Thursday, March 3, 2016

A new name but still doing my art...

So it's been almost a year since I've done a blog and I am very sorry about that... Just a lot has happened in the past year! Too much to get into but I'm back now, and creating some beautiful pieces. I'm changing my business name from Brickhouse Phontaine House of Designs to Art by Brickhouse. I am evolving into something more and opening up my eyes to new possibilities! My muse, my beloved daughter Z has been my light, my love, my reason for living. She has given me so much inspiration so I dedicate this her. I love you, honey!

I'm getting back into paper art and my first creation that I am making is an origami crane mobile. Now I know I've done them in the past, but my artistic evolution has inspired a different style. I am also working on some origami wall installations which is going to be in my daughterʻs room! 

I'm also working on some digital art and getting back to my roots with painting! Oh, and I'm also getting back to my roots of aromatherapy as well. Gonna be making some great beard oils and beard balms for the hubby! I'll be posting those recipes very soon. We still have our Etsy store -- it needs some work but still got it! Iʻll let you all know when it's up and running.  Stay tuned for more!!

A little sneak preview of the stars cranes for the mobile 💫✨

Bleeding Hearts

Our beloved Z

   Winter on Jupiter

   Maui Sunset

 Swimming Hole in Vermont 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Just opened up a store on Etsy!

Please come check out my new store that just opened up on Etsy it's going to be great! And adding more stuff to it every day here's the link for it

I'm starting off slow but I'm working on a new website as we speak as well. Everything is really coming together, being an independent artist takes a lot of time and a lot of money, so every little bit that I do helps and every little bit that do you guys do helps me a lot thank you guys for the support!
Much Aloha too you All 💛

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My sister's not so baby shower

So today was my sister's baby shower, but Mother Nature had other plans. This is her and her husband's first baby. I made so many origami cranes and paper flowers for the decorations, but now there are living in boxes, until I can find them a place in our house. I made little Eddie an origami crane mobile. Edward is my nephew's name, can't wait to meet the little guy❤️..... 

So here are some photos of my decorations...

     Paper flowers

Crane mobile

Crane mobile

Box of cranes

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall-Off-the-Bone Oven Cooked Ribs!

I can’t say no to ribs….

Today I woke up feeling under the weather. Over the weekend my husband and toddler had a cold, and I knew I was going to get it. So I wanted something yummy for dinner tonight. I went on Pinterest and looked around on my food board for some inspiration and I found this recipe for Pomegranate Ribs. I took out the ribs that we got on sale, and took the family out for a nice walk on this awesome day in Vermont! Stopped and got some things at the coop that we needed, got home and started making my ribs.

First I started making my dry rub. Then I started on the pomegranate bbq sauce. I got the recipe from this one blog called Parsley, Sage and Sweet. Thank you so much for the amazing recipe.

I tweaked the dry rub recipe a bit, and the bbq sauce too. But if you wanna go with what she did please go for it!

Pomegranate Baby Back Ribs

Dry Rub ( I made extra)

2 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoon dried thyme
2 tablespoon herb de provence
2 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoon cayenne pepper

a. Combine all of the above. Preheat oven to 300 F.
b. Place the ribs on a foil lined sheet pan, sprinkle on and rub into both sides of the ribs until well coated. Cook the Ribs for 30 minutes.

Pomegranate BBQ Sauce

1 cup Pomegranate juice
1 cup blended OJ/Pineapple juice
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon *Lilikoi Jam (for those who do not know Hawaiian- it's Passion Fruit)
1/2 large lemon
1 small can of tomato paste


a. Combine everything into a medium to large sauce pan, and cook low to medium. Whisk while bringing it to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and let cook until the timer for the ribs goes off. Now the ribs should have been cooking for at least for 30 mins.

b. Bast generously every 30 minutes with the sauce for about 4 hours, depending on the weight/thickness of the ribs.

Serve with your go-to side dish and Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer is over....But I'm hoping for an Indian Summer?!

I'm excited to be back in school. I've been busy with school and motherhood, so I haven't had much time to blog as of late. I've been doing a lot of research on makeup tutorials, specifically on special effects and setting up a professional makeup mirror at home. I'm still setting up the lights for my studio, and it's coming along well. I will be taking more suggestions on what kind of tutorials you all would like to see, so please keep them coming!
This weekend I'll start making an apron. It's 50s housewife style, complete with a polka-dot pattern, and I'll be taking pictures and posting the progress. Should be fun!
Stay tuned for more!

Love you all XO...