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Monday, December 30, 2013

NO RESOLUTIONS, JUST A LIST....

Hi Everyone!

It's that time of year again when we all start to think about the past year and look forward to the upcoming new year.  Do you make New Year Resolutions?  I've learned that I'm not very good at keeping any I make so why bother, they'll be broken within a few weeks anyhow.  Ok, so let's move on.
Personally, I'm a list maker and so is my dear friend Bonnie.  We make all kinds of lists and I'll let you in on a little secret, her lists are on spreadsheets!  Right, you heard it here.  She is the QUEEN of the spreadsheet!!  And here's something really funny, she just discovered after a number of years of owning her Mac that she has a spreadsheet program on there!! She was beyond thrilled to discover it. (I know <wink>).

 My current list is of Things I'd Like to Do in 2014 (yikes, that sounds like Resolution but trust me, it isn't anything like Resolution).

 One item on my list is Take a Class and Invite A Friend.
 I used to take lots of classes and have somehow fallen out of that mode.  One of the best classes was one taken with friends, we would meet before class and have dinner and then attend class.  It was something we all looked forward to doing together.  Maybe you know someone that likes to draw or paint, why not ask them to take a class with you?

On My List:  Challenges....take a few.   Bonnie and I occasionally like to Challenge each other to paint different scenes.  We email the photos to each other and then say: Paint it!

Here's a few I've painted from places we have visited.
San Antonio TX

Spring Creek, NC

Along Pacific Coast Highway, CA


Spring Creek, NC

 So there will be challenges in the coming year and we'll be sharing the results with you. Stay tuned!  Why not grab a buddy and start your own painting challenge?  It's a guaranteed good time!

Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year!
Suzy

Monday, December 23, 2013

PINKY AND THE GOOD NEWS ANGEL

 Angels we have heard on high.....I've been humming that tune for weeks. I see the little pink angel my daughter made when she was 5 years old, she resides at the top most branch of the Christmas tree.  The place of honor where other angels have tread.  She brings a chuckle to my lips each time I see her.  Pinky with her fading glittery wings has replaced a beloved quilted angel and a paper mache angel from previous years.  We think she is the best.

Here's Pinky:

I did a little sketch of Pinky.

But seriously, I think about the Good News the Angel shared with the shepherds so many thousands of years ago....."I bring you Good News of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord."  And we are still celebrating that Good News today!



"This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."


May you find your Peace in Him.
Suzy

Thursday, December 19, 2013

SCRIBBLE, SKETCH, DRAW


Sketching is a habit that I can't seem to stop my brain and hands from doing.  I absolutely LOVE sketching, drawing (they ARE different!), painting....you name it.  But it all begins with the idea....and the initial sketch.

Sometimes I sketch out of boredom in a waiting room....this really makes people wonder what I am doing!  But most of the time I sketch out something that has sparked an emotion or idea of some kind from which a later painting may be developed.  Sketching is a rough (in my case VERY rough) representation of the idea or of the subject.  Since these depictions are so rough they are usually the most HONEST art of all because the sketch is done very quickly picking up what the sketcher sees as the most important information.  The sketch is not intended to be beautiful; and yet often it is due to its pure simplicity.


Loving and caring continue


My Mom has Alzheimer's disease and is in a nursing home.  I had recently told Susie how I often observe two patients, one soothing or helping the other in some way.  They have a friendship and caring for one another that surpasses our understanding and is rather amazing to see.  
Future Painting Perhaps

I'm never worried about having a sketch pad nearby when my muse prompts me.  Sorry this is so faint, but I grabbed a wrapper from about some yarn I was knitting with to jot down this image.  A friend had sent a photo of her granddaughter that I want to pursue painting at some point.  As you can see I had also been doing some other calculating on the paper planning for a little quilt I want to give to my year old grandson....Yes, I KNOW Christmas is in six days!   Somebody help me....I know I am quite insane!




