Yay for the Freakin’ Weekend!

Happy Friday, y’all!  This has been the slowest week ever, so I’m hoping this weekend goes nice and slow, as well, but we all know it won’t!  It’ll more than like go by super fast and Monday will be flying upon us like those crazy creepy flying baboons from the new Oz movie.  Oh well, it is what it is….happens every week like clockwork!


If you’re interesting in entering a giveaway for one of my 8×8 “Moonlight Cherry Blossoms” paintings, make sure and head over to Simply Stephanie blog a.s.a.p.!  All you have to do is visit my Etsy shop “The Painted Palette” & take a look and then go and leave a comment on her blog, as to which painting you like.  Easy peasy!  The winner will be announce on Monday, May 6th, so you only have until this Sunday to enter.  Last I checked there were only 4 comments, so you have a pretty good chance, so go enter!


Remember in my last post where I said that all of my posts I’ve written lately were in draft mode over on i.seekissimmee.com?  Well, if you head over there now, my first post has been published, so you’ll have about 10 more that will be published throughout the next week! Some of the posts you’ll see over there this week are for some pretty good places to eat, like Hawkers, Beaches & Cream, & Blue Bird Bake Shop.  You’ll also see my review of the musical dinner show the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, which is pretty spectacular, as well as things like the Boardwalk, Downtown Disney, shopping at The Loop & of course the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.


Other than that, not much else going on.  Been doodling a bit in my sketchbook & playing around with my logo character.  Tomorrow is my 1 month weigh in.  I’ve been trying my best to be a good girl and eat more veggies and smaller portion sizes.  My goal for the month was to hopefully be down -10lbs, so fingers crossed I can hit that in the morning.  As of week 3, I was down 7.7, so far, so we’ll see!  Well, until I post again…yak at ya y’all later & have a fabulous freakin’ weekend!!  



LittleRainCloudImageHELLOOOOO??  Anybody out there?  I’d say sorry I haven’t posted for awhile, but I’m not. I had just realized I was spending way to much time on my computer, iPhone, iPad & whatever other technology based gadget I could get my hands on!  So much so, I wasn’t getting out and doing anything on the weekends because by the time I walked away from my computer or whatever I was using, my weekends were gone, which left me not feeling so great because I wasted so much time.  Recently, I banned all electronics to my office area, so if I want to be on the computer, I have to go to that room if I want to look something up, rather than having it attached to me from the time I get home from work until I go to bed.  I’ve noticed it’s helped me mix things up a bit.  Now I’ll come home, make dinner and then sit down and enjoy it while I watch a random episode of something on the t.v.  Then I’ll head to the office to do a quick check of things online and then since I’m in my office where I have all my art supplies, I’m more prone to playing around with my paints and brushes vs. starring at the computer screen, which I already do Mon.-Fri. from 9-6.


I’ve also been trying to work on a few sketches and come up with some new ideas of things to paint.  You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to come up with ideas, but sometimes it my mind is as blank as my canvas when it comes to new ideas.  Kinda of like writers block, I guess.  Any of you out there have any ideas of things to paint that you may be interested in if they were in my shop?  Feel free to throw out some ideas!  I’m always game for a new challenge!

I am pretty excited that I have had a couple of sales over in my etsy shop over the past couple of weeks! I think I screamed when I got my first actual sale & then a week later I had a request for a custom painting!  Made my week!  I’ve even had some other e-mails for possible requests in the future….LOVE!  I’m my own worst critic & you have no idea how thrilled it makes me feel when someone likes my work!

Besides disconnecting from technology a bit & painting, I’ve also been busy blogging believe it or not.  Where are these posts, you ask?  Well, currently they are all saved in draft mode & will be published over on i.seekissimmee.com sometime in the coming week.  You’ll see me under the “Who’s Next” section if you go over to the website now.  I did the same thing last year and enjoyed it so much, I signed up a year ago for another crack at being their guest blogger for a week.  I love writing up all those posts, but man am I glad I’ve got them all done and out of the way.

Anyways, I just thought I’d pop my head in for a bit & let you know I’m still alive!  Just been too busy getting messy playing with my paints lately & enjoying it!  Well, I will do my best to write a little more regularly, but I can’t make any promises!  Have a great weekend y’all!

