Many Thanks to RESA for sharing my Watercolors with her followers. Resa was so kind to do this for me so please go and check out her blog if you have yet to follow her or be introduced.
I received a wonderful e-mail out of the blue from Mosey’s owner Kathryn. She said something that truly struck a cord with me, “Getting a dog is the easy part, building a foundation that sets your relationship up for success is an enormous task.”
This is so worth passing along to you all. Enjoy the time with your puppy, enjoy teaching, learning, and spending this time together. It goes by oh so quickly! Mr. Mosey can be found in our numerous puppy videos that we use for our classes, you can check them out here, VIDEO ~ Nancy
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”
“Dogs have been an integral part of my life, personally and professionally, for almost two decades, yet a puppy had never been a member of…
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I know some of you use YouTube to share videos of your work, perhaps you’ll be interested in a real life situation that Artist, Paul Taggart finds himself in with YouTube and how piracy has turned his world upside down.
Paul Taggart has been an artist for 40 years, authored a number of art instruction books, has given countless workshops all over the world and who has generously shared over 260 art tutorials via YouTube, where he earned YouTube Partner status. I’ve watched Paul Taggart’s video’s for a number of years, they have been tremendously helpful tool in my development as an artist.
An artist friend of mine on PMP brought Paul’s situation to light, I hope that by publicizing his experiences here that perhaps some extra support may be raised for his cause. At the very least it will alert you all to how easily your videos can be stolen and how you may not be…
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When I’m on the road, I usually avoid cities unless I have a very specific mission in mind (like finding all the Banksy’s in San Francisco) or I know somebody there who can show me around. Otherwise, I spend the whole time fighting traffic and looking for parking. On Saturday night at the Sun Tunnels Solstice celebration, I met a tall,
glittery-faced guy with two long braids named James who turned out to run a bicycle-tour company in Salt Lake City. When I admitted to skipping past SLC, he offered me a place to park my rig and a bike tour, which sounded like an opportunity to me. I do my best to yes to all opportunities.
When I left the Sun Tunnels on Sunday I…
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Did someone say Hush Puppies?!! Be still my heart! How I do love those Hush Puppies! And if you’re contemplating making up a big batch of that delicious Carolina Pulled Pork I just told you about for your Independence Day celebrations, these Hush Puppies would be fantastic served right alongside those tasty little sliders. Your party will be the talk of the town! For you folks out there who might not know what a Hush Puppy is, (and I’m not sure where in the world you’ve been hanging out…) a Hush Puppy is basically a ball of cornmeal batter which has been deep-fried. They are often served along side fried seafood dishes or with barbecued foods. Now there are numerous legends about how they got their name. They seem to all involve some group of folks, be they Southern hunters, fisherman, civil war soldiers or cooks, taking a cornmeal mixture…
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This video is called Earthrace – R.I.P – Tribute.
From Wildlife Extra:
Conservationist Pete Bethune launches a writing competition for young people
New Zealander, Pete Bethune, founder of marine conservation organisation, Earthrace, has set a challenge for all young ocean activists around the world.
His aim is to encourage a growing network of children and young people from around the world who care about preserving and protecting the oceans by launching a writing competition.
First prize is a model remote control replica of Pete’s Earthrace boat which broke the round the world speed record in 2008 but was sunk by Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2010.
Apart from being a world-record holder for the fastest trip around the world in a powerboat, Pete has become a passionate supporter of marine life conservation as a result of his experiences on that trip. He is the author…
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I made Bob a big dinner for Father’s Day – bacon wrapped filets (from Costco), Oven Fries, Broccoli Salad and Cheesy Garlic Bread and then for dessert, this tasty (and super easy!) dip with fruit. It was delicious with the fruit but I bet it would also be really good on a piece of cake or pie or a brownie, you get the idea!
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
1 (3.5 oz) package instant white chocolate pudding mix
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine pudding mix, milk and lemon juice and mix well. Fold in Cool Whip and mix until completely incorporated. Serve with fruit or graham crackers and Nilla Wafers (or cake or pie or brownies!).
