french bistro chair…

I just finished another painting and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a departure from what I normally paint, but it was so much fun to do! I love french bistro chairs. I actually love lots of different chairs, but they’re a little pricey, so I guess I’ll just have to paint more of them to satisfy my obsession.

French Bistro Chair

lulie wallace love…

Lulie Wallace is my latest art crush! I discovered her paintings on the pages of House of Fifty‘s summer issue. There’s just something about the colors, the whimsical stylized florals, and the backgrounds that really speak to me. I’d love to see her paintings in person. Maybe I’ll get to Charleston, South Carolina one of these happy days.

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

rainy day biscuits…

When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! That’s exactly what I did today. It’s Saturday. It’s the middle of June. It’s pouring rain! So instead of fight it, we decided to have a completely lazy day, complete with fireplace, Christmas carols, tea and homemade biscuits!

Here’s my recipe for Rain Day Biscuits

Makes about 24 small biscuits

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

6 tsp baking powder

14 tbs unsalted butter

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Cut in cold butter with a pastry knife. Add wet ingredients and mix lightly. Turn out on lightly floured counter mix into a ball. Don’t overwork. Pat down into 1 inch thickness. Dip biscuit cutter in flour then cut out biscuits and place on un-greased baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes until lightly browned.

honeysuckle heaven…

It’s a drizzly grey morning here on the Wet Coast of BC. and I was so drowsy that I took a sloshing cup of coffee in the car with me while I dropped the kids at school. When I got back home, I was muttering to myself about the dreary weather as I snuck toward the back of my house (I was wearing my pink pajama bottoms under my coat and didn’t want ANYONE to see me…that’s the way I roll). As I walked through the garden gate, an amazing thing happened. A blanket of the most exquisite perfume enveloped me and made me stop in my tracks. Now I don’t know if it’s the rain that intensified the smell, but my honeysuckle vine’s scent was absolutely heavenly, and I stood there for a couple of minutes just drinking in the pure pleasure of that experience. Thank you, rain!!!!

sophie conran jug giveaway…

Somebody’s gonna get lucky on my birthday!!!! I’m giving away this beautiful hand-blown Sophie Conran glass jug (1L (1.75pt)). It’s really quite stunning and I think you’ll love it, lucky person.

You can earn an entry for each of these steps:

1. Go to my Nicole Jane Home Facebook Fan Page and click on “like” at the top of the page. That way you’ll like the whole page, not just a post. https://www.facebook.com/NicoleJaneHome

2. Twitter about the giveaway. Please make sure to include the following, so I know you tweeted “@nicolejanehome is giving away a sophie conran glass jug bit.ly/K1wiVp”.

3. Follow Nicole Jane Home on Pinterest   http://pinterest.com/nicolejanehome/

Draw Date: Friday, June 15, 2012

Boring fine print:

You know the drill…must be resident of U.S. or Canada and be 18+ years old. Void where prohibited by law. Sorry, Quebec…looks like you’re not allowed to play (it’s prohibited there).

Sun wherefore art thou?

Okay…this isn’t funny anymore…I’m not impressed. WHERE IS THE SUN? The look on my daughter’s face at Crescent Beach yesterday says it all for me. Not. Impressed. Seriously people…I’m thinking of moving to Arizona!!!!!! Lush green lawns be damned. Give me dust and sage brush if it means seeing the blazing ball when I wake up in the morning. I’m getting old.

At least I can keep dry on my verandah! But I still have to wear a winter jacket and clutch my glass of Chardonnay with a gloved hand. Ridiculous. Don’t tell Mark that I dipped into my inventory for a new cushion to lift my spirits. Chartreuse & black just makes me happy.

There. That feels better. I’ve now dumped my bad mood into the universe.

NAMASTE!!!!!!

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