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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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Hi Nel! Thank you for your comment! I like the name Hazel! Done! Thank you for sharing your story. Enjoy your machine and all the memories that go with it. - Susan
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2015 on Memories of a Bernina at In the Studio
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Feb 24, 2015
Thank you for commenting Gregory! Personally, I love the Mom and Pop shops. Too many of them are disappearing, but you are correct about the food being fresh and much better. I think Cracker Barrel had a great business model originally, and much better food. The shop in the front while people are waiting is an excellent income source for the restaurant, but they should have continued to make the food and preparation of the food a priority - they'd sell more of everything.
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Hi Selene! You might also try the Pastel Fixative from Sennelier. I use that too, but when that is not available, I always use this hairspray. Thank you for your comment! - Susan
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("Groundswell" after Hopper) by Mary Susan Vaughn People think that just because I am an Artist, I can do anything that has to do with Art. It really is comical. I have always been creative, but those skills do not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Raisin Toast
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("Certain Uncertainties" after Vincent) - this is a partial photo of the painting by Mary Susan Vaughn. People think that just because I am an Artist, I can do anything that has to do with Art. It really is comical. I have always been creative, but those skills do not move into the area of painting community entrance signs, painting interior walls, huge murals, furniture refinishing, painting t-shirts, creating stage backgrounds for school plays, illustration, or logo design - for any reason. I've even been asked to design business cards (I can't even design my own!). It borders on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at In the Studio
Hello Cristina! The pattern I used is at: http://www.heatherbaileystore.com/product-p/sp003-hs.htm. I purchased it from the Heather Bailey Store Online. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Wishing you all the best in the New Year too! Susan Vaughn
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Thank you Becca! I appreciate you sharing!
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Thank you RobyGlup!
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Hello Audrey! I am so sorry to hear about your problems with the Frontgate tree. I hope that the integrity of the company has improved since I posted this here on my blog, but I tend to think not. Just stay on top of them and make them answer your distress call. This has never been the way to do business. Such a shame.
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I hope you and your family had a joyful Christmas as well, Cindy Lou! I'm trying to get my blog updated and back on track. So good to hear from you! - Susan
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2014 on A Festive Time of Year at Home and Garden
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It all started in 2008, when friend, Ree Drummond, lost her beloved Border Collie, Nell. Nell was a regular subject on Ree's blog "The Pioneer Woman" and when she disappeared with no trace, I felt inclined to do a painting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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It all started in 2008, when friend, Ree Drummond, lost her beloved Border Collie, Nell. Nell was a regular subject on Ree's blog "The Pioneer Woman" and when she disappeared with no trace, I felt inclined to do a painting for Ree and her family, hoping that it would help with the healing. It did, and my painting is enjoyed in her home daily - more specifically in her daughters' bedroom. There was something about the process of painting Nell that captured my heart, but I did not begin to pursue doing pet portraits as a choice of favorite subjects... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at In the Studio
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It's that time of year again, that time when we all look at our bank accounts and cringe just before we cry. LOL. Seriously though, I am cringing. Big time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Raisin Toast
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It's that time of year again, that time when we all look at our bank accounts and cringe just before we cry. LOL. Seriously though, I am cringing. Big time. But the holidays bring much to be thankful for -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Home and Garden
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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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