Christmas Lights from Coldplay

You will need to pause my music player to listen to this Coldplay song.


Etsy Shopping for Christmas!

This is a great news story from ABC's Nightline about shopping online at Etsy. 
(You will need to pause the music player in the sidebar to the right)


Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone has a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.


Winter Celebration at the Farm

Happy Friday, Y'all!

It's time again for the OFG Winter Holiday Celebration on Etsy.
The gang at the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team have been busy as Santa's elves creating new items for their Etsy shops. Lots of Holiday items such as, prims, ornaments, stitcheries, snowmen, santas, and tons more, waiting to decorate your home for the Season! Just click on the banner above to get a head start on your Holiday Shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!


War Eagle is this weekend!

Here's a few photos from War Eagle in 07 when we had a booth.
This year we are going to shop and enjoy it without all the work! LoL!
If you'd like to know more about this show in Northwest Arkansas, click here.

This weekend!
The drive down the hill
The scenery is gorgeous!
The trees are just starting to turn.
Just a tiny portion of the big crowd 
A few of my Handpainted Items in our booth '07
Some of our collectible goodies!
Our Vintage Hats
Even the cows enjoy it! :)

Hope y'all will get a chance to visit NW Arkansas in the Fall!
Have a great weekend! Will post new pics when we return!


Imagine John at 70

 Happy Birthday to John Lennon.
 Wish we could've had 30 more years.
 We still have the soundtrack to our lives... 
and can Imagine all the wonderful things that can and will be... 
Thank you.

Please visit The Beatles website for lots more info. :)


It's a Candy Corn Morn !

I am so happy to have finished my second E-Pattern with Terrye French, "Candy Corn Morn!" 
It's for Terrye's "Painting With Friends" design series!

 This would be perfect painted on a wood board for your front door.

The instructions on how to paint on softballs are included. 
They are so cute as Bowl Fillers.

If you'd rather not paint these yourself, the original items will be in my Etsy shop later today.

Be sure and visit the Painting with Friends blog where you will find 40+ more patterns for Fall, Christmas, Winter, and Everyday! Just click on the link in the sidebar!

Hope everyone is having some great Fall weather! It's in the 70's here today! 
Time for some yardwork and decorating with a few Pumpkins and Mums!

Have a great weekend!!
See you soon!


OFG Halloween Celebration

There's still plenty of time to check out all the cool Spooky Stuff at the 
The OFG Team on Etsy is a great bunch of talented folks! Head on over there! You will want everything. :)
Happy Fall Y'all!


The PFATT Blog Fall Giveaway!

Head on over to the Primitive Folk Art Talk and Tea Groups' Blog to leave a comment. It's your chance to win one of the many wonderful creations donated by the talented ladies at PFATT


Back to Blogland and Painting, too!

Hey Y'all!
Are ya' ready for Fall? Summer was soooo hot, even the birdies were panting at the birdbath! Now that the weather is turning cooler and Fall is in the air, I'm a happy camper! 

I'm so excited to be a part of Terrye French's  newest venture, "Painting With Friends." The photo above shows the items that I painted for the "Bakin' Thyme" epattern. Besides the color photos, painting instructions, and materials list, you get TWO pages of designs, including the 6 small drawings that I painted on the softballs and spoons, AND, a second page with the drawing on the cabinet door. I have this e-pattern in my Etsy shop.The original items will be there,too. These would look so cute in your Prim Kitchen. Just head on over to Oakleaf Hollow Primitives on Etsy to check it all out. 

Now, you must visit the "Painting With Friends" Blog! Incredible designs by Terrye and painting by a very talented group of artists! I believe there are 40+ epatterns so far. All sorts of designs for Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Everyday!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy Painting!
Happy Fall!


