Friday, February 5, 2016

Peg's Kitchen Studio


I love to create. Especially collage. But I haven't been creating much lately. You know how it is, life gets in the way. I'm always amazed at people that are able to create constantly as if they have no responsibilities. Well, they do, but I think creating is their career, so the people that depend on them are more understanding.......I guess.

I don't know, I get frustrated because I don't have a studio, and I want one so bad. Yes, my etsy shop is Peg's Kitchen Studio and it all started out that way, but it ain't easy, I'll tell ya that.
Especially since the kitchen in my other apartment was bigger and now I have, well, it's more like an alcove. Yet, somehow I find myself creating in it. 

This past year was rough. But here we are in 2016 and it seems to be going better. 

Not sure what I have in mind for my blog this year, but I'll think of something.

Here's a belated Happy New Year to whoever is reading this. With all the blogs out there, it's easy to feel lost. 

Initially, I created the above collage as a banner for my etsy shop, but ended up not using it.
Love it anyway though. And the picture in the upper right is of my mom when she was a little girl. 

Hope to be back again soon. It's been too long since I posted!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

simple things

Thank you Trader Joe's for having such lovely affordable flowers. And thank you Goodwill for the vase. It's the simple things that make me happy.






Thursday, October 30, 2014

Howdy peoples!
My apartment is a disaster and of course, that's when I find my creative muse. I haven't painted for a while, but I was inspired to make this latest creation. Hope you enjoy :)



Don't listen to the negative comments from others or from yourself.
We all feel like fat little birds some days just walking around looking for purpose.
Just remember.........it's a mind shift...............you CAN fly!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/209127505/you-can-fly-original-acrylic-painting-8?ref=shop_home_active_1

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Keeping it simple

I love healthy food, and lately I've been trying some new things. I am keeping the recipes quick and simple.

Today, I am having a cucumber drizzled with Trader Joe's spicy peanut dressing sprinkled with sesame seeds. Hydrating and yummy!

Healthy food doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. And honestly, when I eat more simple "mini-meals", I feel better because I know they are easily digested.

I don't eat healthy every second of every day, but I am achieving more balance. And today, that's what I'm grateful for.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Published in Somerset Studio's ART Journaling magazine gallery section Spring 2014!

Great news! Some of my journal pages were selected to be published in one of my favorite magazines..........ART Journaling!!

Stampington & Company is such a wonderful resource for artists who create in many different mediums. You can find this magazine and more on their website @ http://stampington.com.

The first page of the gallery section has little snippets of what you will see in the coming pages. Mine is on the far right (birdies on a branch)


Here is the two page layout.........yay!

I'm so happy with the results!

Here is a closeup of the first page:


I created this page after being outside one day early in the morning. I was watching birds on a branch of this bush and they were so cute, just kinda hanging around. I was feeling overwhelmed by life and that's where the sentiment came from. "Birdies on a branch, how lucky you are...........you can just fly away." I wanted to be one of those birds.

The truth that I have learned and accepted in my life by faith is expressed in the next page below:
You cannot judge God's faithfulness or love for you based upon what good or bad things He allows in your life. Just believe.

 The last page and the most emotional for me was based upon the loss of my sweet daughter, Emma Grace who was 6-1/2 months old in my womb when she died.

Ever since I was a kid, art and many different forms of it has brought such comfort and joy into my life. Being published in this magazine is such a blessing. My heart is filled with gratitude. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

I am an artist

I am an artist. But there are blocks of time when I just don't feel like creating.

I just started creating again. I love to alter antique cabinet cards. I think each one has a story to tell. I look at the facial expressions in the photo and listen to what it speaks to me.

Here are a few samples:


This one is called, "no matter the weather". It can be the most beautiful day outside, but if you are hurting.......it's all rain.

The next is called, "she dreams of home".
 
Oh, how she dreams of home, where she can be a little girl again.
 
And this one is called, "mended memories".


 
She remembers the past, and the pain she's endured. The Lord has stitched up her heart.........many, many times.

Lately, I have been interested in creating things like I've never done before, like abstract painting and sewing. I will post some of those finished projects soon.

If you're an artist and you haven't created in a while, don't be discouraged. You're still an artist and when the time is right, you'll create again.

Friday, May 10, 2013

real gratitude

I live in an apartment.

I went for a walk today around town. I looked at all of the beautiful houses and thought, "I hope these people appreciate what they have! If I had a house and property like this, I would be so grateful!"

Then a still small voice said, "Are you grateful now?"

Tears welling up in my eyes, I thought, I used to be.

Maybe it's watching tv, looking at what everyone else has that has tainted my heart.

The Lord is so good. So patient. So loving.

He gently reminded me of all of the good things I DO have.

And then I thought.......I want to be grateful in every circumstance. Not WHEN I have a house, or lose weight, or anything. Right now I am grateful......in this moment.......in my heart.

A peace washed over me, like only God can do.

What is real gratitude? Grateful for only the things that make you happy or things that you enjoy?
Or everything? Every unwanted circumstance, every person that rubs you the wrong way. We are so quick to run from things that make us uncomfortable or unpleasant.

