Friday, January 18, 2019

One of my dreams is coming true! Online art workshops!!


Hello friends...I know it has been a little while since my last post, but I have been super busy with something fabulous!

It seems like every time I share my watercolors, I get so many private and public messages asking if I teach. Well, guess what........ I am so very proud to announce the debut of my very first online art workshop.
My workshops are brought to you by the new online creative website called
is a creative site that s currently hosting a bevy of wonderfully diverse artists, and each artist is offering something unique and beautiful.

I will teach you how to create these roses!

My new workshop is filled with informative narrated slideshows showing each technique I use to create pretty florals and greenery.

Are you someone who learns well from videos?
My Whimsical Watercolor Workshop
is loaded with live action videos so you can watch me paint and describe each flower and leaf. 
All the workshops here are completed at your leisure and they NEVER expire!
Take a week or two years to complete them, you have no deadline.
That is a real plus, as I myself have paid for online workshops that were only available to me for 6 months or a year. One time I paid for a workshop and then had some family medical emergencies. 
By the time I could concentrate on my workshop, the time to access it had expired.
I was out my admission fee. 
I am not faulting the artist who hosted the workshop...I knew the rules. It was my fault, but that did not make it any easier to swallow.
For that reason, I love the 'No Expiration' clause.

My loose watercolor style
If you have ever looked at all those soft whimsical florals on Instagram or Pinterest and wondered if you could ever paint like that.....
WELL, YOU CAN!!!
I can teach you!
I taught myself and I know I can teach you!

Here is my little gift to you.....if you register before Midnight February 14th,
You will receive a 25% NEW STUDENT DISCOUNT!!!
That's right 25%!
Use code: NEWBIE19
What's stopping you??
Make 2019 the year to nurture that creative seed planted deep inside you.. 
It's time to GROW!!

Come join me in my little home studio and let's paint together.
I will be waiting for you!
Please follow 
for more information and announcements about new workshops.

Have a lovely weekend friends.

As always...be kind and stay creative!
Hugs,
                                                 
                                                                         

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Because so many have asked...Sugarfree Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Hello friends....how is your week going?
I started mine with a beautiful and delicious homebaked pie.
Talk about beginning the week on a positive note!

 While at my local market, I noticed they had some really fresh and wonderful looking rhubarb for sale. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is probably my absolute favorite pie.

 The tartness of the rhubarb paired with the sweetness of fresh strawberries is simply heaven here on earth.
 I posted these photos on my Instagram account and started to receive so many recipe requests, that I thought I would post the recipe here for anyone who might like to give it a try.

I mean, just the color is divine!

Of course, if you are going to go to the effort of baking a pie, 
you HAVE to bake some
 Pie Crust cookies!!
Any leftover crust is rolled out flat, brushed with melted or softened butter, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, then rolled to a log and cut.
Bake at 350 degrees until golden.
Brew some coffee or a cup of tea and enjoy!!!
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 Please note, I bake my pies with Erythritol, which a naturally occurring sugar alcohol (not that kind of alcohol). Erythritol is 70% as sweet as regular sugar, zero calories and does NOT raise your blood sugar level. Yes, if consumed at very high levels, some may experience some mild digestive issues, because it is not digested by your body.  I have not experienced any symptoms. However, having a piece of pie or using some in your coffee shouldn't cause any problems.
Erythritol is becoming a very common sweetener now found in many foods. 
I buy mine on the Internet..check your local store also
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Ok...here is the recipe.
Preheat oven to 425 F degrees

Filling
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh rhubarb
2 1/2 cups thick sliced fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups Erythritol
2 tablespoons minute tapioca
1 tablespoon flour  
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon real vanilla
3-4 tablespoons butter
mix together all ( minus butter)of the above ingredients, pile into your pie tin and dot with the butter.

My pie crust recipe can be found
If you prefer, you can use an already prepared pie crust from your local market.
My favorite brands are frozen crusts,
I DO NOT recommend Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts.  
Because they are not frozen, I think they contain some extra preservatives and I feel it alters the taste.
They just do not have that homebaked consistency or flavor as the frozen crusts.
Trust me...I am a crust snob.
I remove the frozen crusts from their package and let them soften just enough to lay on top of the pie mixture.
Brush with some egg white wash and sprinkle with your sweetener.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and bake an additional 45-50 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Tip 1: place a sheet of aluminum foil beneath the rack to catch any juices that may bubble over.
Tip 2: My hubby and I are watching our carbs, so I bake my pies with a top crust only. You may, of course, prepare your pie as a double crust version.

I hope you enjoy you enjoy this delicious pie as we do.

Until next time....be kind and stay creative.
Hugs,

                                                                                  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

My lovely VIDA art on coasters and planting a holiday amaryllis!

Hello again friends, so very happy to have you visit again.
I wanted to share with you something fun
 that I received in the mail the other day.
 I had ordered a set of my art coasters from my Online Vida shop. 
This design is called October Roses
I am so very pleased with the color matching to the original painting and with the exceptional quality.
This is the original painting...pretty good match, don't you think?

 They come in a set of four, are made right here in the USA and are made from bamboo.

 They have four rubber pads to keep them from moving on your table. 
Nice touch.

They arrived in a sweet box with a see-through lid.
Perfect Hostess gift!
To see more designs, simply head on over to my shopping link, which is located just at the top under my header. 
is even having a sales event today. New designs are added regularly.

 Today at my local Home Depot, I was browsing through their holiday things and spotted dozens of boxes marked 'Amaryllis'.
They had been marked down because the growing season was coming very close. Most folks buy these so they will bloom for the holidays. Plus many were beginning to poke through the boxes.


I picked out a pretty variegated one. Can you believe this amaryllis and pot was in this box!!  
  When I got to the checkout, I asked the girl if they would consider any additional markdown, as it was poking through the box.
She said, "Sure, how about another 10%?"
You bet I told her, which meant I was getting it for less than $5.00.
I never ask for discounts when I shop in my local indie shops, however, in the big box stores, I have no problem. The sad thing is that if these don't sell, they will throw them out!
So ...no, I have no problem asking for a discount with the big guys.
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One more thing before I say goodbye today.
My Art Card Giveaway had three winners, however, I have only heard from two of them.
Their 10 pack of art cards are in the mail.
MOM...you are the third winner and I would love to send your cards to you, but I need your address.
Please contact me....If I don't hear from you, sadly I will have to pick a new winner.
Where are you, Mom???


 That's it for today....Until next time, be kind and stay creative.
Hugs,