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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Work In Progress...

...I finally picked up a brush. I attempted to finish a beautiful portrait of a woman today. Hubby and I had a good laugh as I kept ruining her and ruining her. As I started to wash up and call it "one of those" days, I saw Him, then she no longer existed. I'm not sure how He will turn out but I believe I am keeping the base color scheme. One side of the canvas purple & reds lit with light, for power & royalty. The other side, greens, blues & yellow for renewal, growth & His Light...

  
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Thanks to my Followers who are still following and for stopping by! I know I have been neglecting my blog, "my happy place", a lot more than I should.  Someone I love is & has been fighting for their life so it has been very difficult as of late to paint. I will start pieces and not finish them. I have been drawing and working on some embroidery designs to digitize and doing some zentangles thanks to my sister's persistent encouragement. I should share some of them in my shops ...soon, but mostly I have been pacifying myself with yarn, thread & fabric, it's my comfort food, my soul food.  My BFF gave me an embroidery design for tea light holders, the battery operated kind, so I have been having fun making those.  Honestly, I didn't really like them at first but I was just looking at the picture, then after I sewed one out, I was hooked. In person they are so  much cuter!  Ok so some of you will know what you are getting for Christmas or what you will be getting when you come & visit.  I'm making a set for outside on the patio.  I have a concrete block wall around the patio and when I have a party I put real tea lights in glass holders all over the wall.  It's really pretty but it's a pain lighting all the candles and then making sure they are all out. I think these will be great for that. Combining a portion of the original design I am able to create any design I want as a tea light holder, well most.  I did list them to sell because they are so different and make great gifts.  If I get lots of orders I won't be able to make them all myself but I do have a person that will help.  Depending on the design each can take 15 - 30 minutes to sew out and I can't wait to get a little battery tea light in them as soon as they are finished!  Click on the Live Bold light below to see more.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Peacock & Pieces...

I had so much fun making this peacock bag with all my bits & pieces from vintage fabrics...
The peacock machine embroidery design was free at Free Embroidery Designs. 
http://v.evafery.com/peacock-embroidery-design/
Click HERE or on the picture for a link to the free design. 
As you can see I don't follow the rules when it comes to color, I made up my own peacock colors.
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   The lining is a magical royal purple satin that they don't make anymore.  I only a a little left.  I'll admit I am a fabric hoarder.  I don't think I'll find myself on tv yet, but I do have a good stash.  I am about to bust it loose on some more of these bags though.  I put myself to sleep 2 nights in a row thinking of bags I can make! haha I am working on several now & hope to get them finished in the next few days. On has a Heart Locket w/ keyhole that has wings from Urban Threads, I am also working on a Butterfly bag. and I hand died white cotton fabric today for a Cherry or Strawberry bag that I want to make.  
 I died the fabric by floating oil paints on water, then dipping it in, making pretty marbling that looks so fun! Suminagashi  style. I hope it works, I've never tried it. I figure I will iron it, then wash it with Dawn and see what happens.....if it works you will see it on a new bag!  When it comes to sewing every seam has to be perfect. It has to be cut perfectly, no mistakes, so this is a good exercise to let go of some of that OCD that keeps me from creating at times. No Fear - if I wreck it - it's gone!
I have had peacocks in my brain since our little trip to Daffodil Hill where they had lots of them including a pure white peacock!
 
I hope this inspires you to create something new!
Blessings!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I Like it Hot!...

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 (I think those are 2 knitting needles. hahaha)

For the past few months I have been making a big pot of veggie soup every week.  I don't care if it's getting hot either! Today I plopped a big yellow hot pepper & special garbanzo beans into the pool. The broth was so good as you can see I already need to add water to this and I made it this morning.  The beans & the pepper really pumped up what may have turned out to be ordinary.  I love how every pot of veggie soup has it's own personality and I think each pot gets better and better until it's gone. I have been reheating the soup on the stove instead of the microwave. Just like Mom used to do. :) I now season each pot with extra virgin olive oil. 

The garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in today's pot were cooked from dried beans. I used a Punjabi recipe whereby you cook them with some olive oil, a big pinch of baking soda (amuses me to watch it foam), a tea bag, 1" piece of cinnamon stick & 2 cardamon pods. I added 2 cloves of garlic & salt.  I think it makes them taste a little like boiled peanuts and I love boiled peanuts, no one else thinks so, but I can dream a bit, nonetheless it makes them good! Try it!  I may try it with some other beans as well just to see what happens. 

Why all the soup? The past few months I have been eating vegetarian mostly. I have eaten a few bites of meat- very few and I do eat eggs and cheese.  I haven't really missed meat - except for chicken. I love chicken like Forrest Gump liked shrimp, however, even that is getting less appealing.  It's an attempt to get a little healthier,  learn how to cook more creatively, and a little bit for my BFF too, who is suffering so much that she can't eat meat. I can share some of the things I cook or can cook for her when I go down.  Sometimes it's easy to get stuck eating the same things all the time when you change your diet. Especially when you are on a diet. Eating vegetarian is way more tasty than I thought it would be.  I saw this show the other night on tv and they said salad is not the healthiest thing to eat when given a choice between a salad and Ham & Cheese Sandwich. People are getting sick from eating unclean salads (bacteria & such) more than any other food. So they compared the risk and for that fact alone the ham & cheese won.  I'll take a cheese & hold the ham :) Grilled cheese :)  I am feeling better and have lost a little weight as well. So yea!  

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When the waitress in a New York City restaurant brought him the soup du jour, the Englishman was a bit dismayed. 
"Good heavens," he said, "what is this?" 
"Why, it's bean soup," she replied. 
"I don't care what it has been," he sputtered. "What is it now?"
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If I had some spare time... 
Free Kitchen Vegetable Cross Stitch Pattern 
To Print Click on the Picture to go to link & download.
Make it a great day!



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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

So Blue...

....not even these Blue Raspberry & Yellow Butter Cake Cupcakes with Sprinkles could make me feel better but my guys are happy.

I don't like raspberries, but I did try one (it was a visual thing) and guess what? They taste like very strong raspberries!  If you love raspberry then this new frosting is for you.  

The sprinkles are pretty on them. ($1 @ The Dollar Store) No,  I'm not getting paid for these ads. haha 
Inspiration some in strange packages sometimes.
The blue & purple are an interesting combo & may show up in a painting soon. hahaha

All fun aside, I am blue, very blue today, and I am asking for your prayers for my BFF, Bobbi, as she is now battling cancer & for her life for the 3rd time. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Thank you & God Bless you.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I'm a Dipper...

...but not a Double Dipper! I love dip. All kinds of dips. Dips intrigue me, so do sauces but that's another story. Actually, it's a love/hate relationship. haha I do feel a little less guilty eating this dip because there is some protein in it! I'm a tofu lover too. :) 


Yummy Garlic Ranch Tofu Dip
1/2 Block of Firm Tofu
(could use soft tofu if you prefer)
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 Tbsp Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix
1 green onion
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp lemon juice ( may add more if too thick)
salt & pepper to taste
Put all in food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve Cold.

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