Welcome to my little corner of the world...I will be sharing a variety of things from recipes to craft projects to memories of my life being raised on a small dairy farm in Middle Tennessee! I have had a WONDERFUL life and can't wait to get to know YOU...Blessings to you...Charlotte
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!
I would give my opinion of having a rookie/2nd
year starting quarterback, but alas, none of my friends seem to enjoy football—wait,
I am NOT enjoying Titan football…I am only going to say that GOOD THINGS take
time to ripen…
With that thought, my friend Cheryl, has been patiently, ok,
I am not sure patient is the correct word, but she has, nonetheless, been
waiting for a LONG time for a tomato to ripen that was planted by nature. Today, I scrolled through FB to find it had
FINALLY ripened! LOL YAY, TOMATO!!
Seeing that beauty flooded my mind with memories…OK, you
CANNOT be surprised by that comment.
My Daddy loved tomatoes better than most anything in this world. We would plant about 50 – 100 tomatoes and let
me tell you, planting them was not an easy task.
He would work the garden soil with his little red tractor,
and add the needed fertilizer, and then find the proper place to plant them,
since you had to move the crops around each year in order to get good
growth. For those who don’t know, each
plant TAKES and GIVES something specific to soil, and it must be replenished in
some way, so that is why things were planted at different spots each year.
It became my job to PLANT the tomatoes. I would laugh as I looked behind me to see
Daddy re-doing what I had just finished.
I didn’t say much, but at one point, I did remind him of my success at
raising flowers. He didn’t replant as
many plants. LOL
To plant the tomatoes, we had to put down the black plastic
sheet and then put soil around the edges to ensure it wouldn’t blow away. After that, out came the scissors, or Daddy’s
ever present pocket knife, to cut an X in the plastic and plant the tomato
plant DEEP into the soil. It was watered
with a cup of miracle grow laced water.
The homemade tomato cages were gathered (pulled from the
weeds), a stake was driven beside the freshly planted tomato, cage placed over
the tomato and tied to the stake with ORANGE bailing twine. THEN, bails of
straw were drug to the garden and placed on top of the plastic—WHEW!
The watch for the ripe tomato began instantly, because July
4th was the targeted date.
This meant the possibility of having to cover the crop to prevent them
being killed by frost—oh, the joys of Middle Tennessee fickle weather. BUT the
end result was worth the effort.
After Daddy died, baby pear tomatoes would grow around the
yard from him walking around, tomato in hand and his spitting the seed as he
Today, I craved those days, but was thankful for the
Food, as you all know is often the center of most of my
memories, and today was no exception.
I longed for a home grown tomato on a biscuit. That was
Mother’s favorite thing.
I had some grated cheddar cheese on the stove and a small
amount of Bisquick left in the box from making Charcoal sausage balls a few
weeks ago (he reminds me to buy sausage next time, and now Bisquick). I mixed the cheddar cheese, Bisquick and added
canned milk, mixed together and dropped small mounds of dough on the cookie
sheet. Placed them in the 425 oven and cooked
Oh, my goodness. Even
the little store bought Roma tomatoes I had tasted heavenly!
This turned out better than my last food memory.
I saw the can of tamales and remembered what a treat it was
for Daddy to have them in the winter in a bowl of chili. I was “fascinated” as a child by the PAPER
that was wrapped around them.
I didn’t have the chili, but I ate the tamales and laughed
at me. They were ok, but not nearly as
good as the memory!
Sometimes, memories are better than reality.
Time is often a good friend that allows us to forget some of
the frustrating moments and cleans our heart of the bad details and fills the
void of reality with love. I don’t think
that is necessarily a bad thing.
So, I guess today, I choose a rogue TOMATO “grown” by Cheryl
as my Serendipity moment of the day.
Cheryl's prized tomato
I can’t express my gratitude enough for my parents giving us
such a happy life. They chose US over
material gains. We had everything we
needed, and too much of what we wanted, but again, that reminds me of my mother
saying she had always had everything she wanted—she just knew WHAT to want.
I watch these stupid court shows, and the news and wonder
WHAT we have taught the children about things that matter. Sadness overtakes my heart when I see the
lack of quality to so many lives, and what people expect from life. I read post after post about needing Prayer
back in classrooms and so on, but the real truth is that nothing will get
better UNTIL Prayer and Wholesome values are brought back into the homes, and
Parents start spending time with their children, teaching them by EXAMPLE of
what a Quality Person is. CHOOSE a MATE
with as much thought as you choose where to eat!
It DOES take a village to raise a child, and I think that is
what is missing. Nobody seems to want to
listen to each other. We tend to firmly
plant our feet in the ground and yell, NOT MY CHILD... or DON’T take away my
child’s rights! Oh me...we have a world
BEGGING to be loved and disciplined.
My prayer is that EACH one reading this will do their part
(yes, I speak to ME in these posts more than anyone) in changing their little corner
of the world by changing themselves.
Focus on qualities that matter.
