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Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday's Question

Monday's Question?
I'm very excited this morning. I am getting ready to go to the convention center to set up my Christmas tree and 4womanart wreath. Yes, it's very early....have to be there by 7 am to get a good location. More pictures will come tonight once everything is set up. I love this event. For me it kicks over the holiday season. The lights, the music, the food.
So my question for the day.
What gets you excited?
Be inspired.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Wreath

Gay Carrillo

4womenart Christmas Wreath
I belong to an artist group and this year we are putting a Christmas Wreath together with our artwork for a donation at the Community Festival of Trees event.
The wreath will go on display and be auctioned off. The money is used for Charities in our community.
We each were given a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2 canvas to paint on and a matching easel. I think they turned out wonderful.

Artful Wreath

 Christmas Wreath
four artists,
Vicky Andrus,
Dee Burton
Gay Carrillo
Jean Hart

Vicky Andrus

Jean Hart

Dee Burton


Friday, November 26, 2010

Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday,
It's a great day for PINK.
I am now officially the eccentric artist who runs around town with her camera looking for pink stuff!!
While I was out shopping I walked into a down town estate store and came upon a painting I had done years ago.  Can you imagine my surprise to see my painting for sale there??

"A Full Life" Acrylic original fine art painting by Jean Hart

  Enjoy your pink Saturday.

I have joined Beverly at "How Sweet the Sound" for Pink Saturday's, come join in on the fun.

Meditation Creations

It's Friday, It's finally Friday, Black Friday!!!

Meditation Creation,
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we are officially on to the Holiday Season. It's a stressful time for everyone. I am creating meditation tapes to use to get through the holidays. Come along with me and join in the fun.
Today, I will be outlining 6 steps to Relaxation and Let Go.
When I make my tapes I add music to enhance the technique.

6 Steps to Relax and Let Go

It is always best to sit in a quit room if you can. Get comfortable in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your eyes closed. I have in the past done this laying down, but I usually fall asleep.
  1. I have a mantra I say, but you may choose a word of your own to focus on. Pick one that is simple, one syllable, and easy for you to remember.
  2. Sit upright in a comfortable position, your hands can rest in your lap facing up or down. The important thing is to be comfortable.
  3. Take a few deep breaths to relax. count 6 breaths in, hold 7, exhale 8. Do this 3 times.
  4. Now just breath in normally. Repeat your word silently on your exhale.
  5. Your mind will continue to bring thoughts to you, that's OK, just don't let them distract you. Let them come to you, and then let them move on with each exhale.
  6. Continue for 20min. I find it easier if I set a timer before I start. This way I can relax and enjoy my meditation without the worry of time. Stay quiet with your eyes closed. After 20min, awake slowly and easily come back. Do 3 more deep breaths.
Now you are ready to shop, cook, decorate, and simply enjoy the holiday season.
If you can do this twice a day that would be great.
Be inspired.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Artworkw

New Artwork, Snow Canyon, UT

I went to St. George UT, for a pastel workshop. It was 5 days and we painted Plain Air in pastel.
It was great fun. Here is what I painted, and a little slide show of the workshop.
Be Inspired,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Does anyone where Aprons anymore???

Does anyone wear apron anymore?
Sarah gave me this wonderful apron for my birthday.....I wear it when ever I cook.
Then it reminded me I've been wanting an apron for a long time.

I was at a rummage sale last summer and came across a box of old patterns. There in the box with the envelope turning yellow and torn was a pattern for an apron.

I don't think I have worn an apron since I was a kid learning to cook with my mom in the kitchen.

I did have to make an apron once in Home Eco. class. It was my first sewing project as well!! I believe it turned out fine and wore it all through class that year.

Well it was an unexpected find and yes I did buy it and plan on making myself an apron.

I will be wearing it a lot since I have once again taken up cooking.
Thanksgiving is nearing and I will probably bring it out and wear it while making all the festive foods.
Be Inspired,

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Snow day Sunday

Yep, looks like I'm gonna need a cupcake today.
Snow Day!!
This is what I woke up to today. Snow!! I live in Northeastern Nevada and we do get snow, but really this is too early.
Luckily I just bought my snow boots last week when I was in Twin Falls shopping.
Today is my husbands birthday, and I wont tell you his age but lets say he is now distinguished.
I'm planning on making a birthday cake today and taking him out to dinner.
It's a pretty quiet day, and it's the last race of NASCAR today. Sad for him but happy for me. NASCAR lasts sooooo long. I like Carl Edwards and Kerry like Jr. so we root for different drivers.
I'm going to head to the studio and do some artwork. I'm planning on making "Under The Mistletoe" into a christmas card.
Hope everyone has a good Sunday.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday,
It's a good day for pink. While I was out shopping I found these cute cowboy boots. I think these boot have attitude!!!
Happy Pink Saturday.

