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she’s home. they’re gone…

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she’s home.

my heart is soooooo happy.

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i tried to hang the cutest garland.  the cat ate it.

i baked a cake. betty crocker. white on white. lots of sprinkles.

balloons hung. thanks target for the cute polka dot balloons.

then i picked her up from the airport at midnight.  we drove with the top down.  we talked the whole way.  so much to talk about.  covered two months in 40 minutes.  that works.

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first thing she did when she woke up?  took a peek at the book sarah sundin sent her.  what perfect timing.

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then off they drove.

to visit grandparents and friends.

happy as can be.

um,. yes, i noticed that finger mason.  good one.  i’m kind of thinking i need to frame this photo.  it is exactly how i feel these days…. let it go!!!

i have until 4am on monday morning with her.  minus the hours she will be gone tonight visiting friends.  and i don’t mind.  i was in college too.  that’s important.  most of her friends are home for the summer.  but she is going back to CA to pursue her dreams… and get her chemistry summer class completed.  good girl.  i can’t even tell you how proud we are of her.

you go girl!!!!!

happy saturday.

-tracy




girl scout cookies, auctions and smiles…

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every year at this time i get bombarded with auction requests for my art.

i love it. i will donate if i can. and i try to a lot. especially if it benefits any school or activity our own kids have been in.

but this year so much has been going on. daughter to college, son in sports without a drivers license until oct. 31, sore arm, getting ready to put our home on the market, need i say more? i’m not complaining. just the truth.

so, this year i decided that i would donate a copy of my cookbook… and fresh out of the oven cookies.

it might not bring in the kind of money that art does, but it is still a donation at least.

and, who doesn’t love cookies. it’s one item your husband and kids will say YES to bidding on.

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fresh baked cookies, a box of thin mints, one of my cookbooks and a cute little piece of art with a saying by Julia childs (not pictured). who wouldn’t want to bid on that? i would.

the cute little cookie jar is from pier 1 imports. $10. so awesome.

i used a paint pen from artco to write on the chalkboard area this saying…

SO MANY OF MY SMILES BEGIN WITH YOU… THAT, AND COOKIES TOO!

love it.

and if you are interested in my little ol cookbook called “appetizers & desserts. who needs dinner… a girlfriends guide to entertaining”. email me at tfisherart@comcast.net.  they are $15 (addl $4 for shipping).

or here’s the recipe…

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR COOKIE

2 1/4 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 c. packed light brown sugar

1 small pkg vanilla instant pudding (3.4 oz)

1 c. butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

2 large eggs

1 sleeve (approx. 16 cookies) of GS Thin Mint cookies, crushed into small pieces

Preheat oven to 375. mix butter until fluffy. add brown sugar. mix. add dry pudding. mix. add vanilla. mix. add eggs, one at a time. mix. combine flour, soda and salt and then add to butter mixture. fold in cookies. refrigerate for 30 minutes. scoop into rough balls with ice cream scoop. place on ungreased baking sheets with about 1″ between cookies.  bake 9-11 minutes or until tops are light golden brown. go ahead test one. then let the rest cool. if putting into a cookie jar, let cool for a few hours as they are very moist and will stick together.

happy saturday.

-tracy


throwing a party is fun…

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we must start with crowns.

every girl (no matter what the age) needs a crown.

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let’s get real. we are 50. must start off party with diet coke…

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and crown royal.

trust me. it is refreshing. and it keeps you awake.

don’t forget to put out a bowl of maraschinos. because it’s a girly girl thing.

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and got get some funny napkins.

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great idea for the rafters.  i’ve spent countless hours tying knots then tying bows of ribbon. etc.

why didn’t i ever think of this.

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a fun table is a must. love the black and white. you can add any colors you like to it.

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and make the table fun.

candy necklaces and ring pops.

use white napkins and put out shapries. let the guests write their own message to the birthday girl.

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have everyone contribute to the appetizers.

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might i suggest lobster rolls on mini brioche rolls on the menu?  heaven.

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and how about a slider and dog bar. dont’ forget the chips, pickles and homemade potato salad.

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a photo booth for sure. right?

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cake.

oh the choices…

yum.

although by this time, the booze will be flowing. no woman cares what kind of cake at this point.

just make it cute so when she looks back on the photos she smiles.

