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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

HELLO FROM THE STUDIO

THE GREAT FLOOD

STUDIO RUMMAGE SALE

TRACY MOREAU TO TEACH WORKSHOPS RIGHT HERE!!!!

RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO




Hello my painting friends! I can’t believe I haven’t sent you a newsletter since before Christmas season! You’d think in all this time I would have had the good sense to drop you a little note. At least to let you know I’m thinking about you all! Where does the time go?!

We had some wonderful workshops late winter and early spring and it was great to see so many new faces. As well, it was heartwarming to see some returning painters who felt a bit rusty after many years of not painting but who pulled off terrific projects in the end.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter!

All the best! Take care of yourselves.

Cheryl




THE GREAT FLOOD

of APRIL 2012

OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. It wasn’t bad enough to make the local newspaper but it was bad enough to temporarily shut down the studio!

Yes, we had a flood in the basement, which we did manage to contain, keeping damage to a minimum but it has been a most disruptive experience. Although nothing in the studio was damaged, everything else that was at risk had to be stored in there during the clean up.

You don’t realize how much stuff and junk you have until you have to handle it all in the wee hours of the morning.

The reason for the flood? The elbow pipe in our water pressure tank from our water well corroded away. If Frank had gone to bed earlier than he did, we would have had a major flood on our hands. When he went to brush his teeth, there was no water. Uh oh! All heck broke loose at 1am and we cleaned and mopped and used the Shop-Vac until well after 4am.

To those of you whose workshops were cancelled, you should have your refunds shortly if not already. Of course the workshops will be re-scheduled soon. Stay tuned.

Now it's time to restore the studio!


STUDIO RUMMAGE SALE

For every negative there is always a positive. In the wake of the flood, I’ve had a good, long, hard look at all the stuff that’s sitting around the studio. I got to thinking that there is no way in my lifetime that I could EVER paint all the surfaces that I have on hand. Time to cull!!!

If you’re a craft person and decorative painter, you don’t want to miss this studio clean out. The flood damaged none of the items listed. This is just a big purge and prices are as low as I can make them. Bring a friend!!!!

SATURDAY MAY 12, 2012

3152 Stonecrest Road, Dunrobin, Ontario

RAIN OR SHINE

10AM to 3PM

***CASH ONLY*** (if I know you, a cheque is fine)

ITEMS FOR SALE INCLUDE:

Wood cabinets, Wood Shelves, Antiques, Plaques, Plates, Trays, Lazy Susans, Ornaments, 2oz Delta Paints, 2oz DecoArt Americana Paints, Books, Decorative Items painted by me, and much, much more….


TRACY MOREAU WORKSHOPS!!!!!

You read it right! Tracy Moreau is teaching 2 beautiful projects right here in Ottawa!

Space is limited. You don't want to miss this opportunity.

Tell your friends!

Tracy Moreau's works are yummy with texture. The use of colours in her designs yields pieces that we can use to decorate our homes suiting any style!

Come paint under Tracy's vivacious, supportive and fun teaching style. Prepare for lots of fun, all the while learning exciting new techniques.

Registration closes May 13, 2012 - NO EXCEPTIONS

If we do not meet the required minimum attendance for both days, workshops will be cancelled and deposit refunds will be issued.




RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO

I’ve had the opportunity to make this dish for both a big potluck dinner and recently for some of you in the studio. Judging by the way it disappeared on both occasions, I’d like to share it with you. It’s so easy to make!

QUINOA, HAM AND WHITE BEAN CHILI

Makes 16 servings

INGREDIENTS

½ cup uncooked quinoa

4 cups chicken stock

2 cups diced ham

2 cups chopped red bell pepper, 1 big one

2 cups chopped green bell pepper, 1 big one

2 tsp ground Chipotle pepper, more if you're adventurous

2 cans (15 oz each) white kidney beans or Great Northern beans

1 can diced tomatoes, drained (28 oz)

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

4 cups of finely chopped spinach

Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

In a 4-quart pot, combine the quinoa and the chicken stock. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Add everything except for the spinach. Bring to a simmer, uncovered and in about 10 minutes the chili will begin to thicken. You’ll notice that the quinoa will begin to separate from its little halos. When you like the consistency of the chili, stir in the spinach until it wilts.

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That’s all for this issue. See you at the RUMMAGE SALE!!!

Cheryl and the gang!

EARMARK DECORATIVE PAINTING STUDIO

…where your creativity blossoms.

Published by Cheryl Poulin

3152 Stonecrest Road RR2

Dunrobin, Ontario

K0A 1T0




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