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JuNk DrAwer FriDAy! Lucky No.13


Let the Randomness Begin:

Buttering You Up:
Newest favorite fall weather treat?
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter.  Served on toast (spread with real butter) and hot tea

  it adds to the yumminess of  beautiful fall days!
Eddie Pierre and October Sunrise!

Get on the Ball:
Guess what I rec’d at my last workshop?

Half a tennis ball.

I know.
I didn’t know what to make of it either—not that I would have been any more impressed with an entire tennis ball, seeing’s how I am not exactly a fitness nut .

(FYI– when it comes to  sports, I was always one of the last one’s chosen for teams in school….the groans were audible from the side that got stuck with me….somehow the eye/hand coordination that helps me paint  did NOT translate to anything that involved a ball…)

Valee (the gifter) informed me that the half tennis ball was to be placed in my palm and used to scrub my brushes in so that my skin wouldn’t be the recipient of paint/turps.

I am proud to say….it works like a charm!

As for what I use to clean my brushes–I switch around depending on where I am, what I have on hand and….how lazy I am at the moment.
I first:
  • Dip my brush into my medium or vegetable oil
  • Work out excess paint on glass palette
  • Wipe with paper towel (this usually takes several passes to get the heavy stuff out)
and then wash it in one of the following:
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap
  • Winsor and Newton Brush Cleaner (this stuff is great for getting older paint out)
  • Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

What’s cool is now I can go to THE BIG SPORTING GOODS STORE and fake like I am a serious tennis player deciding which ball is going to serve up my best game;))


Brief and to the point–chain smoking as applied to your creative side is a good thing!

Show Your Work! Episode 3: Chain Smoking from Austin Kleon on Vimeo.

In Honor of the Fact That Life is Short:
Sweet and to the point, this piece of inspiration by Danielle Laporte struck a chord with me–to read it, just click here.

And yes, the headstone below is real.  Obviously they have/had a sense of humor like you and me…a bit off the beaten path;)

And before you ask, it’s in Kentucky and that’s all I have to say about that;)

The Beauty of Simplicity:
What I love about this, besides the good vibes and awesome song—is the proof that simply being ourselves connects and produces things that touch the heart.

If video doesn’t appear, just click here:))

So there you have it.
A post that starts with BUTTER and ends with LOVE.
What else is there??

Oh yeah, sharing…that’s pretty awesome too;))  Feel free to share this post with someone you love.  Or maybe like.  Or maybe hope to annoy.  We’re in this together you know.

Have a deliciously buttered, lovely week-end!!


  • Paula Adams - March 13, 2015 - 11:42 am

    Hi Dreama, I first found you in Carol Marine’s book. Which also brought me to AHA which I love. Now, there you are as a wonderful co-host…Now here you are!!! Love love all you do. Thank you Paula AdamsReplyCancel

  • Anna Falco - December 13, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    love your paintings !!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cathleen~ - November 5, 2012 - 9:52 pm

    Dear Dreama,
    I’m so overwhelmingly grateful for the goodness, joy, fun, knowledge you bring on your blog! Besides the COLOR and STYLE of your work! I SO enjoyed your Italy reports & now I dream of going to Gelatoville, Italy!!
    Sharing laughter is as good as it gets some days!! We all can share laughter to make someone else’s day brighter!!
    Cathleen Perkins~ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 5, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    I’m grateful for the beautiful day i had today. worked out hard at the gym, pumping iron to stay in shape 😉 after 50 an over, lol..i love to go the gym and on weekends i go to my “guest room” where in a small corner i had all my art supplies and easel to take me into another world, ” the world of Art” i love oil painting and graphite drawing. :)) Anita Estrada ZorrillaReplyCancel

  • wm brison - November 5, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Someone once said That everyone can play a good hand… but a special person learns to play a bad hand well. We are all dealt things that we would hope not to see and feel… we are measured how we deal the hand we are dealt. Being grateful is the first real step in getting through the impossible. Hope we all might do better at playing the hand we are dealt.

