19 December 2016

Christmastime

Wishing you JOY this Christmas
and blessings
throughout the New Year.


I am hopeful that I will be 
back after the New Year 
sharing my stories here
with you once again.

Merry Christmas,
Buon Natale,

Suzanne

23 May 2016

Head in the Clouds

I've been laying low and staying quiet these days, but my head has been in up the clouds.  For some personal reasons, I am going to stay quiet for a while longer and take a short break from this blog.


I hope that you will follow me on Instagram to see my clicks and other work, until I return here at some point later this year.


I appreciate your loyalty.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

15 April 2016

Creating a Little Sunshine on a Rainy Day

 Friday afternoon inspiration.


Faded yellow tea roses
{a gift from my husband for no reason},


the Diary of a Rose Lover
{by Henri Delbard & illustrated by Fabrice Moireau}, 


a one-of-a-kind hand made cherub pendant with vintage gold bow, 


my "LOVE WHO YOU ARE" clutch
{made by PAPAYA! Art}, 


an antique perfume bottle, 


le fleur, a vintage French flash card,
and a few more delicate pieces are some of the items I scattered on a gallery wrapped canvas inspiration board, creating a little sunshine on a dreary and rainy Friday.

May you be inspired this weekend.

Enjoy.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

24 March 2016

Easter Surprises

Sharing this post from my Summer Arts Camp page for all of you to enjoy.

Wishing all of you a very...


HAPPY SPRING 
and 


HAPPY EASTER WEEK.


While our baby buns, Cleopatra and Cotton, were playing with painted eggs this week, 


I was in the kitchen making some delicious salted chocolate peanut butter eggs for the boys in the house.  



  I am not much of a baker - the kitchen is not my palette {no pun intended}, but I do have a few truly fabulous treats.  This was the first time I have made these sweet treats and Mr. Reg, whose favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, approved by eating three of my eggs as soon as he could.


I found a simple recipe online and tweaked it a bit to make it even better.

Here is my version of -

SALTED CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUT BUTTER EGGS

INGREDIENTS
3 Cups of Confectioner's Sugar
16 oz. Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 Stick of Soft Butter
1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons of Almond Milk
2 ~ 16 oz. Bags of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
Pink Himalayan Salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Mix together confectioner's sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla.
Add almond milk, one tablespoon at a time until it becomes a workable dough.
Scoop two tablespoons of dough onto parchment lined baking sheet and form dough into eggs shapes.
Place the peanut butter eggs in the freezer for about one hour.
When ready to dip into the chocolate, place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe glass bowl.  Microwave chocolate for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.  Do not over heat the chocolate or it will become lumpy and bitter.
Carefully dip each peanut butter egg in the chocolate and coat both sides generously.  Place chocolate covered eggs back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.  {You may have to reheat the chocolate during this dipping process if it gets too thick.}
While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle or grind some pink Himalayan salt on each egg. 
Place the sheet of chocolate covered eggs in the refrigerator to set.
Makes about 24 eggs.

PRESENT & ENJOY
When set and the chocolate is firm, place the eggs on a pretty plate or insert candy sticks at the bottom of the chocolate eggs and tie with colored ribbons to give as gifts.



Enjoy!


{If you would like to see the original recipe, I found it here.}


Would love to hear if you try the recipe and how it turns out for you.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

22 March 2016

Hopping to the Music

Sharing some new work that hopped into my Etsy shop for Spring...


I painted these petite gallery wrapped canvases, just six by six inches square, in a soft palette of creamy white and a hint of antique gold.


After the paint on the canvases was dry, I then cut out delicate pieces of original vintage sheet music paper and built some bunnies.


Each piece of the fragile sheet music paper was hand applied as the bunnies came to life on the canvases.


I added a little sparkle to their cottontails with vintage rhinestones...


...and snuggled the rabbits each in a bed of paper posies, which are embellished with tiny white pearls.


With some charcoal ink I pressed the French word for rabbit, LAPIN, onto the canvas.


To protect and preserve the papers and ink, I painted a thin layer of matte gesso over the entire piece, leaving the vintage rhinestones alone so their sparkle would not be tarnished.


