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Monday, September 11
I painted this watercolor painting "Looking Up to Old Glory" just days after 9/11/01. I felt scared, anxious for what would come next in our country. My husband was on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf and I had not spoken (really emailed) with him since the morning of 9/11, I watched the news 24 hours a day hoping to catch word of his ship and find out where he was. To this day when I look at this painting and think about our world then, I get so emotional I can't control my tears. On this day, I keep all the families that lost a loved one or dear friend close to my heart -- and will look to Old Glory for comfort. #neverforget
Friday, August 25
Make sure you check out the video tutorial I created for my fun double stamping/embossing technique on the @cardmaker_magazine blog today! #catherinescanlondesigns #catherinescanlon #artgonewild #stamps #stamping #cards #cardmaking #embossing #MostIncredibleStampTool #bestwishes #sunflowers
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Wednesday, August 23
My friend @adogslife13 asked me to play along with her #sustainablesoul project this year and I'm super excited to finally share my blog post with you! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #sustainable #organicgardening
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The beauty of nature really embodies this quote, how lovely the silence of growing things. Nature is perfect for every single person: a deaf person can see the beauty, a blind person they can smell the beauty of the flowers and feel the wonders of the earth.
Check out the other amazing artists playing along with this fun project here:
Sustainable Souls Project from Catherine Scanlon on Vimeo.
Nature, or what we often refer to as our lovely green spaces; are there for us. But are we always there for them? Do you reach for harsh chemicals that will harm the animals, the beneficial bugs or other things that live and grow in your green space to take care of a pest or issue that is threatening your green space?
Here are my helpful hints that you can try first if you have any of these problems in your garden:
Ants or other Exo Skeleton Bugs: sprinkle diatomaceous earth over the spot where the ants are living. Around the earth or the rocks and really sprinkle it in there. This is harmful to the ants because it does something to their exoskeleton and they dehydrate and die. Diatomaceous earth is what is used for a pool filter.
Slugs: while we love coffee, slugs do not! Sprinkle coffee grounds or a coffee solution on the ground and around your plants that may have a slug problem, slugs do not like the acid in the coffee grinds and will turn away when they encounter it.
Tomato Hornworm: sadly, the only natural way I have found to get rid of the hornworm is to pick it off the plant. The part about the hornworm that breaks my heart is it creates a lovely, lovely month. It's such a double edge sword, but since I want tomatoes to grow I will sacrifice these interesting moths.
Weeds: pull them out by hand or spritz a vinager/water mixture on them. If that doesn't work, try bleach and water. The harmful effects of bleach dissipate into the air after a few minutes. Also, mulching with a thick layer of pine mulch helps stop the weeds.
Fertilizing: Always use organic versions, cow manure or your compost pile. Miracle Gro has a lot of bad stuff in it, and is definitely not a good choice for vegetables, but I always spend a little more and get an organic version.
Epsom Salt: also known as magnesium sulfate; "helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, deter pests, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation."
Lime: if you find that your tomatoes have a weird brown rotten spot on the end that starts as it gets bigger and by the time it is ripe enough to eat, your earth has a calcium deficiancy and you can amend the dirt with a little lime. This is a deficiency in the earth that causes the tomato to get Blossom End Rot. In the fall after I have cleaned up all of my vegetable beds I sprinkle and work in a generous application of lyme into the earth. You can also take your soil to a local gardening center to have them test to see what you need to add to make your soil better.
You can make a difference and protect our precious earth! Before you reach for the harsh chemicals, take a minute to look on Pinterest or Google what your garden problem is and I'm sure that you will find and natural way to solve the problem, if in the end you still have it then reach for the chemicals, but use these chemicals very very sparingly and take the safety precautions seriously. Not only do they kill the bad stuff -- but they also kill the good things like the bees, the butterflies, the birds and all of the other beautiful things that you enjoy in your garden.
Thanks for joining me today for this fun project!
