On a side note we were helping our dear friend Ty move out of his home. And he has no sentimentality toward furniture yet and would rather give everything away than to move it to Dallas. So I snagged a couple of items from his house. I got two AMAZING lamps for FREE. Honestly I figured he'd ask for them back and have offered to give them back at any time. But I did also grab furniture he was hauling to the curb to throw out. I got a little side table that he bought when he went to college and a little coffee table (and I do mean little) that was his grandfathers. See!!!! No sentiment!!! Can you believe it? I guess some people can do that. Well, those were my practice pieces leading up to the big project. I had no idea (even though I'd heard) how easy chalk paint is. Seriously, anyone can do it. If you screw up it's super easy to fix.
There were about 2 inches of height added on in foam and batting to the coffee table before fabric was placed..
This is it. My old dining room table that helped feed my family. You've probably seen these around. I spot them all over. It was like jumping off a cliff the first time I put the paint brush to the surface of the table. I just held my breath and dove right in. I think my project was easy in part because I chose great products to use. Will show that in a moment.
I used a blend of colors. 3/4 white and 1/4 gray. Then a brown wax and in the end it came out this light robin's egg color. Knowing what I do about mixing color and pigments I'd say unless you do that mix with the exact product I used you won't have the same results. White and grey and brown do not ever equal blue. There was obviously some other pigments in the mixture than changed once blended. But as Bob Ross would say it's a happy accident. It turned out being a color I very much love. If it hadn't I would've adjusted along the way and done something else. But now I'm fairly certain I have a one of a kind color custom mixed by me and I won't be seeing this in any catalog or showroom.
Now it compliments the green furniture that I had already that was from my living room re-do that I'd mentioned earlier. This was the only room in this house that didn't have green walls. You know that green furniture plus green walls is a little too much. It's all just a dance. It's fun to me to mix and match and move and make something old into something new. Now I just need to finish this room out with some window treatments and a rug! I'll get there sooner or later. Meanwhile, I'll think about it and keep my eyes open for something that I love that will compliment the other furniture.
I still need to finish the top with a gelcoat. I'm just taking a day or two to say goodbye to these scratches and dents.
My new friends at Miss Daisy's Attic is where I purchased my products and she had led me through the process. If you live anywhere near Joplin go visit their store. I love creative spirits and they are some wonderful people.
This is quite possibly the best thing I've ever made. Ok, maybe just this week. Or in the last day. But I am so in love. I'm having a hard time keeping my grubby little paws out of the container. It's crunchy, it's salty, it's sweet, and it completes me. I'm going to marry it.
If you want to experience a love like mine you should definitely make this at once.
Store bought granola cannot be compared in any way. Period.
4 cups of rolled oats
1 1/2 cup of nuts, chopped, in any combination: get what you like. I used pecans and almonds.
1 tsp. of sea salt
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup of honey or pure maple syrup
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of dried fruit, in any combination: I used raisins but you can use dried cherries, blueberries, mangoes, etc.
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
In a mixing bowl combine all of your dried ingredients. Then mix all of your wet ingredients and add them to the dried stirring until it is well-coated. Pour onto a parchment paper lined rimmed baking sheet. I used a 1/2 sheet pan. Spread out the mixture and pop into a 250 degree oven and bake until golden. I stirred mine every 15 or 20 minutes for an hour to get it to brown evenly. I also smashed it with a rubber spatula to try to get it to clump together some. Let cool completely before serving.
Store in airtight container and it will last for 1-2 weeks. If it lasts that long!
Why do we love certain artist's work? I read this note yesterday and it really resonated with me.
I'd had the question asked not long ago? "Why is everyone else selling their art but mine is not selling." Gosh, If I had the answer to that I'd be rich. My answer was: It's complicated. You are dealing with people who buy pieces based on emotions and you throw on top of that a recession or perhaps loss of jobs and there is just no telling, but I do believe everything cycles, so don't give up hope.
But seriously. What do I know? Nothing. I just care about friends and hate to see them doubt their amazing God-given talent. I also ask myself why sometimes my art work just goes POW!!!!! and other times it falls short of being good. Sometimes there are simple answers. Perhaps the symmetry is off, or the colors are not congruent with the subject matter, or you forgot a simple thing like grounding an object so it isn't floating. I do all of these and many more, I'm sure. But I'm slowly growing. I recently heard someone say "If you want to feel good about your art work post it on Facebook and you'll get all sorts of warm fuzzy feedback." That was a little tough to swallow. I had allowed myself to think my stuff really was ok rather than think people just care about my feelings.