Lunch with my BFF
This sketch of my part of my lunch one day while down visiting Susie brings back a fun memory.  Salsa & chips and a beverage.  There were lovely tiles on the walls too which Susie sketched.  Perhaps she will share some of those at a future date.  She has come a long way from the girl who would not draw/sketch/paint in public.  




Tori from photo in charcoal


One of my very favorite things to draw with is charcoal.  I just love they way it can be shaded and manipulated (getting rid of the boo boos).  This is a DRAWING (a little more defined that a sketch) of  one of my granddaughters when she was younger.   This was done from a photo.  Although I do enjoy drawing with a live person in front of me, it's a little more difficult because the subject gets BORED...especially if the subject is a child! LOL.  
Sketching is such a fun thing to do and I can't encourage you enough (all of you readers) to join in.





Friend of my daughter's when she was younger.  Done from live pose.

No one has to see it but YOU.  Hold your pencil loosely and just draw something....just draw what you see.  What YOU SEE may turn out to be more beautiful that the actual subject.  Your art is sifted through YOUR brain and your thoughtfulness to represent what it the most important aspect of the subject to YOU.   So.....as I always encourage you, find a pencil (erasing is not to your best advantage) and a scrap piece of paper (you don't need a fancy drawing pad) and just sketch something....anything... your hand, your feet, your pencil (not the one you are drawing with...that's harder!).    In closing remember that each one of your friends is one of a kind...never to be repeated in all of history.  Be good to them.  Until next time my friends.....

Sketch on.....   


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

THE AGONY OF DA FEET

THE AGONY OF DA FEET


With the holidays upon us our thoughts turn to many things.  Fond memories of Christmas past, yummy treats to make and eat, gifts to make and give to those we love, and sometimes frantic thoughts of what "must" be accomplished before December 25 of THIS year.

My mind, however, being a little left of center, has today focused on my poor neglected FEET
and the project (yes, I said PROJECT) of getting them in condition for possible viewing over the next few weeks.  Now.... if I lived up north, perhaps this would not be a concern.  But living in the south, where it is not unheard of to actually go swimming on Christmas Day, we must remain cognizant of the condition of our toes.  After all, we may have to don those Christmas flip flops!

Many ladies regularly have their toes done "professionally."  And while I have had mine "done" a few times, I almost always do my own....One reason is that I am frugal (ok cheap).  The other reason is.....I'm cheap and I can live with that.

Over the years Susie has frequently asked me to give her a pedi, but she may not ask ever again.  The last time I did her feet, I shaved a sliver of meat off her big toe.  (No gasping...it was very very thin piece, altough there WAS blood.) NO...it was not intentional, but she has not asked me since.  I sensed she was not really pleased when it happened.  It was the screaming that clued me in.  : o  

I completely understand her asking me to give her pedicures.  I know for ME, it's not the same doing toes these days as it was 50 + years ago.  For one thing, the feet require a little more attention now as they are not the same pretty little soft skin little cuties that they once were.  Must be all those years of walking on them, getting blisters from hot surfaces (the sand on a summer beach or hot tarmac racing to your car), squeezing them into the most fashionable shoes (NOT ANY MORE), and just plain abusing them.  And it's just not EASY to get TO them if you know what I mean.  I am a fully inflated lady and for me to get TO my feet and toes for any length of time qualifies as a full yoga workout and pilates all in one.  When finished I require a heating pad on my back, a muscle relaxer and a pain pill.  LOL

Looking at my little foot sketch above, I think the first thing I should do is see a surgeon if my feet REALLY look like that.  Or maybe I just need some more art lessons....yeah thats it!  Always in need of more art books or supplies.  Hey....maybe someone will give me some for Christmas!

