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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

It is well...

I have been having fun learning different styles and using different supplies.

I have learned palette knife painting. It is fun, but it will never replace my traditional style of painting.

I started these canvases with the intent of painting my home church on them for a childhood friend, but cancer took her life, too soon, and I tossed them aside.

I recently reached a little window of being caught up, so I drug these out, again, and wanted to finish them.

I wanted them to be primitive, and similar to all the palette knife churches that are all over pinterest so I think that I was successful.  I simply used a #12 Flat, and using the dirty brush method, and by George, I liked it!

This is similar to my home church.

I have shared this before, but Mother was a Southern Baptist and Daddy was a Christian, until he met Momma!

When Mother and Daddy got married,  they agreed to find a church where they both could attend each Sunday, together.

They found Mt. Denson Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

It was a small white wooden country church that had added a basement and a brick wing of 4 rooms.

There was a slab of concrete in front that held 3 beautiful maple trees.

I would play "1,2,3 Red light" AND "Simon Says" with my friends.

The people would gather there, after church and fellowship and share. The left top corner was jokingly called "Amen Corner."

Fast forward about 50 years, and 2 new renovations have been made...the elders are dead, and so, pretty much, is the church. It is a sad thing to watch.

I hold special memories of this church. I try not to reflect on the many hurts.

Mother and Daddy served faithfully, and so did I. I taught many classes, sang many songs, played numerous hymns and designed many a floral arrangement to share on the altar.

I did my best to share the gifts God gave me.  I was taught about service, the Bible, our Denomination, and our heritage.

I made mistakes. Got angry. Said hurtful things. Acted like a brat.

I learned about forgiveness,
mercy and grace.

I wish I had never grown up to see the ugliness of churches. πŸ˜”

So, today marks 6 years
since we buried Momma.

It was truly a celebration of her life. We sang hymns, and our former pastor spoke of God's invitation of love.

Mother shared John 3: 16, 17 with people around the world.

She lived Love.

She was my greatest supporter.
Every time I showed her a new creation, she always told of someone that she would like to give it to. πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜ƒ

I have found myself developing her giving spirit. I think she would be proud!

So in her memory, you may have this pattern. I will leave it here until the end of the month.

Click here to download the Free Pattern

If you have trouble downloading it, just send me a message and I will email it to You!

Each day, I am reminded of how blessed I was. I hope you have known that kind of love. If not, let me tell you about my Heavenly Father, who loves you unconditionally.

Make time to create!
It will fuel your soul.

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Give me Jesus

This has been hanging out in my head for awhile, so those that think my head is empty- na na na na na.πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜ƒ

I love my regular decorative painting, but I have to admit, Mixed Media calls loudly for me to #create! πŸ˜‰

I have shared so many times that I think anyone can learn to paint, if they are willing to put in the practice.

To me, Mixed Media makes art accessible for anyone to create. I am not saying it takes no skills, but it is so wide open, that one can bring their own special talents to it, without having to know the basic strokes of Decorative Painting, or tole painting.

I continue to share my process, in the hope that it will inspire you to pick up your supplies.

Again, I encourage you to USE WHAT YOU HAVE.

I am a DecoArt girl, but that doesn't mean you can't use other things--I just don't want to think about it, though.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ€£

To begin, I used DecoArt Decoupage to glue on a piece of tissue paper to a 6 inch wooden canvas.

I used my catalyst to smear Prussian Blue onto the piece.

Now--my catalyst. A fun silicon wedge to move paint around.  Don't have one? Then use: an old cash card, palette knife, finger, or spatula (yep, artists often raid their kitchen!πŸ˜‰)

I repeated the process with Aqua Sky.

I printed a map from The Graphics fairy and painted a "sun". The butterflies that were added, also came from The Graphics Fairy.

If you have an ink jet printer, spray them with a clear varnish before adding paint to them, or the ink will smear.

I glued it onto the bottom with my Matte Decoupage.

