Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas on this Joyous Day!

The house is quiet... it seems strange. No hustle, no hurry... just a Blessed day to celebrate the birth of our Savior. We had quite a Christmas Eve. Our family that lives 5 hrs. away made a mad dash to our house for Christmas Eve. We opened presents and had a great time with all three grandkids here! Then we packed everybody like sardines on air mattresses for the night, and then they packed up after breakfast this morning and made another 2 hour drive to see the other half of the family. That's the way we've all seemed to be living lately- at a dead run. I was almost ready to snap last week, but sometime early this week, I stopped everything and earnestly asked God for some peace in my heart and mind. It washed over me like a wave, and the last four days have been such a blessing- even with last minute gift making, and two whole days spent in town (that's usually enough to send me over the edge anytime... much less at Christmas) I must say thank you, Lord. His Grace is amazing.

Oh, you've just got to see my favorite present I got last night from Dixie, our dog. Gayland did have to drive to every antique/junk store in town to do her shopping for her! I'm so lucky!!

Come on in to my new pantry, and I'll show you. I just love this room!!!! I catch myself standing in there gawkin' all the time!

Look at all of these old jars to store my drygoods in!!! Aren't they fantastic!!!!!

Have you noticed my shelves are a little bare? I took all of the canned goods out of the cabinet, and this is all the space they took...

I thought I had a lot of canned goods, but not so much!

I've also got to show you my treasures I found at the antique/junk stores while on the hunt for stocking stuffers for Gayland and his chuckwagon. Hmm... seems we both do our shopping there. I could not pass these to finds up when I came across them. The quilt, which is very tattered and frayed was $16 and the bear was $6.50!!! LOOK!!!

My granddaughter and I managed to make a some Cowgirl Bling for my step-daughter and daughter-in-law. I forgot to take pictures of most of it, but here's some of what we came up with.

We made several of these cross pendents and the big, chunky necklaces to go with them. This one was left over, so I managed to get a photo.

Here's one of the necklaces we made. We also made a cross for it similar to the one above, but with colors to match these stones. I took a photo with another of our trial pendents we made with an old cowgirl photo. It didn't turn out just like I wanted, but we'll keep trying. My sidekick granddaughter will be back to stay again on Monday, so there's no telling what we'll be making!

Well, enough flappin' my jaws. I've got trim to sand and seal!

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

It's a Birthday Celebration!

Matthew 1:21"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

Top that Christmas present!

Happy Birthday to my Lord and Savior! I hope that in all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, you are finding peace in Him and remembering why we celebrate this special birthday.

Last I reported, I was tiling the kitchen floor for Thanksgiving with the kids. I did get that done, and we've tackled several more projects along the way. We had our neighborhood hayride and Christmas party last night, and I was frantically trying to get everything done....didn't happen! That's ok, though. I think I was the only one who noticed. I've taken several pictures along the way with intentions of posting them.... again...didn't happen, so here's what we've gotten done.

Gayland just sanded down and finished our new island Friday evening. I LOVE it!!

Here's the tile I finished laying the week of Thanksgiving. That wall there still needs sealing and trim put on.

I've been working on the pantry since then. Here are the walls. I'm not sure you can tell much from the photo, but I tried to get somewhat of a leather look. I'm not sure what it looks like, but I like it, anyway!

Gayland got the ceiling and floor put in, and I've been working tonight to get the floor stained.

Now for the shelves!! I hope everyone is having a blessed Christmas Season!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them...

I couldn't pass up sharing these photos of our granddaughter, Madison. She's been practicing for the upcoming longhorn show in February. She has to compete against the adults because they don't have a trophy steer division for the kiddos. I just love to watch the two of them... sweat pea and the gentle giant.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a houseful! We ate too much turkey and ham, and had a whole lot of fun! We had all of our grandkids which fills my heart with joy (and wears me out plumb to the bone!). We had our annual family tree decoratin' and light hangin' shindig, and everyone had lots of fun. I even managed to get all the tile done on the kitchen floor before Turkey Day!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Itchin' to Finish the Kitchen

Hello out there! I hope everyone is getting ready for a fantastic Thanksgiving, and it is my hope that we all give thanks where it is due - to God. Well, the cabinets are back up, and I started tile work last night. You'll have to excuse the dust! We're living in a cloud of it at the moment!

