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Susan @ Raisin Toast
Charlotte, North Carolina
I am a wife, mother, artist, teacher, writer, and I love to sew and quilt too!
Interests: reading, writing, photography, painting, teaching, sleeping. ha!
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Here you go! http://www.amazon.com/Dancer-D-Clark-Mazerolle-Kathryn-Fretwell/dp/1894449479
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on The Artists' Specials Series at In the Studio
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Heather! That is highway robbery!!! It's not like she's making the entire dress!! Where did you get the dress? If you purchased it from a reputable retailer, they may be able to hem it for free. Otherwise, I'd check on Angie's list. I'd tell the lady, $100 or no deal. I think 100 is pushing it. Is it just one hem around the dress, or is it multiple layers? If it is just one layer and one hem, $100 is MORE than enough for her hour of time. Hope this helps! Hope your daughter has a beautiful prom experience!! - Susan
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I do still like their country store! But I would never eat there again.
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Nothing, right now, is more important to our daughter, Sarah, than making the grades, and getting her education. Financial Aid came up short this semester by 6500.00, leaving us all scrambling to help her and find money in unconventional places. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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Nothing, right now, is more important to our daughter, Sarah, than making the grades, and getting her education. Financial Aid came up short this semester by 6500.00, leaving us all scrambling to help her and find money in unconventional places. Sarah graduated in 2012 with Honors and the most decorated senior in her high school class. We could not have been more proud. Then, she began attending UNC-Charlotte and moved onto campus. In the three semesters she was there, she made A's and was on the Dean's list. Evaluating the programs at UNC and Appalachian State, it was clear that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at My Opus
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Guarding the homefront -- that's exactly what our wonderful Adolf does daily. Adolf joined our family in January, 2007. He was 10 months old. The minute I saw him I fell in love with him. He jumped up on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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Guarding the homefront -- that's exactly what our wonderful Adolf does daily. Adolf joined our family in January, 2007. He was 10 months old. The minute I saw him I fell in love with him. He jumped up on the leather sofa where I was sitting and put his head and paws in my lap, as if to say "Please take me home and love me." That was all it took for me to say "yes" and bring him home with us. It all started with an attempted break-in in 2007, and also because my husband was traveling for his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at In the Studio
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My brother, Mike, is 65y/o. I didn't have a clue what to get him for Christmas. I even asked him. Nothing. So, I decided to do a painting for him. From what I recall, Mike likes sailboats. I found a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Raisin Toast
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My brother, Mike, is 65y/o. I didn't have a clue what to get him for Christmas. I even asked him. Nothing. So, I decided to do a painting for him. From what I recall, Mike likes sailboats. I found a reference I liked and began working on a small 8x10 pastel. I wasn't sure about this painting, so I didn't take but two photos in progress. Since I'm not a maritime artist, I thought that I might make a fool of myself. But, I think the painting turned out well so I don't mind sharing this image of the painting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at In the Studio
Congratulations Debby! You won the book! Contact me with your shipping information and it will be on its way to you! Thank you for entering.
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Congratulations Miriam! You are the winner of the Painter's Keys Book!
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When you are filled with emotion, sometimes the creative energy just pours out. And, in this case, that is exactly what happened. My daughter, Kim, and her husband, Zak, have had "Oreo" since before they were married. He has always... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Raisin Toast
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When you are filled with emotion, sometimes the creative energy just pours out. And, in this case, that is exactly what happened. My daughter, Kim, and her husband, Zak, have had "Oreo" since before they were married. He has always been a part of their family, and Oreo was there as their family grew and they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Reagan, in 2009. Oreo was always the one and only family pet. We all loved Oreo, and Oreo loved us all. Sadly, Kim and Zak had to let Oreo go to Kitty Heaven yesterday after a long struggle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at In the Studio
Good answer Deb!!
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"Songs of Three Islands" is a beautifully written memoir, representing the stages in the lives of the Carnegie family, one of the richest in America, and their struggle with mental illness throughout the generations. It shares the struggles of five... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Raisin Toast
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Congratulations to Debby Wolfe! You are the winner of the book, "Songs of Three Islands" by Millicent Monks! Thank you for entering! "Songs of Three Islands" is a beautifully written memoir, representing the stages in the lives of the Carnegie family, one of the richest in America, and their struggle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Contests
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It is that time of year ... time to give to others and enjoy the spirit of the season. I am having a giveaway just for you! Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Raisin Toast
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CONGRATULATIONS to Miriam Hughes! You are the winner of The Painter's Key's Book! It is that time of year ... time to give to others and enjoy the spirit of the season. I am having a giveaway just for you! The Painter's Keys - by Robert Genn. Love this man... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Contests
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I've been very busy. Holidays are fast approaching, and my house is a mess, laundry is piling up, and I've been preparing the grocery list for Thanksgiving. Craziness abounds this time of year at our house. Still, preparing for gift... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Raisin Toast
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I've been very busy. Holidays are fast approaching, and my house is a mess, laundry is piling up, and I've been preparing the grocery list for Thanksgiving. Craziness abounds this time of year at our house. Still, preparing for gift giving involves, at least for me, painting. This year, I have completed two winter scenes in soft pastel for my daughter, Kim, and her family, to enjoy in their beautiful home. The first is "A Blue Ridge Winter" based on a number of images I took while in the mountains, and a bit of imaginary play to create the winter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at In the Studio
Sold. Shoot me an email girlfriend!
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2013 on Painting for the Holidays at In the Studio
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I think I'm having too much fun this week playing with pastels. I did this pastel winter scene last night while my hubby watched the football game. I've never painted a winter scene. Not even in oils. I think driving back and forth to the mountains twice in the last month may have had something to do with it. The Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful. I love the views, the countryside, the colors, the small town living. Our daughter, Sarah, will be attending Appalachian State in the spring, and we are thinking about buying a small cabin near campus for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at In the Studio
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I think I'm having too much fun this week playing with pastels. I did this pastel winter scene last night while my hubby watched the football game. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Raisin Toast
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As the holidays fast approach, I have always found that handmade gifts hold a special significance, especially if it comes from the heart. Sure, an iPad would be great, but since I never really grew up, and I like to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Raisin Toast
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As the holidays fast approach, I have always found that handmade gifts hold a special significance, especially if it comes from the heart. Sure, an iPad would be great, but since I never really grew up, and I like to play and craft, and sew, and quilt, and paint, and and and ... well, that's what I start to think about once November kicks in. I probably should start sooner, but November is about the time I really start thinking about what I want to give my family for Christmas. For the grown up members of my family, I enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at In the Studio