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Healthy Living: Easy Herb and Feta Salsa

 If you are anything like me, you eat healthier when the recipe is fast, simple, and allows for a lot of variation.Here is my favorite base mix:  a non-spicy fresh salsa recipe made with herbs and feta cheese.  This salsa is great on crackers, with tuna, on toasted bread drizzled with…(continue reading)

Etsy And Me: How Do I Shorten My Shop Links?

Have you ever been browsing through Etsy and notice that some sellers have cute, short, clickable links in their item descriptions instead of cumbersome links that go on for two lines?  They look something like this:  http://etsy.me/1LNPfJ5 My first thought was "I LIKE those."My next was...(continue reading)

Modern Home Art Decor: Flower Photography Prints Orchid Art

Ahh...life in the Midwest can be quite a meteorological adventure, particularly as late winter transitions to early spring.  Personally, I adore my four seasons AND I love snow, but I would be untruthful if I said the occasional 70 degree winter day did not make me long for the warm, sunny, and...(continue reading)

Art Studio Bits: Mixed Media Painting In Progress

My current painting in progress is a 24 x 36 mixed media painting on gallery wrap canvas, a fusion of botanical forms and textures enveloped in a tranquil palette of blues, yellows, oranges, and deep warm brown.  Here are some close-ups of the painting's textures:      As I tend...(continue reading)

Design Studio Workbench: Metal Shapes and Patina

Currently on my workbench in my jewelry studio:  shapes of patinated metals (mainly copper) in various stages of design. The two flowers and long metal strips are copper sheet metal that has been cut, filed, textured with a hammer, and heated with a butane torch to apply a heat patina. ...(continue reading)

Modern Home Decor: Silhouette Photography Botanical Art

As much as I am full of active energy and often drawn to the busy, modern minimalism serves as my perfect balance.  Taking the transitions of nature and rendering them in silhouette form not only reduces botanicals to simple shape but also creates modern home design in bold neutrals of black and...(continue reading)

Home Decor: Art Print Series Dried Flower Floral Still Life Prints

I adore pleasant surprises.  One of my most favorites is that unexpected gift which keeps on giving (cliche I know, but nonetheless true.)  This past fall, I was a volunteer in a program for a local chapter of Girls On the Run, a program that promotes developing and nurturing a healthy mind,...(continue reading)

Studio On the Road: Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague Virginia

Assateague National SeashoreAs October slides into the Midwest (though I do love autumn) I admit to being slightly nostalgic for my summer travels.  Assateague Island National Seashore, an even smaller island off the small island of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, is an amazing...(continue reading)

Working With Metal: Hammered Copper Rings

Silver Flower Copper Ring I love copper.  No other metal responds to a torch with such a varied palette--not just warm near mocha pinks, but vibrant marbled teals as well.  Plus, it is easy to add texture and create a rustic finish (much more interesting than the shiny sheet metal of its...(continue reading)

Vintage Bingo Materials: A Perfect Addition To Your Arts and Crafts Toolkit

      Photo by Kathleen Cavalaro Jewelry, Mixed Media, Altered Art... You Can Spice Them All Up With a Dash of Vintage Bingo   One of the things I love most about arts and crafts is that almost anything can be repurposed and made into something entirely new and exciting...(continue reading)