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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-painting-history-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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Annie, I want to meet your mother. She is a REMARKABLE woman. She and Colleen Farrell have struck up a friendship recently while Colleen was doing research for an issue of Historic Maury, the publication of the Maury County Historical Society. Colleen and I are both board members, and I assist with clerical work to Colleen's publications. We meet for lunch regularly and as she has shared with me the news of Mrs. Seaton's work on her recent Opera debuting in January at the Kennedy Center. This blog post was written in 2011, many years before I even knew about Mrs. Seaton. Please, when she comes to town next, let's grab Colleen and meet for coffee or lunch at Square Market. And please feel free to share any information on her and her research with us at the MCHS. We aim to document all the history, people, and events we can that took place in or are an integral part of Maury County, Tennessee. Thank you for reaching out!!
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Sunday morning after FB Live church services, I was anxious to get out of the house. Quarantine will do that to you. Even alone, I didn't feel lonely painting en plein air at St. John's Episcopal church in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee (formerly Ashwood). Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Did you know? Most of my paintings are available on 4.25 x 5.5 notecards for only $10 per package of 4 cards & envelopes, including free shipping. That's four small prints on card stock perfect for sending an encouraging note to your four best buddies, or sisters, or mother or grandmother. Who doesn't love getting a personal note in the mail? I like to pair mine with beautiful stamps which can be ordered online as well. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Did you know? Most of my paintings are available on 4.25 x 5.5 notecards for only $10 per package of 4 cards & envelopes, including free shipping. That's four small prints on card stock perfect for sending an encouraging note to your four best buddies, or sisters, or mother or grandmother. Who doesn't love getting a personal note in the mail? I like to pair mine with beautiful stamps which can be ordered online as well. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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I've found in these uncertain times of Covid-19 and the challenges of self-distancing and self-quarantining, enjoying the simple pleasures of cooking from scratch, hanging the wash out on the line, digging in the dirt and creating a memorial shade garden for my little dog Max who passed away in the midst of America closed for business, has helped assuage the fear and anxiety that accompanies shortages, reports of virus death, and mandated wearing of masks and staying home as much as possible. Today I made Chicken Gnocchi soup, also known as Italian Chicken and Dumplings. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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Which Square is darker, A or B? And yes, it's a trick question. Color and Value are simply an impression made on the optic nerve attached to the brain. That impression or perception is altered depending on the relationship of the color and value to other colors and values around it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Wild Violet Blossom Jelly recipe Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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My dear friend Scott Smith spent the afternoon at Cross Bridges collecting a basket full of wild violet blooms to make Wild Violet Blossom Syrup. Here is the recipe and suggestions for how to use it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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Creative Spirits and Painting with Susan painting classes were interrupted this spring as we complied with the CDC recommendations for social distancing. But that doesn't mean we can't continue to paint! Please enjoy these videos of the study of Monet's Sunflowers. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Yesterday a request came across my desk for a historic home tour by car for those of us self-isolating due to the Coronavirus. What a fun project! I'll create several!!! According to my dear friend Kathie Fuston, former resident of Maury County, our home county, Maury County, Tennessee, is the home to more than 1500 antebellum structures, more than any other county in the south except Natchez, Mississippi. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. _________________________________ "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." ~Claude Monet Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Beautiful sunshine this morning is only making my spring fever worse! I'll take it, but wish it was a bit warmer than 22*. March 18 will be here soon, and hopefully more signs of spring. Even the ones we have to make ourselves. Lily of the Valley Class at Southern Springs, March 18 at 10am. I may even offer this one in the evening one night through Spring Hill Parks. Call to register, or text me your email address if you want to get the March calendar when it's published, 615-668-8263. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Amorini, Putti, Sanditon, Jane Austen, Lost in Kisstory, Sunday Haus featured. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Another wonderful recipes found in The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits is Crepes with Creamed Chicken. Here's the recipe. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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It happens every year. I love autumn. In fact I love autumn, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Elvis' birthday, Groundhog's Day, the Superbowl, my birthday, even Valentine's Day. But then I'm done with gray days, cold weather and well, winter. I'm ready for Spring Break, Mule Day, Easter, plein air painting, sunshine and warmth!! We are entering the SAD days. The Eagles sang it best, "the sky won't snow and the sun won't shine. It's hard to tell the night time from the day." Many years I simply head south. Several friends live in Florida and are happy for a short visit and offer a guest bedroom for a few days, but this year I can't do that so I'm doing the next best thing.... painting spring. My own daffodils are just ready to burst out of bud into glorious blooms. I can't wait. So I painted my own. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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One of my newest cookbooks is also one of my most cherished. It the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits Handbook of Etiquette with Recipes by Suzanne Pollak and Lee Manigault with illustrations by Tania Lee. My dear friend Dianne and her husband Mike gifted me with an amazing week on Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina, in the autumn. I actually purchased this book ahead of the trip in anticipation. One of the chapters in this book especially resonated with me, LEFTOVERS: Why are we Left Over? Weren't We Just as Good as Everyone Else Last Night? Good question. And here is one of their recipes for Creamy Chicken Crepes made from leftover roasted chicken. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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So to literally make homemade laundry detergent, you start with wood-fire ashes to leach the lye. I don't go back to the mid-19th century recipes to make my batch. Thinking the mid-20th century will do nicely. Don't you just love the vintage feel to the the brand packaging on the ingredients we'll need? I make my detergent in small batches that will fit in an old Maxwell House coffee can that has been converted to holding the laundry detergent. I even use the little plastic scoop to measure the soap. All that is needed is: 2 cups Borax 2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 2 bars of Fels-Naptha or Ivory Soap, grated on a plane or box grater Mix well and add to your container ready for your first load of laundry. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. ______________________________________________________________________________________ ♥ One Word Theme of the Year For years now I've enjoyed selecting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at Creative Spirits Soar!
Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
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Born today, 1935: Tennessee's own Elvis Presley, one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century, who sold over 600 million records worldwide. Forever loved. Forever missed. How do you plan to celebrate? Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Charm of the Carolines
Artists are different. Artists are in a perpetual search for inspiration... for beauty, joy, light, magic. Artists are inventive, expressive, adventurous, and intuitive with an overwhelming desire to share their world. I am such an artist. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines