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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Key West Bungalow-Folk Art

Greetings on this Tuesday morning,

I hope every one's week has started out great, and where ever you are, I hope it isn't too hot! So, as you might have guessed, I love the ocean! I especially love the Florida Keys, and my visit there a month ago has made it more clear I need to live in the Keys! My sister and I are making concrete plans to start this journey of "island living on island time" starting next year! Yes, next year!

This got me thinking of what my "dream Key West bungalow" would look like, and decided to paint it, in my own unique folk art style...blending colors of turquoise and pinks and purples....and working on abstract blending of paints to resemble plants and other parts of the whole painting. This is what I came up with:





Don't you just love it! I doubt very seriously if I will ever be lucky enough to design and own my little pink bungalow, but it doesn't hurt to DREAM!

Blessings,
Deborah

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rosemary and Sea Salt Scrub

Happy Tuesday evening,

When my sister, Katherine, and I were in the Keys several weeks ago, we had the awesome experience of using the resorts spa. It was a beautiful and emotionally pleasing place, and the massage I received was wonderful....helped my fibromylagia tremendously! In the ladies changing and shower area, they had all of the spa products for your own personal use, but, they also had a locally made Himalayan pink salt hand and foot scrub. It was a beautiful light pink color and the texture on your hands and feet was very pleasant.

We had seen in several  shops many versions of locally made salt and sugar scrubs....and yes, we sampled every one! So, that got me thinking today. I wear flip flops almost every day.....I have many different pairs.....lots of colors....I love them, but, they are not always the best support for my bad ankle, nor are they best protection for my feet. I decided to try and make myself a scrub with what I had on hand in my home. I used 1 1/2 cups of Mediterranean sea salt I had, mixed with 1 cup of olive oil.....and then to add a fragrance to it, I took some of my dried rosemary hanging in the kitchen and stripped to large stems and chopped the rosemary. i then mixed all together, and if I have to say so myself, it works wonderful!

I'm going to experiment with some different options and may try and make jars for resale, but, until then I will be enjoying this daily on my hands, feet, and elbows! Give it a try!






 I'm really excited about this scrub and really want to work on refining this recipe and making more!

Blessings,
Deborah

Friday, June 5, 2015

dk's Style Hut and my bracelets!!

Good Friday Morning,

So, do you remember those cute, bohemian bracelets I made months back? Well, if not, here is a pic:

Aren't they so cute? Well, anyway, I had given my sister, Kathy, several of them for her birthday right before we left to go to the Keys! She just loved them! So, while packing for my trip, and gathering all jewelry together that I thought I might like to wear while down there....that "little voice in my head said that I needed to take all the rest of the bohemian bracelets I had left", and , well, I packed them up!

Even though, while in the Keys, we did a lot of swimming and exciting water sports, we did some shopping, of course! We found every little consignment shop and neat little boutiques that we could find. In Marathon, we went into this adorable boutique called dk's Style Hut. I didn't realize at the time that my sister had the bracelets on that I had given her, and one of the owners noticed them and told her how cute they were and asked where she got them, and of course Kathy said, "my sister made them"!

Needless to say, I told her that I had more with me back at the resort and I would gladly bring the rest in for her to look at. So, two days later, I took them in and she purchased them from me to sell in her shop! I was beyond excited I can tell you that! This is the perfect place for my bracelets to be. I'm now back home and fixing to start on more to send her, so, please go to her Facebook page and show her some Like and let her know how happy you are that she had Three Dawg Lady's bracelets in her shop:
https://www.facebook.com/DKS.STYLE.HUT?fref=nf
So, please go share some love on her page and for me, Three Dawg Lady Designs!


Blessings,
Deborah

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Vacation in the Florida Keys!

As we say down South, Hey Y'all!
I have been away for quiet a while....took time off for myself......spent some much needed time with my family.......and just got back from a wonderful week long vacay with my sister to the Keys!
I have been to the keys several times in my life and I love it....the color of that water down there is totally amazing. My sister, Katherine, who invited me to accompany her,  had only been one other time and that was when we were small children. She was so excited about us going together and sharing this experience! She chose this beautiful place for us to stay....Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key which is located right before Marathon. I can't express how beautiful and charming this resort was. There is an family pool.....adult pool, which simply means no children....a beautiful lagoon to swim in.....let me share some pics with you:










I swam in the lagoon every day and of course the "adult pool"...lol!

The resort also has two outside "beach grills" where you can eat and lounge by the lagoon at the same time....my hamburgers always tasted delish!

 And, for the young and old alike, the resort also has a Dolphin Research Center where you can swim with the dolphins:






 I can never tell you how much this time in this beautiful place with my precious sister meant to me....so, sharing one last pic, of Kathy and I, I say.....
Blessings to you all,




Monday, April 20, 2015

Flowers, Flowers, and More Flowers!

Happy Monday everyone,
Well, the southern part of Georgia got bombarded by rain over the weekend, but, we needed it, and so did our garden. Now, we grow our own fresh herbs, such as rosemary, basil, sage, oregano, and now we have tomatoes and bell-peppers....but, my favorite is our flowers! We have roses and lilies and other varieties, all hand picked by my dear neighbor, Ms. Flo.....we both share the duties of watering.....fertilizing....trimming....well, everything.

So, this weekend, while being cooped up with the rain, I decided to do a painting of some funky, purple flowers. First, I want to share some pics from our garden:







And, now my funky, purple flowers.....




I hope your Monday is a little better today with my flowers!

Blessings,
Deborah

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The View I Wish I Had!

Happy Hump Day Everyone,

I'm Back! I have still been taking care of myself physically and spiritually while recovering from my knee surgery! I do feel better and am back to painting.

So, as I've stated before, Gosh, I love the water! Oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.....water! Even though if you consider my horoscope sign, which is a Leo, I love being close to the water, and, oh, how I love the ocean! I have done some traveling which has taken me close to beautiful waters, from St. Thomas in the Virgin Island to the Keys in Florida, and I love them all! I so wish I could afford to find some little beach cottage....nothing fancy at all, where I could sit and have my java and let my dog play every day, and do my painting, but, unless I win the lottery, I doubt that will ever happen....

Taking an old cabinet door I had found in a dumpster, I painted a scene of looking out a window of an old beach house with white plantation shutters that open to the ocean. You can see the faded wallpaper and walls.....with the shutters open there is a vine growing up the wall.....and there are flowers and mountains and the beautiful blue waters of the ocean:










I will keep visiting places like this, and even maybe dreaming of a place of my own near the water....until then, I will keep on painting!

Blessings,
Deborah

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Magic and my Inner Child!

Greetings Everyone,
Wow, I have been away for awhile.....I came back from swimming with the manatees, and straight to the surgeon for surgery to correct torn meniscus on my left knee! So, surgery went well, and I feel great,  and am back to painting.

While recuperating from surgery and being up late one night, I ran across Harry Potter! I love that fella....lol.....and I love the wonderful way these stories made children, and yes, adults too, remember what it was like to be a child again and believe in magic! When we were growing up, our parents always allowed us to dream and imagine and believe are sorts of magical ideas. So, I started thinking of my inner child and also the way my daughters were as children. I would look outside and they would be building castles out of the pine straw in the yard......running around with their arms out saying they were flying, and I just loved it! So, here is my newest painting.....






"I put my crown on, and the Magic begin.....the castle appears....I can see the King and Queen...and my pet dragon comes...then, we play together all day! Won't you join us! Put your crown on!"

See ya soon and Blessings to you,

Deborah