Category Archives: Blogging

Surviving NaBloPoMo

I did it! I survivied NaBloPoMo National Blog Post Month. I published a blog spot daily for 30 days.

This was supposed to kick start my writing. Sadly, it has not-yet. Many days I was searching for something I wanted to write about.


Here, the most interesting part of my day yesterday. I checked on the eagle nest that is about five miles from me. Mama Eagle wasn’t on the nest but just a few branches away.

This was with my old camera. I’m stoked to break out the new one and see improvements.

Peace out,  I’m heading to Virginia for the weekend 

to help get my mojo back!

Educate Myself

I have spare time on my hands these days. I know, WHAT? Who has that?

Nevertheless I do. It’s time to do something constructive with said time. When I look back on my spare time hiatus, I want to be able to say “that’s when I learned how to do THIS and THIS and THIS”.

Things to Learn

Learn how to use my eTrex 20. I’ve had it a year and don’t understand it yet.

Learn how to use all the features on my brand new Canon Powershot SX530. It just arrived yesterday and I haven’t powered it up yet.

Learn how to make a decent newsletter for my blog, send it out and get new subscribers.

Write for and develop BFE Food and Wine, my other blog.

Learn how to use Microsoft One Note.

Learn how to fix my bike. Upcoming project: replacing brakes!

Now I got to go, it’s time to start learning!


Barns is my art journal prompt for this week. I was searching my computer for a barn picture when I realized how many barn photos I have! Today’s post will mainly be a photo compilation of barns I’ve run by over the years!

The barn above no longer exists. I’m glad I took a pic of it!

The metal barn behind the daffodil is one of my barns.


View above is from our wooden horse barn from years ago. This view has really changed over the years.

I almost didn’t spot this barn in the woods around me.

A bucolic Ohio summer

Mr Cow was very curious what I was doing on his backroad

The barn of many colors

Barn on a very rainy day.

Barn on the next road over.

It’s amazing how a coat of paint spruces up a barn!

Now I have noticed how many bridges photos I have..that might be coming soon…

Project Love Clothespin Ornament Restoration Reveal


Christmas Ornament Restoration Reveal

This is the reveal of my Project Love, restoration of my favorite Christmas ornaments, clothespin ornaments from the 70’s!

The Lumberjack He’s Okay Now

The Three Wise Men

After the two wise men went shopping

The three wise men are now all bearing gifts!

The Drummer has arms!

Robin Hood got a snazzy new bow

The golfer is reunited with his club

New Faces and Occupations

Dr Smyth

Introducing Doctor Smyth-a female doctor. That is her large laptop that she is carrying.

The medical staff


I made a homemade Rastafarian nut cracker years ago. I decided I needed a Rasta to join my Christmas group.

Biker Chick

I decided to create a biker. I had to handcraft the bike. This was no easy task. It’s not the greatest, but hey, she got a custom bike!

biker clothespin doll

Hula Girl Revised

Hula Girl was in good shape, there was no restoration needed for her. I decided to craft her a fish. While she may be wearing traditional hula wear, she’s also working on her doctoral degree in ichthyology (fish science) hence the fish.

Aren’t these cool? It was a bit more time consuming than I thought, but everyone has been repaired. It’s going to be a special Christmas tree this year with my clothespin Christmas ornaments!

Art Journal Challenge Week 47 Thanksgiving

It seemed like a no brainer to have Week 47 be a Thanksgiving prompt.

We had a great Thanksgiving! Tuesday at my mom’s house and Thursday at my sister-in-law. That was so much nicer than the double dinner that had gone on for years.

Give Thanks

I figured out how to use the photo printing tray on my printer. I wish I had taken more pictures!

Project Love Restoring Christmas Ornaments


I got a great gift a few years ago. My mother gave me the clothespin Christmas ornaments that she crafted in the seventies.

Clothes Pin Ornaments

I loved these ornaments! I would play with them, on the tree, under the tree. I would make up stories of their adventures. I only saw them this one month a year, they turned into special playmates for me.

You Can tell it was the Seventies

There are three females. A nurse, a hula girl, and Mrs Claus.

The doctor is male and the nurse is female. Of course!


Mrs and Santa Claus


Many arms were missing off the Christmas group. Some of the little extras that the people carried were long gone too. I remember the three Wise Men bearing presents.  Today? Only one has survived with his gift.


Ornaments in need of restoration

I decided it was time for Project Love. I would give Mrs Claus and the Clown arms back again-indeed ARMS for everyone!

I crafted my arms out of cardboard, instead of the original  pressed board that came in the kit.

New Arms for Ornaments

I decided  to update the group diversity. I added a female doctor, a Rastafarian, and a biker girl.


In crafting the new people, it only seemed fair to give everyone a refresh. Give the golfer his club back.

Make the lumberjack an axe to handle.

This has turned into a full blown crafting affair.

Biker girl is getting a custom made bike. I found these rubber seals in a plastic bag in the basement. I have no idea what they go to. They’ve been refurbished as big fat tires for the bike. The spokes are embroidery floss tacked on with Mod Podge. They are currently drying. I have no idea if these will work.

This was going to be a repair and reveal post, but I am enjoying the restoration so much I want to take “before” and “after” pictures of everybody, and reveal the new members of Project Love. That will be my next post!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A short Thanksgiving post to keep NaBloPoMo 22 people, I’m going to make it!!

If you are looking for free images, check out the New York City Library Digital Collections. This is where the postcard above originated.  You can click on “public domain” and come up with hundreds of images that you can use for free. My early Christmas gift to you! Happy Turkey!