Monday, May 26, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I’m signed up to go to rug hooking camp in June with
Heather Ritchie as my teacher, but I really have no idea
of what project I’d like to work on.
When I go to a workshop I like to try and take something
that I feel will be challenging for myself….rug camps are
good places to learn and stretch your creativity.
Here are a few ideas that I’m thinking of….
I like this piece above, it’s altered from a photo that I took
of Lonnie while I was walking him at the park a few years ago.
I love how the light is shining through the trees. For me,
I think this would be the challenging part of the rug and I’ve
seen one of Heather’s rugs where she has light shining from
a street lamp. (You can see that rug HERE).
The picture of the distressed butterfly house and foliage
is another option….I like how it’s a bit abstract…another
technique I’ve not explored.
I really love this altered photo of Lonnie as well, but honestly,
I think I could do a fair job of hooking this on my own.
The next two are altered photos that I’ve taken as well,
but I just don’t think they are personal enough to warrant
spending that much time on, although I do think
they are very beautiful.
How do you decide what to hook when you go to camp?
This is what happens when you ASSUME
This is what happens when you have a BLONDE moment
This is what happens when you read something and interpret
This is what happens when you are bamboozled.
I feel a little bit of all of those things right now.
I just found out, with the sponsored giveaway, that
they (Artisoo) choose a blog winner from the blogs promoting their
art, and THAT blogger and that blogger’s winner are the
only ones who get the paintings…..
I was not the winning blogger, which means
NO PRIZE for anyone here.
Don’t worry TRISHA….you WILL get a prize….it will just
NOT be the painting.
Feeling bummed and a bit bamboozled.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I ended up using a number generator from
Random.org to pick the winner.
Everyone left such wonderful comments!
Thanks for playing!
Trisha will be receiving Claude Monet's
“San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk”
My choice is Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Cup of Silver Ginger”.
I’m a sucker for those chartreuse colors!!
I hope to have more giveaways in the near future!!
I can’t wait to see, when we get the paintings, if they are as
wonderful as they sound on the website….I certainly hope so!!
Didn't win? Don't despair!
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The $30 coupon can be used in purchasing any paintings on
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This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbiased thoughts.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Believe it or not, this blog post is NOT about food.
It’s about my darling husband, Kenny, and my wonderful
When we visited Patti in Florida last year, Kenny was quite
taken with all of the air plants and Spanish moss hanging
from the trees in Patti’s neighborhood.
A few days ago a huge package arrived in the mail and now
this is what our weeping pine looks like.
Thanks Patti for sending the moss…..Kenny was like a little kid
at Christmas decorating his tree!
Also, don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the giveaway
for the free painting. Go HERE to enter. Drawing is on May 20th.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Last week, when we were opening the pool, I went into the shed
to get some pool chemicals. While I was in there I kept hearing
cheeping. We have a little bird house on the front of our shed, but
it sounded like it was coming from inside.
On further inspection, I found that it WAS coming from inside the
Inside this bag of bags that Kenny keeps for weeding.
Today I was able to get a good picture of the babies.
I think there are four of them…baby wrens. First time the
birds have made a nest INSIDE the shed….mama is coming in and
out through a hole in the back of the shed, but the temps have
been rather hot, so we’ve been leaving the door open
for her so her babies don’t get too hot.
Just goes to show….you never know what kind of surprises
you will find when you are doing your daily chores.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Back in 2007, I decided to paint our porch white…..it went
I loved it at the time that I re-did it.
However, little did I know at the time….I would have to repaint
it every single year….what a chore!
(I’ve found out that I should NOT have used latex paint….it draws
moisture and that makes it bubble and peel, every year)
We also had a really hard winter and had to use lots of salt on
the front steps (which I’ve never liked because they are really
odd to walk up, due to the different sizes in the heights of the
bricks) and they are starting to deteriorate.
Right now, the porch looks like this…
The paint is peeling, the bricks are deteriorating, the lattice
is falling apart (isn’t home ownership fun?!)
