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Where Have I Been?

Saturday, August 8, 2015



Where haven’t I been, is a better question. At least it feels like I’ve been around the world and back. I can barely manage to get where I’m supposed to be and do what I’m supposed to do, much less write about it here. The truth is, I love writing and blogging, but the more urgent to-do’s push this pleasant task to the very back of the back burner.

In a nutshell, David and I are traveling to shows several months of the year. For this home-loving girl, it’s a stretch, but I’ve come to grips with what’s required in this season of life and, as usual, a thankful heart makes everything good. I am truly grateful for the opportunities to meet the wonderfully sweet and kind people whose paths we cross and to see our beautiful country. It wouldn’t happen otherwise and I realize what I’d have missed if I’d said “no”. An adventurous new friend (one I would never have met if not for a show) told me the secret to a full and interesting life was to always say “yes”. It is a stretch for cautious types like me, but I can see now that life is lived more fully with an open mind and heart to the things God is suggesting. He’s so nice about it even when I’m obstinate.

When we’re home, life is busy unpacking, unloading, making things for the next show, packing, loading. We love our family and squeeze as much time in with them as we can. We’ve taken on a new project that is filling up our summer: we purchased the property next door from our wonderful neighbors who made the decision to move to town. We’d rather have them here, but are excited about the opportunity to put their beautiful place to use. We are converting the barn to a studio and the house will serve as guest lodging for workshops. David is doing much of the work himself and has astonished me with what he’s capable of. I’ve always known he could do anything, but he continues to surprise me by bringing into reality everything I dream up. The photo shows where we are in the process now. As you can see, the barn/studio is a wonderful space with an expansive view. I’m posting progress reports on Instagram and would love to have you follow me there. It’s a faster, more mobile way for me to keep in touch and let you know what’s going on. I’ll be sure to update the website when we have dates and details regarding workshops. We should be in full-swing in the spring.  I am beyond excited about it all and am looking forward to sharing it with you, here and in real life.

In the meantime, I hope to see you at one of our upcoming shows. We’ll be at the Country Living Fair Columbus OH and Arbor Int’l Antique and Interior Design show in Round Top TX, Zapp Hall in Warrenton TX in September, City Farmhouse show in Leiper’s Fork TN and Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain GA in October, and Vintage Market Days in Houston and McKinney in November.

This Week: Art Show in Fort Worth

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

“The best place for an artist’s work is on someone else’s wall.”  –Unknown

English Robins

English Robins
24″ x 24″
Oil on Canvas

I have held on to my oil paintings long enough, and will be displaying and offering for sale over 75 of my original works this week at the Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art.

Hope to see you there!


Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art

Forth Worth Show of Antiques and Art

For more information on this show, visit Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art

great horned owl

Saturday, February 28, 2015

great horned owl

When we first moved to the country, we would see these magnificent birds often. The first time I saw one standing on the ground beyond our yard, I wasn’t sure what it was. It looked like a cat, but much larger. It’s gotten rather crowded out here (for the country) and I guess we humans have run them off. I’m sorry about that and can only hope that there will always be enough undeveloped land for them. On a happy note, I’ve heard one, two nights in a row, in the last few weeks. Maybe we can all live happily together after all.

{GIVEAWAY} Like or comment and share on Facebook and/or Pinterest and I will put your name in the hat for a 20″ framed giclee print. Drawing will take place Tuesday, March 10th!


Meet Jenny-O

Monday, February 2, 2015


This is Jenny-O. She lives next door and belongs to one of my best friends, Beverly. She is very friendly and photogenic and just begged to be painted. I used to be a little afraid of her, believe it or not with that sweet face; she would chase me when I walked through her pasture. I figured out that she was just checking to see if I had carrots so now she’s not so scary. She’s a Mammoth Jack and her legs and ears are a mile long. She will be available on the website soon, available in  several sizes, framed or gallery wrapped.

In other news, we’re back from market and in production mode. David is busy in the barn, I’m painting originals for shows in Ft Worth and Round Top in March, we’re both having fun with our first grandbaby. Working hard and playing hard! Hope you are finding the right balance in your life, too.

My First Art Walk…

Friday, June 13, 2014

…was one I’ll not soon forget. I wasn’t planning on being open for this month’s Art Walk, but travel plans changed and it seemed like a good idea to get some art together, whip up some refreshments and be there to meet and greet. Anna, my faithful helper, and I loaded the car and set off for town on this beautiful summer day. We hung our shingles (my other daughter, Elizabeth, is sharing the space with me – she’s WildBloom Studio): studio signs
We hung art and set the table: studio 1st art walk

This was the kick-off and statue-unveiling for the Children’s Art and Literacy Festival, so we were watching the parade from our 2nd story window. There go some vintage cars. Horses! A group of children waving flags, some floats, storybook characters…..wait… they come again…the other way…And then this happens: rain

And then this happens:
car front hail

And then this: car back hail All hail broke loose! Everyone’s car looked just like mine, or worse.

Elizabeth drove from her neighborhood, which was not hit, parked and ran into the studio just minutes before the storm. In her words, “All I did was put my car in the hail!” She and my grandbaby, and several other people dressed up as I don’t know what, waited it out with us.
Sooooo, all did not go as planned, but everyone was safe and that’s what matters. Good call, Abilene Police Department, or whoever made the decision to reverse the parade and get people off the streets.

I’m already thinking about our do-over next month and it does NOT include bad weather. But, we all know about the best-laid plans.

Country Living Fair – Rhinebeck NY

Sunday, June 8, 2014

CL Fair Rhinebeck 2014

Thank you, Rhinebeck NY and Country Living Magazine, for another great show. We have so much going on right now, lots of good and some sad, that it seemed one of us should stay close to home. David went all by himself! He did a great job setting up the booth and running it during this very busy show. We (hopefully, we) will be in Columbus OH in September and Stone Mountain GA in October for the other two Country Living Fairs.

{The sad: Our parents are aging and becoming more and more frail. It is hard to see it happen and them become increasingly dependent. It’s a fact of life, one we all face if we’re fortunate enough to live that long, and it would be heart-breaking if not for this promise: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4. I believe this with my whole heart.}

[The good: I've leased a studio downtown and hope to begin classes next month! More info soon.]

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We call them scissortails. These are, maybe, my favorite birds. To see them in flight is spectacular, perched on a wire or fence, beautiful. They nest in the trees by our gate and, walking past in the early mornings, the trees sound as though they’re full of chattering monkeys. The prettiest part, that you rarely see, is the bright salmon pink underneath their wings. So many delightful, little things to help make up for the Scissor Tail Final Edit Lt 12-30-13 hard, sad things.




Christmas Tea Towels

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


These towels are up and ready to order from my shop…just in time for holiday cooking and hostess gifts. The images are printed on 100% made-in-America flour sack towels and will not fade with laundering.

Wishing you all happy and blessed holidays!

my part

Saturday, September 21, 2013

road, harp The seasons changed overnight. Fall is in the air. The change stirs excitement and hope in my heart. The sun made long shadows across the road turning it into a giant harp. My feet plucked the strings as I walked (even skipped!) across them joining in the symphony of the universe. O, Lord, help me play my part well today. Amen.