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throw in a few good questions to get them thinking.

will anyone remember your private baggage you announce?

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and if cake wasn’t enough… keep smores makings on hand.

everyone loves a smore at 3:00 am.

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when the guests wake up, make them laugh.

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and quickly make bloody marys.

at this time you can get out the left over sliders and hot dogs and chow down.

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and throw in some donut balls on some cute skewers too.

sure you could make a wonderful breakfast casserole, but who needs to cook and do dishes.

not us.

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at this point you can also serve water. lots and lots of water before you send them on their way.

that’s a wrap!

happy thursday.

-tracy


donut kill my vibe…

 

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took the week off.

mason had the week off of school. had all of these plans. didn’t do one of them.

maybe a week “off” should be just that… a week off.

ok.

i’m in.

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i think i will get out some of my simply baked containers (www.simplybaked.com) and my old camera (fyi… wish list for upcoming birthday is a new white cool fun camera that takes photos and can upload immediately) and have some fun.

list: donut holes, melting chocolates, sprinkles, maple glaze, bacon, boozy cherries… get it all!

and maybe a bottle of champagne to toast with.

for tomorrow i will get back to creating!

happy friday.

-tracy


seven reasons i loved football season…

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gem day socks. love them. want them. need them. it’s not too late. right?

thanks @robkardashian for making these happen. and thanks @arthurgeorge87 for getting them out there.

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diet coke. my vice. in a big, tall glass filled with ice. or better yet, with a splash of crown royal…  and even better if i could find these cute bottles.

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lobster rolls. on brioche rolls. mini style. you can eat 4 or 5 and say it was one regular. yes, you can.

thanks for photo @katiegrossbard from instagram. love your photos and way of thinking.

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comfy outfits. for games on tv and in the stands. it’s ok to dress this way for football. and if you are just watching your team on tv then it doesn’t matter if you are wearing team colors. these pants look like they have every teams color in them anyway . perfect..

gotta go look on www.nordstrom.com or www.adidas.com – cute spring stuff.

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vodka is ok to drink in the morning…  if added to a bloody mary.  if you don’t want to buy all of the ingredients, get to sam’s tavern in seattle and have them make you one… or two. with sliders on top!  i discovered these when my friends took me for my 50th. they researched where to have the “best bloody mary in seattle”. took us straight to sams. they were right.

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football art. by me. great quote. look for art for sale this summer. on this site.

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then there is instagram. people ask why i’m posting so much lately. well, for a few years i posted about 7 photos. and it dawned on me that i could keep my photos, wants, needs, etc in one place and make myself a book each year. so, that’s why.

and anything beachy catches my eye. thanks @frankieboutique for selling this top. i am coming in this week to buy it. hope it’s still there. in my size. because the one sunny day we had this week makes me crave the beach.

now… on to baseball season (my favorite).

happy monday.

-tracy


i am an official instagram junkie…

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my daughter @fisher_brooke told me i’d like instagram.  i thought it was too much work to figure out something new.

boy was i wrong.

now i’m ON. feel free to follow me @hellotracy if you are a lover of art, food and homes that you swear you could pull off. in your dreams. lots of sarcasm. big surprise. a dreamer of a new wardrobe, jewelry and hair you’ll never pull off or afford. you know, the usual “girl” stuff.

please excuse me as i probably post at the wrong times.  probably post too many or too little photos.  probably don’t know you are following me because i just figured that out yesterday. so many “probably’s”. oh well. too bad.

now, log on!

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love love love instagram. until something better comes along for this photo, quote, food, clothing, art, sign, jewelry, cocktail,, purse, sunglass, flip flop, beach, “family AND carreer” girl.

happy monday.

-tracy


i love it when i get a sign i’ve been waiting for. thanks God, and Lisa Rinna…

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so, i wake up this morning (ok, i was actually laying back down after taking my kid to school… you caught me… exhausted… didn’t sleep last night… don’t know why… as my aunt says “your committee in your head must be keeping you awake”… yep, too much thinking, not enough sleeping), and my cousin, kim ohlson, texted me this photo.

seriously?

a piece of art i painted (with rascal flats lyrics on it) was on Lisa Rinna’s instagram page!

this is similar to the painting (as each one is painted individually) i gave to our daughter when she went off to CA this year to chase her dreams.  and she is chasing them i tell you.  so proud of that girl of ours.

