Have you heard this one?

A local business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window:


Must be able to type, must be good with a computer and must be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A short time afterwards, a dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined.

Getting the idea, the receptionist got the office manager. The office manager looked at the dog and was surprised, to say the least. However, the dog looked determined, so he lead him into the office. Inside, the dog jumped up on the chair and stared at the manager.

The manager said, “I can’t hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type.” The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to type out a perfect letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager and gave it to him, then jumped back on the chair. The manager was stunned, but then told the dog, “The sign says you have to be good with a computer.”

The dog jumped down again and went to the computer. The dog proceeded to demonstrate his expertise with various programs and produced a sample spreadsheet and presented it to the manager. By this time the manager was totally dumb-founded! He looked at the dog and said, “I realize that you are a very intelligent dog and have some interesting abilities. However, I still can’t give you the job.”

The dog jumped down, went to the sign in the window and put his paw on the sentence that mentioned being an Equal Opportunity Employer. The manager said, “Yes, but the sign also says that you have to be bilingual.”

The dog looked him straight in the face and said, “Meow.”

Casper Joke

Casper: Ha ha ha! Good one, Freedom. I like this one.

A man decided to go on a safari. He took his faithful dog along for company. One day the dog starts chasing butterflies and before long the dog discovers he is lost. So, wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch.

The dog thinks, “Oh boy, I’m in deep stuff now.” Then he notices some bones lying nearby on the ground and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.

Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dog exclaims loudly, “That was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride, and slinks away into the trees. “Whew”, says the leopard. “That was close. That dog nearly had me.”

Meanwhile, a monkey who has been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard.

So off he goes. But the dog sees him heading off after the leopard and figures that something is amiss. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans about the dog’s ruse and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Hop on my back, monkey, and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine.” Now the dog sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, “Oh boy, it looks like I’ve really had it now.”

But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to the leopard and the monkey and pretends that he hasn’t seen them. And just when they get close enough to hear him, the dog says, “Where  is that monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to get me another leopard, and he’s still not back.”

Nikki Joke

Nikki: You guys are killin’ me! Here’s my favorite.

A woman brings her parrot to the vet. The parrot is stiff and lifeless.

“I’m sorry ma’am, but this parrot is dead.”

“How can you tell so quickly?” replies the woman. “Isn’t there a way to be absolutely certain?”

So, the vet whistles and a beautiful black Labrador Retriever walks in the examining room. The Lab sniffs around the parrot for a few moments, then looks at the vet with sad eyes and shakes his head.

“A dog shakes its head and I’m supposed to believe that?!” cries the woman. “You’re going to have to do more to prove that my poor parrot is dead!”

So, the vet leaves momentarily, comes back with a cat and puts it on the table beside the parrot. The cat looks closely at the parrot, walks around it, prods it a bit, then shakes his head and jumps off the table.

Finally, the woman seems convinced. As she turns for the door, the vet announces that she owes him $500.

“$500?!” the woman asks. “How in the world could it be that much just to tell me my parrot is dead?”

“Well, it would have been a lot cheaper, but with that lab report and cat scan…”

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February 25

In My Studio – February 25


Here’s what’s going on in my studio…

Last week, I mentioned that I put together a proposal to teach a fabric flower class online. Thank you for all your well wishes. I am so happy to tell you that my proposal was accepted and now, I’ll start to put together the class! I’m looking forward to the challenge, and it will be a challenge particularly because I’ll need to learn to shoot the video. Fortunately, there’s a lot of information out there to help me.

Class Planning

This Week’s Inspiration

In 2013, I’m doing Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration.

Last week’s inspiration was ICE. This is the girl that came out of that inspiration…

Ice Girl 2

This week’s inspiration is the 1940’s.

Now a special request…I would love for March’s “inspirations” to come from you. Do you have an idea for me? If so, please leave a comment with your inspiration idea. It can be a word, a story, an idea, a time period, a book, a song…whatever you can think of.

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February 24

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 8


I’m reading Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. I picked this book because I’m trying to figure out the place I want painting to play in my life.

