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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 Sugar Lump! Are you enjoying a harvest yet?? Even without a garden this year, I'm enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of the season. The Columbia Farmer's Market is only 2 blocks away, and with a little change in my pocket and a basket on my bike, I have access... Continue reading
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One hundred years ago, in 1916, Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of June 14 as Flag Day. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. “On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!” ~ Alexander Henry Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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My dear friend Dianne gave me a beautiful, metal "Tulip" chair full of potential. I love vintage lawn furniture!! According to Skip Torrams, author of "A History of the Metal Lawn Chair," the rise of the lawn chair is attributed to the growth of the suburbs after WWII, when the 1944 GI bill afforded a single family home with a backyard to MANY middle-class Americans. And with the increase of suburb lawns came an increase in demand for lawn furniture. Into that gap stepped the first major player in the world of metal lawn chairs. The Warmack Company, founded by sheet metal fabricator and Arkansas manufacturer Ed Warmack, began making steel gliders, tables, and lawn chairs in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and swiftly turned into the largest metal outdoor furniture manufacturer in the USA, with some of their lines carried exclusively by Sears. And Skip Torrans should know.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Forever grateful to all who served and sacrificed to guarantee the freedoms we enjoy every day in the greatest country on earth. May we forever remember and honor these men, women, and their families and never forget the price of Freedom. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Beautiful! Have you transitioned into the lazy days of summer? Windy Acre Cottage is dressed in its Patriotic Finest waiting for Memorial Day, and Flag Day, and Independence Day. America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the... Continue reading
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The past few days have been glorious, visiting with my friend Christy in her happy place.... the Forgotten Coast of Florida....St. George Island, Carrabelle, and Apalachicola. It's quickly becoming my happy place, too, with the addition of the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational. Now in it's 11th year, but was... Continue reading
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This past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Atlanta and the the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational. On Friday the painters were at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was beautiful!! The first painter I encountered was Nancy Tankersley. And then there were so many others! It was a lovely day! Continue reading
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This past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Atlanta and the the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational. On Friday the painters were at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was beautiful!! The first painter I encountered was Nancy Tankersley. And then there were so many others! It was a lovely day! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello My Sunshine, Quite the colorful spring this year at Windy Acre Cottage! "A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world." ~Leo Buscaglia So far the yellow and purple iris have bloomed. I'm still waiting on the white and blue ones. The white dogwood and red... Continue reading
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Just say the word "Vintage" and my heart skips a beat. Add the word "Book" and it skips two beats. Add delicious food and well, are you surprised I love to collect vintage cookbooks? This adorable cookbook from 1948 arrived today. I've already read it from cover to cover and can't wait to try some of the recipes. Honeycomb Pudding For the honeycomb pudding: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon each: ground cloves and allspice 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1/2 cup salted butter, melted 1/2 cup warm milk 4 large eggs, beaten 1 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup Brer Rabbit molasses For the honeycomb pudding sauce: 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup salted butter, softened Juice of 1 lemon 1 large egg, beaten 1/4 teaspoon table salt 3 teaspoons cornstarch 1 cup boiling water Garnish: lemon slices Preheat the oven to 350˚. Butter and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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So we turn the page on another Mule Day here in Columbia, Tenn. What started at "Breeders Day" in 1840 is now the official first day of Spring celebrated with a Mule Train Parade, a Mule Queen and her court, a Liars contest, bands playing Rocky Top and Lynard Skynard and Elvis songs, parties all over town, and silly cowboy hats with mule ears. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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One of my favorite restaurants in Columbia, Tennessee, is Square Market Cafe. And one of my favorite menu items is their Grilled Salmon Salad with Dill Dressing. I was lucky enough to get their Dill Dressing recipe and last night I made this dish at home with a few changes. The Square Market meal includes strips of grilled red bell pepper. For my version at home I substituted sauteed spring asparagus. Delish!!! And I've also modified the dill dressing. I make it to taste, so there is no real recipe to share, but this is how I make it: Equal amounts of Hellman's Mayonnaise and sour cream Capers Lemon juice Dried Dill Weed Fresh Pressed Garlic Salt & Pepper I mix it really good and serve on Grilled Salmon on a bed of fresh spring greens. Square Market adds a little bit of buttermilk and purees in a food processor.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Beautiful carpets of yellow were blooming all over Harpeth Westover Farm today where I was painting en plein air with a dozen other members of the Chestnut Group. I referred to the flowers as Buttercups, but learned what I was looking at were Daffodils. So what is a buttercup? In middle Tennessee a master gardener resides on every corner so it didn't take long to find the answer. Daffodils, Jonquils and Paperwhites are all spring bulb flowers in the Narcissus family. Buttercups are a totally different flower.... wild growing five-petaled weeds... short, small and more like a ground cover that blooms in the spring, but can bloom all summer. They don't even have a trumpet. Who knew? Here in Mid-TN we call all Daffodils and Jonquils Buttercups. She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Sunshine, Spring done sprung!! After the Creative Spirits class on Tuesday, several students and I dined al fresco at the sidewalk bistro table outside Puckett's- Franklin. It was beautiful, sunny and 87*. As I write this letter the weather forecast is calling for a freeze warning overnight with temps... Continue reading
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We had so much fun this evening painting at the Winchester Room of Evan's Park, part of the Spring Hill Parks and Recreation system. Great job Artists!!! Continue reading
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Yesterday I had the pleasure to visit and teach at the studio of Joanne and Dan Miller, The Sanctuary, in Franklin, Tennessee. Joanne F. Miller is inspiring!. She is a beautiful, spirit-led woman with a charming home and studio, an accomplished author and painter, wife, mother, grandmother to 14 grandchildren,... Continue reading
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Yesterday was a great day! Warehouse 521 and the Chestnut Group offered "Demos in the Round" by members of the Cumberland Society of Painters. My friend Barbara and I attended the afternoon session with three amazing artists: Michael Shane Neal, Anne Blair Brown, and Pam Padgett. Continue reading
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Sending warm, hug-filled love letters to you all, even is only in my thoughts. Happy Valentine's Day!! Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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From left, Nancy Parrish, Barbara Mueller, Allison Tucker, Dianne Tant, Marie Oxnard, Susan E. Jones, Shannon Haas and Tifny Miller. The artists, all students of Susan Elizabeth Jones who meet each Tuesday at The Art Attic in downtown Franklin, gathered Wednesday at Tupelo Honey Café in Cool Springs to celebrate... Continue reading
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Many of you already know that I teach at The Art Attic in Franklin, Tenn, which is the studio of an amazingly talented artist Shannon Haas. Shannon was recently commissioned to paint three paintings of cows for a new restaurant in our town, Tupelo Honey Cafe. The Creative Spirits class... Continue reading
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If you are from Tennessee, chances are you love football, and more specifically and not necessarily in this order: 1) the Tennessee Titans, 2) Any team playing the Ravens, and 3) whichever team Peyton is currently playing for. Peyton led the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season and he never left our hearts. I remember attending the first Tennessee Titans game in Nashville when we played the Indianapolis Colts for the first time at home. As much as we love the Titans, our dear Peyton, playing for the opposing team, received a standing ovation. And after this afternoon, Peyton becomes the oldest quarterback to take his team to the Superbowl. And he's given this Titans fan a reason to watch. Looking forward to Superbowl L. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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I am preparing for an Art Camp for Adults and teaching the "sculpting" approach to painting. Here is the progression: Continue reading
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Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Birthday to me!! Happy Chinese New Year!! Happy Art Camp Day!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! Happy Presidents' Day!!! Happy Mardi Gras!! Happy Leap Day!!!! February is a month to Celebrate!! A big Thank You to former student Cary Blue for alerting me to an Ebay auction of... Continue reading