My Weekend: Snow White & the Huntsman, A New Book & Painting

Well, it was a pretty uneventful weekend here.  I was going to attempt to catch up on some sleep and sleep in Saturday morning, but I got woke up around 8:30 or so in the morning by the sound of my doorbell.  Threw on some clothes real quick…half asleep and eyes still not focused and answered the door and it was a damn person wanting to talk about some political candidate and blah, blah, blah.  Seriously?  Out and about that early in the morning….not a good way to gain votes!

Since I was up, I searched the the internet for vacation deals & came up empty handed. Sad panda 😦  It used to be so easy to find awesome deals, but those days seem to be no more.  If the airfare isn’t ridiculous, it’s the hotel….just can’t win!  I just need to win the lottery so I can travel to my hearts content!

I hadn’t been to the movies in quite a while, so I went ahead and decided to go see a matinee showing of  “Snow White & the Huntsman”.  I had been wanting to see it since I first saw the previews for it.  I absolutely adore any movie or show that is fairy tale related.  I know a similar movie came out earlier in the year called “Mirror, Mirror”, but I wanted to see this one first.  “Mirror, Mirror” looked more like a comedy, where “Snow White & the Huntsman” had more of a dark side to it.  Charlize Theron was incredible as the evil queen, Ravenna.  She is ultimately the reason why I wanted to see the movie, because she looked like she’d make an awesome evil queen from the previews and she did not disappoint!    Kristen Stewart…no matter how awkward she is–the camera loves her.  Now my favorite part of watching the movie….Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman.  DREAMY!!!  I have to say he’s in my top five  favorite guys list…the man is just H-O-T!  I did have a difficult time differentiating him from his Thor character while watching the movie.  I guess he’ll always be Thor to me, but I’m okay with that! 🙂

Other than the movie and running some typical weekend errands, I didn’t do much.  Ran to Barnes & Noble to get my book fix and bought a new book called “Hush, Hush”.  It sounded pretty good from the back cover and it was on sale…SCORE!  After that, I ran into the art store….my weakness!  I managed to walk out cheaper than usually thank goodness!  Just picked up a handful of canvas’ & some cute birthday cards.  Then after I got home, I just went ahead and sat down and did a couple of paintings when I went to put my new canvas’ with my others.  The paint brushes were just calling my name.  Well, I’ll leave it at that for now, as I’ve rambled on long enough about a pretty boring weekend! What did you do this weekend?



New Shower Curtain, Daydreams & Fresh Paint

Hey there, peeps!  Boy, I’ve really got to start blogging more!  Some days I have a ton of things I want to blog about, then other times I’m just not in zone & I end up posting once a week or wait two weeks, like this time.  I guess, like anything…I should start just writing when it’s on my mind and save it as a draft to post at another time.  It would certainly help me be a little more consistent at posting.

Anywho…enough about that!  Guess what was waiting on my doorstep when I got home today??

My brand new shower curtain I ordered from Mod Cloth!  Isn’t it adorable??  I just love it!  To top it all off, it had the same exact colors as my old striped, boring shower curtain, so I didn’t have to change my rugs or towels or anything!  SUH-WEET!

So what have you all been up to lately?  Not much here other than dreaming of all the places I’d like to vacation.  I need a money tree dammit!  I was born to travel & I haven’t had a travel fix in awhile.  In the meantime, I have to find blogs & experience all those fabulous destinations thru the eyes of those that are getting the chance to yuck it up and travel.  Lucky ducks!  I used to have mad skills at finding cheap flights, but I tell ya…lately it’s been practically impossible.  Airfares have just gone insanely high as of late.  If you have any tricks up your sleeves on how to find cheaper airfares, please let me know!  I may have a degree in travel & tourism, but I feel a bit out of sorts not being able to find any good deals lately!

Other than daydreaming of Greece, Italy, the west coast…I’ve been picking up my paint brush once again after taking a little break.  I love to paint…it’s so relaxing!  Now if I could just think of some more ideas to put on canvas that I think people would like.  Perhaps, after I get a few more things done, I’ll try my hand at opening up a storefront on etsy.com & put everything up for sale, just in case any of you out there may be interested.  My last run to the art store, I found the most adorable mini canvas’, so I grabbed a bunch to come home with me!  They were too cute to resist!  Don’t you think?

Told you!  The little square guys are 3×3 and the rectangular ones are 2×4.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy…fresh new paints, new canvas & paint brushes.  I’m like a kid in a candy store in an art supply store!  Lately I’ve been on a palm tree kick.  I don’t always plan it out that way, but sometimes when I’m just painting the background colors, so they are ready to paint on later…the colors just blend so perfectly…they turn into a whole new idea.  Lately, the colors have blended nicely for evening sky backgrounds and sky/ocean type setting.

