Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Folk Art Painting

Wishing each of you a very happy Thanksgiving day with your family and friends.  Remember to pray for those who are serving our country and can't be with their loved ones.  

We will be going to my daughter, Amber's, house to celebrate and I just finished making pecan pies to take along with Sweet Potato Casserole, and dinner rolls.  I'm so looking forward to time with family and friends.  


Monday, November 7, 2022

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies With Brown Butter Frosting

These are my husband's all time favorite cookies!  They are perfect for this time of year and that Brown Butter Frosting makes them even more delicious.  As a substitute for self-rising flour just add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt for each cup of flour.   

"Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies"

2 1/4 cup self-rising flour
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks (12 oz. bag as far as I'm concerned! I used chocolate chips because that's what I had.)

Whisk together flour and pumpkin pie spice.  Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter.
Add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla.
Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined.
Add flour/spice mixture to sugar mixture in three additions.  Alternate with pumpkin in two additions, ending with flour mixture.
Stir in chopped pecans and chocolate chunks/chips.
Drop on cookie tray lined with parchment paper.
(I use a cookie scoop)
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Makes about 4 doz.

"Maple Brown Butter Frosting"
3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter 
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp. maple flavoring 
Sift sugar and set aside.
Melt butter over medium heat until golden brown.  Watch closely so it does not burn.
Add butter to sugar, scraping all the butter into the bowl.
Add milk and maple flavoring.  Stir until smooth.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

New Halloween Folk Art Original Painting

 It's a day behind schedule, but it's finally finished and listed in my Etsy Shop along with some prints.
I had a vision while vacationing in Buena Vista, CO in September of three kids riding bikes wearing pumpkin heads in front of a spooky house.  It's funny how things get into my mind and just won't go away!

On a dark, yet starry night a parade of costumed goblins meander from house to house chanting “Trick or Treat”.  Over the hills and in the glow of the full moon they make their way to Mayor Adams house where he and his wife Sasha hand out candy apples and popcorn balls.  Their children, triplets Henry, Heather, and Harvey are heading out on their bikes with their pumpkin pails stowed on the back eager to fill them as the go door to door.  Their mother has knitted them new Halloween sweaters as part of their costumes.  Heather in an act of childish rebellion, recently decided she was tired of wearing matching clothes, so her mother listened to her request and knit her a green sweater.

Now I'm off to enjoy this wonderful weather and do some garden cleanup!


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Halloween Folk Art Painting Progress


I'm moving along at a spookily, slow pace with this new Halloween painting.  Lots of little trick or treaters dressed in costume need to be added along the winding road and tons of autumn leaves yet to paint.  

The leaves can be painted rather quickly though.  

My plan is to have this listed by Friday in my Etsy shop.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Halloween Painting in the Works

 I'm having fun working on a new Halloween Painting for 2022.  There's no guarantee it will be done in time but when it's done I will be listing it on Etsy.  I can't wait to start painting all the children dressed in costumes!  There are lots of ideas running through my head and I'm looking forward to seeing them come to life.
Mansard roofs seem to give an eery feel to a house don't you think?

Be safe out there this Halloween!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Christmas Magic Original Folk Art Painting

"Christmas Magic"

My new painting is finally finished and off to it's new home.  
The prints will be available in my Etsy store.

Dragging their Christmas tree toward home, the McKinley family sings carols with their children Alias, Abel, and Alice as a snowman tips his hat to them.   Snow gently falls and glistens like sugar poured from a shaker.  Puffs of smoke rise from the chimneys as everyone settles down for the evening. The children are out of school and have spent their days bundled up in the cold skillfully building jolly snowmen dressed in hats and scarves giving a magical feel to the village. Pastor Phil and his son, Ezra, are busy hanging lights on the evergreen trees by the church to be ready for the Christmas program.  A lone tree decorated for the holiday floats in a boat anchored off the shore by the little church.  A gold star perched on top of the tree represents the light of Jesus as they celebrate his birth on Christmas day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Progress of Folk Art Painting Christmas Magic

Progress of Folk Art Painting Christmas Magic

In between camping this summer in sweltering heat, I've been working on this painting.  To keep me motivated, I've been adding the Christmas decorations as I go instead of waiting until the end.

I've always referred to this stage as the icing on the cake and it's my favorite part of painting!  This is when the painting seems to take on life and I start writing the story in my head.

I can also see at this point where changes need to be made.

Adding the teeny, tiny people hanging decorations on the evergreen by the church put my eyes to the test after vision correction and cataract surgery several months ago.

This doesn't seem like the best choice of location according to the look on the snowman's face.

Hope everyone has enjoyed summer this year because I can honestly say that I'm ready for a long fall season!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Brushes Creating Christmas Magic

Nothing beats painting a Christmas snow scene in the middle of a hot summer.  We started out with a cold rainy spring keeping me inside instead of gardening and then we went straight to hot with temperatures in the 90's and high humidity for days on end.    
Then came Covid.  I'm out of quarantine and Rick will be soon.  How's your summer going?

