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Betty Crocker Holiday Recipe - Caramel Sauce



Since the holidays are upon us, I wanted to share a nice and easy gift idea. When I'm not creating art, my other passion is cooking. I not only come up with my own recipes, I also get many great recipes from online.



One of my favorite recipe sites is Bettycrocker.com. Now I love sweets and baked goods, but unlike cooking where you can add a pinch here and there, baking requires measurments. I might be a great cook, but I will admit baking is not my speciality. Because of this, I turn to recipe sites like Betty Crocker, to help me.

This recipe called Divine Caramel Sauce, is easy and for any beginner. It also makes a great last minute gift idea. Make sauce and place in a glass jar. Place a bow, bells, or even an ornament for an added holiday decoration

Ready in 45 minutes.

Ingredients..

1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1cup whipping (heavy) cream


Directions..

In 2-quart saucepan, heat corn syrup, brown sugar and butter to boiling over low heat, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Stir in whipping cream; heat to boiling. Cool about 30 minutes. Serve warm. Store covered in refrigerator up to 2 months. Reheat slightly before serving if desired.

Extra tip via Betty Crocker..
Divine Toasted Pecan-Caramel Sauce: Add 1 cup chopped toasted pecans after cooling in step 2.


Rottweiler Puppy And Black Cat



I wanted to share with you latest addition to our family. Last month, we adopted a four month old rottweiler puppy. Her mother was rescued when she was pregant, and named Penny. A few days later she gave birth to eight puppies, seven survived. This is Penny with her litter below.



My husband and I adopted one of the girl puppies and decided to name her Lizzy. Now naming her was not an easy task. I came up with Alice and Ophelia, my husband liked Olive. These were just three examples of many. Finally on the way home, with the new puppy car sick in the back seat, we came up with Lizzy.


Lizzy is now 5 months old and growing fast. A strong puppy and very stubborn. I already have a hard time walking her because she is so strong. I am a very petite person, so that makes it even worse. My husband bought Lizzy a cute pink harness. This worked for two weeks, until she decided to eat the harness instead. Maybe it tasted good. Now I am using a training collar. It is good for pups who pull and are stronger then their owners. So far so good. She is walking better and only pulls if she gets startled or scared, which is often because of all the loud noises of the city. 


Lizzy has already taken over the house, but in a good way. I can do without the pee pee accidents and chewing, but this is too be expected with a puppy. Our last dog Puppy, who passed away in October, chewed up a rocking chair when she was a puppy. Lizzy so far has only got to a flip flop, wash clothes, and the handle of the recliner. She is learning though. Rottweilers take longer to mature, but once they learn, they make the best companians to a family. 



Oh and our cat, Penelope, is still deciding if she wants to play or not with Lizzy. It's so funny. Lizzy goes up to Penelope, wagging her tail, begging to play. Penelope looks, puts her head up, and walks away. Penelope thinks she is too much of a diva to play. Penelope got along well with our last dog, but they both had the diva mentality. This included lying on the couch and bed, eating, and getting rubbed. I have a feeling once Lizzy calms down out of her Puppy stage, that penelope will be happy to teach her some tricks.


This is Penelope in her pretty sweater that my husband bought her.


Fantasy Fairy And Fairytale - Original Art



I have some original art paintings that are available for purchase incuding the themes of fantasy, fairies, and fairytales.

The first is my latest painting of a cute big eyed mermaid sitting on the beach. She is titled, Sand Mermaid. Perfect for any mermaid or fantasy art lover, she measures 5 x7 inches and is painted using acrylic paints on textured watercolor paper.


I also have a special painting to share. This one is dear to me and is my favorite pieces that I have painted so far. It is of a girl in a love spell shrine setting. She is waiting for her Valentine and one true love to come. Entitled, Valentine Shrine.



Fantasy Mermaid Art - Sea Siren On The Beach



I have a new Fantasy Mermaid original painting to share today. I just finished it this morning and am so happy with how it turned out.

Sand Mermaid - 2011

This is a beautiful mermaid original painting. This fantasy art features a big eyed girl sea creature, sitting under the bright blue sky on the sand at a beach. She has a long navy blue fin, brown hair, fish scales, and ocean bubbles.

Entitled "Sand Mermaid," this fantasy art measures 5 x 7 inches (12.7 cm x 17.78 cm). Painted in acrylic paint on textured watercolor paper.


Sand Mermaid - 2011

Thanks and Enjoy!


