Sunday, April 20, 2014

easter dogwoods blooming

happy easter
from my backyard,
where the Dogwood Trees are putting on their show

my favorite tree for spring time blooms....

i call them
 "forest lace"

their delicate white blooms dance in the under story of the larger trees.

last week, i had the very sad task of helping some friends of mine plant a dogwood tree in their backyard.... in honor of their son who died suddenly...his ashes amending the was a beautiful tribute to a young man leaving this world way too early....

much religious symbolism surrounds the beautiful Dogwood Tree which blooms at Easter time...please note that the following story is not taken from scripture, but it is a story that i like very much.

The dogwood is a modern figure of the Passion of Christ. The "legend" has it that the dogwood, which once grew tall and straight, was the source of the wood used for the cross. Jesus had pity on this poor tree used for such an ignoble purpose, and decreed, "Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross ... two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it remember ... that it was upon a dogwood tree I was crucified and this tree shall not be mutilated or destroyed, but cherished as a reminder of My death upon the cross."

happy easter

my friends

Monday, April 14, 2014

sweet lamb painting

well hello!
it has been a while...
i wanted to share my latest painting with you.

"In the Shelter of Maa Maa"

for sale at a local gallery...
listen to lil ol me...
selling art, out of a gallery!
i have sold several paintings and encaustic pieces
since last fall, over at

(behind the famous Loveless Cafe )

sweet baby lamby face
 that any maa maa would love..

maa maa
watching out for baby.

we are in full Spring time mode here in Tennessee now,
but 3 weeks ago, we had
this gorgeous snow storm!

snow on the daffys and forsythia!

 Mother Nature's surprises....
 sure keeps us on our toes...

i just love
i think it is my favorite....
well, until the next season comes along and then that one becomes my favorite.

and how about that gorgeous afternoon light through the blooms.

And that fresh


of new beginnings
what can be...

the possibilities

and inspiring

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

forced forsythia

i have brought a little bit of spring into my bay window by
 forcing forsythia
 (try saying that five times fast!)

a jump start on
 spring blooms.
so easy to do!

i cut branches of forsythia from my garden...
only 5 days ago!
i kid you not.
and they are already blooming!

just plopped the branches into a glass vase of water...
stuffed plastic grocery bags around the vase to keep it centered in this cement urn...
and topped it with pretty deer moss.

like a breath of
 spring air.

so easy!
and ever so

do you "force" spring blooms too?


Monday, March 10, 2014

"Gatherings" magazine feature!



i am just tickled pink to announce
 that i am a featured artist in the spring issue of


 "This issue is chock full of engaging articles sure to ignite your creative juices for Spring crafting, baking, decorating, celebrating and shopping. Our Spring issue- Artists + Artisans is a salute to creative makers who inspire these pages .Featuring a special guest post by Jen O’Connor of Earth Angels Studios, book reviews, color trends and much more!"

my friend Heather Spriggs Thompson,
 is the creative genius behind this wonderful magazine...we met through blogland and turns out she lives just a few miles away....small world isn't it!?
(yep, that's me sitting there in my living room...not wanting to have my picture taken...unwashed hair and all) 

and there's my humble abode...
in a magazine!

what really blows me away (to tears even), is the glowing and beautifully written script that Heather has added.
double yay!

and there's my messy studio and some of my paintings.
Heather made it all look so good!

 after this terribly long and cold winter, 
this gorgeous magazine, full of fresh spring-like images,
 will definitely put you in the mood for warmer weather,
green grass, flowers blooming and curtains softly blowing through the open windows...
remember those days?

 available in digital and print form...
 please visit

"Gatherings Magazine"
to order your copy
 and to receive a 10 % discount use discount code