The cabinets seem so far away now!!! I love it!! Well, except that frig, but it will have to stay for awhile.

Here's the tiling I've gotten done so far.

How many days until Thanksgiving???? I need to be tiling!!! Off I go!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Tear down that wall!...and that's just what he did! Gayland told me Friday that he was ready to knock down the kitchen wall and move it over, so he needed me to clean out all the cabinets. Whose stuff was in there??? I KNOW it couldn't all be mine...what I thought was going to be an hour project, turned into about four hours. Here was my kitchen about 4:00 yesterday afternoon:

Yep, that's my trashcan closet laying there in the floor...but by 10:00 last night... Wooohooooo! Can you see where the old tile stopped? That's how much new space I have. I love it!!! Now I have a lot of tiling to do, but that's ok! Oh, can you see the doorway next to the stove? That's the entry to my new pantry!!! I may not be in Heaven, but it's just durn near close!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

...So Ashamed of Myself!

I have NOT been a good blogger lately. It seems like I haven't slowed down in months. Come to think of it, I haven't. Maybe that's why it seems that way! We have had so many blessings in our life that I can't even begin to name them all. God loads us up with them every day! This past weekend, we rode in the San Angelo Veteran's Day Parade for our Cowboy Church. We had walkers with a banner, longhorns, horses, llamas, and a float! Talk about a group, now... The weather was beautiful, and we had a few folks come to church Sunday morning just because they saw us in the parade! That's what it's all about. A friend of mine got this picture of me having too much fun!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Christian Cowboy Gatherin' and the Duke

Our cowboy church and two others had a cowboy gatherin' this weekend, and guess who showed up to give a message???? John Wayne. That's right, folks! Well, close. He's a John Wayne impersonator with a wonderful message, and he's workin' for the Lord! Wow! I guess you know what big JW fans we are around this house... let's see JW on the wall... JW on the coffee table... and my own personal JW lunchbox. Oh, and we must not forget our steers - Rooster Cogburn and McLintock!
We really enjoyed meeting Dr. Gene Howard, and I think he enjoyed posing on our little boy, Rooster. He looked more like the Duke from a distance than up close, but his voice and his testimony more than made up for that!

We had our chuckwagon crew, our band, and the longhorns, and we had a blast! Best of all, some souls were saved!

Total Shocker!!

I could not believe it! I picked up the mail Friday and was thrilled to have the Christmas addition of Doll Crafter and Costuming waiting in my box. I'm a magazine junky AND a Christmas junky, so I had really hit the jackpot for the weekend! I never can wait to get home, so as I was backing out of the post office (Don't try this at home!), I flipped through the magazine just to see what goodies awaited me. There it was... my HARTS Santa candy container... right there in the Gallery! I had submitted a picture, but I figured it would be filed with hundreds of others - File 13. I'm still shocked!

Here it is-

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Need Help!

Ok, My Friends in BlogLand,

I reallllllyyy want to finish my life-size Santa, and he's still barefoot. I am looking for a pair of old, worn stovepipe boots, such as the old cavalry boots, in a size 10, 11, or 12. I'm poor, so I need them to fit my shoestring budget! If you happen onto a pair somewhere, please send me an email with the info. I would hate for Santa to have to go barefoot this Christmas. His wittle toesies would fweezzzee! Here's kind of what I have in mind, but laceups will work, too. I'd actually like them more worn, but I can take care of that after I get them!

The Pumpkin Patch

From one pumpkin to another!!!!!!! A woman was asked by a coworker, "What is it like to be a Christian?" The coworker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin." God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."
This was passed on to me by another pumpkin. Now it's your turn to pass it to other pumpkins.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Yes, I am Still Alive!

Yes, folks, I am still alive, and thanks to the Lord for that! I have been so busy that I could drop to the floor and sleep in WalMart if everyone would just walk around me. School has me out of sorts this year, and I'm working hard to get things going the way I'd like them to go. Nobody else seems to want to play by the rules I make, though... hmmm...

