A Winner!

Thursday, September 19, 2013
And the winner is Tara Johnson!

Thank you to all who entered. It was quite exciting to see the "likes" go up on my facebook page and to give myself a boost to get more of my projects completed. And to read peoples responses to the work the Lord is having me create.

I will be selling more of my wares on facebook and etsy in the next couple of weeks. And perhaps another necklace giveaway later this fall?

Happy Thursday! Thank you again to everyone who took the time to enter...

Giveaway! FREE Holy Family for you.

Monday, September 16, 2013
I am giving away a Holy Family which includes Mary, Joseph and Jesus. These 3 are hand painted and stand on their own. 

To enter, The Governor's Daughter requires that you like our facebook page and comment on this blog post today, tomorrow or Wednesday. Follow the instructions below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Holy Family will be shipped to you for free and I will announce the winner via The Governor's Daughter facebook page and this blog. 

Hooray for Joseph, Mary and Jesus!

A free giveaway and a Holy Family

Friday, September 13, 2013

In my studio ( my dining room table, a chair in my living room and the island in my kitchen ), I have been working, working, working! I am creating nativity sets along with other art but I wanted to show off the Holy Family. 

Each doll is handpainted. The doll is filled with pillow stuffing and then I use beans in the bottom to get the little people to stand. 

I like pattern and color, so I use all sorts of fun patterns and colors that I have in my fabric stash. How glorious it is to rummage through my fabric drawer. 

And another.

I am getting them ready for a show in October at the Sweet South Cottage.  The show is October 19th from 9 am- 4 pm. I will also be placing a few in other shops in Tallahassee and facebook and etsy for sale. Go ahead and like my page. I know you have been wanting to. Click here. I am going to do a giveaway with one of these sets. Actually, I will start it Monday! So, come back. 

I got to get to work! 

To see other Holy Family's from last year, go here and here. 

Husband: No decor for me birthday party

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I realized last week that I do installation art every 2 weeks or whatever is in between birthdays. I have another one in T minus 15 days. I better get to pinning. But for my last party...

My husband wanted little decor for his birthday because he didn't want me to stress. It was kind however, I like to decorate. Excessively though sometimes:)

 So, I turned my decor energy into baking a 4 layer cake. I created a Pioneer Woman strawberry chocolate layer cake. Hello, work. But so good. 

So, so good. It took 3 people to cut it and while we were enjoying the cake, some of it toppled over on the counter. We then turned it into a trifle. Still unbelievably good. I can see why many reviews of the cake said they had trouble with it staying put. I skewered it with lots and lots of skewers but it still had a life of its own...

I lined the table with white paper and put out pots that were planted with succulents. 

My husband can now plant these outside in his latest yard design. We all win!

It was simple decor and a fabulous cake for my main man. 

Say What? Birthday: Charlotte Mason Birthday Party

Monday, September 9, 2013
Fall is birthday time around here. I also thought summer was too but apparently when your family grows, there is more birthdays. Duh. 

For my sisters birthday party, we had a Charlotte Mason themed birthday party. Weird but hold on. My sister is an educator and loves the Charlotte Mason approach to schooling. You can read all about it here. Its kind of addicting to read about it, well, that has been my experience. 

Our cake was covered in coconut with a few blueberries and honeydew on top for a delightful surprise. My cake plate is a white hobnail vintage one. Love it.  

I am sad the above photo is blurry but what are you going to do? I cut up old books ( they weren't any good be assured of that ) and sewed a banner together. It was over my mirror on my buffet as well as the table. I then cut out letters in card stock and taped to the banner to spell Happy Birthday. 

My table was covered in a Heather Bailey fabric called Nicey Jane. I collected books from around my house and stacked up on the table. Childrens literature is key to the Charlotte Mason and living books as well. Confused about it? Read about it above. I also put bugs in jars and that was our dinner entertainment:) I found a frog and a pregnant wolf spider but was worried they might get out. 
Let that sink in. A pregnant wolf spider. 

My mirror over my buffet strewn with the book pages banner and pink pom poms and ribbon. I did like this decor. The pale pink was really great against the black with the old book pages and print mixed in.  

So, Happy Birthday Sister! 

Little Girl Art

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I got a text today from my friend in Boston. She is also my daughters godmother. 

When she left for Boston a few weeks ago, my daughter was insistent on the godmother taking her paintings with her. She put them up. Isn't that sweet? And don't they look great too? No, really, they do. I am so impressed! We did this on watercolor paper and first drew a flower with oil pastels. Next, she used tempera paint to paint them. 


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