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I love the fair!


My husband and I went to the fair for awhile yesterday evening. We didn’t stay much longer than an hour, though, because the temperature was still in the mid 90s with a healthy dose of humidity. My whole head was dripping after walking around, though I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

One of my favorite things is the petting zoo. It’s set up for kids, but it’s okay for geezers to enjoy it, too. We bought a small cup of sliced carrots for each of us when we went in so that we could feed the animals. The first thing we saw was a Bactrian camel (one with two humps). He was very sweet, with large brown eyes and very soft lips.


There was a small zebra I liked, plus a kangaroo!

They had a lot of goats. Some seemed liked seasoned veterans, but some were babies. My husband tried to lure a baby goat off the top of a plastic slide in the center of the enclosure, but no luck.

We walked through the area where the animals and birds vying for ribbons were kept. We saw pigs (though none were large enough to impress my husband), LOTS of different sizes and styles of chicken type birds. We were impressed with some roosters who had so many feathers on their faces you could hardly see their eyes.

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My favorites were small black ones.

My favorite animals of all were the rabbits. I want them ALL.

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They were all shapes, sizes and colors, and I would have simply melted into a puddle there if my husband hadn’t been getting overheated by that time. When I was young, my parents had two pet rabbits. One was named Peter Rabbit, and the other was named Welsh Rabbit. (I didn’t understand the humor of that name until several years later.)

We walked through the rides area, but not many people were riding. There were a lot of people there, but no one seemed to be spending much money, either riding the rides or taking a chance to play the games for prizes. (It cost $3.00 for an adult and $2.00 for each kid, so people could already have spent a lot of money without getting anything to eat or drink, ride, or see that wasn’t free.)

At one point my husband looked at me with a pained look on his face, asking ‘where the calf was being castrated.’  I listened and then busted a gut laughing. (He was referring to the talent contest that was going on while we were there and a girl was singing…)

We enjoyed seeing what the ladies had entered for ribbons in the various categories, and several people were there selling lots of different things, and we watched an 8-year-old-girl ride a sheep for 4 and a half wild seconds.

We decided we had ‘faired well’ for the evening and went to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner.

A wonderful evening, topped off by a truly awful rented movie starring ‘The Rock.” What more could anyone ask?




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“Luciagnano Val di Chiana, Italy”



“Luciagnano-Val-di-Chiana-Italy”-Original-Oil – ID # 14510 by Martha Dollar Efurd

This is an 11 x 14 original oil painting by Martha Dollar Efurd from her “Italy” Series. It is sold without frame. If you would like to include the frame, please email us and we’ll give you a revised price.

See Martha Efurd’s other available paintings on Creative Artworks HERE

Martha also offers a hand-painted gourd, tiles, glassware, note cards, planters, and custom home portraits!

See all of Martha’s work on Creative Artworks HERE

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Thank you, Ping



A friend sent me this email today, and I wanted to pass it on. I verified the information on Snopes.

PING Golf Clubs

I think this is something that all golfers should be aware of. In fact, I think all Americans should be aware of this.

This isn’t a joke or cartoon; just something interesting to know . . . you may want to forward this on to others.

On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit. One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection it also said “wounded war veterans”. When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag.

 His response was simply that it was a gift. I then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about his injury, his response was “I’d rather not talk about it, sir”.

Over a few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio Texas . His wife moved there to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to get good at golf. We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar I asked him about the brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was simple. He said that this round was the first full round he had played with these clubs.

Later in the round he told me the following. As part of the discharge process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting. Upon discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans, generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs along with the impressive golf bags.

The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him. Ben is now out of the service medically discharged just a month ago. He is as fine a young man as you would ever want to meet.

Ping, whose products are made with pride here in America ( Arizona ), has the good judgment not to advertise this program. God Bless America and the game of golf.

 Thank you PING !!!


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Awesome Talent


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I’m in awe of people who really understand, and can convey, perspective. To me, this drawing is impossible, and yet this artist created this. The man who is famous for the street drawings with chalk that look like there are gaping holes in the pavement, etc., make me have to remember to shut my mouth after my jaw drops, too.

