2013 Favorites

::<>::      Looking back on 2013      ::<>::

Another quick year gone. Is it because I am growing older that the years are flying? 😉

All the same, 2013 was a decent year. I dipped my toes, left my comfort zone. I was encouraged and I learned. I was inspired by some very clever folks, homegrown and professional. Here are just a few. Hats off and thanks to all of you (check them out!):

Old Pearly Jenkins


Hello Scarlet


For Those Who Love Dresses

Pretty Handy Girl


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. . .And then, some of my own personal DIY favs that made me happy:

DIY Vintage Rustic Outdoor Wedding
DIY Blended-Family Outdoor Wedding


Doggie Biscuits
Doggie Biscuits in a Jar Gift


Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room
Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room


What a year, right?  Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I look forward to another fantastic 365 days of sharing with you. 

May you have a happy and healthy 2014!

— Joanne

Dylann the Villain, Artist

As usual, I was looking for one thing and became distracted by another. 😉

This “other” was a painting by my youngest, Dylann. As I looked around, I saw her influence everywhere – and it made me happy with a smile. As I’ve posted before; my daughters are talented young ladies. Today I hope you’ll indulge me as I wish to share a few of Miss Dylann the Villain’s (aka Dyl Pickle, Pick) works.

Always loved the texture and soothing colors of this misty Crystal the Cat painting.


Dylann outlined the sketch with white glue then added chalk and water colors.  Dylann was only nine, but she caught Crystal’s essence perfectly.

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When she was 15, she surprised me on Mother’s Day with my portrait.


I was pretty blond back then (with my dark eyebrows) LOL. 🙂

She nailed my eyes and mouth well.

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face lips

Again, love the soothing background colors and the way hair blends in to blue. 

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I keep this little whimsical clay face in the Art Dreamspace.

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Another clay piece, this thrown bowl, sits on the TV room bookshelf.


She recently completed a bright lap quilt.


This from a girl who NEVER sews.

She chose the log cabin pattern and jewel tone fabrics.

quilt detail

Not perfect, but not bad either for a first-timer.

Just like any proud mom; I could go on with a long-g-g list of her accomplishments. But these are my favorites.

I just KNOW you have precious favorite works of art by your children, right? Why not share? I know I’d love to see them!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

It’s Here! Thank You Old Pearly Jenkins!

It’s here!

Just like Christmas in July!

Who knew that a simple little comment would lead to a new friendship and other great things?


I visit Old Pearly Jenkins quite often to see what Down Under is up to. A recent post on a newly slip covered chair (Thanks, Nanny B!) caught my eye for several reasons.


(1) The TITLE

When my oldest married in October, I not only gained a son-in-law, but a lively 8-year-old grandson! After quite a lot of deliberation Connor decided my new name was ‘Nanny B.’

Bryce & Connor playing with (eeew) hermit crabs
Bryce & Connor playing with (eeew) hermit crabs


I am constantly looking at renewing, repurposing and reusing ideas in DIY Land. Love that this slip cover was made out of $5.00 Ikea blankets.

(3) The PILLOW

Whether it is a French bulldog or a Boston terrier – don’t care. It reminded me of my two terrors, Phoebe Darling and Bannon O’Doul’s (yep, the non-beer). The face looks just like our mischievous Phoebe and Douley – there is no off button for them.

source: Old Pearly Jenkins http://oldpearlyjenkins.wordpress.com
source: Old Pearly Jenkins


We’ve been crazy busy for these past few weeks.

Family - got to love 'em!
Family – got to love ’em!

Visiting nieces and nephews, celebrating July 4th, and family birthdays.

Reid: 12 going on 20!
Reid: 12 going on 20! First girl/boy pool par-tay!

As soon as my guests depart, I am running up to Hancock Fabrics to purchase a pillow form.  I’ll be sure to post a photo of this pillow’s new home soon. Isn’t the Internet amazing? I now have a new friend, Tanya, from Down Under. 🙂

Have a great week! – – Joanne

Weekend Finds: Show Ribbons, Tool Bin, Settle Bench Shelf

Had a great time traipsing through junk and thrift stores this weekend with my better half. We found a lot of cool things.

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Couldn’t pass up this little ‘settle bench’ shelf/drawer.  

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I’m thinking that it’d make a sweet ‘washi tape’ organizer by placing a piece of dowel rod across each of the three curves.

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Hmmm. What can I do with horse show ribbons?

If you have any ideas I’d love to hear from you. I picked up several.


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Wonder who ‘Lady’ was? Obviously she was someone’s beloved  horse who placed fourth in 1966 –  almost 50 years ago! Love the rosette medallion.

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Not sure what the intended use was for this handmade solid wood cubbie bin. 

Was it a mail sorter? Probably a tool bin.

The name plates are long removed.

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Ribbon wheels, fabric squares, small craft paints would fit nicely

inside the 12 cubbies, don’t you think?


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I don’t think the drippy duck egg blue paint or the exposed wood detracts. 

Its rustic-ness actually looks warm.  

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Looking forward to an upcoming weekend junk trip get-away in June. Can’t wait!


Have a great week! – – Joanne

Happy Birthday Douley!

Happy (is it really?) 6th birthday, Burningwood’s Bannon O’Douhl – or better – Douley!

First week  home…

douley boy

Naughty toddler…



World’s Best BT Pup Boy!

Can you tell how much we love our Douley boy? 🙂 Douley was born on Easter Sunday six years ago. He is such a gentle soul. He lives with his sista-pup, Phoebe Darling. They play ALL DAY LONG until they fall to sleep in exhaustion.

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Last Minute Gift Idea: Doggie Biscuits in a Jar

My Phoebe Darling

We are a large dog-loving family. Between my daughters, sisters, mother and myself; we always have a pup or two under foot. Our family pups include Boston terriers, labs, Lhasa apsos and rescue beagles. Each holiday season I bake a lot of Chick-Beef Doggie Biscuits. This year I decided to batch the ingredients in a gift jar.  The recipe is pretty simple and the pups LOVE these biscuits.


2 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup steel cut rolled oats, 3/4 cup of canned beef consommé soup, 1/2 cup powdered low-fat dried milk, 1 egg, 3/4 stick margarine, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 chicken bullion cube.



Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the egg, margarine and crumpled chicken bullion cube to the dry ingredients until creamy. Slowly add the consommé soup (don’t want the dough to become too watery). Roll out dough 1/8″-1/4″ thickness and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Bake at 350 F degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool for two hours. These biscuits last up to 3 weeks. Or, they may be frozen. Our pups like them right out of the freezer!



Layer dry ingredients in a quart size canning jar in this order: flour, oats, powdered milk, garlic powder, chicken bouillon cube. It’ll fit, you just have to tap it down a little. If there is too much room left over at the top of the jar, add a little more oats.



Quart size canning jar, doggie bone cookie cutter, holiday ribbon, gift wrap scrap, scissors, hole punch, computer generated gift/recipe tags and a candy cane (optional).



I created computer-generated recipe gift tags on the computer (which included the rest of the needed ingredients) and printed them out.  I traced the flat seal of the canning jar lid onto a scrap of gift wrap. This I cut out and inserted into the lid, then set the flat seal inside to secure it.  After using a small hole punch on the corners of the tags, I tied the tags, a doggie bone cookie cutter and a candy cane to the jar with colorful holiday ribbon. Thanks to The 36th Avenue for Desireé’s free printable gift tags found here!



Click on image to enlarge and print.

Dog Biscuit Recipe Tag