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Paula Deen, Craft Queen, Has Taken Up Shelling

We all know by now that Paula Deen has dropped 36 pounds in the face of her diabetes diagnosis with moderation and by restructuring her plate. But what about Paula’s other therapeutic measures? Besides keeping the foods she loves fiercely (specifically, her fried pie, peanut butter pie, and fried green tomatoes) in her diet in teeny tiny portions and on special occasions only, Paula has tapped into her inner artiste.

After a friend suggested she take up painting, Paula told Woman’s Day:

“I said, ‘Honey, I can’t paint a stick man but I’ll try.’ Well, she unleashed something in me that I didn’t know was there and I just love. You sit down and forget about everything except whatever you’re drawing. It’s like a visit to a psychiatrist.”

She even painted some watercolors that hang in her grand-niece’s nursery. We shudder to wonder how much a Paula Deen original will sell for on eBay in 50 years.

And while she’s managed to avoid the world’s most stereotypical granny craft (découpage, obviously), Paula found her own kooky crafting niche: shelling! The Queen of Southern Cuisine purchases stone busts, and then peruses the oyster beds she’s raked outside her Savannah, Georgia home for shells with which to accessorize it. She calls it “the best therapy ever.”

How long before a Paula Deen gallery show in New York?

[Women's Day via The Huffington Post]

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