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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!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Ralphie Report

I apologize for no Wednesday  posting,
 but I spent all day trying to find Ralphie!!

I kept hearing sounds-- 
many of them similar to a mouse, 
BUT there was giggling.

I would get up and go search, 
but would find nothing. 

This went on all day!  
AND to top it all off, 
I could not find my phone! 

I was exhausted from all the searching, 
so I decided to just go to sleep...

Many of you know this, but My sleeping schedule varies from week to week. The past two weeks have been back to sleeping all day. I try so hard to get on a "normal" schedule, but it doesn't happen often. 

When I awakened today, 
my phone was back 
where it usually stays.

I found this very baffling, 
but when I opened it, 
I saw a picture of a big black paw! 
CHARCOAL!!



I scanned through the pictures
 to find that Ralphie had gotten in the car. 
Look at him. 
He even has "the lean".



I looked in my phone again, 
and there were some notes....



It seems that Ralphie
 took the car for a drive, 
and he kept a diary of the adventure.



Ralphie seems to think he went to the ocean! 
He doesn't realize that Middle Tennessee 
is far from the ocean;
 however, there was a note that said: 
look at all of the WATER!! 
I am so happy to see the ocean! 



The next photo said 
he wanted everybody to know 
he was safe...
He found a lifesaver! 
He likes that his lifesaver is named : 
Butter Rum.



Oh, dear,
 it seems the car has crashed 
into the heater! 

ELF DRIVERS! 

Poor, sweet Ralphie has 
so much to learn!



But, all is ok.
Ralphie and Charcoal
 are snuggled together 
taking a nap.


Maybe I can get some work done 
while they sleep...

...until next time...

Love from us all!
Charcoal, Ralphie and Me!♡


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ralphie, Day Two

Well, I am not sure what happened while I slept.

I was able to get a few pictures of just SOME THINGS Ralphie did today.

I found Ralphie on my painting table and asked what he was doing.

"I am soaking up some Vitamin D. It is so sunny and warm!"

Ralphie, you know, it is raining outside and you are on my painting table. That "sunshine " is called an OTT Light.

Ralphie mumbled, "Lady, you OTT to clean up that table."



Things were going fine, until I heard, 
"Woa, dude, I am feeling groovey. 
This is some great POT."

Ralphie, that is A POT.



Charcoal can't believe what he is seeing!

Hey Lady, if that wasn't pot, 
why did I just eat a whole 
bag of Peanut M&Ms?!


Oh, dear...

Hey Lady...I found Big foot!

Or is it Big FEET?




HEY LADY...
there is a big black
 monster in here!



I told Ralphie that I live on a farm...

He found chickens...



AND a frog!



I lost Ralphie for a bit, when I heard

Hey Lady...Hey Lady...
These are my people! 


 Oh, Ralphie...you should feel right at home, 

AND now, you have an idea
 of how much I love you, 
since so many of your people live here         
 Thanks for being silly and for making me smile..
        Sleep well...until tomorrow...~charlotte ♡

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We have a visitor!

I hope each of you has taken the opportunity to "meet" Wendy Young of Olde Moonlane Primitives. She is one of the most creative people around.

Now, creating cute little whimsical critters is her passion, but I believe what makes them so adorable is that she puts herself into her work. That, alone, would make her successful.

Wendy is a down to earth, genuine person. In this world of art, unfortunately, I have witnessed some ugly attitudes, but Wendy has shown me by example, that those are not the people to waste time worrying about. While some may copy and steal, she just quotes a scripture about forgiveness and says there is something new to create, and she just moves on, with a part of her heart broken, but holding no grudges.

She is a simple soul who finds great joy in small gestures. She understands hard times, and shares tricks that others work so hard to hide. She truly wishes success for others.

She is a strong lady, but she is blessed, and she will tell you, with a wonderful help mate who supports her and brags on her abilities. They complete each other. He is quick to say that he married up, but I believe they are equals and love is the key for their happy family.

Now, she does tend to blame poor Moses, her pup, with things that happen. I think the other two pups and the cat do things and then disappear! Poor Moses.