My challenge to you is....get out a scrap piece of paper and a simple bic pen or a pencil.  Take off your shoes and socks.  Draw a picture of your cute little feet.  Send that pic to us.  We REALLY want to see YOUR art.  Art is fun and you don't have to be an "artist" per se to make art.  Heck...look at MY foot drawing!  Just DO IT!  Can't wait to see your pictures.  Come on....humor me.  Invite a friend over and "DO" one another's feet....and draw them too!  And remember.....be good to your friends.  Come back and see us on Monday for Susie's post.  Until then.....

Sketch on.....




 

Monday, December 2, 2013

TRADITIONS

Hi Everyone!

Thanksgiving was so late this year it practically ran right into December before we had time to clear the table! Hubby and I have a tradition of picking out a live Christmas tree just after Thanksgiving and this year was no exception.  The Christmas tree is up and has lights on it. That's all I'm sayin' right now because I'm still putting away the Fall decorations.  But before they are tucked away for another season,  I thought I'd share a little sketch with you.  The baker's rack in the kitchen is the spot that holds each seasons favorite treasures.

On the top shelf a large plank autumn painting by my Dad, several old glass bottles, my grandmother's butter mold, a ceramic pumpkin and owl (it's about 43 yrs old.) The middle shelf holds decorative fruit plates, a fave blue tea pot and creamer and a wooden dish of assorted gourds (plastic) and a recent add is a large sunflower bud.  Bottom shelf holds my painting of a cantaloupe and a collection of Boston bean pots.

Each season the decorations change, but mostly the same ones are used year after year.  It's become a tradition in our home, just like getting the Christmas Tree right after Thanksgiving.  Perhaps you have some traditions in your own family. Wouldn't it be fun to sketch your favorite things for each season?   I'll be sharing a few sketches and some of our traditions with you over the next few weeks.  I hope you will leave a comment and let me know some of yours!

Happy Sketching!
Suzy

Monday, November 25, 2013

TAKING A CHANCE

 I'm taking a chance....a HUGE chance here, posting these watercolor sketches of Bonnie.  A chance that she might not speak to me ever again when she sees them, and the great likelihood that she will post the most dreaded of paintings......Squaw woman. Or she might be delighted to see them again and they will bring back fond memories of the day we spent painting on her deck.

I had come up for a weekend visit and as usual we were having coffee, chatting and enjoying the morning out on the deck overlooking the pond. It was a beautiful sunny morning, breezy and perfect for painting outdoors. After the morning turned into afternoon, we came up with the idea of painting one another out on the deck.   We cranked up the tunes and made a cocktail and out we went to paint.   The rules, Yes there were rules.... no pre-sketching with pencil, watercolor only, 10 minute intervals.  Because we were limited to watercolor and only 10 minutes to do the painting we were free to mix colors on the paper and splash it on! I found it quite liberating but also a bit challenging.  We laughed, we giggled and chortled and had a fabulous time creating our paintings.
This is my favorite painting of the day. The one that looks most like Bonnie in my opinion.

This is my Lily Tomlin impression.

Marilyn Monroe look alike.
A Greek Tragedy.
A bit of Andy Warhol.
And finally a different medium-Charcoal was used.

At the time I was taking a watercolor class in adult education, up to this point I'd only painted landscapes and flowers (no people) and fruit. I took my paintings in to the instructor, told her about the fun we had painting and showed her my paintings. She was so impressed that she had the class take out their Drivers License and do a self portrait using the guidelines we had established for our painting session.  What fun everyone had that night!

I hope this will encourage you to invite some friends over for a watercolor sketch party! Let loose and have fun!

Happy Sketching!
Suzy


Monday, November 18, 2013

ARTISTIC LICENSE

Hi Everyone!

Bonnie isn't the only one cleaning out and doing some re-organization in the studio!  Oh yes, you can always tell it is FALL in my neck of the woods when I drag out the sewing machine, pull out the knitting needles and do a general decluttering of my work areas. This phenom takes place usually before Thanksgiving (Fall) and before Easter (Spring) in the studio ( oh there's the mini-declutter/straightening up in between too ;-0).  

