March 30, 2015

Trying again!

Well, I never heard from the winner that was chosen for my 'Spring Giveaway'......
So I'm gonna try it again! WENDY from Ravenwood Whimzies was chosen as the NEW winner of my Spring Giveaway! CONGRATULATIONS! Contact me, Wendy, at  if you see this before I contact you. I may already have your addy.
Our OFG Team is at it again! Lots of wonderful Hand Mades in their Etsy shops for our newest celebration, "Anything Goes"! Just click on the link above to see some wonderful creations.
Sadly, I  am not among them. My creations are still half-finished. Just couldn't seem to get my act together. Here are a couple of dolls I'm working on. WARNING: this is a bit X-rated as they're still a bit nekked!
Black Folk Art Dolls. I used a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern. 
These gals haven't even made it out of the pan!
Looks a bit like the Walking Dead. Did you watch the Finale last night? AWESOME!
I won a Supply Giveaway from Brenda of the Rusty Thimble.
It was filled to the top with all kinds of goodies!
 Lovely laces!
 Colored Mohair? Heck yeah, that's right up my alley!
I just washed the 2 pieces of fabric so I can use it on one of my black folk art dolls.
Of course the wood is already 'talking' to me!
Thank you, Brenda! I love being a winner, especially one of yours!
These guys need ears but are going out in the mail this afternoon.
Last but not least, here's a picture of our 9 year old daughter at her Piano recital.
Look at those long, strong fingers! She is doing GREAT! We are so lucky to have such an awesome Teacher that lives a Hop, Skip, and a Jump away from us!
The kids are on Spring Break this week so I'm taking a break, too. Gorgeous weather here in North Central Florida! I think we'll try for a quick trip to the beach!
Hope your Spring has Sprung! For those of you still experiencing snow, just think how grateful you'll be when warmer weather arrives and stays!
Thanks for stopping by!

March 21, 2015

Spring Giveaway Winner!

Oh, what a GORGEOUS day here in our Sunshine State! Not trying to brag but it sure makes a person feel good and productive to see it so beautiful out. The kids are on their way out to the pool! The water is still a bit too cool for me. If the heat index keeps rising I'm sure I'll be in it by the end of April!
I've finished a couple of 'Bunny' Plants today.

Our daughter has a Piano Recital tomorrow and I thought I'd give one to the Teacher. I made 2 of the 'pink' ones. I think I'll list just one in my Etsy shop. It's a little late for new Easter items.
We took the kids to Disney this week.
They had a half-day at school so we kept them out. Thought we'd be home in time to get them to school the next day but my 'biggest' kid wanted to stay for the fireworks. We got home at midnight. I woke up the next morning and felt like a Mac Truck had run over me a few hundred times! Just not as young as I used to be!
Thank you, all, for commenting on my Springtime Giveaway. The winner of my little Giveaway is DONNA MILLS.  CONGRATS, DONNA! Message me at with your addy and I'll send you a box full of Springtime goodies!
I'm making some dolls for our OFG Team's newest Celebration coming up at the end of March. I'm so excited to show them to you! Something different from me and a pattern I'm using from Sweet Meadows Farm. I'll also have a couple of new painted items from Plum Purdy's newest book. I think it's the last 'new' stuff I'll make this year. I've got to replenish my stock!
Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!

March 14, 2015


Everything is blooming here in my neck o' the woods! My home is resounding with all of our 'achoos'!  No, we're not sick just sneezing from all of the pollen. Heaven knows Florida's got some allergens! On the bright side, the sun is shining and the weather is gorgeous! 
I finished these little bunnies and I've got them listed if you're wanting a Chocolate Bunny.

They are $7.95 each plus $5.00 shipping. I've also got a 15% coupon in my shop on your total order.
I got this in the mail this week!
SO EXCITED to get started on a few of these!
I'll be cutting some wood today to prep for another Celebration by our fabulous OFG Team.
Don't forget about my Spring Giveaway! I've made some changes on my blog so I've not been replying to your comments. Didn't mean to do that and will look into it after this Giveaway. If you've commented on here, you are entered. I appreciate any SHARING that you've done!
Winner announced next week.
Oh, and before I forget, I've been featured HERE!
Have a great weekend!