Pink Cowboy Boots!!

Oh Ya!!

Meditation Creations, Gratitude

Meditation Creations, Friday.

My new beautiful pink Gratitude Journal and my favorite candle scent Lavender & Cedarwood

It must be the time of the year. Everything I'm reading right now has something to do with Gratitude. So I'm not going to fight it, after all isn't that what Thanksgiving is all about? Being Thankful.
It takes 21 days to break a bad habit.
It takes 21 days to make a new habit.
So what do you think would happen if you took 21 days and filled a gratitude journal with all that you are grateful for and all that you love?:
Well I'm about to fink out and I invite you to do the same.
I just bought a wonderful pink journal to start my Gratitude Journal writing in.
I also went out and got a card for myself. I'm going to write an encouraging letter to myself and Send it in the Mail to me too!!!

This is my Card of Encouragement, It says, "Keep going! You can do it!, I know you have what it takes to do this!"
Here are just a few things I have collected on the subject of Gratitude.
  • Every time you feel grateful for something in your life, and every time you say Thank You for something or someone in your life you are giving love. You are sending love to yourself, to the person and thing you are grateful for and to the Universe.
  • Be grateful for everything you have already received in your life. This lets you understand what you have already been given.
  • Be grateful for everything you are receiving in your life. As you read this you are being given many blessings now
  • Be grateful for what you want in your life, as though you have received it already. I think I mentioned I believe your thoughts create your reality.
  • The more you feel gratitude and the more you say Thank You, the more love you will receive in your life.
  • So make a commitment to take a little time for the next 21 days to write down what your grateful for. Then start looking for little ways your life has changed.
  • It doesn't matter how small things are, it all counts.
Good luck with this 21 day challenge. I'm looking forward to hearing how your life has changed.

This is not a test, so Keep calm and have a cupacke!!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

P1010019, stamp from

P1010019, stamp from
My New US Postage Stamp design, "Under The Mistletoe", Great for sending out Christmas Cards.

Gold Bird Posters from

Gold Bird Posters from

Haiku Chain

Haiku Chain

5,7,5 syllables
Use the last line as your first line in your haiku.

Changed forever,
there are always miracles,
in the treasure box.

In the treasure box,
shinning gifts of potential,
wonder, acceptance, courage.

Wonder, acceptance, courage,
through the clouds and mountain tops,
the heart will lead you.

Feel free to join in on the fun.

What's Cooking for Thanks Giving

What's Cooking
I took the day off yesterday because I was a little sick. But I'm feeling better today so on with the show.
Everyone is getting ready for Thanks Giving so I looked around and came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bites. I told you that I am learning to cook more healthy and this recipe comes from The Biggest Loser's chef Devin Alenander. I found it in the Diabetes Focus magazine.

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Agave nectar made from the Mexican agave plant is available at most supermarkets, but make sure to buy a brand that doesn't contain added high-fructose corn syrup.

Butter-flavored cooking spray
3/4 cups whole-grain, crunchy, low-sugar cereal like Kashi's whole-grain         nugget's.
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 8 egg whites
1 15oz can(1 3/4) cups) solid pumpkin puree
3/4 cup agave nectar
2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry four
2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
  • Heat the oven to 350F. Coat an 11" x 7" glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Finely grind cereal in a food processor. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and stir is syrup and cinnamon. Spoon into prepared baking dish: spread evenly across the bottom. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, lightly beat egg whites until they bubble very slightly. Fold in pumpkin, agave nectar and flour until well-combined. Stir in vanilla, pie spice, baking powder and salt and continue mixing until well-combined. Pour into baked crust, spreading in an even layer with a spatula. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool on wire rack.
  • Cut 32 pumpkin "bites" (3 cuts along the width, 7 cuts along the length). Top each bite with 1 teaspoon whipped topping, if desired.
  •  Nutrition Per "Bite: 94 calories; trace fat, trace saturated fat, omg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 21g carbohydrates, 15g sugar, 2g fiber, 3 g protein.
Bon Appetite

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Artwork

It's Tuesday,
New Artwork

I am part of an artist group and we have decieded to do a wreath for Festival of the Tress. We thought it would be fun to paint on canvas with original art by us and decorate the wreath.
 Sit back and enjoy the show this is my entry.

