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September 30, 2017

My Summer Discovery and an Indoor Herb Garden

This summer, I discovered the cause of my constant headaches and 24/7 dizziness.  After being misdiagnosed for the last 22 years, I came across the real diagnosis while doing my own research. Sometimes you just have to search things out for yourself when you can't get any answers.  In July, my dizziness was through the roof and that was enough to make me no longer "just live with it" as I was told, but to take matters into my own hands.  While researching, I came across a condition and a support group with people who were facing the exact the same issues and symptoms as I was having.

The condition is called Vestibular Migraine.  I could hardly believe it!  Now, I never considered myself a migrainer, but the headaches I randomly have are mild compared to some people. Some people with Vestibular Migraine, never get a headache, just dizziness and they are called silent headaches.   I learned early on, that if I ate certain foods, I would get a headache, so I avoided them.  Also smells like perfume and chemicals would sometimes lead to a headache or a rash.  But I had no idea, that the constant dizziness was a part of the headache, an aura, so to speak.  I believe that the reason for the 24/7 dizzies was because I ate everyday, duh, and therefore many more foods that I never suspected were also a big part of my triggers.

It hasn't been easy, but through elimination of various foods and many chemical ridden foods, plus a lot of trial and error, I am starting to have good days,  among the rough ones and mostly headache free days.  Yay!  I have seen some other areas of healing in my body as well, as I journey through eating a whole foods, mostly plant based diet, so that is also a wonderful benefit.  I'm not feeling perfect, but at least I'm well enough to enjoy my life and I feel grateful for the health I have.

Now, for today's project.  Now that I'm eating as close to the earth as I can, I thought it would be fun to set up an indoor herb garden, so I have plenty of fresh green herbs when I cook.


I had this box sitting in the garage since last winter.  My husband wondered what I was going to do with it, as it still had last fall's dead foliage in it, LOL!  So, now I think he will be quite happy to see that I am making good use of it.


I picked up some of my favorite culinary herbs at the garden center and some organic soil.


 Then, I gathered some supplies and a cute round stone and was ready to go.


I lined the box... 


...then planted my herbs.  I kept the tags as temporary markers, until I make something a little prettier to mark them.


I wrote "herbs" on the little rock to sit inside the box, but you can put a fairy or whatever you like as an embellishment.  I also have a grow light that hides at the top of my window that will give my herbs enough light.


Now, my little herb garden is right in reach as I navigate a new way of flavoring my food.  Do you have an indoor herb garden, or any tips for growing herbs indoor?  I'd love to see some photos.  If you have some to share, I will do a post on them.  Send photos to starlitestudios.art@gmail.com.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall day!  Have a great weekend.





September 14, 2017

Fall Vignettes and Folk Art

My favorite season of the year is only a few days away.  Yay!  I love everything about fall.  The crunch of fallen leaves underfoot,  the fresh spiced scent of baked pumpkin roll and pumpkin pies and of course the beautiful array of colorful leaves.  Painting with all the colors available gets me inspired!

Today, I wanted to share some fall vignettes that I set up in my home and a few of my favorite fall folk art paintings both new and from recent years.  All of the original paintings are sold, however you can still get a giclee of these.  Feel free to ask where it can be purchased if any of them interest you.

Inside the foyer

Parade of Quilts

Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Barn

Fall Decor on the foyer dresser.

Autumn Road

Autumn Barn Quilts

An altered art piece I made with a block of wood painted to look
like a candy bar and a cut out of a boy.

Pumpkin Valley

Seasons of Rural Life - Fall

A vignette I set up in a box in the hallway.


October Moon

A Night for Treats (now available as a signed 8x10 giclee)

Decor at my kitchen sink.  

Welcome Home

Wash Day

A cute little wagon I found at a second hand store.  I filled it with 
artificial pumpkins.

Autumn Evening

Hillside Barns

Some of my fall bowlies that I created out of 
different sizes of wooden bowls.

Harvest Party

Gloucestershire Village

Decor in the dining room.

Autumn Memories

Pumpkin Moon

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Autumn!












May 15, 2017

New Paintings and Exhibit at Cafe and Visitor's Center

During the month of May and up until June 24th, I will be sharing my art at Emmaus Road Cafe in Lancaster, PA.  If you are in the area, be sure to check out their facebook page for hours before you visit.  If you are visiting Lancaster, be sure to stop at the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center at 501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA.  You can see a few of my popular giclees on display and they are for sale.

 I have completed some new folk art paintings and have a new print in my kitchen line that are now available as giclees.  Please contact me at my email address at starlitestudios.art@gmail.com if you would like to order one in either 8x10 or 16x20 sizes.  I sell them both framed and unframed.

         Cabin by the Lake

The Potting Shed

Whispering Spring

Apple Harvest

Peaceful Pond

Morning Ride

The Quilt Parade

Peaceful Pastures

Peaceful Pastures II

Quilted Sky (20x20 only)

Bunny Cake (11x14 only)


April 14, 2017

What To Do With Leftover Cooked Broccoli

I love salads, but sometimes it's nice to change it up and make a warm salad.  Today I'm sharing a creative way to use leftover cooked broccoli for a quick one serving warm salad, perfect for lunch.  I started with a little more than one cup of cooked broccoli florets that I reheated in the microwave.

Warm Broccoli Cranberry Walnut Salad

Ingredients

Leftover Tender Cooked Broccoli Florets
Danish Blue Cheese
Dried Cranberries
Chopped Walnuts
Kraft Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
Herb Seasoned Croutons

Directions

Reheat leftover broccoli in microwave.  Add a few crumbles of Danish Blue Cheese, a sprinkle of dried cranberries and chopped walnuts and a tablespoon or two of poppyseed dressing.  Top with herb seasoned croutons and enjoy.  If you love blue cheese like I do, you will love how creamy and slightly melted it gets over the warm broccoli.