noodle and lou

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remember me???

Remember me!? whew, whew, whew. What a week...really 2 weeks!!! I let myself get so far behind in EVERYTHING...that it was borderline ridiculous. But you know what? That's what happens. And I am slowly learning to let it all go....goodbye yucky week:) Thank you soooooo much for all your lovely messages and the sweet hugs you sent my way!! So, the boys are out of school for Spring Break all next week. (yay for no school schedule and homework:):)) The boys are over their disgusting colds. The laundry mountain is slowly being taken care of. A couple BIG projects I was working on are all finished up. I'm back to creating some new goodies for the shop . I made friends with my new printer today. I think we will get along just fine;) AND...the weather is GORGEOUS!! I soaked up a little sun today and let me tell you WHAT A DIFFERENCE a little sun makes! hooray for that! I even caught up with a small stack of magazines as I sat in the sun...

So...things to share...

One of the BIG projects I finished up was a 30x40 commissioned painting. I want so much to share a good photo with you...but let me tell you! It is way hard to capture something that size with a puny camera like mine:) are a couple pics. anyways! Lots of collage and fun little scraps of special fabric mixed in..old family photos. You can click on the photos to make them larger...not good pictures though!

can you see the silly message Jake left for his Dad on the driveway:)

I haven't showed you these little lulettes that were a special set for a special customer:) Love the muted tones. I'll be doing more of those!! And yes...there will be another update SOON! I'm aiming for late next week. You will be the first to know exactly when:):)

look at the little one with the black and white polka dot door:) I think I might just move in there.
Henry (aka Batman) and I made some yummy Sweet Potato Apricot Bars a couple days ago. He did so much of the work and did a wonderful job! Everyone should wear a Batman costume while baking! Look at his cute tiny kid knife and he's chopping up the apricots!
Henry was convinced we were making them for his birthday ('s in July) I had to sing Happy Birthday. I thought they were delicious, so I'll share the recipe with you! The only thing I didn't love was using the sweet potato baby food. I'm sure you could use fresh pureed! No clue where I picked this recipe up from...I've had it for awhile.

Sweet Potato-Apricot Bars
3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 jar (4 oz.) sweet-potato baby food
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  1. Heat oven to 350'F. Line 8x8 inch baking pan with foil. Place apricots in a blender with 1/4 cup boiling water, cover, and let sit while making batter.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy...about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add sweet potato, and beat until well combined. With mixer on low speed, beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats. Divide batter into thirds. Press 2/3 of batter into lined pan.
  3. Puree apricots in blender, and spread over batter. Divide remaining batter into clumps, and sprinkle over apricots. Bake 35 minutes.


I have to share these adorable drawings Henry did today in the driveway! Gotta love sidewalk chalk. Or as he calls it..."side chalk".

I'm off to work on some little card sets for the shop! Thanks again for your support. All of your sweet comments made me smile and I'm feeling much more rested and back to myself now! See you guys soon!


Carmen said...

Your commissioned piece is amazing. If that's a bad picture, I can only imagine what it looks like up close and personal! Wow!

I love the new Lulettes you made for the special order. I agree, the muted tones are fantastic! You do such amazing work Jenn!

Looks like Spring has definitely sprung for you. Your little guy sure seems to be enjoying it!!!

And now thanks to your drool-worthy baking, I must go get a snack!



michelle said...

That painting is amazing! I clicked to make it bigger and I absolutely in love! I love the pictures on the wall, what a great idea! I'm sure its owner will adore it, how could she not?! Loving those little faces. Everything works better when you are a super hero, we have them often at our house! Have a great weekend, I can hardly wait to see which prints you put in the shop first!

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Your commissioned piece is wonderful. Love the new lulettes, and I too love the colors. And I can see that Henry is a young aspiring artist like his Mom!

Heather W said...

that large painting is FABULOUS! Wow I'm in love with it!

your boys are so adorable! and thanks for the yummy recipe.

Have a great week with your family Jenn! ♥

elmaelsiena said...

Hi there, love the Lulettes and the colors I can't wait to get some. Enjoy the sunshine it allways makes you feel better. It looks like spring has sprung.

~dani~ said...

Wow you have been a very busy girl. There is soo much work and detail in your custom piece...very nice! That recipe sounds fun and interesting and I will have to give it a shot! Oh, and your lil Batman rocks!

Anonymous said...

That commissioned painting is awesome!! Even though some of your painting are commissioned you should should make prints of them and sell them (since you own the rights). There is so much to look at! Great lulette houses as well:) Enjoy your Spring break with the cuties!
p.s.glad to hear the printer is working out..cant wait to se the cards!

sUz said...

hi jenN, aka, wonder woman! :)

You have been a busy girl indeed! wOw, your commissioned piece is fabulous, it left my mouth hanging open in awe!

The lil' lulettes are gorgeous in those tones and that polka dot door detail is way fun!

Henry, um, I mean, batman is adorable making those yummy treats and his artwork is so fun - just like mom's :)

I look forward to your next update!

iN jOy,

Ms Dragonfly said...

love your work, that heading is so cute. it's fun, i love it!

The Vintage Sister Studio said...

I love the commissioned piece! What a challenge that must have been. I'm happy you're back...I've had a little vacation as well. Sometimes you need a break from the computer!
Henry is quite the artist. I have some really cute doodles from Jake when he was a little hoo. They grow up so fast!

coco said...

Your painting is great,love all the detail. Was it hard to get to a point where you could call it done? The weather certainly looks better in your pictures, hooray!

Krissysart said...

Oh, Jenn. That painting is out of this world. You should really do more larger pieces. I know they take forever, you realize how freakin' great that is?? I wanna give you a big 'Woohoo' for that one!

love.boxes said...

Your painting is simply amazing! And, I love the new little houses!!!

Victorian Lady said...

Henry is SO cute! :) What a blessing to have a little batman to cook with! :) And your painting! I love how you incorporated the old family photos! Just amazing!


Kim Hardt Originals said...

You are a busy girl!! WOW!!!!!!!I adore the new commissioned piece. I know what you mean about a camera not capturing all the details. It looks fantastic though.

I am sure the boys are going to enjoy this time off. And mom as well.

I love to sit in the sun and look at magazines. There is no other place with a big glass of ice tea!


Diane Duda said...

30 x40! I can't even imagine! I had trouble filling the 11 x 14 I did this week. :)

I love the "happy" lulette! That's my favorite word. I think I need to collect stuff with the word happy on it. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!

I'm trying to get caught up too. I like commissions, but I hate having an empty shop.

Happy Spring Break!

Liz said...

Wow, Jenn!!! It's even more beautiful than I thought it would be... I really can't imagine how much time you spent on that piece!!!

LOVE it so much...


carissa... brown eyed fox said...

be careful... the lucky people for which you created that piece... their eyes might pop out of socket! that is to die for! they're gonna go nuts! very nice! truly awesome!

Sandy Mastroni said...

Your painting is so good !!! They will be thrilled with it.... and thanks for sharing Batman's recipe !

Tammy said...

Wow, you have been one busy lady! Sheesh! Looks like the paintings came out very well. I love your little houses. They are too cute! Love the message for your husband left by your son. :)


Lorajean said...

Wow you really have been busy! I love!!!htat painting! Grat to see you family is healthy. Spring weather is the BEST excuse for not blogging! ;)