This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

What do I have?............

What do I have to contribute that is unique? I do not seem to have the imagination that I need to inspire me. Oh I can copy pictures, I can draw to some extent and I can learn. To actually sell "something" requires not just talent but it takes imagination and to see what people may like. I get so caught up in all the things I would like to do that I don't get anything done. I am still working on my sketch books. I am beginning another before finishing the last one. I had sent for some art supplies to finish off some of the pictures in there. Maybe I should forget that one. Just paint with water colour as usual and start fresh in the new book. Right, that's the plan there.
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I love looking on Pinterest for things to draw. Instead I should look around me at things in my life to draw but other people have so much better imagination than I do. I can't focus. I can't seem to get creative in my own right. I used to take pictures for something to draw years ago. Then I got to just enjoying taking the pictures so much that the two things never melded. Maybe that's where I should begin.
I am not looking for recognition. I just want to make some money doing what I love to do. Thats why a shop has always been a dream of mine. My fantasy used to be running a small resort and in the office selling my quilts and arts and crafts to holiday makers. Or a Bed and Breakfast with the same idea. Too bloody old for that now. So what else, and Etsy or Facebook shop. Then to deal with mailing and complaints etc. Then there is keeping the shop stocked and still getting everything done here that needs doing. I wish I could also sell things from the house. There are several "yard sale" pages on Facebook I could use but that does not appeal to me. I guess I would rather do a real yard sale in the Spring, its a lot of work but I have usually had luck in making a little money that way. I have picked up so much from thrift shops that I need to start weeding out. I know people do that for a living, maybe that's an idea but I tend to want to keep things myself but there is only so much one can keep. I just like stuff I guess.
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I keep going down the same old street, the same old arguments. I have been put off from selling via shops in town and about because they take 60% and expect me to not sell for less myself. That means the prices go to a point where I certainly would not pay that much so why would anyone else. I tried Ebay once but got nowhere with a couple of quilts I made.
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No one wants to pay what they are worth. By the time you price fabric and quilting you cant add much for labour and so what's the point? I would rather give them away. That's what I normally do. A quilt costs around 300 dollars to make when you add the costs of everything. That is using new materials though. The cost of fabric has gone up so much.
That's my other problem, I can't stick to one thing. I love fabric, I love craft supplies. I need a work room. My dining table is always full of something.
I spent this past Spring making wind chimes. Pretty sure I could sell those.
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So here I am, same old story, same old problem what to do...............I want to make some greetings cards so maybe I will start there. Maybe I should just get off my butt and go rake leaves.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sketch Book Ideas.........................................

I originally started my sketch books to learn how to "loosen up" with my water colour paintings. I felt I needed some guidance from other artists and see what I could do. I enjoyed it so much that I have done almost 20 books. Now what? Well since the first book I have evolved into a complete different direction. I have found some artists that I adore their work. I don't want to copy them but they have given me ideas and I am filling my sketch books with them. From "Annsdoodles" I have found products that I never dreamed were out there. Yes I started out doing watercolour, and I still do but......oh there is so much more out there. The sketch books do not handle some of the products well, I need better and different paper or card stock. Till then I am still using mainly water colour.
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The products do not show up well on here but in that picture there is glittery paint that shines when you move the page. I need more colours in that particular product. It will look nice on cards and things.
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Now if you happen to be an artist and I have copied one of your pictures, not to worry, when I do anything other than the sketchbooks it will only be my own original ideas and artwork. However I have found it useful to get some things down so I remember.
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I still love doing faces, they are not meant to be lifelike. These are with the idea of doing pictures for childrens cards or bedroom pictures. When I do those I will be using glitter and the raised effects on a lot of things.
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I would like to do some birthday cards and things that could go in a small frame.
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I have been learning to do unrealistic flowers and zentangles.....all of those I will decide how and what to use them on later
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These are but a small portion of whats in the sketchbook
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Yes, I have done a lot of nudes to help get my proportions, those will certainly not be among the things I make to sell (blush)
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I love Fairies and that will be one subject that I will do for sure
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This brownie is copied but modified, I just wanted to keep the idea. I like it and will no doubt do my own version.
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Suns and Moons are a popular subject and I love doing those.
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These next are a few unfinished pictures.I have probably 1/3 of my book still to colour and have started a new book.
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I still have a lot to learn but I will always have a lot to learn and so I need to make a start somehow.
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I need to focus on getting some products done this winter so that I can get started. I will have pictures, cards ACEO's, quilts, bags, totes as well as other thing like
my wooden wind chimes. So much to do.................

