Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Connect on Facebook

Hello friends! Have you visited my Facebook page? I just posted this Intro to Essential Oils class practice session, recorded live on Facebook. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Photography Portfolio now available

Valerie's Workshop has begun many new projects, recently all to stretch her creative limits. One of those projects was a series of photo shoots capturing the beauty that surrounds me on the east side of Madison and in Monona. 

I added a "few" of my favorites from these photo shoots to my photography portfolio. This is just the tip of my photographic iceberg, but it covers my favorite styles of photography; landscape and documentary. Check back often as I'm planning on adding many more images as time allows.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Portfolio Updates & Radio Station News

When it comes to design work, I've been quite busy lately. Whether for Valerie's Workshop or my day job at Rutabaga Paddlesports, I've been creating daily. The creative work has included images for,  graphics for social media pages, logo design, and more. I've even been lucky enough to photograph a few events for Rutabaga, so many of the images in the graphics are captured by myself.

The highlight of all of these projects, however, has been the opportunities that have arisen since designing the WVMO logo. As a volunteer for the Local LP-FM radio station, WVMO, I attend our monthly planning meetings. At one of the first meetings, I was connected with a few women hoping to record jingles for the station. There formed the Jinglegals; a sextet of Madison women writing and recording station id's out of their home studio. As the radio station preps for it's kickoff broadcast August 21, we've polished our jingles to include a twang, blues, polka, bossa nova and cadence style jingle. Just imagine a 2015 version of the Andrew's Sisters, minus the matching outfits (all though that's my hope and dream for when we start touring).

So, please take a minute to explore the links and images and catch up on what I've been up to. And if you're in the Madison area, tune your radio dial to 98.7 FM to sample what The Voice of Monona is all about. We broadcast from City Hall in Monona with a limited broadcast range, but you should be able to pick up a signal within a 5 mile radius of the tower.

   - Rutabaga Design Portfolio
   - Valerie's Workshop, LLC Designs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mandala Coloring Page

This morning, I quickly designed a mandala coloring page, similar to what I'd put in my coloring book I hope to publish. Please feel free to print and color this page, or share it with a friend! And let me know what you think. This is the first design of many refined designs to come. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, March 30, 2015


A few weeks back, when life had me so busy my head was spinning, a friend posted a picture of the most delicious looking breakfast treat; pancake sticks with bacon hidden on the inside. As a midwestern girl, my jaw dropped and drool started puddling at my feet at the sight of the bacon-filled treat. I cataloged the image into my mental recipe book and trudged on through Canoecopia and the rest of March, fueled by the thought of bacon decadence in the near future.

Finally, this past weekend, I was blessed with two days off in a row that I filled with that Spring cleaning I talked about last week. By the end of the day yesterday, I was starving and in need of a protein and carb filled meal to replenish me.

So, I picked up a pound of thick-cut bacon, cut each strip in half, and baked it in a 400 degree F oven for about 45 minutes, and the bacon was nice and crispy. While the fat rendered from the bacon, I thawed about 4 frozen bananas which were added to my pancake batter. Once the bacon reached peak crispiness, I allowed it to cool temporarily, to allow for easier handling.

To allow for quick preparation, I heated my counter-top electric griddle to 325 F. I then ladled narrow strips of batter onto the griddle, placed a piece of bacon on top of the batter, then ladled on a little bit of batter to cover the bacon. I waited for my batter to start bubbling before making the first flip, then over they went to cook the other side of the cake.

In a matter of moments, I was serving hot bacon pancake sticks to my son, husband and brother in law. I can honestly say I haven't had such gratitude for my cooking as I did last night. The bacon-filled treats disappered just as quickly as I prepared them. Fortunately, we had a couple leftovers, so the little man had a couple for breakfast this morning. (Don't tell anyone, but I froze four for myself to use in case of emergency ... or a high stress week). Yum-O!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


... And it exists at the bottom of a coconut latte from Java Cat in Monona. Photo and design by yours truly, Valerie's Workshop! #typeincoffee