Welcome! ....As a Painter and Textile Artist....... I also make "stuff". I love the creative process... My design style spans from the charm and unpretentions of the Rustic, Folkart Primitives, the comfortable and pleasant Cottage/Traditionals, to the surprises in Found Object and the mystery of Improvisational Abstract. I am inspired by God and His creation... I design and paint, and sew and knit and carve wood, and enjoy needle handwork... My creative curiosity leads me from one to the next... I enjoy my garden, have a dog and a cat, love the outdoors, and I enjoy my family and friends! I currently live in the beautiful state of Idaho...

Monday, June 30, 2014


     Hello!  My son and I have ventured into the intriguing world of pickling vegetables.  Here, we have cucumbers, carrots, onions, and jalapenos peppers.  We have to wait for them to cool and then they should be good in the fridge for a few weeks...if they last that long!  I learned to can from my mother, and in the past, the bulk of my canning was tomatoes.  It was so gratifying to go down to the basement and get tomatoes for whatever I was cooking.  I used them predominately in pasta sauces and as a base for beef stew. 
     I have some tomato plants in the garden that are beginning to produce, and I have plans to enjoy them when winter comes!

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