Thursday, January 1, 2015


Hoping everyone had a wonderful 2014! Looking forward to a new year filled with even more paintings, inspiration, & blog posts (that last one won't be too hard to top;).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

it's market time again

{that picture light cord is driving me bonkers! I can't figure out how to hide it}
I'm at High Point, space M-5016. Would love to see you if you're here. I'll be posting pics of new paintings all next week and will be back to blogging soon. Being at market and seeing all of the new products and old friends has me so inspired. It's good to be back!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Studio Sale

What's better than buying art?
Buying it 25% off!! I'm doing a major re-organization and clean out of the studio this weekend and will be selling some paintings at 25% off- but only until Monday. I'll be posting paintings to my Insta all weekend. Happy Friday & Happy Shopping!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

invisible helmets

She is wearing one! Do you see it?
This company and its founders are amazing. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

it's twelfth night

and the first day of Carnival. We're already one King Cake down. This doesn't bode well for the rest of the season… 

Happy Mardi Gras!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014- new year, new creations

While this pie chart isn't 100% accurate, it's pretty close. I am definitely more of a discouraged napper than the creatives interviewed;)

After a few days filled with random internet surfing, I am ready to get started on a few new creations and am really looking forward to this new year. What do you plan on creating in 2014?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best in 2014!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

note to self...

Hope y'all had a fantastic day yesterday! Now that the big Christmas rush is over, I couldn't be more thrilled to chill for the next few days. Here's to relaxing!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


I love a cocktail- maybe even too much;) There are a few drinks that we always mix up this time of year. I though I would share a couple to help get you in the holiday spirit.

If you ever find yourself in town during Christmas, The Roosevelt Hotel is a must see. The hotel lobby is decked to the nines and covered with with thousands of lights. It's a sight you will never forget. Since the hotel re-opened Dan & I have made a tradition of having a Sazerac at the Roosevelt each Holiday season, usually after his work Christmas party. I've posted a Sazerac recipe before but here it is again. I just have to add it to our Christmas cocktail roll call. 

The Roosevelt's Sazerac
1 cube sugar
1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
1/4 ounce absinthe, or Herbsaint  
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Lemon peel, for garnish

Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice.  In a second Old-Fashioned glass place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud's bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube.  Add the rye whiskey to the second glass containing the Peychaud's bitters and sugar. Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint. Empty the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel.
Whiskey is one of my favorites, second only to scotch- I know, how lady like of me:) My friends always tease me about my drinking scotch in college. It was what my parents always drank and the only thing I knew how to order. I will never forget the face of one of my dates when he asked what I would like to drink & I said Dewars on the rocks. I'm not even sure I knew what Dewars was at the time. The other drink my parents often ordered was a Whiskey Sour so, of course, I ordered those too and have developed a serious love for them. We tried to Christmas the usual recipe up by making cranberry simple syrup and it's a winner. Extra red just like Santa's suit.

Cranberry Whiskey Sour
1 cup of cranberry simple syrup
1/2 cup of Makers Mark Whiskey
Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
Juice of 1 1/2 limes

Mix all ingredients and shake with ice. Garnish with a Maker's Mark Cherry and Meyer lemon slices. Serves two.

Cranberry Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup cranberries

Boil all ingredients until cranberries pop and syrup turns red. Strain and chill. 

There really isn't a story associated with this next one but I will always have fond memories of drinking Bourbon & Ginger. My father and mother were both very ill a couple of years ago. That Thanksgiving Dan mixed up a batch of Bourbon & Gingers and I remember thinking with every sip, how lucky I was to have my parents and how much I love them. Sometimes it takes something scary like an illness to really make you appreciate what you have. This cocktail will always remind me of how lucky I am.

Bourbon & Ginger- adapted from Garden & Gun
Ginger Syrup
½ cup coconut palm sugar
½ cup water
¼ lb. fresh ginger root (peeled and finely grated)

In a small sauce pot bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil. Turn off the heat, and allow to steep and cool for one hour. Strain off the ginger pieces, and reserve the syrup.

To Serve
(makes 1)
Large ice cubes
3 oz. Maker's Mark
1 tbsp. ginger syrup
2 oz. ginger beer

At least one cherry (optional but some type of Marischino cherry is obligatory in almost any drink for me)

If there is an ultimate Holiday cocktail, it's undoubtedly a Brandy Milk Punch. I can't think of a single holiday in my entire life where Milk Punches weren't involved. In my experience they are best served along with Sock-it-to-Me Cake on Christmas morning.

Milk Punch
4 cups of half & half (no joke- 4 whole cups of half & half)
2 cups of brandy
1 cup vanilla simple syrup
3/4 cup Grand Marnier
Lots of freshly grated nutmeg

Some people add eggs. I don't but if you would like to this recipe would call for 6 eggs.  Blend in a blender and serve shaken. I usually make the Milk Punch the night before we serve it. It gets better as it sits. 

Here's a list of my favorite Christmas tunes to listen to while you mix these up. Cheers!!