New Art, Happy Heart!

We have some relatively new pieces of art in our home so I wanted to share! One is by Orlando-based mixed media artist Tic Bowen. Matt and I fell in love with his work during Twelve21 Gallery's Home Brewed exhibition last month. We picked a charming little shadow box filled with pointy-nosed bicyclers.

The second new artsy addition to our home is by Alabama folk artist Butch Anthony. He has been making annual visits to Central Florida for the past two years thanks to the fabulous Jeanine Taylor Folk Art gallery in Sanford. The paint-by-number skeleton deer is the third Butch Anthony original in our collection, and it fits into our living room's decor perfectly! Check out this New York Times article about Butch and his incredible self-made forest home here.

In other news, Matt turned 28 over the weekend. I'm no longer a cougar (until June, when I turn 29 anyway). I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, which was lovely! Made Smitten Kitchen's lemon ricotta pancakes (here), which were by far the absolute best pancake I've had to date! Super moist, fluffy, mildly sweet and bright (from the lemon peel!). I also baked Matt a pineapple upside-down cake from the Blackberry Farm cookbook.