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Friday, May 27, 2011

Hi Everyone,
I don't know what's going on with blogger but for some unknown reason it won't allow me to post comments so just wanted to thank Marie and Robyn for your comments this week . Marie your painting is on its way . I can't wait for you to get it so please let me know when it arrives . I hope that you will be happy with it .
It was lovely to hear from you Robyn, thanks so much for your kind words about my blog . I hope to sort the problem of not being able to leave comments soon .

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

TEACUP TEDDIES



Fresh off the easel ! 3 little teacup teddy paintings ....
size 6" x 8" on canvas board ...very very cute ..SORRY ALL 3 NOW SOLD

Monday, May 23, 2011

TEA WITH TEDDY




I have had an enjoyable time setting up props in my kitchen to paint this pretty picture . It is a painting of my bears and doll having tea ..Teddy has bought out her best rose tea set and they are having a lovely time chatting away while I painted ! The white shabby chic frame is a beautiful antique ..will be listed on ebay soon .. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cook Off continued

Missy had a great afternoon


Lorraine's pumpkin fruit cake

The Judging





AND THE WINNER IS .....drum roll please !

What a lovely afternoon . The weather behaved , neighbours arrived with their scrumptious pumpkin entries and we set up tables in the garden .Kids and dogs played hide and seek around the chook pen and made the most of the afternoon sunshine . The judges ,Graham and Manny had the difficult task of deciding on the winning dish . It was all very formal of course (LOL) with each dish numbered so that the judges didn't know who cooked what . We all waited patiently as the judges sampled each dish before deciding on a beautiful pumpkin fruitcake made by Lorraine . Then we all had a feast !! There were several pumpkin soups, roast pumpkin salads, fritters, samosas, desserts, and yummy spring rolls.
Now for the winner of the recipe sent to me for my entry ...what a hard decision! . I had a variety of pumpkin soups, cakes, breads and a recipe for samosas but the one that I loved handsdown for its taste and simplicity (even I could make this one ) was the pumpkin fritter recipe from Marie all the way from South Africa . They were delicious with their dusting of cinnamon sugar ..YUUUMMMM.
Thanks to everyone who sent their family recipes to me . I will keep them all as a momento to remind me of how lovely and thoughtful you all are to me and I will never be short of a pumpkin recipe ever again !

Getting my entries ready

Saturday, May 21, 2011

' BOY'S OWN ' ANTIQUE HATBOX



I have just completed this antique hatbox and listed it on ebay . The design has been wandering around in my head for a while now just waiting for the right piece to come along ..The painting is called ' Boy's Own ' as it reminds me of the annual books of years ago . As I remember there were Boy's Own annuals and Girl's Own annuals that were eagerly awaited and mostly given at Christmas time . They were packed with stories of adventure , games and puzzles and were read from cover to cover until another one arrived under the tree the following year ...am I showing my age yet ??
The Pumpkin cook-off is tomorrow and being judged in the garden . Our instructions are to bring plate , bowl and spoon as well as a chair ....and our entries of course ! I have had some yummy recipes sent in . I didn't realise that pumpkin could be cooked in such a variety of ways ..well I have had pumpkin all over the kitchen ...almost slipped head over heel on a pumpkin seed and I am sure will be finding bits for months to come but it certainly has been fun ....
Watch this space for the results of a fun afternoon tomorrow !
SORRY THE HATBOX IS NOW SOLD

Thursday, May 19, 2011

THANKYOU

Hi everyone who sent me great pumpkin recipes for the cook-off. I will be testing them between now and Sunday and will choose a winner by Monday . This lovely painting ' The veggie Patch'  will soon be on its way to the sender of the best recipe....huggggs

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NO PAINTING TODAY

I didn't paint today . Miss Ruby came to visit ...

