Thursday, October 31, 2013

resin snowman ornaments ~ personalized

HURRY!! Very LIMITED quanitities of my licensed, resin Snowman Family Ornaments left!! I'll personalize them with your family name, or Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays - whatever you wish! Only $5 plus shipping. Email me to get yours - before they're GONESVILLE!! (Note: The quantities left are right on the individual pictures!
Personalized Snowman Family Ornaments by Sue Allemand - Limited Quantities Left!

Monday, October 28, 2013

first "at the beach" class listed!

My first "Art At The Beach" class sign-up has launched!!  I'm so excited to be partnering with Stephanie Ackerman to teach this awesome Mixed Media Vision Board Class!
Mixed Media Vision Board Class with Sue Allemand & Stephanie Ackerman - 2014, San Diego, CA,
It'll be a fun, inspirational morning of chatting and making art ~ at the beach!  You'll be learning some mixed media painting & collage techniques and turn your gorgeous painted canvas into a "vision board" for all your hopes, dreams & ambitions for 2014!!  Saturday, January 18th, 2014.  9am - Noon.  Only $50 ~ includes all supplies & breakfast!
We can't wait to meet you all!
Come see what it's all about ~ and sign up ~ at    We'll be posting other classes and FREE kids classes soon!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

stuffed red pepper soup

It's such a dreary, gray, cold day here in Wisconsin today... so I'm making a pot of my favorite soup - Stuffed Red Pepper!

I found this recipe on the site Tried and Tasty - and I tweaked it a little to suit my spice requirements (haha) - I like it a little more flavorful -- aka spicy.  You will just love this - I've been making it, lately, about once a week - that's how much I LOVE it!  And the entire pot comes out to about 1400 calories TOTAL!  (That's if you make it with lean ground turkey like I do - instead of ground beef).  Let me know if you try it!  Enjoy!

1.25 lb. pkg of Lean Ground Turkey (or 1 lb. ground beef, whichever you prefer)
1 large red bell pepper
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced (or use the pre-minced in a jar)
2 cans (14.5 oz. ea) diced tomatoes with onion & green pepper (or plain)
1 can (14.5 oz.) tomato sauce
2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
2 tsp. Dried Marjoram
1/2 tsp. Celery Salt
Salt & Pepper to taste (I like lots of pepper)
3 cups brown rice (prepared)

In a large pot, brown the ground turkey (beef).  Drain fat if any.  Reduce heat to medium and add diced red pepper, onions & garlic.  Cook until softened.  Add salt to taste.

While the meat mixture is cooking - take a soup pot and add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, marjoram, celery salt and salt & pepper to taste.  Cover and simmer on low heat.  Add the meat mixture to the soup, when the veggies are soft.  Continue to cook on low til heated through.

Make brown rice in another pot.  When soup is heated through - serve up in a bowl and add 1/2 c. of cooked brown rice to the top.

YUM!!!  I also want to try this with cooked cabbage instead of the rice!  :)  I hope it warms your tummy!!


Friday, October 11, 2013

limitless possibility ~

Follow Your Heart Art Print by Sue Allemand 2013. Available at
Print Available HERE
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
- Patanjali

This is exactly how I feel lately!!  I read this quote today, on a daily inspirational email I get called The Daily Love and was immediately blown away!  YES!!  That's how it truly feels!!  I've just never been able to explain it before!  Writing and being able to adequately express my thoughts and feelings are not my thing - but I'm trying and learning.  So when a quote comes along that perfectly depicts the way I'm feeling - a big sense of "somebody understands" comes over me!
It's no surprise then, that I'm a big QUOTE lover!  I have notebooks and notebooks full of quotes and sayings -- whenever I come across one I LOVE, I have to stop whatever I'm doing and get it written in my book before I lose it or forget!  :)
Anyway, back to the ah-ha moment..... I've been so excited and passionate about my new business direction (actually 3 different businesses - but who's counting - ha!) lately that I've been headlong into it from sun up to sun down -- having to remind myself to eat -- just one thought and idea after another... busy making art, making products, doing research, getting things ready... and dreaming new pie in the sky dreams!  I DO find myself in a "new, great, and wonderful world" like the quote says!  No limits, no judgements, no fears - just lots of possibilities and directions!  Each new idea expands to include more and more!  I feel so alive!  Like I just want to do it ALL!  I want to make art, sell art, teach people how to make art, show kids that they can be themselves through art, that you can relax and be happy and be still with yourself - through art...and through community and nature and positivity!
I'm following my HEART!  And my heart says -- GO!  DO IT!!  BE YOU!!  SHARE YOU!

