Scottish Thistles

Scottish Thistles

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Just recently finished another coloring page and I call this one my "Tree of Life". I attempted to fill it with all kinds of color and, as you can see, there are all kinds of patterns and shapes . . . thus giving it a very distinct look of life!
Working on another one, and want to look for a different book with some different designs.  With Christmas coming close I may not be doing quite as much coloring, but we'll see!
It's been relaxing and enjoyable!

Friday, November 20, 2015

"TINY TOGS" Origami project

Working on finishing up some Mary Janes Farmgirl Connection Merit Badges and decided to use "Tiny Togs" for my expert level badge.  I have made dozens and dozens of these tiny little clothing items for cards, tags, journals, etc.  and thought it would be lots of fun to make a wardrobe and hang them out.  They are fun to make!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Since adult coloring books are the rage right now, I was reminded of how therapeutic coloring can be.  I have done coloring as an adult but it's been a while.  My daughter and I found some books at Michaels . . . I bought one and dug out my coloring pencils.  This is my first page and I call it "Purple Mountain Majesty".  It isn't quite like the mountains I see out my window here in southwest Colorado it makes me think of them!  It was fun and relaxing!  But now I need more colors!

Monday, July 13, 2015


There's a lot to share about our recent glamping adventures, but I won't be able to share much here right now.
Out two different times with my daughter and glamping partner, Robin, in the "Reiver's Rest".  It was WONDERFUL!   
This is only a small glimpse of how we set up our glampsite.  Used an antique wooden ironing board ($3.00 at a local thrift store) with a vintage tablecloth with Scottish thistle design on it (gift from a farmgirl friend), repurposed/decorated Stanley thermos bottle for flower vase, crocheted hat, watering can, solar lights, apron, etc. to help camoflage the trailer tongue/hitch!  Used a ruffled curtain panel to cover the tongue and a salvage yard find fireplace screen on the other side.  We love the result!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


As is typical in our part of the country we get a mix of weather in the springtime.  For a while we'd been having warm weather but with our usual spring winds on some days (not pleasant!).  This week brought in clouds, cooler temps and then about two inches of very wet snow last night. It's melting quickly but I decided to use some of it to get some moisture into the potting soil in some pots I want to use.  Want to plant herbs in one and sweet flowers in one . . . not sure yet about the third one.  But this will moisten the soil in a gradual manner!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


I love the first signs of spring and on a recent trip to our local greenhouse/nursery (which is less than two miles from my house) I spotted these beauties showing all their glory at the entrance.  This was taken about a month ago so I'm sure they're probably gone by now, so I'm glad I took the pic so I can continue to enjoy them!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


A couple of days ago when my hubby and I took our morning "cow check" walk out to the pasture to say "HI" to our little herd of Longhorns, I decided this was a photo op moment.  We have eight cows, one of which is a 4-month old heifer calf.  There are four steers . . . all in line for the freezer . . . two "momma" cows and one heifer. They were contentedly munching away at the new grass. The trees are cedar and grow naturally in our part of the country.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Well, I couldn't resist this cute little garden gnome from Hobby Lobby.  He's about 12 inches tall, has a spade and a frog at his feet.  The leaf is hanging from a loop that is supposed to look like a zipper pull.
I'm thinking that he'll make great decoration at our glampsite by our "Reiver's Rest" glamper.  It is Scottish/cottage/shabby chic themed.  He looks Scottish to me!  My hubby says he has lots of character!

Saturday, February 28, 2015


"Freckles" is our latest addition to the Longhorn cow herd, born on December 11th.  Because of our mild winter (until now) our cows have been able to forage and get plenty of feed in the field.  Because we have gotten major snow this week we are now hauling hay to the cows.  This is "Freckles" first experience with hay . . . dry stuff that a person pitches over the fence.  It was funny to watch her the first time as she just stood there, watching all the other cows dive in.  She approached gingerly, took a little bit in her mouth but soon was munching down.  Now she knows!
(Side note:  she has "red stockings" and red tip on her tail to match her head and neck)

Friday, February 27, 2015


Snow finally came to dry southwest Colorado and that meant that we needed to start hauling hay to our hobby herd of Longhorn cows. They were waiting, even though they hadn't seen a flake of dry hay since this past spring.  And this is how we have to get the hay to them . . . on a toboggan.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


I love vintage linens and am delighted to own these sweet red and white pieces.  I am currently using them as Valentine/February decorations.  There are two crocheted aprons, one I purchased from a thrift store, the other is a gift from a farmgirl friend.  And, the two beautiful embroidered pillowcases that were my mother's.  I had them tucked away in a linen closet and just recently decided that they needed to be enjoyed not hidden away.