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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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Hello Sunshines! We are heading into the 'dog days of summer' with oppressive heat and humidity. I've always admired the British who typically take three weeks vacation in August. They take their vacation in August because it is the one month sure to have beautiful warm and dry weather. We... Continue reading
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Two of my favorite fragrances, white lilacs and tomato leaves. With all this Okra coming in, I'm on the search for great okra recipes. Luckily for me, Southern Living has already published twelve of the best Okra recipes they've found. I can't wait to try this one... Fried Pecan Okra Ingredients 1 cup pecans 1 1/2 cups Bisquick 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 (10-oz.) packages frozen whole okra, thawed - But I'll use fresh Okra from the garden Peanut oil Preparation 1. Place pecans in an even layer in a shallow pan and bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. 2. Process pecans, Bisquick, salt and pepper in a food processor until pecans are finely ground. Place pecan mixture in a large bowl. Add okra, tossing to coat. Gently press pecan mixture into okra. 4. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Morning garden out of control...... squash climbing the sunflowers, marigolds in the watermelon, corn in the zinnias.... I give up! Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
Today's sermon at church was on making people feel welcomed with kindness and before the preacher said a word, we watched this video. Yes, I've seen it before, but it never gets old. What a lesson for us all! Praying to the Good Lord to ever grant me a "North Platte" state of mind. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Violin Painting Workshop Monday, July 27, at 9am at The Art Attic. A special workshop has been created just for The Art Attic in Franklin, TN, on July 27 from 9am to 1pm of "The Violin." We'll paint on a new substrate for most artists... a cradled 12 x 12... Continue reading
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Loving the turn into mid-summer. Produce beginning to come in. Harvesting fresh fruit and veggies daily. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Yesterday Shannon and I co-taught not one, but TWO, classes of the "Carolina Chickadees." Just love how they turned out. Very sweet and talented artists make our jobs the best on the planet. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Enjoyed spending the afternoon at The Art Attic with Shannon Haas. We painted the above painting together and will be co-teaching how to paint it at an upcoming "Art Attic After Hours" on July 26. Continue reading
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What a great day painting at Jerry's Artarama-Nashville. I love Pet Portrait Workshop days. Continue reading
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In this year's garden I've planted corn, sweet potatoes, okra, peppers, artichoke, watermelon, sunflower, zinnias, marigolds, and a variety of tomatoes and squashes. One squash in particular I've never grown before... patty pan squash. I haven't harvested any yet, but my sweet friends, the Burns', gave me a bag full of exotic squashes, zucchini's, cucumber, and one large, beautiful Patty Pan. I cleaned and boiled it. Split it in half, and removed the seeds and pulp. and removed the seeds and pulp. Added the pulp to a skillet cooking sausage, garlic, and onion. Cooked it until tender, added a few potato straws and stuffed it back into the hollowed out squash. Added a little Havarti cheese on top. And called it dinner. Delicious! Thank you Tonya for the gorgeous bag of veggies from your garden!!! Can't wait for the Patty Pan in my garden to come in, and will try... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Whatever happened to the languid, lazy days of summer? Lately I've been burning rubber up and down Nashville Hwy teaching in Columbia, Spring Hill and Franklin. Yesterday afternoon we completed the last Mini-Monet class of 2015 at Amuse'um in Columbia. If you have a little one interested in taking lessons,... Continue reading
Hello My Little Lovely! What a different a month makes!! Just last month we set a record for the lowest high for that date in history. Four weeks later and temps are topping out in the high 90s!! Is it just me, or does it seem spring lasts for about... Continue reading
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This past weekend I spent a relaxing and creative weekend on Millstone Mountain in northern Georgia with my new artist friends I met at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational last month. Between rain showers, we took full advantage of the sunshine and painted en plein air at Sally's Pond. And... Continue reading
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I found the most charming blog while looking for a vendor for Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas, Vintage Belle Jewelry. The blog supports their handmade jewelry made from silver and broken fine china. I love it, and have already pinned a photo of one of their bracelets for Santa's list. I can't wait to read each and every post, but I found one that caught my eye immediately and wanted to share part of it here. The blog post is on the 50 State Flowers and their meanings. Here is an excerpt.... Tennessee: Iris – The Legislature in 1933 designated the Iris as the state flower of Tennessee. Iris flowers occur in purple or white and are native to central and southern Europe. They are brilliant spring flowers and are well-loved garden plants. The flower symbolism associated with the iris is faith, wisdom, cherished friendship, hope, valour, my compliments, promise in love,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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Legacy of Heroes 18 x 24 Acrylic on canvas Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Sunshine! Can't believe it's chilly today. Just learned we set a record for the lowest high for this date in history. Trying to enjoy the nip in the air because I know it's fleeting. Summer is just around the corner. How do you plan to enjoy your summer?? I... Continue reading
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Sometimes it just feels like there are not enough hours in the day. Between painting, gardening, animal rescue, cooking, socializing, church, and work, the responsibilities are endless. Today was just not one of those days. I've had too many of those days in a row and today I took the day off and painted for fun en plein air at Rippavilla Plantation. And now I'm at home making homemade Crumpets for dinner. In my mind when Julie Andrews was singing to the Van Trapp children about Tea with Jam and Bread, the bread she was referring to was Crumpets. For those of you who don't know, Crumpets are a little like English Muffins... round, porous and biscuit-like, both are griddle cakes and served mainly for breakfast, brunch or tea. But there is a difference. Crumpets are made with milk, and English Muffins are not. Crumpets are made with a stiff... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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When I received my latest copy of Plein Air magazine it had a belly-band advertising the first annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta at Olmsted Linear Park. I was compelled to go, and so happy I did. Not only did I get to meet and watch paint thirty amazing... Continue reading
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Spring has sprung all over the south! Late last month I made a trip to Natchez, MS, and St. Francisville, LA, to teach a couple of painting classes. What was just as much fun as the destination was the journey. Traveling south in March, one gets the pleasure of seeing nature bloom. Just south of the Tennessee border were the Dogwoods and Redbuds and going further south were the Camillias and Azaleas. In late April I made a trip to Atlanta and got to experience the entire length of spring all over again. And once I got home, my azaleas were blooming, and Iris, and roses, and peonies and rhododendron are in full bud. They'll burst open any day now. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Big Beautiful Blasts of Colorful, Creative Energy! I'm thrilled and inspired by the new friendships, creative genius, and beautiful artwork enjoyed at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational this past weekend in Atlanta. Thirty of the most gifted plein air artists painted for five days in and near the Olmsted... Continue reading
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Very excited to be packing to go to Atlanta as a spectator to the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. Thirty artists have been invited to paint and sell their paintings this weekend. I know several of these artists and hoping to met a few more. Artists arrived yesterday for events and... Continue reading
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Call 15-216-5907 to register. Hurry! Space is limited. Continue reading
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The Mermaid in the Kitchen 18 x 24 on deep-edged, gallery-wrapped canvas Continue reading