Charleston Photo: French Quarter Bicycle

Charleston, SC |

Charleston, SC architecture and charm. The homes in Charleston have so much character. You will see all the colors of the rainbow, some muted and some not so much. The beautiful window boxes and planters help add to the charm, as does a random bicycle attached to a street sign. Cool shadows on the home as well…

Enjoy your Saturday! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Guess the Artist SOLVED! Art Materials by Frank Bruckmann!

Guess the Artist...

Art Materials by Frank Bruckmann  11×14″  Oil

Updated Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thank you Susan for guessing today’s artist! Fred surprised me with this during dinner at the Island Inn (Monhegan) – and what a surprise it was! Each year the inn features a different artist/artists, last year it was Frank! I have loved this painting from the moment I saw it! The reflections, the background, the looseness, what’s not to love?

Be sure to check out Frank’s website as well as the Lupine Gallery (Monhegan, Maine)!

Over the next few weeks (until I run out of paintings), I am posting one of our paintings and then seeing who can GUESS THE ARTIST. I have retouched this photo on the bottom left corner to remove the artist’s signature.

Do you know the name of this artist?

Comment on my Facebook page or on this blog…

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Check out the TNH B 08A Petite Cottage Plan by Moser Design Group!

TNH B 08A by Moser Design Group

TNH B 08A by Moser Design Group

This is the TNH B 08A Plan by Moser Design Group. This is one of their Petite Cottages. They exude so much charm it’s unbelievable. How nice to get the charming exterior and a modern interior! Sweet front porch and side stoop add so much, as does the galvanized/metal roof!

This home is 1,117 square feet with 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms – and a bonus of 10′ ceilings!

TNH B 08A plan by Moser Design Group

TNH B 08A by Moser Design Group

Even though this looks like an older home, the interior is just what most people are looking for these days. From the front porch, you walk into the living room, then into the dining room and kitchen. Behind the kitchen is the guest bedroom and then the master bathroom. On the other side of the hall is the master bedroom, a bathroom for guests and a utility room with a side door and stoop.

This is the perfect plan for those of us who are scaling back and living with less STUFF, also great for those just starting out!

All images via, used with permission…

Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the architectural firm.

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Featured Artist: David Damm!

Above Laguna by David Damm 14x18 Oil

Above Laguna by David Damm 14×18″ Oil

David Damm

Striking paintings.  Every single painting is just fabulous. I love how his perspective is always spot on, no matter what painting you look at, they are each perfection without being overly done. This painting keeps your eye in and holds interest. My eyes start at the two regal palms, then to the top of the hill, down to the white building on the beach, then to the palm on the bottom left, swirling into the water and back to the two palms.

Look how many colors are in this painting. This painting has color, yet is so soothing to look at. His palette includes beautiful and natural colors. You can also feel movement in this painting, from the palms to the waves – also love the reflections in the water.

Check out David’s Oil, Pastel and Watercolor paintings! I first ran across David’s work via the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (, it jumped out at me! Love it! Looking through his paintings makes me want to visit California again and soon!

Read a bit about David, from his website:

“David Damm was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Art Center College of Design and later studied with the noted Russian painter, Sergei Bongart (1919 –1985). His career began illustrating books, magazines and newspapers. In 1981 he began exhibiting, and has since participated in numerous exhibitions, throughout the country, including the Natural History Museum, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The Bowers Museum and others in the Los Angeles area. He was featured in “American Artist” and has received many top awards including first place at the 1996 Mission San Juan Capistrano Plein Air Painting Event sponsored by Joan Irvine Smith. His greatest honor was meeting and completing a commissioned portrait of President Ronald Reagan. Damm is a signature member of the California Art Club and a board member. He is a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and a member of the American Pastel Society. He divides his work between portrait commissions and landscapes, working in both oil, pastel and watercolor.”

All images via, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Oven Roasted Chickpeas – THE HOT TREAT!


