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New Way To Clean Oil Brushes


I always wonder if I have cleaned my oil color brushes enough.  So far I’ve been ok, but knowing how to prevent the loss of a good brush is important to me!

This short video is done by Darrell Crow from YouTube.  I never tried cleaning my oil brushes in baby oil, I use Murphy’s Oil Soap.

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Holiday Ideas…


Since we are now officially into October, the pressure is on for parents, and grandparents all over the globe.  The holidays are quickly coming, and those of us with smaller children, or children that are not so small, but are pretending to believe…(In the big man with the red suit)!  This isn’t just for those who celebrate Christmas, but celebrate the holidays in other ways as well.

The Hoverboard is just one idea for the older kid who is on the cusp of realizing if they still believe…..they will have more fun, and the holidays will still be all about them!  I know these are a little pricey, but this may be something your child or grandchild has wanted for a long time.  This little video tells you so mych about how easy it is to ride, and much more.  I have included a link to Amazon.com as a starting point for your research.  There are reviews on Amazon, and that’s where I start when researching a product I’m thinking about purchasing. FYI:  These come in different sizes, and different prices.  I’m told they are all made by the same company under different names, and I think this one is made in USA.

There is so much this time of year to do, and never enough time to do it in.  A huge effort is made in our home to relax and enjoy life regardless of the time of year.  The closer to the holidays we get the more frantic things become.  We still have little kids, who still believe, and far be it for me to tell them otherwise.  It is the children who make the holidays special in any home.

Sales, Sales, Sales

Any minute now we should be getting the holiday sale catalogues and adds for stuff you don’t even want.  Yippy…..more junk mail.  Soon we’ll need a larger recycle barrel.

Still it’s an exciting time, and as a grandma….I’ll will never get away  cheeply.

Time Out For Art

Baby gecko - no name

Baby gecko – no name


As we get off and on heat waves, so does my creative energy.  Today happens to be one of those days.  We live ten miles off the ocean, and it has hit 102 degrees at our house.  We didn’t sign up for this heat and humidity, and we haven’t paid for it.  There isn’t anyone who lives on the coast that expects this kind of humidity and heat.



The art for today is all about the Little Gecko without a Tail.  Not too long ago Crunch, the little gecko without a tail, and Megan had two eggs, then before we knew it, Megan laid two more eggs.  Four eggs were marked and put in the incubator, and before we knew it all four eggs hatched.  While we were all excited about four eggs Megan laid six more eggs.

Whoa little Megan…

Slow down girl!  Megan isn’t too fond of being held, or even very sociable.  I think it’s probably because she’s exhausted from running from Crunch,  probably ready to lay more eggs, and wants to do something fun for herself.  Crunch on the other hand, is very sociable.  The minute you open the terrarium door, he jumps on your shoulder, and is more than happy to stay there and visit with whomever it is that wants to play.



One of Megan’s eggs didn’t make it, so right off it was eliminated.  Now there are five eggs left, two of which should be hatching any day now.  This is such a fun thing to have happen while the kids are 4th, & 6th graders.  Kids learn so much from these little creatures.  I can highly recommend geckos as a starter pet.  Care is minimal, they are sociable, and fun to watch.  My grandkids have learned so much from their little creatures.  I hope you have learned a little something by them taking over my blog now and then.

The babies haven’t been given names—-that’s for the new parents to do.  However, while I was writing this post another baby hatched.  Leaving only four eggs.   Now they have five babies, and looking for new homes.

Thursdays Time Out For Art



I love crows, and I’m always trying to incorporate crows into my art.  These two pieces are about 8″X8″, and are both experiments.  Using charcoal, pens, paint, sandpaper, and stencils, they were created for fun.  I have always loved the way they turned out, but never have done anything with them.


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