Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring in Michigan

We had a snowfall this morning. Two inches in my area and up to five inches north of Detroit. Hardly feels like spring. But this is to be expected. My crocus' are up and blooming and they never survive without being killed by a snow storm.

As a reminder that spring is near, I am posting a photo of a nest that I found in my redbud tree at the end of summer along with a robin's egg.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blue Moon

Found this photo of the "Blue Moon" in August, 2014 that I took and thought I would share :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Recycled Needlework Hoops

My sister gave me several wooden needlework hoops and I decided to recreate the spheres shown in the Pottery Barn catalog. First, I used super glue to attach the hoops together, clamping the pieces with a spring hinged clothes pin. After the sphere dried, I spray painted each piece using Rust-O-Leum's hammered silver paint. Love the way they turned out even if they are different from the catalog photo. I am back to crafting!

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.