Fantasy Art Buttons - Handmade Stationary



First I wanted to show you my new Fantasy Art ButtonsThese art pins make the perfect accessory or gift for that little girl or teen. Place on a purse, backpack, tote bag, clothes, or a binder.  


These Art Buttons feature my Fantasy, Fairy Tale, and Bird artwork. These pins make the perfect accessory and gifts for any fantasy art lover. 
They measure 2.25 x 2.25 inches (5.715 x 5.715 cm). They are printed with archival inks on acid free photo paper. I used pinback metal shells for the back and Mylar/UV protecting covers on the front.
Every button is made in my house studio using a button maker tool with hand lever. 


I also wanted to show you my new Handmade StationaryThese paper goods are handmade in my studio. Can be used as a thank you note, holiday card, birthday card, or just to say hello. Place in a frame to create a mini piece of art.

These Paper Goods feature my Fantasy, Fairy Tale, and Bird artwork. Can be used as a thank you note, holiday card, birthday card, or just to say hello. Place in a frame to create a mini piece of art.
Made in my home studio, the note card and gift tag stationary set consists of:
Four (4) note cards that are blank inside. They measure 5 x 3.5 inches (12.7 cm x 8.89 cm) with white envelopes. 
Four (4) gift tags that are black measuring 2.5 x 2.5 inches (6.35 cm x 6.35 cm) with black ribbon.

Handmade in my studio!
Handmade Jewelry & Trinket boxes are another new product I'm so happy about.
Great for keeping jewelry, coins, hair accessories, pins, and much more. Place on a dresser, night stand, or bookshelf as a handmade decoration.
Printed with archival inks on card stock paper 
from my original artwork. 
 
Measuring about 2 x 2.5 inches and 1.25 inches deep. The image opening is about 1.5 x 1.5 inches. 
Wooden box is painted with acrylic paints & varnished for lasting protection. A hinged lid and gold plated clips or magnets close the box.
Custom orders available, contact me at Fantasypopart@hotmail.com 

New Handmade Rag Dolls - Fantasy And Fairytales




Hello Everyone!
I hope that the Fall season is going great for everyone.
Mine is turning out wonderfully and I have some nice art updates I wanted to share with you. 
Brand New Rag Dolls
I have many new rag dolls that are available. These dolls are so cute and are all handmade in my home studio by me.
They make perfect gifts and go great with any home decor.
Each doll is OOAK (one of a kind), unique, and come with a printed 'Name' tag that insures the dolls authenticity.
No two dolls are the same. 
Sewn both by hand and on a machine, the dolls are made using cotton fabric and stuffed with poly-fil.
I paint each face with acylic paints and they measure about 15 inches (38.1 cm). 
I also take custom orders for these dolls.
Please Note: More dolls are being added to my shop daily. Check back soon for new inventory.


Haunted Halloween Art Exhibit - Artwanted Gallery





I am so thrilled to be included in the Artwanted Haunted Halloween Art Gallery. This is an online exhibit of spooky, scary, and cute Halloween realated artwork. 

One of the images included in the art gallery, is my Forest Witch painting. The gallery can be view at artwanted.com under Haunted Gallery. Please stop by and check out the wonderful art that is included. 

Merchandise with image as well as many more images can be found in my Zazzle shop

Handmade Rag Dolls With Hand Painted Faces



I have been working hard on some new rag dolls. They are all handmade and have hand painted faces.

I sew each with both a machine and by hand. I use a variety of colorful fabrics, bows, ribbons, and buttons.

I use acrylic paint to decorate the dolls faces. These rag dolls are OOAK (one of a kind) and all unique. No doll is the same.

Each doll comes with their own name.

To view these dolls and some for sale, please visit my rag dolls page.


Vampire Art - Gothic Fantasy Original Painting



My latest original painting features a vampire girl with black bats flying over a full moon.


Entitled "Yellow Rose Vampire" she has big eyes that are pink, black hair, and a blood red dress. Yellow rose flowers are next to her on the ground. Perfect for Halloween or that vampire lover, you can find her in my Etsy store.

Painted with acrylic paints on textured watercolor paper, the art measures 5 x 7 inches and will fit in any standard frame.


The Fates - Greek Mythology Painting - Original Art



The Fates, Greek Mythology Painting.

I have a new Original Art painting to share with everyone. I finished it last night, and am so happy with it. It is titled 'Fates' and is done in acrylic paint on 8 x 10 inch canvas.

The Fates were three Goddess sisters from Greek & Roman mythology. These 3 sisters were believed to determine the destiny, fate, & future of peoples lives.

They did this by spinning their spool of thread & spool of life.

As always, thanks for viewing & enjoy!

