Three’s Company

Three’s Company

My thirteen year old son and my ten year old daughter get along well.  They have different likes and interests and don’t fight a lot.  Their biggest squabbles are what movies to watch on family movie nights and who ate the last ice cream bar.  While I think this is great, I can’t help but think of my own childhood that was sort of like “Hunger Games” in comparison.

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Three Sisters

Looking back at my childhood, I have many fond memories.  Having two younger sisters was a lot of fun.  If I got into a fight with one sister, there was another one to take her place.  As the oldest sibling, I ruled the roost and made the laws.  I am two years senior to my middle sister P and almost 6 years older than J, the youngest.  For years, I was physically larger and taller than both of them.  Growing up with two younger sisters and two crazy parents can really sharpen a girl’s sense of humor and survival skills.  We fought about all kinds of things…not just movies or ice cream.  I don’t know when we started to joke about each other mercilessly or play pranks on each other…but it hasn’t stopped.

As a teenager, my room was covered with 80’s celebrities…JFK Jr., Duran Duran, the Soloflex guy.  I subscribed to Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine and watched Elsa Klench on Style.  I was just sooo cool.  One day I came to my room to find that there were mustaches on several of my posters.  That was call for extreme action.  I marched to J’s room and beat up Mingy, her favorite pillow.

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Her name is not Rio.

For some strange reason, we were obsessed with lip balm in the 80’s.  Blistex in those round canisters was all the rage.  Keeping interlopers from my Blistex was practically a full time job.  I used my Blistex in a uniform and clockwise fashion, it was always clean and of course perfect.  My sister J’s Blistex had an upside cone design.  My sister P’s container always had fuzz, random bits of mystery flakes and looked like it was stabbed with a toothpick.  If I didn’t hide my Blistex, I would find that one of them had dug a nail into the middle of the canister!

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Three’s a charm.

 

 

Secret video taping was also a constant danger in my house.  My sister J would place a cam corder on top of the fridge just to tape us with morning face and bed heads.  And forget about sleeping happily on tour buses while on vacation.  She made sure to take multiple shots of me dozing with my mouth open and my head in an angle that gave me two chins.

My sisters also had a collection of fake bugs.  I remember pulling back my comforter and finding a line of fake ants on my pillow.  I also let out a blood curdling scream when I found a large plastic spider in my dresser drawer.

Before you feel too sorry for me, I was not so innocent growing up.  I loved imitating my sisters, making up terrible nicknames and shaming them just for fun.  Luckily, as adults, the pranks have died down.  However, my sister J sent me a picture that my son had texted her.  It was a picture of me asleep on the sofa with mouth wide open and my head at an angle that allowed my chin to double!

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Three’s Company
Trying It

Trying It

When was the last time you tried something new?  Something you never imagined you would do or even like?  The last new thing for me was becoming a vegan three years ago.  So, it had been a long since I did something new until a few months ago.  My husband kept bugging me to try art classes at the Art Museum.  My response to him was “Meh…”  I thumbed my nose at the idea.  I liked my comfort zone and didn’t want to leave.  Then he left the colorful brochure from the museum on my desk.  I was signing up the kids for art classes and ended up reading about the adult classes.  I  signed up for a paper art class.  I am an artist and illustrator.  I knew nothing about paper art.  In this class, we had to use four pieces of card stock to make a three dimensional scene.  We used X-acto knives to cut designs into the paper.  It was really cool and really fun.

I didn’t think much about the class after taking it.  But slowly I started noticing paper.  There are so many cool things made with paper.   Cardboard, fast food packaging, various food product packaging, electronics packaging (iPhone boxes), gift boxes and greeting cards.  Paper is such a beautiful material.  There are so many types of paper from shimmery card stock, plain white watercolor paper to stiff solid colored card stock.  I got a variety of these papers, an X-acto knife and a paper trimmer and I have been having a lot of fun since.  Paper art is not the same as illustrating, painting or digital art.  The art class made me think of designs in a whole new and different way.

 

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My First Paper Project

I have included some cards that I have made further in the post.  My cards are for sale at my Etsy shop (My Etsy Shop).  I encourage you to try something new.  Get out of your safe zone and just do it!  You never know what you might like, what might inspire you and where it will take you.

 

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Gray Lotus

 

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Dandelion

 

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Pineapple

 

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Home Sweet Home
Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday Greeting Cards

My Holiday 2016 Greeting Card collection is on deep discount at Zazzle!  Click on the cards below.

Fashion Plates

Fashion Plates

Do you have a uniform?  My sister the fashionista, tells me that my uniform is always jeans or shorts,  T-shirt and flip flops.  “Its always some boring top and and some boring jeans with you, you need to wear more skirts and dresses…do something different…”

My mom had a uniform, in the 70’s, she wore kaftans at home, yes, like Mrs. Roper from Three’s Company.  When she went out, she wore polyester pants and and some type of hippie-ish top like many of the other moms.  Oh those bell bottoms.

Our neighbor had a uniform, in the 80’s, it was a matching mauve or hot pink leisure jacket with teal and white stripes and matching pants with elastic cuffs.  Her shoes of choice were white Reeboks.

My grandfather in India had a uniform.  He wore a white cotton kurtha top and matching panchi everyday, (a panchi is a South Indian sarong worn by mostly older men).   His clothes and mere presence were the stuff of legend.  His clothes always looked clean, crisp and regal.

I saw a guy the other day sporting a tank top and crazy print weight lifter balloon pants.  Wonder if that uniform is new or actually from 1989?

All the other stay at home moms I know have a uniform too.  Yoga pants or capri pants, some type of Dri-fit top and athletic shoes.  I think this getup is the modern day leisure suit.  Some of my friends admit to wearing the same clothes they slept in and not showering daily.  I know, I expressed the same mouth open outrage when I heard also.  I guess they’re saving water and leaving a smaller carbon foot print?

I like my uniform.  It is comfortable, transitions from morning carpool to Trader Joe’s to volunteering at school to coming back home to create art.

I would love to wear more dresses and dressy clothes in general.  However, as a free lance illustrator and stay at home mom, dressing  up daily doesn’t fit my schedule.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I do dress up for special occasions, parties and going out with the ladies.  I am working on moving away from my comfort zone for fun and giggles.  I may have to sport an off the shoulder top on my next girls night out!

 

 

A quick and easy recipe that never goes out of style.

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Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

1 Bag of shaved Brussels Sprouts (mine is a 10 oz. bag)

2 t Garlic powder (I like a lot of garlic, you can cut back of course)

1/2 t Black Pepper

Salt to taste

Olive oil spray

 

Pre-heat oven to 375 F.

Wash and drain Brussels sprouts.

Spray olive oil spray evenly to coat a metal sheet pan.

Arrange the sprouts flat on the sheet pan.

Spray with oil spray to coat all the pieces.

Bake for 10 minutes and check them to make sure the smaller pieces aren’t burning.

With a flat spatula, turn them over and cook for another 10 minutes.  Ovens vary, so if the sprouts don’t look fully cooked, leave them in for another 3-5 minutes.

Once they are out of the oven, sprinkle garlic powder, black pepper and salt.  These come out really tasty.  Some pieces are crispier than others.