The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 6 Issue 3 December 2010
In this Issue

• A Message from Becky

Happy holidays, everyone!

It’s been a wonderful year here at SDP Headquarters and we are all looking forward to 2011. We are starting the New Year with a newly redesigned website. Have you seen it yet? Drop by and check it out!

Speaking of the website, Issue #4 of The Decorative Painter is now on the website, and so is the Conference Special catalog. You have a couple of weeks to peruse the catalog before registration begins on Jan. 5. I just know you will love the classes we are offering at the 2011 Conference, May 16-21.

Our 39th Annual Conference & Expo will be held in SDP’s hometown, Wichita, Kansas, once again. This is a wonderful facility and the city is beautiful and there is a lot to see. Start saving now for a wonderful experience! The airfare is reasonable, the food is very good and the hotel price is extremely doable! (Your Decorative Painter and Conference Special have been mailed and you should be receiving them at any time.) We had wonderful comments from 2010's attendees about how much fun it was and what a really good place this was to hold Conference. I look forward to see all of you there!

One more thing: Here’s the 2010 Chapter Achievement Award form
The Chapters Department is looking forward to hearing back from your chapter about all the great things you did this year. This form is to be returned to the SDP office by Feb. 15, 2011 in order to be eligible for the award.

It is a pleasure working with all of you. We cherish each and every one of you and hope you have a blessed 2011!
Becky Gray
SDP Chapters Coordinator

• Where is My Membership Card?

Attention 2011 members: In order to save on postage fees and better utilize your membership dollars, we are sending your 2011 SDP membership card with Issue #1 of the 2011 Decorative Painter magazine instead of in a separate mailing like we’ve done in the past. Issue #1 will mail in late February. All chapter presidents have been notified about this change. If your president has any questions about this change in policy please contact

• Calling All Chapters!

We had so much fun at the 2010 Chapters Marketplace in Wichita. (Check out the photos above!) We’d just love for your chapter to be a part of Chapters Marketplace! Chapters Marketplace is one the most popular events at SDP Conference, scheduled for 8-10 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 in Wichita. Start planning now to participate. All chapters are invited to sign up for a Marketplace table. This event gives chapters a chance to make a little $$ while we all socialize and have a great time! Some of the items sold by chapters at the last marketplace were: ornaments, cookbooks, canvas totes, painting pattern books, watches, t-shirts, chapter pins, state/country souvenirs, mugs, aprons—you get the idea! This is a great opportunity for chapters from across the country and around the world to offer their own hand-painted goods for sale, as well as special items with local flavor that may help define who we are and generate a better understanding among members of our decorative painting family. If you have questions about Chapters Marketplace, please contact Chapters Committee Chair Carol Ganzi by email at Or get more information and download the participation form here.

• Wanted: Banquet Table Decorators

Join the fun! Sign up now to decorate a table at the Annual Banquet, May 20 at SDP Conference in Wichita. Everyone is welcome to participate: individuals, chapters, vendors, or teachers. Share your creative talents with us! If you are interested in decorating a table for the 2011 banquet please contact Sherry Choquette at (949) 770-2542, or email her at

•Share Your Ideas

We received this message from SDP member Peggy Jessee:

“I have been thinking about SDP membership. Could you ask the following question of our SDP members and chapters? What ideas do you have for promoting decorative painting, and SDP membership and chapters in your area? “

We would love for you to share your ideas about recruiting members. We will publish your ideas in the next issue of Chapter Happenings. Send your ideas to: and put “Recruiting Ideas” in the subject line of your email.

• New Membership Benefit

Have you heard about our new SDP membership benefit? SDP Business member DecoArt has provided an additional benefit for members of the Society of Decorative Painters only. In addition to all of the other terrific benefits you get as a member of SDP, as a 2011 member, you are eligible for 20%-off your tuition at the Traditions Online Art School. This discount applies to Tier One A and Tier Two Core of this innovative online school. See the Traditions Online Art School website for complete information about the school, including curriculum and fees. Thank you so much, DecoArt!

• Heartwarming Holidays

For the past several years we have featured a recipe and holiday memory from our SDP president, president elect/vice president, and most recent past president. We get such a wonderful response that we’ve decided to do it again. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday season!

A Family Favorite
By SDP President Pro Tem Nancy Genetti
This sweet potato pudding had become a family favorite for the holidays. It is both sweet and crunchy. Even those who don't like sweet potatoes, including the kids, like it. One of my nephews insists I make it every year. He says it never tastes the same if someone else makes it. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Sweet Potato Pudding
1 large can sweet potatoes
1 c. evaporated milk
1 ¼-lb butter, melted
Blend first three ingredients and then add:
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/4 t. cloves
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cinnamon
Place in buttered casserole dish and bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
3/4 c. cornflake crumbs
1/2 c. nuts of your choice
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 ¼-lb butter, melted
Mix, spread on top and bake another 10 minutes.

A Magical Sighting
By Past President Linda Biedermann TDA
My parents always made us go to bed very early on Christmas Eve. They warned us that Santa would not come as long as we were awake and we took them very seriously. Santa brought our tree and decorated it for us. I still remember the excitement of coming down the stairs on Christmas morning and seeing for the first time, not just the presents, but also the lighted tree.

