Monday, December 3, 2012

Commission Done!

This little girl is named Socks and she is going to be a special gift this Christmas. ...And done in plenty of time to be matted, framed and wrapped to put under the tree.  

Here is the original photograph of Socks. 

Now I'm off to start on the next which is a scuba diving couple! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rejuvenate those old tote bags!!!

This is one of the more charming ideas I've come across lately! And I'm excited to blog about it. How many of you have a drawer full of those old tote bags? I must have a dozen or more of just the recycle bags, alone!!!  Okay, tell me how cute this is! 

Now, I can think of a bazillion people to gift these to! First of all my mother would love one of these for Mother's Day. And I know my grandmother would have loved this, too!  I have friends who shop with these instead of paper or plastic. And I'm making one, or two ;), for myself. I can see myself carrying my groceries out of the store in these.  This is one of those times when being called a bag lady wouldn't be so bad!

If you don't have a stack of these freebies laying around, you can always buy your tote bags and go from there.
I love the rosettes. I think you could add so many cute embellishments! ...Buttons, old costume jewelry, pom poms, spray fabric paint, feathers (they are hot right now)...

Create and add these darling felt Dahlias.

Another flower example.

This could even be a great no-sew project if you used the iron on tape to adhere the ruffles and fabric glue to fasten the buttons or rosettes. Pinterest has loads of ideas for creating rosettes and other embellishments. And other DIY projects. For the sewing tutorial on this project visit Susie's page.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Doodle on a Coffee Cup- Party Ideas

This is such a clever idea!!

 I saw this and immediately thought of doing this at both my teen's birthday parties. ...boy or girl! The party favors could include fine tip permanent markers in various colors along with various solid colored paper coffee cups! You could even make a list of the different things and ways they could illustrate their cups.  You might even suggest they swap illustrations or pass around so the party guests can autograph each cup.

Sew Produce Bags From Tea Towels

 Sew Produce Bags From Tea Towels  from The Kitchn tutorial.
This is a great little project for a winter day like today. And I have tons of these charming tea towels I've collected from yard sales. I think it can even be done on a larger scale 

Re-Growing Green Onions: Grow Your Scallions Back on Your Windowsill | The Kitchn

Re-Growing Green Onions: Grow Your Scallions Back on Your Windowsill

I love this idea of re-growing green onions after you've snipped off the tops. They're simply grown in a jar and you re-snip as needed. The only wonder I have is how many times can you do this until you start to lose some of the flavor. I'm sure they can't keep re-growing on water alone. Nevertheless, I think it's still a great idea for winter months.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Local Virginia Wild Birds

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite native birds that we have been honored to see. 
Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). This was taken today on our way home along the North Fork of the Holston River near Hayters Gap & Poor Valley Virginia. I was driving so my son grabbed my camera and did the best he could. I think he did a great job on the fly. Very, very exciting!!!! Kudos, Sunny!!!

This is a Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbelius) Partridge in Red Phase. She nests in our front yard and we’ve seen her numerous times. She doesn’t seem at all as shy as they usually are. She let me get within abt. 15 ft. of her (to take this shot) and let me linger for abt. 5 min. taking shot after shot, before flying off. It also appears that she has an injury just above her eye. She’s a sweet little thing. Washington Co., Virginia, USA

This hawk chased a pair of squirrels up and down and all over his field trying to catch it!!! The squirrel didn't seem very worried at all about the hawk. It was visible that the hawk was exhausted. The squirrel would simply move to the opposite side of the pole as the hawk pursued it. When we pulled away the squirrels were scampering along the creek to another tree and the hawk was sitting on a post watching them. I'm certain he had given up... for the time being, anyway. I'm pretty certain this is a Broad-winged Hawk.

Hidden in our Oriental Cherry tree is a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Isn't that the sweetest little thing?!!

 Ruby Throat Hummingbird are the joys of summer at our home.

Hide little birdie...
Yellow Goldfinch at our home in Poor Valley, in the Appalachian mountains. Taken in Springtime in the mountains of Southwest Virginia (USA) along the edge of a large field. For years it seemed as though we didn't see them. Now we see more and more every year. Every time I see one, I can’t help but smile. They usually pair for life and the lovely females often have a olive-green hue.

Canadian Geese at the Well Fields in Saltville, Va.
Great Blue Heron at the Well Fields in Saltville, Va.
One of my favorite native birds.

I wanted to mention that I'm still looking to add many more of my favorites here like the Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Tail Hawk, Owls, Harrier, King Fisher, Kestrel and so many more.
For more info. on North American birds visit

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pickin' Party with Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss and Linda Costello Hinchey
I ran across this photograph from back in abt. 1991 when I was honored to meet up with Alison Krauss (and some of the Union Station) and join in a pickin' party backstage after one of her concerts in Johnson City, TN. That was a great night. I have more photos of us singing together and am trying to dig those out.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Poor Valley - The Band

The South Side of Clinch Mountain...
Years ago, as fate would have it for two kindred spirits, I ran across a distant cousin on one of my boundless genealogy crusades in 2009. What has blossomed from then is Poor Valley, The Band. Find and follow us on Facebook
Karen Poston

Linda Costello Hinchey
Jon Burge
Genre:  Nouveau Mountain 


Bound by a common ancestor, Karen met Linda in 2009 and they have been tuning their sister-like harmonies to Karen's originals and oodles of traditional tunes since early 2010. Jon Burge plays guitar, mandolin and bass, depending on necessity, and adds his rich baritone harmonies at every appropriate chance. Their family style trio is just starting to record and hoping to be appearing at a listening room near you in the very near future.