Isn’t this amazing?


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Treasures – Take 17

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Isn’t this wonderful? And it’s NOT in a park! It’s NOT part of the landscaping on a public tourist spot. It’s part of the patio/courtyard of our relatives!

I love the feel of this, and I’ve brought up this picture just to enjoy looking at it several times since our vacation last May. The combination of the whooping crane (I think), the ‘chiminea,’ and the lush  blooms make this corner really special, don’t they?

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Today is the 22nd of August. This means I only have to wait another week to win the $5000/week-for-life Publishers Clearing House contest. (I’m sorry if you’ve entered, too; but it’s clearly MY TURN to win.)

It would certainly buy a LOT of marshmallows. We could break the Guinness World Record for the number of marshmallows toasted at the same time! People all across America could enjoy a s’more (at my expense, of course). Happy thought.

If I don’t win it, I’ll still be one of the happiest people I know; but it would be sad if I lost the opportunity to make others happier, too.

I remember my dad entering the contest every year. He didn’t say much about it, but he ALWAYS entered, usually subscribing to several magazines and buying things my parents didn’t need in the process. Anticipation was a happy time, though I never remember his saying a word each time he lost. I think that’s a great attitude.

If YOU win the contest, will YOU have the marshmallow roast?


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Favorite Things – Take 1



A combination of finding this wonderful photograph and my husband getting an order in the mail led me to start a new bunch of blogs – “Favorite Things.”

The order my husband received today was wrapped in several sheets of BUBBLE WRAP – one of my favorite things of all time. I’m kind of like the kid who receives a nice present in a large box, and prefers to play with the box. I also get all excited about the display racks, boxes, and baskets I see in stores – the ones used ONLY for display and aren’t for sale…

The bubble wrap is sitting on the table beside me as I type. I’m restraining myself from actually popping bubbles yet, because my husband is across the room, trying to refine his backup list so we’re sure all important things are on the list and are actually being backed up. NOT a good time for me to indulge myself…

I saw a photograph recently of a steering wheel wrapped in bubble wrap – suggesting you pop bubbles when you’re stuck in traffic. I think that’s a great idea! :0)

So, here’s to bubble wrap. I hope the person who invented it is rolling in money. He or she has provided me with lots of hours of fun, as well as a good thing to wrap orders I’m shipping!


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Terrific Thursday



Tonight will be a fun night for us. We’re going to the Sebastian County Fair!

I LOVE walking around in the cooler temperature of the evening, looking at all the lights, taking in the gaudy prizes and all the people. I love the petting zoos, feeding the animals, and looking at the animals trying for ribbons. There is usually a pig race, as well as a lot of rides. I like to LOOK at the rides, but not actually RIDE them…

Tomorrow night they’re advertising “Tuff Bull Fights,” where ‘the world’s most dangerous Mexican Fighting Bulls,’ will face off, while tonight features “Mutton Busting” (with the championship Friday night.)

We choose the night to attend carefully, since neither of us likes wall-to-wall crowds.

(They have a children’s night with special prices, and a Seniors Night (for which we certainly qualify, but don’t want to admit to), and ARMBANDS that get you into everything the whole week are encouraged.)

We’ll go tonight, when it’s “nothing special – no special prices” – and hopefully not TOO large crowds, so we can see what we want to see and not get stuck in traffic, either in our car or on foot.

Do you attend the county fairs?

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A caring teacher



“A-Caring-Teacher”-Personalized-8×10-Framed-Calligraphy – ID # 9819 by Buz Williams

We’re starting another school year.  A caring teacher, supported by caring parents will bring even the most reluctant students into a productive learning mode, making this a great year for everyone.

Buz Williams, a talented calligrapher and artist, brings it all together in this beautiful 8 x 10 matted and framed calligraphy that can be personalized at no extra charge for your child’s favorite teachers!

