Forgotten Canvas

digitally altered canvas

I'm getting ready for a lot of company this month. You know what that means, lots of cleaning. I've been going through closets,cleaning the baseboards and reorganizing. As we all know when we do that(especially if it's been a while) we stumble upon unexpected treasures, items we've forgotten about. I came upon this canvas photo that I made 5 years ago. I lived in another city then and in the moved stored away the digital photos I made. This canvas was a photo of my then backyard which really wasn't a backyard at all. It was a long area on the back of a green belt. It had a long stone path. This was a photo of it which I digitally altered and printed onto canvas. When I can across it I knew I didn't want to just stash it away again. I started thinking what could I do with this canvas. Well, I think I'll make it my "green bag". So my plan right now is to find some material and maybe quilt it and turn it into a bag I can bring with me to market. So next post I'll show you the fabric I've picked out the go with this green canvas. Hopefully I might even have some of the bag completed. … [Read more...]

Roses and Glass

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I have a terrible confession to make. I almost feel guilty saying it. I have a BLACK thumb. My best attempts at keeping alive anything green usually result in disaster. It seems the harder I try the faster the poor plant dies. But....regardless of my past failures, I decided I was really going to try and grow roses. I love roses and would love to a small rose garden. So, Mr. Austin...here I come. Well the good news is YEAH! They're not dead! I planted at least 6 hybrid rose bushes and roses did appear! As if magic! I decided to photograph some flowers just to show the world, Yes I have a green thumb( even if it's a forest green)! … [Read more...]

Food From My Frontier Cookbook Review

Ree Drummond Food From My Frontier

Yum..Double Yum...no, really really good! Usually when I buy a cookbook I read all the reviews first before I decide to purchase, but I preordered FOOD FROM MY FRONTIER because I'm such a fan of her terrific blog¬† I never tried any of Ree's recipes off of her blog but I love all the goins ons (sorry not a real word,I know) over there. When the cookbook arrived I was so thrilled just by all the beautiful photographs and its great layout and design (recipe types organized by color). You just want to sit down and LOOK at all the gorgeous photos. But, I was doubly thrilled when I saw the all the familiar hearty foods I already love. This cookbook isn't about far out ingredients I can't find or complicated cooking techniques....it's food you are already familiar with and you and your family will actually love to eat. I'm not the greatest cook but I'm not the worst either. I felt like I could make every recipe in this book. So I decided to start with one of my favorite foods and that is the Chicken Tortilla Soup. The photos are so clear and well organized you could almost make this with the photos alone! The photo above is mine (Ree of course has a beautiful photo of this soup in her book) My soup turned out beautifully! I had some friends stop over and they immediately asked what I was making and before I could even answer they were over at my soup pot. So I offered some up and got rave reviews! It was truly delicious.¬† There are so many great recipes in this cookbook... … [Read more...]