Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH...ART OF A SIMPLER LIFE!

For many years I have loved the art of Jessie Willcox Smith, although I did not realize it was always her work. 

Born in Phillidelphia in 1863, she graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1888, and took a job as an illustrator for The Ladies Home Journal thus beginning a lifelong career as a renound Magazine cover illustrator, one of the most recognized in the world.









In 1915, she began her career as the cover illustrator for Good Housekeeping Magazine for as long as she wanted the position.  She stayed for 15 years and was paid was paid $1,500.00 per cover making her the highest paid illustrator of her time.  These covers are perhaps what most of us know her for.  They show the simplicity of everyday life and in these times of instant everything it is heartwarming to look at them and think of a time when life was so family oriented and simpler.  I have several of them framed in my home and it just make me very happy to see them everyday.


As I said, I have always loved her art but I did not always know it was her work.  When I was a very little girl my grandmother gave me a book called The Water Babies.  I loved the story but the illustrations fascinated me even at that young age.  How magical to be able to bring a story to life with such beautiful, whimsical drawings.  That book was worn out from years of turning the pages and Jessie Willcox Smith is one of the artist who began my love of art and who started me drawing which gave me a lifelong love and career as an artist.



Jessie Willcox Smith was also an illustrator of children's books and other magazines such as Collier's.  She never married but had her brush on the heartbeat of family life and through her eyes she left a legacy of life in her time.

I am sure you have all seen her work in one form or another but you should look her up.  She had a long, fabulous career and her illustrations are endless.  Thank goodness for artist like her for she preserved a life worth remembering.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!!!!!


I cannot believe I have not posted in almost a month!  That is the longest ever.  It has been so busy here on the farm I will do an update post this week, so much happening!

But I had to do a quick Father's Day post for the wonderful Father's in our family.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day with your Fabulous Fathers.

To my wonderful husband,

You are an incredible father because....

YOU ALWAYS CHANGED THE POOPY DIAPERS.

YOU MADE ME LAUGH WHEN I WANTED TO CRY.

YOU MADE OUR SON LAUGH WHEN HE WANTED TO CRY.

YOU WENT TO A VERY CROWDED DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WEEK TO GET THE TOY OUR SON ASKED FOR WHEN I FINALLY FOUND THE LAST ONE.

YOU WENT TO EVERY BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL GAME AND COACHED, WATCHED EVERY SCHOOL PLAY AND CHEERED THE LOUDEST AND CLAPPED HARDER THAN ANYONE WHEN ZACH WON HIS FIRST FILM AWARD.

YOU ARE HIS BEST FRIEND, HIS WORKOUT PARTNER AND HIS DAD.

To my wonderful son,

YOU ADORE YOUR CHILDREN BEYOND HAPPINESS.

YOU PLAY BARBIE, DRESS UP AND TEA PARTY ENDLESSLY.

YOU ARE YOUR DAUGHTERS FAVOURITE PERSON ON EARTH AND YOUR SON LIGHTS UP WHEN HE HEARS YOUR VOICE.

LIKE YOUR DAD, YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE AND NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BE BUT BECAUSE YOUR KIDS ARE EVERYTHING.

YOU LEARNED BY EXAMPLE AND THAT WARMS MY HEART.

Watching my husband with our son and our grandbabies makes me happier than anything in my life.  I love and adore you both for the amazing men and father's that you have become.


XXXXXXXXXX OOOOOOOOO

Monday, May 19, 2014

HAPPY CANADA DAY & A WINNER!!!!!!






Just a quick post today, my server is very slow for some reason and it has taken almost an hour to get these pictures up. 

First HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!  It is finally a nice sunny day, I am on my way out to work in the garden right now.  It is 22c. which is around 74F.  The sun is shining but the farm is still so muddy I will show you tomorrow what the poor pups look like and the pictures from the MayDay Bazaar.

I have two WINNERS for my GIVEAWAY, actually I only had 2 entries.  Either the weather is so nice not many bloggers are stopping by or I have been missing a lot of posts so no one stops by anymore.  Either way, I am still here.

The winners are two fellow Canadian ladies.

DEB FROM PAXTON VALLEY FOLK ART and FRANCINE  FROM PRIMITIVE STARS.  I will send you gifts out this week.  Hope you are all having a lovely day.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SOME BITS & BOBS AND A SPRING GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

I have not posted in a little while because I have been busy again with a Fundraiser for RESCUE DOGS MATCH.  Brenda now has almost 40 dogs to vet and more coming so we are having a MAYDAY BAZAAR.  Hopefully it turns out well and we can do this twice a year.  The Psychic events have kind of gotten out of control so I don't think I want to do them anymore, more about that another time.

We should be done the closet today, then I just have to sand the floor and reupholster the sofa and we're done.  It is looking great.  This cupboard was my inspiration.  The closet will look like this but right across the wall and the doors are solid.

Oh how I love this!!!!





Here are some little bits & bobs I have found.  I love the sign, think I will make it for the kitchen.  I adore vintage playing cards.  Saw these on Pinterest and of course I can find nothing like them but thanks to computer I can print them and frame them.  Love this Micheal Kors bag but alas it was also on Pinterest and now where to be found.


I was going through some old photo albums for pictures of my darling son as a baby and came across what our old General Store looked like when we first moved out here.  I loved it.  Now it is closed and someone just lives there.  That is something I have always admired about my U.S. neighbours, your small towns seem to retain the quaintness with the General Stores and old shops, they get harder and harder to find here every year, a shame.

Here is my husband on a nature walk with our swee boy, it does not seem that long ago.

This is me on on Wedding Day, look at those shoes, I loved them and still have them along with all of my platform shoes, I could open a museum.  I am now almost 45 lbs. lost and on my way to looking some what like this again I hope.



And now for my SPRING GIVEAWAY.  I am giving away 3 Inspriation Necklaces and a surprise from my ETSY SHOP, MY HIPPIE HEART JEWELLRY.

There are just 2 entry requirements-

1. BE A FOLLOWER.
2. GO TO MY SHOP AND LIKE SOMETHING THEN LEAVE IT IN YOUR COMMENT.

For a bonus entry go the RESCUE DOG MATCH FACEBOOK PAGE and "LIKE" them, we are trying to build up a following.  If you do that put it in  your comment and if you win I will add some really nice bonus gifts.

 I will draw the winner on SUNDAY MAY 18, the day after the Fundraiser.  


GOOD LUCK AND PLEASE SHARE.