Now they tell me lol a day late a dollar short 🙂 I tried to sell 200 items yesterday and ended up selling just THREE
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Rummage sales are great from clearing clutter and collecting cash — but you have to do them right! Katie Gerstmeier joins Real Milwaukee to talk about the supplies you will need, the items that are sure to sell, tips for prices and how to get the word out.
The History Of Flag Day
Thirteen Stars and Thirteen Stripes.
It was on JUNE 14, 1777, that the Second Continental Congress selected the Flag of the United States.
In 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed the Proclamation making JUNE 14 “National Flag Day.”
On Flag Day, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated:
“The belief in man, created free, in the image of God – is the crucial difference between ourselves and the enemies we face…
God of the free…grant us victory over the tyrants who would enslave all free men.”
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher…
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Garden? Give this a try! A re-Post 🙂
Fifty years later, after seeking help from recalcitrant nuns to find her grown son, Philomena (played by Judi Dench) enlists the aid of a journalist (Steve Coogan) to help her track him down.
This touching comedic film, based on a true story, is not a documentary ~ it takes dramatic license and liberties in depicting historical events.
The creative blending of fact and fiction enhances the story line, allowing us to see how Philomena reconciles the nuns’ apparent lack of compassion without losing her deep and abiding faith.
Judi Dench reveals the amazing power of forgiveness to transform and heal.
Aah . . . that’s better!
crafting for Easter with the children
OH how I adore finding lost treasure
Have a great day!
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Tuesday 8 April 2014, 22:03 (Update: 09-04-14, 08:05 AM)
An amateur archaeologist has found a palette bracelet from the late Bronze Age (1000-800 BC) in Limburg province. Palette bracelets from this time are rare. In the Netherlands there had never previously been found one, though some were in Belgium and France.
The man found the object during a years-long search on a field in the municipality of Echt-Susteren. In total he found 85 objects in the ground: bracelets, rings, beads and wire in a spiral shape. The Limburg Museum aquired them last year.
The museum assumes that the objects were buried as offerings or to keep them out of the hands of an enemy.
It is not certain whether the jewelry was used as a bracelet. It may also have been worn on an…
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California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades; we are now in our 3rd consecutive year of below-normal rainfall. Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent voluntarily, and mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don’t run dry over the summer. No matter where you live it just makes sense not waste this precious resource. Here are 2 super simple steps you can take to drastically reduce water waste in the kitchen.
We have a double sink in the kitchen, 1 was used for washing the other ended up being a dumping location and quickly filled with dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher, which drove me BONKERS!
Wishing to reduce our water waste and save my sanity I bought a nice new bucket and put that in one sink, into this we collect the water from…
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Matt and I don’t have a specific Irish meal planned for this year but I’ve been saving a yummy Irish side dish from last year’s feast to share on the blog today.
That’s Colcannon, or, as I like to think of it, Irish mashed potatoes with kale, leeks and ham. Oh, and butter… lots of butter! Last year this heaping plate of colcannon made the perfect side dish to the Beef and Guinness Pie that Matt and I ambitiously tried to make after work on a Monday (it took much longer to braise the beef than I anticipated!). Luckily the colcannon came together very quickly so we were able to sneak bites of it while the pie baked. Here’s a photo of my dinner plate from last year when we finally sat down to eat at 9PM:
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Got to get some soon 🙂
Beneficial, rewarding and exciting are just a few words that describe the experience of having your own flock of backyard chickens. These birds offer many more benefits than the obvious one, a regular supply of your own eggs.
Listed below are some of the many benefits to why you should start raising your own chickens:
A hen lays one egg a day. These eggs have a richer taste compared to store bought ones. Since backyard chickens have the ability to touch and roam on soil unlike factory- farm chickens, their eggs have a higher nutritious value to them. Compared to store bought eggs, the egg has 25 percent more vitamin E, a third more vitamin A and 75 percent more beta carotene. They also have significantly more omega-3 fatty acids than factory farmed eggs. Plus, the eggs are free of charge and always fresh!