    Wm BrisonReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 5, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Today I am so grateful for the wonderful man in my life. Hubby – Eddie. He is always here when our children need me to stay in their home overnight for business trips. He takes care of the homefront while I help out the “kids”. He cares for our kitties Scarlett, Katie and Kramer and the pups Miita and Ernie. He feeds them, plays with them and keeps their home clean and full of love! Today I am grateful for Eddie! xoxoReplyCancel

  • lois MADELINE nicholls - November 5, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    I am grateful for social media and the way it has connected my entire family & friends, no matter their location on the globe. This week I was happy to find a wonderful, friend from the past, what a joy for us to reconnect.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 5, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    For me, November begins the season of being THANKful and December is for GIVING … my 2 months of THANKSGIVING begins now.
    Sandy Slade of Paris KYReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 5, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Pet smiles, hugs & snuggling
    Karen JeanReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Stoudt - November 5, 2012 - 9:08 am

    I am grateful to still have both of my parents who are in reasonably good health.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Wogan - November 5, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Grateful for bright sunshiney day here in central North CarolinaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 5, 2012 - 7:23 am

    I am grateful for another beautiful day here in West Virginia.

    Karen ChamblinReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 3, 2012 - 10:29 am

    Today we awoke to a chilly morning full of beautiful skies! How wonderful it was to awaken with no alarm clock and take my time doing things around the house. I am grateful for Saturday mornings and for you Dreama. Thanks so much for just being you. Please go to my page on fb and check out my hilarious post about Southern Women. I think you will love it! Nancy MakarReplyCancel

  • Pamela Nichols - October 27, 2012 - 10:31 pm

    Dreama, you make me laugh so much! And these videos you are posting are wonderful. Miss Haidee…so precious. “Everybody Wants to Love” is certainly a “pick me up” kind of song. Thanks for sharing your joy and humor!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - October 21, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    Oh Dreama! First with the Gelato and now Pumpkin Butter?! I am going to gain back my 15 pounds I finally got off! 🙂 Fun to share those little goodies…have you tried Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt? OMG! It is amazing and if you happen to have a glass of red wine with that? Heaven! So there- back at ya!!
    I love to keep my brushes clean and that is how I clean mine. Can’t have good clean color unless you start with clean brushes:) Great newsletter! Enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama Tolle Perry - October 21, 2012 - 9:07 pm

      Thanks Kathy! Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt?? Red Wine??? I was going to write a longer reply but I need to make a quick trip out….catch you later;)))ReplyCancel

  • June - October 21, 2012 - 8:10 am

    Finally able to get out of bed today (bad cold and very sore, ache-y back) and your Junk Drawer Friday post not only greeted me, but made me smile and chuckle out loud. I’ve had apple butter (can you say yum?), but have not had the pleasure of sampling pumpkin butter. I can only imagine how gorgeous that tastes on a freshly made slice of homemade bread, with lashings of creamery butter and then some of that extra gorgeousness on top…with a cup of warming, soothing, autumnal tea to start the day off right.

    Amazing how big and ‘cat-like’ (as opposed to kitten-like) Eddie Pierre has become. What a truly handsome fellow (don’t tell Eddie Bill that, though – don’t want him to get a complex – he’ll always be a gorgeous handsome boy, of course). I agree with Becky – what a beautiful autumnal portrait of Eddie Pierre that would be.

    I just clicked on the Danielle LaPorte link, and yes, what she so eloquently expressed struck a chord with me, too. Deeply so. I’ve just subscribed to her blog. Thanks for sharing that, Dreama.

    So much great stuff in this week’s junk drawer – thanks, as always, for bringing a lot of sunshine, inspiration and giggles our way. Enjoy what remains of this truly beautiful fall weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - October 20, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    One of my favorite posts so far! Totally charming and a great way to start off a Saturday morning. Thanks for adding a little beauty to the world! (PS — thanks for the tip about the tennis ball. Definitely gotta try that one!)ReplyCancel

    • Dreama Tolle Perry - October 21, 2012 - 9:03 pm

      You are welcome Christine–I always get good tips from my workshops…why else teach;)))—so I gotta share them!

      So glad you enjoyed the post–I have a great deal of fun putting them together:))ReplyCancel

  • Chris Brandley - October 19, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Dreama, I LOVE everything about this post! Great way to start my day. You’re awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Brewer - October 19, 2012 - 9:11 am

    What a great video..and so true!
    I keep my brushes in vegetable oil and when it’s time to clean I rub them one at a time on a bar of Dove soap with warm water. No harsh chemicals, keeps the bristles conditioned and my hands soft!

    Loving your posts and of course your beautiful work!
    : )ReplyCancel

  • Niharika - October 19, 2012 - 4:45 am

    Dear Dreama.. I;m a huge fan of your work and have been following it for a long time now. So, felt like sharing this news with you as well that my “first” exhibition is underway..

    Wish me luck 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Dreama Tolle Perry - October 21, 2012 - 8:59 pm

      Thanks for following along Niharika–and best wishes on your exhibition–that’s a big milestone:)!

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