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    So glad you dropped by! There is always something brewing here at the painted apron, cooking, painting, party planning, gift making, organizing, tablescaping...I hope you will spend a few minutes here and find some inspiration for your next creation.

The Organized Life, March Paint Bucket

I know we are all happy that March 1 is on the horizon, and Spring is on it’s way! St. Patrick’s day is an important holiday at my house, no I’m not Irish, but my grand, CC, was born on St. Patrick’s Day She’s definitely a cute and mischievous leprechaun! According to Wikipedia, “The introduction … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fast & Loose Watercolor Tulips

Watercolor is always an adventure, you’re never in complete control, sometimes it just has a mind of it’s own… so I just try to embrace the unexpected~ This is a really fun technique to try with watercolor~ Paint a shape, like the shape of a tulip bloom, with water, and then add a drop of … Continue reading

Creations, MacKenzie-Childs Inspired Jewelry Chest & Platter

Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Hop hosted by Andrea from Design Morsels If you’re coming from Birdz of a Feather, I know you were awed with her beautiful crocheted pillow cover and her pattern sales will go 100% to support Alzheimer’s search for a cure This month I decided to paint a chest of … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Blueberry & Bacon Breakfast Bundt

This is a reinvention of a recipe I posted a long time ago, Blueberry Bacon Breakfast Cake I decided to make it in a bundt pan and add maple syrup 😋 You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry Flour, white and brown sugars, baking powder {not pictured,} eggs, butter, cinnamon, vanilla, maple … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Roasted Vegetable Salad

When it’s just me for dinner, my go to meal is salad… I found this bag of vegetables in the frozen section recently and thought they’d be perfect for an easy dinner salad Place the frozen vegetables {or use trimmed and halved fresh Brussels sprouts, cubed butternut squash and onion quarters} Chop bacon into small … Continue reading

Home Decor, Ode to the Chef

My kitchen is really my son’s domain… By day he’s a residential contractor, but nights and weekends he is all about cooking My art studio is in an space just off the kitchen and the top of my desk is a favorite spot for a seasonal or themed display I recently created a kitchen themed … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Bunnies, 3 Ways

I have been thinking Spring all week, and what better way to think Spring than painting bunnies! You can paint them hopping with a simple stroke, or paint them with a puffy cotton tail… Or paint them with a floral headdress I’ve been traveling this week, with little time for painting and creating… These bunnies … Continue reading

Creations, Spring Things!

These past few winter days have made many of us a little crazy… In the South there’s a famous saying So I’m embracing crazy today with crazy Spring recipes and crafts, it’s time to have some fun! Hop into Spring with a Cottontail Cocktail, it’s made with cake flavored vodka {or milk for a no … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Hurry Spring

The weather is crazy in most of the USA right now Our weekend got cut short when fear of the predicted ice storm sent my family back to the city a day early Yesterday began with 4 degrees and an inch of snow in Birmingham On the Gulf Coast of Alabama it was 24 degrees … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

There is so much winter weather and hardship right now, let me distract you with these beautiful sweet peppers~ They were sitting on the cutting board for last Friday night’s kebabs and I was reminded of a wonderful recipe for a vegetable “sandwich” that I want to re-share with you today Roasted peppers and onions … Continue reading