Copyright – 11-30-2012 by Martha L Shaw
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A Christmas painting I did.
This simple painting was done using blendable art pencils and IRL looks like the metal the instrument truly is. I love drawing and painting and always have paper with me for writing but sometimes bring a sketchbook as well. Colored pencils, the artist grade, can give some pretty great results in the finished drawing.
I love decorating my home big time for Christmas and take down some of my other accessories replacing them with Christmas related ones. I did this painting in my old home in the northeast and it’s cold there this time of year. It had a 22 foot long closed in porch on the sunny side of the house and used it as a studio but it was not winterized, so picture me working at my art table with a sweatshirt on and gloves on my hands as I completed this painting. Not kidding!
You played with…
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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1,26
The link to this recipe was just added to my Recipe Page here on this blog. Check it out, my friend’s an amazing cook and baker, but lives too far away for me to “show up with fork in hand.” Sigh.
Mom was looking at Progressosoups on Sunday. She said she wanted to buy their Lentil soup but it had like a trillion mg of sodium in it. I told her I bet I could make some with the lentils we had and some veggie broth (which I happened to have too!)
So, at lunchtime, I put this together…in fewer than 30 minutes!
1 tbsp olive oil
5 slices of veggie bacon
1 small onion diced
1 small green pepper diced
1 tsp sweet paprika
¾-1 bag of lentils (I used the Goya bag)
1 box (carton, approx 1 qt) of vegetable broth – lo sodium if possible
1 cup white wine
2 cups water
2 large Turkish bay leaves
Salt & pepper to taste
Two handfuls of chopped fresh kale
1 large or 2 small carrots diced into small cubes
Heat oil in soup pot. Sauté “bacon”, onion and…
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So, when I am stressed I pray, I clean, I quilt . . . here’s another project on my Quilting nd Fiber Art Blog. I’m calmer now. lol
Here is a secret! Shhhh! Don’t tell! If you want your fabric stash to increase, just let people know you love fabric and sewing or quilting! See, I have a great stash and much of it cost me pennies or nothing at all. I find big bags of fabric at thrift shops, and scrap bags of high-end quilt fabric at quilt shops, and people who are downsizing their stash say “I have some fabric . . . ” and before they finish the sentence, I say “thank you!” Now, I admit when I have had full-time employment (God willing that’ll be soon?) I have bought fabric the “other” way, but it’s been a while.
So, is it risky to say yes to fabric that might be the wrong kind or wrong color? NO! If it’s free, it’s not wrong. See, ugly fabric can be a grocery bag, or a lining…
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Here’s a new post on my Quilting and Fiber Art blog!
So, you probably are familiar with table runners, right? I love them and love making them, designing them and so forth. I have made lots and change them out on my diningroom table all the time. I’ve donated them to charity auctions, given them as gifts, and before the economy tanked I sold a lot of them. So, what was I to do with all these design ideas coming to mind?
As I flipped through a home magazine a while back I saw reference to a bed scarf. Don’t know about y’all, but I’d never heard of one. I read on and it seemed a company was making a killing selling them to folks with, well, more money to spend than me. lol Here’s the idea. Lots of us love a folded quilt or afghan at the foot of our bed, but some of us don’t have cold feet…
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