Friday, March 17, 2017


Such a pretty bottle tree at our friend Barb Smith's "Vienna Woods Bed & Breakfast!"

Out newest beautiful business in Harrisonville Mo.: The Brick House Coffee Bar and Eatery. We love it!

I had this painting of mine that had gone through the Kurzweild fire and survived. I was going to put it in the Library Atrium display but just felt like I'd like to give it to the new business as a welcome gift. Imagine my surprise when the owners wife came running out of the kitchen with a big hug and saying I can't believe you did this! You are my favorite artist, I look at you work all the time, I even called you once to try and buy a painting that you didn't want to sell, and I couldn't talk you into selling it! I just said I guess it was meant to be!

Good Ole Joe in his new forever home!

And she wants more art to sell on  this wall, so I've got to get busy!

I'm enjoying using twinkle lights in vases.

My Spring Seasonal Banner for the Refrig.

I got smart and made the banner reversible (Valentines is on the other side)

Decided I wanted a Spring (Yellow) lampshade, so made one I could just slip on and off!

Found a new pair of fun bling sandals at the thrift store. Brand New!

I'm lovin the Pioneer Woman products now!

Mixin up meatloaf with Pioneer Woman bowls!

Mary Lou's newest book.

And my newest evening obsession! Makin  Hoochy Two-chy blocks for a "Poochie's & Polka Dots" Story Quilt which will probably be one of my entries in the Fall Art Show

Sister Judy gave me this Folk Art Lady years ago.  I have enjoyed her on my screened in back porch. But now in her second life she has moved in to my art table as my Art Muse. Isn't she cute!

I do need to clean my table off!  Good thing I can work among the clutter!

 Art ready for The Brick Coffee Shop! 19"X23" "Rise & Shine"

 Little 5''X5"Shelf / Hanging Art Paintings  "Happy Geraniums".

5"x5"  "Happy Violets"

My sweet husband Maurice, and doggie, Tasha. both enjoying the wood stove. Maurice tells her all the time she's got the best seat in the house!  Notice Maurice has the sacred remote in his hand! Ha Ha! Hope your enjoying the "Good Life"  too! Remember to check out my second blog too:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Cute Cat Planter front and center on our "Spring" kitchen table.

Shows a little bit more of the table.

I really like our our "Spring" dining room table arrangement too!

Having fun with the twinkle lights in pitchers

Put some spring greenery over my "Childhood Easter Memories" painting.
Yellow Duckies came out to play too!

Celebrating our 62nd. ENGAGEMENT Anniversary.

63 years ago!

And our long awaited gift to each other!

More Spring Yellow!  Blessings on you all!  You might enjoy my second blog: also.

Friday, February 10, 2017


Such a fun place to eat with all the art painted on the walls!


Have wanted to eat here at Strouds at Oak Ridge Manor for years. So pan fried chicken here we came for my 80th Birthday Dinner. Sister Judy and husband Maurice are waiting to be seated in the old 1833 Log Cabin Lobby.

Our room over looking the lake.

Green Room in Log Cabin

Blue Room

Food on the table, Family Style, ready to partake!

Lunch  at Olive Garden the day after my birthday provided by son Paul

 Generous Gifts of paints, brushes and canvases from grand kids

My Art Studio is calling Me! Canvass also from good friend Karen

Very Pretty handmade necklace from Tracee,  Paul's companion. Paul gave me a high intensity light for my computer and framed family pictures taken at Christmas. Somehow those pictures didn't get in the post!

Pretty Blouse from Friend Hope.

Shepard's Hook for plant or lantern from good friend Rose Marie
Precious little red wagon from sweet sister Judy.

Favorite place for Breakfast, Cracker Barrel!

Maurice playing and singing Happy Birthday to me right before we left for the city.

Our Birthday Picture Setting!

Happy 80th Birthday to Me!  Sending wishes out to all of you for good health and happy fulfilling days!

Friday, January 20, 2017


Enjoying this book ( my Facebook friend Marilyn Lee suggested)  every bit as much this second time as I did 3 years ago! Thanks again Marilyn!

I stopped by John Knox Thrift Store on the way home from Sister Judy's the other day. I absolutely couldn't pass up this old vintage laundry basket and liner that reminded me of my childhood. Only $5.00 too!

I found this beautiful curtain panel made out of Cranston Print Works fabric for just $.98!  I'm going to rip out the big hem and header and use it as a tablecloth! Whoopee!

This canister with air tight lid matches out kitchen dishes! It was at John Knox too for just $2,99!

Judy and are are looking for just plain old cardboard heart candy boxes to redo vintage style. So far this one is all I've found and it's more elaborate than I want , but we can cover it! In fact will probably do some in reds, check, polka dot  style too!

This was the funniest thing! Judy found a bag of 2 small heart boxes of playing cards and we thought we'd use the boxes, and probably not the cards. Well looking at the cards I thought they would look neat made into heart Garlands. Then discovered the 2 Handmade Joker Hearts in each box. Each box was different. A real Joke right!  Fun-ny!  I loved it!!

The last of their Christmas items at Major Thrift were on sale  4/$1.00. The 2 iced  large candle rings will look beautiful inside by Hurricane Globes next year!

Judy said,  "Little Lizzy" looked just like she had to come home with me! So the ribbon be dazzled little one ended up in my cart too!

She's sharing the chair right now with 2 Aunt Jeremiah Dolls!

Sister Judy showed me the contents of her stack of boxes!


She has a fascinating collection of necklaces display here too!

Two of our Sorority Sisters looked so cute at meeting the other day I had to snap their picture!  Hope your putting some fun in your life too!!