What a beautiful way to thank a good teacher, with something she can enjoy in her classroom or at home! Please indicate the teacher’s name in the special comments section of the order form.

Please allow approximately 7 to 10 days for delivery.

Plan now to thank your child’s teachers in special ways to show them you appreciate their efforts!

Come see all of Buz Williams’ beautiful calligraphy – plus personalized clocks –

on Creative Artworks HERE

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My personal library….

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The only things I’d add are a ladder, a boat, and some kind of floater atop – and maybe some kind of roof…

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Serial Killer?



My sister-in-law nailed it when she suggested I might be a Serial Killer, since I’m on my 3rd or 4th try in trying to get transplants for my fall square foot garden. Guilty as charged! (The picture above is my GOAL – not my results thus far….)

I started another group of everything (broccoli, lettuce and spinach) in my peat pellet seed starter kits yesterday, but I’m planning to do another group today, putting loose peat in another type of planter and not using the top – just for giggles.

This has grown from an item on my to-do list to another of life’s character-building exercises! I’m determined to keep trying, but I’ll also check around to see if anyone local will be carrying transplants for a fall garden, just in case. I’ll also check my seed catalogs…

I’m still really enjoying our square foot garden experiment. I still have carrots, potatoes, watermelon, green peppers, asparagus, onions, and a new crop of green tomatoes after quite a lull in production.

It’s a good thing I’m not trying to feed my family with my efforts at this point. Reading is no substitute for real experience, but I’M LEARNING!


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Playing with your food – Take 37

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This is SO good it might have to carry a warning “Not for Young Kids.” If they played the JAWS music, it would be almost perfect!


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“Colors-of-Autumn”-Original-Pastel-Painting – ID # 14498 by Nora Ruth

The painting measures 12″ x 18″ and is sold without frame. The piece is signed and dated. It will be matted and shipped with stiff backing for protection.

Isn’t this glorious! I can almost hear the water, and the colors of the foliage simply glow!

Nora Ruth has a beautiful variety of original paintings you’ll want to see.

She also offers portraits and handmade silk wreaths.

Take a few minutes to enjoy Nora’s work. It’ll be a wonderful addition to your day!

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Quiet Wednesday




Good morning! I hope you’re feeling sassy. :0)

My husband hates coupons, but he loves a good deal out of the classifieds or on Craig’s List.  This morning he’s off to a town north of us to hopefully buy a cheap GPS. I have no idea why he wants another one, but I’m confident he has a plan.

I’m enjoying the quiet of being alone with my coffee, my computer and my animals, after reading and answering emails from family and friends. AHHHHH!

Yesterday I enjoyed playing on the net, gathering pictures I want to share with you. I feel so RICH being able to find wonderful pictures, some with quotes and some without, plus be shown how to do things on YouTube, plus read several versions of what happened in the world today…. Isn’t it wonderful to have access to so much information in your own home, at your own speed?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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Laugh out loud



“I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.” – Linda Ellerbee


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I like you

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Every time I look at this, I smile again, so I thought I would share it with you. :0)

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New Perspective

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When you look at something everyday, you no longer really SEE it. You tend to get into a rut, doing the same thing the same way, not really thinking about it.

One of my good partners on my website, Creative Artworks, had trouble finding some of her work recently. She was understandably frustrated. She wrote to me, making good, concrete suggestions for changing my categories to make it easier for my customers (and artists) find things.

I printed her email and studied it. I found that I agreed. My categories needed to be more straightforward so that navigation was easier. I needed to think more like a customer.

I spent all day Sunday and about half of the day yesterday changing my categories. I still need to handle some details, but the major reorganization is done.

I wrote to her, pointing to where her new work was (plus the categories where the rest of her work was) and asked her to look at things again.

I was a little chagrined to find that she was relieved! She felt she was taking her life into her hands making the suggestion for the major redo! I feel bad that she WORRIED at all. Looking at things differently is difficult. When you’re asked to by a good partner, the ideas should be seriously considered. After all, the partner wouldn’t have written if it weren’t important. I thanked her profusely for being such a good partner, explained that others lately had gotten my nose out of joint, and that I really appreciated her time and her good ideas. She said some nice things about the way the site is organized now. She found several things she didn’t know were on the site and is considering buying some of the things herself!

