Tuesday, January 20, 2009



This is my first trash to treasure this week, a cheese box that I have painted with a large sunflower and checks.  I purchased the box at a rummage sale for $1.00 and presently use to hold Christmas cards received .  My Great-Grandmother Baugh dyed, spun, and wove this wool coverlet.  My sister had the coverlet and due to the poor condition chose to cut into pieces, mat, frame and give to relatives.  I was lucky enough to receive this one.    This is very dear to me and hangs in the hallway of my home.   Sorry about the flash.P1010025

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Monday, January 19, 2009



We had a partly sunny day here in Missouri as witnessed by the picture Pat took from our deck.  If you could see the thermometer it says 46 degrees.  We have a much better view of the river and fields in the winter.  We often see an eagle in this area.  When we hear the crows getting noisy that’s a clue that an eagle may be near.P1010009

This view is looking east of our home, our neighbor’s house can be seen.  The river is on right side of the picture.  P1010010

This picture is northeast of our home and the highway is visible in the picture.  When the leaves are on the trees it is beautiful, but an entirely different looking area.  We haven’t had much snow ,so far this winter, but it isn’t over yet.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Flea Market Finds


I wanted to show what I purchased at Bear Ridge Antiques near my home.  The rooster pitcher was $1.50(a good buy).  I will add him to my rooster collection.  Two weeks ago I was wanting to give away all my roosters, I thought I wanted something else in my breakfast room and kitchen.  Apparently I changed my mind and started buying more roosters.  Oh, well  a lady can change her mind. 

The carpenter’s ruler  was $1.00 and I will use parts of it in my art.  I was surprised as usually they are priced higher, they have become a collector’s item.

The vintage valentine was in a friend’s booth and I love the colors, the fan is separate from the card .  In the same booth I found a pint jar filled with beads and jewelry.  Almost everything was a keeper, especially the vintage earrings.P1010011 P1010019 P1010018

Oh, I didn’t mention the glass dome.  Wonder what I will do with it?  I will make a glass cloche.  I will have to find a base and some type of glass knob or crystal, maybe an earring for the top.  Next I will find some treasure to display.  See why I am so busy all the time?  Sometimes the answer to my creations come when I think about some treasures I have stowed away from an earlier trip to a flea market, garage sale, or thrift store.

Friday, January 16, 2009

52 Questions and Answers this year

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I am starting a mini journal to give an answer to 52 questions posed by Emily.  This is a challenge I need to motivate me to journal, after all it is only once a week.  Go to her blog and join the challenge.  At the end of the year you will have completed a journal.  Emily suggests using a small journal as you won’t think you need to write and write.  I don’t have any problem talking, but when I write I go blank.


More later…..

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday


I purchased these bookends at a yard sale a few years ago for approximately 2.00 and have seen them at antique stores  for much more.  I  think they are keepers.P1120019

I found this at a thrift store recently for 1.00 and now is one of my favorite things.  It is 8 inches tall, just wish I could find one 5 feet tall.  It looks as if it is crooked, it isn’t, just the photographer.P1120021 P1120022

I did some painting(rosemaling) on this vintage sewing machine drawer and keep it in the front hall for letters to be mailed, favorite snapshot of family or old books for display.  Check Diane’s blog for more trash to treasures at http://diane1876.blogspot.com for January 13,2009.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Shelby’s Birthday Party

We celebrated Shelby’s 18th birthday at Lebanon today.  Her birthday was yesterday, January 9.  The immediate family was there except Jeff,Patsy, Janey, Trent, and Kyle.   It is difficult to get that many people together at the same time.  Shelly served tacos  with all the extras, and finished with cupcakes and birthday cake.  Shelly had the best coffee, Starbucks Christmas  blend,  I must buy some if they have any left.  I made Shelby the birthday crown just to reminds us she is 18.  This was my first try and I thought it was cute.  She said she was going to wear it all week end.   IMG_0939  IMG_0935

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday


I have been turning trash to treasure for many years so I have decided to join Diane’s weekly blog.  I have been collecting bottles and here is my first try at turning a bottle into something I can use as home decor. P1010022

The following picture I have added a paper sculpture made from an old book.  I think they look good together.  What do you think?P1010024

This is a vintage jewelry box from the 50’s.  I should know as it is mine.  It was split down the side; I decoupage wrapping paper to create stability; kept it red(the original color); and painted roses on the top.  I will pass it down to a daughter, someday.P1010015 P1010016

Go to Diane’s blog:  http://diane1876.blogspot.com to find the links to other Trash to Treasure.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Painting With Donna

First, I must say I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR.  My holidays have been so much fun being with my family and the grandkids being on vacation from school.                                                                                                   Today seems almost back to normal as I attended our monthly meeting of Ozark Hills Decorative Painters in Lebanon.  We had a wonderful day together painting, talking, and laughing.  Donna was our teacher and I must say an excellent painter and teacher.  She taught a class in leaf study.  The information given can later be used for reference when painting realistic flower.  I tried to take pictures of all the ladies in attendance, but when viewing the pictures I have left out some ladies.  Please, forgive this amateur photographer as I truly wanted to get everyone in the pictures.  Enjoy the pictures.P1010001   

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These dedicated artists are a wonderful group of people to paint with.  We meet the 1st Saturday of each month at the Southern Heights Christian Church in Lebanon, MO.  Come and join us for a new learning experience.