Be inspired,

Carved In A Tree Poster from

Carved In A Tree Poster from

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Monday's Question

Monday's Question
Who are the secret people in your life?

The people in my life come from many places.

I find it interesting that once when I felt so alone and stayed to myself or so I thought , I actually had people thinking about me.
Just by accident I was shopping at a tiny coffee shop, I almost never go to, a very old acquaintance came up to me, really someone I have not seen in years and would not necessarily call a friend. Said " I have been thinking about you." She then gave me information about something I had been thinking of doing for years.
It is the universe workings its wonders on me again!
I took her advise and applied for the job, and got it.
Without any way of telling her or thanking her, like I said we were not close. She changed the direction of my life. And I have not seen her AGAIN!!
The job I am talking about is Substitute Teaching. I love it and can't for the life of me figure out what took me so long to apply.

Book Signing

Book Signing

My book signing at "The Bookstore" here in Elko, Nv, where I live went well.
I had my "12 Days of Christmas" for sale, and if you bought it at the book signing I signed it.
I do have a limited amount available to purchase.
It is the old Poem 12 Days of Christmas, I did the illustrations for the poem.
I am selling them for $20.00 plus shipping.
If you are interested please contact me at
Be safe, Be inspired, Be you.,


Friday, November 12, 2010

Pink Saturday,

Pink Saturday,
My daughter and I had Thursday off so we headed up to Twin Falls ID to shop and just have fun. Look what I find while shopping.

Meditation Creations, Breath in

Meditation Creations,
 Since this is my first week, I will start off by introducing myself just a little.
I have practised Transcendental Meditation for 35 years. I do 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. I will not be teaching you this technique simply because I am not professionally trained to do so. But, I will be sharing with you all the things I have read and participated in, in so far as meditation groups and energy healing groups and reading groups I have joined. I am a strong believer in your thoughts can and do shape your reality. I believe you make choices in your life and that life does not just happen to you. I believe if we can open our minds up the answers are within us and I believe there is enough joy, happiness, abundance for everyone.
I am extremely tactile and my home is very textured. I am surrounded by deep rich colors of the earth. My meditation colors are deep purples, forest greens and golds. My essential oils I use are Frankincense, jasmine, chamomile and patchouli. I will be talking and sharing all of this with you as we continue.
My hope is that we all come here and share together. I love hearing what others think and want to share.
For this week, I would like to simply start off by breathing. Most people don't breathe deep enough. I have learned through many classes that everything we do starts with proper breathing.
The easies way to do this and I love that you can do this all day long anytime you want.
Sit comfortable.
First, breathe in through your nose to the count of 5, ..1,2,3,4,5.
Hold your breath for the count of 6..1,2,3,4,5,6.
Exhale to the count of 8...1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
Do this 3 times, and all through the day.
Be well,
Be inspired,
Be you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Haiku Chain

Thursday, Haiku Chain,
I love writing haiku's and often I paint pictures to go with them. Check out Tuesday's blog. I hope you have fun playing.

Haiku Chain
5,7,5 syllables
Use the last line as your first line in your haiku.

Born to fly high,
with wings of lace and magic,
raising to new heights.

Raising to new heights,
lifting off and moving on,
exploring new ways.

Exploring new ways,
bright colors wild friendships
changed forever.

Chance, choice, fate or destiny?

Chance, choice, fate or destiny?
I just finished reading a little something on this subject. I started a little book on the Secret of Power. Here is a quote from it, from William Jennings Bryan, “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.”
At first that seems easy enough to understand, but if you say it again with intention you will feel something inside you that tells you, Yes that makes sense.
It goes on to say how life follows you, because what you choose is what you live. Life does not just happening to you.
 It all goes along with the thinking of "What you think is your reality.”
 I believe we do make our own realities. So again, here is another quote Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.”
 I have changed it to “Be careful what you think, It will come true.”
I am so excited about this, and today I will be making my meditation tapes that I will be sharing with you on FRIDAY, for Meditation Creations.
Be safe, be still and stay warm,


"Cardinals In Snow" Print from

"Cardinals In Snow" Print from
Time to think about unique gifts.