I grabbed a sheet of deli paper --yes, it is what they use to wrap sandwiches-- and stamped my saying. I hand-wrote the word "Jesus".

I used stencils by Decoart to add texture to the background.  That is my favorite thing about Mixed Media--texture! 😁😊

The above stencil was used to create the sun rays, using the 4 colors below.

Another stencil I used. My thought with this was direction. That no matter what road we travel in our journey, Jesus is with us. I think the journey is better, and much easier, when we Rise with Jesus.

Now, a lot of what we do to build layers isn't often seen in the final design, but each element plays a part.

It is just like life --we each carry scars and tear-stained lives, but we get an opportunity to heal...to become a new creation. The old is past, and needs to stay there, but we must learn from each encounter. It is part of life to be hurt, but we have the choice to forgive, freeing us from the chains that bind us. We get to SHINE...to bloom into a new and improved version of us!

How cool is that!

Maybe that is why Mixed Media calls for me...maybe...

I used oil pastel around the edges and around the sun.

I also used my charcoal pencil to shade, too.

For some reason, I glued the square of the graphics, instead of cutting around it. Ok, I was lazy, but no problem, I added the elements of the background, and they melded together--oh, a cure for the lazies! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜ƒ

I hope that you make room and time to create! It will feed your soul and make you a happier, yes, easier person to be around.πŸ˜‰

I am simply blessed
to create~charlotte ♡

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rook ATC

For the love of all that is good,


I know I am not alone...

Y'all know how I love a good walk down memory lane...

So, this is another path I took, last week.

Our family was not a game 
Playing family.

The few times we tried, we couldn't get Brian to turn his head away from the TV, even when we put his back to it! 🀀

Before I was born, Mother and Daddy played Rook with several couples.

It was a big event.

Bob couldn't wait for the "ma-freshments"

Mother would make Doo-dads, aka, chex mix,  to have at the tables.

They taught us how to play, and my freshman year of college found me in the grill playing with my Rook partner, Kevin,  as we beat all the other suckas! LOL

I had been thinking about getting some of the cards and making ATCs--Artist Trading Cards--out of them.

Well, last week was the moment.

Now, I wanted to share 
something different 
with all who might 
visit my blog.

I have this passion 
to ensure that people 
think they can make art.

I believe that anyone 
can learn to paint,
 IF they are committed
 to working at it.

I want people to find the passion 
for something FUN in life, 
because I don't think 
we are placed on this earth 
to just toil and pay bills. 
Life is too short for that!

I have shared so many times, 
but because of 
a paint brush and 
a bottle of paint, 
well, I have met YOU.

This week, I decided to pull out my stamps, and stazon ink. It is a permanent ink, and I like that! 

I pulled out a few of my favorite DecoArt Americana Acrylics, DecoArt Decoupage Matte,  DecoArt Premium Americana White and Black Gesso (it is far more grey than black🀀), punchinello, dry wall tape, Black Stabilo pencil, deli paper, word stickers, walnut ink stain, stamps and ink.

I began by putting a couple of coats of White Gesso on the fronts.

Next, I added texture with Black Gesso  (hearts, dry wall tape, punchinellio)

I allowed these to dry completely.

I added a coat of Decoupage to the backs. 

Using my finger,
 I added patches
 of my favorite colors.

I sprayed most of them 
with Walnut Ink stain 
to antique them.

I stamped the images on deli paper to make sure it could be read...I had one failure, but it is ok...I will fix it later.

When you add the deli paper to your surface, it basically becomes invisible.

These cards were all created using Stamps by Tracy Weinzapfel...yep...it has the one I need to fix...lol

The words are a sticker.

The words are a sticker

I used Sandy McTire's Mermaid stamp for this one.

I used a stampendous stamp 
for this one.
The words are a sticker.

This was a stampin' up stamp.
The words are stickers 

These are painted.
The words are all stickers. 

I used my inkpad to ink around the edges.

I gotta brag on me...I love them! 
I started them and was less than impressed, but I trugged along, hoping that a miracle would happen...πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜ƒ

I painted the dandelion on Cheryl's birthday. She is my dandelion girl! 
Y'all, please pray for Cheryl as she begins chemo this week, so when we celebrate her birthday, next year, she will be healthy and baking and painting, again.
I love ya, chick.

I can't say this enough--
use what you have.


Feed your soul!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.

I am simply blessed to 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Serendipity Sunday

It has been a while since I have posted a SERENDIPITY SUNDAY.

That certainly is not because I haven't had any blessed surprises. I just find myself posting something on fb.

I am blessed to most always get good views on my blog, but I find myself at a struggle with what I really should post.

I know, there can be too much of me! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

I guess, I think, I should always post an inspiring project for you,  but every now and then, I just feel called to share some thoughts...

Oh, no....she is thinking again! Watch out.

Yes, watch out indeed! 

AND that brings me to my first SHOUT OUT to God for safe keeping through the storms. 

While I was sleeping on Saturday afternoon (yep--days and nights are mixed up, again), a tornado touched down, without a warning, and destroyed one house and heavily damaged another. It was about 3 miles away, as the crow flies. 

One house that was destroyed belonged to a family whose husband died recently.  My heart goes out to all.

I have to admit, I sometimes think we ARE given more than we can handle. Nope, I don't think it is HIS doing this. It is just a result of mankind having choices. I don't doubt that God is faithful, because He is, but I do think sometimes, some people get hit way worse than they deserve! πŸ˜” I hope y'all understand what I am saying. I still love and serve God, but it breaks my heart to see people suffering.

Oh, and on the flip side, lest you think I am drinking that half empty glass--we most often get WAY better than we deserve! ♡

Another man was also killed trying to put up covering on his house. Praying for his family.

Our storms of the night have just passed, and I pray peace for those still in the path.

I offer Praise for a friend whose husband is sick for an unknown reason, because one reason for his illness was ruled out--it was an ugly possibility --but now, the search for the cause still evades them. May peace settle on their home and May they be led to the right person to help heal him completely!

The beginning of the year brought news of a fb friend's unexpected death! She was a quirky and a bright spot in this world, and our lives are dimmed by her death, but it inspires me to try to shine just a bit brighter, in her memory. My heart breaks for her 2 puppies, who were her great Joy. Judy, you are missed.

Another fb friend was admitted  to the hospital on Friday night because she has been battling mono and great exhaustion. Join me in praying for a clear biopsy on her liver! Get better, Cheryl! There is much beauty waiting for you to create.♡

Oh, I give a huge praise for a new $15 keyboard.

Yep, you think this is a crazy one, but it extends the life of my slowly dying laptop. Somehow, God will make a way for me to buy a new one, that actually connects to my slow dial up internet...yes, high speed internet remains on my prayer request,  but when the time is right,  it will happen. I remain hopeful, and feel blessed for what I have. As Mother said, sometimes, it is like Slugo's house, here, with things pieced together! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜ƒ

I am most grateful for all of those "pieces"! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

As I am finishing up a deadline project (almost done), I sit here listening to my sweet Charcoal snoring, and my heart if filled with good thoughts of those I love, and of things I love to do. 

Yes, I most certainly could do more and do better, but I want to give myself a break and give thanks for what I have done.

I hope you will do that for yourself, too.

We live in a world where people have "bad hearts" and do bad things. 

Our screaming at each other on social media does nothing to solve this problem, and, yes, in my opinion, creates a bigger problem, because, we are just fostering more "bad hearts".

LOVE is the only answer.

If what you post doesn't promote love, then stop posting it.

If you don't have a solution,  then pray for what you can do to help, instead of inflaming others.

What can you do to promote love?

Be kind.


Promote Art.

Paint pretty things.
Sew whimsical creations.
Write uplifting music.
Create poetry in any form.



Accept that others might be right.

LOVE yourself so that you can love others.

Bite your tongue, or, scroll on by...

Sprinkle Love and kindness everywhere you go...


Thank you for being in my little corner of the world.

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