Special Mom's Day

This is a special Mother's Day for me.
This year, May 9th, would have been my Mother's 88th Birthday. She passed away the week after 911. Of course we all miss her dearly, but, my dad, my 5 siblings and I, and all the rest of our clan, have fond memories of our growing up. It still amazes me that she could cook up a meal for 8 people, and do all the laundry and cleaning that goes along with a family that size! She made the BEST Karo fudge ever, even when we ate it with a spoon! LoL! Most of the time she kept a sense of humor about it all. In later years, at our big Holiday get-togethers, it was always chaotic and loud with all the kids, grandkids,and great grandkids...about 40 of us now, give or take a few. It would be a bit intimidating for the *newbies* in the family! :)

I am realizing that our Moms are never gone, but they live within our hearts forever.
Thank you Mom!
Happy Birthday!

Hope everyone has a lovely Mother's Day!

My Mother Kept A Garden

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it's start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem...
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I'd need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother's garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me

Author Unknown


Earth Day 2010

Happy Earth Day!

It's a beautiful Earth day here in Arkansas. Thought I'd post a few links, some old photos, and neat images, as well as some of the most recent pics taken by my DD.

This is a gorgeous poster from the 30th Earth Day in 2000.
I can hardly believe it's now the 40th Anniversary of this celebration.

Need to know how your lifestyle affects our planet?

Celebrate our earth each and every day!
Here's a History of how Earth Day came about.

This link will show you how to Plant a tree!

What's an Earth Day without P. Allen Smith?
Lots of wonderful gardening info on his site!

This is a scrapbook layout created by my DD. She has more layouts and digital designs on her Blog_Kat Designed.

The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature and legacy of the quintessential American author, philosopher, and naturalist,
Henry David Thoreau.

We have a beautiful ornamental crabapple in our yard. The birds love to eat the berries on it.
And below is my very favorite Chocolate Morning Glory vine! Of course, I gotta plant something with Chocolate! :)

Hope y'all have a great earth day each and every day! Do like I did today to conserve energy....Take a NAP!! It's good for the planet! :)

Have a great weekend!


Happy Easter!

Here's hoping everyone is having a wonderful Easter!
We are so very blessed, and the weather couldn't be better.
Off to hunt eggs with the grandbaby later today.
Now, I need to go bake the M&M Easter cookies.
Enjoy your day!


Wren nest!

Spring is really here!!
Monday, we discovered a newly built birds nest right under our noses!

We saw this little wren flying out of it today!!
(This wren photo is from January snowstorm)
Well, it could be the mate of this wren. :)

It caught my eye as I was going in the house from the carport. It's on the top shelf of a big cabinet that I store my glass bottles in before they're painted. DH and I had NO idea what kind of nest it was 'til today. It's pretty big. I don't see how that little wren got some of the bigger sticks in there!

The front of the cabinet has glass doors.
When I took the photos, the nest was empty, of course.
We are hoping that there will be eggs soon!!

It's so exciting to be able to bird-watch so up close. I 'd love to get a pic of the babies when they hatch. Don't want to scare them, tho!
Will keep y'all posted of the progress of our new residents.

Have a great Spring week, Y'all!


Giveaway FUN from Irish Corkie Primitives!

Here's yet another nice giveaway from Amy at Irish Corkies Primitives!
It's a lovely Prim gameboard!
Head on over to Amy's blog to see more!
She has tons of cool signs and more in her Etsy shop, too!
I'm about to go turn the clocks forward and hit the hay, so this is kinda short!
Hope everyone has a great week!


2 Great Giveaways!

Seems like there are LOTS of giveaways lately!
Maybe the upcoming Spring season is inspiring everyone.

Here are TWO giveaways from JaNae at "Signs of Patriotism."

The first one is a terrific Prim sign.
The second one is a neat military sign.

To enter, just pop on over and post a comment at JaNae's blog , to win one of these super nice items.

JaNae also has an Etsy shop filled with more of her work. Some of the sayings are tooo cute! Find her store HERE

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great week!


Pioneer Loft Giveaway

Happy Saturday, Y'all!

Here's another giveaway that you will love!

Denise of "Pioneer Loft" is having a giveaway.