I'm done complaining since the weather has been much better the last couple days and I'm out of jail!


Friday, April 29, 2022

Shull Family Farm Original Folk Art Painting

 We've started our camping season once again and it was a rainy, windy, and cold trip.  But we were still able to get away and relax while camped beside a beautiful lake at Pomme de Terre.  We got in a little walking between the rain storms.  I also spent time crocheting an afghan and reading.

Before we left I finished this painting for a dear, long time friend.

"Shull Family Farm"

Rick and I both came home with a cold but had a great time on our trip anyway.  Daisy enjoyed it too.  What have you been up to lately?  

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

 Thanks to all the men and women who have put their lives on the line for our freedom!  We remember all those who died for our country and their families who have had to mourn their loss.  May God bless you all!

Monday, April 12, 2021

New Folk Art Painting "Christmas in Pine Valley"

"Christmas in Pine Valley"

Painting this Christmas scene was so much fun for me.  I've been away from painting for quite some time so I decided to start with what I love and Christmas is right at the top of my list.  It brings me so much joy and with everything going on in the world today and in our lives this was just what I needed! It took so long to paint all those tiny evergreens on the mountain but it was also therapeutic.
Nestled below mountains covered in evergreens you’ll find a charming village known as Pine Valley.  A little snow doesn’t stop families from getting out and having dinner at Ginger Sue’s or doing some Christmas shopping at the Nutcracker Gift Store.  Amanda and Clifford, owners of the Pine Valley Inn, greet guests making sure everyone is welcomed and made to feel at home.  Worn, wide planked floors lead weary visitors to the cozy dining room where they can order something to eat and sit by the fire or simply enjoy some hot coffee or cocoa before retiring to their room.  Snuggling into bed with a good book discovered at the local bookstore under a fluffy, down comforter and an extra quilt is a great way to end a perfect day.  

I will be listing this print today in my Etsy shop as well as FineArt America.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmas 2020

Christmas this year is going to be difficult for a lot of people including our family.  My mom was moved to isolation due to Covid in the nursing home at the end of October with several other residents.  She was in isolation for several days.  It was a very difficult time especially since the nursing home has been shut down since March.  Once she got out of isolation she was extremely weak.  We got a call on November 18th and our family made the decision to bring her home.  My sister, husband, and I became her caregivers along with a great hospice team.  I so desperately wanted to get the Christmas tree put up for her but that was not to be.  She passed surrounded by her family on December 1st.  We are so blessed to have spent her final days with her, loving on her and feeding her sweets to her hearts content.  She was so very happy to be with us and now she's spending Christmas with so many other family members including my Dad and my brother Joe.  She was 1 of 14 children so there's a huge reunion going on in her heavenly home.  

Wishing each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Baking, Decorating for Fall, and Camping or How to Overcome the Isolation Blues

 Rick and I may not come out of 2020 without having gained a few pounds, but baking this time of year is one of my favorite things to do.  We are enjoying each and every bite too!

Yesterday I made these Candied Pecans from Lauren's recipe that you can print from her blog. 

"Tastes Better From Scratch"

I quarantee you it's fabulous and tastes exactly like the warm Candied Pecans you purchase from vendors at festivals!  It says to let them cool completely and store them in a tight container, but they were extra good while they were warm.

I also made some very yummy gluten free pumpkin bread the week before.  I used my regular recipe but substituted Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 flour.  I've used this recipe for years and it makes one bundt cake and a loaf.  It's perfect if you want to gift one!  I don't think this happended this time though, Ha!

A rather large crack developed in the center of the loaf, but tasted great!  

My only fall decor has been limited to my crocheted items and a few other pieces.  This black and white plaid pumpkin I crocheted a few years ago goes perfectly in my kitchen with my new curtains, therefore I placed it on this old scale.

My living room had a few more pumpkins made with yarn wrapped over cheap pumpkins from 
The Dollar Store.  Simply cut a hole in the top and bottom of the pumpkins removing the stem.  Wrap the thick chenille like yarn through the top and bottom all the way around and add a stick for the stem.  

 I did crochet a Halloween pillow for myself and my daughter, Amber.  You can find the pattern for the pillow here at TLB Patterns.

This cute plaid garland came from either Michael's or JoAnn's.  Isolation is messing with my memory!

These little wine cozies were crocheted using a pattern from 
The Midnight Stitcher.  I got the leather "Wine O'Clock" and "Whine Not" tags from

To keep us from losing our minds this summer we got out and went camping at local state parks every month.  Even though the last trip this fall was rather rainy, it was still good to get out of the house and into  nature.  Get creative, bake, or get out and enjoy the beautiful parks around you.  You'll be amazed how much better you'll feel.    

We like everyone else have had some tough things to go through lately and I won't dwell on that here, but how are you doing and what are you doing to overcome the Isolation Blues?