Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat

I've got blogger's block. I didn't know where to begin so I just made a slideshow! The swaps were wonderful, the classes beyond expectations, and seeing all the old friends and meeting new ones was incredible. I'll put some photos of what we made up later but for now here's a recap of the weekend with more than a few fuzzy pictures and a couple of stolen ones!

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pink Saturday in Waxahachie

Wow – what an amazing retreat…Paper Cowgirls 2009.  Here’s a pink sneak peek of what we’ve been doing.

amazing teachers…classes…swaps.  Wow!

Thanks Beverly for hosting today. Happy Pink Saturday!  xoxo Nancy

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Today is Wordless Wednesday which is perfect because I have no words.  It’s hosted by Dixie in French Lique, TX and today’s subject is blogger’s choice.  I think my subject will be “Heartache”.DCP_0826_edited




Goodbye sweet Lilly.

Rainbow Bridge

We lost our sweet Lilly girl on Father’s Day.  She got so sick with end stage Cushings disease.  It’s a horrible way to die and we just couldn’t stand to see her suffer so we took her to an emergency vet clinic late Sunday night and brought her home and buried her in a little arbor beside our house.  What a relief to see her relax and close her weary eyes and see the pain leave her sweet little face.  A couple years ago I came in on a conversation our Pastor was having with someone concerning animals in heaven.  He said “I don’t know about your dog but mines in heaven!”  I love that and I think she’ll be in heaven, too.  And I hope the last part of the Rainbow Bridge is true.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Author unknown...

Love you Sweet Lilly.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Excuses, Excuses

LargeLogo[1] Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  is having a Cloche party and who forgot until now?  ME.  I only have a couple of pics of my cloche which is currently in my store and I’m hoping that it doesn’t sell!!!


It’s a huge tall cloche and I’ve put part of a vintage thermos set and an Uncle Sam hand carved roly poly pull toy under it surrounded with some sheer flag ribbon.  I can’t wait to visit all the blogs showing creative ideas of how to use cloches.  Click on the above link to visit Marty’s Mr. Linky list.


And since it’s almost Pink Saturday….well I forgot to email back in time but I hate to miss it so I’ll post my excuse in pink!   I’ve been so busy getting ready for Paper Cowgirl Art weekend in less than a week that I’m forgetting everything!  I signed up for an ATC swap, a quilted book swap, a crown swap, and a paper treasures swap.  My best pal, LaVerne and I are sharing a table for vendors night so I’m trying to get my “wares” ready.  At  this point it’s mostly supplies albeit some pretty interesting ones.


I have a bunch of  vintage paper lanterns,


and some fabulous French newspapers with tons of pages just loaded with great pictures and ads.

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Have a wonderful weekend. 


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Fathers

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Each week Dixie over in French Lique hosts Wordless Wednesday.  Today’s subject is Father’s Day.  Thank you Dixie for giving us a talk break.


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For my godson


Friday, June 12, 2009

Pink Saturday

When you leave here be sure and visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound…our hostess for PS.   My goodness – Pink Saturday rolls around quicker each week.  And the Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat is less than two weeks away.  We’re doing some swaps this year and this quilted book swap is a first for me.  We only made 11 pages each and they were to be a Texas theme.  So for Pink Saturday I’ll show a little of my pages.quilt5

  I used an old cutter quilt and ironed on a transfer I made from one of my favorite growing up songs…quilt3

Happy Trails To You sung by my heroes Roy Rogers and Dale Evans – King of the Cowboys and Queen of the West.quilt2

What fabulous role models. I wanted to either be Dale or be adopted by them and they were way ahead of Angelina & Brad adopting about 10 kids so I really thought I had a shot although I think my folks would have objected!

And here are the rules you had to follow to be in the club:

Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules:

1. Be neat and clean.
2. Be courteous and polite.
3. Always obey your parents.
4. Protect the weak and help them.
5. Be brave but never take chances.
6. Study hard and learn all you can.
7. Be kind to animals and take care of them.
8. Eat all your food and never waste any.
9. Love God and go to Sunday school regularly.
10. Always respect our flag and our country.

http://www.royrogers.com/images/rdlookf.jpgAll of us kids who grew up in the 50’s seem to have this connection.  The last two months of my sister’s life we had a hospice music therapist.  She brought a little harp and a guitar with her and would play “Happy Trails” for my sis each time she came.  Marsha, my sister, who never gave up the fight against the cancer turned to me and said “That’s it – that’s the last song I want…and don’t tell anyone!”  I knew exactly what she meant – it was one of the few times we talked about her dying.  So, at the cemetery the Pastor strummed and sang Happy Trails – we all got such a chuckle – it was so….Marsha.   On her marker… inscribed along with the bluebonnets is…”Till we meet again”.

Happy Trails Pink Pals!  Cowgirl Nancy

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Winner of The Crinum Lily

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I used a number generator and here’s what it picked!DSC07412

TA DA!!! ####17 which is


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I’m not sure if they will grow in Arizona but it couldn’t be any hotter than Texas!  Thanks for all your comments. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

wordless wednesday Each week Dixie in French Lique, Texas is our host for Wordless Wednesday.  Today’s topic is Flags and I’ve made a collage of just some of my flag pictures.  Thanks, Dixie, for giving us a talk break.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Pink Saturday Visit

Good Morning and Happy Pink Saturday.  Today there is a drawing for the winner of my crinom lily. (Thanks G for finding out just what this plant is) but first remember to visit Beverly and all the other pink blogs when you leave here.

This week I had a surprise visit from someone I’ve always wanted to meet.  If you’re like me you are always prepared for company with a clean home, baked goods at the ready and a sightseeing tour of the State of Texas.  Can you guess who it was?

Yessssss….Dana and the Stone Rabbit.


Dana was going to send me some Pink Masks and she and the Stone Rabbit decided to deliver them in person.  One for me and one for Lily!


As shocked as I was when they showed up at my door  I still remembered to take a lot of pictures so I could share them with all our Pink Saturday friends.

We had a little tea outside in my garden and we were all very conscious of the Swine/Hiney/HINI flu so we all wore our masks all day.

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and then we were off for a  hot air balloon ride over Austin. (By the way – I never would have guessed but Dana is sort of HIP HOP – see the hat?  You kind of expect that of the SR given his background – you know – Hippety Hoppety but I was surprised at Dana. ) Anyway, she sure loves that hat.

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We hit 6th Street and then

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back to Pflugerville for a quilt show and  a little tour.

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Lily and I wanted to show the SR a Statue of the largest Jackalope in the world.


Let’s just say he was a little “skeptical” and said something about “Tall Texas Tale”. (You know “Show Me I’m from Missouri” kind of thinking)

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So as we were heading back to my house …guess what jumped out right in front of us???A real life Texas Jackalope.


Let me tell you…he’s a believer now. D & N9

As the sun was setting Dana and the SR had to head back to Missouri. 

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It was an absolutely wonderful day and  wasn’t it  just a dream come true getting to meet a favorite blogger.  One last picture of us in Dana’s pink Cadillac.

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Then Lilly and I climbed out, we said our goodbyes and off they went!  I was exhausted!  And guess what she else left me?


Peace out…dawg.

Now for the drawing.  How the heck does the number generator work???

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Water

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Dixie over in French Lique, Texas – keepin’ it wordless for the rest of us. Be sure to stop at Dixie’s to visit all the wordless blogs.  Thank you Dixie for giving us a talk break.

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Bon Voyage - Nancy