Thursday, June 26, 2008

~*Another Needle Punch Offering*~

Hello my friends! Just a quick note.... this one will be starting tonight on Ebay!

I have it listed as part of BLESTB's Strawberry Moon launch. Click here to see all the current, wonderful works.

This awesome banner was made by Megan 'Nutmeg' Wommack of from_the_magpies_nest

Many smiles to you.... as always.... Betty

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

~*Independence Crow*~

Hello my dear friends! I'm just taking a short break from needle punching to give you another freebie doodle! I hope you like it!

Many smiles,


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

~* The Apple Tree*~

The Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree,
Four little apples hung over me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples and mmmmm!
Were they good!

Way up high in the apple tree,
Three little apples hung over me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples and mmmmm!
Were they good!

Way up high in the apple tree,
Two little apples hung over me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples and mmmmm!
Were they good!

Way up high in the apple tree,
One little apple hung over me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apple and mmmmm!
Was it good!

Trinity sang this song a few years ago during a preschool 'concert'. I always thought it was so cute! Maybe if we sing to our tree..... it will be saved. Some plants seem to like the special attention. A few weeks ago, a storm broke one of the two large branches on the tree. This sickly little tree is FULL of apples! Tony is trying to save the apples...... he is really wanting some pie. He propped up the broken limb with some other broken branches from the yard. He also noticed that the other big branch of the tree is starting to split. The tree was already on the not-so-good list last year...... the bird house has been tacked on to a limb that was cut years ago.

See all the apples!

Walking around the yard tonight, I spied some other delights!

Would anyone like to stop by to make some grape jelly? We will have PLENTY of grapes for that!!

This was a big surprise! I didn't see this tree last year.... or it didn't produce any fruit. After taking the photo.... I stained my fingers & had a tasty little treat!


Crafting update...... I've been working FUN (not hard... because it is too much fun!) on some needle punches. One is listed now on Ebay.... another should be listed tomorrow evening.... but mostly, The Primitive Gathering and Lemon Poppy Seeds will be updating on the 1st ~ I plan to have many new works to offer! There MIGHT even be a new needle punch pattern offering. ;)


Thank you for your continued prayers for my Dad. His biopsy results came back. It is not looking good.... but the doctors are doing whatever they can to make him well and ease his pain. He will be having surgery in the next week or so (the date has not been set). My Dad is so very brave & strong willed. It goes without saying.... I love him dearly. I know though.... it is very important to share the words with those that mean the most to us.

My warm smiles to each of you..... Betty

Friday, June 20, 2008

~*Could It Really Be?*~

Could it really be? Is it really here?

Have I been sleeping that long?

Oh my goodness!


Hello to you... my sweet friends! I'm wishing you all a Sunny~Shiny Summer! :)

Yesterday was another day of rain here. Today the sun is shining and there is water in the foot~tub if I need to sprinkle a few plants later.

Days of late, I have been trying to get my 'creative' focus going. With everything that has been going on, it has been hard to catch the groove. So.... I decided to keep it....

Although, looking at the work~zone in our living room it might not appear as such....

You see.... I have out~grown my space in the spare room and haven't even started on the inside of the lil' house. Oh well.... we aren't expecting company..... even if some arrives they know how I am. LOL

I decided to take a little break from stitching. I started hooking a rug, but decided I needed a different background color. After trying to dye some myself & not getting what I wanted.... an order was placed. So, my punch needle has been dusted off. In two days, I have 4 punches almost finished! YIPPEE! One will be (if plans go as written) listed on Ebay Sunday night for the PRHG 'Hot Fun In The Summertime Launch' on Ebay.

If you notice, I have two punches on my frame at one time. When I finish my punching off (into a pinkeep, framed, or whatever) I always cut away and turn under the excess weaver's cloth. I really don't like the 'white' of the cloth. Yes, there are other cloth colors available.... but I really like to make my pieces into mini-rugs. Anyway, my frame is large enough to let me work on two at a time. This is GREAT when I am in the GROOVE! I can work with the colors on both pieces as I go. It speeds up the process some.


I would like to express my dearest THANKS to all of you for your thoughts & prayers. My Dad did finally have his surgery yesterday (after several reschedules). We are waiting on the biopsy results, but he is feeling better & ready to get back to gardening. He was in good spirits when I spoke with him last night.

Many sunny smiles to you!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

~*Sunny Father's Day Sunday!*~

Hello Friends & Folks! I do hope you are all enjoying Father's Day in the sun with your beloved families. My Dad didn't have surgery last week as planned. The hospital had to reschedule for more life~threatening patients. Dad is feeling better but getting short of breath very quickly. Thank you for all your thoughts & prayers on his behalf. It is very much appreciated.

For Tony.... 'cause he is such a GREAT Dad.... I made him some chocolate chip cookies & have a chicken bake in the oven now. He would much rather have a home-baked meal than eat out.


I thought I would show some recent garden photos. Lately I have been so very busy that the crabgrass has been sneaking in everywhere.... so please ignore that if you see it ;) ....

The previous owner made two planters in the backyard from old feed bins..... it was easier to keep them planted than remove them.

They really are easy to plant up. Not much bending & kneeling involved.

Trinity is excited about the growing lily pads.... and says he can't wait to see a frog hop across the pond.

Tony has the porch almost finished on the lil' house. He built me a small bed in the front of it. There is a climbing rose bush, with yellow blooms, on each side. I can't wait to see them grow up the posts! Between the roses are my herbs and the pepper plants my Dad gave us last weekend. I'll post more photos as they continue to grow.... hopefully grow anyway.

Every 'olde tyme' garden MUST have a flowerBED! I started the Morning Glories by seed. They should be blooming soon.

The landscaping in the front of the house is doing very well. I'm HAPPY to have almost all the crabgrass weeded out of this garden.... and that nothing has died.

The daisies are lookin' really great!

I started hooking a rug today too. It feels GREAT to be doing something creative. I'll keep ya posted on it.

Many smiles,


Thursday, June 12, 2008

~*My Dad*~

Hello my dear friends! We were in Oklahoma this past weekend for a short visit at my Dad's.... too short of a visit really. We don't get to see my Dad & step-Mom nearly enough.

They live on the top of a mountain near Lake Tenkiller. It is truly beautiful there. They have cattle, chickens, and two of these little 'horses'. Dad has also become quite the gardener. He has started over 200 tomato & pepper plants by seed. I'm not sure what he plans to do with all of them.... but he did send us home with a few pepper plants.

My Dad had a fall from a roof this past February & broke his hip. He is recovering from that,still managing to work in his garden. However, he is now facing other health concerns. Today he is having surgery to take a biopsy of a mass in his chest. If you would, please keep him in your thoughts & prayers.

....A Little Girl Needs Daddy poem....

A little girl needs Daddy
For many, many things:
Like holding her high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!
Like being the deep music
That tells her all is right
When she awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in her heart
And shows her how she might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving her the love
That is her sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
She'll always find him there.

Many kind smiles..... Betty

Monday, June 9, 2008

~*TheEA Webshow Now Open!*~

Happy Monday to you, Friends & Folks! The webshow is now OPEN. Please come and join us for another spectacular show & sale. Click here to visit the show.

Have a blessed day with many smiles!


Thursday, June 5, 2008

~* It is a DOODLE Day! *~

Hello Friends & Folks!

We are preparing for terrible storms here on the plains.... looks to be a hectic night. I hope you are all safe and take the necessary precautions needed.

My love & friendship to you all!!!