I share this so you know a little about Wendy.

Wendy created Ralphie and sent him to a live person who acts just like Ralphie. I don't know if that one is the original, or if this one is, but I tell ya, this little critter is a mess!

Wendy came up with the idea to share Ralphie with the world. She let us sign up to host Ralphie, and now, it is my turn.

The mayhem has begun, and it only took a few minutes.

I will start the antics, now...

I had to make a run to town last night because Dog treats were getting too low. After I gathered my months worth of groceries, I swung by Burger King because Charcoal loves the $1.49 nuggets. I was heading back home, when I decided to just go by the Postie and check. I had been there on Friday, but, thought I might as well stop.

I got to my box and there was a key for a bigger box. I was baffled, because I knew I had no outstanding orders. I went and got my box and hurried to the car to find my scissors.

Great, where are they. I think it was another causality of Charcoal's ride to town from last week. :( The scissors always go back in that "hole". I will be going to find them tomorrow in the daylight.

So, I had to use a key to get the tape off the box, and, all of a sudden, I heard a loud "hello....hello...who is out there...he...llllllll.....ooooooo".

Oh...my...goodness...RALPHIE!



In a Jerry Lewis voice--that is the voice I think he uses--I heard him say, "hey Lady, who are you?"

I introduced myself and he seemed very happy. His Mommie gave him a happy heart, just like she has...AND, believe me, he got his mischievousness from her, also! It is no accident he is as he is!

I have some pictures to share, soon. Right now, my hands are full because Ralphie wants to play with Charcoal and Charcoal thinks maybe it is a mouse??

Oh, me...this is going to be interesting, BUT fun. I have them separated for the moment, so I can post this...

Welcome to Middle Tennessee, Ralphie...what? I can't tell your Mommie that her friends are Cra Cra...and so it begins...

No, Ralphie, we don't have "nakie Friday"...

No, Ralphie, we don't have a dancing pole...

Yes, Ralphie, we have junk food! :)...AND chocolate. ♡

Now, as soon as I got Ralphie home and out of the box, he smelled our food, and dove right into the sack.


He crawled up on my drink cause he said he was "THURSDAY"...I just giggled.



He found a chicken nugget and ate it all!



Next, he found I had bought a chocolate chip cookie. Notice a little black nose checking out this critter!



The cookie disappeared soon, but I heard laughter...

"Hey Lady, hey Lady....make him stop...IT tickles..."
~giggles~



Next, Ralphie said, "Hey lady...hey lady...I'm a gonna make snow angels"


That isn't snow, Ralphie. It is bubble wrap!

Woa...I am exhausted and it has only been a few hours. I might be in trouble!!

Ralphie said he wanted to sleep with Charcoal...so goodnight, for now!


Don't forget to tell people you love them...

I love you, Wendy...
And Ralphie...
And Charcoal♡

Don't forget to laugh...

And find all those blessings created just for you!
I am simply blessed to create ~charlotte ♡

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The BIG MOUTH FROG

In honor of what would be My Mother's 85th birthday, I want to share her favorite joke she told many times.

Boy, do we need to laugh!



It won't be the same as her telling it, because her facial expressions and voice fluctuations made it funnier.

Daddy couldn't tell a joke to save his life, but Momma could...



The BIG MOUTH FROG

One day Miss Frog had a baby. Being a new mother, she had no idea what to feed her baby. She decided that she would hop around the zoo and ask the mothers what they fed their babies.

Miss Frog hopped up to the monkey, and in a loud voice, with her mouth opened wide, she said:

Mother Monkey, what do ya feed your babies.

Miss Monkey said: bananas.

Miss Frog, said: oh, thank ya very much...

She hopped on to see Miss Robin Red Breast and asked in the same loud, Southern voice:

Mother Robin, what do ya feed your babies?

Miss Robin replied: big fat juicy worms!

Miss Frog said: oh, thank you very much.

Next Miss Frog hopped to Miss Sheep and asked:

Mother Sheep, what do ya feed your babies?

