Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Baking - Pecan Delight Recipe

I have been busy cooking and making baskets.

I wanted to share this yummy recipe that I will call
Pecan Delight.
Preheat the oven to 250°. 
I used 2, foil lined 11"x17" pans
1 box graham crackers
½ cup butter
½ cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup chopped pecans
Arrange the graham crackers in the foil lined pan.
 Combine butter and margarine in a sauce pan and melt.
Add brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Spoon melted sugar and butter over the crackers. 
Make sure the crackers are completely covered.
 Sprinkle with pecans.
Because of the size of my oven, used 2 racks. I baked
them for 6 minutes then switched racks and baked for 
6 more minutes. Depending on your oven 12-15 minutes.

 I let  them cool completely and broke into pieces. 
Then, into little goodies bags with a cute label.
The house smells so good.

Let me know if you try this and especially if you enjoy it!

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a 
great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: 
A Savior has just been born in David’s town,
 a Savior who is Messiah and Master. Luke 2:10-11

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Mixed Media and Art Journaling With My Friends

Not too long ago I stumbled onto Roben Marie's website
And ooooh, I have enjoyed it sooo much.
So I decided to try my hand at
mixed media/art journaling.
This is my first one. My paintings are so detailed
(I love the details) that this was a huge departure.
It is fun and relaxing.
Paint a little, walk away and go paint a silk flag!
Glue something, walk away and get something ready for watercolor class!
Stencil something, walk away and fix lunch!
Outline something, walk get the idea
So, last night after Bible Study, a few friends
came over to play with paper, paint, glue, stencils,
ink, dye, and...
Pearlene and Davina 
Pearlene's (above)
Davina (above) 
Julie and Amy

 Julie's (above) 
 Amy's (above)
I started this one, giving a few instructions along the way.
Davina's 14 year old daughter arrived about midway thru
our time together and I let her have mine to work on.
It was a messy evening full of fun and fellowship with
my Godly Girlfriends.
I am thinking we will have to do this again - real soon!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Palo Pinto Cafe

My family and I stopped for lunch
at a quaint little cafe in Texas. 
The cafe was a sweet, nostalgic step back in time. 
They served good food and great coffee. 
The Palo Pinto Cafe is no longer open. 
I am so glad I took the time to capture this image.
Watercolor 8x10
To purchase this painting

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Who Needs A Fork? Not Me! Watermelon Watercolor

Watercolor on Arches 11x14
Summer is drawing to an end. 
One more slice, please. Watermelon on a paper plate, a salt shaker,
 and my Granddad’s fork. I was always scared of the needle sharp 
tines on that fork. This slice of watermelon was too yummy and juicy. 
I just had to eat it without the fork! I love the vanishing whites edges.
 A few details

 Who Needs A Fork? Not Me! 

To purchase click on the link above

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cherry Cola Watercolor

I was working on a mural at a client's home. He had 
just brought in a sack of cherries. I was taking a 
break on the back porch with a handful of those yummy
treats. There it was! A wonderful restored,
vintage coke machine. All that red. I couldn't resist.

An old fashioned coke machine and a fresh cherry.
A fun study in red.

Cherry Cola 8x10 Watercolor

To purchase click on the link above.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Pink Hollyhocks Watercolor

Pink Hollyhocks 11"x15"
Watercolor on Arches paper
Several weeks ago I spotted a beautiful
pink hollyhock growing outside my neighbor's
fence. I loved the morning light on it and 
that I could see the front of one flower 
and the back of the other.
That's the way friends are, 
back to back facing the world.
And then, my friend Renee posted a blog about
how to make a hollyhock doll! 
Too cute!
I decided if she can make a doll then 
I make a painting!
Click here to see her blog!
Renee, thanks for the inspiration.

Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one;
because they have a good reward for their labor.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Watercolor with Kay Smith

I had so much fun Saturday! I went to Big Spring for
a watercolor workshop with Kay Smith. I have wanted to
take one of her classes for several years.
In the morning we watched as she painted and instructed 
about colors, paper, and several other tips. 
She paints standing up and mostly uses a 1" brush. 
She paints dark to light in a loose and very vibrant style. 
If you have seen my work you know it is very
detailed and controlled. One of the reasons for taking
her class was to see if I could "loosen up".
 This is the basket she painted.
During the afternoon, we painted and 
then critiqued each others paintings.

