Life is what you make it

"LIFE should not be a Journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body but RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT and LOUDLY PROCLAIMING WOW WHAT A RIDE" many authors

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Etsy shop.

 Come browse my stock of supplies, antiques, and hand made products.  I work full time out of the home now. I hope to teach classes again.  In the meantime Etsy is a great way to maintain my creativity, as I adjust to my life with a full time schedule.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Altered Cigar Box Class Jan 14 Palmetto Art Center

Come and enjoy a workshop where we will take an ordinary wooden cigar box and transform it into an extraordinary piece of artwork, suitable for display in your home.  We will use papers, ephemera, inks and other adornments on and in the cigar boxes.  11- 2 and bring a lunch. $25 dollars for the class.  Bring a friend new to class and you will get $5 off the class fee. 
I will have all sorts of inks, papers (hand made papers, collaging papers, embossed papers) and bits and babbles available to you for  adorning your box.  I tried not to bring the kitchen sink but that is just too hard when doing a mixed media/ collage class.  So be ready for lots of pretties for your boxes.  You do not have to recreate the samples unless  you want to.  If you have a heat tool, ruler and or scissors please bring them to expedite the processes. 

Give me a call (  941-704-3074 If I cant answer the phone, just leave me a message and I will call you back at my earliest convienience.) or email me at  to sign up and I will give you my address to mail a check to reserve your place.   I have already received checks from some of you. seats are filling up.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

50% off at my booth at Emilines

YEP, sadly, I have to discontinue my booth at Emilines.  I have loved all that I have learned and I love the people that make up Emilines.  I will be a regular visitor and some day may start it back up. Right now I am trying to secure a full time job and have to make room on my "plate of life".

SO go shop and get 50% off in my booth.  Jan is my last month.  It has been fun.

I still have upcoming classes at the Palmetto Art Center (PAC) and go to their calendar page.  Hope to see you there.  This month, altered cigar boxes, Jan 14th and Jan 28 is a repeat of the Polymer clay bracelet.  Go check it out

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Spinach Pie (healthier version)

In my constant search for recipes that I can make healthier and more along the lines of my heart healthy diet I have found a spin on Spinach Pie that is very tasty and is lower in calories and fat.

Thaw and drain a box of frozen cut spinach.  Take the Phyllo dough out of the freezer
Mince 2 cloves of garlic, tablespoon of Olive oil, 1/4 sweet onion, salt and pepper in a food processor

combine :
1/2 cup of plain GREEK (much thicker consistency and better for you) Yogurt
1/2 cup fat free sour cream (or fat free cream cheese)

add the above ingredients together in a bowl and stir to combine ingredients.
Gently mix in a half cup of feta cheese and 1/4th cup goat cheese into the mixture.

Set aside the Spinach mixture and prepare the phyllo dough as directed with this exception : replace the butter with olive oil.  Follow the same box directions for adding filling and add the Spinach mixture to the phyllo sheets and fold as directed.
** I also threw in a 1/4th cup of flax seeds.  I liked them but they added a texture change and kinda popped in your mouth when eating.  I think I recommend flax powder or running the flax seeds through a food processor and then add them to the Spinach pie mixture.  Great way to get extra omegas without changing up the taste.

Depending on how you make the phyllo folds will depend on how many this makes.  I got enough for 6 servings