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Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW! Wire Wrapped Jewelry!

Good Friday Evening Everyone,

Wow, it has already been a rainy and windy Friday afternoon and evening here in Southern Georgia! Wind blowing.....rain hitting the front porch.....and because the soffit on the front porch needs repairing, we have some flooding in our garden, but, we hope it gets repaired soon.

So, back in July, while I was in Florida on vacation, I went into this cute shop that was full of the neatest jewelery. The owner of the store/boutique made all the pieces herself, and a majority of the pieces were wire wrapped. Now, I have seen some absolutely gorgeous wire wrapped jewelry and I have longed for a piece.

Now, I did break down and buy a piece, and was even able to get the price down a bit. After I got the piece home and began looking at it, I thought, well, Deborah, you can make this! So, I put all the painting supplies away and pulled out the jewelry making supplies. I tried my hand at a few pieces, and realized that it was harder than I thought it would be. But, I think I'm getting the swing or should I say, the "wrapping" of it, and I wanted to share a few pics of some pieces I've made. A couple pair of earrings and several pendants:










 I know that they still need work, or should I say, I still need a lot of practice, but, I think I can get the hang of it. AND, I just love my "Happy Buddha" pendants! Let me know what you think!

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Whimsical Art!

Happy Sunday everyone,

I hope everyone has had a good weekend. Mine has been a weekend filled with hurting.....fibromyalgia pain and some arthritis crept in there also. I have stayed bundled up on couch, under the blanket, with my four legged baby, Odawg, right beside me. He knows when Mom doesn't feel good!

But, I finished several art pieces at the end of last week and had taken some pictures, but today is the first day i felt like messing with the camera. One of my favorite things to paint on are old wooden windows. Since, I live in a small one bedroom apartment, I don't have the space to store windows, and the ones I do have in here are windows that I have that I don't have any place to hang....lol.

So, when my sister and I went dumpster diving last week and found tons of wood, one of the pieces just drew me to it. I had been playing around with an idea in my head about painting a window that had a beach scene on it and when I started painting on this piece of wood, a few things started to change....I really love the way it turned out:





The quote: Turn your face towards the Sun, and the shadows will fall behind you, is a quote attributed to Helen Keller. This piece can be hung by adding rope around the top or adding a hook on the back. I'm not sure how will be best for this piece, but, I love it. I hope you enjoy it!

Blessings,
Deborah

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Be Thankful!

Happy Wednesday Evening,

I'm happy to announce that my broken toe is so much better, but, it sure did hurt for awhile, and turned a awful purple color! I have picked up the stack of signs I had sitting beside my chair and moved them to a place that is not so dangerous for me....lol. But, speaking of signs, I had made so many funny signs and Christmas signs for this craft show, that I was getting tired of seeing red and green!

So, I was thinking of something else to paint, when I found out that a woman from the 12 Step Recovery community that I've belonged to for so many years, had lost her battle with cancer. This was an amazing woman. I can't count the number of people that she helped lead them to this way of life and helped them stay on the path of sobriety. I started thinking how thankful I was that I had met her back in 1991 at a meeting. She gave the best hugs ever.

Then my thoughts ran to my children and grandchildren and parents and siblings and friends and, even you my blogging friends, of how thankful I am of them and you. Be thankful....they are two small words but they contain so much meaning, so, I thought I would combine fall colors and those two simple words:




  

So, what are you thankful for in your life? If you are like me, everything. I'm thankful for you my friends....you always make this small time blogger like she is doing something good.

Blessings,

Deborah

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NEW! Funny Art!

Happy Saturday Evening Everyone,

This week has been very stressful.....had some bothersome neighbors, painted and drying wood all over the house, deal with a broken heart with one of my children, my precious Daddy hasn't been doing well, and last night broke a toe on a stack of dried signs sitting on the floor by my desk, but, other than that it has been a "purddy good week down here in South Georgia"!!!

As, I had shared before, getting ready for a huge craft show in November and have painted tons of funny signs, which is one of my favorite things to do. So, I wanted to share some of them with you:







 
 The Santa sign would be perfect as a mantle or shelf sign. The red is on one side, the black, the other side. You wouldn't believe all the signs I have stacked up ready to have the string and wire put on them....but, my broken toe knows! I hope you enjoy them and will post more soon.

Blessings,

Deborah
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Zuchinni and Yellow Squash Fritters!

Happy Monday Everyone,

Last Friday while standing in my kitchen, pondering what I wanted for lunch, I remembered all these great blog post I had been seeing recently about Zucchini Fritters. So, I rushed to the veggie drawer in refrigerator, and what did I find, but one lonely Zucchini and one yellow squash......so, I did what my Mom always taught me......work with what you have!

I shredded both the zucchini and yellow squash......added about a teaspoon of salt and tossed that into mixture and let them sit for about 30 minutes. From what I had read, this helps get all the water out of the squash.......and after that, I placed them in paper towels and squeezed water out. I then placed this into a big bowl. I added....one egg.....bread crumbs....corn......a orange bell pepper......chopped onions.....cracked black pepper.....garlic....parsley and to give it an extra kick.....added some feta cheese and mixed well. They turned out fabulous!










 As you can tell, I really don't follow a set recipe. My Mom and both grandmothers are and were awesome cooks, and they had the ability to "just know" what it needed, and I guess I follow that rule also. But, they were delicious and I shared them with my neighbor and she loved them too!

Enjoy and Blessings,
 Deborah

Friday, August 29, 2014

It Was Just a Little Stick!

As I was walking Odawg the other morning, I noticed this little twig laying in the grass. I could tell it was scared and wanted me to take it home. LOL....no, not really, but, I thought it sounded good!

I did find this little twig laying in the grass and I picked it up. I have seen on several sites that I visit, artists painting on sticks. They are just beautiful! I have made my own walking sticks before, but, have never painted on sticks, so, I thought I would take it home and give it a try.  I got my sharp little knife out and whittled off the bark and using a light-weight sanding paper I had, sanded it down to a smooth finish. 

I then gave my hand at painting designs on it, and I have to say it was harder than I thought it would be, as being so tiny and trying to hold on to it. I then took wire that I use to string necklaces with and attached different colors of turquoise and attached it to the string. After finishing I tied a piece of leather I had and attached to both ends, and I just love it:








 


I think it turned out lovely and I'm very pleased with it. Enjoy! Blessings, Deborah

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stuffed Manicotti, My Way!

Good Monday Evening,

So, today I decided to make stuffed Manicotti tubes because, well, I just wanted them. Being single and cooking for one person is still hard for me to do, but, I have the most wonderful neighbors who I can share with....

after checking to make sure I had everything, I boiled my tubes and lhen drained and cooled them as, I wasn't cooking them til tonight. I had made sauce using a half of jar of spaghetti sauce in the fridge and then added a can of tomatoes and some Parmesan cheese in the sauce.

To make my stuffing, I mixed a 16ounce container of Ricotta cheese with Parmesan cheese and some fresh oregano from the garden. Then let that chill in the fridge until I was ready to put it all together.  When I had everything together I realized I didn't have enough Mozzarella to put over the top, so, I sprinkled some Feta cheese to add that extra kick:







 


It turned out wonderful if I say so myself! The Feta cheese on the top added just the little kick I had hoped for and of course, I had to have garlic bread!

Blessings,
Deborah