It's so great to have this feeling again -- after 20 something years!  I didn't think I'd find a purpose and passion, like this, for something again.  I thought I was getting too old to be this tireless and excited about working this hard again!  Where the heck did that come from??  haha.  Building a whole new customer base - finding my "people" - doing shows again - teaching again - manufacturing again.... it's a whole new world!!  EXACTLY!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

artist donating royalties to Quilts for Kids

Sue Zipkin Sea Shanty Fabric Collection by Clothworks, donated proceeds to Quilts for Kids
How GORGEOUS and cute is this fabric collection by my artist friend, Sue Zipkin!!  This is her Sea Shanty Collection by Clothworks -- and she's donating 100% of her royalties to the charity, Quilts for Kids!!
Her collection will hit the fabric stores in February 2014 ~ so if you'd like to help, please go out and purchase some ~ and you could even make a quilt for a kid yourself!  (Ooooh - wouldn't this make an adorable beach blanket or beachy tote bag??)  If you'd like, you could donate directly to Quilts for Kids and find out more about the organization here!
I just love the bright colors - and of course, you know I ADORE the theme!  I'll be getting some for sure!  Thanks so much Sue for creating such beautiful fabric ~ and for donating to a wonderful cause!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month -- if you didn't all the PINK everywhere!  haha  We, as a family, do walks, rides and golf outings for the CURE!  But to "give back" as a company -- we're donating 10% of our GROSS SALES of any "Choose HOPE" merchandise (tshirts, necklace charms, etc.) to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation!
Choose Hope screenprinted t-shirt by A Joyful - $18
Handmade Soldered Charm Pendant by A Joyful - $24
So show support to your friends and family who are going through this trying time - by wearing your PINK - and donating!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

halloween is coming....yay

Yay!  I really LOVE Halloween - and passing out candy to all the cute kiddies in their costumes!!  And I'm even MORE excited this year - because they FINALLY moved Trick or Treating back to Halloween (Oct. 31st) like it should be (instead of the Sunday before)!!  So excited!!
tomato cage ghosts, outdoor decor, Halloween
I just sent my husband to the hardware/garden store to see if he can find some tomato cages to make a version of these cute ghosties!!  When treating was on Sundays - it was always during the day - so no fun, light-up stuff could be seen!!  (This picture was found on Google since I couldn't find the one I took years ago - no attribution was named).  It's so eash - just wrap a bunch of mini lights all over a tomato cage... drape a white sheet or cheesecloth over it...and add felt eyes & nose! 
And - how cool is this DIY Pumpkin Chalkboard Word Search I found on!
DIY Chalkboard Pumpkin Word Search fun for Halloween parties
How cool would this be for a Halloween party!  Make a few and have your guests circle words while your chatting around the table!  Find complete instructions HERE!
And I even got my own pumpkin!  (Yep - my kids a grown and don't live at home anymore -- but can't a girl have a little fun?)  I'm not gonna carve it -- those days are over -- too messy when you don't have to do it for the kids -- and there's that OCD thing.  Just thinking about that ooey, gooey mess on my hands makes me shiver!  haha    Nope - I'm gonna paint the face - just have to think of a design I want!  But isn't this the PERFECT pumpkin shape??
I saw it at the grocery store -- and just HAD to have it!  My husband was a couple aisles away grabbing some bread -- and when he came back I had this HUGE pumpkin sitting in the child seat of the cart...with a BIG smile on my face!  haha  He said, "Where did that guy come from??"  I just giggled!  Now I just have to figure out what I'm gonna do to transform him!  So many ideas!!!
Oh - and did I tell you??  My cat, Juan Carlos, is gonna be a BAT!!!  We have his costume and have been training him to keep it on for longer periods of time!  Seems to be going pretty well!  He doesn't mind the hat so much -- the wings are taking a little longer, as they squeeze his midsection a little and I don't think he likes it much.  haha  But we're making progress -- only 29 days til Halloween!!
What fun things are you going to do??  With or without children....