Friday, June 23, 2017

Coloring A White Canvas

For several days I've been working over in the art room on one picture. 

For some of the white blossoms I used a round lid I had rolled around in the paint.

At Lucy Flea Market this week I found the rack with five bottles.
Extra bottles for water means fewer trips to the sink.  

I think it's done!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Decisions, decisions

Often when I'm at an antique mall I spot something and can't make my mind up as to what to do - purchase, not purchase, wait. This happened to me recently at  Midsouth Marketplace. I saw a small painting for five dollars and chose to wait. However, the next day I returned to purchase.

I wanted to cover a water damaged place on  the den wall. For too long I've looked at those dark water stains and despised them. This picture worked out nicely below the opening with the folk art shorebirds.

 There's a lot to see at Marketplace. I hope people will check it out and also visit Plantation Antiques and Collectibles.  Having two antique malls in Millington is heavenly for those of us who like browsing for old and unusual things.

 Several booths had constructed mantels to add interest to their space. 

Another purchase that I had to think about was a set of vintage trouser hangers. Again I waited an extra day before making up my mind. Sometimes this backfires when that something sells and is gone. One day I might use all three in a grouping, but for now I'm using just one over in the art room.

This journal page came about today as I was using the last bit of paint from four bottles. I still like printmaking using wood blocks, round lids, and whatever else is available. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

My Happy Space

I have been reading and doing the exercises in this book.
The upside down drawings were difficult to do.
But they worked!

The material in this book is very fascinating. I'm on page 85 and its last paragraph says -

"Our job now is to bring this state into clearer focus and under greater conscious control, in order to take advantage of the right hemisphere's superior ability to process visual information and to increase your ability to make the cognitive shift to R-mode at will."

Well, the volume has 274 pages so it will be interesting to see what is next.

Meanwhile I keep painting for enjoyment.
This one is entitled "After All."
That song by Cher and Peter Cetera was the love theme 
from the movie Chances Are.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


They are here and there throughout my home. For instance:

Candlesticks, actually bobbins, are inside a basket my Aunt Clara Belle 
gave me on my recent visit. She emptied out her yarn and fabric because she wanted to give me something. You may remember it from this photo of the spinning wheel.

  I like to use this wooden bowl for special memory items.
Years ago I painted the ice cream cone and ladybug rocks.
The shoe rock is another old favorite.
A few are ones my mother collected from vacation trips. 

books and paintings

bowls and pitchers

tiny candleholders

Collecting has been a part of my life for a very long time. It still brings me pleasure to go searching for a special find.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Week That Was

This past week has been a mix of emotions. On Tuesday afternoon I had an emergency situation concerning my husband. But thankfully there was a happy ending. Our anniversary was on Thursday, and appreciation for our 28 years couldn't have been greater. Then Saturday night we were together for his 55th class reunion.

Corkey had told me "no cards" this anniversary. So I happened upon something else. 

Small wooden plaque for his desk and one for mine

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Message on Monday

Thought I'd say hello with a photo. 

It is sometimes odd how we acquire things. The glass hand and ring beloved to my brother's wife Carolyn.  At one time she sold vintage jewelry on eBay. The Texas bracelet was a gift from Pennee and her friends Marissa and Jessica. The book in the background was given to me by my mother.  

I have been messing around with paints, or you could call it painting. 

This picture makes me feel happy.
Hope you feel it, too.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Everyday Blessings

We enjoyed a quiet Memorial Day here at home. On Sunday, however, we met our daughter and her husband for a late lunch in Memphis at The Grove Grill. Many places were closed  due to power outages resulting from Saturday night's storm. Also numerous traffic lights were not working. Fallen trees blocked some streets. Really nice to witness cooperation and courtesy in a stressful situation. Monday's holiday caused us to pause and remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many in the military. 

I finally have a few plants by the entrance and on the front porch. Hollyhocks are blooming in one of the backyard flowerbeds.

Little additions and changes inside the home keep me happy.

This Made in China open dish was a recent find for desk accessories.

Decided to open the little green cabinet for a change.

Need to add some blooms to this vase...really glad I talked myself into this purchase. I look at it and fondly recall antique mall shopping with my brother. 

Would love to hear from any blog readers out there.
Wishing you a wonderful week... 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lazy Saturday Schedule

 No plans for today. Letting the day unfold on its own.
 And so far it's off to a lovely start. 

 First, a wonderful phone conversation with a dear friend.

 Secondly, two banana nut breads turned out just like the recipe said they       would. I had clipped a recipe from Tuesday's Commercial Appeal and tried it this very morning. 
 Corkey and Jason sampled the cake before it had a chance to cool. They gave their approval.

I sampled the banana bread after our simple lunch of bologna, tomato, and pickle sandwiches. YUMMY! Actually it tasted identical to a family recipe I have used. But this newspaper recipe required no buttermilk.

Now I'm writing this blog post.  Later I plan to read.

Below is my newest flower painting. I hung it on a wall all by itself.

Recently at our Goodwill Bargain Center I picked up a couple of old books for a dollar each. I placed them under the wooden bowl I found in Indiana. The one has a beautiful cover.

Happy Saturday!


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