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I find the blog format fascinating, as my stories about my illustration career “unfolded” in their own way. I had no idea when I started writing my blog where it would go.
All of my stories, tips and information move forward from the first post. Therefore, because the blog’s format is backwards, this last entry has become the conclusion! However, because it is the “Home Page,” it is important for me to explain a few things that I have shared earlier in my blog. There are people reading this who have not seen anything else I’ve written.
I have already shared many of my “Portfolio Pieces,” but they have been…
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His parents were two of my all time favorites, in fact still are and she had Ben and I had Mike, beautiful boys they are with just so much talent inside.
Your handmade fountain pen will need some regular maintenance to keep in tip top shape. Since fountain pens use an ink that needs to flow from the ink reservoir to the nib, it needs to be clean to function properly. Whether the ink is in a cartridge or supplied via an ink converter, the pen needs to remain clean.
Basics About Fountain Pens
Most problems with fountain pens stem from dried ink that get in the path of the ink flow. This can occur in the nib, the converter assembly, or barrel. The key to a well-performing fountain pen is to regularly clean these assemblies to keep them in good working order.
Use distilled water instead of tap water. Distilled water does not contain minerals and other ingredients that can build up and clog the pen over time. Hot water shouldn’t be used as a general rule, as it could…
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For dogs and pet owners poor JT is going to hate her momma 🙂
Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Prakaew) is a great place to visit in Bangkok Thailand. It used to be the Grand Palace of Thai Royal family. There are so many things to see around the temple and palace. One of my favorite is murals around the inner wall that surround the main hall where the Emerald Buddha is housed. I had a bit of chance to take few pictures of them here (oh, by the way you cannot take picture inside the main hall). I believe it is the only temple in Thailand that does not have any resident monks. The place is opened for visitors and for royal family tradition visits and ceremonies only.
I wished I had time to go around and take time to see the these paintings and stories they tell. Not only the main story lines were told, the artists included daily lives, humors and…
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Did you ever think you could stand inside a wolf habit and pet a wolf? Well you can.
Naples Florida is home to a unique charity,The Shy Wolf Sanctuary. They rescue wolves that have been bred or purchased as pets and then abused or abandoned. The sanctuary is the only wolf sanctuary in the USA where you can actually interact with these beautiful wild animals. They are totally supported by donations and merchandise sales. The staff is made up completely of volunteers. Plan a trip while in south Florida for a real wildlife encounter.
If you buy a print of this image, I will donate all my profits to this wonderful organization.
To see other images and buy apparel or prints, please visit my commercial gallery.
Cleaning out the clutter one spot in the house each day.
Shredding paper from my past that with the ex husbands death is no longer needed.
I am adding it all to my soil in hopes of a lush green garden.
I will give away things I no longer need.
I will sell some things on EBay to make my life easier.
I shall go through photo albums last and throw away all photos that no longer move me or are not quite good enough for future generations to come across there goes another 100 pounds of clutter!
So do you have STUFF you no longer want or need or are you traveling sideways through your spaces?
Clutter is weighing us down in many ways but mostly emotionally. Set it FREE!
Here is a neat way laid out here for you.
Wonder what kind of treasure I will find within the TRASH!
For Healthy Eyes
Open full eyes and keep fix vision on mirror. Now do face up side and round half circle left to right and right to left, 10 times and same process keeping face to down side, 10 times. After that round full face clock wise alternate Left side and right side, 10-10 times. In between this exercise feel dust in side the eyes and after some days slowly come out dust and natural gap would be between eyes and eyes lens, Regularly do this. After this exercise feel Bright and Healthy vision, Fresh and Healthy eyes.
Note:- Keep attention should be fix vision on mirror, Along this exercise.
It’s good for you!
When I first cut Coffee Mate out of my life, I used full fat coconut milk the occasional half and half in my coffee. It’s pretty good…but the minute I realized how easy homemade almond milk is to make (and then tried it), I can’t go back. I’ll splurge on half and half when I go to Starbucks, but at home…this is the stuff. It blends beautifully with my morning french press!
