Three Easy steps to solving ALL of Life’s problems. (If ONLY!)

When at a loss for what to do… 1. Do what you know HOW to DO. 2. Remember what you KNOW to be TRUE. 3. Find something NEW for YOU. I like to explore ALL my options. So much so, that it has become a joke in our family. If you want something researched like a […]

Remembering Moses and the Red Sea

Do you remember Moses? He was that guy with white long hair from the Bible who was met in the desert by a bush. Not just an ordinary bush. This bush was a talking, on-fire-yet-not-being-consumed-by-flames kinda bush. Probably the only bush of its kind to ever exist. Moses wasn’t out looking for power. He had skeletons […]

Shadows with a plan. (February calendar!)

Coneflower is part of my “Sad Flower” series — a series of four botanical paintings, representing four heavy-hearted flowers I found growing in various locations. In the twelve-plus-years I’ve been painting, I have never created a “sad series.” I guess I’d never felt such a heaviness of heart before as when I was planing this new group of […]

Labor Day 2009: Sandy Sheets for a Greater Good—

I do not like sand in my bed. I do like crisp clean sheets, multiple throw pillows, and a dust ruffle. All of these items must perfectly coordinate with both with the comforter, and (obviously) with each other. To make my world complete there should also be an afghan that offers not only a pop of color, but a […]

How we fixed up a Grocery Store last May. (Photos of our 2-week painting party.)

Happy Birthday, Sunflower! One year ago TODAY we opened up the Sunflower Gift Shop & Gallery. TODAY seems a fitting occasion to post photos I’ve been saving from “Phase 1” of our big Grocery Store Beautification Project last spring. Who would have thought we could turn the old Travelers Rest “Winn Dixie” into the uplifting place that Sunflower evolved into over the […]

Time to turn a new page on the desktop calendar

I love turning over to the next page in a calendar. Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to a month… But I’m pretty happy to say hello to February — anticipating an upcoming vacation, three sweet new young helpers at my store, and the coming of spring. Here in my town, the daffodils normally start to poke […]

49 months later… a new desktop calendar for January 2015

January 2015 begins year number FIVE of my monthly desktop calendar. I thought it might be nice to change it up a little so I tried two different background colors. But I wasn’t sure which I liked best, so here are TWO choices. If you have a color preference, leave a comment.   To read the story […]

A painting to help my breathing

“Breathe In” was one of two therapy pieces I worked on this past fall. The setting is inspired by the Low Country of South Carolina — a place of breathtaking beauty that often brings a sense of peace to my soul. Here are some photos I took that show this oil painting in progress. To read the meaning behind […]

Trying to embrace “good enough” (2015 Flower Calendars for sale!)

A year of beautiful flowers for 2015… Several months ago, I decided I had run out of time to create a 2015 calendar. But then I visited my brother and his family in Wisconsin over the weekend, and saw my 2014 calendar hanging on his refrigerator. That is what finally inspired me to try to squeeze in one […]

A new calendar for November! Sunflower #2

The creative spirit within me loves to have something new to look at. Here’s a free and simple way to freshen up your desk for the new month. Clean off workspace  (Be ruthless in throwing things away.) Clean off computer desktop (This is more complicated. My quick & easy “system” is to drag everything into one folder called “desktop […]