Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Here are some of my New Year's Resolutions for 2010:
*Take excellent photos in my new light box.
*Promote on Etsy via the forums and chat at least 30 minutes a day.
*Blog 2-3 times a week.
*Feature a new shop on my blog once a month.
*Make one new treasury once a month.
*Offer giveaways more frequently.
*Set sales goals.
What are your New Year's Resolutions?
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
For it to snow the tops of the clouds must be below 0 degrees Celsius, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Snow can come from any cloud that is layered.
Sometimes the snow can be feet deep in one place while it is bare in another because the wind has blown all the snow off that spot.
As snow falls snowflakes connect to make bigger snowflakes.
Snow at the North and South Pole reflect heat into space!! That happens because the ice acts like a mirror with the heat of the sun, and the heat bounces off the ice and into space.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I have just had a blast creating these wine/bottle stoppers for my presents of kahlua for family and friends!! Teaching elementary art allows me to experiment with all art forms and I was fooling around with clay. As I was winding up my firing of the kiln at school, I came upon this idea of animal heads for the tops of corks. I made ten heads and then glazed.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
First, I bought some wonderful soaps from aBreathofFrenchair. Her soaps are small gorgeous artworks. Take a look--
Next, I found the perfect soap for the men--Beer Soap. There are different flavors if you will, made from different brands of beer. The beersoapcompany has many styles of manly soaps to choose from and I suggest you go and visit them.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- Walk as much as possible, everywhere you go.
- Use the stairs instead of an elevator
- Use her recipe for leek soup as a starter for losing weight.
- Snack on soy nuts.
- Eat greek yogurt--it's unsweetened and has a tart taste. You can add fruit with less sugar than the processed yogurts.
2/3 cup unsifted flour
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons chilled butter
1 1/2 tablespoons ice cold water
1/3 cup ground hazelnuts
1/4 cup granulated brown sugar
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin pureé (organic, natural preferred)
1 tablespoon flour
2/3 cup granulated brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
Yield: 10 servings
Put the flour, pinch of salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
Cut the chilled butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Also add the water and process for 15 seconds. If the dough is too dry, add more water by droplets. The dough should just hold together. Do not knead.
Wrap the dough in waxed paper and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pastry and fit into a 9-inch pie plate, 2 inches deep. Prick the pastry with a fork all over the bottom. Line the pie plate with aluminum foil. Add pie weights or dried beans to weigh down the dough, and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and discard foil and beans.
Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Prepare the filling by combining hazelnuts, 1/4 cup granulated brown sugar, and butter. Work into a paste and spread with the back of a fork or rubber spatula into the partially cooked pastry shell. Bake for 10 minutes. Mix together the eggs, egg yolk, pumpkin pureé, flour, 2/3 cup granulated brown sugar, spices, salt and heavy cream. Pour into the pastry shell. Turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees and bake the pie for 45 minutes.
Serve at room temperature or cold. Optional: Serve with unsweetened whipped cream (1 cup for the entire pie) on the side.
Note: The pie will keep for a few days in the refrigerator. Always take out 15 minutes before serving.
Also her website is: http://frenchwomendontgetfat.com/recipes for more recipes!
Also her website is: http://frenchwomendontgetfat.com/recipes for more recipes!
I'll post pictures of my pie next week!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
hike to the top of Lane Pinnacle Mountain.
Have a great week!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Well, I've decided what to offer my purchasers during the month of November for my one year anniversary on etsy. I figure since so many people, crafters and friends, have hearted me and my work that I will give everyone who purchases from me a handmade paper heart notecard and handmade envelope which is hand folded with bone scoring and relick glue. These are a limited edition item and will show my love for all my customers.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
It feels good to be posting paper items to my etsy store. Check out all my holiday cards and sets--they are at the top of my store. Here's a picture of my snowflake cards!! There's a limited supply so order now. Also, I'm thinking about my one year anniversary on etsy. It's coming up on November 15. Some sellers give things away to buyers during the month. Are you enticed to buy from a seller with these incentives?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Well, My workshop presentation was successful at my state art conference. The art teachers enjoyed creating an EOG (end of grade) Warrior doll. It is so fun teaching art teachers as they can expand on your idea and make the simplest project elaborate. Check out these two.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I finished my second Saturday at Art in the Park in downtown Asheville. It was a rainy iffy type day. I had to decide whether to be inside or outside with my paper. I had an ez-up style tent and chose outside to be in the main flow of traffic. The rain was not that bad. I shifted my tables in and out depending on rain or no rain.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I promised another installment on my cost effective card display, however real work has gotten in the way and I've not had time to blog. I'm sorry, yeah that I have to work!
Here are the pics. My husband says that the price totals in previous blog will really create 2 displays like the
Thanks for reading. I'm excited about Saturday's show in downtown.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Hi, I been hard at work building/creating a card display out of found materials from my art room and around the house. I am using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk containers.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Ashby, my son who is a freshman at Appalachian State in Boone, NC, is taking a Contemporary Green Living Class. As a part of the class, he is required to create and write on a blog. The entries are about his journey to lessen his footprint on earth. I would like to invite all my blog friends to click here and join/follow his blog entitled, Detecting The World Around Us.
