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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, Memorial Day Menu

For family holiday weekends at the beach we love to COOK With young grandchildren and crowded restaurants, dining out is not fun or relaxing HHjr is head chef and we collaborated last week on the menu It looks complicated, but with advance planning, and some short cut recipes, plus my son does most of the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Easy Weekend Meal Idea

I have to share my new favorite find with you for this week’s Take-out Tuesday Trader Joe’s Tzatzki Creamy Garlic Cucumber Dip     It is so loaded with thin, fresh, cucumber slices you will think you made it yourself… Don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby?  No problem!     You can also easily make … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Welcome Summer!

  Can you think of a better way     To celebrate summer than with an ice cream sundae?           And flowers of course, oh the power of flowers!       Bloom upon bloom     Fill every room       Come have a seat,       It’s … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Impasto

A large abstract floral painting has been on my to do list since last Spring when I was commissioned by a friend to paint Bloom     I also wanted to experiment with using gel mediums and decided to incorporate impasto Impasto is a painting technique using very thick amounts of paint resulting in a … Continue reading

Creations, Summer Craft & Decor Ideas

With summer just around the corner, I rounded up some of my favorite summer centerpieces, crafts and decor ideas to spark your creativity They are fast, easy, and cheap! A few shells and some glass pebbles instantly bring the sea to your table or vignette   Have everyone park their shoes by the door in … Continue reading

Creations, Celebrating Creativity Winners

I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate your kind words, support and feedback about my artwork and Society6 Shop After years of painting glassware for shops, shows and commissions, buying supplies, delivering and shipping, billing, etc., working with Society6 lets me be fearless, I can paint anything I want, and then they take care … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Hawaiian Pizzarooms

  Feed your pizza cravings with these lo-carb tasty stuffed “s’rooms”     Easy enough to make for a weekend nosh but elegant enough for a party     Instead of traditional pizza ingredients, this is an Hawaiian style pizza version with ham & pineapple     Look for large cap mushrooms, clean by wiping … Continue reading

Holidays, Reflections for Mother’s Day

  A quiet morning, when the world is just waking up       Is the perfect time for reflection…       Sometimes when the wind stops and the mind is quiet     Things become crystal clear     Some are oblivious and drive right by, but others stop and enjoy the sun’s … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Roses for Mother’s Day!

Roses for Mother’s Day! This is a special Fearless Friday~ An artist blogger buddy,  Jodi   joined me in a watercolor demonstration to show you how 2 artists can paint the same subject and have 2 different intrepretations, 2 similar, yet very different paintings     I sent her this photo and she painted the … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Tropical Table with Pescado & Hunky Monkey

A tropical table with pescado     Pescado is Spanish for fish,  just so you know…     A beautiful day for lunch in the sparkling sunshine       The table was set with fish plates and bubbly glasses for wine     Chunky fish boards anchor the plate stack     Topped with … Continue reading

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