An artists's journey

I am reaching out to others - so feel free to comment on my voyage! I will be using this blog to let family and friends to follow the family and my latest art work and shows.
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I am a woman of many interests. On any given day you will find me painting in my studio, sculpting little heads out of clay, throwing pots and bowls on the wheel or writing. I also sew and make art out of found objects. I think I must have ADHD because I jump from project to project. I never get bored and I feel one should learn something new everyday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Recipe

baby granddaughter ,Penny

fall is here

oak leaves in the sunlight

the path I walk in the woods
I thought I would post one of my favorite recipes for Zucchini Bread/Cake




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  •  1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • flavored cream cheese spread as a glaze


  1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar apple sauce together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool
  5. I use pumpkin cream cheese spread (for bagels) and spread on top when the cake is still warm.  This melts slightly and is a glaze or frosting. Omit this step if you want more of a bread.
Penny and Miles ( he wants to have his hair the same as hers) 

Happy Fall !!!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Spring Art Show at the Village Artists

The Village Artists will be having a
Spring Art Show on  Saturday May 5th-  for one day only- !!!
10-3 pm- It will be similar to our holiday boutique.
Yours truly will be present and displaying my work. Stop on by and take a look at our co-op of artists- 
Village Artists Gallery and Studio
1957 Ridge Road, Homewood IL

"FERN" Sushi plate with chop sticks

Trinket Dish for rings and thingsI use mine while washing dishes!  

Also RetroBabs will be participating in the Vintage Bazaar in Chicago IL
Sunday June 10th at the Aragon Ballroom 1106 Lawrence Ave.  The plan is to share a booth with AmeliaBedeliaVintage from Etsy.  Delia is coming all the way from California to sell her wonderful vintage clothing!!

Here is a fun tid bit:  This ballroom is where my parents met back in the 1940's.  I admit I'm a romantic at heart because they were married for over 50 years!! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 -the new year begins

Well folks, I had a busy Dec 2011.  The kids came for a visit all the way from California and I had a successful art show at the Village Artists.

Here I am at my display table of pottery and standing in front of my paintings.  The show ran from Dec 2 and 3rd to coordinate with Homewood's tree lighting ceremony.  It was great to interact with the community especial all the kids.  They were so excited to see the tree lit and Santa was transported down  Ridge Rd via a fire engine!  A good time was had by all.

Here you see some rice bowls I made.

I especially like the glazing on this one. (Jade green and black)

Also created a new paintings for the show and framed one inside a shadow box.

I know it is hard to see in these photos but the seashell painting is actually a shadow box, recessed about an inch into the frame.
As you know, I also refurbish vintage furniture.  My husband found this lovely chair in the garbage.  I used fabric with a theme of picnic goers from the 1950s- "living the high life".  I think I just may have to keep this one!!!

  This is another chair I refurbished and it is currently at the Village Door.  They are a consignment shop that gives their funds to cancer support.  I think their charity is fabulous and I wanted to support them.

I used a piece of vintage hunting fabric on this one.  I think it is from the 1940s- very art deco don't you think?
Well I will wrap this up for now.  Check out the Retrobabs blog to see my New Years Resolutions! And keeping with such....... I off to throw something on the wheel.