Entryway Featuring Artwork by Claudia McGill

Claudia McGill

entrywayFabulous artist, Claudia McGill gives away paintings! That’s right, they are free. All that she asks is that you pay the shipping fees. Claudia is probably the most prolific artist that I know. She does one small painting a day to challenge herself and then she gives them away. That is so COOL! I wanted to follow in her footsteps, but I couldn’t even get to one painting a week. Nor one a month. I am the embodiment of an anti-prolific artist- painting only when I want to change the art in my decor or when I want to gift someone. (grin)

I asked for several of Claudia’s little paintings which she graciously shipped immediately. All I paid was $12.00 for Priority shipping. AMAZING!claudia-mcgill-artworkAfter much deliberation on how to hang these little gems, I decided to use clips and push pins in keeping with my funky living room decor. I arranged Claudia’s work around a central painting that I did. I think that the colors complement each other.art arrangement in entrywayThis is my entryway where I can drop my keys and my purse. But, mostly, I can admire Claudia’s work and several other of my favorite art pieces.Bing Face vaseThe face vase was a gift from my friend, Robyn. It is a ceramic vase signed by Bing. Really cool stuff. In the next post, I will share more of Les Gains’ mixed media that is included in my arrangement.S McCall

Free Printable Coloring Pages – Brand new and hot off the press

line art

Interest in the adult coloring book craze has been amazing. You can find book after book in craft stores, book stores and even printable pages online. Of course- don’t you just know- I have to add in a few of my own drawings to the mix.

My drawings are from some of the cards that I made using rubber stamps that I designed for various stamp companies. Some are from paintings that I did and some are from block cuts. The abstracts are drawings that I made especially for this project.

There are three collections assembled here. Click on the image or on the title of the collection that you want to get the full sized PDF file that you can print out for free. No kidding, no come-ons and no unending pesky ads to load up before you can download your coloring pages.

Coloring Collection 1

coloring page

Coloring Collection 2

abstract art color pages

Coloring Collection 3

Have fun! And, if you can, send me pics of your work in the comments section. I would love to see the collaboration between my art and your beautiful coloring of it. S McCall

Easy DIY, no- sew way to change pillow shapes

yellow and grey pillows

Holy-moly! The months are flying by this year! It’s almost time to dress my house in her fall outfit and then, before I can count to ten, it’ll be time for her winter coat. But before the presto change, I wanted to show you my summer decor. For me, the big event always starts with pops of color via pillows. This time, I chose a bright summery yellow to freshen my neutral living room.yellow accents Continue reading

Portable Pill Box Medicine Cabinet

pill box traveling kit

I was doing my usual trolling of Pinterest when I came upon yet another  brilliant idea. Well, I never would have thought of it on my own, that’s for sure. After seeing the pin, I quickly set up my own kit and figured that maybe this could make your life a little easier too. The pin came from Kandy Kreations. http://www.kandykreations.net/2015/07/moms-emergency-box-when-on-go.html

boxes and bottles of emergency supplies
loaded down with boxes and bottles, oh my.

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Awesome Veggie Medley Minus Epic Fail on Veggie Tortillas

zucchini corn squash

It’s time for my weekly cooking day challenge. Mostly, I prep easy food for meals throughout the week- well, lunches and dinners anyway. But, on this day, I will also try to make one thing that is actually a cooking experiment.

This time the experiment was to replace the eggs in zucchini tortillas with Chia seeds and water. The idea is that if you take a tablespoon of seeds and stir into 1/3 cup water, let stand for fifteen minutes, then you will have a good egg replacement for baking. I get the idea- the mix turns gelatinous so I could see how it might hold baked stuff together like an egg does. Well, I made the tortillas and- epic fail!!! Even though I sprayed the paper with a thin coat of olive oil, the gelatinous seeds acted like a glue and stuck the thin tortillas completely down to my parchment paper. The little 1/2 piece that I managed to separate from the parchment tasted good, but…..yeah, I won’t use chi seed gel on anything that will be spread and pasted right onto paper again, that’s for sure. Continue reading

Finished Painting

I often have to look at a painting for quite a while before I know that it’s finished. I had put this one away some time ago, not quite sure where I wanted to go with it. Today, I thought that I would finish some “old” paintings. So I got this one out and guess what? I think that I like it just the way it is. It may be that I recognized an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a while, but i think that I’ll leave this one alone. 🙂

acrylic painting

S McCall

A Fast and Easy Way to Cook Sweet Potatoes

vegan lunch

I LOVE sweet potatoes. Enough so that I usually buy a big ole’ bag of them when I go to Costco. I especially love them roasted along with other root veggies, but sometimes I just have to grab a potato and go. So, the next best thing is to microwave it. I can do that in my own kitchen or wait until I get to work to cook the potato for lunch. I like to eat them plain or with a little butter and maple syrup. I also like to cube them and add them to my veggie mixes.

Here’s the FASTEST way that I know to cook a sweet potato. Rinse it off with clear water. Place it onto a microwave safe dish. Place a wet paper towel or dishcloth over the potato. Microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes. Eat warm or let cool and cut into cubes for your other dishes.

A plus is that the potatoes freeze well, so I can cook the whole bag in one day, plate my week’s worth of lunches and freeze the rest.

vegan lunchThis nutritious lunch is made with a medley of cooked sweet corn, squash, zucchini, black beans, diced tomatoes and cubed sweet potatoes. Add a little salsa to spice it up and you will be good to go.

S McCall