but…

how cool is this?

i love love love Lisa Rinna.

i’ve loved her since reading about her shop (never got to see it, but dreamed about the clothes in it for a long time). i’ve watched her on Days Of Our Lives forever.  and she is my favorite wife on RHOBH.  yes, i am a reality junkie.  i know who is real… and this girl has got it going on!!!

anyway, it’s weird how things happens.  i was just talking about quitting facebook the other day.  and getting back into instagram.  not that i was ever really into instagram.  it’s apparent from looking at it.  i think i have about 10 photos on there from the past 5 years…haha..  it started with getting an account to stalk my kids in middle school so i knew they were being appropriate on social media.  but now i love that it is like one big photo album of your life.  and that is soooo up my alley.  i am fresh from returning from CA as i just helped brookie move into a new place.  i felt renewed.  i was ready to make changes.  i was ready to paint.  i kept saying all week, “i’ll update it.  i’ll do it tomorrow.  i really will….”.  then life gets in the way.  old habits form.

well, not now!

this was my sign.  this morning.  changes are happening.  thanks, lisa (even though you have no idea who i am and how much of an influence this one post of yours made in my life).  funny how people we have never met send us in a direction we didn’t realize we were going to take so soon.

so, i’m back.

on instagram. and painting. and dreaming my dreams.

just for fun… thought you might like to see a few pieces i have hanging around my own home…

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the original Fisher Family Vintage.

what started it all.  my style has changed a little.  the bottles aren’t so jug-like. and more information fits on the story.

email me if you are interested in one.  i have a few openings left for 2016.

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i love painting these little framed pieces.  it reminds me that when our kids are home (and husband too), i will always be able to say, “party of 4, please”.  I like that.

art lisa rinna doorway

this is what you see when you leave our home.  next to the front door.  next to the coat rack that is piled with baseball caps, scarves and rain coats.  and the beautiful ceramic cross my mom bought me when i turned 40.  she took me to laguna beach, my birth place, and drove me around to my old house, the hospital where i was born, and the bar that my dad went to after she delivered me… and he bought everyone a drink.  um, these days, there’s no way the husband gets to leave the bedside to go for drinks after the baby is born…haha.  after the fun trip down memory lane, she took me to san juan capistrano.  i saw this cross in the window of a store.  it has a leather cord.  i fell in love.  she bought it for me.  and it has been hanging next to that door ever since. almost 12 years.

art lisa rinna apple

one day i was watching oprah.  and gwyneth paltrow came on her show.  she had just had a baby.  and had named her apple.  and she told the story why.  i loved it.  and i painted this.  yes, many years ago.  one day i hope to give it to her.  it’s been in our bar room, hanging on the wall since that day.  anyone know gwyneth?  if so, give her my email address.

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i love my family. and they love us too. most of the time.  haha.  i’ve painted a few of these for people that have the same feeling.  love it.  it sits on my bookshelf, next to a photo i just bought in venice beach.  i love buying art from locals when i travel.  the artist/photographer was one of the vendors on the side of the skate path.  and i loved this piece.  and if you look closely, you will see a butterfly.  when my dad passed away last year i was told to look for white butterflies passing by.  it would mean my dad was near.  funny thing is i see them all of the time.  greg’s mom sent me a beautiful basket of all white flowers and this sparkly gold butterfly was pinned on top.  she then passed away suddenly.  a shock to our family a few months back.  and that butterfly has been on our book shelf every day since.  it might not be white, but it’s sparkly and happy… and i love it.

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this is a little piece i made a long long long time ago from pages from one of my kids story books.  i cut them out and glued them on.  a reminder that He loves us all.

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this piece hangs way up high in my office/studio. about 10 years ago this guy commissioned me to make a very large painting for his girlfriend.  i was so excited.  because he offered me a lot of money compared to what i was making those days.  he gave me his number.  i painted the piece. and he never answered his phone. ever. talk about a sad moment. i always assume people are good on their word.  my parents taught us that was important.  keep you word.  oh well.  lesson learned.  i covered the flower on her swim cap with sequins and put more blonde in her hair and called her “brooke”.  and now it is mine.  how lucky am i?

art lisa rinna kitchen art

i have a red wall in our kitchen.  I’ve repainted all of our walls a cool taupe color.  but for some reason this one wall did not get painted over at the time.  i must have liked red.  now i can’t remember the paint color on the other walls.  i guess this one will just remain red.  i cover it up a lot with art and photos. this is what hangs there now.