These precious buns would be adorable hanging in a child's nursery or sitting on a shelf.  Each is hand signed in ink and ready to hang.

They are available individually or as a pair in my Etsy shop.  I will also be offering them as fine art prints, which can be framed.  Please take a moment to visit my shop for these and more hand made gifts, for any occasion.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Happy Spring!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

17 March 2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

I am...


...enjoying the beginnings of Spring.  Hope you are too.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

18 February 2016

Love is Still in the Air

Cupid flew in and never left!


Our flying pig was adorned by some of her generous pink velvet ribbons and roses...


...vintage Valentines were left everywhere,


along with a box of treats for two.


Red roses wrapped around glass candlesticks transformed from Christmas were aglow...


...and a bouquet placed in a wrought iron basket, was left for us on the door.


Love is still in the air.

Hope you all had a LOVE-ly Saint Valentine's Day.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

05 February 2016

Love. Passion. Flowers.

February.
The month of LOVE.


Expressed by many with a gift of flowers.

Ruffled romance.



Peonies and peach blossoms.




Eden roses and tea roses.




Hibiscus blooms as light as tissue paper.

{Licensed by Flickr Marketplace for Getty Images.}


Blush pink bouquets.



Camellias and Yoshino cherry blossoms from my garden.



As has been said many times before, take a little time and stop to smell the flowers, each and every day.

What is your favorite passion flower?

Ciao amici,
Suzanne


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These photographs are available as fine art prints, canvases, and framed prints in my Society6 shop.  They are also available on licensed products in my Zazzle store, and originals are in my Etsy boutique.  Links and buttons are on the right hand side bar.

As always, I welcome custom requests.

27 January 2016

Snow Bunnies

The stage was set.


A petite vintage wrought iron chair, satin snow balls, a back drop of lighted glass blossoms on silver vines atop an antique farmhouse table.


And bunny sisters.

It was the most delightful photo shoot with the most beautiful furry four-legged super models ever.  Within fifteen minutes I shot over 150 photographs, which I have edited to less than half, and am sharing with you a few of my favorite images.


Although, this is not the entire purpose of my story today.
We have some news we must share.

Several months ago, during a Spellbound Witchy Tea Party in the month of Halloween you may remember that I briefly introduced you to these two new precious buns, a white Hotot Netherland Dwarf Cleopatra...



...and her sister, a blue-eyed white Netherland Dwarf, who at the time we named Amalfi or Fifi because of her mesmerizing Mediterranean blue eyes {which also just happens to be one of Pantone's "Color of the Year 2016" called Serenity.  Little did we know.}



{Don't be jealous, Gucci. We miss you still, always will, and you have not been forgotten.  You would love these little girls.}

Gucci, 2009 - 2015

So this is the deal...Cleopatra is definitely living up to her glamorous and classical name.  She is a princess.  Her black eyeliner is flawlessly applied, every day.  Never a black eyelash out of place.  Her pink nose the perfect shade of blush.  Cleo, as tiny as she is at one and a half pounds, is the girl in charge.



However, Amalfi {Fifi} does not seem to really like her name, nor does Guss, or us, for that matter.  She certainly does not speak Italian {as Cleo does - she is fluent in the language of lovers}...but her sister is a quintessential Southern girl.

Bless her heart, although she is about one pound curvier than her sis Cleo, she is definitely the more timid of the two and is shy about letting us know that she is not pleased with her name.

When we call her Fifi, she twitches her little pink nose at us and does a seriously sassy bunny dance.



You can see in these photographs from our Winter Wonderland Photo Shoot {this will be the first of many, I am sure}, that the name we originally gave her is just not a proper fit for this delicate doe.



A little ball of fluff.



Pure as snow.
Snow White.



Sweet as a Southern Belle. 
Soft as cotton.

Such a cotton puff that we have re-named her "Cotton."
Now she and Cleo are doing a seriously happy bunny dance.


Cleo and Cotton.

Sisters.
Never spent a day apart from one another.


{Please Momma, no more photographs!}

Precious buns.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne
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