Monday, March 24, 2008

Two More HARTS winners!!!!!!!

This weeks two winners are:

Ginny Soper
Janet Silloway

The artists who have so generously donated for this week's drawing are:

Annie of Chickadee Primitives


JoJo of JoJoCrow Primitives

Ginny will be receiving a lovely cards from Annie!

Janet will be receving her wonderful Gift Certificate from JoJo !

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Why I celebrate Easter

Jn. 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Acts 2:24

"But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for "death to keep its hold on him."

Thanking the Lord for forgiveness of sin, rebirth through Christ and a daily renewal.

Mt. 10:28

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Jn. 6:44

"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day."

Luke 20:38

"He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Family Table

This is a little nugget about family get togethers over dinner. A group of my friends have been discussing our Holiday Traditions and what we do, what we eat, etc.
My family generally heads down the hill to my folks house. Every one brings a covered dish and then helps Mom out with the things that she is preparing. Sounds so ordinary doesn't it? Ah, but there is pol'ticking going on behind the scenes. Let me start out with who brings what.
My sis is an excellent cook. She can make a can of collards look and taste gourmet.
Her spread is always must have.
My DD is an aspiring Rachel Ray and is quite the little kitchen diva. She works hard and it tastes delish!
My SIL, well, let's just say, looks can be deceiving. She works hard to bring a palatable looking dish. But you see, I have my Daddy's imagination. It can be very very vivid. I have been inside my SIL's house. I KNOW what her kitchen looks like, so, I am not wont to eat what comes from there. Savvy?
Then comes me. I am a very big foodie. I make some good eats! My Daddy loves my cooking, he just doesn't know it! You see, I made the mistake of telling my Daddy years ago, and I mean years ago as in BC that while married to my first hubs, herein called The Devil, that I used to scrub the toilet with his toothbrush and occasionally feed him a mighty dog casserole, or perhaps let one of the dogs lick his plate before I served him or I am almost ashamed to admit his, give him a good spit and shine in his serving. Okay, I have fessed up.
. . . I have tried to repent. Sisters, I have tried to repent. But even after all these years if I think about it, it still feels good and justified . . . My own dear Daddy even tried to warn Luscious - who you can tell hasn't heeded his advice - Daddy would tell him -" Don't ever get her riled up, son. She has some wicked ways with food."
Okay, anyhow, I shared this with Daddy one day. He has never eaten anything I have cooked since then! Well, he HAS but he doesn't know that I cooked it. I have my sister pass it off as her own. I will then bring an extra broccoli casserole or some other dish that Daddy doesn't care for.
That way, he can say, " Baby, you know I can't eat that." and no one's feelings are hurt.
Now, this is where the fun comes in . . . at least to my warped brain. I have often sweetly asked him over dinner when he visited with bro and his wife recently. He doesn't visit much. Get it? The man who has the vivid imagination is better off NOT knowing what said SIL's kitchen looks like. I find it highly amusing watching him devour her offerings. Shame on me! Hey, I get my kicks where I can!
So this Easter holiday, I will make a few wonderful casseroles and a special coconut pie for my sister to carry in and get all the praises for. If you had ever been in my SIL's house, you would be smiling next to me.

Monday, March 17, 2008

5 things?

My pal Pam of Soft in The Headtagged me to disclose 5 things about me that you may not know. It makes me wonder what you don't know about me?
I think it would be much more fun if we went around tagging folks and asking them, Do you use deodorant, do you wear granny panties, do you floss . . . but that may be too personal?
So, in the nature of wearing my heart on my sleeve, I will post the following:
1. I am related to George Washington. Now before you remark that GW didn't have children, I know that already. When I was a little kiddo, my Grandma Dolly would tell her grands all about our family heritage. We always thought she had a loose screw among the cobwebs. Then my dear Uncle Earl spent years and years doing family geneology and yep, it is documented fact. GW had a brother and we are related to him. Appears that we all descended from his loins on the wrong side of the sheets. Kind of related I guess; makes interesting conversation?

2. I have done makeup and hair in the past for celeb imitators at Universal Studios in Orlando

3. I played Bingo the night before my oldest one was born and won $88.00. I thought it interesting that he was born at 8 minutes after 8 in the evening the following day.

4. My hubby never calls me by name. He always calls me Baby.
5.I like to eat things salty and sweet together. You know, Popcorn and chocolate. Couldn't you tell by looking at my child bearing hips?

Now I am supposed to tag five more folks. Who do I think is game? Hmmmm.
Let's close our eyes and let the fickle finger of fate land where it will (sort of like how I plan on voting this year - you know, the eeney, meeney, miney, mo! method!)
Okay, here goes:
Robin of Bird in Hand
Kat of ScaredyKaterpillarsNoMore
Sharon of Greeneyez2
Courtney of Momma's Goodies
Cora of Hidden Riches

Now if you gals have already been tagged and played and want to sit this one out, that is fine with me.
And by the way, Happy St. Paddy's Day! I am on my way to kiss the Blarney Stone!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Not your typical Rubber Ducky

This afternoon I decided to do something I really hadn't done since the Christmas Holidays. Bake. That's right. I cook almost daily for Luscious Larry ~ however I haven't baked a cookie since then. Pish and Tush. Shame on moi. So, this afternoon, he got a double dose of Momma Blondie's culinary skills.
I made blueberry muffins (had a few blueberries in our freezer from our bushes) and an old time favorite standby Soft Raisin Cookies.
It was fun to be in my kitchen with the sun shining through the windows. I had said windows cracked slightly for the cool cool breeze. I felt almost like Harriet Nelson or even June Cleaver. I didn't have on an apron this afternoon but my scruffy old gray hoodie and tattered blue jeans. Luscious calls it my uniform. I s'pose it is. I am so comfy in this outfit. Betcha you have a favorite ensemb that you prefer! Tell the truth!!
As I was preparing to put one batch on a cooling rack,this one little rascal scurried over to the edge of the platter.