Seahorse Art - Blue Butterfly - Original ACEO Card



coral seahorse aceo

I have some new original ACEOs to shear. All are done in colored pencil on card stock. You can find them for sale at ebay.

I have included some images on here, but more are available. I started a new series of Sea creature, seahorses. Also I added to my previous Butterfly Garden & Flutter series. ACEO cards come in an acid free plastic sleeve with backing board.

blue butterfly aceo

ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". These cards are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches, the size of a trading card. Perfect for art trading, art collecting, using as a gift tag, or placing in a photo album. If used as a gift tag, tell the person that you got them a mini piece of art.

orange butterflies aceo

green seahorse aceo

Artist Interview - Art Contest Winner - Art School Grad Of Etsy





Today, I have an artist interview up on the wonderful blog for the group Art School Grad. I was interviewed by the group because I won a contest that they were having.

Here is an excerpt from the blog post...

The votes are in, and we're happy to announce that we have our very first winner of the ASG Line and Lyric Contest... Julia Finucane! With April's Line and Lyric theme of Sunshine in England as inspiration, Julia created a lovely painting featuring one of the whimsical, doe-eyed girls in which her art is known for. And now, a little glimpse into the whimsical world of the enchanting Julia Finucane...

To view the interview please go here.

Thank you Art School Grad group. I am glad to be a member.

Enjoy!

Black Cat Birthday Present - Fantasy Art For Sale



This month of May is just flying by with being on vacation last week and my birthday was the 15th. I also got a new all black cat named Penelope (picture below).


I am now getting back to work with my art. I have a wide range of Original fantasy and fairy tale acrylic paintings still available for sale. Most can be found in my Etsy store or Ebay store. I have different sizes from ACEO's to 8x10 inches to larger in many affordable price ranges. Below are some that are still available...


Red Hood is an original fairy tale painting based on the story Little Red Riding Hood. She is done is acrylic paints on 8x10 inch canvas board. She can be found in my Etsy shop.


Valentine Shrine is an original fantasy painting based on Valentines day and the Love Spell. She is done is acrylic paints on 8 x 10.5 inch wood. She can be found in my Etsy shop here.


Blue butterflies is an Original ACEO art card that is done in colored graphite on card stock. This can be found in my Etsy shop here.


Golden Mermaid is my newest painting and my first mermaid painting ever. She is an Original sea fantasy painting done in acrylic paint on 8 x 10 inch canvas board. She can be found in my Ebay store here.

These are just an example of what is still available. I also have these and others available in fine art prints. All can be found in both Etsy and Ebay.

Mermaid Art Contest - May Celebration - MyTagArt





I have a new image available at MyTagArt. It is for their May contest that is going on at the moment. The contest is the 2nd annual MerMay celebration, Splash into May event which involves all mermaid and sea critter themed images. It runs from May 1 - May 31, 2011. To join... Please visit their official forum here.

My image Golden Mermaid can be purchase for online tubes and tags here. All purchases ar done through MyTagArt so please read their terms of use before purchaseing. Remember, You are not purchasing copyright. All rights stay with me.

ACEO's, rag dolls, and tag art for sale by Julia Finucane



I just wanted to shear a few art updates from the past week. I listed many new items on Etsy. They can all be viewed in my Etsy shop.


These items include the above original ACEO art card, fine art prints, and rag dolls like the one below.


I also have a few new images available through MyTagArt. These are for purchase for online tagging and tubes. This image below and many more can be found here.



Little Red Riding Hood Art - Original Painting - Julia Finucane



I have a new fantasy big eye girl painting that I just finished yesterday titled 'Red Hood'. It has a fairytale theme from Red Riding Hood, perfect because the movie just came out not to long ago. It can be found for sale in my Etsy shop.


It is done in acrylic paint on canvas board and is varnished. Painting measures 8x10 inches and can be placed on a frame stand or in any standard frame. I sign the painting on the bottom right hand corner in paint.

I also will have prints of this available soon and merchandise through Zazzle as well.

Artist Interview - Pink Fairy Art Original



I was featured on a lovely art blog today from a fellow Etsy seller named Silja. It can be viewed on her blog here.

blog feature

I was asked to answer some interview questions about my art and myself. Silja features different artists and crafters on her blog that have Etsy shops. Her blog is very creative so go check it out =)

My ORIGINAL painting, Petunia. Acrylic on wood, varnished, and ready to hang.

pink petunia

Fantasy Art Print - Windup Girl - Child Painting



I just released two new fine art prints on Etsy. They are of my images 'Victorian Windup' and 'Emily.' They can be found in my Etsy shop along with many other fantasy art prints and fantasy merchandise.

