Monday, April 30, 2012

Fresh flowers and my art shop name

A couple of years ago, I created this "fresh flowers" sign. Just the thought of fresh flowers makes me happy and making a sign to remind me of it was a good idea! I had the sign hanging above my living room closet, but I think I'll put it in the kitchen so I see it more. I'm tellin' ya..........we have a small kitchen, more like an alcove. And yet, I'm in that room in our apartment the most.

The name for my etsy shop, "Peg's Kitchen Studio" all started when my husband and I lived in a one bedroom apartment. I had just discovered mixed media in 2007 and we had a 2 year old daughter. Her curious little hands would find their way into everything! So, all of my acrylic paint bottles went onto this little ledge behind the sink. As I bought more supplies like paper, ephemera, etc. they just seemed to be right at home in the kitchen. I think it's because I knew I would be in the kitchen a lot, and I needed to be able to create the moment inspiration struck! I cherish the days I would sit at our small table, look out the window, and paint, cut, and glue til' my hearts content.

Now, we have a 2 bedroom apartment, but the kitchen is significantly smaller. Regardless, my supplies are at my fingertips. And even though we can't fit a table and we don't have a window, I stand and create at the counter!

Here are some fresh flowers in a pitcher that I purchased from one of my favorite local thrift stores. I love thrifting!In the coming days I will share some treasures I have discovered at thrift shops, consignment shops, and The Salvation Army.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

chilly spring evening

One of my absolute favorite meals to make and eat is homemade chicken and dumplings. I make the gravy with Pacific brand organic chicken stock and it is so wonderful. A couple of crusty pieces of bread on top, and I'm ready to dig in with my favorite big mouth spoon. I savor every bite. I usually make this in the fall and winter, but a chilly spring evening will do.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

altered photography

For the longest time I wanted to create a piece of art including my photography. Well, here it is! I took a picture in a junk yard when I was visiting Lancaster, PA a few years ago and finally made it into a mixed media collage. I really like the colors. I wanted to exude a sense of hope. After experiencing a devastating loss in 2008, it was hard for me to believe that anything good could happen again. I questioned God and everything I believed. Now, I can say that my faith is stronger than it has ever been. And when I look at the sky and see the beautiful puffy white clouds, I am assured of God's love and do believe that good things can still happen.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

hello blogging world!

My name is Peg and I've wanted to create a blog for quite some time.
Let me tell you a little about myself.
I'm a mother of a beautiful 8 year old girl, a wife for 12 years, an artist, and a Christian.
I love to make art. I call myself a mixed media artist because I'm always trying different things. I love to journal, paint, make assemblages, collages, aceos', and take pictures.

In this blog I want to share my art, photography, thoughts on life, food, so many things. I might ramble on one day, and just post a single picture the next. I'm unpredictable, but hopefully, you'll be somewhat entertained. This is a folk art painting I just finished. Hope you enjoy!