What's been going on around here? I have managed to get the fall decorations out in the house, but I haven't managed to make it to the porch, yet. I've been working on a couple of Santas - one of which will be offered in the October edition of the Humble Arts, so stop by to see the goodies the HARTS artists have created.

Well, there's Ol' Saint Nick now. He's an original from my little Santa shop. He's sitting amongst the pumpkins on the fireplace at the moment, so he really needs a new home!

Gayland's still working hard on the addition. We have part of the metal on the roof now!!

Wooohooo!!! New craft room, here I come!!!!!!!
We've got Sunday evening service in the arena tonight, so I've got to wrap it up. One of our members had everything set up this morning (we all new beforehand), and asked his wife(who was on stage in the band) to "re" marry him tonight in the arena on their anniversary. So, we've got a weddin' to go to tonight!
Hope the Lord is sloppin' blessin's on your plate!

Monday, September 8, 2008

New Family Member!

We'd like to introduce our newest family member, Cocoa!
She's a four year old sweetheart that's come to live with us. She has been the pride and joy of my second cousin that grew up with my dad. His health has been declining, and he has decided Cocoa should come live with us. With both tears of sadness and joy, we welcomed her into the family as we pray for his health to improve.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Cowboy Capital of the World!

We had a fantastic time this Labor Day Weekend at the annual Celebrate Bandera Celebration! It carries the title of being the Cowboy Capital of the World. There are hitchin' posts in front of many of the buildings, and horses (and longhorns) are parked all over the place. We had a camera malfunction during the Saturday parade, so I didn't get all the photos I was hoping for. I was able to get some great shots, though, of many of us that camped in the park. Those are posted below in the previous post.

Celebrate Bandera-The Cowboy Capital of the World!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Whoa, Has It Been THAT Long?

So sorry for the absence! I've been trying to get ready for the new school year, and I haven't slowed down these last several weeks. I can't even think creatively when I'm stressed as I have been. That's ok, though, because I turned it over to God this morning. Yes, you would think that was the first thing I did... but, oh no, I've hung on to it for awhile now trying to do things my own way. When will I learn?????
For your thoughts today-

Joshua 23:14 "Behold, this day I am going the way of the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed."
Yep, God always takes care of me!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Back to Work!

Well, it's quiet around here. The grandkids left Sunday afternoon. I loved the week with them, but, boy, was I tired!

It's been a busy week for me, which has cut into my posting. I get so spoiled over the summer while school is out. I pretend I'm independently wealthy (hehe), and I don't have to work - just enjoy creating, grandkids, longhorns, and being outside in the summer sun.

Then.... SMACK... reality hits, and it's time to go back to work! I do love teaching, but it's hard to get back in the swing every fall. I've worked in my room this week, and I really haven't done anything that will be seen by the kids. I'm a sicko organizer and can't function unless everything is in order, so I've been emptying drawers, cleaning out cabinets, etc. Now I just need some magic dust to sprinkle around to jazz up the room. For some reason, I'm running low on magic dust this year. I haven't come up with anything special for the room. It needs a new look, but I can't seem to find one, yet. But, the Lord willin', and the creek don't rise, I'll get 'er done.

Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven."

Thursday, July 31, 2008

One, Two, Three!! Hey, Wait... They're Multiplying!!

We've got a house full of artwork going on! We added another granddaughter to the mix yesterday, so they're all here now! We did get Disco Santa's makeup done this morning- just after the Hide-and-Seek game from here to the barn.

But poor Santa's been put to rest for the day, I fear. They broke out the paints just after lunch, and we've got some serious discussion going on in there. I crept away to post a few pictures...heehee...shhhh.

Our granddaughter, Madison, has joined us!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Grandkids and Fun- Passin' It On!!!

