Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Virginia 25 of 50*

Number 25  of 50 States*- Half Way there

I have been to Virginia numerous times.  It is one of my favorite states.  I once said "if I could live anywhere else besides Arkansas, I would live in Virginia." The country side is very much like Arkansas with shaded lanes, small towns, and a lot of trees.  

Last time: 2013
On the way to Maine
and back to Arkansas
Chuck's first time-
My third time!

Of course, the main draw is the history; especially, Monticello.  I have been to Monticello at least three times that I can document.  I think I must have lived there in a past life!

Taken from the back lawn
Second Time (1974 not sure of date):
International Banking Workshop
University of Virginia
Side Trip to Monticello

First Time:
September, 1973
on the way home from
Vacation to Disney World

From the back
Photo had a little mishap!
Front of Vintage Postage
Jefferson's bed and desk
Back of vintage card (above)
Mailed on Third trip
*For "new to my blog" friends...on May 17, 2010, I visited Wisconsin.
I can now say that I have been in, to or through all 50 United States.
I am committed to make an Artist Trading Card "ATC" for each of
the 50 States.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


I didn't realize how missing I was...since August, 2015!  I haven't been idle, but somehow I never made time to tell you what's happening in my world.  So...
Here's the short story in pictures of what happened along the way 
December, 2015.  Glad to be back! 

Beginning in September...

Estes Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park

Brad Fitch Concert
John Denver Tribute at
YMCA of the Rockies
And, a side trip to....

Jackson Hole Wyoming

Chuck won Painting of the Month
Brush Strokes Art Club

Cape Elizabeth, Maine
and I worked a 1,000 piece puzzle of same.
Sherri sent it since her picture was his inspiration!

Leslie and Hunter Dunn Wedding
Sherri came from California


Thanksgiving in Benton 
with Family



Men's Chorus sang at Garvan Woodland Garvans (Chuck 1st on left)

A few completed and unreported projects along the way...

Wall Hanging
Rescued Black Bordered Square
I added
Flowered Border, Vine, Leaves, Beads,
and Buttons 

Rag Quilt from Homespuns and Flannel Squares
Christmas Present for a Special Friend

Rag Throw for me
Made from some of my old
denim clothes

8 Artist Trading Cards using
Asian Fabric with
Here's to good things happening in 2016!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree

With anyone else but me...especially if it is a "Tull Apple Tree". 

Yes, there is a Tull Apple Tree and it is named after one of our ancestors. Best of all, we were given a sprout from our cousin's yard.  We over -wintered it in our garage for two winters and thought it was a 'goner'. We were surprised to see it survived and is thriving. It has been transferred to a garden in Benton, Arkansas, so it can stay in the family.  

The Evolution of our Tull Apple Tree

In its new 'temporary' home on the
patio...until it can be transplanted
to the garden in the Fall.

You may find more details by clicking on this link: "Tull Apple".
Briefly: Supposedly coming from France, the Tull Apple originated before 1868 on the farm of Abram Tull in Grant County, Arkansas.  It is grown from root sprouts and is well adapted to Southern growing conditions. We heard on the grapevine that one sprout may have been given to P. Allen Smith to be grown in his Heritage Apple Orchard at Moss Mountain Farm. (psst...only a rumor. I don't see it in the list on his web site!)