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cheesy chicken in tomato......................

I am not sure if I posted this one before or not but in case I didn't here it is...................

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You may notice I use a lot of cheese. Yes I do. I love cheese.
For this I use chicken breasts, nice plump ones. For 4 of us 4 nice size breasts.
You need to saute the chicken in butter with salt and pepper. I always use butter for cooking rather than oil. Just my taste. When they are brown and part cooked add the following.
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When you have added the diced tomato and spaghetti sauce also add in the following
dried or fresh garlic
fresh rosemary
fresh basil
Italian herbs.
I know all this is probably in the sauce but I like to add my own as well. If you dont have fresh herbs use dried.
I let this simmer until the Chicken is cooked
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Add a can of green beans (drained)
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Just before its time to serve add a handful of shredded cheese on each chicken breast
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I cover the pan until the cheese is melted and then serve
This time we had a side of Spaghetti Squash. Yummy
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To cook the squash I cut in half. Put 1/2 on plate and micro wave 15 mins bottom up on plate so that it steams itself. (Hole down)
Do the other half and shred into a bowl when done with salt and pepper and a pat of butter.
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Now I want to eat that again. The chicken was so tender and tasty.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Goulash.....................

For some reason I had been craving Goulash. I have not made it in ages. Not that it's even a huge favourite. You know how it is, all of a sudden you think of something and until you get it the idea just does not go away. It's a simple dish, more so in Winter. Tasty and satisfying.
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That picture above is my version.
Everyone liked it. I thought I made enough to freeze some for quick meals but it was all gone.
This is what you need to make this Goulash. I don't measure things I go by taste. I will give a rough estimate though. For most of these sort of recipes it's whatever you have basically and how you like things. I like tasty not blah.

2lbs turkey burgher.
2 cans of diced tomatoes (15oz)
1 large yellow onion chopped
1 large green pepper
1 large red pepper (sweet not hot)
Chopped or crushed garlic (I use it from a jar and used a rounded teaspoon)
1 teaspoon of Paprika
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of Italian herbs.
I used a small jar of marinara sauce with Basil or use tomato sauce whatever you prefer.
Elbow Macoroni
shredded cheese
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So after chopping the veggies I sauteed them in butter. You can add mushrooms if you have them or even celery. This is an anything goes recipe.
I cooked the noodles while preparing the sauce.
Throw in the cans of diced tomato and tomato sauce to the sauteed veggies.
Add the Paprika and other spices adding Salt and pepper to taste.
Add the Worcester sauce one spoon at a time till you like the taste.
When you have the desired result it is time to add the noodles and stir all together. Keep warm until ready to eat with some crusty bread.
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Top with shredded cheese and enjoy with some crusty bread and butter.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

new recipe...................

