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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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Painting cows. There is something beautiful about the animal, something peaceful about seeing them grazing in large open fields. This leads me to have fallen in love with a photo taken in the UK of 3 Dairy Shorthorn cows grazing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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Painting cows. There is something beautiful about the animal, something peaceful about seeing them grazing in large open fields. This leads me to have fallen in love with a photo taken in the UK of 3 Dairy Shorthorn cows grazing on the Robinson farm. I learned that son, Jason Robinson, took this picture one day on his farm, and they were very happy that I wanted to paint the cows on their farm. I feel connected to the country landscape - to cattle, horses, old houses and barns, vegetable stands, children, and more. All those things that remind me of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at In the Studio
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Around the middle of July, I purchased a pattern from BurdaStyle.com. The Island Placket Maxi Dress. My daughter, Sarah, had asked me if I would make her this dress after looking through a hundred patterns for various maxi dresses. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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Around the middle of July, I purchased a pattern from BurdaStyle.com. The Island Placket Maxi Dress. My daughter, Sarah, had asked me if I would make her this dress after looking through a hundred patterns for various maxi dresses. I had never made a dress using Burda patterns, but I was up for the challenge. It was a beautiful dress pattern. I had heard some pretty scary things about using Burda patterns, from not being able to understand the instructions to being extremely difficult to decipher the symbols. So, yes, I was apprehensive, but I was hoping that I had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at In the Studio
Thank you Nicole!
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This is a first for me - working with a Burda Pattern, but hopefully it won't be as difficult as it looks. My daughter, Sarah, found a summer maxi dress on burdastyle.com and asked me if I would make it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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This is a first for me - working with a Burda Pattern, but hopefully it won't be as difficult as it looks. My daughter, Sarah, found a summer maxi dress on burdastyle.com and asked me if I would make it for her. I love making clothes for Sarah, and thought it would be fun to tackle this Burda pattern. I've always been game for trying new things and new challenges. The pattern claims to be "Advanced" but we'll see how difficult it is once I dig in. The first thing I did was take all of Sarah's measurements, then ...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at In the Studio
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My heart skips a beat when I think that I am, right now, the same age my father was when he passed away all those years ago. They bring back a flood of memories of a time gone by, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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My Daddy. I sure do miss him. He took pride in us kids and spoiled me something awful. He gave the best hugs and loved to make us laugh and do things with family. He worked hard and gave back to the community. He loved being our Dad and I felt like he was Superman when I was with him. My Dad, Harry Simms, passed away in 1980 at the tender age of 55. He had an aneurism just 2 years after having suffered a stroke caused by the stress of our beloved Olney Inn burning to the ground. He... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at My Opus
THANK YOU for letting me know that this person STOLE my daughter's image!!! I can't believe people would just take an image from someone else and claim it as their own!!! I have contacted the blog and also left a comment on their site. I also sent an email and included the image of my daughter so that there is no confusion. I very much appreciate you letting me know that this image was on someone else's site. Thank you thank you thank you!!! - Susan
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Little Girl No More at My Opus
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Here you go! http://www.amazon.com/Dancer-D-Clark-Mazerolle-Kathryn-Fretwell/dp/1894449479
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2014 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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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