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Jackie Frost Visits

Brrrrrrr… it’s cold outside in Minnesota! I awoke to -14ºF with -40ºF windchill.   I’m not a winter person, at all, but it was fun to see all the beautiful drawings Jackie drew on the windows.
 I am taking a “Joynal” class with Jane Davenport,
and in this week’s class we are drawing naughty Pixies.
 Jack Frost’s twin sister, Jackie, has arrived and is trying to steal his favorite windows to draw on.
Jack loves drawing on our windows because our house is around 150 years old with gorgeous  large windows adorned with stained glass.
The next time you look out a wintery window, you may want to ask “Is this masterpiece created by Jack, or his naughty twin sister Jackie?”
This journal page was created in an old book covered with gesso, serviettes, doodles in ink, acrylic paint and colored pencils.  
Continue Reading By on February 1, 2013 in Acrylic Painting, Art, Art Journal, Colored Pencil, Faery, Fairy, Pixie *....Read More....

Flower Faeries

Happy New Year!
Flower Faery with watermark pm
I have been having fun drawing and painting some Flower Faeries.  These are all created in an altered book using gesso, serviettes (napkins), acrylic paints, Distress stains, colored pencils and ink.  It is so fun playing with serviettes as the background.  They create a fun theme of their own.  Everywhere I go I’m on the lookout for a great napkin- not for dinner time, but for another piece of art.
These are faeries from my garden, although they are inside now since it is so cold out.  They love to be by all the beautiful flowers, colors, bugs and nature’s gifts.
These paintings are bright, colorful and happy to remind me of the warm summer days ahead.
This faery is overlooking one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes after a winter storm.  She is watching some skaters far off into the distance.
For those of you who are experiencing cold winter weather, bring some color and a faery into your life.  It will make your days feel brighter.  Those in warm climates- enjoy all the magic outside in your gardens and with your plants!
Continue Reading By on January 4, 2013 in Acrylic Painting, Art, Art Journal, Colored Pencil, Faery, Fairy *....Read More....

Autumn Faery

Hi Everyone, Happy Holidays!
Fall Elf with watermark pm
My hand decided to have a major arthritis flare, so I had to take a few weeks off from painting, drawing, etc. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to go without creating art for so long.  I was hoping I would have had this done to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, but I just finished it this weekend.  Instead I wish everyone a really nice week!
The faeries had fun preparing the gardens for winter, but I believe they are all tucked inside now to stay warm and to play in the houseplants.
In the art class I am taking, Joynal, we are learning to use Serviettes for backgrounds.  I feel pretty cool getting used to the word “serviette”, since here in Minnesota we have napkins.  But thanks to my teacher in Australia, I get a new flair of words while learning to paint ladies, fashionistas, faeries, and more.
The background is a serviette that we had for our Thanksgiving dinner and a bit of acrylic paint to blend it all together.  It makes a great background for my garden faery.
Continue Reading By on December 2, 2012 in Acrylic Painting, Angels, Art, Art Journal, Colored Pencil, Faery, Fairy *....Read More....

Living with Celiac Disease & Fructose Intolerance

“Faery Dance” (c)2003
Acrylic on Panel, 12″x16″
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I decided to write down a bit of my life story because I get a lot of questions from people going through similar experiences wondering what I eat, how I was diagnosed, etc. In 2003 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (No gluten- wheat, barley, rye & oats) after living a life of digestive distress. Then in 2006 I was diagnosed with fructose intolerance (no fruit across the board, and very limited veggies in my diet). Even though my diet is very restricted, I am the healthiest I have ever been and feel good for the first time in many, many years. My life back. It is wonderful!

My story in a nutshell: (Well, it is longer than I thought.. You might want to sit back with a cup of tea)
I have always had problems with my digestion; starting as an infant where part of my intestines were removed. Problems remained throughout time. (I can tell you where most bathrooms are in any place I have been- true story!) I always knew it was caused from food, even when doctors told me that there was no such thing as food allergies or problems (this is when I was a child). But to feel well, I kept trying to figure it out by eliminating foods that I “thought” made me sick. For the longest time I blamed everything on meat- so I thought being a vegetarian (14 years) would answer all my problems. It didn’t. I kept getting worse and remained a medical mystery. Because I was misdiagnosed for most of my life, Gluten & Fructose took a toll on my system and caused other health problems. Finally, in my mid-30’s a medical abstract came across my desk on Celiac Disease. I thought someone wrote a book on me. Thankfully, I found a good doctor who tested me for it, and sure enough, this is the problem. Within weeks, I began seeing improvement. But I didn’t fully get better. Then after another Mayo Clinic quest, I was tested & diagnosed with fructose intolerance. I am feeling so much better following these diets- better than I have ever felt. With diet, Spring Forest Qigong, Psych-K, traditional & complementary medicine, etc. I have found much improvement. So now I am basically a meat & potatoes girl, which is kind of funny after being a vegetarian for so many years. Family & friends still take a double look at me when I am eating meat. So even though my life has been a rollercoaster; I can thank prayer & insight/intuition, great doctors & healers, determination & persistence, etc. as helping me live each day creating wellness for myself & helping others. I am a testimony that life can improve and can become full again.

So, in future Blog entries, I’ll share more tips, food ideas & recipes, & things that helped in my healing process. I want to share this information so that no one else has to suffer for decades with a disease that is very treatable with diet. It might not be fun, but it is so worth it to feel good again! One of my doctors said “You can do this” as I stared back at her with wide eyes. And she was right. It can be done.

Continue Reading By on June 3, 2007 in Acrylic Painting, Art, Celiac Disease, Faery, Fairy, Fructose Intolerance, Gluten Free, My Health Story *....Read More....