Perspective is all. I’ll redouble my efforts not to get stuck in a rut, to be ALWAYS open to new ideas.

If you haven’t visited Creative Artworks this week, I would appreciate your visiting for a bit when you have the time and sending me some feedback at

I’m ready, willing, and able to consider all suggestions! Thank you for your time. :0)


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“Down by the Sea”



“Down by the Sea” Mixed Media – ID # 15779 by Sherry Dell’aria-McGrath

Original Mixed Media: Acrylic Paint, Paper Mache, Tissue Paper, Foil & Sparkle by Sherry Dell-aria McGrath. The dimensions of the painting are 16″ x 16″ x 3/4″. Gallery Wrap Canvas. Wired and ready to hang.

Stand back and you see the glorious reflection of the setting sun in the moving water. Get closer and you appreciate the colors, layers, and texture!

Beautiful painting to hang on your wall at home or at the office. Great gift, too!

See all of Sherry Dell’aria McGrath’s work on Creative Artworks HERE

Besides original paintings, Sherry offers

  • packs of note cards printed from her original artwork
  • matted prints in 5×7 ‘s and 8×10’


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I TRIED to take pictures of a bird who was inside the squirrel feeder bottle, driving Abby (my cat) and Molly (my white furry dog) nuts, but all you could see was an unformed-looking blob behind a screen. :0(

I TRIED taking pictures on the deck last night when my husband and I (and our animals) were enjoying our new LED rope lights. The pictures I took just don’t give you ANY idea of how festive they look. I tried taking pictures with the flash and without the flash. I don’t know which these are, but some of the pictures looked like the speeded-up pics of traffic along a busy highway, and the others look blah.


The lights give off enough light that it looks festive without being TOO light, and is light enough that you can sit and talk and see people across the deck easily.




I’m sorry that you can’t get the effect the LED lights give. They are multi-colored and really make it look like we’re celebrating! (I notice that our solar owl in the right upper corner – that is supposed to be glowing – isn’t, either. :0(




You can get a feel for some of our metal ‘critters’ in this picture. There is a tall ‘frog’ that looks whitish in this picture – between the weird-looking ’emu’ planter bird head and the shovel bird with the pitchfork hair – that is supposed to be lighting up with solar energy, as well. It’s a good thing we’re not depending on solar power for our important needs…

2 good things to add to my hubby’s “please-do-when-you-get-a-chance” list…

You’ll just have to come and see these for yourself!

Even though the frustrated photographer can’t take good enough pictures, we’re really happy with our deck. It’s a great place to cook some food, share a drink and good talk, relax, play with our animals, watch the birdies, and the sunrise or set…


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Let your spirits soar!

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I’m in awe of the talent and creativity required to make this gorgeous eagle from what looks like driftwood! I feel as if the eagle will lift off and soar towards the heavens if I watch long enough…

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August 29, 2013

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In 10 days you’ll see me on TV!

I’ll be the old, fat woman crying and trying to keep our pit bull, Bambi, from woofing at the prize presenters crowding around my doorway.

I figure since I’ve never played the lottery, and entered TWICE and lost recently, it’s MY turn to be the winner now. Doesn’t that sound right?

Money isn’t everything, but it sure makes life more fun – especially if you think about all the people you could help if you actually won $5,000 a week for the rest of your life. That’s another reason to take care of yourself, so you’ll live a LONG time… :0)

My husband would like for me to buy him a Ferrari, but he scares my hair off when I’m riding with him in the used ‘Vette we managed to finally get for him. I really think this is some of the best money we’ve ever spent for a complete splurge. The look on his face when he’s driving it, or washing it, or working on it, or taking compliments from others about it – is priceless.