Before I show you how easy it is…I want to show you why I cut Coffee Mate (as delicious as it might be) out of my life:
Water, Corn Syrup Solids, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, and/or Cottonseed Oil, (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat), and Less Than 2% of Sugar, Modified Cornstarch, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, (Milk Derivative), Not a Source of Lactose Color Added, Artificial Flavor, Mono And Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60
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As one of the judges, I’ve been asked to come up with a theme and judge all the entrants for that theme. I get to pick one lucky winner who will have three weeks to make their design and get the chance to win a whole goodie-bag of prizes!
The theme I have chosen for the competition is My Crafty Friend. Here’s the cute little logo that the folks at the Offset Warehouse have designed for me!
Regular readers will know that I have a thing about making stuff that is beautiful AND useful, so this seemed like the ideal theme for me. I want you lovely people to come up with a design idea for something that would make a fabulous AND practical gift for a crafty friend. Your friend’s…
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Silver River Productions, a TV company based in London are currently in production for a BBC2 primetime gardening show ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’. The series follows a handful of talented amateur kitchen gardeners as they transform a plot of earth into a patch of beauty and reveal all the wonderful possibilities that can be unlocked from allotment growing. Kitchen gardening and growing your own produce is an amazing way to live and this series celebrates that.
They are looking for contestants to feature in the series, those who have the skill and dedication and who could dig their way to victory and be crowned the winner of The Big Allotment Challenge. People who can cultivate the perfect carrot, make their green tomatoes into award winning chutney and turn their dahlias and sweet peas into floral arrangements fit for a Queen.
So whether you’re an allotment holder, a city living…
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The National Trust for Scotland writes on this video:
Kintail & Morvich The Five Sisters of Kintail form one of Scotland’s finest and most famous views when seen from Ratagan on the shores of Loch Duich, and have been under the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1944. Our rangers lead guided walks over the five peaks (which also form one of the country’s finest one day hillwalks) so who better to make this short video showing the unmatched beauty of this unique part of Scotland? Assistance in video editing was provided by Rob Birdsey, a volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland. …
The music for several of the Kintail and West Affric videos has been provided by Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd (The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music) located at Plockton High School. The music school is for secondary school aged students, and…
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Lions – The New Endangered Species?
The GoPro production crew journeys to Africa to explore the danger and beauty of Kevin Richardson’s passions for lions and their future.
Bear is laughing
A versatile collection of fabric blossoms to adorn your special projects or that inspirational outfit be it as a pin, hair clip, and/or belt or shoe clip. (no glue is used)
Some of the blooms can be sent to you on a stem just right for arranging in that perfect bud vase.
Possibly you would like to create that one-of-a-kind bookmark or attach a pretty poesy to your shopping bag. How about up-dating that lampshade in your boudoir? Or tying back your curtains for that vintage Victorian look; the uses are endlessly possible.
3-5″ in size
1. Lavender Organza Rose
2. Red Satin Rose
3. White peony on a stem
4. Red Peony
5. Pink Peony
6. Black Satin and White Lace Carnation
7. Turquoise Blue Satin Rose
$9.95 each including shipping and handling
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beware rights belong to those who actually painted the image or took the photo
Yum memories of Nana
Guláš, or goulash, a soup or stew of meat and vegetables seasoned with paprika may have Hungarian origins, but it is also quintessentially Czech. Every pub or restaurant that you go to there has their own unique version. Often it is served with Knedlicky (bread dumplings), but I’ve also seen it in a bread bowl or simply with potatoes. I can tell you this first hand because I was lucky enough to actually visit Prague back in September! In my last blog I mentioned that I had met my husband in Berlin after he finished with a work conference there. Well once we met up, we jumped on a train and high-tailed it to Prague! Now Berlin was very nice. I would definitely visit again given the chance, but Prague….well …what can I say…I am completely smitten! It was just stunningly beautiful! I really fell in love with it!
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Squash it’s good for you!
1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
½ cup crumbled low-fat feta cheese
3 T sliced black olives
2 T chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Place spaghetti squash with cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are warmed through.
