Painting Cats in Clothes Inspired by Literature

About Me


Messy paint palette and acrylic tubes

What I Need to Create Art

For several years, I told myself that in order to be "successful", I had to have a dedicated art space and tons of supplies. Now, I'm evolving and discovering what works for me and what doesn't. I prefer to work on the go with a portable studio.
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Bringing the Forest Home to my Garden

This cottage garden has changed our lives and the way we view our home. So, naturally, my mind wanders to the possibility of transforming our backyard into a woodland retreat.
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wildflower nature photography, purple heather, TaraFly Photography

Beginnings of a Cottage Garden: First Spring

I've been having so much fun this year, watching my plants grow and bloom, stepping outside to the welcoming scent of spring flowers. I want a cottage garden to greet me throughout the year, with an invitation to leave my door wide open. I want an excuse to linger on my lawn.
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vintage books on a shelf

Treasures in a Second Hand Bookstore Continued….

One of the books that I purchased for myself, a first edition 1911 hardcover of George Bernard Shaw: His Life and Works by Archibald Henderson, caught my attention because it included dozens of vintage clippings and images from turn-of-the-20th-century plays and actors.
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The Post Where I Rant About English

My idyllic world on a cloud came crashing down when my daughter matter-of-factly informed me that "teachers don't have enough time to read all of our papers, so we have a computer program that grades our essays and gives feedback."
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Snow covered Civil War battlefield

New Painting in Progress for a Collective Tarot Deck Project

It was profound and almost spooky how much I identified with this character in rags, face to the wind, shuffling through the snow, barefoot even! (Everyone knows I wear sandals in the snow, but I'd go barefoot if my toes wouldn't get frostbitten).
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The Crazy Cat Lady Goes To The Dogs?

Thank you to everyone who visited my Etsy shop this weekend! Several of the orders were shipped off yesterday, several more this afternoon, and the remaining few will be mailed …

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A New Thanksgiving

Holidays are a low-key affair around here. My husband and I rarely entertain guests, and my relatives, who are scattered across the country, haven’t held a reunion in over a …

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There Is No Place Like Home

Following on the heels of the closing reception for this year’s Art for the Animals charity auction, which raised nearly $3,000 in donations for Guiding Eyes for the Blind….. Joe …

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If I Only Had a Brain, Some Courage, a Heart, and A Way Home

Glinda told me to follow the yellow brick road…. but where do I begin? Three weeks ago, I quit my job. (The real one ~ with the bi-weekly paycheck and …

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