So what does this have to do with anything?  I found these little paintings from an afternoon on the water near Bon's house.  You can see I was experimenting with pen and ink by the notes I've written on the page. 




 Often I'll add the details in a journal-like style or make notes on the back of the painting.  This particular day it was overcast with a hint of rain in the air, warm and humid.  It is funny that even without the notes, I remember exactly what the weather was like; there's something about painting outside that intensifies the senses. 

There definitely was some frustration for me that day with the whole marina thing. Lots and lots of boats were moored in the marina and for some reason this made me crazy.
Too many boats!!
But as you can see, I finally worked it out that I could use my artistic license to "edit" the scene and make a simplified version that captured the essence of the place.  I also took many photographs that day because it helps me to really "see" through my camera lens. 
Using Artistic License 
I hope you will find time to go outside and enjoy painting, drawing or sketching your surroundings!  Remember, you are the artist and you can EDIT the scene.....draw a portion or sketch the details and make field notes.  Go have fun!!

Happy Sketching!
Suzy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

EN PLEIN AIR







Sunset on the river



En Plein Air is a French expression which means "in the open air."  There are artists who go on wonderful trips to exotic places to paint village scenes, great mountains and ocean vistas among many other subjects.  There are numerous groups who regularly meet to paint en plain air; and there are teachers who hold seminars at beautiful inspirational sites. 

I ALWAYS wanted to do this painting outside thing, but lack of confidence held me back. What if someone came up and looked at what I was doing?  What if it was (which was very likely) crap?  I had just begun taking a watercolor class (having always worked with acrylics and oils previously) and I really wanted to start painting something other than vegetables, fruit and cups and saucers from my kitchen.  So for my first plein air experience I went just a few blocks from where I lived and sat at the edge of a cow pasture (where I figured it was not likely that anyone would pass by) to paint some wild daisies which were growing there beside the fence.

Certainly nothing fancy was involved.  There was no easel...just a watercolor pad in my lap and minimal supplies.  But while this was far from the glamourous experience I had always pictured in my mind, it was so relaxing that I quickly found myself absorbed in my little painting and immensely enjoying being alone with nature, albeit alongside a fairly well traveled road with a few MOOOOOOOO diary cows for company.  The tiny painting did not amount to much but I was hooked on the outside experience.

                                                                                                                       Ditch Flowers
                                                                                                                         circa 1992

My next plein air excursion was equally mundane as I, once again, went just a short distance from home to a school where there was a ditch....but not just any drainage ditch!  THIS ditch had some lovely colorful flowers growing in it which had caught my attention.  And, again, I thought this place was as safe as any as far as the chances of anyone coming up and being interested in what I was doing sitting at the side of a "ditch."  They probably would have considered me simply daft but that was something I could live with!

Finally I was one day able to convince Suz to go paint Plein Air with me.  She was nervous for the same reasons I had been back then, but we did it.  We went to the Saint Augustine lighthouse.  There were a considerable number of people there walking about and sure enough someone came up to us to look at what we were doing.  Someone asked if he could see our painting and Suz immediately hugged her painting to her chest to conceal it so quickly I feared she might          injure herself, and said, "noooooo".  LOL And the thing is, her paintings are always wonderfully spontaneous, full of beautiful saturated color...and delightful to behold.

                                              Boathouse in Mandarin on St Johns River


In the years which have come and gone since those first tentative outdoor paintings, I have enjoyed many many plein air outings.  Some have been on hot summer days when you could almost hear your flesh sizzle in the heat; and some have been on days so windy and cold (we can say the Outter Banks of N.C. here...another story entirely!) that it was hard to keep your grip on the brush because your hand was so freezing cold and fingers refused to work.  Some were days when a storm was approaching rapidly and the painting had to be done pretty darn quick!  And one I recall was on a beach in very early morning where gnats  were feasting on my flesh and flying into my mouth and up my nose ....ARRGGG.