This evening I had decided upon fish for supper. What to go with it? Well I had cabbage that needed to be used up and some zucchini squash and green pepper. What to do, sounded bland to me so..........hmmmmm thinking......well Spaghetti sauce brightens things up and is always tasty so what about, stuffed cabbage? Too much trouble and not enough time. So I chopped the cabbage up and diced the zucchini and what was left of the pepper, went out and got some Basil (I am in love with Basil)
So here is what I did. I will say right off the bat, I was not thinking. I should have sauteed the stuff first but didn't.
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Getting the lid of the jar was the hardest thing. Had to get Gabby to help me with that. Eventually we had success.
Basically this is what I did, I will write what I would do next time when I am done.
I chopped and washed the cabbage and zucchini and a large onion. I had a green pepper to use up and chopped that too. I poured 1/3 of the jar of sauce in an 8 x 12 dish and sprinkled on some instant rice.
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I layered this with more sauce and then another layer and a little more rice. Then salt and pepper and some garlic powder to be sure the veggies had taste, it looked a little dry to me.I was thinking when the rice soaks up the sauce, so I added a can of diced tomatoe's salt, pepper and garlic salt
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I was cooking the fish at the same time and so the oven was on 450. It was cod in beer batter. I thought maybe it would be too hot, maybe it was because it did soak up a lot of sauce, I think next time I would lower the heat and maybe put in a little less rice. I didn't measure anything.
I put it in the oven and baked it, I had figured 1/2 hour and so checked when I put the fish in (that took 20 mins). Then when it was almost done I put on cheese,
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It looked awesome. It tasted awesome.
However the cabbage pieces that were bigger or thicker were a bit crunchy. I think I would boil the cabbage next time until it was tender but not fully cooked. I would not want it slimy. So don't fully cook. If you slice the cabbage thin and don't use the tough bits it would have been fine. I would do that with all the veggies actually so that its not in the oven so long. That way the sauce would not soak up so much.
On the plate with some sour cream.......
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It was really tasty and very good especially if you like stuffed cabbage.
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To recap
1/2 head of cabbage shredded, take out tough bits (unless you precook al dente ) I would suggest that you do that depending on what veggies you cook with it. It would cut back oven time.
1 large zucchini.
1 Large onion
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce (I used with basil)
fresh basil
1 can diced tomatoes.
1 cup of instant rice.
Pepper and salt and garlic powder sprinkled to taste
1 bag of shredded cheese, I had Mexican.
Layer the veggies and sauce as you would when doing lasagna.
Cook in the oven 350 until the rice is done. (I was cooking fish and it required 450 temp, it did well and took about 30 mins so adjust accordingly. If using 350 oven then precook veggies al dente )
Mix it up and be sure the rice is cooked. I turned it all over and mixed it well.
cover in cheese and bake until the cheese is bubbly and browning. Takes 1/2 hour to 45 mins. It will stay hot for some time because of the cheese on top

This would be a good side dish with baked chicken or fish. I am not a chef and so I cook what I think compliments each other. The bland veggies needed something tasty to go with and the sauce was just right with added basil. Because I added more tomatoes I used salt and pepper. If you cook it I hope you enjoy.



Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Thrift Shop a thrift shop..................

It's been ages since I went to a thrift shop. I have been busy all summer it seems. Edna went to Belgium on vacation and so did two other people I know. Sheesh!!! Me I stayed home and watched kids. Brittany, a friend of Alex moved back to TC after moving down state. Her relationship ended and so now she is settling the kids into school here and working at Munson. She was having problems getting sitters so..........here I am watching kids again.
Today was hair cut day for the poodle girls. The Thrift shop is right near Brenda's Pet parlour. So as she was not ready at pick up time, what could I do?
I certainly didn't need anything and really didn't want to buy stuff just because but well, you know how much I love a bargain,
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I was thinking this little item would make a nice toothbrush holder. Not sure where though. Maybe a flower vase? Not sure but it was only 2.99
so here it is.There were also quite a few cups and saucers.
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English Bone China. I sort of liked the floral pattern and am thinking of using it for a candle. Maybe I will make a few candles for Christmas gifts. Just one more project for me. I don't really use candles since the cat got her tail on fire (unharmed but funny)
I am getting my sewing machine out next week so the next one would make a nice gift with some pot holders.
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This one is extra large so maybe a nice plant, like an African Violet would be nice.
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It is certainly time to begin thinking about Christmas gifts that's for sure.
Well I am not usually even looking at the clothes but there was really a lot of things I could have bought there today but didn't. Over by the China is the first clothes rack and this was on the very end and caught my eye
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I looked at it and thought it might fit and with a cameo under it, well it seemed it would look nice. Right next to it was this.
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It didn't show up on the picture but is actually silver metalic thread. No idea if either fit but if not then it will get passed along.
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I saw so much today that I could have bought. A teapot with cream and sugar, a 3 piece set of china vases with flowers on. They had new sets of sheets and furry throws. All would make nice gifts for maybe 1/2 price. Alas no money to spend really. This little haul cost 18.00 Really didn't need any of it but got my fix for now. I have not been in so long I guess I rewarded myself.