But, if we are willing to stop looking around and open our hearts to God, we can find true gratitude in all aspects of life. And instead of wishing for something else, we can be ready for what He needs to teach us.




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

rainy day smoothie

Today I made a smoothie..........yum! :)

I put the following ingredients in my ninja blender and whooped it up!

2 handfuls total of a blueberry, raspberry, blackberry mix
1 banana
cup or two (depending on how you like it) of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Tablespoon of ground flaxseeds
1/2 teaspoon maca root powder
Tablespoon raw honey


When I woke up this morning I was starving! I used to just grab anything with my coffee, even if it was a chocolate chip cookie, just to satisfy my hunger. It's like I couldn't wait...........I didn't want to feel hunger. I have a lot of chilhood issues that threw me into an eating disorder and poor body image/self esteem. After many years of soul searching and therapy, I am so relieved to say, that's not an issue today.

Today, I was able to wait for my smoothie. I got my daughter off to school, my husband off to work, and then it was time to nourish myself with an antioxidant power packed smoothie!

Take the time to make foods and drinks that are good for you. You are worth it! :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Looks aren't everything

Do you feel like you have to look like you just stepped off the cover of a magazine?
Well, ya don't. Don't buy into the media.
There is only one you. God created you unique for a purpose. And honestly, in my experience, beautiful people are nice to look at, but a lot of the times, that's about it.

Take this chicken dish I made for example:




Not looking so appealing is it? Kind of a mess. But let me tell you..............it's delicious!!
Just grilled chicken with a basil lemon marinade with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Got the recipe from my brother Jim........love him!

You've heard it said.........it's what's on the inside that counts.........I used to laugh it off when I was younger. Not anymore. Not at 41. Beauty fades with the morning dew..........what are you really made of?
You may feel like a messy chicken dish.......but that's ok, because you are a beautiful one of a kind creation. There will never be another you!





Friday, April 12, 2013

Hydrate with food

Eating healthy is so simple.

Spring salad greens, mandarin oranges, cucumber, tomato, and a little dressing. Voila!




I feel the best when I eat foods with water in them. When I am hydrated, I'm happy!



At this time of year I am feeling especially grateful for the foods God created.

I'm so excited about the Spring and Summer produce,  and the wonderful weather!
Til' next time my friends:)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Beautiful season

When it starts to get cold, I'll admit it, my tendency is to stay inside and huddle under the covers. Well, not this year! I decided I would enjoy this coming winter, snow and all.

I went to a local park and walked in silence. I breathed in cold, crisp air and let it renew me.


I looked at the trees and admired the shapes of the branches against the sky.


I walked by the lake and rejoiced at the sight of the sun dancing on the water like diamonds.



I sat on a rock and watched my geese friends play...........and just.......be.


I've changed my mind about the colder weather. I will always love to be cozy and warm inside my apartment, but venturing outside made such a difference. I am filled with gratitude to God for opening my heart and mind to the true beauty of this season.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I adore pizza!

No matter how many raw fruits and veggies I eat...........I will never give up my pizza!
My pizza made in the oven.

I made this the other night with the following simple ingredients:

1 cup warm water
1 package yeast, sprinkle of sugar, Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups flour (you can do half white, half whole wheat)
tomatoes from a local farm
shredded mozarella
rosemary

And this is what I did:

1) dissolve package of yeast in 1 cup water.
let sit for 5 min. Add sprinkle of sugar, and Tbsp. of olive oil.

2) Put the yeast mixture into a large bowl.

3) add 2 cups flour, mix, and let sit for about 10-15 min.(note: the longer you let this dough sit, the "breadier" it will become)

4) I coat my pizza stone with olive oil and put the dough on it. I flour my hand
and press it down and out.

5) I then generously coat the top with olive oil and BAKE THE CRUST FIRST, for about
15 min, or until lightly browned. ( I bake it @ 400 degrees)

6) next, I take it out and add the sliced tomatoes, mozarella, and rosemary (on my section)

7) bake for about 10 min. on bottom rack, then maybe 5-10 min on top rack, depending on how brown you like it.

And that's it!


After I plate my pieces up, I'll add cracked black pepper and some sea salt and I'm good to go! :) Yummy!


If you ever have any questions about any of my recipes, please feel free to contact me, or leave a comment:)

I am so looking forward to fall..........the cooler temps make me want to bake more. I see banana bread and chicken pot pie in my future! Until next time my friends...............

Friday, August 17, 2012

whole food goodness

I've been eating more fruits and vegetables for the last 2 months and it has really made a difference!
I've been feeling lighter, more energetic, and my skin has a glow to it. Last night I made zuchini and red peppers over whole wheat cous cous. It was fantastic!


Here's the breakdown:

1)  Saute cut up zuchini and red pepper in a pan with a little olive oil until soft.
2)  while your veggies are cooking, make your whole wheat cous cous.
3)  to the veggies, add sea salt, cracked pepper, dried thyme, and some fresh basil leaves.
4)  put in a bowl over the cous cous and crumble feta cheese.
5)  I recommend adding some chopped up fresh tomato to this dish for moisture, but I didn't have any last night.

And that's it! It was soooo goood!:)