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Summary – Keep those entries coming.
Here is the
Enter and join in the fun
Here is today’s entry
Click for full screen image at the Exhibit Gallery
“In a Barrel” © 2014 by Geri Brown (USA)
Wassilly Kandinsky, the father of abstract art,
Was born Russian and later a citizen of Germany & France
Abstract art poured from those three countries,
Notably the last two, in the early years of the genre
That makes me wonder, especially with this blog’s
Relatively large number of readers there
Why not a single entry from any of them???
Who will be first?
Is there no art left there 😉
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Vegetables never ranked high in my juvenile estimation, and cauliflower occupied a particularly low rung on the ladder, beneath broccoli but definitely above rutabegas. Everybody behaved as though cauliflower were a deviant vegetable, safely edible only after an extended baptism in a volcanic bath to exorcise its cruciferous demons. This reduced it to a watery, insipid mess, the kind of thing found in ANGELA’S ASHES or PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, on the PRIVATION section of the menu. Like orange juice in small glasses, it was one of those things I immediately abandoned as soon as I was on my own. Jody reintroduced me to it, Italian style, after we began living together, shocking me with how good it was. For years our favorite way of preparing it was to roast it with olive oil, often with a bit of flash like pine nuts, a few currents…
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The Cherokee Phoenix, published from 1828 to 1836, was the first native-language newspaper published in the United States. Readers of this blog will remember that the Cherokee use a syllable script invented by Sequoyah in 1821.
Even a casual mention of the Cherokee Nation stirs memories of the Trail of Tears. But today, the CP publishes once more, this time online. Though the paper is now published in English, RT hopes that at some point in the not-too-distant future, a bi-lingual edition might make an appearance.
Image: Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper front page May 21, 1828 (ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎴᎯᏌᏅᎯ). WikiCmns; Public Domain.
Gardening Post to share
(CNN) — Have you always wanted to have your own garden and grow fresh, healthy food but didn’t know quite where to start? Which vegetable varieties to go for, how far from one another to place the seeds and how much water to use?
That’s also how Claire Reid felt a few years back, at 16, when her father asked her to plant a garden during her school holidays.
“I was overwhelmed by the amount of seed I had to buy, the amount of fertilizer, the wastage,” recalls Reid.
Reid quickly realized that gardening was not made easy for beginners. She was frustrated that she had to measure manually the correct distance between the seeds, as well as to pay a small fortune to buy what she needed, since everything came in bulk — so she decided to put her young mind to work.
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Friday, February 20, 1914: Nothing much doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Have you ever heard of anyone holding a party to celebrate Washington’s Birthday. It must have been a much more popular holiday a hundred years ago than what it is now.
Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share some fun food suggestions for a Washington’s Birthday party that appeared in the February, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal.
In the 1960s, Washington’s Birthday morphed into President’s Day which is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February. But, in 1914, Washington’s Birthday was celebrated on his actual birthdate, February 22—and apparently it was a bigger deal than what it is now.
This week’s Website of the Week is Seriously Amazing from the US Smithsonian Institute. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
Seriously Amazing is a really interesting site chock full of strange, little-known, quirky and yes seriously amazing questions, and their answers.
The Smithsonian asks and answers questions every day about science, art, history and culture.
Check out Seriously Amazing to view some of the best.
During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!
I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red & yellow.
Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you have icicles like those in our photo gallery below, they could be causing costly damage to your home.
“It then runs back up underneath the shingles and underneath the waterproof barrier of the roof and that’s where you see it manifesting itself,” said Charlie Schloegel, with Schloegel Property Solutions.
His crew has been busy shoveling snow off roofs, breaking up ice in gutters and downspouts. He had 20 appointments this weekend alone.
Schloegel warns you to be careful if you decide to get rid of the ice and snow yourself rather than hire a company like his. Your roof likely has a sheet of ice under the snow, so proceed up the ladder with great caution.
He offers another suggestion for stubborn ‘ice dams’ that prevent water from running down your gutter. Schloegel says to put ice melt into pantyhose and…
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