We’ve decided to have the porch totally ripped off and redone
with flagstone and a bigger sitting area. The flagstone will
go from the house all the way out to the row of hostas and
it will be level with the driveway, so the porch will be not
so much a porch, but a large sitting area.
The man who is going to be doing this wanted to see what,
exactly, was underneath the porch. We did know that the
existing porch was built OVER an old porch.
So, he sawed out pieces of boards to see what was underneath.
Okay, he took out several boards.
(Don’t you love our temporary mail box?!)
There is a huge piece of concrete (a landing) in front
of the door, that goes almost out to the brick steps.
Underneath the window, there is a Roman stone planter.
We’ve decided to keep and use both, if the integrity of
the pieces are good.
We like “re-doing” things, but it’s fun to try to stay with the
integrity of an older home.
We’ve chosen Oklahoma blue flagstone, which looks like this
I’ll share more pictures as progress is made.
Once again, don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY….to enter
click on the picture below to go to the giveaway post.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Goings Ons…..is that even correct?!
Oh well, this is just a little of the “goings ons” happening
here at home.
The weather has inched into the 90’s for a few
days and now we’re back in the comfortable 70’s.
The flowers are loving it!
We have a few poppies out by the street and they are beginning
to bloom….these are truly one of my favorite flowers!!
So papery and delicate, yet so roguely rough!
The alliums in the same patch are gorgeous as well!
We also have columbines blooming.
The lush, girly peonies are opening up…..
I love the layers of flowers on the side of the house, near
We’re starting on a new project….replacing our front porch…
will share pictures of that tomorrow….it’s a mess now, but
hopefully it will be beautiful when it’s finished.
Click below to enter the
Drawing will be May 20th!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
I’m kind of excited……..
I’m having my first “give away” on my blog!!!
I’ve come across a great website called
They have hand-painted oil painting reproductions of popular paintings.
(You are supposed to be able to see the brushstrokes, and the
canvas comes ready to hang.)
So, not the ORIGINAL,
we could afford an ORIGINAL master painting,
BUT, it’s not a print either….
somewhere in the middle….
I think that’s kind of cool!
They also have FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURN SHIPPING!
All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on my blog
saying which painting below is your favorite!
And you just might win!
Please choose your favorite:
You can click on the name to see a larger picture
of the painting and you can even see what it looks like
hanging in a room.
2. A Dream
Winners are chosen by comments, so please remember to comment!
Choose one painting that you like best from the six paintings mentioned
in my blog post and make a comment.
1 winner will be chosen after 2 weeks;
blog owner (that’s me!!) and winner both get a prize - 1 piece of hand-painted oil
painting reproduction (costing about $100 at specified size)
which you comment that you like best.
There are 6 pieces, and you can choose any one of them,
at the specified size in the photo, you will not be charged for shipping.
I know which one is MY FAVORITE, but I’m not telling!! I’m curious to see
what YOUR favorite is!!
This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbiased thoughts.
Monday, May 5, 2014
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare
our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
Do you struggle with this?
I must confess, that on occasion, I do.
Blogs and Pinterest and Facebook certainly don’t help,
but what can I say, I’m addicted.
I think we all want the “perfect life” or perhaps
what we think is the “perfect life”.
I love to post pictures of Kenny’s gardening….
it’s his passion. Here is a picture of a new garden area
that he has been working on.
I think it’s lovely and I just know that the birds will like having
another bird bath to splash around in this summer.
Here’s Lonnie enjoying another area of the garden.
What you don’t see in these pictures are what is going on
“behind the scenes”….
Pool being opened up, murky water,
assorted “stuff” strung everywhere, concrete that needs
to be power washed.
I guess, today, I’m just checking in and trying to “keep it real”.
I want you to know that in all the garden pictures, if you look
closely, you’ll see wild violets, wild strawberries, dandelions,
If you live in a perfect world, kudos to you, as for me, I just
prefer to “crop” out the not so pretty parts.
Yay! Mr. Runt has found a home. I just knew that someone
would fall in love with that face….he just reminds me of
a dog that has been loved for a while and then tossed to
the side….thank goodness someone else has found it in
their heart to adopt this precious soul!
Good luck Runt!
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