This is the Chapel in the Trinity Free Clinic which is on the Our Lady of Mount Carmel “campus.” Our parish serves those people in Hamilton County who cannot afford healthcare or dental care. The same building houses a food pantry and other household items that are donated. The entire center is called the Matthew 25 Community Outreach Center and thanks to countless donations and volunteer support, we have a beautiful new building to serve those in need. For more information, check out the article in the Indy Star.
I did the lettering and painting in the children’s reading area. Many people came together with their gifts and talents to create this building. It was great to be a part of it.
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Not much in the way of blogging lately but I thought it was worth showing you my latest little craft. My ADD brain was cleaning the house yesterday including the garage and I saw the empty door to the garage and decided to take an old racquet that was broken and make it into something new.
With my daughter’s graduation party coming up, her love and mine of tennis, and her school colors being purple and gold…this seemed fitting.
Too bad I don’t have a picture of my husband rolling his eyes as I finished my new wreathet.
I guess I should get started on the things that people will really notice like clearing off the dining room table and actually having food in the house.
What’s the craziest or most inventive thing you’ve upcycled into something fabulous?
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Meet Vince. He is a darling English Springer Spaniel and the apple of his parents’ eyes. This painting was done from a picture taken at a photo shoot for our vet’s website http://www.hazeldellanimalhospital.com.
Vince is a beautiful dog who descends from a champion, James, aka Diamond Jim, who won at Westminster in 2007.
I really enjoyed painting him. I love the pose of him in the photo but was told to take a little of the red out of his coat to more accurately capture his liver coloring. I’m pretty happy with the result and I hope his parents are too…after all he is practically royalty.
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We at Love All, love chocolate. Okay, I at Love All, love chocolate.
Who doesn’t really? There are a few people in this world who don’t like it, but frankly, we all know those people are a pain in the butt anyway. I think sometimes people feel the need to just go against the grain and celebrate their independence from the rest of us commoners. Well good luck celebrating without chocolate!
Above is a picture of a celebration at our school. The PTO put together a beautiful table to celebrate our teachers. It is “choc” full of love in the form of beautiful strawberries, bathed in the good stuff. The perfect blend of flavors. If you’ve never dipped your own, you need to try it. It’s really quite easy and a great way to impress people (especially those who don’t know how easy it is.)
There are many ways to do it but frankly the easiest for me is to buy the microwaveable chocolate and follow the directions. Just make sure not to get it too hot, too soon or it’ll burn and it won’t be useable. Trust me this does happen. You must be patient and actually follow the directions on the package. I just got the basic stuff and keep this on the down low but…. I don’t think it’s even real chocolate. That said, it works well, looks gorgeous and tastes yummy.
If you want to be fancy, buy the white chocolate and drizzle some across the chocolate and vice versa. Another trick is to dip the tip of the still wet strawberries in colored sugar. This is sure to draw more “Ahhhs” from your guests. I also love giving pretzel rods the chocolate treatment. Glitz them up a bit too for fun.
Enjoy making anything chocolate for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. It’s so meaningful to show your love with acts of service and deliciousness and who needs another pair of boxers with hearts on them anyway!
If you’re a chocolate aficionado as I am, you may like one of my earlier blogs…”Peggy’s Prozac” or try “My Wedding Cake Came in a Box.”
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