I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes for baked chickpeas. Interesting.  A treat. Crunchy & healthy. Hmmm. I’ve got to try it! I made 1/2 batch to see if I liked it. I DID! The crunch is somewhat addictive, if you don’t pay attention you could easily eat an entire can of chickpeas. Probably not the best idea, 😳

I found this recipe on Chowhound, click HERE for the link so that you can print, read reviews, etc. This recipe received 5 stars with 59 reviews (as I write this) . So you know this one is a keeper!



2-15oz. cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) – thoroughly drained and rinsed.

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (or less)

1 teaspoon  ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I used Pink Himalayan)


Heat over to 400°F and use the middle rack in your oven

Place the spices and olive oil in a large bowl.

Add the chickpeas and toss to coat.

Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on a cookie sheet (with sides so they don’t roll off)

Bake until crisp 30-40 minutes, moving them around on occasion. (I didn’t do that and some of mine were slightly crispy, they were still good). My oven took 30 minutes.

Let me know what you think?? What spices have you used for this? I would love to know!

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24 years ago today, I married the man of my dreams. The happiest day of my life! How did we meet? I was dog sitting at a friend’s house. I saw Fred drive by, so I leashed up the puppy … Continue reading

Botany Bay | Edisto, SC

Botany Bay | Edisto, SC

Botany Bay located in Edisto, SC is an amazing place. The scenery is like going back in time. The grand oak trees with the draping moss, the way the light filters through the trees – the fascinating birds and so much more – all good reasons to visit! Don’t miss the beach, you won’t believe your eyes!

Happy Sunday – Catch you back here tomorrow…

Dancing Tulips…

Wild Tulips

Tulips are such happy flowers. They change from day until night which is really something. I love when they get kind of wild, it’s almost as if they’re dancing as they reach for the light. At night they stand tall. Tulips are phototropic, which means they follow the light, so be sure to turn the vase to keep them even.

When you get them home, make a diagonal cut about 1/4″ or more under running water. Place in a clean vase with lukewarm water (they don’t like cold water). Be sure to check the water each day, dump the old and give them fresh, I also give a fresh cut every so often.

Did you know tulips keep growing after they are cut? Cool fact, huh?

Happy Saturday! Catch you back here tomorrow…

Another year older and another year wiser…


My favorite Happy Birthday photo!

Another year older (sigh), another year wiser (yippee) – thank you for joining in on this ride we call life!

A photo from the archives, way, way, way back when… Sun in my eyes and a “hurry up and take the photo” look on my face. Nice kid, huh? I was a Precisionette in high school. It was big fun. We marched behind the Band and the Majorettes. Those jackets were insulated for the cold weather football games (Michigan), so the warm months could be a challenge!

barbara 1978

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House Plan: 55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans!

55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans

55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans

55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans – Striking, isn’t it? I love the exterior just as they have it, white, with a metal roof and black trim on the windows. Beautiful! Click HERE to see other elevations, details, etc!

This plan is 3,222 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Add to the conditioned space the wonderful porches and you have the perfect home for entertaining!

55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans MAIN

55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans

Porches are so important to me. I grew up with a wonderful porch, and a lot of time was spent on it. It adds to your square footage in the best of ways. The front porch on this plan is plentiful, but the back porch would be my favorite! The back porch is screened and has entry via French doors and also has a fireplace. You would have to pry me off of that porch during nice weather!

The configuration of this plan is wonderful, with an open Kitchen, Dining, Living space. Notice the Office Nook off of the Kitchen. Nice addition… and if I didn’t use it as an Office, I think I would make it a Pantry! Woohoo, how I love a pantry! Look at that wonderful closet space in the Master! Whew! It’s so smart!

55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans UP

55 Shenandoah Court by Our Town Plans

The upstairs is fabulous as well, with 2 Bedrooms, a Bunk Room, a Loft area and two Bathrooms there is a lot you can fit in this upstairs and still have privacy and a place to hang out.

Check out images of a home built using this plan, it’s beautiful!

All images via, used with permission…

Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the architectural firm.

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