I thought, he looks like a little duck! Luscious agreed. Now that I have the pic, I don't know what it looks like!
I am not seeing the Madonna in my cornflakes and this will NOT end up on ebay; it is far too tasty for that.
What do you think it is???

Oh and here is the recipe for these fabulous cookies!

Soft Raisin Cookies - Blondie's Bestest yet!

1 cup water
2 cups raisins
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cup a/p flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Combine raisins and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes; remove from the heat and let cool (do not drain). In a mixing bowl, cream shortening, gradually add sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly. Stir in nut and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in apart on greased baking sheet. Bake @ 350 for 12-15 minutes. Makes about 6 doz.

Don't forget to the read post below this one about the Humble Arts Winners!!!!!!!

Good Afternoon, Friends
I wanted to post this as soon as I could - I will be back later hopefully after a big holiday dinner for another post.

We have TWO MORE WINNERS from The Humble Arts month long drawing!!!!!
This weeks two winners are:
Angela Prince-Bex and
Judith Fox

The artists who have so generously donated for this week's drawing are:
Doreen of Vermont Harvest
Flora of Bonehead Studio

Congrats to these lucky winners!
If you would like to be entered into the drawings each week the month of March,
please go to The Humble Arts and register for our mailing list! It is easy, free and you just might win!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Six Word Memoir

Me imitating my Mom. I remember this little ironing board; I got it for Christmas! My six word memoir would have to be:


Amy of Abundant Curiosities

tagged me to do a six word memoir meme.This is fun and really neat.
Six words that sum up your life.
Ernest Hemingway was bet $10. that he couldn't sum up his life in six words. He won that bet when he wrote, "For sale, baby shoes, never worn." You can go to Bookbabie's blog and read about the book that was inspired by his quote and how it influenced her to start this meme.

Now the rules are:
1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible, so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4. Tag five more blogs with links
5.Remember to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
I am tagging the following folks with a great sense of humor:

Cathy of Tadpoles and Teacups
Cookie from Curds -and- Whey
Karin of Countryfolk Keepsakes
Lorraine from Piecake Primitives
Steph of Sunshine and Ravioli

Can't wait to read what they right.

My Granny Ethel, who taught me to quilt, crochet, garden and laugh ~ with my baby sis, Cat. Notice the TV to the left. Yep, Mickey Mouse Club was a brand new thing back then! Gosh, even back then, I had a flare for fashion!

Catching up

I have lots to catch up on in the blog world; to all my blogging buddies who have graced me with awards - I haven't forgotten. The past few months have been really a whirlwind.
My plate has been full, as many of yours are as well. I like to blog to share what is going on in my little corner of the world, what I am creating, etc. Helps to sort things out for me in my mind.
I promised to myself to be a more consistent blogger for my own discipline. yeah, right. So, I am going to get caught up here and cheat with a few rolled into one!
I have been given a few neat awards and I am going to put them in my right column - I have to thank a few for giving me the YOU MAKE MY DAY award. What a nice thing to say! I will have to reciprocate of course, with those whose daily reads I enjoy and miss when I can't sit long enough to read! If I have forgotten and neglected to add you, please! forgive me!!!!

Thanks to


I am going to make another post today; in a few minutes actually because the next one deserves it's own little showcase as well.
But before that, I am going to pass this wonderful little award on to the following because they always make my day! Period!!!!

Okay, gals, pass this one on!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

We have TWO winners!

We have TWO winners drawn today - March 9, 2008!
Congrats go to:

Susan Saint-Leaves and Mandie Lancaster

Susan will be receiving a cutie patootie whimsy sheepie from Cookie of Curds-n-Whey!!!

Mandie will be receiving a very hoppy bunny from Stacey of Tattered 'n Torn Primitives!!!

Ladies, your artists will be contacting YOU to get your particulars. Thank YOU for
being a Humble Arts supporter!!

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We will be drawing TWO more winners next Sunday AND continue each Sunday until the end of March for our continuing First Anniversary celebration. There are still LOTS of Great Prizes to be given away! Hop over to: The Humble Arts and take a peek to see what we are offering!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

It 's Anniversary Time

Wow! Where has the year gone? This past year has seen a lot of growth, unique talent and friendships built on The Humble Arts! We are celebrating our first anniversary this month. Lots of doorprizes - 2 a week during the month of March!! I hope you will hop on over to The Humble Arts site and register by signing up for our Mailing list!
Be sure and check us out on March 1. Click Here to go right over. Look at the new site and visit each lovely artist.
Many of us have our own blogs and you can find them in the right column of my blog. I know that they would appreciate a visit now and then and a pat on the back for sharing their talent with the world.
We have accomplished what we started out to a year ago - and then some! I feel so very privileged to know these gals. Each one offers their own special style of ~ whimsy, primitive, cottage, vintage ~ to the site. We are excited! And we are looking forward to seeing you there!!