Giveaway for Christmas!

There's a great giveaway going on over at 
the Old Cupboard Door! 
You might be the proud owner of this sweet breadboard 
hand painted by Willa Croft! 
Just click on the photo to go to her site. 
While you're there check out some of the 
her other wonderful items!
They'd make terrific Christmas presents!

Thanks for stopping by!


I'm in Holiday Crafts Magazine! Woot!

Yeay, it's here! The Better Homes and Gardens "Holiday Crafts" magazine is out on newsstands now!
The cabinet door that I painted for Terrye French's "Painting With Friends," is on page 21. It has all the instructions on page 32 and, the pattern in the middle, of course. :) There are lots of other terrific crafts for the Holidays,too! I love the paper

This is the original piece. I had already 
sold it on Etsy.I painted 
a second one to send to BHandG.

We ran across the magazine quite by accident, as we were checking out at Wal Mart. Hubby saw it first. (Thank you, dear!) I had to buy at least 5 copies!  I was so excited that I had to show it to the cashier and the lady in line behind us! LoL!

In case you'd rather buy the e-pattern directly, and INstantly start painting, just head on over to the Painting With Friends site, OR my Etsy shop... Oakleaf Hollow Primitives.

I want to send a BIG Thank-You to Terrye French and the Painting With Friends Folks....also the sweet ladies over at Holiday Crafts magazine who helped me through the whole process! 

I am still on Cloud 9!!
Hugs to all!


Painting With Friends July Celebration!

Hello all! 
It's too hot outside to do anything. So the plan here is, to *paint!* The perfect place to pick up a few great e-patterns to paint up is at Terrye French's *Painting With Friends* site!! It's our 2nd Anniversary Celebration!  While you're there enter the giveaway, and grab a freebie or two. 

There are lots of new Santas, Snowmen, Angels, and more!
This Folk Art Santa, beautifully painted by Deb Antonick,  is one of my favorites. Click here to go directly to this pattern.

This is part of the Christmas Cat design 
that I painted for PWF. 
Everyone needs a mischievous kitty cat 
to liven things up under the tree! ;) 
See more of him...

Stay cool indoors, and get ready for Fall and Christmas! 
It's never too early to start painting a nice gift for your relatives or friends.
Have fun and be careful if you go out in this heat!


Mother's Day and a movie!

I hope everyone is having a nice Mother's Day!

This is one of my fave classic movies . 
1948's "I Remember Mama" with Irene Dunn
(You may need to pause my music at the right)

Here's the trailer.

See you next time.


Strawberry Pickin'!

A couple weeks ago we took the grand daughter 
to pick strawberries for the first time 
at "Wild Things Farm" in Pocola, OK
She loves strawberries, so she was pretty happy to get to pick some. It's a great way to let kids know that not all food comes from a grocery store shelf.
 Strawberries as far as the eye could see!
They have over 90 acres of fruits and veggies.
2 of the gallon size buckets were all we needed.
 It was pretty warm out, but at least there was a nice breeze. 
 They have fun things for the kids...
a day camp, petting zoo, a lake for fishing, and lots more.

 I loved their pink peonies!
 The peacocks were camera shy.
There were lots of goats, and even a newborn donkey.
The blueberries will be ready next week. We are going back then!
Meanwhile, I have been eating strawberry shortcake like crazy!
Here's an easy recipe.. I use the Hostess shortcake ready made.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!


Trip to Crystal Bridges

Hello All!
We took a trip to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 
this week in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Thought y'all might enjoy a look at this wonderful exhibit of Artist's work from all over North America.

There are several beautiful nature trails on the grounds, 
each with a different theme. 
Click on the flowers photo for more about the trails.

There were so many excellent works of art! 
 I wish I could show them all!
Too many to keep track of!

I love this country farm family painting.

This was the view looking in to the center of the building.

Art from the colonial period.

The restaurant in the museum, Eleven, uses local produce.
Very reasonably priced, too. 

George was there! 

...and so was "Rosie the Riveter" by Norman Rockwell!
She seemed to be a favorite among the visitors.

Modern Art also. This is a BIG piece of red glass.

This was a very interesting family portrait!

For lots more info on Crystal Bridges just click here to go to their website!
Hope that you all enjoyed my photos!
Have a good weekend!


In the Pink

It's the 1st day of Spring!
I thought that you might enjoy a taste of what's to come.
These are photos from my garden a few years back.

 Hydrangeas are my favorite!

It was the 1st year that we grew some green zinnias.
They looked so pretty with the pinks.

Clematis are fragile, but once established, they come back every year!

Of course, morning glories are super easy to grow!

Petunias in pink
Looks like we are having an early spring this year.
It's been raining tons since yesterday.
Things will need to dry out a bit before anything gets planted.
Hope to have some fresh new floral pics in the months to come!

Happy Spring!


Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Hope y'all are wearing some green today!

Here are several links to all things Irish!
Click HERE to learn some Irish Gaelic phrases!
 The player actually pronounces the words.

Images of Ireland at this site....

The best Irish Band ever...The Chieftains!
They're celebrating 50 years of great music.
 Click on the photo to go to their website.
There's a free download from their new album.

My favorite movie to watch on the 17th!
Dennis Morgan can sing those Irish tunes!

One last link if you ever plan to go to Ireland!
Lots of info HERE!
We hope to visit there someday.
My great grandfather was a cobbler by trade in Ireland.
He started a cobbler shop in Illinois when they moved to America

Hope that you will enjoy these links!
Happy Saint Patricks Day!!


Share The Love with OFG

It's the 1st Celebration of 2012 for the folks at the Ol' Farmhouse (OFG)! We've created some *lovely* items for Valentine's Day! We hope that you will visit our shops on Etsy and possibly take home an item or two for your special Valentine! Have a peek at this slideshow of a few of our *Sweethearts* Then,click on the banner to view more items.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Valentine's Day!


Vintage Wedding Ideas

My beautiful niece was married last week to her longtime beau. Their theme was "Love Is Timeless." They used all vintage items; clocks, cameras, typewriter, keys, and, a really cool Caddy drove them from the church. I knew the antique lovers would want to see some pics. 

The Cadillac was a gorgeous blue!

A view inside the reception.

The groom's table had a vintage football theme. 

 I painted the vintage razorback on canvas. 

The big cake looked too good to eat. 
But of course, I had to try it!

My favorite was this table! 
Old windows framing black and white photos of family members at their weddings.
Lots of vintage cameras. 
The movie projector was the one we used as kids.

The typewriter was used for guests to type messages for the happy couple.
Each card was shaped like a bookmark. 
Then a ribbon and vintage style key was attached and hung on a tree.
My grand loved adding her little message.

Hope that y'all enjoyed these photos!
It was so fun! 
I will add a pic of the bride and groom in a bit.

Have a good week!