What's Cooking

Wednesday, What's Cooking
I am still having camera issues, so I am unable to show you a pictures of this. I am on a new program, USANA Shakes. It's a low glycemic diet program. So even though I can't eat desserts I do like baking them. And with Thanksgiving coming up, who doesn't like to bake new items for the big entertaining coming up.
I have a new book I will be cooking from, next week. It's called , "Outsmart Diabetes" by Prevention. It has desserts too!!! So starting next week I will be sharing Diabetes recipes.
Bon Appetite

Pear and Apricot Tart

Serves 8
Hands-On Time: 20m
Total Time: 1hr 45m


* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan

* 1/2 cup raw almonds

* 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

* 1 large egg

* 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

* 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

* 2 pears (such as Bosc or Bartlett)—peeled, quartered, and cored

* 1/2 cup dried apricots, halved

* 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

* 1/4 cup apricot preserves


1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-inch removable-bottom fluted tart pan.

2. In a food processor, process the almonds and ½ cup of the sugar until finely ground. Add the butter, egg, and almond extract and process until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and pulse a few times just to combine (the dough will be soft).

3. Spread the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan.

4. In a small bowl, toss the pears and apricots with the lemon juice and the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Arrange the pears in the dough. Scatter the apricots over the dough, pressing them in gently.

5. Bake until the pears are tender and the center is firm, 50 to 55 minutes (cover the edges with foil if they brown too quickly).

6. In a small bowl, combine the preserves and 1 tablespoon water. Brush over the warm tart. Let cool in the pan before unmolding.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Artwork

Tuesday, New Artwork,

OK well I don't usually do this!!!!! But here we go. I have this idea and it goes like this. If I make a Haiku the painting will follow.
So I came up with a Haiku and Just started painting. This painting is a work in progress and has only had one session I'm still working on it, but I think that's the fun of doing artwork. It's interesting to watch artwork grow.
check it out,

Be inspired, be creative, be yourself, and have fun.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Monday's Question

Monday's question?

Sometimes really big wonderful things happen in your life. Big Things, right out of the blue.
Do you know what happens just before something really incredible takes place?

Think about it,

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday
I have posted some things for today that I had to use all week. It's my lunch box and I am happy to say I am back to work and I loved using it this week.
I just got a new camera and will start shooting new pink items for next week.
Enjoy your week end.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's Friday~~~~
Because Love is all there is. Love is.
So today  fill your heart with love and pass it on.


Be inspired,

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rich Fudge Brownies

It's Wednesday "What's Cooking?"

:^) Good Morning,

I am sure I am the person Julia Child's was thinking about when she wrote her book for the "American Serventless Housewife". Here I am shopping, clean, and cooking all by myself.
I made these brownies to enter in the County Fair where I live, and they got 2nd place.
Here is a little clip of the fair, click the smilebox and enjoy,


This recipe is so easy and without a box!! I found that because of where I live in high altitude and a different size pan, I had to do some adjustments of my own to the recipe. May I just say, "Really, is there anything more fun the WHISKING!"

The smell of chocolate wafting through the house is wonderful and festive.

The question in the house was "Wow, what's cooking?'
So there you have it, the brownies were easy, smooth, rich and satisfied my sweet chocolate craving. I bet the food critic gave this recipe 5 big stars.
If anyone would like the recipe just e-mail me and I will send it to you,


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pastel Workshop

It's Tuesday,

In Oct. I went to St. George UT, and took a pastel workshop.
It was with Richard McDaniel,
It was a week long workshop, where we went to the Snow Canyon National Park, and did Plain Air painting in pastels. It was great, and I meet the most wonderful artist from all over the country.  Occasionally, I do landscapes and I am pleased with the work I did in Snow Canyon. I look forward to sharing these paintings with you on my blog site, "Express Yourself" which is now up and running.

Here is a little show of my adventure.
Click the link and sit back and enjoy.
Be inspired,

Monday, November 1, 2010

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

When I visit someones home I love to look around and see what kind of artwork they have hanging in their home. Here are a few pieces I have in my home. Visit my art website and you will see what I have in my home.
Artwork can say so much about a person and their personality
Landscapes, still life, abstracts, contemporary, conceptual? Do you like originals or prints.
Question for Monday.
What kind of artwork do you hang in your home?