March 9, 2015


Time change and warmer weather = EASTER right around the corner! I've been doing some sewing but when it comes time to do the stuffing, I conveniently find other things to occupy my time. In my house, that's not difficult to do! I got these fellows finished over the weekend; just need to paint them and add a bow. The packaging is what makes them look like real chocolate Bunnies. Sending some of these to the Gold Coast Humane Society for there 'Bun Fest'. The rest I'll put in my Etsy shop.
I've also been working on 'planting' some bunnies in baskets.
I should have these guys done today.
My Sassy Ladys seem to be drawing a bit of interest. Thought I'd make a Breast Cancer Awareness one.
Also one I call 'American Guns'.
These are available in my Etsy shop. (My badge is on the right sidebar.)
I love to shop at JoAnn's and seems like every time I do, they have these sweet boxes on sale.
I loved this one and thought I'd fill it up with some Spring paraphernalia and hand made goodies for a lucky Follower.
My rules aren't really rules at all. Just leave me a comment and a way to contact you. I would appreciate any SHARING you might do but it isn't required for this. I do have to make this Giveaway contingent only in the good 'ole US of A due to the expense of shipping.
Keeping this Giveaway open until March 21st (Saturday) at which time I'll post a winner that morning. (EST)
Hope Spring is on it's way to you!
Thanks for following!

February 23, 2015

Wishing Time Would Stand Still?!

Seriously, I've lost a whole month! Well, 2 now that February is almost over! Tired from Christmas celebrations and SUPER busy with orders throughout January, I found myself exhausted. Thankfully, I only had 1 other order to finish with 3 weeks to do it in so I was able to take some time off. I haven't been able to sit down once with my oil paints in the last year and that's weighing heavy on me. My thoughts have gone all the way to, "is it time to stop all of this" to, "I'll just take a year off". After getting a week and a-half off with no orders, I was feeling a bit more rested and ready to start again. Once again I found myself with several more orders to finish throughout February and, again, needing to put my feet up.
Our OFG Team on Etsy is having a new Celebration; The "Colors of Spring".
I've got a new line of scarves called "Sassy Lady(s)" that I'm debuting. They are made from bandanas and are great for dressing up a T-shirt or plain blouse with a Boho and Western Wear look.  Here's a small sample:

You can find these in my Etsy shop (my mini is on the right side bar).
I've also been busy with this little guy.

He is a pattern by Crystal Martin of Twiddlebugz.
I've also got a new Teacher Gift in my shop. Just a simple block made from fencing post.
My sewing machine is out and I'm stuffing Bunnies for my donation to the Gold Coast Humane Society "Bun Fest". I participate each year as I have such an affection for Fur Balls!
I'll leave you with a recent picture of a sunset here on our Lake. Weather is gorgeous!
 Looks like Spring is here to stay! Here's hoping you get to see it soon where you are.

January 2, 2015

A Good Start!

Happy New Year, Everyone!
I've always been told that 'what you do on New Year's Day, is what you'll do throughout the whole year'. I spent my day cleaning up a bit, painting, and reading a good mystery. I also put together a delicious dinner of BBQ Ribs, Dirty Rice, and of course, those Black Eyed Peas for good luck!
 SO, I'm okay with that! Spending my whole year doing those things will be just fine for me!
This young lady celebrated her b-day a few days ago. This is Becky.
Becky and Dad 2014
 She was our youngest when the twins were born 9 years ago. She just turned 26. She is our Nurse in the family and is currently working in Home Health Care in the Keys. Changes are coming for her and we sure do wish her the best as we do all of our children.
I've got 3 orders on my table for the New Year. I'll be working on them this a.m. and then we're taking the kids out to the movies. School will be starting next Monday and I'm ready to get this year started. I say that as I look at my Christmas tree that is still standing and fully dressed. Yeh, I'm really on fire, aren't I?!!
Here are some sweet little Love Bugs that I'm making for Valentine's day.
 They are sweet and super easy to make. Think I'll share this pattern with you in the next few days so make sure you....
Stay Tuned!!