This week…Chapter 7, “The Long and Winding Roads,” addresses the problem of indecision and competing interests.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

This chapter was very interesting to me and I hope, ultimately, very helpful because it made me reflect on inclinations I’ve had all my life…(1) I’m interested in almost everything, (2) I’m easily distracted, and (3) I get bored if I have to do that same thing for too long. When I initially typed the preceding sentence, I typed “problems” instead of “inclinations.” Although these tendencies can be a problem in one sense, that is who I am, and I’m not dissatisfied…BUT, in trying to put some form to my creative life, being willy-nilly-all-over-the-place isn’t serving me well.

CLWL Part 8 Maya Path

The main exercise in this chapter, what the author considers “the most essential exercise in the entire book,” is to think through three possible futures for yourself. She gives you a variety of questions to help you live out the three paths in your imagination.

For my three paths, I chose painter, teacher and writer.

When I wrote out my life based on these three different paths, the following became much clearer…

1. Imagining my life as a painter had the most joy and passion. I could imagine that life well into the future and could come up with all sorts of interesting things I’d like to do in that life.

2. Imagining my life as a teacher and writer didn’t hold the same excitement. The only way I could get excited about either of these paths was to imagine them in connection with painting or with being an artist and creative person.

3. Although these things quickly became clear when I did the exercise, I realized how having these different “paths” living in my head has kept me from focusing on the path I truly want to pursue.

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February 23

Mishawaka Antiques


Madonna In Birdcage

Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date. I think over the course of 2013, I’ll find myself taking many Artist Dates in antique stores.

Mishawaka Antiques

This is one of my favorite antique stores, Mishawaka Antiques.

Handpainted Drinking Glasses

I love antiques, and I imagine my Aunt Alma is responsible for a lot of that love.

 Old Marbles

Why do I find antiques so fascinating? I imagine it’s because…

Silver Set

…antiques are special to their era and capture a unique moment in time and history.

Courting Scene

Their uniqueness makes them an art form…

Chair Seat

…and often help us demonstrate our style and perspective in how we use them and incorporate them in our lives.

Architectural Pieces

Antiques speak simultaneously of permanence and change.

Beautiful Bust

They hold a sense of mystery.

Old Junior Classics

Each one holds stories and journeys untold, and when we bring them into our story…magic.

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February 22

Poetry & Kindness 7.0


Every Friday, I share a poem. Friday is also the day I post a prompt of something you can do to make the world a kinder place. I call this the Kind is Kool challenge.

I offer both the poem and the kindness challenge without any obligation, so “Comments” are turned off every Friday. Enjoy.

Poetry 7



And I grew up in patterned tranquility,
In the cool nursery of the young century.
And the voice of man was not dear to me,
But the voice of the wind I could understand.
But best of all the silver willow.
And obligingly, it lived
With me all my life; it’s weeping branches
Fanned my insomnia with dreams.
And strange!–I outlived it.
There the stump stands; with strange voices
Other willows are conversing
Under our, under those skies.
And I am silent…As if a brother had died.

Anna Akhmatova


Kind is Kool Challenge

Kind Is Kool 500x200

Week 7 Challenge – Find a funny joke and tell it to as many people as you can this week.

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February 21

Inspiration Results – February 21


Every Monday, I’m posting a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I’m posting how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

This week’s inspiration was ICE. Here is the girl that came out of this inspiration…

Ice Girl 1

My original idea was to paint a wispy girl against a blue and white background, but as I’m learning, once I get painting, one thing leads to another and pretty soon I have something completely different than what I intended.

How to be HAPPY!


Every Thursday, I’m also participating in How to be HAPPY! a challenge hosted by Jay of The Depp Effect.

This is a great challenge because it really makes you consider the things that make life good, and often those things are small but powerful. So easy to participate…Take a picture and write about one thing that makes you happy in some small way. Then, head on over to The Depp Effect and link your post.

Here’s something that makes me happy…FINGERNAIL POLISH.