                                  Dune Flowers On Gnat Beach

Every single one of those outings return to my mind in infinite detail when I run across one of the old paintings.  I can still remember every aspect of the experience and, regardless of the elements, would not give up one second of any one of those days...most of them spent with my BFF, Susie, painting by my side.     



Sort of makes you want to grab your BFF and a paintbrush doesn't it?  Well get to it.  I personally guarantee you will have an excellent time.  You don't even have to paint...just draw or doodle and enjoy yourself En Plein Air.  If anyone asks ... tell them I sent you.

Thanks for coming by today as always and remember to be good to your friends and...

Sketch on......

Bonnie



                                
  

Friday, November 8, 2013

CAVE MEN DID NOT HAVE TUPPERWARE!




As I am going through an extensive reorg in my house (AGAIN!), it has occurred to me that a major segment of worldwide industry is dedicated to producing items which are designed to "contain" other items!  Now I know this is a great big "duh" but have you ever really stopped to notice how many things hold other things? 

My recent reorganization is primarily dedicated to craft and art supplies and all the UFOs (unfinished objects) which these endeavors have created over the  y  e  a  r  s.  It's always hard work to dig through all the "stuff", but there ARE rewards to be had as well as answers to many unanswered questions....like "I wonder what ever happened to....", or "Where did I put....", and "Do I still have...".   And not only are there answers to the things I wondered about but answers to unasked questions when something is found that was completely forgotten about ages ago.... (OHHHHH...I had forgotten allll about that.   Well....such is my life.  Kind of fun actually!  A surprise around every corner.... or in every container!
Applique quilt block (circa 1998)  


 


                                                                             Mariner's Compass

FABRIC - (which includes partial quilt blocks made and pieces cut to become blocks, etc.) all in cardboard boxes hidden beneath a score of other boxes or large plastic bags 

shoved onto the very top shelf of a closet, or in one of those large plastic storage containers that if you don't label it you, oh so soon, forget what the heck is "in" that container and simply don't have the energy to get it down and find out.  Don't laugh...YOU know what I'm talking about.  You have them at your house too! 



Small sampling of my "collection".  Some are natural stone and some are made made.
Paid $45 for one of these beads in Sacramento, CA.  
One of these was hand made by a man with one arm.  Can you guess which ones these are?


BEADS:  Beads live in plastic tubes, round plastic screw top containers, plastic storage boxes with dividers, in bags and in baskets.... that is...the ones which are not lying all over a table or counter somewhere awaiting my inspiration to DO something with them.  









                                                        Painted in Boone, NC (Suz was sitting next to me painting also)
                                                                                                                Storm was brewing in the distance so we had to paint quickly.
                                                         Watercolor    
ART SUPPLIES:  There are the water colors which have to be separated from the oil paints in their respective "containers", and the oil paint brushes have the be separate as well because they ARE different.  Ultimately the water colors had to be separated into plastic bags by color category (reds, blues, greens, etc.) because they had become so plentiful that I was unable to easily find what I wanted.  And, of course, these bags had to be housed in a plastic bin.  Don't forget about all the papers and canvases and art bags for plein air painting which have been sent to the garage to lie in wait (in what else?....large plastic storage tubs). 
                                                         

                                                           Watercolor 
                                                                                                                     Again, my BFF was sitting right next to me as we painted...
                                                                                                                     My trees look a little spooky, don't they?


YARN:  Scores and scores of skeins of yarn are housed in bags, cardboard boxes, over the door cloth shoe racks, vases and drawers.  Knitting and crochet needles are housed in vases and on shelves.



All I can do at this point is thank whomever made masking tape which is my primary labeling device.  If I change a storage bin to house something new....OFF with the old tape and on with the new...which I found through trial and error is MUCH better than marking the containers with INDELIBLE INK! .. which is akin to getting a tattoo!  



