Sunday, August 2, 2015


Another reminder, I changed my business name to Holly Ridge Folk Art and now have a new blog, Holly Ridge Folk Art.  
I don't want to lose any of my followers, so please click on the link and follow the new blog. 
Just so you know, I really miss you and will probably be pestering you until you join me a the new blog.

 Thank you so much,

P.S.: FYI, there is going to be a hop on over and follow the new blog.  I don't want you to miss out.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Just another reminder to all of my followers

Another reminder, I changed my business name to Holly Ridge Folk Art and now have a new blog, Holly Ridge Folk Art.  
I don't want to lose any of my followers, so please click on the link and follow the new blog.  

Thank you so much,

P.S. Just so you know, I really miss you and will probably be pestering you until you join me a the new blog.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Old dogs can do new tricks!!

Yep, this old dog decided to change her business name.  Of course, if I had realized how much work this would be, I may have reconsidered.

Holly Ridge Creations is now  Holly Ridge Folk Art   I hope all of you will click on the link and start following my new blog.

I will keep this one up for a while to give all my followers a chance come on over and follow the new blog.  I don't want anyone to miss out on my new beginning.  The new blog is still being prettied up and when it is all done I will have a Grand Opening.  

I am looking forward to seeing all of my friends at my new blogging home!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I saw the orthopedic surgeon yesterday...the breaks in the radius have healed around the screws/plate and I got to take the splint off for good!  Have a month of physical therapy to do for the hand, wrist and arm...2 hrs/3 times a week, plus what I have to do on my own at home.  I am actually happy to be doing this, looking forward to getting back to normal, at least, what is normal for me! :)

So, long story short, before long I will be back to typing with more than one finger on my left hand and you will be hearing more from me.  And, I will finally be able to get back to the paint room.  It has been over seven months and I am really getting antsy! I am looking forward to painting the ideas that are filling my head. 

Enough about me.   An amazing painter/designer and a kind, sweet lady, Terrye French, had a massive stroke earlier in the week.  According to updates on Facebook, she is aware of what happened and is aware of her family and what is going on.  She was moved out of ICU today.  Please say a prayer for her family and for her quick and complete recovery.

Thanks to all of you.  I can't express how much I appreciate you still being here after my long absences.

I will be back soon. :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Just when I thought it was safe...

When I made my last post, I was so excited to be back and looking forward to painting and sharing my new designs. My first project was a Terrye French design that I have been waiting to paint for "Painting with Friends" since before the knee injury.  But, things can change so is my latest Facebook post:

Good news-the knee that I injured is doing good and heading back to the painting room was in my very near future."was" being the key word...Bad news-this past Saturday I tripped over a curb. Tomorrow I am scheduled for surgery to put my right wrist and lower part of my arm back together.  To say that I am frustrated is a major understatement! Prayers and good thoughts are appreciated.

I will be back as soon and as often as I can.  Thanks for listening.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another little piece from my "Moccasin Holler Memoirs"...

Today will be a little different.  Up until now I have shared stories from my childhood and growing up in the 50's in Moccasin Holler.  This is a collection of "glimpses" that I will continue to add to.
"A Gathering of Memories"

     I think everyone has glimpses of the past…memories that flash through your mind quickly and evoke a myriad of emotions.  Sometimes it may be a smile or even a little giggle.  Sometimes you may to be enveloped in sadness or filled with laughter.  Or, there might be that one quick flash that leaves so quickly you couldn’t quite grasp it and you try for the rest of the day to get it back.  This is a collection of memories such as those.
   This will be an ongoing process and the way I jump from one subject to another may be confusing or I may seem to ramble.  Don’t worry, that is very common for me… 

 (The "pond" was a few feet in front of this barn.)
…..The ground outside is covered with sleet, ice and snow.  The winter of 2014 has been a rough one…we have probably gotten more snow this winter than in the past five winters combined.  I’m not the only one that has had more than enough of winter this year.  But, when I was a kid I would have been thrilled.  We didn’t get a lot of snow in the Missouri Bootheel and when we did we thoroughly enjoyed it.  There was a pretty good sized sunken in place in the pasture…to my brother, sister and I, it was a magnificent pond and perfect for ice skating.  Now, we had never even seen an actual pair of ice skates.  That didn’t matter because what we had was even better…a plastic bread sack over each shoe to keep out the water (some people had boots that would do the same thing) and a pair of  Daddy’s old socks over the bread sacks.  Once we made it to the pond, snow was packed on the socks making them perfect for gliding across the ice.  We had quite a time and put on a pretty good show for the cows that gathered around to watch!

 "She didn't wear them in the summer, either."
(Mama, me, baby brother Tony and my bestest dog ever, Boy)

…..Mama didn’t like to wear shoes,no matter what the weather.  Mama loved to hang the laundry outside to dry.  Yep, even on the coldest, snowiest, most icy days, out she would go in the mornings to fill the clothes lines full.  Then, in the late afternoon, she would bring it all back in and lay it out to thaw. And, she did this barefoot.  Daddy would always say, “One of these days your feet are going to turn blue and fall off".  They never did.

…..I used to run away at least once a week during the warm months.  I don’t know why.  Right after dinner I would take off.  I only made it as far as the bob trucks parked next to the tool sheds.  These were big, old trucks with enclosed beds that were used to haul soybeans and corn to the gin…I chose them because once I climbed in I couldn’t be seen.  I would lie on my back and watch the clouds, a favorite pastime of mine.  Then, about supper time my stomach would start to growl signaling time to go back.  I was always so upset that no one tried to find me.  Poor, pitiful me…I was never even missed.  It never occurred to me that Mama had watched me from the back porch the whole time.

Now it is your turn to share a "glimpse".


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where to start?

I just saw that my last post was on October 1, 2013.  I am not going to go into all that has happened since then, at least, not right now.  I will just tell you that on Oct. 3, I tripped and fell, knee first onto concrete.  I shattered the lower half of my kneecap and, in the words of the orthopedic surgeon, messed up everything that could be messed up under the kneecap.  I am still is going to be a few more months.  But, I am doing good.  
 I have wanted to post before now but I can't sit in a chair with my feet on the floor for long periods of time.  
 Tonight was one of those nights that I just couldn't stay in bed.  We are apparently passing the "crud" around our house and it is my turn to have it.  I couldn't breathe lying down so I decided tonight was the night to visit with old friends.  
 I'm sure lot's of you have had a winter like ours...cold, cold, cold.  Right now we have sleet, ice and snow.  I have never been the most graceful being and I didn't do good maneuvering on ice before the knee incident.  So there is no way this ole' gal is getting out on it, now.  One slip is all it would take to set me back weeks!!  This winter I think we have had more snow than we have gotten in the past 5 years combined.  The temp has been as low as 10 degrees this week.  But, this is SE a few days we are supposed to be in mid-50's.  That is the average temp for us this time of year, so I am really hoping it stays.
Well, the old knee is telling me it is ready to straighten out.  So, I will go now.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please leave a comment and let me know how things are going for you.