Sugar ‘n Spice for Breakfast

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If you are ever around the Cincinnati area and want a different breakfast experience, give Sugar ‘n Spice a try!

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They have been delighting customers since 1941 with the whimsical side of human nature (is the cook kicking that pan and egg or is the egg fighting back?), but also delightful wispy thin pancakes and truly fluffy omelettes!

To end you meal, you (or the kids with you) can choose a rubber ducky as a keepsake.

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Holiday Painting

Bailey – a gift that started the dog ornaments

The blog suffers during the holidays, especially when I am painting Christmas ornaments. These are oil on frosted glass ornaments.

This is a tradition I started thirty years ago and, while I took a break for several years, I am back at it. I believe in creating keepsakes and capturing memories. Ornaments I painted 30 years ago, when stored properly,  look as new today as they did back then, so I am back to painting them.

For some reason, this is the year of the dog. Most of my ornaments have been of homes people were raised in or of their grandparent’s home. I painted one of our pets (Bailey, above) and the idea took off.

First one closest to completion this year is Marla…

 

With the tiniest lines, I have been known to use a hair or even my cat’s whisker (after he voluntarily dropped it!)

Various stages of completion… (I love the variety!!!)

Buried in art supplies

Canvases from old class projects

Today is the day I reclaim my work space and return it to the art and design studio that it once was. It is overwhelming how much “stuff” accumulates during 3 years of design classes.

And having put so much money and effort into it, it is a shame to just throw it out.

Shelves of design related books.

For the past 4 months, since graduation, I have slowly donated it, organized it, sold some of it (eBay and Amazon!), and after grouping what was left, am now down to the point of decision and wondering what to do with the remaining piles on top of and underneath the cutting table.

Glazes, glues, spray paints and finishing sprays are bound for the garage.

As any good artist, I am afraid to throw anything away “just in case I need it one day!” But something has to give.

Fire hazard, anyone?

Now that I am not needing to print and mount everything on the inevitable black boards, I can move my computer workstation back upstairs to the office.

A drawing table was not meant to be an Adobe CS5 workstation!

I should petition that the college have a donation bin set up specifically to accept the leftovers from graduated students! I bet the incoming students would love having a stocked workroom!

What do you do with so much “stuff”?

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Followup: Discovered that Bendi, ever faithful office companion and Cat-Editor, is improving his skill set in assisting my decision making process. Ok, the foam core goes. I don’t know what I would ever use if for anyway.