But getting back to my title "Cave Men Did Not Have Tupperware",  we only imagine what MRS Cave Lady did when she wanted to keep something.  I can hear hear now telling her husband, kids or whomever, "This crack in the cave wall is MINE!  Do NOT touch this piece of animal hide because I am saving it to make you a coat!  And DO NOT touch this sharp rock (aka scissors).  I mean where DID she keep her sharp piece of bone (needle) and her sinew (thread)?  No tupperware or plastic storage containers just had to be a drag!  So ladies and gents let's thank our lucky stars that we have so many ways to organize, keep and hide our STUFF.  I just hate it when I can't find my sinew!



Thanks for coming by today to visit.  Hopefully you will have time to take a break from cleaning up and organizing and you can get something out of one of your storage places to play with and have some fun.  While you are at it....sketch a little picture of it, and save the drawing.  You will be surprised how much you will like it later on.  Until next time....




Sketch on.....  



drawers, plastic tubes, plastic boxes, tub storage, glass and plastic bottles, shelves, knife holders, vases, cups, mugs, glasses, bowls, baskets, pots, pans, muffin tins, etc.,  cabinets, closets, plastic bags, paper bags, cardboard boxes, pencil cups, toothbrush holders, cans of all kinds, wooden boxes, penny banks, plastic tubes for lotions and medicine...............    






Monday, November 4, 2013

NEVER SAY NEVER!

Hello!

A long time ago......

In 1985 I took my first quilting class and met a wonderful group of women.  We quilted together for many years and we were instrumental in forming Coastal Quilters of Northeast Florida quilting guild in our area.  It is still in existence today. We were very enthusiastic quilters and one of our first projects as a guild was to make a queen size Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt to display at the annual quilt show.  It was a massive undertaking to say the least, making all those little hexagons, basting them individually and then sewing them together to make the flowers and the paths and borders (and a monumental effort to quilt it).  I don’t remember the exact count of hexagons that went into that quilt (thousands), but I DO remember I promised myself I’d never do it again! Well if your read Bon’s previous post about peanut butter statements, that was one…..never is a very long time!

Present Day.....

I’d forgotten how to draft a pattern for hexagons until I remembered an old quilting book on the shelf by Jinny Beyer “Patchwork Patterns”. After dusting off the book cover, I discovered drafting hexagons in any size was quite simple. Then there was the matter of getting the hang of using a compass again. Anyone remember those from math class?  Getting the pencil to stay put? 

And remember the Peanut Butter Statement? Never say never.  I'm back to the hexagons (the trendy name for them is hexies), but believe me, I am NOT making a quilt using hexies, but making a simple table runner. Photos are coming....soon. 


I've had to eat my share of Peanut Butter Statements over the years and I've learned to never say never!!! 

Hope you are having a wonderful week, go out and sketch something! 

Suzy


Thursday, October 24, 2013

RECLINER ART

 
Finished painting promised from couple of posts ago.....
PS...My hair is really white (or blond somtimes) but it didn't
show up well against the light sky, so I darkened it.  It's
called "artistic license"... tee hee



Perhaps I should not tell you this but I think I can now officially label myself as one of the laziest artists in the world.  Although I have a completely furnished studio in which to work, I have figured out how to paint (small things) while sitting in my recliner!!  Obscene isn't it?  Far from being a fancy piece of furniture, it's one I like because it's all broken in (another term for pretty beat up!) .... and because it was my mother's who was always (and would be now but for advanced alzheimer's) my number one cheerleader no matter what endeavor I undertook.

Suzy and I have discussed how far back we can recall loving art and we agree it most likely goes back to our very first coloring books.  It was love with the first crayons!  And, OH MY...when we learned to MIX colors to get a new one it was heaven; and, I must confess, it still is.... especially when it comes out the way we want it to.  


