Saturday, January 28, 2012

I believe...

I love quotes. I read them, I collect them, I paint them, I share them. Do you ever read one and you feel that it was written just for you? That it explains what you are feeling, but sometimes you just cannot seem to put into words? Last week, after my art class I decided to go to a mall that I do not go to very often. I came upon this great store… 

I love this store. It has something for everyone. First it is organized by color…hello… miss drawn to color over here! They carry jewelry and clothes and party goods and aprons and quotes!
The store carried many quotes from this company:

My daughter was visiting back east so I sent this one to her…

In the back of the store I read this one…


Friday, January 27, 2012

I HeArt Fridays!

It is that time of the week again...

 I would like to take this moment to ask for prayers and healing thoughts for my friend Susan... our fearless leader of Mothers with Cancer... 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paint your Way to Inner Peace

We can all use some inner peace right? I had not been to a workshop at Art & Creativity for Healing in a while and with my crazy life the past 6 months I have not really painted much. I had the morning open so I went to one of my favorite places to paint.

Here are my paintings for the day. Laurie Zagon’s method is really more about the process than the finished piece:

My Dark Side, My Light Side
11" x 14"
I feel that we are all born “light” but certain experiences and events that happen in our lives form our “dark side”. Some people keep them completely separate, some cannot control which side is there at any moment, some stay more in the dark the light briefly shines through and some try to stay mostly in the light and only let the dark show through when needed… especially when dealing with someone else from the dark side.

Birth Purpose
14" x 18"
Two big questions… What is your birth purpose? And Why? I have asked the question so many times… I think mine has to do with love, creativity and color… I want to use the experiences in my life to help others and for them to know that they are not alone in their struggles.

9" x 12"
This one was such a good topic to paint yesterday. I have painted this before, but this time my feelings on the subject were so different than before. What does it feel like when you let go of one trapeze and grab onto the next? That feeling of the space in-between. 
When I painted this before I was always thinking that this part would be very scary and perhaps that is why I was afraid to jump in the first place. But this time I realized that the truly scary part to me was not the part in between, but the initial jump. Once you get the courage to jump… it is too late to go back… you have to keep going and make some split second decisions. Yes, you still have some fear but much of it dripped away when your feet left the platform. In many ways once you are in mid-air you have to get out of your head, have faith and trust in yourself to know when to grab onto the next trapeze.

Let Go and Let God
4' x 6"
The workshops usually end with a uplifting little piece to sum up the day.
I painted all of me, the light, the dark and in-between asking God to guide me where He wants me to go!

I love the work of Art & Creativity for Healing and Laurie Zagon. I am also certified in the Zagon Method. If you are interested in holding a workshop for your organization, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great week…

Friday, January 20, 2012

I HeArt Fridays!

This week flew by and I find myself back at Friday...

This heart greeted me this morning when I took the dog outside. I love these little reminders of love.

Have a great Friday and a safe weekend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Skillet Beef Puff

This recipe was taken from a cookbook that I bought years ago when I was trying to eat healthier! The Guilt-Free Comfort Food CookBook by Georgia Kostas with Robert A. Barnett. This is such a great recipe and my kids even like it. The pastry puff reminds us of one of our favorite breakfasts... the "Dutch Baby" that we used to order at the Original Pancake House in Williamsville, NY. Of course this puff is not as sweet but it is still yummy... I hope you enjoy it:

1 pound boneless top sirloin steak, trimmed. Partially freeze steak; slice diagonally across grain into 2 x ¼ inch strips. Set aside. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine the following in a small bowl:
 2/3 cup milk

 3 egg whites

 1 whole egg

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

 ¼ teaspoon salt

whisk until well blended.

Coat an ovenproof, nonstick, 9-inch skillet with cooking spray; place in oven for 2 minutes or hot.

                                  Pour batter into skillet; bake 10 minutes. 
                     Reduce oven to 350 degrees; bake 10 minutes or until golden. 