But I do believe if people like YOU as a person and an artist they will be drawn to your work. I know for sure I've wanted to buy art pieces just because I like the person who made it and want to support them.
My courses I've taken recently have completely changed my inner voice. I'm learning to stop that negative talk in my brain. I still say things tongue-in-cheek because I'll always be a smart ass girl from Oklahoma. But my REAL inner voice is having to learn to play nice. I won't put up with that mean bitch.
One of the perks of the course is our closed groups on social media that have put me in the company of artists from around the world. It gives me goosebumps really when I think about it. My biggest supporters have been showing up from the most unexpected places. I have a Russian friend who paints beautiful things but her mind thinks such beautiful thoughts too. She really makes me want to be a better person. Here's an example of a recent post that was with an Instagram post. It's deep too... re-read this if you need to.
An idea in our mind cannot be born without penetrating through the prism of our sensations and emotions, and through the reflection of our inner state. That is the beauty of any person's creating. Whether it be paintings, poems, songs, music, or any other display of their personality. Why do we like art works of other people? Because we resonate with them sincerely we read the invisible bar code embedded and inherent in the object of admiration. We become attuned to it. We reach after the beauty we understood internally. I wish each of you, dear friends, find something for yourself so that you couldn't loose your inner state in our noisy world.
In a nutshell, I'd say she's better at answering questions than I am. If only she'd been there for my friend during her moment of self-doubt.
This made me think about the state of mind I'm often in when I'm painting. Do I hurt? Am I sad? Mad? Worried? I think it will create a block in ways we don't understand even if our art comes out technically correct and pretty.
Now, that I'm aware I'm going to do everything I can to clear my mind of clutter and get to that happy place in my head and in my heart before I ever sit down to put anything on canvas.
Today my windows are open. The birds are chirping and the wind is blowing a nice gentle spring breeze. It's the first day of spring too!!! Enjoy the moment your in! Be glad. Be grateful. And then go get 'em!!!
So, You've set some goals for yourself. And you've been working on them. But you've still not completely forgotten about all of those amazing sweets and comfort foods of the holidays. (This story is about me if you haven't guessed.) I'm bringing you news today of a GOOD THING. I myself, have back peddled a tiny bit. My husband and I both ended up with the flu and when you feel crummy you don't want a salad. No, you want a cookie. Or 2 batches of cookies. And maybe 2 batches of warm home made banana bread with melted butter. But seriously, I'm over it. Or I'm going to get over it. You know why? I found out about a new product that will help me in my snacking addiction.
We went to eat with our friend Ty this weekend for our belated Christmas celebration and I think we made some pretty good meal choices. Probably better than I would've made back in December when the carb devil had me in his clutches. Ty told us about these little snack bars that he found out about from a friend. Are you curious?
I found these at GNC, and I also saw them on Amazon. Can you see the numbers? 2 or 3 net carbs.
And I tried one. They're are pretty good. I hear that they not only fill you up and fill that sweet craving you have, but ,it has an ingredient that changes the way you metabolize sweets.
So, if you are a person that goes for protein bars as a snack this is another option for you.
Another calorie free treat I found yesterday was this little jewel.
This candle is AMAZING! I say that in a singing voice with jazz hands. I am usually not a fruity flowery candle person. I prefer fall and winter scents. But one whiff of this and omgee.... you can even smell the crust. This one you have to put on your spring pick-me-up list. The good candles like this usually go fast so don't wait around. Speaking of... I went to our local Bath and Body Works store yesterday and almost panicked when I walked up and it was EMPTY. No longer there. Then I found the notice they had moved and thankfully within 5 minutes found their new location. Whew!!! It was a close call.
Get out there folks and enjoy these warm temperatures while it lasts and soak up some vitamin D. I'm going to open my door and paint today.
Believe it or not I am a homebody. I like being home with my animals. However, it's not good for me to do that all the time. I've had to put myself out there in my new community in order to meet people and put down roots. I started with Bible Study (BSF International) and then with painting classes, then pottery classes, and now we've finally joined our church. Now I'm so hooked up I'm hardly ever home. I am pretty pleased about the activities in my life and the kind of friends it's lead me to.
