New Courage

“When you are born, your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything: crawling off of staircases, saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish, putting strange things in your mouth. But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk, and crusty things, and dirt, and fear, and knowing how bad things can get and what pain feels like. By the time you’re half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it’s so grunged up with living. So every once in a while, you have to scrub it up and get the works going, or else you’ll never be brave again.” ~Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Super Girl Kid

{Photo: Sunny Studio}

Country Living Fair

Scenes from the Country Living Magazine Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee this past weekend.  Such a wonderful way to see many amazing treasures by talented craftspeople and artisans…


The fabulous Valerie Weberpal of Harvest Moon Designs and her quirky creations.


The only affordable items at the Antique Archaeology booth ☺


We Went That Way…


Adorable Knick-Knack Displays…


Gypsy Carousel

A Plethora of Vintage Dishwares…

Vintage Dishes

Platter of Knives

Delish Fried Green Tomatoes & the Charming Push-Pop Truck of Meltdown from Bowling Green, KY

CLF Food

Clever Flower Presentations…

Clever Flower Storage

Delightful Things…

Delightful Things

Delightful Things Two

Upholstered Taxidermy

Laurie Meseroll Art

Endless Handmade Splendor…

Handmade Splendor

Colorful Pillows

Make A Wish

Country Chic…

Country Chic

Earth Angels


Lola the Mini Pig was not posing for the paparazzi…


The Pursuit of Pretty…


Rock On

Ribbon Photo Corsages

OliveLoaf Design:

#TBT Craft. A reader emailed and asked for a few tips on making her own Ribbon Photo Corsages – so I thought I’d repost for Throwback Thursday!These were great fun to make and such wonderful mementos for everyone. I may have to make more!

Originally posted on OliveLoaf Design:

I was inspired by the ribbon corsages that Mithi of PlanetMithi made for her very cool, handmade wedding. I just had to make some for my own hand-crafted shindig, for the VIP’s in attendance. Since we didn’t have a wedding party per se {my soon-to-be stepdaughter served as my maid-of-honor}, I wanted to make something special to show off the important peoples {best buds & our immediate families}. I think they turned out very nice…

{All pics by:  Robb Hill Photo}

I used gold dollhouse frames and chose ribbons in our colors {turquoise & greens}; sewed and glued them to a base of hard cardboard & pin backs…

The most difficult step was finding the right kind of picture to shrink down, so it would fit into the 1×1 inch frames…

These corsages were a very special touch and a lovely keepsake for each recipient.

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She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young    

{Wild South Central Kentucky Daffodils in Vintage Jar}

Daffodils by OliveLoaf Design

Pets on Plaques®

I’ve had these buggers in my head {and in my Brilliant Idea Sketchbook™} FOR.EVER….so here we {finally} go!  Custom Pets on Plaques®. They are the perfectly thoughtful gift for an animal lover or pet owner, or a wonderful pet memorial.

Under Construction

Below are the first and second in a first batch series of several I’ve been crafting.  Others are making their way around the country this week – so I’ll post them when they’ve been delivered. Custom plaques available in le shoppe starting later this week.

This is Jake.Jake le Chien

Jake le Chien by OliveLoaf Design

This is Belle, Ike, Oliver & Sam  Smith Pets

The Smith's by OliveLoaf Design

These are up-cycled newspaper & cardboard paper mache clay and acrylic paint on 7×9 oval wooden plaques. Stay tuned for more plaques, details, ideas and shop listings.

Go For Big

I love this quote and I love this picture. I thought I’d put them together.

“Be excellent. Not just good. Or good enough. Go for big. Bright. Holy, off the charts, over moon, absolutely totally amazing. Commit to greatness. Your greatness. Commit to mastery. To being better than you could ever even imagine possible. Be you in full.”

~Jo Anna Rothman

Jacques Lowe. "The Joy of Music". N.Y.C. 1960

{photo: Jacques Lowe. “The Joy of Music”. N.Y.C. 1960}