There are still many photos from the recent Michigan trip that I have been mulling over because there is so much material from which to paint.  It was difficult to decide what to do first but I finally focused on a snapshot of a tree which is holding onto its last blazing color prior to winter dormancy.  Talk about going out in a 


BLAZE OF GLORY:





  


  


That's all for this week.  Thanks for joining us.  We very much appreciate your comments, so click on the comment box and let us know what you think.  And remember....be good to your friends.  Maybe you could go for a walk with a friend and pick up some marvelous fall leaves.  I put some in a clear container along with a pretty flower and called it "decoration".    :)

Until next Thursday....

Sketch on.....  

Friday, October 18, 2013

PEANUT....PEANUT BUTTA



Back in the day when we were young and naive, my BFF and I were having lunch together at a restaurant at the beach where Suz lived at the time.  It was a delightful lunch, just the two of us, and we rambled on and covered one topic following another when somehow the subject of peanut butter sandwiches came up.  Well!  Suz reacted as though I had mentioned blood, guts and gore at the lunch table exclaiming how much she absolutely HATED peanut butter!    Wassat?  How could anyone hate peanut butter of all things?  I recall the first time I EVER tasted it.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven....


She went on to explain how much she did not like the "odor" when she washed the peanut butter off the knife and said it smelled very offensive.  I laughed inwardly at first and then could not help myself and told her she needed to get over it because when she had children they WOULD eat peanut butter.  Of course she proclaimed then and there that HER children would NEVER EVER have peanut butter!

From that point on the conversation veered into new territory where we each cited item after item that OUR children would NEVER have or EVER do!  This covered the list from earrings (on boys) to haircuts (or lack of one), clothes fashions, and much more.  I am sure you out there can relate.  Can I get an AMEN?

At any rate, time went by and Suz's children were born...and they grew.... and big surprise.... they LOVED peanut butter.

And that's how it came to pass that whenever one of us makes a statement that we may have to digest later (as in eat your words), the other of us asks, "Is that a peanut butter statement?"

Meanwhile I did some investigation on peanut butter and found some interesting facts on Wikipedia I thought I would share with you.....

In the early 1900s, peanut butter was considered a delicacy that was only served in New York City's finest tearooms. The product was first paired with a diverse set of foods such as pimentonasturtiumcheese,celerywatercress, and on toasted crackers.[3] In a Good Housekeepingarticle published in May 1896, a recipe "urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread." In June of that same year, the culinary magazine Table Talk published a "peanut butter sandwich recipe."[4] The first reference of peanut butter paired with jelly on bread to be published in the United States was by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901 in the Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics.[5][6] By the late 1920s, this sandwich eventually moved down the class structure as the price of peanut butter dropped. It became popular with children.[7] During World War II, it is said that both peanut butter and jelly were found on U.S. soldiers' military ration list, as claimed by the Peanut Board.[8]


Thanks for stopping by and joining me today.  All that talk about peanut butter.....mmmmm I have to 

go make a sandwich now.  TTYL and don't forget to have fun and take good care of your friends.


Sketch on.....  


Bonnie



Monday, October 14, 2013

APPLE SEASON



       It's Apple Season in Michigan!



We had a great morning at the apple orchard farms with the Mommy Group. It was a delight to join my daughter's MG and see the young mothers with their little ones, to watch them interact with the children as they discovered apple picking for the first time.  And yes, even the adults seemed to be awed at the fragrant sweet smells and visual beauty of the apples on the trees. It was intoxicating!!   Smiles all around, hands down it was FUN, FUN FUN!  

After we picked the apples we were treated to the best cold apple cider I've ever tasted, so pure and sweet the bees were buzzing around us as we sipped the cold nectar. Man, it was good! Oh and the pumpkin donuts were absolutely delicious too.


This was baby Jackson's first visit to the orchards and to the pumpkin patch! He was ready for action dressed in his pumpkin onsie and the pumpkin hat Grandma Bonnie made, he was the cutest pumpkin in the patch! 

  


It was a beautiful day in the apple orchards.    



     Here's a sketch to celebrate the autumn and apple season in Michigan.    

 Hope you are enjoy the beauty of the season!


Take your sketchbook and head outside!
Suzy