Friday, August 31, 2012

My Book "Do Over" is Available on Amazon - Yippee!

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I chose to self-publish my book on Amazon and make it available as
a Kindle novel.  In a few months I may have it also available in print form.
This has been a very exciting experience and I feel very fortunate to be alive
in a time when a writer can get their words out into the world so easily.
Working with Amazon was very simple.  The hardest thing for
me to figure out was how to get my formatting to work correctly. 
I thank you in advance for
your support on helping me accomplish one of my life long dreams.
If you would like to learn more about self publishing. I recommend taking the wonderful webinar by
Denise Wakeman called, From Blog to Kindle.
You really do have the power to make your dreams come true.
Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage,  just literally
twenty seconds of just embarrasing bravery and I promise you, something great will
come of it.
Matt Damon's words in the movie "We Bought a Zoo."
Thanks everyone.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Motivational Art #14 Live Well

Wendy's Look Book - I love her youtube videos.

One of the coolest video I've seen in a while is this one done by Wendy at

I love checking in with her to see all the new styles and her outfit idea's.  Wendy knows her fashion.
Go to her website to see more great videos.

Here's the cool video - so helpful and fun to watch.  Enjoy.  Oh, and thanks Wendy.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Congo Bars - A New Favorite.

I admit it.
I'm a sucker for a really good chocolate chip cookie.
So, when I saw this photo from
I couldn't resist the urge to
make some for myself.
Here's the recipe which is very easy to make.
I added all the ingredients into a bowl and mixed.
Then, I added the chocolate chips and nuts.
Congo Bars Recipe:
(Recipe adapted from Bakerella)

2 3/4 c. all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter, softened
2 c. brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 package milk chocolate chips
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine butter and sugar using a mixer until blended. Add eggs, one at a time to sugar mixture, mixing on low in between each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour and mix until combined. Stir in chips and then nuts (optional).

Coat a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray and spread batter evenly into dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
They are DELICIOUS!  A great bar to take on
a picnic or to a family gathering.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Somedays, I'm just too tired to be inspired. 

You know what I mean? 

That's why, I was so happy when some friends of ours invited us on their boat for a ride on Lake Minnetonka. 

What an inspiring night it was. 

Beauty everywhere the eye could see.  I have pictures.

This one is my favorite.  What a great looking sun?

A great looking view.

Sweet cottage.

Couldn't you just write a best seller here in this cottage, only way to it is from a boat?


These two are some of the most talented people I know.
They have awesome taste and they turn every home they live in, into a masterpiece.
Each time I go to their home, I feel like I am walking into the pages of House Beautiful Magazine.
I photographed a few area's in their yard.

The Pond

The view of Lake Minnetonka from their backyard.


Bill painted his deck floor with two colors.
Love it.


Thanks Bill and Toni for a great night.
Let's do it again soon.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Doodle Inspired Yay!

Oh my, I just hate that feeling when I sit down wanting to draw something and everything looks like ick.  What's happened to me?  It feels horrible.  Just like that nasty writers block I tend to try to avoid by not writing.  Well, the other day I was paging through a magazine and it hit me.  OMG, how beautiful is that design?  It sparked a design of my own.  Oooh, I'm just in love with black and white, curves and dots, lines that move freely and continuously.  It's pure pleasure to create, and to admire.

I love it when inspiration like that comes to me.  Just love it.


P.S. I'm working on the opening of my Etsy store.  Art will be available for purchase there soon.  I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, other news is:  I'm working on the novel and think I'll have it available on Amazon very soon.  I can feel it.  I just have some last minute formatting and extra back pages to finish up.  You'll be the first to hear when it is available to purchase.

Thanks for checking in.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pictures of My Backyard

Thank you all for your comments about my photography.  I love to walk around my yard or anywhere and capture that perfect view.  It's been a very warm summer here in Minnesota and I am fortunate to have a swimming pool in my backyard.  Summer has been so busy.  July always feels like the busiest month of the year.  August is a close second with our local Carver County Fair and then the biggie, the Minnesota State Fair.  That's where I first fell in love with my L'Paige Lipsticks.  (visit my online store for more information on that.)  So, here are some pictures I took the other day.

Each summer a mama bird picks this bird house to birth her babies.
I can hear them chattering away.  I see them wiggle around in the nest but I'm sure
to keep my distance.  I don't want the mother to abandon them.  I can see her
watching me from a tall pine tree close by.

Keep cool everyone.