Monday, September 21, 2015

Rock Man Art

He's a man.
He's a rock.
He is sitting on a piece of wood.
Am I a rock or a man?

A new kind of art tickled my fancy this spring. Today, the rock people got fastened onto wood. They are ready for their next adventure.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Savory Cauliflower Muffins

Hello all!
Today I was craving food with VOLUME! I am back on my unltra-clean grain free, body shrinking diet and was wanting to nom-nom NOM.

1egg and 3 egg whites is allowed once a week on my Karla the Nutrionist led diet. It feels like a lot of food which is JUST WHAT I NEEDED.

Cauliflower is not my favorite food. BUT I have found ways to yummy it up. This recipe is definitely one of them.

I was originally going to make cauliflower bread, but Mr. Handsome had used the last of the parchment paper without my knowing. After hollering "RUINOR!" and playfully punching his chest, I remembered that I had muffin paper holder thingys on hand. lunch was saved by an impulse buy a month ago....not to mention our household peace ;).

In the recipe I do not tell you how to make cauliflower rice, but it is pretty simple. Somehow make your cauliflower become really small like rice. You can grate it, throw it in a food processor, or use your imagination. Then you need to heat up your rice. I put it in a bowl and microwave it covered for 10 minutes. I am sure there is a non-microwave way to do that, but I do not currently know it.

I think that is all you need to know.
And it is ok to not share. The calories are low and the protein is high.

ENJOY! I know I did.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fabric Date at Fern Hill

The company I design for, Frond Design Studios, came into existence through Stephanie Brandenburg's days working at Fern Hill in South Amana. Stephanie's concept of creating fabric with LARGE images that feel fresh off of an artist's easle, was born out of this quaint shop in South Amana, Iowa.

Every once in awhile I get to hang out with the Fern Hill crew and enjoy the customers that stop by. It is always a good time with lots of laughs and quilt stories.

This past Saturday, was a visit day, and OF COURSE it was a good time!

These ladies were a blast! They recognized my dress fabric immediately and it led to some great conversation about color and quilts. Helping them pick out fabrics was definitely a highlight of my day. In fact they came back for a second round when they realized they didn't buy enough fabric for their project. I enjoyed getting to see them again!

I am slightly obnoxious. It is part of my nature. Any who is around me long enough will get to experience it. Hopefully, they see it as part of my charm.......hopefully ;).

As I was getting ready for bed on Friday night, I came up with the idea to paint this little frame with the intention of torturing the lovely people of Fern Hill with picture taking. I say torture, because unlike the young culture of America, many people do not love having their picture being taken. I however, LOVE to capture an event. Looking back on a good time adds a lot of joy to my life. Hopefully, they will enjoy these pictures as much as I do for years to come.

Here is Stephanie looking ADORABLE peeking from behind the frame. She is the brains and beauty behind Frond Design Studios. It is an honor to work with her.

Here we are, SQUEEZING into the frame. It was a struggle! But we all managed to fit in!!! This pic makes me giggle!

Linda didn't really want me taking pictures of her.....but look at her. She is precious!!
Here is Patti, the owner of Fern Hill. Her heart is big and her stories are many, what a great combination. I could spend hours talking with her. 

Aww! Cute picture of Joey and Stephanie! Joey is the official shuffler/helper of both Frond and Fern Hill. He helps move all the big stuff with a joyful attitude, no matter what.

Cheryl poses with adorable attitude! We had a great lunch break together. 
This sweet woman is new to Fern Hill. It was fun getting to know Wendy!

I left the day with fabric designs dancing in my head. What will I do next???? So many ideas crackling in my head. I guess we will all have to wait and see!

If you are looking for a great place to buy fabric, check them out in person (South Amana, Iowa) or online at They always keep our Frond fabrics on hand.

And if you haven't checked out my new YouTube channel, please do! It is good home grown entertainment.

Have a lovely day!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making Videos

One of my new adventures is MAKING VIDEOS!!! They are homegrown goodness filmed by ME, in my upstairs studio.

It has been fun to let this dream of having my own show become a reality.

The goal it to encourage creativity and people being who they are.

Sooooo!!!!! Check out my video that O break down how to alter a men's tshirt.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Life- It Takes A Village

My Maryland sister and I had a looonnng talk on the phone tonight. It was wonderful. We talked about all kinds of things. Husbands, careers, her kids, community, all kinds of good stuff.

Recently, I have reached out to her to help talk through part of my great Art Adventure. I like how she sees things and knew she had pearls of wisdom for me.

So, tonight we talked about that as well. And she had great ideas!

As I sit on my couch and relax into the evening, I think about all the community that has come around me to cheer me on in this large undertaking of launching an art career.

