Artist Blog and Etsy Store


It's finally here!  The grand opening of my artist blog!  It looks pretty bare now, but each week I will be releasing a new project or piece for your viewing pleasure as well as sharing some of my favorite artists, techniques, and materials.

Right now, all I have up are some monoprints that I did in college.  These prints are available in my Etsy Store.


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November Recap


My first full month (if you discount my sick leave) draws to a close.  I didn't get all the things that I wanted to do done, but I'm still working out the kinks in this blog writing business.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this month, as well as some of my favorite links from other sites.

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Ender's Game Review

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  Set sometime in the future, mankind is in the middle of longterm war with and alien race know as buggers.  

The premise of this book is every mother's nightmare:  children are taken from there home around the age of 6, inscripted into the army, shot off planet to a rotating school in outer space, and taught how to be soldiers, commanders, and ultimately the destroyer of civilizations.

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Campfire Favorites


A childhood favorite of mine, smores can be made a number of ways:  over a campfire, in the microwave, with large marshmallows or a handful of small one, and with whatever chocolatey goodness you can find to put in it.  My sister introduced me to the idea of using popular candy bars instead of the traditional Hershey's chocolate bars.  We made three different types of smore:  Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Smores, KitKat Smores, and Hershey's Cookies and Cream Smores.

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Tennessee Valley

Today's adventure was a Nature Walk through Tennessee Valley, a large collection of trails in the Marin Headlands. Even though it was a cloudy day, the terrain was pleasantly flat and the temperature wasn't too cold. Here are some pictures of the walk.

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CLOSED--Sponsor Giveaway! Vintage Christmas Stamps

Christmas is fast approaching and it's time to start putting together this year's Christmas cards!  Store bought or handmade, no Christmas card is complete without Christmas stamps, but instead of buying the newest set, why not consider some vintage postage?  

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Animal Masks

I finally found some free time this week to do a project with my nephew.  He's just about getting to the age when he can start to appreciate pretend play, so we spent a couple hours making some animal masks out of felt and string.

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Happy Thanksgiving

My favorite holidays are Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Why?  Because they are the food holidays.  Any reason to make a large quantity of food is okay by me and today, I am going to share with you some of my family's classic food holiday recipes.

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Crispy Chicken

One of the downsides to living in Sausalitio is that there are very few places that deliver food and the places that do are usually a bit pricey.  A favorite of mine is the Chicken Katsu at Sweet Ginger.  As delicious as it was, a meal looses something for me when I know how much it is costing me, and Sweet Ginger is no cheap meal.   Solution:  Homemade Chicken Katsu.

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And on the East Coast

I found an interesting 'fact' on Wikipedia today:  San Francisco is known as the 'Sunset City' and is the sister city to my hometown, Ft. Pierce, FL (also known as the 'Sunrise City').  I'm not sure who wrote this or what they based their information on, but this coincidence made me laugh.  Seeing as most people know a little about San Francisco, I thought I might spend this 'Travel Tuesday' talking a little bit about its sister city.

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Black Friday Deals

I have never been the biggest fan of 'Black Friday,' but this year I have started looking at some of the online deals that you can get from the safety of your own house--no fear of trampling unless you have children.

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Sick

Unfortunately, I'm taking a bit of sick leave by order of my laptop.  It does not appreciate all me hacking on it.  So, I shall leave you with a childhood favorite of mine.  If only this were the case for me. 

Sick.  A poem by Shel Silverstein.

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Slumming it in Sausalito


Today, I'm going to talk a little bit about organizing.  Any space can be organized no matter how small, large, or irregular it may be.  Recently, I moved in with my sister (sleeping on the couch) and I had to get rather creative with where I could put my stuff so that it would be baby-proof and easily accessible.

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Blackberry & Meyer Lemon Gin & Tonics


Starting Happy Hour a little early with this drink recipe--Blackberry & Meyer Lemon Gin & Tonics.  A refreshing, sweet beverage to enjoy after a long day of work...or an emotional election.

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Introducting the Book Club


The book for this month will be Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, mainly because I cannot believe that I still have to wait another year for the movie to come out.

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A Day at the BADM

At the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge is a small, non-profit museum that caters to a very specific audience:  children as young as 6 months to 8 years.  A hands-on, interactive establishment, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, has been recognized as "the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators" (BADM Website).  And it lived up to all of my expectations.

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Playing With Scarves

Now that the weather is getting colder, I've been needing to wear my scarf more often, and I came to the realization that--being a Florida Girl--I do not know very much about wearing a scarf! So, here are three quick and easy ways to style a scarf.

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A Hearty Dish

Not only is Shepherd's Pie a simple, filling meal, it is a great way to use up some of those veggies in your fridge.  It has been a long time since I've looked at a recipe while making this dish, because I almost never make the same Shepherd's Pie twice.  It is amazing how diverse this meal can actually become.

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November Overview

Put away the pumpkins and buy some yams; November is here and the rains have started in San Francisco.  This month will be the grand opening of my artist blog and Etsy store as well as many new recipes, crafts, and musings.  Things to look out for are art projects for kids, Thanksgiving decorations and recipes, and some style tips for scarves, coats, leggings, and hair. 

For anyone who is curious, the picture at the top is my reproduction of Leonid Afremov's 'Stroll in Autumn Park.'

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