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Dixie Candle Discount!

From now through July 31st when you purchase from our Etsy shop and enter the coupon code SUMMER10 you will recieve 10% your entire purchase! Stock up for Christmas, purchase as gifts or get our great scents for yourself!

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It has been many moons since I posted anything in my blog. Life has been uber busy. We moved 2 hours away to the foothills of Virginia. I finished my 1st year as an art teacher.

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Above my desk. 

I had my 3rd child, sweet little Scarlett, on April 22.

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My husband and I started a candle company; Dixie Candles: Southern Inspired Scents.

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Which can be purchased in our Etsy Shop or through our website.

You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

And finally I started a new Etsy Shop: Piedmont Peddler to sell goodies that filter through my life. Where I have strange things like a Haggadah from 1965 and a rare ink bottle I dug up in our yard.

Looking forward to my new endeavors and starting my 2nd year of teaching!

Instagram a Day: Day 9

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Cub Scout Belt Loop Extravaganza and I was in charge of the art belt loop. These are some of the drying color mixing paintings the cub scouts did. A fun little lesson in color theory.

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After completing this project for a whole week I almost forgot to take a photo on day 8. Driving somewhere at dusk I snapped this photo of a large enclosed electrical outpost area. That’s the technical term you know. Due to the low light and movement it created an abstract effect. I love the giant spark plug looking things, another technical term. 😜

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Christmas morning, after all the unwrapping, our cat Odin laid down on the coffee table amongst the gifts. He usually wants to be where the action is and he loves to lay on uncomfortable items, like scissors. I love this photo of him on the wonderful book “The Snowman”, which was a gift to my husband.

Instagram a Day: Day 6

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A very wet, rainy December day. It is magic what water can do to objects. How it can transform them from something mundane to something much more interesting. Water droplets in particular can make the world look so different, if you look through them. 😉 I really love this photo. I think it is one of my best from this project so far.

The Taking of Deborah Logan

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My husband and I watched this 2014 movie last night as an afterthought. It was something to watch when we otherwise had nothing particular to catch up on. I wasn’t expecting much. Hell at first I wasn’t even sure if I would really watch it. I figured I would half assedley pay attention and then pass out snuggled under my blanket. Contrary to my presumptions I stayed awake and paid attention for the entire 90 minutes.

This is one of those movies following in the footsteps of “The Blair Witch Project”; hand-held cameras from people who are supposedly making a documentary, but we all know it’s just a movie. When I saw this was the basis of the film I rolled my eyes and thought, “Here we go again.” This seems to be the formula for so many horror flicks of late. It starts out kinda cheesy, but it gets better!

The plot begins with a group of 3 college kids making a documentary about Alzheimer’s. They are staying with an elderly woman and her daughter in a big, old house in a tiny town in Virginia, hey that’s where I live! The whole time I was watching this movie I kept thinking I knew the old lady from something, but couldn’t place her. She is the soap-opera actress, Jill Larson, whom spent the majority of her career playing Opal on “All my Children.” This was my Mom’s show when I was a kid. I spent every summer afternoon and sick day at home watching that show after lunch while my Mom folded clothes or something. I had seen her for most of my childhood and I couldn’t remember who the hell she was. I was kinda excited when I saw it was Opal.

Anyhoo, back to the movie, it turns out this lady doesn’t just have Alzheimer’s. The craziness starts pretty early on. I think one of the scariest things about this movie is the fact that it is an old woman who plays the spooky part. There is something really terrifying about seeing what should be a sweet old lady standing with her back to you in a dark room for a couple of minutes and then doing some crazy stuff after all the suspense.

The plot is decent, not really believable and sometimes a tad bit hard to follow, but decent. There is some not so good dialogue and acting. There are way too many scenes where the cast is running around in the dark with flashlights when you know damn well the lights in the house work. The gory bits that make you squirm, the suspenseful spooky scenes with Opal walking around in the dark or being somewhere unexpected and the crazy stuff that happens at the end make this a pretty good horror film. It is the first film written and directed by the new comer, Adam Robitel. I hope we see more form him in the future. I give this one a 3.9 out of 5. It is worth watching if you want a scare or are a fan of horror.

The photo on the left is from Thanksgiving 2011, a previous 365 photo. The photo on the right is from Fall of 2012. As you can see I lost some weight. The 2011 photo was about a year after I had my second child. Weight is always a struggle; however, I now know that being healthy is way more important that being thin. Even on days when I think I am still too over weight, all I need to do is see how far I’ve come. I am about 50 lbs. lighter than my heaviest weight, over 10 years ago. Progress!

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“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” ~English Proverb

Instagram a Day: Day 5

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Back in November I went to an Art Ed conference and participated in a Zentangle workshop. I totally fell in love! One of the things we made was a bookmark. This gave me the idea to make them as Christmas gifts for people that I might not otherwise have gifts for. That is just what I did! Using watercolor paper, a hole puncher, yarn and the supplies from the workshop I made a bunch of them. I even talked my husband into making one too! This photo is a little glimpse into the finished products.

Instagram a Day: Day 4

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Taken at the beginning of the holiday bake fest. The first thing I baked for the holidays this season was a loaf of pumpkin bread. Every year my family and I go the pumpkin patch like good consumers. Most years my Mom steams a pumpkin for such baking needs. Sometimes I do the same if I have the time, this year I did not. My Mom kindly shared some of her fresh pumpkin with me. These are the lovely spices atop of the flour and sugar and other things: cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.