Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer bugs and the blues......

Today is a bit grey, we have rain this morning and I am feeling gloomy inside too.
My oldest is going away for church camp on Saturday.
I have had months to prepare, we had to register in Feb.
Today it is hitting me and just a little too hard~
I dont know how I will manage a week with out seeing his sweet face.
Ya see he is only 11......why did I agree to this??
He will be 6 hours away.
I know I know.....he is growing up, but why so FAST~
I am trying to stay strong and not let him see me get emotional.
Even just typing this I have nervous butterflies fluttering away ........
So, as I pull myself together, I hope the days will fly by.
Speaking of flying, I have been working on bugs....ladybugs that is......
A client asked to me create some unique pieces for her ladybug tree.
How cute is that.....all sorts of ladybug ornaments.
I did two, there is Miss Ladybug  in a previous post.
When I finished with her she asked me to do a Mr. Bug.... a Gentlemen of course!
He was so fun to create and he even holds a handful of red posies behind his back. the week gets closer to an end and our son leaves for camp, I have to remember to let go a little.
I know he will have so much fun and when he returns he will probably be an inch taller ***SNIFF***
So as his week journey is about to begin and he spreads his wings a bit and begins to fly.....
I will embrace the ride.....up up and away!!!   (whether i like it or not)   
That us at a festival in Galena, Illinois.  The hot air balloons were gorgeous!!
More to come..........

Monday, June 21, 2010

Party planning anyone???

Happy Monday......
We had a wonderful Fathers Day with my two favorite guys,
My dad and my hubby, both outstanding fathers.
We grilled and hung out for the day.
I am so thankful for these two guys.
They are great examples for the kids and I truly have two gems in my life~

Speaking of gems....we are planning a combo birthday bash for our 2 girls.
Still working out some details, but I think a tea party is the census.
Since going on my art retreat and creating the teapot with Alice and the rabbit, my girls have insisted on a tea party with a wonderland my wheels have been turning.
My awesome hubby has been doing some things too....its going to be a fun gala.

If you need some party ideas....check this site out, she is also having a giveaway!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Giveaway Giveaway.....inner junk, yay!!

What a giveaway.....pop over to Junk Bonanza.  They are having a delicious giveaway, a piece of fabulous jewelry from Beth Quinn.  Yippee!!! So the question is when did you find your inner junk self?

I did not have to ponder long......
I love old, eclectic funky things,but for me it would have to be when I received my first big girl bike.
I was 11 or parents did not buy me the pink huffy with sparkles.
I received a 50s mint green cruiser........I LOVED IT!
I was so proud of that bike, I rode it for years!!

This year we actually bought our middle daughter a big girl big.....
After much research, we found this!!! Love it!!!
Enjoy your ride!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Sandwiches

I love to cook, but finding new things to do is somewhat challenging.
We have staples in our house.....but as an artist I also love to get creative in the kitchen 
We eat salmon twice a week, I love salmon.
The challenge is to find something interesting to do with it~

Well, if you like salmon, you must try it!!
You will not be disappointed.....

Note ~ This recipe is for poached salmon, but you can use leftover salmon from the grill

1/2 cup dry white wine or water
12 ounces skinless salmon fillet, about 1 inch thick
3 wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese (I used garlic and herb)
   *you can also use whipped cream cheese...any flavor you prefer
2 tbsp. milk, I use low fat 2%
1 tbsp fresh dill
1 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
Ciabatta Loaf cut and toasted
1 cuo fresh baby spinach

In a large skillet combine wine and 1/2 cup water
Bring to a boil; add fish
Cover and simmer for 8 to 12 minutes or until fish is easily split with a fork
Remove fish, discard liquid
Let fish cool or serve with dish warm, its up to you~

In a small bowl combine cheese, milk, dill, lemon peel and 1/8 tsp of fresh ground pepper.
I did this first and put in the fridge to meld flavors.

Spread mixture on cut sides of bread, arrange spinach and salmon and ENJOY!!

This is a great summer sandwich.
It reminds me of the beach or picnicking in the park.
We made it this weekend with fresh  yummy!!
Kid tested and kid approved too......this one will become a staple in our house.
Chat Soon~

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer is here....

The kids have one day left.....oh my!!!
Are moms really excited?

I am excited to be relaxed and bored......
I feel that I create best with no routine,
I love the kids in the art room with me.
We laugh, we sing and ideas start spilling over.

So, I am excited for that, but......
Yes, there is a big BUT,
I am not excited for the fighting......the messes.....the complaining its too hot.
Its summer!!!! Enjoy it, I am going to try really hard :)
We plan on do lots so if I am not around, drop me a line.

I am still taking custom Mrs. Bug she is flying off to California~
Enjoy ~ Chat Soon!!