Author Archives: Betty

About Betty

Retired and enjoying life while living with my husband on a farm in Northeast Tx.

Bathroom Tissue Holder

I used to paint with a friend of mine every Monday. We painted on anything we could find suitable that the paint would adhere too. One day she brought some surplus wooden boxes. They were too good to throw away, so we had to think of something to paint on them.

I started looking for ideas from some old painting books that I had picked up from a garage sale and found the perfect thing. Yea, bathroom tissue holder!

It is also very useful.

Happy painting to you’ll.



One of my Favorite Painted Crafts

I painted this flower-pot several years ago. It has always been one of my favorites. I love the way it turned out, especially the blending of colors.

The picture did not turn out very well, due to my lack of photography skills, and lousy camera. Oh well, “one day chicken next day feathers”.

Till next time, hope you are having a great day.

One broken pan + painted birdhouses

There is beauty in almost everything. When I found this old bent and broken pan, I thought this pan probably has cooked many a fine meal. What can I do to re-establish it and make it into something useful again? Since I love to paint, naturally painting something on it came quickly to mind. And since I love to paint birdhouses it seemed to be the perfect match. So, birdhouses it is. I have painted them on many different surfaces, but on an old pan is a first.

I had no idea what to do with it when it was finished. It ended up being used in my kitchen pantry to hold small packaged items such as ranch dressing, onion soup, etc. It found a happy home at last.

Most of the birdhouse patterns were designed by Jamie Mills-Price. The others just popped into my head (I’m sure you can tell the difference).

Till next time, thanks’ for stopping by!

Working in the shade!


  1. Because I’m old. No need to explain, if you’re old, you understand, if not you   wouldn’t understand anyway.
  2. The sun is very hot and burns your skin. Not a pretty sight, red and peeling skin. Yuk.
  3.  When you work in the sun you get all wet and the sweat runs down to your undies. If you work in the shade the sweat only drizzles down slowly.
  4. When you work in the sun, your freckles pop out. When your freckles pop out you get mad and pull the flowers instead of the weeds. You know they are flowers because they are easy to pull. Weeds are much harder.
  5. Flowers are easier to transplant if it’s shady. Give them a break. They don’t wither and die as easily. In the end you will have a more beautiful garden.

Happy Gardening!

Spring has arrived in northeast Texas

Spring is in the air and it is lovely in northeast Texas. My garden has been calling me  for several days. The roses need pruning, the weeds need to be removed, and some parts of the flower beds just need a general overhaul.

The flowering pear tree has been quite lovely this spring.

The pastures are all turning green. They are mostly weeds at the moment, but who cares. The cows are happy to be eating green stuff instead of the brown stuff they had to eat in 2011.

                                                My Indian Hawthorn shrubs are in full bloom and they are definitely one of my favorite plants.

They are a low maintenance evergreen that thrives well in full sun or will tolerate some shade. They all survived last summer during our extreme drought.

The dogwood tree showed some signs of stress due to last years unusual weather. However, it was still quite lovely.

We are hoping for a more normal weather season in 2012.

So far we have had plenty of rain this spring.

I  love this groundcover. It stays low and is very easy to maintain since it has very shallow roots.

I have it scattered in many spots in the flower beds. I think it is called Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’. It is one of the best.


Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there. ~ Thomas Fuller ~ 

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

I love to paint on many different kind of surfaces. One of my favorite surfaces in a plain old coffee can. These metal cans will probably become a thing of the past since they are being replaced with plastic (boo hoo). I make wooden tops for them. They make good containers for just about anything, especially cookies.

This cute snowman was designed by Terrye French. It is from her painting book “Winter Holly and Christmas Jolly” published in 2000. Unlike me, some things never seem to grow old.

Would love to hear from you about your painting experiences and your favorite patterns that never seem to grow old.

“Welcome 2012”

Gingerbread boys hanging out in the snow

These little gingerbread boys think the snow is great! They are visiting my daughter in Utah. After the snow melts we will bring them indoors and place them all snuggled and warm back in their cozy little box. Next holiday season we will bring them out again.

Since we live in Texas, we get very little snow. However, we have had two very good rains lately. After the extremely dry year we had in 2011 it was very much appreciated.

I can’t believe January of 2012 is half over and I am still posting Christmas ornaments. Do you think I am a little behind?

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, you’re always welcome back!