I would really enjoy having a swimming pool built in our back yard. Over 25 years ago, when we built our home, we had to BLAST everything – a hole for the septic tank, a huge hole for the basement, and then we blasted the back yard for a pool. Of course, we ran out of money for the pool, but it’s been a dream of mine forever to be able to dive in first thing in the morning – if I didn’t have to be somewhere early – and last thing at night as long as the weather was cooperative. I taught swimming every summer from junior high school through college, and I really miss being able to swim. I’d have a diving board for my husband. (A MUST, as far as he’s concerned) And a pool boy…. :0)

Seriously, though, think about all the good you could do for family and friends, plus your community, plus your favorite charities, with money like that. The ripples would be endless and it would feel so good to help lots and lots of people.

So, mark your calendars! August 29th is a week from this coming Thursday.

Do you think I should get a new haircut for my TV debut?



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Purrfect Monday

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Usually I’m pretty drag-y on a Monday; but, for some reason, I feel like the cat above today.

I have some broccoli sprouts that look like real plants growing in peat pellets on the back porch. They’re tall enough the kit said to take the transparent top off and put them in the sun!

I had ONE spinach seed sprout, and it’s looking pretty spindly, but I put it in the sun, too.

I started another group of lettuce and spinach seeds in another planter kit. Hopefully, I’ll end up with some transplants I can put into my fall square foot garden soon.

I weed whacked around the garden yesterday, then sprayed some Round Up on the particularly stubborn Bermuda, and then sprinkled Sevin to discourage the ever-present grasshoppers.

I have new green tomatoes coming on, and actually found two of the smallest, thinnest, ‘sweetest’ spears of asparagus I ever saw! I don’t think I’m supposed to get ANY spears until at least next year, but what do I know! I’m waiting for the LONG greenery on the asparagus plants to turn yellow, and then I’ll cut them back to be ready to put on new growth in the spring.

Meanwhile, I’m hoping for some carrots, potatoes, and radishes to be pick-able, as well as a couple of watermelons.

Since my spinach was a complete flop, I bought some at the Farmers Market Saturday morning, along with some nice, ripe tomatoes.

I spent some time pruning roses this weekend, plus neatened up in the yard. We’re looking pretty good for people who are only going for ‘civilized….’

I hope your Monday is starting out purrfectly, too!


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New Creative Artworks Blog Header – August 19, 2013



Custom Remembrance “Rose Petal and Pearl Bracelet” – ID # 15728 by Sandra Mayhugh

The beautiful dark ‘beads’ in this exquisite bracelet are made of rose petals! This way, you can always have the roses that you received for your anniversary, a special Valentine’s Day, your daughter’s wedding – where you can WEAR them and be filled with the same glorious emotion as you had on that special day.

Send roses you have received from any memorable occasion and Sandra Mayhugh will create a priceless pearl bracelet from the petals! Sandra makes each rose Petal bead by hand, trimming, cooking and rolling the precious petals. It takes a week or more just to get them ready to roll and a month or more to completely dry. (See Sandra’s bio for details) The pearl bracelet will be carefully packed in anti-tarnish tissue paper in a paper box.

The Pearl Bracelet contains Alternating Petal beads with sterling bead caps and Swarovski pearls. The pearls can be ordered in any color you like, and ordered in any length. Please specify length of bracelet desired and color of pearls preferred in the special comments section of the shopping cart.

Since this is a custom, made-to-order piece especially for you, please allow approximately 12 weeks for creation and delivery.

See all of Sandra Mayhugh’s special custom rose petal jewelry on Creative Artworks HERE




Wine Charms – French Inspired Pearl – Set of 6 – ID #15820 by Stephanie (Stephie) Wilson

And while you’re getting in the mood to celebrate, gathering things that lift your spirits, you HAVE to have at least one set of wine glass charms!

Stephie Wilson’s imagination knows no limits when it comes to unique and beautiful wine glass charms!

