Thursday, March 31, 2011

IA: Self Portrait

This week's challenge over on Inspiration Avenue is "Self Portrait". I think it looks like me. Judge for yourself. Visit my facebook page and you'll see. There's also some odd photos in my Photo Album section. I'd love to have a few new friends!

Since I'm crazy busy right now

spinning dog fur
knitting a baby blanket
painting a new gorilla painting (the Easter Gorilla)
finishing up my son's portrait
painting 2 custom order canes
making and glazing pottery
sleeping and

I figured a sketch was the best solution. To see other's self portrait entries at Inspiration Avenue, click here!
If you think you'd be interested in a hand painted walking cane, canvas growth chart or if you're looking for someone to do a little hand spinning, drop me an email.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Beaver Butts.......?

I know that there are many of you out there who have heard me talk about my wonderful home and all the animals we share our life with. And you may have heard me wax eloquent about our beaver family.

They've lived with us since at least 2004. That's when we first saw them in our back yard.

They've helped themselves to our trees, both and big and little, and thinned out our woods. Our policy has always been to live and let live. Why get all worked up if they take some trees we really wish they wouldn't. Once we noticed that they were interested in our hundreds year old trees that measured 5 feet around and more we just wrapped them in chicken wire. That seems to have done the trick. (I was a little peeved when they took my miniature apple tree!)
So, here's the thing....

My husband has fallen in love their leavings! No!! Not that kind of leavings! I'm talking about all the pointy stumps theyleave behind. We've taken to calling them "beaver butts."

Tom envisions all kinds of decorative items thathe can fashion from the beaver butts.

He sees table lamps, photo holders, vases, and any number of other cool things that folks might like to have in their homes, made by real wild beavers from the famed "Pine Barrens" of New Jersey.

So, I want to ask all of my oh so talented followers what they think of the idea. The few folks that Tom has mentioned the idea to have said they thought it was a really great idea. But, you know, friends might not want to hurt your feelings.

Please! Tell us what you think. And don't worry about hurting our feelings! Lay it on the line! Tell it like it looks to you!

Is it a good idea?
Do you think folks would buy, because they think it's unique?

Friday, March 25, 2011

World of Whimsey, 3/23; The Tim Tam Tree

A Po-em by Judy Goddard
(She holds a daisy and bows)

Willie was a little boy who very slowly grew.

He lived in the far off land of the red kangaroo.

Wille didn't want to eat, each meal he'd try to flim flam

The only thing to pass his lips were biscuits labeled Tim Tam

Each night his mum and dad would shake their heads and worry.

Willie climbed the stairs to bed, but he was in no hurry!

He snuggled down beneath the covers to wait for sleep to come

And as he drifted off to sleep, he pretended he had, at least, a crumb.

A dreamy dream came to him and what did he see?

Upon a distant hill a wonderful and dreamy tree!

Running in the dreamy grass, he couldn't wait to reach

The lovely hill and fancy tree bright with fruit, he could not reach!

Up he spread his little arms and joyously he found

The branches of the mighty tree bending toward the ground.

At last! He thought and then he danced round and round that tree

And gathered up the those wondrous fruits, Tim Tam biscuits falling free!

All that night he sat and ate until he couldn't eat no more

And when he woke, here's what he found;

Tim Tam wrappers, like fallen leaves, littering his bedroom floor!


This painting was one of my first "Alchemy" special Etsy orders, painted for a five year old boy.

Tim Tam is a brand of cookie available in GB and Australia.

You can see other examples of my whimsical artwork at my Etsy shop!

Thank you, Pat for spurring my imagination to write this poem!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ramblin' Rose

Ah, spring! The crocuses have croaked, the peepers are croaking, and all the birds and bees are doing that thing which brings on the opposite of croaking!
The buds on the trees are getting nice and plump and little tiny leaves are pushing their way out of the stems on all the rose bushes.

In celebration of spring I present my Cascading Roses cane! Here are a dozen American Beauties.

For those who rely on the support of a cane, wouldn't it be a lovely statement to say, "my loved one gave this cane! Isn't it beautiful?"

You can purchase this cane at You'll also see other hand painted canes there. If you don’t see something to pique your interest I’ll make one just for you!


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Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States
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.