I haven't had a chance to post in several days. They've just been too jam-packed with fun and grandkids! Our two grandkids that live about five hours away are spending the week with us. They've been playing in the dirt, catching bugs, riding and feeding longhorns, and crafting; and Papaw and Mamaw are trying to keep up! Our granddaughter has asked for me to sculpt her a Disco Santa... yes, Disco... and this ol' Mamaw isn't quite sure just what he's supposed to look like! Never fear, though, because she and I are working together on him. As we type this very moment, Santa's head is in the oven! I don't count the hours that I put into a Santa, but I'm guessing it's well over 100, which makes it tedious work for an 8 yr. old(excuse me, 9 in just nine days...I stand corrected). However, she's working hard on him!!!

Whitney and Santa -who's almost ready for a neck and ears.

Sculpting Ears takes Patience!

Huh, what'd you say?

Tyler's gotten into the action, too. Papaw built him a sailboat that he has painted. We've just got to seal it and sail it!!

We'll keep you posted!

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Pieces Have Finally Come Together!


I have finally gotten my scattered pieces together! There are still details that need to be done - snow, belt, and accessories- but Santa has come together! In the style of the old German Santas, he is a candy container! Yes, there is a wooden container under there. His body is carved bass wood, his arms are posable, and his head, hands, and boots are sculpted paper clay. He just got a little more coffee and cinnamon on his trimmings, and his just about ready to pack his bag!

My Man Has a New Do!

Well, my project is moving along, and this little guy has a new do! He might need to head over to the Elmo Elf's Barber Shop for a trim!

There's a Battle Waging!

Yes, there is a battle waging, and it's all in my head! I absolutely love my polymer clay and try to create Santas as life-like as possible. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't! That's ok, though. I ALSO love primitives- the feel, the look, the warm-cozies I get from making and holding them. Sometimes the two go hand-in-hand. Even life-like Santas need antique looking dolls, worn coats, scuffed boots that have walked many miles to visit every child, and warm weathered hands. But, herein also lies the battle! I've been working on my HARTS project, which I've chosen to go with the warm-cozies, but I keep trying to work my paper clay like polymer!! That's actually ok because it SUPPOSED to be more primitive, but I keep having to remind myself!!!!! Could somebody break up the fight????

Heehee... I'm really having fun! He should be finished today.

Just another peek...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Get That Armor On!

Yep, read one of my favorites this morning...

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
You know the stuff-

Get out your belt of truth, your breastplate of righteousness, your shoes of peace, your shield of faith, your helmet of salvation, and your sword of the Spirit. Shoot, with all that on, who's going to dare you??

Glad of the reminder, too. Looks like I might need my armor today. I had to break out the carving knife for my Humble Arts project!

Yikes!!! Ummm.... who's going to clean up this mess that the, ummmm, dog... yeah, that's it.... the dog made??????

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Arte y Pico Award Winners!

In an earlier post, I had shared my excitement over having been blessed with new friends of Glad Tidings Primitives and Folkart, and Cyndi, of By Light of Moon, had presented me with the Arte y Pico Award award created by Eseya for fellow crafters she adores and who inspire others by sharing their crafting and blogging with others. Thanks again, Cyndi, for choosing me as an award recipient!! Now, I have to pass it on.... there are so many wonderful crafters who are sharing thier work, it has taken me a while to pick only five... so here goes ...

The Winners Are:
(You can find links to each of these wonderful blogs in my Links List)
The Smiling Goat - Kim's dolls just make me smile!!! I love to pop in and see what she's done!

Hidden Riches From Secret Places - Cora has an inspiring magic in her words - they are truly art.

Mustard Seed Originals - Sharon's Santas are preciously huggable!! Along with all of her other goodies, but you know how I am about Santas!!!

Soft in the Head - Pam's blog is filled to the brim with amazing art and candy for the eyes. It's definitely worth a visit!

Naomi's Notions - Naomi's primitives have the perfect touch of love in each one!

Ok, here are the rules that were passed on to me:
1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribution to the blogging community.
2) Each award has to have the author's link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each accepting award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award.
4) The award winner and one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog so everyone will know the origin to this award.
5) To show these rules.

Sneak Peek!!

Yeah! My parts are starting to come together! Want a peek?

Hmmm..... Who could it be????