Take Care, I'll talk about my cost savings on creating a display for my cards later in the week.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Hi, and yes, just like the title says--I was actually painting. In fact I'm getting ready for a show in Asheville so I am painting small 4 x 6 paintings of local views that visitors to our city can take home with them. I have thought of Looking Glass Mountain (on bottom left), Mount Mitchell, Biltmore House as a few places which I will paint. On the top left, is our family's favorite spot--Pilot Cove Slate Rock. What spots do you think of when you hear Asheville, NC??
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Hi, and I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Holiday. Our son, Ashby, was home from college and we did lots of stuff! He is interested in my waffle clocks and on Saturday, while I was making Christmas cards, Ashby was making a clock which he will use his metal detecting finds as hour markers.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Congratulations to.....Cappy Sue for giving me an idea during the summer to make jack-o-lantern cards out of leaves!! It was a great challenge to find a leaf that resembled a pumpkin!! Then I found lace bits to make the eyes and mouth and also to make it look more scary. I hope you like them CappySue. They kind of look like alien pumpkins:-) While you are looking at these cards, pop on over the CappySue's etsy store. She has lots of Halloween paintings!! Thanks for entering a new idea CappySue!!
While I was experimenting, I made five more jack-o-lantern cards. Would you like to win them? First, follow me, then leave me a comment about your favorite item in my etsy store. I will draw a name on Tuesday night and publish the winner. Please leave me contact info!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I am very excited about learning how to create a logo out of a soft rubber that fits my mould. Here are the pictures of the logo I made for Judy and Em Rigg at Palm Key. This is a Palmetto tree which is the state tree of South Carolina. I'm very pleased and so are Judy and Em.
Speaking of being pleased, if you need a vacation getaway near the Low Country of South Carolina, I highly recommend Palm Key. It is located on the marshes of SC and is convenient to Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Georgia. Each cottage is a separate unit with low country vegetation surrounding it. Cottages have 1 to 5 bedrooms.
Check out the Palm Key website for more information.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I explained the process to some 5th graders and they were very interested, especially in the paper with shredded money. I promised I would teach them!!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Then I made paper out of oriental bittersweet leaves as a freebie for the Western North Carolina Alliance. The staff works to pull, cut, and kill this invasive plant from our National Forests. It has been a big hit!! I didn't take any photos of these :-(
Lastly, I am thinking about featuring another artist on my blog. I'm not sure how many times per week I could do this, while returning to teaching again. Let me know if you'd be interested in collaborating.
Thanks for reading~!
Friday, August 21, 2009
It is quite an emotionally draining experience. While I'm happy for Ashby, I am sad for me and Bob because we will miss his presence. I also am happy for Ashby because I know that Bob and I have done a great job to prepare him for this next stage in his life. I want Ashby to achieve and learn all that he can while at college to carry him forth in life. I have come full circle in my thinking and know that this is a natural progression in life but wanted to express my feelings.
Thanks for listening.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Oh, well, you can see I'm obsessed with papermaking. :-)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Like the title says, I've been chopping, cooking, canning tomatoes to make chunky salsa. Bob, my husband and Ashby, my son, wanted chunky thick salsa, so that was what I was working toward.
For two days, that's what I've done for about 3-4 hours. Pioneer women were tough to cook and can all the food for the winter. The counter is loaded with 2 days worth of salsa making. The first recipe had 4 jalapenos and 6 pablono peppers. I made 4 quarts yesterday. Today with a different recipe, I used 4 pablono peppers, 2 cayenne and 2 bell peppers and lime juice, I made 5 quarts and 1 pint.
Whew, I know it will taste good in the winter.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Well, technical difficulties....can't upload video. Will try again later! Need to cut to 100 MB. Maybe tonight!
Well, I've successfully uploaded the video to facebook.
Click and check it out.
After watching the video, please answer the question--would you be interested in a more detailed description of papermaking?
Friday, August 14, 2009
Speaking logging on and following, my friend Aurora Rose is hosting a great giveaway if she can reach 150 followers. Please check out her blog to find out the details.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Well, on the business side of things, I received a check from a gallery last week, I have two different jobs to make special paper and I have some pictures of my Queen Anne's Lace paper which reminds me of Christmas. What do you think? I'll add the link to buy them a little later. The pack will have 10 cards for $15.
Now is the time--I listed these note cards in my artfire studio. Here is the direct link to these cards.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I am reminding myself that the day to day hassles aren't the important things but do what you love and give of yourself.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Hi, I've just listed my gift card holders which you helped me design. I'd like to offer you a chance to buy these first. I'm selling 2 for $3.75. Mention my blog in your checkout and I'll throw in an extra card holder, because you are my friends. Click here to link to my new item.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Hey to my trusty blog readers!! Here's three ideas for the gift card holders made from my paper. Tow are folded, origami style and the other one has the bead and loop sticthed onto the paper. Give me feedback, please!