Refrigerator Dill Pickles – Spicy has a new name!

Click here for a printable version! These refrigerator dill pickles are zesty, crunchy and easy easy easy to make!  Pickling cucumbers are the best to use if you can get them, but regular cukes work just fine.  One key to this recipe is getting fresh spices (I like to get mine at an organic food… Read more »

My Handmade Life

  As discussed in last week’s blog post, I’ve drawn everything I can think of that comes together to make up my Handmade Life.  (The remodeling and fishing and hunting are more my husband’s projects, but I help and it’s a very much a part of my life!)  I hope you find it inspiring!  I’d… Read more »

The Handmade Life

Handmade Life Original Framed Art by blueberryshoes When I saw this adorable, framed artwork by Hollie of Blueberryshoes, I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite books: A Handmade Life by William S. Coperthwaite. In the spirit of Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life, Coperthwaite lives life by his own hands.  He discusses… Read more »

The Struggle of Creating Beauty

Yin Yang Chinese Rock Art Print by InnerSasa Scoutie Girl has sent out a call for crafters to share their struggles.  She declares that “We are not always happy people covered with tacky glue, acrylic paint and threads of a newly sewn dress.”  So true, so true. My art professor, Sue Buck, said to us… Read more »

Pisky with Heart Flying Up

This is a sketch I made yesterday…I’m going to make a small oil painting to hang up in honor of our recently departed friend.  We buried her in the flower garden under a nice, large rock.  Raul wants to make a cement plaque to put on top where I’ll draw the bunny symbol, and write… Read more »

The Passing of an Icon

I’m sad to report that Bunnita “Pisky” Casique Hoople, bunny companion of 7 years, passed away yesterday afternoon.   Suddenly in the last 3 days she stopped eating well and was having a lot of trouble breathing. It turns out that she had a lot of large and small tumors and that these had reached… Read more »

Authenticity – The real meaning.

What does it really mean to be authentic?  There are so many levels, so many nuances.  I named my business Authentic Arts, I claim to try to live authentically.  But what does this really mean to me?  What does it mean to you? Let’s start with a dictionary definition (From the Miriam-Webster online dictionary) au·then·tic… Read more »