Nail Polish

I’ve loved fingernail polish for a long, long time. Until recently, I stuck with red, pink and neutral colors. Last year, I started to pick up a bottle or two of some of the new colors that have been popular the last several years. I am really starting to enjoy it. My new favorite polish is Julep. I’m wearing Daphne in the picture. Wearing fingernail polish just makes you feel…polished.

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February 20

Faux Shepherd’s Pie


Healthy foodies, look away. People who hate to cook, read on.

Faux Shepherd's Pie Ingredients

I am a horrible cook, and I hate to cook (probably why I’m a horrible cook). So, I’m always looking for super simple recipes. My sister gave me this recipe years ago and it remains one of my favorites.

Faux Shepherd’s Pie

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 jar spaghetti sauce

1 can green beans (cut or french)

Mashed potatoes

Cheese (your favorite)

1. Brown ground beef and drain fat.

2. Mix ground beef with 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce. Spoon into a 2-quart casserole dish.

Faux Pie Step 2

3. Drain can of green beans. Layer on top of ground beef.

Faux Pie Step 3

4. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese.

Faux Pie Step 4

5. Place in 350° oven and bake until warm through and cheese is melted…usually 20-30 minutes.

Here’s where I get clever…I brown 2 lbs. of ground beef, drain and mix in the whole jar of spaghetti sauce. I divide the ground beef between two casserole dishes and now I have the hard part done for TWO suppers…one for tonight and one for the freezer. You can fully assemble the freezer dish with green beans, mashed potatoes and cheese or wait and add those layers later.

Shepherd’s Pie Trivia (I learned this from Deccy of Declan’s Dog Blog)…Shepherd’s Pie is originally an English dish, traditionally made with lamb or mutton. The English call the beef dish a Cottage Pie.

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February 19

Spoiled Rotten Box


Spoiled Rotten Logo

I got an email asking if we’d like to receive a complimentary PetFlow Spoiled Rotten Box and do a review. The answer from Freedom, Casper and Nikki was a very loud, “YES!” The name certainly sounds like it was made for us.

Spoiled Rotten Box

PetFlow not only offers the Spoiled Rotten Box, they carry almost 150 brands of pet food, treats and supplies including some of the highest quality brands that may not be available where you live. Plus, shipping is free if your order is more than $49.

Spoiled Rotten Box Open

The Spoiled Rotten Box is a monthly gift club where every month you receive a box in the mail filled with hand-picked treats, toys and accessories for your pup. A super cool thing about the Spoiled Rotten Box…there’s one for kitties too!

Spoiled Rotten Box January 2013

Every edible product is Made in the USA. All products are made by premium companies and each box is stuffed with almost $40 worth of products for $24.99 a month. The Spoiled Rotten Box comes in one size only.

Spoiled Rotten Box Content Card

Each box comes with a card describing all the products. If you love a particular product, you can order more from PetFlow. Here’s what was in January’s Spoiled Rotten Box:

Pet Naturals Breath Bites

Pet Naturals Breath Bites.

Old Mother Hubbard Dog Biscuits

Old Mother Hubbard P-Nuttier Mini Dog Biscuits.

Luther's Treats

Luther’s Treats BODY.

Natural Balance Rolls

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Duck & Potato Rolls.

John Paul Pet Wipes

John Paul Pet Full Body and Paw Dog Wipes.

Frills The Triceratops

Frill the Triceratops with Chew Guard by goDog.

Toy Tester Nikki

Nikki, Official Toy Tester

I was impressed with the Spoiled Rotten Box. All monthly subscription programs talk about the “value” you receive, but I enjoy getting a box for the pups because of the “surprise” factor. It’s fun to see what’s in the box and try products that I might not try otherwise.

Happy Birthday, Pip & Sissy

Ann of Zoolatry made this Happy Birthday Badge

Last week, we were honored to be part of Pip & Puddle’s Bucket World Tour. Today, is Pip’s human sissy’s 7th birthday. Hopefully, it won’t be true, but this may be the last birthday they spend together. They are very close. She calls all of us “Pip’s friends,” so her mom is trying to make this an extra special birthday. If you would, please stop by Pip’s blog and wish his human sissy a very Happy Birthday!

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