Thursday, January 31, 2008

Formally Yours

A work in progress, now wrapping up, I've been working on some decorative painting projects at this BRIDAL shop in the Atlanta/Lilburn, Georgia area. Brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride will all find this a fun place to shop for your dresses.


Yesterday I painted the numbers to this VERY LARGE wall clock. The outside diameter is 41"...no mistaking the time here...tick-tick'n away!

Store policies concerning alterations & returns are no longer on a printed sign but handpainted on the wall behind the front desk. this was work I did in late 2007.


Above the mirrors is a quote that has become the store's motto,
"Creating a lifetime of elegant beauty"! Again, work done in 2007 after I'd painted beige walls with the blue & green.

More pics and info tomorrow....

Monday, January 28, 2008

Flirty Wire Dress Sculpture

Wire is an interesting medium that I have enjoyed working with and this piece has attracted some nice attention...almost 1000 views!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7204691

A feminine and flirty dress constructed of wire and displayed on a stand. This sculpture is woven with 22 gauge steel galvanized wire with some copper wire added to accent. The dress alone stand 8" high. approx. 7" wide at the hem, approx. 4" across at the bust. The stand, alone is 10" high. The dress sits on the stand with the hip area of the dress resting on the stand. The total height of the two pieces together is just under 16".
Above is a treasury from Tanushka, another etsy artist who makes beautiful jewelry! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7204691 My favorite piece from Tanushka's etsy shop is this Pearl Charm bracelet.

Thanks again for including me in your treasury!!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Team Work in Action











It's been a fun week working with Rhonda & Kim again on a school mural. Monarch is a school offering special education services, special needs pre-K, ADAPT, and early childhood programs in Gwinnett County. Transportation was the theme that totally changed this media center in just one week!

Once we had an OK from the higher-ups, the off-white walls were base coated a sky blue with a green by Rhonda's husband Ron. Rhonda roughed in the basic areas; mountains and the area for the train, lake, farm, barn, large tree. Kim & I joined Rhonda Tuesday-Friday, adding more detail and helping Rhonda in developing the project.

While we've worked together for some time on all sorts of fun & interesting projects over the years, I am still amazed at how great the final project comes together in a relatively small amount of time. Rhonda & Kim are able to do amazing things with a pile of brushes, acrylics paints!!! I'm able to fill in background, some mountains, add some fence posts, fill in foliage, highlights here & there...my biggest contribution on this one was the hot air balloons.



Saturday, January 19, 2008

Georgia's BIG Snow Day!

The sun did not shine...but the snow came today, give'n kids a fun way to play...


Here's an Etsy treasury that I was able to snag, enjoying the snow from inside!




Cesar wasn't sure what to think!







We've had snow twice this week. Kids have been VERY excited & it has been pretty.




Thursday, January 17, 2008

Inspired!!!


Watching "bios day" of our favorite Food Network personalities I was truely inspired by Ina Garten! A trip to our local library landed me her Barefoot Contessa Family Style & Barefoot Contessa Parties! While not an avid reader of novels & such, I do enjoy reading a great cookbook, pouring through recipes, imagining just how a dish will taste. Who would really enjoy this or that and when can I try this latest creation?!


Last week I made the Real Meatballs & Spaghetti one night, Mac & Cheese another --- not exactly dishes for any January New Year's resolutions!!! This week I wanted to take a meal to a friend who was under the weather. For the guys I made Chicken Tetrazini (not from the cookbook...recipe to follow), for Kim, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. We had a batch of both too!!! Great comfort food on a cold & even snowy week here in Georgia!
Chicken Tetrazini
8oz. cooked vermicilli
small can of muchrooms
4T butter
1/2 t celery salt
cayenne pepper to taste
1/4 t marjoram
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can evaporated milk
2 C chicken (or turkey)
Parmesean cheese

Cook vermicilli. Melt butter with liquid from mushrooms. Add soup and stir.
Gradually add evaporated milk while stirring. Add seasonings.
Spray 8 1/2 x 11 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Add cooked pasta, meat & mushrooms.
Pour in sauce and sprinkle with lots of parmesean cheese.
Bake for 350 for 1/2 hour or until bubbly.

Make something new! Share a meal with a friend.