Friday, August 18
Feeling really satisfied with my breakfast -- I made everything! Paleo Granola, Paleo Cherry Compote and Paleo Coconut Cream Yogurt with some @goodmixfoods on the bottom for good measure! Totally delicious! I used my Instant Pot for the yogurt, best ever! #Paleo #healthyfood #itswhatsforbreakfast
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Thursday, August 17
Gather your Joy. Surround yourself with people that want to be around you, life is short and way to short to worry about people unfollowing you. #cancersucks #ihatecancer #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #paperquilt #watercolorquilt #watercolor #imperfect #lifeisshort
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Tuesday, August 15
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I've ALWAYS admired quilts and people that can work magic with fabric and a sewing machine. I simply don't have the patience for it. I recently visited my Aunt who has terminal cancer and she's also an avid and extremely talented quilter! She's been on my mind since we came home, and I've been working on this as I think of her -- while my points on paper aren't as perfect as her points on fabric -- I'm pretty happy with how this is turning out so far. #cancersucks #ihatecancer #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #quiltingonpaper #quiltinglove #watercolor #watercolorink #watercolorquilt
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Wednesday, August 9
Do you remember the first time you created something that lit your heart on fire? That gave you a purpose, a direction, a reason to do what makes your heart happy? I do. I was laying on the couch, sick with the flu playing with drawing some things to fight the boredom of lying down. I drew this thing, this beautiful paisley pattern that filled the paper. I couldn't stop looking at it and loving my work -- I think it might have been the VERY first time I looked at my lines and realized they were good and I have not stopped drawing and inking pages upon pages -- sketchbook after sketchbook -- notebooks and anything I find handy to write on. What was your moment? #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #breareese #breareeseglitterink #breareesewatercolor #illustration #rememberwhyyoustarted #rememberwhy
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Tuesday, August 1
Head on over to the @my_artc YouTube channel and get some answers to your questions about #art-c #waterbrushes in a short video I created for them! You can find the link to the video in their profile! #watercolor #catherinescanlon #catherinepoolerdesigns #betheflower
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Friday, July 28
It there ever was a drink mixing contest with @bulleit whiskey I might just win it with this yummy raspberry concoction. I think I'll call it the #raspberrybulleit
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Thursday, July 27
#Paleo #Granola, fresh blueberries and cashew milk! Delicious breakfast! #healthyfood #healthybreakfast #healthyeating #creativecooking #myownrecipe
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Packing up some art to go to new homes, love this part! All my 5x7 paintings come with an 8 x 10 white mat, backer board, and a cellophane bag to keep it safe. Most of the art I post is available for sale, message me if you are interested. #CatherineScanlon #CatherineScanlonDesigns #FlowersOfInstagram #Flowers #Watercolor #FineArt #StarvingArtist
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Wednesday, July 26
Starting with the background first! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #flowers #flowersofinstagram #watercolor #wildflower #watercolorink #strathmoreart
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Monday, July 24
The Iris is done and I love it. The piece on the left I've been working, reworking and adding details here and there for a few weeks now -- I'm finally gonna give up on it and say it's not so great but it's as finished as I'm going to get it. You win some you lose some -- but in the end I tried and that's really almost care about. #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #flowers #waterbrush #watercolor #watercolorink #watercolorflower #flowersofinstagram
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Sunday, July 23
Slow sundays are the best, art, cooking, a visit with my Mom and gazing at my garden - the perfect day! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #watercolor #waterbrush #strathmoreart #watercolorink #watercolorink #clematis #flowersofinstagram
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#Paleo #Granola for the win! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #creativecooking #healthyfood
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All paintings go through an ugly stage, a place where I'm really unhappy about how it looks. This one is there, right now. The trick is not to give up but to continue because they usually become beautiful at one point. Also, using a permanent ink for the background once the light pink was completely dry so there wouldn't be any black blooms or dark spits on my clematis. #catherinescanlondesigns #catherinescanlon #flowersofinstagram #waterbrush #watercolor #Higginsblackmagic #watercolorink #watercolorflower #strathmoreart @strathmoreart
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Saturday, July 22
I have 5 palettes going right now -- and I'm taking a break because it's kinda hot out! #catherinescanlondesigns #catherinescanlon #flowersofinstagram #watercolorflower #watercolor #watercolorink #watercolorflower #waterbrush
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Good bye for now my colorful painting, the garden weeds are calling! Posting this for my sweet friend @sunnyspotstudio to be inspired to paint something today! 👩🏻🎨#catherinescanlondesigns #catherinescanlon #watercolor #flowersofinstagram #watercolorflower #challengingeachother #getsomepaintingdone
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Friday, July 21
OMG -- I had my reservations about what this would taste like -- but it is delicious! I made some modifications to the #paleoperfected #sweetpotatohummus recipe -- like the way I cooked the potato and not using the sesame seeds -- I also added calamata olives and used avocado oil -- but this is so so so good. And, my cucumber is still hot from the sun! @testkitchen thanks for a super great book!
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