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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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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 4 days ago 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
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 12, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Around the holidays I enjoy so much painting with young people, and the Heritage Homeschool Group did not disappoint. They are some of the most polite students around, following instructions, and painting beautiful works of art. I'm so proud of all of them, and consider them my masterpieces. Hopefully, they had so much fun today that they will continue learning and evolving their styles and improving their skills and add more color, whimsy, joy, and beauty to the world. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 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 Dec 5, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
Hi Theresa! Thank you for reaching out. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and have sent you an email to follow up. Looking forward to hearing back. Let's shine a spotlight on all we love about Tennessee. Susan
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Yesterday, November 30, was St. Andrew's Day, the official Flag Day of Scotland celebrating the Apostle Andrew. With a large portion of my ancestry heralding from Scotland, I wanted to celebrate in my own way and make a traditional Scottish meal. However, time, energy, and other commitments got in the way, so that I got as far as purchasing the ingredients from the local grocer and waited until today to make the meal... Cock-a-Leekie Pie. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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We gather on this day to be thankful for the many blessings we enjoy, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, the food that has been prepared, and for the blessing of life itself, including the many blessings to come. Happy Thanksgiving!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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Welcome to the Farewell issue of Wet Paint, the monthly newsletter I've published without fail since the inaugural issue back in July 2012. It is a joyous occasion to wrap up the final issue and put it to bed, and start on new, fun, and exciting ventures to best serve you and to grow as an artist. If I have learned anything along this artrepreneurial journey, it is this... 1. Serve your collectors, students, followers and fellow artists like you would friends and family, because guess what? The are! 2. Never forget your "Why?" and 3. Stay nimble enough to pivot. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 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 Nov 14, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
One of the tricks to making a living at painting is generating multiple income streams. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it when it can make me feel like on of those Ed Sullivan balancing acts of old where a person runs around spinning numerous plates on sticks and getting them down again without breaking any. (I ask you, why was this considered entertainment??) Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 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 Nov 7, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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This morning in Creative Spirits class we started preparing for the December Art Exhibit at Square Market & Cafe. So adorable!! Candy Cane Rudolph Reindeer Pops. Creative Spirits is a program of Spring Hill, TN Parks and Rec. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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I know going full steam can only last so long without a time out for refueling mind, body, and spirit. So I've invented a list of short, time out activities to nurture myself through the stressful holiday season and would like to share them with you, in hopes to help you navigate a beautiful, yet stressful and often emotional, time of year. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at Charm of the Carolines
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November 2019 "Wet Paint" Newsletter and Calendar of Painting Classes and Art-related Events Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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The artists at the Lodge at Southern Springs in Spring Hill, Tennessee, did an excellent job interpreting the reference painting used for inspiration during the Old Truck and Pumpkins painting class. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Creative Spirits Soar!
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The artists at the Lodge at Southern Springs in Spring Hill, Tennessee, did an excellent job interpreting the reference painting used for inspiration during the Old Truck and Pumpkins painting class. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Creative Spirits Soar!