Here she has used beautiful head pins with pearls and faceted-glass beads! French-inspired charms – Fleur de lis, Eiffel Tower, a beautiful pink rhinestone flower, a big silver-toned metal flower with rhinestone ring, large center rhinestone, and a lovely rhinestone cap (The pink in the pearls is only from the camera.) Pretty glass pear with a beautiful faceted glass bead with a lovely AB finish, plus silver-plated rings for sparkle and elegance!

Stephie has wine glass charms that will be perfect for your next party, or just to use when you want to keep track of ‘whose-glass-is- whose.’

See all of Stephanie (Stephie) Wilson’s beautiful wine glass charm sets on Creative Artworks HERE


Tumbled Marble Original Art Tile – “Parfumerie” – ID # 15187 by Mindy Sommers

Every time I look through Mindy Sommers work on Creative Artworks, I have different favorites. Every once in awhile, I splurge and actually buy something. And each time the joy lasts and lasts and lasts.

Mindy’s original artwork is stunning, and the workmanship on her products featuring her artwork is first class. You’ll be proud to hang her work on your walls, use it to serve guests, decorate your foyer or bureau, or give to a family member or good friend as a gift.

This piece is called “Parfumerie”

It’s a one-of-a-kind tumbled marble tile with award-winning original artwork and hand painted frame. The tumbled marble is from Italy surrounds this beautiful, hand-painted, distressed shabby wooden cottage frame. The marble has slight crevices and jagged edges that add to the vintage feel and charm. Outer dimensions: approximately 7.25 x 7.25. Ready to hang.

See all of Mindy Sommers’ stunning pieces on Creative Artworks HERE

It’s such fun to create a new blog header each week, and so EASY, with all the products from which to choose!

Come visit Creative Artworks today.

Handcrafted – Hand-Painted – Unique -AHHHH!

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“Sundown” Bling Blot



“Bling-Blot- Sundown” – ID # 12504 by DiVoran Lites

What is a “Bling Blot?” It’s an ink blot created with acrylic ink and then accented with glitter, silver or gold on it.

 Each is a small painting in an 11 x 14 mat. It will come in a sleeve with foam core backing, and will fit any 11 x 14 frame, which is an easy, ready-made size to find. Great as a gift, or for yourself. ENJOY!

See all of DiVoran Lites’ original paintings on Creative Artworks HERE

DiVoran has also created packages of “Signature Note Cards,” from her original artwork. The packages of note cards are personalized with your choice of your name or initials and are meant to provide cards that show a facet of YOUR personality. You can use them as greeting cards, note cards, or put a longer letter inside them whenever you’d like to reach out to friends, co-workers, or family.


Can you imagine how pleased someone will be to receive a package of notecards with their name on each card?

Packaged in groups of 20, 50, and 100, the more you buy, the less expensive each card is.

See all of DiVoran’s signature card designs on Creative Artworks HERE

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Hounds of Geevor


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I had to share David Kemp’s wonderful creativity and sense of humor with you. Aren’t these GREAT? They make me smile all over! I’ve heard of dogs who love the water, but wader dogs…. :0)


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Farmers Markets/Arts-n-Crafts Show

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The weather is absolutely perfect here in our part of Arkansas – eerily so for the middle of August – so my husband and I took advantage of it to drive to another town close by to see a new combination of Farmer’s market and arts and crafts show at Ft. Chaffee. This will run every Saturday morning for the foreseeable future, and there were a good number of tents with wares for sale. I bought some nice tomatoes, and we saw a good friend who was selling his handmade bird feeders and other things. His workmanship was wonderful and the bird feeders were gorgeous. Sadly, they were outside our price range. I’m hopeful that this combination market and craft show will get larger and larger as time goes by.

We then went to downtown Ft. Smith, almost to the bridge that crosses over into Oklahoma, to the other Farmers Market. We’ve been there before and are always happy with what we find. Today the place was packed with both sellers and buyers. I love the atmosphere!

I found some NICE spinach.

I bought a loaf of sliced sourdough sandwich bread!

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And my husband was delighted that I bought him some homemade oatmeal-raisin cookies!