Mother Sheep replied: grass

Miss Frog said with her loud voice : oh, thank ya very much

This went on for most of the day--mothers sharing, as only mothers do, when Miss Frog hopped to the other end of the lake and saw Mother Alligator sunning herself.

HAPPILY, and loudly, Miss Frog asked:

Mother Alligator, what do you feed your babies?

Mother Alligator, with eyes fixed, and in a cold, Harsh voice replied emphatically: BIG MOUTH FROGS...

Miss Frog in shock and through tightly pursed lips, very quietly replied: Oh, thank you very much!



This is why I paint so many frogs. It is a way to share a memory.

Mother and Daddy were my biggest fans. With every stroke of my brush, the love of my parents flows onto the surface.

I have no clue why I won the lottery when it came to parents, but I cherish the memories and am thankful beyond words for the Godly example they were to us and to our community.



I joked at the funeral home, as I proudly stood by Mother's casket, that she LOVED everybody. Yes, she really did. She loved people who treated her harshly, but she prayed for them and always offered a smile, even though I know how tough it was. You see, I was one of those awful people. While I knew how loved I was, I was often unkind and ugly, yet, she loved me unconditionally and replied to my ugliness with a heartbroken smile and "I LOVE YOU."



I share this today with you in hopes YOU will see your own ugliness and repent, because once you say words of hate, they never can be taken back. One day, you will regret them.


The Great news is that YOU ARE LOVED by a Father who loves you unconditionally and who sent His only Son to save You--not to condemn you. He can change YOU. He will forgive you and make your life whole, beautiful and new.

This is what I know Mother would say to all of us. She would also say, in her lovely southern accent: I love you.


She shared John 3:16 and always shared verse 17, because she said it was important to KNOW that there is no condemnation given by God, through Christ Jesus. She shared this message with thousands of people and always ended with: if you haven't been told today, then know that I love you and God loves you.

Accept the love shown you, and return no man, evil for evil.



I am simply blessed to create ~charlotte ♡


Most of these patterns can be found at  THE DECORATIVE PAINTING STORE (CLICK HERE)

OR in my etsy shop By clicking here


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rain--Tutorial Thursday

I have been trying to clean out the 
albums on my phone and 
I found these pictures.

I had participated in a 3 color challenge 
a few months ago.

I had seen a video where an Artist took Crayons and melted them for the rain, so I thought I would see what I could do with the same concept using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.

For the challenge, 
we were to use Black and White 
and then choose another color.

I chose Cobalt Turquoise Hue.

I used 2 Andy Skinner Stencil: 
Children and Acessories

Whew--I am not a stenciler, but I keep trying.

I used a small spritzer for my water.
I picked up the spritzer at JoAnns.
I LOVE this little tool.




I began by creating the background with a 
mix of Black and White. 
I didn't want to over-mix my colors, 
or I would have simply ended up 
with a muddy mix of Grey.
There was no rhyme or reason 
to adding the colors.
I simply picked up some Black, 
then some white, 
then some more white, 
or some more Black...
I stopped when I liked it.
IF you do get a muddy mix, 
stop and allow the paint to dry, 
then begin again.
It is JUST PAINT!

I kept the strokes in a North/South Direction.
Of course, you can try something else.



I stenciled the children and the umbrella and 
boy, howdy, again, 
I want to emphasize that 
I cannot stencil!  LOL
BUT as I keep saying, 
it is only paint, 
so I pulled out my 10/0 liner 
and repaired the blobs as best I could.
I was a bit stressed, 
so I forgot to take pictures.

I applied painters tape to cover the children.
I wanted the rain to fall around them.



I blobbed the Cobalt Turquoise Hue across the top, 
and spritzed it with water so it would run.



This was a process..
More Paint...
More water...


Finally, I just thinned my paint really thin 
and dabbed it across the top.
I kept doing this until I liked it.
I then added some white to the Turquoise 
to give it some depth.
Remember--Shading (dark) pushes your object 
BACK into the background.
Highlighting (light) brings the object 
to the FRONT.
Your goal is to have a 
shadow, the primary color, and a highlight
Of course, you can use many colors 
and layers to achieve this.
That is the fun of playing with paint.