Meanwhile, toss steak slices with 2 tablespoons flour. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat; add steak slices, and saut√© until browned.

Add 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

2 medium red peppers, thinly sliced

1 small onion, thinly sliced

                                  1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 cup diced tomatoes

cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are just tender.
Stir in tomatoes.

Transfer puff pastry  to a serving platter 

Spoon meat mixture into puffed pastry shell. 
Serve immediately.

25 minutes prep time
30 minutes cooking time
6 servings

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Rose Bowl Flea Market!

We have been quite a few times since we moved to California 8 1/2 years ago. There truly is something for everyone. I love garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. I enjoy seeing what "era" of items are for sale. Years ago seeing what my Grandparents and Aunts had in their homes. Then to items my Parents had and now many of the items I had growing up. You always hear..."I had that" or "my Mom had that". I have taken my Daughter to these sales since she was a baby. Antique World in Clarence, NY was our favorite before we moved here. So many people had told me that I had to go to Pasadena. We were hooked from the first visit.

My daughter and I made a day of it today and what a wonderful day we had!

 I used to have skates just like these and I can still remember gliding down the driveway and hoping to navigate the turn onto the sidewalk.

 Mr. Peanut... My Aunt Jane had this very set. It always brings back just fun memories.
 Banana seat bike anyone?
 I love anything paper related. This booth had old checks and stamps from France and so many wonderful collage items...

 Suitcases are everywhere now. I loved the one in the very back...but I resisted!
Then I saw this complete set... boy did I really want this set. They were asking $35.00 each or the whole set for $90.00. I would have loved to grab it, it was in great shape. But I resisted!

 This shopping cart was beckoning to my daughter. She does not like to bargain with the vendors. I personally think that is the fun part. When I asked the price... I was told $65.00. N really fell in love with this piece. She asked ME to ask if he would take $50.00... to our surprise he said yes! She was stopped 3 or 4 times asking if she bought it that day and if there were any more. That is always such a great feeling to know you made a good purchase.
 OMG... I had Francie and Casey... I still have them and I know I have the blue dress that Casie has on also! My case was like this only it said Barbie. We used to always play Tripoley when I was young too. 
 I bought this little evening case for $5.00.
 Wooden rulers and stencils... 
 and some fun jewelry. I love vintage necklaces. I have quite a few from my Antique World hunting days and now that I am back to work in an office full time I am enjoying wearing them again. When N saw the heart buckle she said that I had to have it. I may try to turn it into a necklace...
I got a kick out of these big cologne bottles. There were a few places that had them. The Rose Bowl is such an eclectic event... from what the vendors are selling to the what the buyers are wearing. We always have fun. When we leave we usually head to downtown Pasadena for lunch. I love Pasadena and I think I would enjoy living there. I love the architecture and the history and there is a Blick Art Store... which is as N said "is my kind of candy store."

It was an enjoyable day and what gives me the most pleasure is making lasting memories with my daughter.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I HeArt Fridays!

I love hearts. I love to find hearts in nature... thanks to Kelly Rae Roberts. It is fun to really look and see how many you find once you pay attention. Friends have told me how they have now started to see more hearts as they have become more aware! I <3 that!

Fridays are going to be " I heArt Fridays". I will post a heart or 2 that I have found in nature. At first I was going to do one each Friday. But I already have so many that I have never shared that I thought I would get off to a great start and share more than one today... so here goes:

When my friend came to visit last month we were walking into my drive way and she looked up and said " Mare look you have had a heart right here and you never noticed it!"

 This one was at the Lego Store!

 I posted this on Facebook but not on my blog... it was on my windshield one morning.
I love this one... it was on the back of the toilet when I took my class with Flora Bowley!
 I much prefer seeing this heart in the ash urn than cigarette butts!

This one was part of the sidewalk. 

Take a closer look and notice the love around you this weekend!


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