mixin’ pleasures {original oil}

mixin’ pleasures by katrina berg, 12×12 oil on cradled masonite, 1 1/2″ sides painted in red & blue stripes to match chair {no need to frame}

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The kiddos and I are big culinary fans.  This summer we’ve made all sorts of things together.  We’ve even begun bottling and canning our favorite salsas, soups, apples with spices, and tomato sauce.  They crack me up sometimes how serious they get about cooking: whether it is wearing an apron, helping me measure each ingredient, trying all my kitchen gadgets and tools, and stirring to their heart’s content.  I hope one day they’ll look back and remember all the fun times we had daily in the kitchen: our most frequented room of the house.  I hope they’ll want to share that fun and that vitality with their kiddos and grand-kiddos.  One of these days I’ll have to share some of the recipes they come up with: {mom, let’s make a cake with banilla, coconut oil, syrup, honey, salt, flour, ketchup, mustard,…mustard? no let’s be silly!}  Till then enjoy your next culinary creation!  ~ katrina

chip n’ burst {an original oil}

chip n burst by katrina berg, oil on cradled masonite, 1 1/2″ sides painted pink {no need to frame}

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What is it about short and stout, and cute and comfy, cozy…I’m not sure, but a Chinese Chippendale chair captures it for sure.  The third in a series of three similar chairs, this is the favorite of our resident babysitter, Kaylee.  She is small too.  :)  Perhaps that is why she liked it most.  Or maybe it is the sunburst pattern in the fabric.  I’ll have to ask her next time she is over.  I’m a big fan of babysitters that create with the kiddos.  In the past she has played school and done tea parties with them.  This last time, they created their own computers, and work spaces.  The builder’s computer even had his own microphone.  They had a wonderful time.  And if this chair existed in our living room, I would have sunk into it on our return: content that the kiddos had a wonderful adventure with their favorite babysitter! ~ katrina

queenie claire {an original oil}

queenie claire by katrina berg, 18×24 oil on 1 1/2″ cradled masonite board, available unframed (sides painted pink)

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This is really an armed Queen Anne chair, but I named it queenie claire after our daughter, who we refer to as the dancer.  She is stuck between two very busy brothers 18 months older and 20 months younger than she.  The dancer is our lil’ queen.  She is our lil’ princess that can get dirty with the best of them, has a spark of dare devil in her, a bit of stubborness or determination, {which I love}, and yet is all about the dress-up, painting, dancing, wearing make-up, doing cute hairdos, and creating masterpieces for her friends and cousins.  At present she is wearing her typical uniform: a leotard…her tutu is not far from her, and it is the third outfit she has worn today…another typical turn of events in our home.   She is an amazing big sister and mothers us all.  I love the way she finds creative projects and invites us all to participate.  Our lil’ queenie claire. ~ katrina