My Ostrich

I thought this Ostrich would look cool on black paper.  This is the result.....


Our Tomato Crop

The plants aren't looking very well so these last three may be it.  But the two tomatoes we have already eaten were so delicious and smelled so wonderful it was worth it all. 


Quick Sketch at the Bean

After volunteering at VBS this morning, I stopped for a cup of coffee at The Brass Bean 
 in Grand Prairie.  We have loved the Brass Bean for years...they serve delicious coffees!  I pulled out my sketchbook and quickly sketched the front door of the shop.  I will continue working on my sketch, but this is what I finished while drinking a cup of Crème brûlée coffee....so good!


New Project

I have been buying vintage hankies at Estate sales for some time.  I think they are beautiful!!  They are so delicate and the designs are so intricate.  I just felt that they should be preserved in some way.  I have been tossing ideas around for some time.  This week I tried printing one of my drawings onto Organza and fusing it onto one of the hankies.  I plan to embellish it with old buttons and tiny beads.  This is what I have so far.....

(The buttons and beads are not sewn down, I just keep changing them out and moving them around...trying to decide what looks best.)

 My stash of hankies......

This is my collection of buttons.
  I pick them up everywhere I find them........

(These are only the white/cream colored buttons.  I have many more!)

Wayne has been showing a bit of concern about my growing collections.  I figure I better start finding ways to use them!   : ) 


Fun Times at the Giddings' "Farm"

Neither Wayne or I have ever grown our own vegetables before, at least not with any success.....until now.  We were at the Farmer's Market and ran across a gentleman selling tomato plants.  They were beautiful and one already had a tiny tomato on it so we bought two plants.  I re-potted them into larger pots and put them outside on the deck.  I carefully moved them from time to time during the day to keep them in the sunlight.  At night, we brought them inside so the squirrels wouldn't get to them.  (Recently, all my potted plants on the deck have been uprooted during the night and left for dead.)  We finally decided to build cages around them so they could stay out in the yard where they would get enough sun.......

We were so excited when 4 more tomatoes appeared!
 And it was very entertaining to watch the squirrels run round and round the cages trying to figure out how to get to those beautiful tomatoes!

Then this weekend, the first one started to turn red!
Before anything could happen to it, Wayne ran out and picked it.

  We placed it in the kitchen window to ripen a bit more and we are checking it every day. We figure... the cost of the plants, the wire for the cages, the larger pots and potting soil.....each of these tomatoes are worth about $7.00 a piece!  LOL  But they will taste SO GOOD!!  And we grew them ourselves!!  : )



Oil Change

Today I carried my sketchbook with me to get the oil changed in our car.  There were quite a few people in the waiting room which meant two things.....1. I had alot of subjects and 2. I was going to be there for a long time.   I started out trying to sketch the lady sitting across from me.  But I think she figured out what I was up to because she began squirming.  So, instead, I decided to sketch feet.