After painting a few of theses suckers up, it came to me that they would make awesome magnets!  I mean who doesn’t like some awesome refrigerator art!  The magnets I bought were super strong & they ended up being stronger than the hot glue I originally used to hold the magnets in place.  I went to take one off the fridge one day and the magnets stayed put…lol.  After a little experimentation, I found that gorilla glue works wonders & seemed to do the trick!  Here are some the mini paintings I’ve done over the past week or two.  I know they are simple, but I love them!

I even had a special request from my BFF who LOVES the T.V. show, “Don’t Trust the B__ in Apt. 23”.  It’s a hilarious show if you haven’t seen it!  You should definitely watch it!  Anyways, the two characters are Chloe and June & some days she feels like one or the other…it’s a Gemini thing.  LOL.  Anyways, she can simply flip the magnet to the way she feels that day.  I thought it was a cute idea, so I did my best to come up with a cutesy idea.  How do you think it turned out?

Well, I guess I’d better wrap it up for now.  Hope you all have a great week!  It’s only Monday, but on the plus side…no work next Monday!  Woo-Hoo for three day weekends!!



Lazy Weekend & Yummy Dessert!

Ahhh…it was so nice to have a three day weekend!  Thank you servicemen…past & present!  Time is flying so fast this year…I can’t believe it will be June in a couple of days.  I had started out on Friday thinking I would clean up the house this weekend, so I got up early on Saturday & moved from the bed to the couch.  That was the first mistake…second mistake was turning on the t.v. & continued to watch episodes of Ghost Whisperer on Netflix & that’s where my weekend pretty much ends…lol.  I have less than 20 episodes left, so I’ll have that series knocked out this week.  When I’m done…I’ve got to start making myself workout before I start in on another series or I’ll be couch bound all summer…not cool!  I got a couple of workout games via Gamefly.com to try out, so I’m curious how those are going to turn out, but I wanted to try them first before buying any, since Xbox games are so gosh darn expensive.  I’m most eager to try out the Biggest Loser game, but I might be taking back that eagerness after I try it out and have Bob & Jillian yelling at me…lol.

The weekend wasn’t entirely spent on the couch…I did manage to get the bathroom all cleaned up and wiped down. And the kitchen.  Even ran out and grabbed a few groceries.  Then on the way home, I noticed that none of my neighbors that I share the pool with were home, so I put away the groceries real quick and then jumped in the pool.  I’m not very comfortable in a bathing suit around other people, so I took advantage of the pool while nobody was around.  It was great!  A lot warmer then when I was in there last back in October!  Then I called up my uncle & made plans to bring him over lunch today, so this weekend wasn’t a total loss…I still got to see family! 🙂  I ended up making Chicken Enchiladas (my specialty), corn casserole & Lazy Peach Pie.  The food was a big hit with my uncle & then when his roomates got home from their weekend at the beach…they attacked the food & loved it too!  It always makes me happy when people like what I cook, since I’m not the greatest.  I was too full to eat any Lazy Peach Pie, but sure enough…as soon as I got home I was hungry for some, so I through together the batter & when I went to grab a can of peaches I was out, so I just made do with a can of pears….tasted just as good.  Would you like the recipe??  Okay, you twisted my arm!

Lazy Peach Pie

1 c. flour       
 1 c. sugar
1 c. milk        
1 stick of butter
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
Lg. Can of Peaches

Mix all ingredients together, except the butter & fruit.  Melt the stick of butter in an 8×8 or 9×13 pan.  Pour the batter on top of the melted butter.  Drop in sliced peaches randomly throughout.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Wah-la!  Instant Yumminess!

Since I dabble in the art of cooking I didn’t do any new paintings this weekend.  I have one almost done, but haven’t been able to get the design/outline I’m going for laid out to where it looks the way I want it to just yet, so maybe next weekend.  I will leave you with a quick painting I did last weekend for a friend at work who wanted a dandelion painting for her bedroom after she seen my drawing of one on my message board on my door at work.  She wanted it to be a bright pink to match her bedroom decor…I thought it turned out pretty good.  She loved it, so that’s what counts!  Anyways, hope y’all had a fabulous long weekend!  Talk to you later!