Friday, May 23, 2014

Sunflower Painting


I made this sunflower painting for my cousin that just got married and moved into a house with very few pieces of artwork. It's painted on plywood using watercolor and acrylic paints.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dear Lucky Agent Contest by GLA Blog

How often have you thought, "I could write a book." Writing it is one thing and selling it in this competitive world is quite another. In today's marketplace you need an literary agent just to get your manuscript read by a publishing house. You may go the self-publishing or e-book route. Understand that the burden of promotion is on you both financially and physically. That's a pretty big undertaking.



Check out GLA's contest here to win a literary agent. This contest focus is on young adult fiction writers. The contest is live through the end of the day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Good luck!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Grape Leaves




One of my favorite dishes is stuffed grape leaves. Here's a quick recipe.



1 cup brown rice

1/4 cup pistachio's-crushed

3/4 cup olive oil

2 cups chopped onions1 tea. salt

1 tea. allspice

1 tea. cinnamon

1/2 cup mint leaves

1/4 cup dill

juice of half a lemon

grape leaves



Cook the rice and add all the ingredients except grape leaves. Fill leaves with mixture and roll as you would for a stuffed cabbage or any stuffed food - leaving room on each side to fold the leaves. Refrigerate. Enjoy!




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 2014!


It was a cold, and quiet day in Michigan. The storms from Minnesota are headed into the Great Lakes region with the promise of 2-6" of snow. I spotted this redbud leaf that looked like it was preparing for a long winter's nap.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Waiting for Santa



While I was baking cookies and scones early this morning, Lily was looking out on the snow covered ground.The Christmas lights were on and the world was still. She looked so cute cuddled on the chair. This is her Christmas portrait. 

Christmas Wreath


This wreath started as a Dollar Store special grapevine wreath. I spray painted the vines gold and then added leftover artificial greenery - over spraying the wreath. Greenery became "goldery". With the addition of some white sprigs and metallic fabric, the wreath has a holiday feeling.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Advent Calender


My friend Mary sent me this wonderful calender filled with treats and inspiration from the Vermont Chocolate Company. Each day, during the month of December, you open a small "window" on the calender that's filled with chocolate candy and biblical text about the nativity. It's a great way to countdown to Christmas.

If you look closely in the bottom right corner of the photo you will see Lily's nose checking out the calender. Had a hard time taking the photo without her in it. She does have a sweet tooth and can't have chocolate.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Puppy Looks So Sweet


Lily is looking at me so innocently. She's actually pleading for me to open the door so she run after a squirrel.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Giant Grasshopper


I have had surgery and was out of commission for a while. Here's a photo I took of a very large grasshopper on an eggplant. WOW!