Hello World!

The famous first words typed on a computer “Hello World!” I feel like they are MY first words since it’s been so long since I blogged! My apologies to all. Here’s what’s going on with me.

I got a part time job and I’m just struggling to make everything merge together seamlessly. I have not blogged or created anything new since I started working, I know I can’t keep THAT up for too long! However, for now, I’m going to immerse myself into learning my job.

I am a Beauty Consultant for Elizabeth Arden!! I love the Arden line and feel very proud to represent them! The line is sophisticated, very affective, geared mostly toward the mature woman, and pricey! 🙂 Yet worth every penny! My skin has never looked so good as since I started using my little kit I got with a foundation and lipstick purchase. AND, Catherine Zeta Jones uses the same line I do, the Prevage line, it prevents and erases damage done to your skin through over exposure to the sun, environmental factors, and/or smoke, etc. LOVE IT!

Catherin Zeta Jones

Catherin Zeta Jones

Anyway, once I get settled into a routine I’ll be back to my creative endeavors, jewelry and painting, in the meantime, I hope to be able to get some before and after pics of some of the make-overs I’m doing. Just one of the reasons I love my job, I’m painting, the only difference is my pallette is someone’s face, hehe!

Toodles for now!

On my plate

Just in case nobody has noticed, I am very serious about my business. My lighthearted and short blog posts might indicate otherwise but you would be fooled if you believed that. I do have a question for you. I wonder if, as my readers, you would prefer longer winded posts, more time consuming reading, or if what I write is sufficient enough?

Did you know that ‘the experts’ suggest a post should be 1000 words, yes you read that correctly. Personally, and this is just me, I follow several bloggers and I just wouldn’t have the time in a day to read them all if they followed that rule. But if my dear readers would like to hear ‘more’ from me…hey, I can talk! lol!

Right now, I am signed up for 8 different art classes, I’m taking 5 business courses and trying to keep my readers attention while I sort out my branding, my lists, my to do’s etc. Hey! No one ever said this would be easy and I bargained for this! So I’m not complaining! I’m just doing some social research and I truly want to know….do you want me to write more lengthy posts? If so, I’ll do it!! Am I insane you may ask? Well, you that know me would not even have to ask but the answer is….only slightly, lol!

In between all of these activities I’m doing I’m actually creating as well, I do have to have a product after all 🙂 Here is my latest for my Funky and Fun line. It is a wrap bracelet (memory wire, which if you don’t know what it is is like a slinky!) 4 wraps, turquoise cubes, antiqued silver beads and charms, with clear seed beads between the main elements. The seed beads add a bit of bling!

Turquoise and Silver wrap bracelet

Turquoise and Silver wrap bracelet



Turquoise Bracelet Collage

Turquoise Bracelet Collage



AND, I’ve been working on my latest abstract so you can expect to get a glimpse of that soon also!

Until later, auf wiedersehen!

Camping in Petosky

What fun I had with my sister and husband over a 3 day weekend. We woke up to a weather report that said it was going to be chilly up north so we forewent the bathing suits and shorts. Boy, when we got up there, were we regretting that! It was awesomely beautiful! Nothing a quick trip to Walmart couldn’t take care of. So we all left with our new shorts and flip flops and continued to the farmers market and the meat market. Oh! I do believe we stopped at the Petosky Brewery that night also, lol! I’m not even a beer drinker but they had the most refreshing cider beer I’ve ever tasted! Crisp and light with just a touch of sweetness and fizz. We had a great time there and actually returned the next day after playing miniature golf and hitting the casino up. I won $75 WHOOT!!

We saw two different sunsets from two different vantage points and ate like kings! We had ribs and bacon wrapped chicken on the grill the first night and the hugest, juiciest steaks then next! All with our farmer market finds of course. Oh and another of course….s’mores! The second night my sister came up with the brilliant ideas to put bananas on them too…ohhhh yummy!!!

Sunday we woke to a beautiful Sunny day and we hated to leave. We just did bagels and coffee from the bagel shop (best bagels next to NJ) even though the day before we did a full fire breakfast. Bacon and eggs on the fire never tasted so good! Oh! And we got to ride half way home with the top down! Who knew the weather was colder and cloudier down south. Wish we could have stayed a couple of extra days.

Sharing some of our beautiful memories with you!


Toes in the sand

Toes in the sand




Petosky Brewers Mug Club

Petosky Brewers Mug Club




Shadows in the Sand

Shadows in the Sand




Lovers at Sunset Park

Lovers at Sunset Park

The Wedding Singer

Last night we saw  the Fenton Village Players in ‘The Wedding Singer’ at The Fenton Village Theater. I would highly recommend the show to anyone (no young children though!) you will certainly get your fair share of laughs and everyone did a remarkable job!

We got to meet the cast in a receiving line after the show and that was really fun too. You could tell they were all still pumped and were so delightful to all of us gushers. My sister in law Becky presented a friend of ours who is in the show with a dozen roses and I got her autograph, sharpie and all. Thanks JoAnn Wismer Marinelli!!!

The Wedding Singer playbill

The Wedding Singer Playbill

 

Then we went out to dinner, it was late and we were 11 so I’m sure there was no delight to see us but the waitress was nice and we really enjoyed some good catching up  conversation with family members we haven’t seen in too long!

A good time was had by all and a very special thanks to Bruce! You know why, you’re good looks are exceeded only by your generosity ; )

Love to everyone that was there! XXXXOOOO

I’ve been featured as an guest artist on Jenniebellie Studio’s blog!

In case you don’t know JennieBellie she is one of the many business women  I quite admire. She has a very nice Etsy shop which does a thriving business, has a wonderful blog, does frequent YouTube videos among many other things. Jennie, where do you find the time?! You are awesome!

Well, every Tuesday Jennie features an up and coming artist and I had the pleasure to work with Jennie to be this weeks featured artist. Thank you Jennie!

I hope you’ll find the interview interesting, you can find it here.

Featured Artist

Featured Artist

Early Spring!

I’m so so ready for Spring!!! Yesterday we had my family and a close friend over for a spring themed dinner. Usually my table is set a bit on the soft side;

Candle set winter table

Candle set winter table

But today, I went all out with the Spring theme. I love to surprise and make my guests feel special. My friend Mari said “You guys are just so pretty” lol! Here is how I set my spring table.

Spring tablesetting

Spring tablesetting

My husband Joe, the chef, prepared a most scrumptious meal of pork chops in a brandy sauce, gingered carrots, and roasted cauliflower, and of course pie! Two pies actually. No one could choose just one so we all tried a bit of both pies, an apple strudel, and a cherry pineapple. Cherry pineapple, it sounds odd doesn’t it? It doesn’t taste odd, it’s actually fabulous! Oh! And, needless to say –  ice cream! ; )

If you are interested in the recipes here’s the short rundown.

Pork chops: Brown in skillet, remove, add to skillet onions, cubed prosciutto, and thyme, sweat these ingredients till the onions are just soft. de-glaze the pan with brandy, then add some more brandy ; ), apple juice, and cream, this is your sauce. Put the chops back into the skillet with the sauce to braise a bit, then when ready to serve top with apple slices that have been sweated in butter.

Roasted cauliflower: Marinate cauliflower and garlic with olive oil in a large zip lock bag. Roast at 450 degrees for 25 minutes, then add chopped parsley as a garnish.

Carrots: Cook on low in apple juice, a bit of maple syrup and some fresh ginger, yum!
Even though the day was gray, the tempurature was warm and everyone really liked this little introduction to spring, which is just around the corner!

Bon Appetite!