I added a white Highlight between the children.
I thought of it as a lamplight.
Black was added under the children to ground 
them into the picture.
The lettering was added with Black.
I dry brushed Black all around the edge 
to give it a FRAME


This was a very quick project.
This is an example of being able to create ART 
without having great artistic skills.
I always want people to know that 
THEY CAN CREATE.
Things like this are great ways to learn 
shadows and highlights.
As with anything~~
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

I hope that YOU make time to 
do things that you love.

Grab a canvas,
3 bottles of paint
Some brushes
and 
CREATE!!

I am simply 
blessed to create~charlotte♡

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Orange Cookies

As you know, I have my days and nights mixed up, 
and try as I may, I cannot get on a
 normal person's schedule.  
And when I try, I just make it worse.

This week, I am on the get up at 2 am schedule.

SO, at 4 am, I was making cookies.

Yesterday, I had crushed the Vanilla Wafers 
in a zip lock bag.
I sat the Orange Juice out to thaw.
I was committed at this point to finish!

As always, I seem to have a helper 
that had his own ideas.

After melting the butter, 
I thought Charcoal would like to 
lick the butter wrapper and plate.

He did...

He also ate the wrapper.

Paper is one of the main Food Groups for Labs.


Did you want the wrapper back?  Did you have plans for it?

I got the cookies made, and Look--he got the roll of Butter Rum Lifesavers off of the table and brought them to his "safe place".



Mean ole Mommie took the lifesavers away...


This is one of my most favorite cookies.  
I love that they have been in our family 
almost as long as I have~~lol
Ok, so I was 10!

My cousin, Cheryl, gave Mother the recipe in 1972.
Mother loved them, too.
She loved them rolled in Coconut.
Not me, so she rolled me some in Powdered Sugar.
That was the kind of Mother I had.  
Actually, that is how most Mothers are--
always thinking of others.

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Now, the problem with this recipe, 
and hundreds of other recipes that are in our families, 
the boxes have 
gotten smaller and smaller 
through the years!
This called for a 1 pound box of Vanilla Waffers, 
but the boxes are now 11 ounces!!
You can buy 2 boxes and weigh them 
with a kitchen scale 
OR Do what I did
I tried to just make things (kinda) match.
I used the 11 ounce box of Vanilla Wafers
I had a 32 ounce bag of powdered sugar, 
so I squeezed 1/3 of the bag to made it 
ABOUT 11 ounces
I used 2/3 cups of Pecans
1 Stick of Melted butter 
(can you have too much butter?)
And my can of Orange Juice was 12 ounces, 
so I eyeballed what I thought 
was a little less than half.


I added all the ingredients to a freezer zip lock bag
to mix them--watch your zip lock, 
because sometimes they break open.

You can mix these in a bowl, 
but I already had the bag.


I also put my powdered sugar to roll them in 
into a zip lock bag.


To roll out the balls, I used a spoon to 
get the dough out of the bag.
I added powdered sugar to my hand.
Placed the dough in my hand
And rolled them.
Yes, powdered sugar was everywhere, BUT
my hands didn't get sticky one bit!



I think my favorite thing about these cookies is
Putting them on my 
bunny platter!!


I love these cookies
They are so fresh tasting!


It turns out that Charcoal still had a few tricks left in his bag...
He found this on my stack I was cleaning/putting in boxes
And he had plans for some chewing
as he tossed it on the couch
(that is the blur from throwing it)

Charcoal is ALL BOY!!



I am so thankful for all the recipes 
that have been passed down 
through my family.
Sharing with friends is such a gift.
As I held the recipe card, 
I got the warmest feelings and 
such great memories of making and taking 
handmade items to friends, and yes, to strangers.
I hope you each are taking the time 
to do things with your children/grandchild/pups =) 
to pass on heart memories.
I am thankful for the talents that 
my parents help develop.

NOW...off to have another one (or two) cookies!

I am simply blessed to create~~charlotte♡