Earlier today, Life Coach Louis had an impromtu session with me in the kitchen. 
That husband of mine directs me back at my heart AND my heart desires with lightening speed! 
What a HUGE gift. It is SO easy to get trapped in your fears and forget why you are doing what you are doing. 
I thank God for my man and his coaching abilities! They are GOOD!

And today my Mother-In-Law cheered me on with beautiful enthusiasm. Beautiful, pure hearted, spirit uplifting enthusiasm.

And one of my razzle-dazzle, playful yet deep thinking art buddies related right to where I was at.

And my parents keep finding ways to help and support me. They believe in me and what God has called me to do.


I could go on and on about the love that has surrounded me in this season. And the people who have lifted me up in the emotional moments of it.

So, I ask myself.....
Why do I get to have this amazing experience?

But really. 

Why do I see support all around me?

I have walked through other hard seasons and not felt support like this......

And then it hit me.

I am reaching out. Reaching out more than I have ever done in my life.

I am letting my Village help me build this career.
I am letting them come with me on this Art Adventure.


Had I learned about this earlier in life, things would have looked different.

Why don't we invite people into our adventures? 
Why don't we lovingly ask for help? 

And listen.

I think that is the most beautiful gift you can give another person.

Everyone wants to be heard. 

Listening to someone tell you what they think, is like reading a book. Your village contains many books that are available to you, spoken over a cup of coffee or a late night telephone call.

And if you have taken time to weed out and create boundaries in your Village, you can trust it.

If you have read my words and a longing jumps out of your heart and is doing a dance in front of your face, listen to that desire. 
You too can walk the path that you are meant to walk. 
You too can build a village. 
You too can seek living an authentic life that you feel fully present living.
You too!

I finish this post with a desire to get this message in front of the people who need it. 

Will you help me?

If you feel the desire to pass on this message, you can share it, copy the link, or do other fancy stuff that people do to share information.

More than anything, I want all of us playing the part that we are designed to play in society. Doing the things that are in our spiritual DNA to do.

Thank you for reading! And I hope you stop by my blog again soon.


*Painting is a collaborative effort between Inara Sautter and me.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Art- Why buy original art?

Hello there!

While I upload gabs and gobs of art to my website, I was thinking about something.........

Why should people buy art?

Is it to match home decor and be pretty?

Well....that is a good reason.....a valid, good reason.

But I would like to propose a couple more reasons to purchase art.

Buy art because it makes you FEEL something.
Buy art because it speaks to the core of who you are.
Buy art because you need to experience what the piece has to offer on a daily basis.
Buy art because we buy a lot of things and art is often an after thought.
Buy art because it supports an artist.
Buy art because you believe in the artist's role in society.
Buy art because you deserve authenticity hanging on your walls.
Buy art because it brings beauty into your world.

And here is a reason that might stretch your mind:

Buy art because it can cause healing in your life through gazing upon it and receiving all that it has to offer.

Is this true? Can someone be healed through viewing art?

The role of an artist in our society is to SAY the things that can only be said through art. 

And art can heal. Oh yes, it can.

I could dig up scientific data to support this statement.....but I need to get back to my task of uploading my art.

Do I want you to buy MY art?
Oh yes, please. That would be wonderful!

But....more than anything, I want you to be open to the art that you encounter and FEEL the messages that are there for you to experience. Let them touch your heart and hear what you are to hear.

Go ahead and pop over to:

And sneak a peek of what I am sharing with the world.

Here is a teaser:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Life- A New Year- 2015

I love a new year.
Something about starting a new chapter really gets my heart a-pumping. Sets my mind a blazing with ideas and possibilities.

How about New Years Resolutions? Do you do them? I sometimes do. 

Some years resolutions, are exactly what I need to have movement forward. And some years I go for a single word.

I pray and request a word. It arrives into my life in different ways and is confirmed.

This year I felt was a "WORD" year.


Within this word holds meaning for my mind, body, and spirit. Financial prosperity, health prosperity, spiritual prosperity.

In the words of world renown speaker and author, Lisa Nichols, I say:
"Yes, YES!" 
(If you haven't heard of her, do yourself a favor and check her out! She has it going on.)

Claiming and holding onto the message of Prosperity while going full time into my freelance creative life is a bold move. Sharing this private message with you, is even bolder.

But here is the thing, I am begining to understand a bit about my role of existence in this time, on this place called earth......and it is not for me to be quiet. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I am called to be vulnerable and SHARE my journey. 

So, if this word Prosperity speaks to your heart, go ahead and CLAIM IT! I hold out this word and share it WITH you. There is enough for all of us.

Yes, there is.

Go ahead and shake awake those dreams that have been sitting idle inside of you. Try them out, test them. See how they fit. You won't know unless you look into it.

Let your story be unlocked and start walking into your FAITH required path.

I wish you were sitting across from me while reading this. You would see my eyes smiling at you and would see, I really believe in your God given destiny.

The more important question is:
Do you believe in it?