Violet in Full Bloom
Close-up of one of the many blooms on this pick-me-up January violet. I love lots of light in our home, helps with seasonal depression and making violets bloom like crazy in winter also.
Photo of the many blooms with a Photoshop action by Florabella Collection. Love the play on light of these photos.
Same photo as above without the Photoshop action.
Vintage Black Americana Mammy
Can you say truly vintage? I am in the process of changing my home to truly shabby chic décor. I have always been a closet lover of chippy, white paint, give me a paint brush and I will paint everything white. My first home was a beautiful Victorian home, so several of my pieces are fitting perfectly into this phase of my life. So this special gal is looking pretty impressive on my newly painted wall on the sun porch.
She was in pretty good shape other than needing some cleaning. The notepad and pencil are long gone, which would have been her original use. She has a slight crack on the very front where the notepad would have gone and the hole in the front where the notepad went was just not to my liking so . . . . .
My original plan was to use chalkboard paint where the notepad had been and write in chalk something cute. I did paint it, but the hole was still bothering me. I decided then to try and use some black cardstock paper and a stamp with chalkboard ink, left over from my paper scrapbooking days. I cut the paper to fit over the hole, used a cute stamp with chalkboard ink and . . . .
What do you think? A cute Vintage find repurposed!
Loaves and Fishes
My Design challenge kit this month is Rooted in Faith by Karen Diamond Designs. A challenge for me, but it all came together when I thought of this giving and wonderful couple. Lieu and Helen are the driving force behind Loaves and Fishes, food pantry in Berryville, Arkansas. They were called to serve and they serve our community each and everyday. Helen was also the pastor who married our daughter and son-in-law. Thank you Lieu and Helen.
Photo Shoot 2012
One of my little models for my photo shoots. She doesn't always cooperate, so I shoot a lot of photos really fast.
This beautiful, female, pileated woodpecker added a sparkle to this cold and snowy, winter's day. This large woodpecker is native to the Ozarks year around and can usually be heard before being seen.
Is she looking at me taking her picture?
These birds make me think of the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker.
A girl needs to look good even though it is snowing!
The Lady behind