Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Here is one of the necklaces for the giveaway. It is made of snowflake obsidian which doesn't show up well. There is a greater contrast in the beads; more light gray shows up. I had a devil of a time shooting these for some reason. The glass on the frame reflected everything and/or the colors looked darker than they are. The frame is silver. Also, notice in the first necklace pic, the sterling cowboy hat charm at the closure. Did you have a child in your family that wore red cowboy boots? My son did for years; wouldn't take them off. That's why I painted them in gouache.
This is the other necklace. It is strung with champagne pearls. The gouache painting, under glass, is a one inch still life; it's a glass bowl filled with white flowers. Who knows, I might just come up with more stuff to make the odds better. Why? Because my followers are the most incredible bunch of people and I am so glad to have met them!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
As early in my youth as I can remember, I had a fascination with horses. I rode ponies when I was 3 or so and that is all I wanted to do. Around 5th grade, I began to draw them and knew all of their parts and anatomy. Finally, as a young teen I painted my father's radio station and earned enough to buy a quarter horse. He was a bay gelding and I thought he was Black Beauty or Flicka. When it became too tiresome to saddle him, I began riding him bareback and we would fly. Or, I might say I would fly, flipping over and over his head. I bet I got thrown a couple of hundred times. But, I always got back on. Back then, I would grab a hank of his mane and jump and sling my legs over his back. Now, I would have to climb a step stool to get up.
I went away to college and never returned home (to live). I really want another horse now; would love to have several. I think those days of riding are the fondest memories I have of my childhood.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
My little 18 month old stinky Isobel. Isn't she the cutest? She loves her Nonna and I love thee. I try to see her every week so she'll remember me. What a joy. Little brother will arrive at the end of June and I can't wait to see him. They are so teeny at first. Isobel is saying words and signing, dances like a pro and will start a little gym program soon. Nonna wants her to start violin or piano in the not too distant future (little Einstein you know). Grand kids make my life complete.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Bees of all shapes and sizes were buzzing around the pears yesterday. Their little legs were covered in white pollen - so cute. The warm day kept them busy and their hum was very loud. Today, the high was 44 and there wasn't a bee around. Nada. Recently, I read that the cause of the worldwide bee colony collapse is thought to be the industrial conglomerate Bayer. Supposedly one of their herbicides has an ingredient in it that is toxic to bees. Wonder if it is also killing the bats?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I love this print. It looks like a watercolor. I used to have a gray tabby named Fraidy.
Here is another carnival kitty; it is large and plaster, but this one has glass eyes. I do love cats!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
1 cup butter - 11/2 cups sugar - 2 eggs - 1 tsp. vanilla - 22/3 cups unsifted flour - 1/2 tsp. soda - 1/4 tsp. salt - 2 TBS. sugar - 2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, soda and salt. Shape dough into balls and roll into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 - 10 minutes.
Your house will smell wonderful. Enjoy.