Look at the seed you are planting.
We have GOT to get back on track and start realizing that JUST because “it
feels good” doesn’t mean that it is GOOD.
I pray for you and for the parents who struggle to do what
is right. Evil is at every turn, but so
is Goodness—CHOOSE Goodness, Kindness and LOVE.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. I am simply Blessed to create~~charlotte♡
One of my favorite things about social media is finding some amazing artists. I love those who share techniques and tips--that is the kind of person that I like and want to be like. I also tend to gravitate toward those that are Christ Followers. The same was true when I would buy books. I read the acknowledgement to see what kind of person they were. One of my favorite people to "follow" lately, is Mindy Lacefield. Her style is so far from mine, that it intrigues me. A fb friend has been taking her 24 faces on-line workshop, and I find myself turning a bit green for not having money and being able to take classes, BUT then, I again, am amazed at the generosity of so many artist who freely give of their time to share. Be sure to let people know how you appreciate them when they share.
Mindy shared how she created an ornament the other day on her blog click here to go there. I wanted to try it, so eventually, on a trip to the kitchen, I looked to see if I had any coffee filters. NOW, this is where we laugh. I DID find some, and they were greatly discolored. I tried to figure how long they had been in the cabinet, and I KNOW that coffee has not been made in this house for 14 years, and since they last so long, they probably had been there for about 6 or more years, since we only made coffee on Christmas morning, and maybe 2 more times...so, my question is: Does this make my ornament VINTAGE? ROFL
I also, have had these ornaments for about 6 years too! So I gathered them with the naturally stained coffee filters...
I used DecoArt Americana Decou-Page Matte.
I removed the tops of the ornaments.
I covered the ornament with the product and added
pieces of the torn coffee filter to the ornament.
I didn't care that the pieces were smooth or not-I wanted them to add texture. I kept adding until I had covered the entire ornament.
I covered the top of the coffee filter with a generous
coat of the Decou-Page.
Oh, and then, the fun part is getting to peel
the "glue" from my fingers.
Yes, I hope to always keep part of the kid at heart inside of me!!
I placed the ornaments on dowels to dry.
I had time to give my baby a Peanut Butter/Jelly sandwich.
This is the dried ornament.
I painted it with white Gesso.
Then with Jack-o-lantern.
I used my favorite "tool", Dry Wall Tape as a stencil
to add texture with Marigold and White.
These are the colors I used to paint my ornament.
After I finished painting, I added some of Neons Fiery Red and Metallic Lustre in Orange Flicker. I will brush several coats of Glamour Dust on the ornaments later--it messes up pictures...
How fun is this?
I don't do scary Halloween.
I try to keep everything I paint as Happy!
I hope this will inspire you to use those
glass ornaments in a different way...
adding just a bit of texture can make a big difference!
I cut out some wood yesterday and I saw this little creamer I had bought in the past for 49 cents, so I gathered it with my wood and carried it to my painting table--what is one more thing in my pile, right?
I had decided that I was going to use Chalky Finish Paint to paint the scarecrows I was making, so I quickly cleaned the little creamer and also grabbed a baby food jar, that--surprise, surprise--was also sitting on my painting table! LOL
I thought this would be a good test to show you WHY I love DecoArt Chalky Finish paints.
New Life is one of my favorite colors.
These are the colors that I used to paint my little projects.
All I did was clean the items.
This is the first coat--don't lose hope--it will be ok.
Be sure to allow the paint to dry completely
before adding another coat.
*IF your chalky finish has become too thick, simply add water. I dip my brush in water and that usually makes it flow off my brush.
*No, you simply start painting--you don't have to prep the surface, except for making certain it is free from dirt/oils.
I think I added 3, maybe 4 coats of paint to the project.
It dries so quickly, that it is easy to lose count.
This shows the first coat to the top of the baby food jar--
no problem painting on metal, either!
This shows the second coat applied--pretty amazing, huh!
See how smooth this is!
Yes, sometimes the brush strokes show when painting,
but you can prevent this by thinning the paint more...
Personally, I like just a bit of the texture it creates.
I decided after I got the baby food jar painted,
that I wanted to make an ornament.
I drilled a hole in the top.
I Gathered a piece of ripped homespun material for a hanger.
I found a stylus to use to push the material through the hole.
I used needle nose pliers to pull the material through
and tied a note in it.
I free-handed the message with a White Charcoal pencil and painted over it with Titanium White Americana Acrylics.
When the paint dries thoroughly, I take a clean flat brush, and wet the surface and it removes the White Charcoal pencil...
just carefully wipe it dry.
*Yes, of course you can use DecoArt Americana Acrylics
on top of The Chalky Finish Paint!
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint is one of my favorite ways
to create a background!
I drew a branch and added some pine needles and berries. I flecked Titanium White onto the entire surface, placed the top back on and WOW!! Isn't it adorable??!!
I found a saying that I liked and wrote it across the top of the creamer...
Sealed it with DuraClear Soft Touch Varnish.