This month BSF will start back up and I'll be adding daily Bible lessons to my schedule. I know it sounds like a lot to commit to, but honestly it gives me such peace during the time that sit and work on that. It reminds me of the bigger picture. It keeps me from feeling so self-absorbed. I was asked to be a greeter last year and agreed. There were days I was fired up and ready to make everyone feel wonderful. There were also days that I hurt and didn't really feel good enough to put a smile on my face and try to act happy. There was not a day that I went that I didn't come home feeling blessed by the people there. There are a lot of older women who struggle to walk. I see people with arthritic bodies that are now almost deformed from legs bowing out, backs hunched over, etc. But seeing these ladies put one foot in front of the other and come in to learn about the Bible gives me such inspiration! I even witnessed one lady who always rode in on a motorized wheel chair that came in walking one day. It took her a LONG time but I just wanted to jump up and down and cheer for her for even trying. I always come home thinking. Gosh, I'm glad I didn't stay home. I don't have it nearly as bad and if they can do it so can I.
Another endeavor I'm excited about is my DREAM LOVE PAINT workshop coming up in two weeks. I've been on a wait list for months for this class and when the enrollment date finally came I set my alarm for 4:45 am just to make sure I would get in and wouldn't be waitlisted again. I got in!!!! If you want to know more just google Dreama Tolle-Perry. It will be a journey of meditation, journaling, and of course painting. I'm hoping to grow as a painter. I hope to always grow as a painter. I'm also on another wait list for a different painting class. So, if all works out I might be juggling 3 painting classes!!!! I'll be a master yet!
So, my question for you is. What are you doing that is just for you? What centers you (pottery pun) and helps you find peace and tranquility? It could be kick boxing, playing an instrument, riding horses, or doing art. I would encourage you to find time in your busy life to do something for yourself. It's not selfish. Ok, maybe it is. But you will be a better person for it. Put yourself out there and try something new. I will tell you that volunteerism is where it's at. Join a small group or create your own. You will never regret it! You will only find joy.
School is starting. Summer has just flown by. For the first time in my life I don't have a child starting school. No college anyway. (Does Grad school count?) It is a strange feeling. Strange but like... GOOD STRANGE. Am I right, those of you paying college tuition? Amen, sister! I can hear you out there. So, now what? I mean besides being a mom of 4 dogs, being a wife, cooking, painting, pottery, and mowing, etc.. I have been thinking it's time to TRAVEL some. Believe it or not, I've talked my work-a-colic hubby into taking time off and enjoying this season of our lives. We sat down and booked two trips about a week ago. I am still just shocked that he's agreeing to all of this. They are just basically long weekends but still it's a fine start. I'm very pleased.
A couple of weeks ago we planned a weekend in Branson, Missouri. It's a quick drive for us, just a couple of hours, and is very scenic. It was a nice warm up to the new vacationing us. Nothing went according to plan, but that's quite alright. I'm pretty flexible. We got to town and there was a major storm producing lots of lightening. When it lit up you could see sheets of rain. Traffic was a mess so when we got to our condo we got our stuff inside and decided it was not worth it to battle the traffic again or the weather so we stayed in. Luckily, I'd packed a couple of bags of microwave popcorn and so we had that for dinner along with a cold beer. We sat on the deck of our high rise condo and watched the storm. It was a pretty cool moment actually.
I think it's so important for us to unplug, Be completely unassuming, and let life show you little adventures. You'll find them if you just look. My plans for a nice dinner at a restaurant were bested by bag of microwave popcorn and a show from mother nature. It's nice to just sit, smell the rain, and see a simple smile on the person's face that you love so very much. I do indeed love the simple life. Trish
We had an unexpected offer on our lake house and we took it. We had 30 days to be out. Our world just turned upside down. But it all was worth it. It's just taken us a while to be settled. I found a house for us which was way too big for two people. The price was great, it was a solid home but had been vacant for a couple of years. The house needed a little work inside and a TON of work outside. We literally spent thousands of dollars taking out dead trees. This picture above is what you call a BEST FRIEND. A real true pal that comes to you rescue when after 30 days of packing you are almost too tired to function. This girl cleaned out the new kitchen, unboxed, and put away everything. I see this picture and my heart swells. She's a keeper. But the inside of this house isn't what we're going to look at. Today we're going to explore the back yard.