This one is mine! Whew! Stretch!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Jim and His Camaro - Comission

Finished this commission of "Jim and His Camaro". 
His daughter purchased this and surprised him with this gift. 
The reflection is Jim when he was 14 years old.
Acrylic 16 X 20

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lava Bed Watercolor on Yupo

Watercolor on Yupo. 23X30
I took part in my first art lesson/workshop 
as a student last Saturday. 
Carolyn Walker was the instructor.  
Very unpredictable an out of my control. 
Very different and a lot of fun. Reminds me of painting on silk.
To Purchase click here 
This was a stretch for me because I love to try to control watercolor.
Sometimes I have to step out of the known and into a new 
place. Hmm! Please, Let me know what you think!!!

I will be teaching "Amazing Colors with a Limited Palette"
Saturday, August 4th at the Dutch Art Gallery.
To sign up for the class, contact Pam 214-348-7350

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Keith and Elizabeth's Wedding

 In April, Joe and I went to Tuscola to be part of a wedding. 
Our friends, Keith and Elizabeth were beginning their new life together. 
It is an incredible and very Godly love story.
 We were blessed by them to get to stay at this beautiful cabin 
at Gateway GetaWay. Very peaceful! 
Several years ago I met Jennifer Jones, a prophetic artist.
 This retreat is owned by her sister, Carla. It's a small world.
I think this room was decorated just for me!!!
This was the spectacular view from the dining area.
We could see for miles. 
The dusting of red in the distance - Poppies!!! 
I grabbed my camera and Joe grabbed his walking stick
in case of snakes.
 The wind was blowing something fierce! But I was having a blast!
Amazingly, there was a only a little breeze during the rehearsal.
The night before the wedding - thunderstorms, wind, and rain.
What a surprise in West Texas.
 The wedding day was clear but windy. 
Setting the tables for the reception was a bit challenging but so fun.
I don't have pictures of that. Sorry!
 The location of the wedding was beautiful and the wind behaved. 
Keith and Elizabeth asked me to dance for their glorious celebration.
 I danced to "Love Came Down" by Brian Johnson. 
What an honor!!!
When I got back to my studio, I pulled out my photos
and remembered and painted...

Thank you, Lord, for good friends, for new friends,
for Christian "innkeepers", and for displaying Your splendor
all around us. Open my eyes to see even more of You!
I love you, Lord!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dragonfly Made with Ceiling Fan Blades and An Old Table Leg

 It has been so long since I have been here and so much has happened 
that I was almost overwhelmed trying to think about where to start. 
So, I am just going to jump in. 

In March I made a dragonfly for my daughter-in-law's birthday.
I thought I would share with you the process, just in case you want to give this a try.
The backdoor neighbor was throwing away his ceiling fan. 
So I asked, "Can I have that?"
 Kitty-No helped me disassemble it. We removed all the hardware.
She loves to get right in the middle of any project I am working on.

Then, a trip to my favorite junk store to find a discarded table leg.
I spray painted it bright yellow. After the paint dried I distressed it with a bit of sanding
The blades were black but I felt like
they needed a little somethin', somethin'! Ah, lace!
 I salvaged a piece from a very worn out tablecloth and
taped it to the blade. I only used that one piece of lace 
and positioned it "just so", painted one wing with a "misty spray",
painted the other wing, then reversed the lace for the wings on the
other side and repeated the process.
The tricky part was attaching the wings. I forgot to take pictures of that.
I wasn't trying to leave out this step. I laid the wings out (right side down)
and glued a 1" x 2" piece of wood to the center back of the wings.
When the glue dried, I turned the whole thing over and attached the wings to 
the 1X2 with small screws. I added 2 eye screws for hanging.
The reason I used 2, (1) to hang it an angle and (2) West Texas winds.

I added a wire antenna and some eyes. Note: the two holes 
you see here are not the eyes. That is where the table hardware was removed.
Then, using larger screws, the whole wing assembly was attached to the table leg.
 For the eyes I used chair leg tips. Use your imagination on that.

So, a broken ceiling fan, one old discarded table leg, 
an old tattered and torn piece of lace, and some time and
some love and I have a new creation to bless Nikki with.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: 
The old has gone, 
the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

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