This sweet quilted candle mat is only ONE of the items!
Click on her link above to see more! :)

A bit about Denise...she's a fellow member of The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team (ofg) on Etsy. She makes beautiful Prim, Cottage, and Shabby Chic style items from her home. Check out her Etsy shop to see more of her wonderful creations!

I am heading over to my Painting desk to get a little bit done. (before the grandbaby gets here!) My favorite color this spring is "Spa Blue" from DecoArt Americana. I think I may even use this gorgeous spring fresh color in the redo of my bathroom. I think we all need some spring!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope everyone is staying warm!


Primgal's Giveaway!

Hello all! Gotta show ya this!

If you like Primitive decor, check out this giveaway from Jody, at

It's a super nice wood tissue box all fixed up to look Prim in your Privy!
Well, you could use it anywhere, for that matter! :)
It'd look great on a bedside table, too.
Just click on her blog name above and leave a comment.

Hope everyone is having a nice relaxing Sunday!


OWOH Winners!

Yes, today's the day!
The winners of the One World One Heart giveaway have been chosen.
I used the Random Number Generator to pick 2 bloggers that left comments on my OWOH post.

The first winner of my handpainted bunny softball is Pixie of Pixies Ponderings in Lincolnshire, England !
The 2nd winner of another handpainted softball is Flora of Bone Head Studios in Texas, USA!

Congratulations, ladies!
I hope that you'll enjoy my items.
I'll notify you via email shortly.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year!
All your nice comments meant a lot to me!
I enjoyed visiting all the great blogs. Now I can slow down a bit and RE-visit properly!

I want to give a BIG Thank-You Hug to Lisa Swifka!!
It's been a great pleasure! (I LOVE your top hat, by the way!)
Can hardly wait til next year!

Hope to see y'all then!! Sooner is even better!
Please stop by anytime! :)



One World One Heart

Welcome, welcome, welcome, all!
I'm so happy that you stopped by!
It's the One World, One Heart event for 2010!
There's still time to hop on your Magic Carpet and visit bloggers from all over the world!
Just click on the banner above.
As the time of this posting, there are over 1,100 bloggers participating in the OWOH global happening! Wow! That's a lot!

Please leave your comment , in THIS post, to be eligible to win my giveaway item. Also, it's important to have a link back, or leave an email address so I can contact you if you win.
I will use the Random Number Generator to choose a name on Sunday February 14th. Then on Monday, the 15th, I'll announce the winner.

Here's my item for OWOH.

Yep, it's a handpainted softball.
The cute bunny is based on a design from Renee' Mullins of Plum Purdy.

Kinda difficult to see in the photos, but it all sparkley with Glamour Dust.

Depending on how many comments I receive, I will add a couple more items to give away.
We will just keep that a surprise! ;)

Many, many thanks to Lisa Swifka of "A Whimsical Bohemian" for all her dedication to get us all together, and meet all the wonderful blogging folks worldwide! That's what it's all about!

Happy travels!! Have FUN!
Please stop by anytime!


Let It Snow...Again!

Just doesn't seem like winter unless there's at least one really good snow event. It was coming down in buckets yesterday! Yeay!

Here's a few photos. The first one is a *cistern* that I painted a few years back. The snow was just starting to accumulate. It sits in my front yard year round under the ivy.

Here's our pine trees. There are cacti under them. The super cold temps from a couple weeks ago flattened them out! They always pop back in the spring, tho.
We made up some pine cones with PB and bird seed. This little wren loves it! The pic is through my window, so it's a bit hazy.

These are the metal bands from old wagon wheels. (I think) Yep, we have lotsa stuff like that around! LoL!

Ok, I had to get my hands in the snow at least a little! This is DH's truck window. It had a thick layer of ICE under the snow!

Hope that you enjoyed my snowy pics.
Please stop by tomorrow, or by February 14th, as I will have my giveaway items posted for the OWOH event! (see sidebar for more info)

Thanks! Y'all stay safe and warm!!