When I was in second grade, we lived near the ocean in Rhode Island. I loved falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks, but on that Christmas Eve a violent storm kept me awake. I felt the bed shake from the thunderous noise and began to worry that Santa would be hit by lightning! I went to the window and watched the sky as it lit up with each thunder bolt. After what seemed like hours to my young mind, I was startled by a particularly bright thunder bolt. As the sky lit up, to my great excitement I saw the silhouette of Santa's sleigh pulled by reindeer flash across the sky!

It was then I knew that Santa would come and all would be well. I fell into bed and dreamed of what was to come the next morning. For once, I wasn't the first one up. To this day, no one can convince me that Santa does not exist.

Cooking, especially baking, is a hobby to me. I constantly try new recipes and learn more about the science of cooking. Nothing can replace the traditional turkey and mashed potatoes, but over the years I have found turkey is best if it is brined and the best mashed potatoes are cooked with garlic, cream, and butter. Try these recipes for yourself:

A Sweet Tradition
By Vice President/President Elect Sue Bowers
My mother’s sister, Auntie Evelyn, always made this for our Christmas get together and I remember always looking forward to it. We would come into her home and I would run to the side board to see if it was there—and it always was. She said the recipe had been passed down from her mother and from generations before. When Auntie Evelyn passed away, I took over the task of making this for our Christmas dinners and did so for years. As time passes sometimes little things get lost and families spread across the country. I had forgotten about this cake until I was asked to contribute a recipe and story. This Applesauce Cake brings back great memories and I think I will make it again this year in honor of my aunt and mother. Of course, as with everything, I always add a little extra to it, so will throw in a few extra candied fruits and so on. I hope you enjoy this recipe from my family. Merry Christmas!
Applesauce Cake  
½ c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar
1 ½ c. applesauce
1 c. raisins
1 c. nuts of your choice
½ c. candied cherries
2 ½ c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove
1 t. vanilla
Frosting Glaze:
Powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients except the glaze. Pour into a greased Bundt pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Mix powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze. Remove cake from oven when an inserted pick comes out clean. Put cake on a plate and top with glaze. Garnish with extra cherries.

A Fabulous Fling

By Lynda Freeman, Creative Artists of Central Florida    
Here are photos of our annual Spring Fling, held in May of this year. This year our theme was "My Favorite Things.” We had a wonderful time!

A Texas ‘Fun Raiser’

by Millie Payne, Wildflowers of Texoma
This August we held a “fun raiser” for our painting club, Wildflowers of Texoma. It was concocted by Nancy Nass, Sherry Merriman, and Patsy Deal (and probably a few mystery helpers that I’m not aware of, but they all did a wonderful job!).

The twenty of us started by painting a Santa face on the back of a spoon. The handle had been bent into a curve and everything we needed was waiting for us. As a beginner painter, compared to some of the outstanding painters in our group, I felt that even I did a good job! (Of course I had the pleasure of sitting between a couple of experienced painters, Patsy—while she wasn’t teaching—and Sharon Mayo.) Having a teacher like Sherry was a thrill for me. She makes it look so easy.

Next Patsy taught us to work with mixed media products. We used stencils and a pallet knife to achieve special effects on card stock paper. It was a new experience for some of us who have only painted before.

Then came Nancy’s turn. She taught us a new pattern using a clothes pin as a surface. The pattern is one of Patricia Rawlinson’s free patterns. We’d like to send a special thank you to her!

I think everyone had a fun day. We especially enjoyed guessing what the next project was. Nancy’s answer to our questions was always, “If I told you it wouldn’t be a mystery, would it?” Of course she was right. We agreed this was a nice fun raiser and a good way to enjoy a hot August afternoon in Sherman, Texas. We hope to do it again soon

Newbies Try Their Hand at Painting

By Sheila Rouse, Penn’s Woods Painters
The company I work for, Sutliff Chevrolet, always stages an event to kick off its United Way campaign. I organized a silent auction to benefit the campaign and asked employees to donate services or new items to auction. People donated services like home cooked meals, bowling lessons, yard work, landscape design, and so on. I donated two "Day of Painting" parties for five people. I provided the surface, paints, brushes, instructions, and a light snack. The two employees who had the winning bids decided to join forces and have their parties on the same day, a Sunday afternoon.
I taught eight ladies and two children how to create an artist trading card and three greeting cards, using “Learn to Paint” projects designed by Prudy Vannier CDA. I included charms for embellishment and gave the two children present some stickers to play with. I was so impressed with the five-year-old that I asked permission to submit her photo to you. Pictured above is Allison Filippelli with her creations. I must say she had excellent "listening ears" and when I encouraged her to be creative, she did!



Painting Angels

By Rella Keller, Apple Valley Painters
Members of the Apple Valley Painters from Maryland, south central Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia are "Soldier's Angels" who paint mementos for those in the military who are ill or have been wounded while serving. This is our chapter members’ way of saying "thank you" to service personnel for their dedication to their country. During a general meeting of our chapter, AVP members did a Paint for Freedom project. We chose to paint the eagle pattern by Toni McGuire CDA. Cards with the Paint for Freedom poem by Dorothy Dent were also created. These cards were distributed in the Washington, D.C., area through the Wounded TLC Team.

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