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this piece hangs in our bar room (which is technically our living room but we never used it so we turned it into a bar room with tv, games, bar and the usual mess… yep, right as you walk into the door).  i made a few of these for a show years ago and pulled this one aside.  it was mine.  i knew it as i was painting it.

art lisa rinna wealthy

don’t get me wrong.  i love money. it can buy fun vacations to see my daughter… and lots of converse sneakers… and the little white convertible bug i dream about that my husband says “one day, dear”.

i did a painting for someone as a thank you from garth brooks.  it was a very personal piece with lots of information on the recipients life and all of his accomplishments.  it was really really cool. i don’t talk about my celebrity work much because they don’t like me posting the actual art.  it’s always personal.  word art.  but i loved the story because i worked with one of his guys to get it finished in time. then shipped it to an airport that garth would be arriving at for a layover so he could sign it. then it went to the place it was meant to be.  when i saw this quote i loved it.  when i saw who said it, i loved it more.

art lisa rinna wondeful

notice anything wrong with this piece?  no, it’s not the broken piece of glass i had to take out after it fell off the wall.  yep, “wonderful” is misspelled.  so it hangs in our home.  on the wall.  has for years.  it makes me laugh every time i look at it.  reminds me we aren’t perfect.  and the funny party is that a few people have offered to buy it from me.  no.  it’s mine.  my original piece of flubbed up art.

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and this one hangs over our tub.  the tub used by me… oh, and my son with epsom salts after a long baseball weekend… and our cat.  yes, our cat loves to take baths.  hilarious.  funny cat.  i love the saying on this.  i read it every morning when i get ready.  chocolate and martinis?  sure, why not.  i’ve made quite a few of these for the girls in our area (40th, 50th, even 60th bdays).  just adjust the hair color, drink and dessert choice.  fun.

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as i end this post, i have to put this photo up from my computer.  it’s a little blurry.  just snapped it from my cel phone.  look…. brooke (fisher_brooke) left lisa rinna a message.  my heart is melting.  thanks brookie.  and lisa, I’m sorry to hear about your dad.  maybe one day i can put him into a story for you on canvas.

happy thursday.

-tracy

 


hello yellow…

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i love yellow.  because brooke went through a “yellow” stage when she was little.  she had to wear these yellow jeans every day.  she sees them in photos now and asks why i would dress her like that.  um, hello.  yellow.  your choice.

and she used to sing…  you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are GREG (after her dad) to mason when he was a baby.

so, you ask why i like yellow?

memories of her childhood.  the sun.  it’s a happy color.  just that.

sign available on www.etsy.com

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what a great book.  i want it.

www.martinpatrick3.com

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i ate lemon pudding cake throughout my whole pregnancy with mason.  even named it “pregnant with mason lemon dessert”

(it’s in my cookbook.  and yes, I have a bout 20 left in stock if anyone needs a Christmas gift.  just email me)

note to self:  make that dessert soon. very soon.

or go to the store and buy lemon gelato.

can make your own if you like.  sounds kind of easy.

thanks for the recipe www.tasteofhome.com

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i’m smiling just looking at these.

must buy at www.shopwaitingonmartha.com

fyi… that’s a website i will be spending money on next year.  love the home stuff.

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i know i might possibly be the most unorganized person in my home.

hey, you try working out of your home.  easiest to just have one messy place that only i know where things are.  and that is my studio/office in a nutshell.

but i’m good when it comes to organizing for others.  and that makes me happy.  so i might need this.

www.livegivelove1.blogspot.com

note to future bosses… i am very organized in the work place!  just wanted to let you know.

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love love love.

and it’s from my favorite shop in my favorite town in the world.

thanks tuvalu in laguna beach, ca.

coming to see you next month… www.tuvaluhome.com

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well, it’s raining outside.  again.  like every other day this week.

that’s washington state for you.

maybe i should have put this on my Christmas list.

thanks for making the rain fun www.buzzfeed.com

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well, i have 10 hours to decorate our home for broooke’s arrival.

gotta get making the popcorn cake i posted about yesterday.

happy thursday.

-tracy