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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Look who was born

On our pond


Five very independent little ducklings.

It must be Spring!



Monday, May 28, 2012

It was a big Day!

And it was a very successful day.
Made money for the old School restoration
and a little money for myself.

An early morning stroll through the historic center of Deruta, Umbria, Italy, with my camera last October.
Thought you might like to see how the Italians do it.

Have a great week my dear
Blogging Friends

Friday, May 25, 2012

You must try

Celebrate, the collage feature is in place.
Photo Editing

I have been using Pic Monkey photo editing since Picnik decided to close.  It is easy to use but did not have the collage feature.
Pic Monkey was designed by the same group who originally conceived and designed Picnik.


The long awaited collage feature was launched today.
I created the above collage in only a few minutes; it's quite thrown together but you get the idea. 

It is so very easy to use with lots of options.

Give it a try, you will be so pleased  that you did and it is free.


.Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the Author.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Framed for Heritage Day Celebration Sale.

My favorite hand painted tiles were framed.

What do you think?

Will our visitors like them?

Can't wait to find out.

This coming Saturday our town is open for Heritage Day Celebrations

Astrantia, Hellebore, Forget-me-nots and Perennial Bachelor Buttons. 

So, what do you think? 

Have a great remainder of the week my dear
Blogging Friends.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Should I or shouldn't I

Go through my door

and work in my Garden on a Sunday?


should I stay inside

 and paint

 And paint and paint

And paint some more for Heritage Days,
only 6 days away.

Enjoy your Sunday
my dear
Blogging Friends 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Every now and then I get to keep what I have painted

We worked on different ideas but in the end it wasn't quite right.
We will give it another try when her kitchen is ready.

A very large plate with a secret.
Under the gold is a different monogram.

This is a very large plate, it just barely fit into my kiln.
You can see that there is room for at least 30 more crostini.
It will come in very handy during our Summer Soirees.

And when not in use it can hang on the wall, a chimney piece or used as display on a stand.

This plate holds one more secret.
This initial is not permanent.

I can remove it and paint your initial inside the wreath instead.
And then it will be fired again, become permanent, you can scrub all you like and it will not come off, unless of course, I paint another layer of gold on top of that. 

Have a great weekend my dear
Blogging Friends.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Every once in a while

A piece comes out of the kiln

The firing went well, the glaze is perfect, the painting is perfect.

Just in time for Heritage Day Sales in two more weeks.

A very large bowl.

Have a great week my dear
Blogging Friends.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Do you know how to build a proper fence?

A fence that keeps the Charolais Bull and his Ladies inside?

We are replacing a 100-year-old fence. 

First things first.  You have to pull out the old cedar posts.
Gene's beloved Ford Jubilee tractor does a fine job of that.

They lasted more than a hundred years.

200 nine footers, new cedar posts are waiting in the wings.

Old barbed wire removed from 9 acres of fenced pasture.
That was a nasty job.

Eight rolls of "netting" and 4 rolls of barbed wire waiting to be strung.

This big guy made digging new post holes a snap.

A crew of four made quick work of setting posts.

The old fence repaired many times.

The stile Gene built for me (so I can get from one pasture to the other) will stay in place.

So I can get to my Spring to collect watercress and wild Asparagus.

The new fence, with braces and posts buried 3½ feet.
The netting (fence) is 47 inches tall.  Animals always want to reach to the other side.  So, the first barbed wire is strung only one inch above the netting. The second barbed wire is strung 4 inches above that. Now, the animals can not lean against the fence because they can't get their noses through the first layer. 

This old disk will have to stay, it's much too heavy to move.  We have tried. 

Hope the cattle will appreciate their new home.  I know that we like ours..

Have a great week my dear
Blogging Friends.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Something special for Mothers Day

In my Etsy shop you will find some of the most beautiful
vintage Lace Handkerchiefs.

Delivered in a special little bag.

Just in time for Mothers Day.

In perfect vintage condition.

From a shop my Friend owned by the name of
"Arsenic and Old Lace".

I know that they are an old fashioned idea.

I always carry one in my purse.

And I always take a few with me on our trips to Europe.

All laces are hand made.

Only $35 each.

No two are alike.

You might even want to treat yourself. 


Monday, May 7, 2012

A few more clues

New angles to the mystery

My friend Mark of
All Things Ruffnerian, brought up an interesting point.
Could they be "The Magi"? 

It's the infant in the sling that makes me think otherwise.

This fellow looks like a scribe to me.  There could have been a book tucked under his right shoulder.

 And he is wearing a feather in his cap.  The symbol of a scribe.

Have no clue what he is carrying on his back.  Do you?

There are no symbols or signatures at the bottom, however, someone has penciled over whatever was originally there. 

 Two of the three figures show that they were holding something or posturing with their right arms.  Two figurines have their left arms straight down to their sides.  Makes me wonder... if they are "The Magi" would they not be holding gifts with both hands? 

And what is Gene doing while I'm wasting your time and my time playing supersleuth?

He is taking up the last of the 100-year-old fence in one of our pastures.  A crew of 5 has installed a new fence.
But that's another story.

Have a great week my dear
Blogging Friends.