These prints measure 4x6 inches and are done in archival inks on lustre photo print paper. These are beautiful art prints of big eyed girls, both in rooms with wooden walls. 

Leprechaun Art - Saint Patricks Day - Aquariann Friday Finds



With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, we can't ignore that everywhere we go we see alittle Irish green. With the Irish theme in mind, fellow artist Kristin Cornell (Aquariann) chose a some art pieces to feature on her blog for the 'Friday Finds' Section. Each item has a leprechaun theme and I am happy to say that my newest painting 'Pot of Gold' was picked.

pot of gold painting

Thanks Kristin for all the lovely picks =)

Leprechaun Art - Pot of Gold - Saint Patricks Day - Fairy Painting



I finished my latest painting yesterday afternoon and I just wanted to shear it with everyone. This painting has a St. Patrick's day theme and features a cute leprachaun girl holding a four leaf clover and sitting next to her pot of gold.


Titled Pot of Gold, the painting measures 8x10 inches, and painted in acrylic paint on textured watercolor paper. I use colored graphite for some of the details and I really like how the two mediums turned out together.

Merchandise will be added today to my Zazzle shop with this image on it just in time for St. Patrick's Day. The Original will be placed for sale today in my Etsy store.

Thanks for viewing!

Love Spell Fantasy Art - Candle Shrine Painting - Valentines Day



I just completed my latest painting yesterday and I am so happy how it turned out.


It is titled 'Valentine Shrine' and is done in acrylic paints on wood. It measures 8 x 10.5 inches and is varnished and ready to hang.

It has a love spell theme to it and features a girl in a bright white dress sitting around a red candle shrine hoping for her Valentine.

Buffalo Weekend Trip and Florida Vacation



photo of fantasy fairy big eye artist julia finucane by a spanish moss tree in floridaI am back from a long week vacation. My husband and I visited our hometown of Buffalo, NY for a few days. This was so nice because we saw family and friends, and it's always nice seeing the people that we love. Being only about 6 hours away from NYC, we get to drive back home about every few months or so, which is always a good thing.

After the mini Buffalo trip, we got on a plane and head to Florida. We stayed for about 4 days at this lovely time share resort. The 70 degrees temperature and the sunny weather was a nice change from the snow we have been used too up in NY.

Our Florida resort was very nice and we mostly sat in the pools and hot tubs. We took a peaceful walk along the many nature trails behind our resort which is shown in the photo. I am standing near my favorite kind of tree, the beautiful Spanish moss which surrounded the entire resort area.

When we weren't relaxing my the pools or soaking up the nature trails, we went on an air boat ride of the swamps. This was so exciting and a little scary at the same time. We saw not a few, but a ton of Florida gators. They are magnificent looking creatures and an experience I will never forget. The air boat ride was one of the best touristy things I have ever done and I look forward to doing that again.

Valentine Art - Fairytale Painting - Works In Progress



fairytale valentine work in progress image by artist julia finucane

I wanted to shear with you my latest (WIP) work in progress that I started painting today. I am so happy with the drawing and can't wait to see the finished product.

This painting is going to feature a girl who made a candle filled shrine in hopes of finding her valentine. I am using acrylic paint on an 8 x 10 inch wooden panel. I am going to title it Valentine's Shrine.

Hope you enjoy it as much I as do so far. =)

valentine shrine works in progress image by fantasy artist julia finucane

Happy New Year 2011 - New Fantasy Art Website And Banner



I can not believe that it's already the New Year of 2011, so to celebrate I decided to change my blog / site colors and banner.

new fantasy pop art banner by artist julia finucane

My favorite color is pink so I did this for the background of the banner. I also added victorian scroll to the tops and bottoms of my link images for my Ebay store, rag dolls, and screen prints.

I figured new year, new website (well not all of it). I am also working on the store I have on this site, so hopefully I will have all items up and running soon.

Enjoy and Happy New Years =)

Happy 2010 Holiday Season - Happy New Years 2011



artist julia finucane 2010 holiday christmas tree

Hey all. Hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is off to a great new year. I can't believe that it is 2011 already. It seems so surreal =)

I wanted to shear some pictures of my Christmas tree that was 9 feet tall.

artist julia finucane 2010 holiday christmas tree lit up

Also I posted a photo of my mom's gift hanging on her wall. She loved it so much she cried, but she cries for everything lol.

artist julia finucane victorian windup doll painting with frame

Enjoy and Happy New Years!