Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Betty to Ashley:  did you know that a basement is under your house and a cellar is in your yard with its own door?
Ashley:  well your Poppy and B are working on a wine cellar in their house
Betty: and they are just wrong

 so...I guess we will now refer to this as 
and we made lots of progress over the weekend

I must admit for such a tiny space it will have great impact

scary scary scary

the first thing one needs to begin is...
a focal point

the right product for the job

good bones are imperative 

plan ahead for behind the scenes...use your imagination to take advantage of 
the talent before you!

the round ceiling made use of old pallets 
(don't you love to re-purpose?!)

Think man think!

Cheer on man...cheer on!

measure twice cut once!

plan on a few cattywompers in an old home

test the light before you remove the ladder

yes...cute carpenter man can even sew and weld
I asked him

and he has a bit of a feel for decorating

just a few little details left after
Cute Carpenter Man and his Trusty Helper
get done with their day time jobs

my part?  to win the contest!!!

and dust the wine bottles

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Just when I thought I was about to get bored with life
I decided I would do 

I just sent in my first two lessons in a 
correspondence course to become a Master Herbalist

it's really not that new to me-- 
since me and the mister have been doing herbs for a very long time now
but it will be nice to actually have a cute little certificate to hang on my garden wall

How do you feel about missionaries?

Let me share with you what I believe...
I believe that you don't have to travel to foreign countries and vow poverty to do good work

no...I believe that it's very possible that 
can be a missionary 
right where you are
with the people that God has placed in your life right here and now

and what about this?
what if it's not the masses you are intended to serve?

what if....
what if your whole life you were just a little girl on a horse
who would someday marry 
and have three children and 4 grandchildren (so far)
who you could minister to by feeding them sundry herbs?

and then what if...
what if one day, a very bizarre chain of events,
 placed one person in your life
whose life you could make better?

well....that is the second new thing I'm doing
and dear friends, I would be so very grateful if you were to support me in this new thing
to see where I have been led to go
(there are 3 posts so far)

**it will be sad, graphic, happy, interesting and very real...follow along would you?**

Monday, March 16, 2015


I don't know about you
but I am ready for a little
and a little

the muscari has finally bloomed
it's just barely beating the muscari planted outside as they are about to pop up anytime

have you been feeling like warmer weather has been at a snail's pace?

at Christmas we put Padron pepper seeds in everyone's stockings
we're having a contest for best peppers
Mr. PV is winning so far

yummmmmmy....no one loses this contest!

I love to bring out the spring things
a few years ago my art kids had a little rabbit village and we made little rabbits and veggies
(I miss my kiln)

March is a tough month for the Texas Panhandle
usually lots of cold wind but ever so often the tease of a warm sunny day

indoor gardens can really boost the spirits 

I had 3 acorns that I have had for a very long time
they signify my 3 kids
this year, for some reason

I planted them

I am amazed

the roots are growing

do you like green herbs?

even green herbs can be so pretty

one day I noticed that Mr. PV glued this face on my garlic man
it's Mark Twain...his head was broken from an old whiskey decanter
and he glued his face to cover garlic man face
sometimes I think Mr. PV is around 8

I have his outfit all ready to go
well...except for his shirt and socks...any 8 year old can pick those out

my friends...you are such a blessing to me
you make me feel so lucky
I am

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Things to do on cold snowy days while waiting for 
friendlier weather

are you guilty of buying prints or pictures at auctions with the thought of changing the frame?
and so that wonderful antique wood block print looks great on the front but looks like this
on the back?

the fix is so much easier than you think!
you will need a few supplies
scissors, hammer, glue, a sharp razor, picture hangers or wire

begin with your pretty blue tape and tape that baby up...tape it good!
and this goes without saying....but I will say it anyway....if you have glass, clean it first...both sides

then take your cute sacks that you've saved 

and get them wet in some sudsy water
you don't really need suds...I just had a some in the sink already

squeeze out as much water as you can...you don't want to moisten your art

cover the edge of the frame with a bead of glue

lay the damp paper over it leaving the extra to hang over the edge
as the paper dries it shrinks...so you will need this extra bit of paper

let it dry for a few hours...as the paper dries, it will shrink up and the wrinkles will disappear

cut the paper with your very sharp razor and add your hanger

let the back dry in the sun

if you made the common mistake of too much water
as the paper dries, so too will your art...this is why you need to be very careful 
not to get too much water...although I've never had the art damaged for good

and while no one will ever see the back of your frame
you will have the peace of mind that IF they do,
it will look very professional 

**the pair of wood block originals were purchased at an auction for under $5...they looked very sad in their old frames and mats.  I spent $8 each for new matte board at Hobby Lobby and while there also purchased these closeout frames for 60% off
 (it's no secret that I love Hobby Lobby)