Caramelized Orange


is the color we decided upon for the living room facelift.  Something warm for a change.

That is all


Bones On Thursday

Rainy and cool here today so not much happening in the garden.  I did try to get a trellis put up this morning but Mother Nature had other plans and chased me inside.  So, I was browsing a bit on Etsy and was inspired by a simple yet beautiful art photograph to create a treasury.

Please click on link to visit the treasury and then be sure to click on all the beautiful items!


Bones by Jan DeBack on Etsy (2)

Rustic Artwork

Rustic artwork….. kind of came about by accident.  I had purchased an old painting on canvas from a rummage sale awhile ago.  It was a little beat-up and definitely not something I’d normally hang up.   So, I decided to paint over it.  Sounds a little dodgy, doesn’t it?  Painting over some other artwork is rather odd to say the least but it was a “commercial” piece of work and although the painting was in rough shape, the canvas and frame were in good condition.

In keeping with the theme I was currently working on (black bears) I decided to keep it simple and see how a bear silhouette looked on canvas.  With a little texture and gobs of paint,  it turned out rather nice (IMO).

Now this painting technique has really seemed to capture my attention.  They’re FUN!  I recently finished 7 more paintings (this time on canvas-board) using the same basic style.   Ok…. “officially” finished 4.  There is a trio of black bears with different backgrounds that I’m not positive are finished yet.   

These are all available in my Etsy shop now.

Back to the paint for me now… working on some watercolors today.

Lazy Saturday Morning

It’s the weekend again!  Honestly I woke up this morning wondering why I should bother to even get out of bed.  First time this has happened in awhile but it’s probably because I’ve been staying up too late, then sleeping too late and not having any motivation in the A.M.  But this first cup of coffee is helping me adjust my perspective a little.  I feel some motivation coming on.

Last night we sorted through more of our boxes and my found the rest of my jewelry supplies (I think…there could be more?) my yarn and my drawing/watercolor supplies.  I would like to learn to use watercolors better as that is a difficult medium for me.  Now all I need to do is find some paper.  I have been ‘itching’ to create some new rings with some of the beads that I bought at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee so hopefully my wire is in one of these boxes too.

Since we’ve moved we have been eating better but I did manage to create a messy, gooey treat for us all.  It’s a really easy recipe that I think anyone would enjoy. 

HN Cheerios Marshmallow Almond Peanut Butter Squares

3 tablespoons butter
6 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup slivered almonds
5 cups Honey-Nut Cheerios cereal

Butter a 13/9 glass dish. Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and peanut butter. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and almonds and mix lightly until well coated. Press in to glass dish and cool. Cut in to squares. 

Had another visitor last night.  Mike and I were standing outside at about 1A.M. and heard some clanking near the house.  Turned out to be a big raccoon playing with some of the canning jars I left outside in a box near the back of our jeep.  He was pretty but definitely not something I’d like to get into a tangle with.  So, we watched him “rummage” throught the yard from the comfort of the house for awhile.

Narrowing Down a Style – Day 3

Today my mind is on working toward narrowing down a style or a theme for the new house. With a limited budget this is going to be a little tougher but it’s definitely possible.

Styles = cottage, woodsy, lakeside cabin, shabby chic
I think that these styles can work pretty well if mixed together but I’m leaning toward the more “woodsy / cottage” combo right now.

Colors = sage, cream, chocolate, sand, terra cotta, pine green, olive

Other things: wood, wrought iron, cotton fabrics, stoneware, antiqued brass, copper and nickel.

Will be updating my ‘likes’ as things progress. I need to get measurements for the windows so I can make some new curtains. Since the kitchen and family room are pretty open to each other, I’ll probably use one color as my starting color point. Today we found the coolest sage and sand colored area rug for the dining area…. so it looks as though sage is going to be THE accent color in the kitchen and it’ll be incorporated into the family room. The 3 colors that I’m hoping to have “work” together in the kitchen/dining/family room area are sand, chocolate and sage. We’ll have to wait and see though……

New Artwork! It’s for the birds!

Ok…last blog post I shared the ‘seashell’ painting. Well I just went and painted over it. Yep, it’s gone. I think I’ve found a painting ‘niche’ that I’m comfortable with and it all for the birds! I’ve completed 4 paintings within the past week which is a record for me because usually it takes me months to finish ONE painting. Maybe I’ve found my calling???

Cardinal and Seashells – 2 new paintings

Been working on the seashell painting for about 2 months. Something not quite right yet but not giving up. There is something about the foreground/background that’s tripping me up…along with trying to make sand actually look like sand. So, that one isn’t finished yet.

The cardinal painting just kind of came together in about 2 days and it’s finished. The bottom layer is textured (a start to another type of painting that I was going to try and finish) and I think the textured look suits this painting pretty well.

Added my Dragonfly Zendala painting to my ArtFire studio…

I just finished adding my Dragonfly Zendala painting to my ArtFire studio. Hope I listed it at a fair price and that the photos I took represent it to it’s best. It’s hard for me to photograph my own art. Give me a flower or a tiny piece of jewelry and I can handle that pretty well…but artwork, well it’s difficult to get the lighting right and all that.

Here it is: