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Susan
middle Tennessee
You are an extraordinary woman, how can you expect to live an ordinary life? ~Louisa May Alcott
Interests: when asked if the glass is half full or half empty, i always respond "my glass overflows!, " blending all my passions into a balanced and harmonious life of family-friends-furbabies-travel-photography-good food-and wordsmithing. Oh yeah, and I love Doris Day. The first words I ever strung together were, "By the light" as in "By the light of the Silvery Moon." Mom sang it to me when I was a baby.
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I was gifted a lovingly used bouquet of palette knives recently and I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to use them again. This painting was not originally painted with palette knife by E. H. Potthast, but my spin on it is. Continue reading
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Painting the Gulf Oyster Drill at Wall Candy, Columiba, TN A study of Charles Hawthorn's "Highland Lighthouse" at the Marshall Co Arts Guild. Mini-Monets at Amuse'um Children's Museum, Columbia, TN The Gulf Oyster Drill at Maury County Park. Continue reading
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We can't help but love them... Those silly canines that make us laugh... That know how to have a good time... Even during the heat of the Dogs Days of Summer... To celebrate our precious pooches, I'm offering a special price on my pet portraits. The PERFECT Gift for yourself,... Continue reading
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What a glorious day! Sunny, 77 degrees and a beautiful, historic southern home to enjoy. Today a friend of mine took my parents and me on a tour of Nashville's Belmont Mansion. We specifically wanted him to take us on the tour because he lived in the home and knew interesting tidbits to share, as well as the history of the mansion and its owners over the years. My friend also knew my love of art and sculpture and gardens and antiques and china and animals and was sure to point out the original owner, Adelicia Acklen, had this in abundance at Belmont and shared it with the residents of Nashville who didn't have access to an art museum or zoo. From the Belmont Mansion website I gleaned a bit of history to share here.... The moving spirit behind Belmont Mansion is Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham. She was born... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Frank Beacham writes, "In 1930, Iowa artist Grant Wood painted American Gothic. The models he used for the painting were his sister, Nan Wood Graham, and his dentist, Byron McKeeby. Here they pose by the original painting. American Gothic is now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.... Continue reading
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Today, July 12, is the last day for this year's Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace. Come out and see us from 9am to 6pm at Rippavilla in Spring Hill, TN, just south of Saturn Parkway on Hwy 31 in northern Maury County. Ninety vendors with antiques, jewelry, art, and repurposed items... Continue reading
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The July membership meeting of the Maury County Historical Society is scheduled for July 20, 2014, at 2PM at the Athenaeum Rectory at 808 Athenaeum Street in Columbia, Tennessee. The membership meeting is free and open to the public. The Athenaeum Rectory was begun in 1835 as the intended residence for Samuel Polk Walker, nephew of President James K. Polk. It was completed in 1837 and was the rectory for the Columbia Female Institute, an Episcopal school for girls. In 1837, Reverend Franklin Gillette Smith accepted the position of president of The Columbia Female Institute and moved to Columbia. He was a native of Vermont and a graduate of Princeton University. In 1851, Reverend Smith resigned from the Institute to establish the Columbia Athenaeum School, retaining the Rectory as his home and a part of the newly formed Athenaeum School campus adjacent to the Columbia Female Institute. It contained the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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July is Cube month with the Mini-Monets. Last week we worked on the mechanics of painting a cube in black and white. Yesterday I photographed a gift-wrapped package and we practiced painting a cube from a photograph. Which is a lot more fun because we can add luscious COLOR!!! The... Continue reading
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I'm thrilled! These paintings are scheduled to arrive today in their new gallery, Quincy Avenue Art & Things in downtown Seaside, Florida, in the Ruskin Park area off Hwy 30A. Quincy Avenue Art & Things is known for it's colorful, fun and sometimes quirky art. Be sure and plan a... Continue reading
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Oprah says God speaks to you in whispers. But what she failed to add is if you don't listen, he raises his voice. A year ago Diane C. May recommended that I paint in simpler blocks of color, eliminating the unnecessary to tell the story. James Richards recent lesson was... Continue reading
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Kirsten Schofield recently wrote an interesting ditty in Cosmopolitan magazine titled "17 Best Things about Being from the South," and I applaud her efforts. She compiled a great list.... Bourbon. Seersucker. Y'all. 1.Y’all. We remain the only linguistic region in all of Christendom who has solved the problem of the second-person plural. Don’t even pretend like "you guys" covers it. 2. A devotion to manners. You’d simply rather perish than neglect to send a thank-you note, and your mother would teach you a lesson, young lady, if she heard you wore white shoes after Labor Day like some kind of monster. Also, there is no second date for the gentleman (“gentleman”) who neglects to pull out your chair. 3. Seersucker. And gingham, critter shorts, bowties, madras, and linen. 4. Very, very passive aggression. Bless your heart. 5. Parties. Between the Kentucky Derby, Bonnaroo, Mardi Gras, SXSW, and Talladega, we’ve got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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The only thing I've harvested from my own garden this year is squash, zucchini, mint and cilantro. There are a few small, green tomatoes, but they won't be ready for picking for several more days, maybe weeks. So this morning I decided to visit the local farmers market in my neighborhood. And I purchased a little bit of everything. My sweet friend, knowing I love the whole 1940s homefront era, gave me a vintage "mayonnaise maker" and it's given me the inspiration to try my hand at homemade mayonnaise. So today was the day. Except instead of making Mayo, I made Aioli. And instead of using the hand-churner that would take forever, I used my blender. Still it was an accomplishment ... or that is what I'm telling myself. Fresh Broccoli Salad with Homemade Aioli First make the Aioli Makes about 3/4 cup Ingredients 1 large egg yolk 1 1/2... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
I would think so. You can always play with it. I've never doubled this recipe. It wouldn't fit in my crock pot.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Crock Pot Mac and Cheese at Charm of the Carolines
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Hello Beautiful! Have you purchased your fireworks yet or planned your Independence Day picnic? I hope mine includes a few hours of fishing. Gosh I love summer! Windy Acre Cottage is dressed in her patriotic finest. Multiple bird families are nesting around the place. I'm especially happy to see a... Continue reading
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This past weekend the Franklin Heritage Foundation hosted the 2014 Spring Tour of Homes. My friend Pam, owner of beautiful and historic Harrison House, invited the Chestnut Group to paint en plein air during the home tour. I was delighted to visit again and paint, though disappointed I was unable to get the attention of our host to thank her. You can imagine with 1000's of county residents and tourists alike touring her home, her attention was required in a variety of places at once. I was delighted to find the Maury Light Artillery re-enactors were invited, too. I set up under a large shade tree in the front yard to paint a scene that included one of their cannons and flags. Little did I know I was standing under a nest and got pooped on TWICE, had the begeezes scared out of me with TWO cannon blasts, and didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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My dad sent me an email on the commonly accepted rules of a clothesline. I don't believe he wrote this, but the email didn't give credit to the author. I thought it was worth sharing, if you, like me, have a new clothesline or plan to get one. I highly recommend them. I actually look forward to washday now. The only thing that would make it better would be if I could find my great-grandmother's bibbed apron to wear while I work. In a bind, I may have to go antique shopping to find one. Oh, darn! THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: 1. Hang socks by the toes... NOT the top. 2. Hang pants by the cuffs... NOT the waistbands. 3. WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes - walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines. (My neighbor Dewey had to tell me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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These are the Chestnut Trees near my house. They are ancient and I'm so glad they were spared when the property was cleared to make Riverwalk Park. Chestnuts flowers are not self-compatible, so it takes two trees to bear fruit. It's unknown to me if these are the American Chestnut, European Sweet Chestnut, Japanese or Chinese varieties. However, it's widely thought the Chestnut blight of the early twentieth century killed all American Chestnuts. Anyone have an idea? Chestnuts produce a more plentiful crop when exposed to cold temperatures during their dormant phase, which would explain the bounty of burrs this year. It does make for a pretty picture, though I won't be able to walk my dogs near there for quite a while. Once the burrs start to fall, their thorny hides are painful when stepped on. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines