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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!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pecans and Pimento

If idle hands truly are the Devil's workshop, then my Daddy had nothing to worry about.

Working was his hobby.

Don't get me wrong, he loved to talk to people and to pick on them, but never did he tary long. He had things to do.

When fall arrived, and winter was near, Daddy loved to pick up nuts, and crack them in his rocking chair by the gas hearter, after supper.



Each night, as he came to the house from the shop, where he cut my wood for me to paint, he would wander toward the orchard to pick up a pocket full of pecans.



With two cooks in the house, we knew how blessed we were to have a never ending supply of pecans!

When our tobacco barn burned several years ago, Daddy was kindly trying to make sure the fireman kept the GOOD Pecan tree watered, because the barn could not be saved, but the tree could produce.

I laughed at him, but he was right!



Today, as I was trying to get Charcoal to come back to the house,  I stood 8 feet away, screaming at him, as he ignored me. It drives me crazy!!

When he finally decided to acknowledge my presence on the earth, we were walking back, when I stopped to get a stick to throw, and I saw a Pecan on the ground. I had no idea there was a Pecan Tree there!



We got back inside and enjoyed the roast/carrots/potatoes/onion/celery I had cooked on this chilly morning.

He took a nap and I putzed. As the day was drawing dark, I decided to go see if there were pecans at the GOOD tree.



There was one...then another. I decided to try to get 100! I got approximately 112, in case one or two were bad, and, well, there were one or two bad ones! 😁😂🤣😃

Yep, like momma, I count stuff! 🤤

I am so excited to have a quart bag of mostly, pecan halves.


It felt so good to feel like I spent the day with Momma and Daddy, doing something that was so special to them.

Making memories out of memories.♡



All of this kinda goes along with my Facebook post about what was in your refrigerator when you grew up?

I had a friend ask HOW to make pimento cheese.

Well, y'all know that I don't measure stuff, but maybe this can get you there.



Pimento Cheese was always made with American Cheese, at my house.

As I have gotten older, I have discovered that you can use your favorite cheese or cheeses mixed.

Last night, I made my "lazy" pimento cheese.  I even mixed it right into a ziplock bag,  so all that was dirty, was the fork I used to dig out the Miracle Whip! 😁😂🤣😃😄

Of course, if you want to mix it in a bowl, as most normal people do, go for it, but really--normal??!



I simply emptied a 2 cup bag of Sharp Cheddar Cheese into a quart ziplock bag. 

Added a 4 ounce jar of chopped pimento. 

A few shakes of black pepper (If you don't like pepper, don't add it, cause momma never did! 😁😂🤣😎)

Enough Salad Dressing (Miracle Whip) to bind it together--start with 1/2 cup, and remember, when it gets cold, it will get dry, or hard. I have no idea how much, really, because I just threw in 2 big blobs..😁😂🤣



I added about 2 Tablespoons of sugar to cut the tartness.

Close the ziplock, and gently combine the ingredients.

Throw it on a piece of celery, and you have Heaven on Earth!



This is the basic recipe, and there are tons of recipes on Pinterest. Many use Cream Cheese. Some add garlic...onion...Some use different cheeses...but I have shared what I grew up eating.  Mother made it in the blender, so it was smooth.  Not much is better than pimento cheese on white bread, cut on a wedge, served alongside homemade chilli! 

If you really want something fancy, add some crushed pineapple in there...

You can add jalapeno, too!

Today has been a good day.

I am, once again, reminded of how blessed I am! 

When you get sad, pull out a favorite recipe and make it with a merry heart.

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte ♡

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lisa's Blocks

It is the time of year where busy doesn't begin to explain how busy we are!

I thought I would share blocks that I did last year that were inspired by Lisa Wells.

I asked if I could share on my blog, and she said YES!
She was so excited, because, that is the girl that she is--happy!

I am sharing again, this year.

I created a pdf that you can download at the end of this post that has some pictures and line drawings.

Create until your heart is content.
I ask, only, that if you share them, PLEASE give Lisa Wells credit, because, it is the nice thing to do!

I bought my blocks at the Dollar General store in the toy department.



I used, of course, DecoArt Americana paints, and when finished, I put Ice Crystal DecoArt Glamour Dust on them to sparkle. You may add gems, also.

Last year, I gave away at least 30 to those who served me. I placed them in a bag with a fun sized candy bar and a note saying THANK YOU FOR THE JOB YOU DO. I tied the top of the bag with Bakers twine.

I was more blessed by the smiles and hugs that I got!

Sunday, I started giving away some more RAKs. It does my heart good.

 I can't change the world, but I can brighter my little corner of the world, one smile at a time.

People don't need a piece of my mind, but, instead, a piece of my heart.

Thank you, Lisa,  for making my world a better place!
I love you and admire you.

I am simply blessed to create AND to have creative friends~charlotte♡








These are the pictures of one's
 that Lisa painted.

Oh, my, goodness...
Aren't they adorable!!








Click here to download the pdf



Friday, November 10, 2017

Merry Glamping

Everybody has made a pattern for a camper, but this has been stuck in my head for a few months.

Yesterday, I decided to paint it.


Early, this morning, I decided to share the pattern with you, so here you go!

Click here to get the FREE Pattern


I offered a challenge to do a Random Act of Kindness, today, so, here is one of mine! 



I hope you enjoy it.

If you do paint it, share it with me.

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte ♡

Click here to magically appear in my etsy shop



Monday, October 30, 2017

Tole Town Trick or Treat


The winner of the Bat Pumpkin Painting is

Lisa Paints

Thanks for playing! 😁😂🤣





Trick or Treat 
You Decide!



Welcome to my little corner
 of the world,
My little pretties
cue: evil laugh

Good things come in 3's 
So



Number 1

I have over 100 patterns 
and 100 finished items 
in my etsy store.



Number 2

A fun and new pattern
Created just for YOU
But
It is too cute to make you go BOO! 


Number 3

CLOSED
WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED
Leave a comment below of your favorite Halloween Candy to be entered to win the bat pumpkin featured in the above pattern.



Remember that I will need to find you if you win, so check back here on November 3rd to see if you won!

Happy Halloween
October is the BESTEST!

Thanks for stopping by.
I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡
😊



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Classic Halloween Club

I told you I would show what I did with much of my time this summer.

Here it is.


I  joined the Amy Mogish
Classic Halloween Club. 


We got 3 ornaments each month for 4 months. 


 I am not going to lie to you.


I joined, simply to support a friend.


I think that is important to do.


So, to be honest again, I loved them so much that I ordered a second set to paint!


I painted a set to give to a Friend for her birthday.


She bought the trees for us, so I decided to be nice and paint the other two sets for her!
😁😂🤣😃


I am pretty good about duplicating the style of another painter, but, I was having a tough time duplicating the style of Amy.


She definitely has her own style.
That is a good thing! Lol


I could not get my Soft Blacks,  Graphites, Lamp Blacks, Neutral Grey, Slate Greys...to show against each other--whew!


Amy did a video on her blog, and, finally, I saw the LIGHT  (of all the dark)
😁😂🤣😃😄


I soon started to kid Amy about joining the "dark side".


 I wanted to make certain that she knew I was joking, and in no way, was being mean spirited.


I often hurt people's feelings with my joking.
I am working hard to stop doing that.


I am so glad that I joined the club.
She gave us the patterns for the fronts.
We painted the "back sides" as we wished.
I have NEVER had my "back side" talked about so much in a very long time! 
😁😂🤣😃😄


I find myself putting her style into my work.


I am also happy that I have gotten a chance to love Amy.


We are now, connected through heART!


oh, and our friend, Sheila Landry, did an amazing job providing us with the surfaces.


I feel that I have, once again, grown as an Artist, by stretching my boundaries and learning some new techniques.

This is one to add to your list.

The project will be available at Club prices until June 2018
I can't wait until the next Club!

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