December 27, 2014

The 'After' Christmas

I absolutely hate to see the Christmas Holidays end. I love having all of my kids here and having the husband home. 
Our kids from left to right: Anna 9, Becky 25, Audrey 28 (she's our handicapped daughter), Cristi 31, TJ 32, and Tate 9 (making his funny face with his fart blaster! Oh my gosh, what was I thinking?!!!!)
I love the relaxing days after Christmas. It's such a busy time for all of us before the actual holidays and, as I get older, I'm just not able to accomplish what I used to. But putting up my feet's the best!
I'm looking forward to the new year. I'm making  a few changes in my shop. Adding some new items and getting rid of old inventory that hasn't moved. My family is always willing to take my 'left overs'!
I worked on a few last minute pieces and wanted to share these guys with you.
 They are from ORP (Old Road Primitives). Kim's patterns are SEW easy to read and make and these guys were fun to share with my family members.
My husband loves to shop clearance and bought me a few things from our local Sam's Club that I can use in my crafts. I now have in my possession some lovely reels of ribbons and these trims that I can use with various designs I make.
 Aren't these great? Ideas are whirling inside my head!
I'm keeping my Winter Village scene up through January. I have to climb a ladder to get this all up. Wish I could take a decent pic of it for you so you could see it lighted. Blues in the background and the houses and stores are lighted with whites and colors. This is my family's fav d├ęcor of Christmas!
The weather here is wonderful as you can see in my pic.
We're in the low 70's. Hoping it continues so I can start my wood cutting. Kids won't be back in school for another week so I'll enjoy it all while I can.
Hoping your Christmas was pleasant and memorable and the 'after' provides you with some time to put your feet up.
Stay Tuned!

December 11, 2014

Prepping & Finishing

I've been busy preparing for the Holidays. I'm nearly finished with the purchasing of gifts. I've actually shopped more on the internet this year than in the past years. I get so excited to see my packages arriving via USPS and UPS. Keeping things hidden from curious eyes is the hard part. Empty suitcases come in handy!
 I finished the last of my 'Made To Orders' and that felt good. My shop is still open until next week. I'm offering a 30 % coupon for purchase of $15.00 or more. Still have some great items to look over (169 items in my inventory right now, excluding custom orders). Stop by HERE to take a look!
Finished up some of these pieces for our gift baskets. Last year we were so sick with a viral flu that we were unable to do much. I didn't even send out Christmas cards....which I still haven't done that yet either.

You can't see the glitter on these too well but they sure are shiny!

These 2 guys are spin offs from my other elf Make-Dos.
This is a replica of a cheese box that I made. I'm going to start selling wood plaques, etc. this next year for the decorative painter. We'll see if that's a wise decision. It sure is an easy one for me.
I have a few more personal gifts that I need to finish and I can't show them on here cause you never know who might be watching! It's those 'curious' eyes I'm wary of!
Thought I'd leave you with our Florida version of the song 'Winter Wonderland'. It's chilly here and has been for the last several days but at least it's not white!

November 26, 2014

Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Stay Safe in your travels and enjoy your families and friends.

November 20, 2014

Clearing the Table!

Oh, I didn't mean to let so much time pass before posting again. I've been clearing off my sewing table and FINALLY finished the last piece. I'm busy with eyes, and accessories but DO see the light at the end of a very long tunnel!
 2x4 Snowmen are the EASIEST to make. I cut some of these out and painted them with a small group of gals.
This is Jimmy Jingle and he is newly listed in my Etsy shop!
Snow Belle and her Polar Bear is new, too!
This is one of my gourds that I just finished. Pretty easy pattern that I designed. I think I might like painting on gourds as I like the smooth surface.
Ornaments! These are listed in my shop!
These are some new ornaments but I don't think I'm going to list them. They're great for last minute gifts and are easily mailed.
These turned out really cute! Even my husband liked them! Their hats are actually ornaments themselves. I spotted them at Walmart and my imagination took off! Again, I'm not going to list them....just save in case I need a quick gift.You can find my Etsy mini on my right sidebar if you'd like to see more of the things I've listed.
I have a couple of things left on my painting table but they're for gifts. I'm done sewing until next year......I think I am anyway!!
We've been a bit cool here the last few days. The kids and husband are recovering from nasty colds. I think we'll be back to normal for Thanksgiving. Looking forward to family and friends and the big 'FEAST'.
Wishing you warm feet in our cooler temps!