The backside of the privacy fence. It was messy. There was evidence of snakes, poison ivy, and also there were lateral lines running back here.
Here's some de-forrestation going on.
That clearing was going on behind these trees. I could see dogwood trees out there and I threatened the lives of the tree men if they touched one of my dogwoods. They just said "Yes Ma'am" and humored me.
The dogwoods are so beautiful in the fall. It's almost as beautiful as they are in the spring. Almost!
Here is the inside of the privacy fence. It's not too bad. The ivy was growing everywhere and the evergreens were suffering from insect infestation, drought, and ice... who knows. But the main problem here was we wanted a house with a pool. And instead we have a house with a privacy fence set in the middle of 15 acres. Do we really need a privacy fence here? I voted no. And I won. So here are some photos of what came next.
I'm seeing HUGE progress, but we still have to dig up the septic tank at the top of this photo and move it out away from the house. One of the things wrong with the property was the septic failed inspection. It wasn't big enough for a house this size so we fixed that while we were out destroying the ground everywhere. It took another few months. We couldn't get any fencing businesses to go with our idea.. We didn't want pre-fab vinyl fencing, or privacy fencing, or chain link. We wanted something the breeze could move through yet hold our dogs in. In the end we put up hog/cattle panels (my idea) and my husband did it himself. So, it took a couple of years to get EVERYTHING back there done. But it's finally done and it's done the way we envisioned it.
Going to see the "children" this weekend. The big question is... shell out big bucks for tickets to go to the game or go watch the game at a bar near the stadium?? I'll keep you posted. You never know what will happen in Norman, Oklahoma.
Oh! I almost forgot!!!
I have a new baby in my life. I guess it's temporary insanity. I felt so bad for her. She was in a local pet store and was 5 months old. She is not the first pet that I've had that grew up in a cage and never knew what it was like to run around. Arthur was the same. It's such a joy watching these animals stretch their legs and run around for the first time.
This is Phoebe. Aka Phoebe Buffay. She is all of four pounds. She has kennel cough and is slightly better after a week of antibiotics. I asked to hold this little discount puppy and my heart just melted. I knew if I sat her down and she went back to the cage someone else would snatch her up and I couldn't have that. She needed to come join my crazy family.
The Aussies have welcomed her without hesitation. They are already bonding. I think they knew she was weak and they needed to be careful. She's been here a week now and she's already running more and playing non-stop and biting everything she can. It's good to see her be a healthy puppy.
I've wanted a Papillon for years and thought I was past my urge to get one. I guess not! It's hard to get anything done when you need to sit and snuggle and bond. She went with me to Grove this past weekend for Christmas open house and Grand Panache. She was an excellent greeter and went to say hello to everyone that came in. I'd say Miss Phoebe is adjusting well to life outside of the Pet store.
By the time this weekend rolled around for me I was one tired girl. I was ready for a night or two at home, and I'm not even raising my kids anymore! I saw that some of my friends were dressed up for Halloween, some with different costumes for days and nights. I loved seeing all the photos on the internet, which is all that I got out of Halloween, I don't go out, and for the 2nd year in a row I had no trick or treaters at my house. I had two candy dishes ready and it was lit up light Fort Knox here. So disappointing. I was so hopeful! Since I've lived out of town I just don't have the kid traffic I once had. There is one little girl that rides across my property on her 4 wheeler as she goes to a little friends house. I thought surely she would stop by. Maybe I'll chase after her and ask her whyyyyyy she didn't come get candy from me. That's not creepy at all.
The rest of the weekend was filled with shopping, painting, photography, sports, dining out, a wedding, going to Church, and last but not least going to the gun range to do a little target practice.
I am gearing up to start a new painting this week for a friend. It's my last painting I'm doing for free (for a while anyway). I have a commission coming up and I'm excited to cross over into the world of commerce. It's humbling and scary and exciting all rolled into one. I think I'm ready for the challenge, as long as that challenge is somewhere near my comfort zone. At any rate, I have a hopeful heart as I start the week. It sure is lovely,anyway, looking out my window and taking in all of the beautiful fall colors. Here are a couple of snapshots from the weekend.
Have a great week!
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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