Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Passion for Beads Weekly Challenge "RED"

♫♪ How ya gunna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen Paree?♬♫

In my humble opinion, no farm is respectable if it doesn't have a red barn. (Not really, but it fits the category.)

And here is my "Down on the Farm" Canvas Growth Chart, with it's handsome red barn and cheery red apples!

You can see close ups of my chart at my Etsy shop.
The chart is for sale at, $40.00

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

WORDS: Inspiration Avenue weekly challenge

I never had a best friend. Friends? Yes, but never that special "gift from God" friend. Then one day Maureen walked into my life. This is a poem I wrote for my best friend.

nam Cara

Soul to soul Kindred Spirits

We strive to understand

We cry, We sink, We soar,

We know

Comfort Challenge

Simple silence

Heart friends Bonding love

Open forgiveness

You and me

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Am Proud of My Painting!!

I have made three paintings of my kitten, Angela. This is the one I'm proudest of.

And it's nice to have mementos of her kittenhood, because now that she's a big grown up cat,

She's huge! She is obviously of Maine Coon origins.

We found her in our front field, we are sketchy on her origins. But there is a great big daddy looking cat that's black and white who wanders around our place.

This photo really does not do her justice. She must weigh 20 pounds! And although she's not skinny, neither is she fat.

Does she look like she has attitude? Well, she does!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Would you like a little snapping turtle with that?

Earlier this summer my husband brought a friend to visit. This happens quite often at our house. This time our guest was a little snapping turtle.

Sometimes it's a toad. Sometimes it's a little garter snake. We just love our neighbors! Last spring hubby brought in a lovely red salamander.

We bring them into the house, ouh and ah over them and then wave goodbye as they hurry away.

This is a pic of him making his getaway. That was his signal that he was done visiting and really wanted to go home now. So we took him outside and sent him on his way.

We live on 16 wooded acres just on the edge of the Jersey Pine Barrens.

The state has a program that we are quite proud to be a part of. It's called "Forestry Stewardship, and means that we are given the task to keep our little bit of forest healthy, to promote healthy habitat. So we cut trees for firewood, but only those that are damaged, downed, dead, diseased or dangerous. The healthy trees are left standing and the forest floor is kept tidy, thereby cutting down on the danger of forest fire.

So, even if our guests don't get invited in for a cuppa, they often hang out in the yard. Why, right this very minute there is a momma dear and her tiny twin fawns are right outside my livingroom window!

It's really, really cool! We are so blessed!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Who Plants a Seed..... Inspiration Avenue Challenge: HOPE

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

"The Between Time", by Judy Goddard

Who plants a seed beneath the sod,
and waits to see,
believes in God.
attributed to GK Chesterton

When I plant a seed, I hope it will grow. When I watch for it to grow I have faith that it will grow. Although I do not see the seed open , I am certain life is there.

There are lots of things in life like that.

Can you think of any?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Passion for Beads weekly challenge, "What starts with "C?"

Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with "C"!

Or so Cookie Monster has been telling us all these years! Can you imagine changing him to "Carrot Monster"?? How rediculous!

But I don't have a picture of a cookie. And I don't have a picture of a carrot.

I do, however, have a picture of a comfy porch swing.

So, "C" is for Comfy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Challege: The World of Fantasy

☺ Here comes the Tooth Gorilla! ☺

Many years ago, ( I am now old enough to say,'many years ago!') wben my children were very little, I came up with a way to celebrate joyous occasions in our house without leading them to misconceptions about truth and stories.

The tooth fairy, Cupid, the Easter Bunny and Santa were concepts I chose not to teach my children. I wanted them to be very certain of the difference between truth and make believe. But I still wanted them to be able to join in the fun related to the occasions surrounding these special events.

Thus was born the "Tooth Gorilla"! When you lose a tooth you put it under your pillow and the tooth gorilla will come while you are asleep and leave you a crumpled up dollar bill. (Gorillas are not real careful with money and often carry it in their tight fisted hands.)

Next came the Easter Gorilla, who hides your easter eggs. You will be certain to find a few cracked ones. (Gorillas don't have very good small motor skills, so they often drop the eggs while hiding them.) Sometimes he comes the night before and sometimes he comes while we are in church, remembering with joy how Jesus rose from the dead.

And, of course, there is the Valentine Gorilla who will show up sometime when no one is looking and leave a battered valentine and a box of chocolates. (One or two candies are sure to be missing, since the valentine gorilla has a sweet tooth and can not help himself!)

Odd? Quirky? Effective? For us, yes!

Next, I am working on Santa's Helper. He will be the focal point of my Christmas Card this year.

What do you think? Should I do a series of greeting cards along this line?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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My nane is Judy and I've been a christian for more than 3/4 of my life. I believe in redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that God, the Spirit lives in me and gives me the power to do His will and to live a joyful life. I have a Godly husband, a grown son and daughter. I live on a farm with 3 goats, 2 chickens, 2 horses, a cat, a dog and a python. I am an artist and a singer. I was a full time stay at home mom, the hardest job you'll ever love! I have two handmade shops on Etsy. Leaning on the Promises (Hand Painted Walking Canes) and Beaver Creek Pottery and an Etsy shop for selling Vintage and Antiques. Jersey Pine Pickers I post about my relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, about the things He teaches me, delights me with and how He uses me.