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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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27 January 2013

Cottage Dwellers Soup






Jumping in this party with a favorite comfort soup for the winter. This one is perfect with a crisp green salad, Filling and satisfying, you really don't need to add bread to the meal unless you have some really hungry cottage dwellers! Super easy and quick too

 Veggie Beef Tortellini soup
(for the cottage dweller)

1 lb ground beef
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup low sodium beef broth
1 can (28 oz) Petite diced tomatoes
1 can (10 1/2 oz) condensed French Onion soup
1 package (16 oz) frozen gumbo soup veggies
1 package (9 oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 teaspoon dried basil

In dutch oven pan, brown beef over medium heat until no longer pink:, drain. Add remainng ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes.

Serves about 8.





21 January 2013

Freezing fog -get me outa here!



uh! Freezing fog...not uncommon here in western Oregon. What is uncommon is for it to hang on for over a week. We are stuck in an inversion here in the southern Willamette Valley. While you can go 50 miles north east or west and see the bright sunshine and almost spring like temperatures--we are stuck in this layer of freezing fog.The weather guy says that the sun is not strong enough to burn off the fog in the winter. The ice was pretty for a day or two, but I am so over it now..bring back the rain and wind (gee thought I would never say that). I will even take a snow event, just let me have some different weather!





I'll be back when it thaws out.....

13 January 2013

Early 1900 magazine cover images

I have been big into my graphic art design lately...something that I had put on the back burner for quite sometime. But now that I have quit the day job, I have been focusing more on my passions. I have a HUGE library of images that I most likely will never use, but can't bring myself to hit the "delete" key. So sharing a few today of early 1900 magazine covers. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Right click to save to your computer pic files.

Today I am joining in on the new party at Etsy Cottage Style Blog....join us and share your vintage treasures!














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