Tasha Tuesday: Autumn Candles

   It’s a cold and frosty morning here in Oklahoma, probably our chilliest yet of the autumn. It’s the kind of morning where you want lots of hot coffee and pumpkin bread slathered in homemade jam. And pretty books to look at, of course, as you ponder the start of the day.       […]

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Illustration inspiration: Varenka

A long while ago Audrey and I happened into a used book store. From the shelves I pulled this old library book, some of its pages stamped “discard” and from the moment I saw it, I was in love. Published in the 70s by “Bernadette”, (later editions say Bernadette Watts)  the book Varenka tells the […]

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Let’s craft!

   So….I am going to be on TV soon. Like…on Monday! I’ve been asked to appear on the “DIY Divas” segment on the Tulsa area FOX23 morning show Great Day Green Country, isn’t that wild? I’m going to show the hosts (and the viewers!) how to make these little hand painted silhouette ornaments, using a […]

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Gourds in the Garden

   Well, the heat of summer didn’t get the memo that it’s September and we’re all ready for fall, at least around here. It’s going to be over 100 degrees for the next few days and we had quite a hot weekend. That didn’t stop me from pushing forward with my epic plans for a […]

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Gourd Plans

     Last week I wrote about trying to come up with an idea for what to do with all my dried gourds from last year. While thinking about it, I remembered this gourd bird house hanger in one of my favorite decorating books, Seasons at Seven Gates Farm (which I also wrote about not […]

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Home Grown Crafts

    Last summer, which was the season it was so hot none of my vegetables even produced, I did make one good harvest– gourds! Evidently these hardy dipping gourds weren’t deterred by the scorching temperatures and grew up the fence, and then over it, making perfect green gourds wherever it could.    When the […]

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A Birthday in Oz

Well, this weekend my Little Miss turned five and we celebrated in Wizard of Oz style. It was a rather handmade affair, and when the bakery couldn’t find the Wizard of Oz characters to go on the cake I’d wanted to order, I just decided to bake a few treats (some ‘yellow brick road’ lemon […]

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