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We stopped on the way home at the Waffle House for brunch. All in all – a FABULOUS Saturday morning!

We’ll earn our salt a little bit this afternoon, mowing around the square foot garden, which is almost ready for fall planting –  if I can get the seeds to grow.

My broccoli seeds have sprouted and are looking pretty good this time. I only have ONE seed sprouted for lettuce and NONE for spinach yet, but all appendages are crossed…

I’m also working in the flower planters during this wonderful ‘different planet’ weather we’re having. I’ll try to finish pruning the rose bushes today. :0)

Enjoy your Saturday!



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Our personal fairyland


You might have to look carefully, but yesterday my husband and I hung up the LED rope we ordered recently. (You can see the multi-colored lights running along the horizontal board above the plants.)



I’ll have to try to take more pictures because these show you WHERE the lights are strung, but not the glorious, festive effect they have when it’s dark outside and you’re sitting on the deck.




The rope of lights goes all the way around the inside perimeter of the deck. They’ll be mostly protected from sunlight, wind and rain, so they’ll hopefully last a long time.

I’ll try to get more pics tonight, but we love the look and feel the lights bring to the deck!



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“Schnauzer”-Fine-Art-Print – ID # 13782 by Evelyn Morris Hecht

I love this drawing! I expect this doggie to bark any second! I’m proud to show it to you as our

“Featured Piece of the Day” on Creative Artworks!

Intelligent, high-spirited and obedient, the Schnauzer is the “little soldier” of dogs. This high quality Schnauzer art print is a reproduction of an original graphite drawing. The heavyweight matte paper and backing board are acid-free and suitable for framing as is, in a standard 8 1/2  x  11″ frame. Comes in a protective clear presentation envelope. Each print is individually titled and signed by the artist. Print Size: 8 1/2  x  11″ Image Size: 6 x 6″ Please allow 10 to 14 days for delivery.

Evelyn Morris Hecht is a master at capturing the personality of each breed. Dog lovers will love one of these prints as a gift for any occasion.

See all of Evelyn’s fine work on Creative Artworks HERE

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“Happy-Birthday-Bear-with-Flower-Quick-Gift” – ID # 3037 by Debbie Garrett

OOPS! Your friend’s birthday is coming and you forgot! Debbie Garrett is here offering the perfect solution – the “Happy Birthday Bear with Flower” QUICK GIFT.

It only takes Debbie 1 to 2 days from the time you order to be on its way to the recipient. And it’s so CUTE! It’s approximately 9 inches high and 10 inches wide in sitting position. The sweater used and flower may differ, due to availability, but you can be sure it will be as cute as a button, wishing your friend or loved one the happiest of birthdays right on time!

Take a few minutes to look through Debbie Garrett’s wonderful gift bears for all occasions. If you go ahead and order, you’ll have the perfect gift on hand, ready to give all year round.

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“Fall is Just Around the Corner” ArtFire Collection



“Fall is Just Around the Corner” ArtFire Collection

I think we’re all ready for fall, and the sooner, the better. This nice collection of fall items makes your mouth water! It’s created by a nice lady of Spices Seasonings and Gifts on ArtFire.

She kindly included my hand painted “Fall Leaves” Gourd in her collection!


Hand Painted Gourd “Fall Leaves” by Linda Lewis

Spices Seasonings and Gifts on ArtFire is the perfect place to go to get handmade spice mixes and seasonings so that your cooking and grilling will turn out better than ever before.


Sampler Set of Your Choice of 4 Seasoning/Spice Mixes

She gives you the perfect way to try her wares! She offers this sampler set of your choice of 4 of any of the products she offers at a great low price. To sweeten the deal even further, she offers a 10% off coupon when you type in SPICY on checkout! How can you lose?

Take a few minutes to look at what she has to offer. You could soon be serving dishes your family and friends will rave about!

Spices Seasonings and Gifts on ArtFire – YUM!

THANK YOU for including my gourd in your much-appreciate “Fall is Just Around the Corner” ArtFire Collection!


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