Thrifted Recently:

A dress from the 80's, brand new, t-shirt material.  Fits wonderfully. :)

041 - dress

A couple of belts to wear over long cardigans.  The leather one used to have a whole bunch of weird charms and coins hanging off of it, but I pried them all off, and now have a cute leather belt.

040 - belts

An awesome blanket - it is 100% wool and looks brand new.  And, it is yellow ochre, the color that makes me weak in the knees.

042 - blanket

And last but not least, a couple of handmade ceramic pieces.  They are both really nice!

043 - bowl

039 - mug

The Last Few Days

It has been a bit hectic around here these last few days.  We are in the midst of packing and all I want to do is work in the studio.  Our friend Johnny came down to visit, and we went to the Drive By Truckers concert here in town, and then the next day we went in to Chicago to visit my BFF Tony and his wonderful boyfriend.  It was a great day of gallery hopping, eating, and a little shopping.  I hope I can make it in to the city one more time before we move out to South Dakota.  *fingers crossed*
Unfortunately I forgot my camera on both occasions, so here are some images from the last few days:
simple dinner
Simple dinner at home with Nate
060 - Progress
Progress on some paintings.
Other than that, the last few days have been a bit chaotic -- some ups and downs.  Hopefully things will come to a nice even keel once we are moved and settled in.  


Hi all,

My good friend Ann is putting on a fundraiser for Sarah, a friend of hers who is really in need of some help.  You can read about Sarah's brave fight here:  Sarah's Story

If you can spare some change, and are looking for some nice artwork, check out the fundraiser here:

Here is my piece for the fundraiser - it is watercolor:  8" x 11" on 11" x 15" paper.
059 - You Are Loved

Thanks guys!

The Weekend

Hi all,
I had a lovely weekend starting with a lunch with a good friend, a visit from Nate's parents, and a little bit of relaxing.  While thrifting I found this lovely over-sized cameo locket:
Thrifted Cameo
It is about 2 inches tall, and is the perfect length and makes whatever I wear that day significantly fancier.
That night Nate and I had a nice relaxing dinner at home.  I made us some d-lish Shrimp Scampi which is super easy to make (especially when you use pre-cooked shrimp.)
shrimp scampi!
The recipe is so simple, you just put 3 tbsp of butter, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 cloves garlic minced (I just used a garlic press), 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and 2  tbsp of lime(or lemon) juice in a frying pan and heat it up on medium until the butter is melted, and the garlic starts to cook.  Then add 1 lb of pre-cooked shrimp, and cook it until everything is heated through.  Lastly, add cooked and drained linguine and lightly toss everything together.  Taste it then, and add more butter/oil/salt as needed.  It is super easy to make and WELL worth the effort.
For the Fourth, Nate's parents came to visit, and they told us about their trip to France that they just got back from, and while the men went golfing, Nate's mom and I did a little shopping.  We grilled out for dinner and had a nice relaxing night in.  Also, Nate's dad picked this out for me from an antique sale he was at:
A little gift
I'm also working on a few other side projects, but I'll post those when I get a little further along.