Monday, May 16, 2011

TEDDY CARDS

These are a set of 6 teddy cards . I had them printed from lovely little watercolours that I have painted . They are printed onto good quality textured cream card, blank inside with matching envelopes. Great for gifts and all occasions and look lovely framed . I sell the set of 6 cards for $24AUD + post to your area worldwide . Please contact me if interested in buying kathykaras@bigpond.com/  I accept paypal *****

Thanks to everyone who is sending pumpkin recipes . I look forward to trying them this week . It's not too late to enter in the competition , must be in by the 18th so that I can try them before the cook-off that will be judged in the garden 3pm next Sunday.
                                                 ***Have a beary lovely day ***

Saturday, May 14, 2011

THE GREAT PUMPKIN COOK-OFF

I have recently moved to a lovely little town surrounded by peaceful farmland and gorgeous mountain views . Now I have moved house quite a lot over the years but this place is different ..I feel an inner peace and a distinct feeling that this spot on the map is where I was intended to be living .I can't quite put my finger on the reason why apart from the beauty of the place ...perhaps it is because I can see the two mountains from my kitchen window each morning ..the same ones that I saw as I was growing up and have an ancestral connection with . More than that are the great neighbours who have made us feel so welcome.. This is a purpose built town , forward thinking in its design concerning conservation and reducing carbon imprint . It has a way to go for this to be fully achieved but I am totally confident that it is heading along the right track .
The town also takes a lot of ideas from old towns ..you know the way it used to be before high rise came along and people started living in square boxes with no consideration for aspect or design to suit an area. Although the houses are of similar design there actually isn't two the same as each is designed for that particular block of land . High ceilings , rectangular windows and lovely old fashioned verandas just right for sitting and having a yarn with neighbours make them very livable .
The town has a community vegetable garden complete with 2 chooks, Josephine and Isabella. Local dog Missy checks on them everyday . Actually there are quite a few local dogs which is lovely since we lost our Cavvy Monty last year . They all call in to say hi while on their walks with their mums and dads . So far we have met Tiny , Trevor and Audi as well as daily visits from Missy .
As a result of a good harvest of pumpkins this year we are having a cook off competition ...AND this is where you all become involved ...a cry for H_E_L_P on my part as I am surely a better artist than a cook and I need your help to come up with a good recipe..one that a not so good cook like me can whip up and look impressive LOL.. At Kathy's blogspot I have decided to have our very own competition , a competition within a competition that involves you all . The winning recipe for a great pumpkin dish (that will make me look like a fabulous cook!) will win this original 12" x 16" oil painting called "The veggie Patch" signed by myself the artist . So please join in the fun and send me your best tried and true pumpkin recipe by the 18th May...Competition is open to all ..I will send the painting to the winner anywhere WW free post.
Please just post your recipe on this blog ..Or if you aren't a follower just email it to me ( why not take this oportunity to become a follower , It cost nothing to follow this blog and you can see what I have painted most days and sometimes before it goes onto ebay ) ,
looking forward to reading your comments ...this could be fun !!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

BEARY CHIC' BEAR PAINTING. listed by Kathy Karas


This pretty painting is listed on ebay ... SORRY SOLD

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

GRANNY'S SEWING BOX



I have just listed this beautiful antique hatbox on ebay . After quite a search I finally found one (actually two at the same time) and painted it up in a design that had been on my mind for a few weeks ..just sitting there ..beconning to be painted so I was very pleased to find this piece. I have named it ' Granny's Sewing Box'  in honour of my dear grandmother who was always creating , sewing and stitching beautiful things .
SORRY SOLD

Friday, May 6, 2011

PAIR MINIATURE BEAR PAINTINGS . listed by Kathy Karas

Hello everyone ,
I had an interesting day at the Wollongong gallery attending a seminar " work n women" . It explored many aspects of how creative women past, present and future achieve in their chosen artforms from visual to performing , writing and spiritual . An absolute treat was to listen to author Wendy Richardson recite part of her book about the lives of four women between 1800's and 1930 who lived through a coal mine disaster, two world wars and the great depression in the village of Mt Kembla. An inspiration to us all who attended .
The miniature paintings are this weeks special (a little early but I wanted something sweet on ebay for mother's day!)
Happy Mother's Day to all of the inspirational and creative mum's out there..my mum included , the greatest roll model in my life who has taught me the meaning of sharing , giving of myself unconditionally and for showing by example that nothing is impossible as long as you are willing to work hard and don't give up on what you believe in . thanks mum.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011