Saturday, January 19, 2019

TQITB

You have heard that saying " The Quest Is The Best," and it's certainly what I enjoy. Friday afternoon before shopping for grocery essentials like bread, milk, and eggs I went browsing and took my time looking at booth after booth. Here are a few items that caught my eye.

This J was part of the name sign to a booth.



I really liked this narrow architectural piece.
But I talked myself out of it.


This garden angel made me think of spring. 



I picked up two small brass owls and was about to call it a day. Then I went back to one booth I had stopped by earlier. I noticed a basket on the floor with some picture frames. I looked through them and found a piece of art. I recognized the signature and wondered could it be for real. 


The $7.95 price tag encouraged me to buy it.  

When I got home I checked on DeAnn Hebert's Instagram page to review her artwork. For a long time I have loved her depiction of churches, barns, dancers, and cottonfields. I've even tried to copy her style in a few of my amateur paintings. I love the way she uses blues, browns, grays, and golds.

I found the print listed and this information:
10x10 Mini "clarabelle & dolly" gallery wrapped canvas print $95
April 27, 2015

Needless to say, I was thrilled with my bargain find.


So you just never know what you will find as you take part in the quest.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Two loves



I asked my husband to slow down so I could get a picture of this abandoned house.  Once it was a grand residence. Now it is neglected and decaying. We were driving through Henning, Tennessee, surveying the dilapidated condition of its main street. Almost all the storefronts are closed. There's no activity along the sidewalks. It saddens me to see the changes in this small town. But it's happening in so many southern places.


I'm working on another flower painting. It's almost finished.


Yes, photography and art are two of my loves.
So glad to have these hobbies.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Schedules and Plans

If I could develop a regular schedule I believe I could get more done. I seem to be wasting precious time. Motivation and drive have shriveled. Is it because of my age? Do I feel that my most productive years are gone? Do I know what I really want to accomplish anymore?

I hope to spend a certain amount of time in this space every day.
One goal is to be more creative.


After packing away Christmas items I've been bringing back other decor.
Leaves and acorns are always favorites of mine. 

Another goal is to read more books.

Plan to start a new painting now that I'm feeling better.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Year

Having a miserable cold is not the best way to start the new year. Corkey and I both have head colds and no energy. We watched football bowl games throughout New Years Day. It was good to see the Munford High School Band in the Rose Bowl parade. Those young folks will have a lifelong memory of that trip and its experiences.




 cover to my new journal

Those words appear on every entry page. 
I need to seek daily joys. 
Too often I focus on troubles and worries. 


Love this cartoon strip for the new year!


Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas and After

There was no doubt that it would come and go fast. Feeling blessed that we were together for a little while.



The 22nd has a large star because that's Lester's birthday. They came that day and departed on the 25th for their drive back to Texas. Lauren dropped by on the 23rd on her way to Dyersburg to see her dad, returned for lunch on Christmas Eve, and had to leave Christmas Day afternoon for her flight back to Texas. We crammed a lot of memories into a short amount of time. 








Garrett and Gunner had girlfriends this year, and we enjoyed having Micah and Skylar. Wish four more could have been in the photo - Jason, Ryan, Justin, and Telsey.


The little ones added to the wonder of Christmas.




The big tree and all the ornaments are packed away. Memories remain. Thankful for the moments we captured on our cameras.



The house was very quiet Christmas Day afternoon with all the kids gone. Then we had a lovely visit from Lori and Cecil and two of their children Jakob and Jackson.  The rustic tree that Cecil made was a wonderful Christmas gift surprise. The brass deer and tiny lights complement the tree and make a quiet after Christmas scene. 
I wish you peaceful days as December winds down and joyful ones in the new year.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Hunting for Smalls


 It took some searching, but I was able to find tiny toys and keepsakes to put in the small stockings for Chloe, Kiera, Nick, and Lucas. I think Lucas will like his dinosaur ornament and jet plane. Nick has a Star Wars figure and steamboat pencil sharpener. The girls have trinket boxes to open with necklaces inside.
And of course, there's candy - Hershey's kisses, Tootsie Roll pop, and Lifesavers.



While looking for stocking stuffers I stopped to admire this vintage mirror.



Christmas ornaments were marked down, and three were so cheap and cute I knew they would be coming home. 

artist palette 

a painted spoon 


bag of popcorn


Our Christmas tree is full of ornaments and memories. This room becomes my favorite at Christmastime.



This bedroom is where I am now. The computer is off to one side. I wanted to show the open frame with the one star.



This last picture shows the mantel in our bedroom. To bed is what I need to do.
I am tired from housecleaning and running errands. Les and his family arrive  tomorrow afternoon. I will miss quiet times like tonight. But it will be wonderful to have little ones afoot and to witness their excitement over Christmas. 



Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Another Shopping Experience

My friend Kim and I spent Tuesday on the Covington Square and visited shop after shop. Oh, my goodness, there were so many Christmas sights in every store.

The first antique shop we visited had a talking Santa. Since we weren't expecting it to move and talk, it was a bit startling.




 At Upscale Resale these red and green deer ornaments were a lovely bargain due to  50% 0ff. 


 We had lunch at Old Town Hall Cafe.

 A friendly lady offered to take our picture.


I only snapped one photo of the outside decorations, but there were many to enjoy.





At another shop I decided on two pretty ornaments. Once I had them home, I snipped off the hanging loop and placed them in glass containers in make- believe snow. I placed the dainty trees on each end of the piano.






















My biggest purchase was a lantern that I added fairy lights to. The wreath was an old one I decided to use with the lantern.


Soon Christmas will be here. I've been getting some gifts wrapped.




Also made two different styles of Christmas cards for family members using rubber stamps and paint.



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