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Hello, friends! I've realized I've been a very bad blogger lately, not posting much. I've been working on an exciting opportunity that involves painting and teaching a fun class so I've been working on getting everything together. It takes a lot of time to come up with the ideas and then painting the examples but it's been so much fun!

Sooo, let me catch you up to what I have done in the past several weeks. First of all, I rearranged the living room. (I did this the end of February so excuse the wintery decor). We brought the other red chair up and I needed to move things around to make it fit. Plus, I finally relented and let Bruce bring a small tv up so we could watch movies in the evening.
Couch along wall, red chair on other side of fireplace (not shown).

Moved the couch in front of the window and chairs on either side of the fireplace.

Although none of these pictures show the tv, it sits on the table where the horse head is sitting.

Then we decided to move the woodpile that has been in the backyard since we bought the place. It  wasn't in a good place and since Bruce had started a new pile over by the shop, he just loaded it up one loader full at a time and dumped it over by the new pile.

After it was all stacked up, we have a nice big woodpile:

The hay rake is a new addition. Now all we need is a baler!

I took a large candle lantern and turned it into a terrarium/gnome garden.

It stays moist enough to survive even though I'm not there all the time to tend to it. I want to add a few more accessories to make my gnome a pretty home. :o)

I also finished painting the other bench. It is sitting on the back porch for now but eventually I want it up next to the art studio.

And our three blueberry bushes have quite a few berries on them, growing good and getting bigger. We should be able to pick them in June!

I also redid my dining room wall. I found the tin cafe sign in Canton last month and wanted to put it in the middle of all the plaques and pictures. Plus, I wanted my coffee pictures on that wall, too, where they could be easily seen.

More of my finds at Canton include these flip flops - Yellow Box shoes. Everyone has been telling me how comfortable they are and boy are they right! I love these!

And my best find besides the buffet for the bathroom is this little tractor. When we were in Virginia last Fall, I found one for around $200. A perfectly rusty pedal tractor. We just can't find them that cheap here. I was sad I had no easy way to get it home and told Bruce how much I wanted one. Told him they were around $400 here. So imagine my joy at finding this one for $80! It needs a seat (found the perfect solution which I'll share soon) and it's missing its pedals but I managed to talk the lady down to $60. Whoop!! As I merely wanted it for decoration, those are not biggies. I'm very pleased and happy with it. Isn't it cute?

Lastly, we moved my fountain up here and placed it in the front flowerbed. We just need to get the pump hooked up and running. Love how it makes the bed look more civilized. ha. The whole look of it will change as the plants grow and take over.

I think that's it for now. If you've stuck around this long, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed all the pictures and getting caught up on all the happenings here at Heartwood. See you soon!



  1. Looks like you've been really busy, Cecilia! Isn't it fun rearranging things? I love how you switched your living area around. And I know what you mean about coming up with ideas for teaching your class. I have a craft class once a month in our clubhouse, and at every class I ask for ideas and no one says anything and I've asked for volunteer teachers (there are two former art teachers who attend) and everyone declines. It gets harder and harder to come up something worthwhile and in the allotted timeframe - so I completely understand.

    1. Fortunately, Gail, I have several ideas so shouldn't run out too soon. And I'm the only one doing this so I can't be disappointed no one is helping. That would be so discouraging! You always have cute ideas that turn out so well but I get how hard it is to constantly have something for a group to do.
      Love to rearrange. I like this set up better too! Thanks for stopping in. It is good to hear from you. :-)

  2. So happy to see an update on what's been going on around Heartwood! You've been a busy camper! The living room looks warm and inviting! Love the cute! The bench looks great and the little tractor is just perfect for the farm! I'm looking forward to picking some blueberries before too long. We have a couple blueberry farms just up the road. That fountain is gorgeous. I love the sound of soothing. I have heard of those Yellow Box shoes but haven't tried them. Sounds like I need a pair though! Oh, I almost all the signs on the wall...too cool! I hope your new painting endeavor turns out great!

    Hugs, Vicky

    1. Hey there Vicky! I had lots of things to comment on this time too. Lol. There's a blueberry farm about 7 miles from us. I'm excited about our will be nice to have our own. The fountain actually was a gift from my mom so it is extra special. I love the sound of water too. Can't wait to get it running.
      The shoes are so comfortable - first pair of flip flops I've had that haven't worn a blister between my toes. They have so many cute designs too. It as hard to choose!
      Thanks for all your sweet comments. Makes my day!

  3. Hi Cecilia!
    Everything looks wonderful. I love your living room with the wood stove insert. I bet it keeps you warm on chilly nights.
    I'm jealous of your blue berries! I don't know that we're far enough into E.Texas to get blue berries. Though, we have never tried! We had grapes...but the drought killed them a few years ago. They were young plants just starting out... anyway, that is a great firewood pile!
    You have so much going on're always busy!

    1. Hi Pat! Oh yes, the insert heats the room nicely! Hm, if your soil is acidic, you should be able to grow blueberries! Do you have sandy soil? Ours is very sandy. lol, I don't know what I'm going to do when I don't have any new projects. Start over, perhaps. :-)

  4. Wow, Cecilia! You have been a busy girl. The living room looks very nice. I like having a TV for evening movies, too. That was a cute idea to turn that lantern into a terrarium, too. What a cute little project.
    Hope you have a great week-xo Diana
    ps- That is a LOT of firewood!!!!! xo Diana

    1. Thanks, Diana!
      Lots of firewood happens when a big storm takes out big trees. Or you cut down big dead trees. Or both. Lol.
      Have a wonderful week too!

  5. So happy to hear you have a fun painting gig Cecilia! Whatever it is, I'm sure you'll rock it :)

    We just had some trees cut down and I think we have even more wood now than you! lol

    Heartwood is lookin' mighty fine, thanks to all your hard work and TLC.


    1. If you have more wood than us, you've got a huge amount. Gracious!
      I'll be doing a type of sip and paint classes - there in Palestine and possibly in Round Rock. Should be great fun!

  6. Hi Cecilia ... just came to check up on what you have been doing and you have been one busy lady. You living room looks so comfortable. Love the little tractor. I had an old John Deer once and sold it. have regretted it many times.
    Have a lovely week-end and Mother's day.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

    1. Thank you, Audrey. I always have something going. :) I hope you've had a good weekend/Mother's Day too.

  7. Cecilia, whew--you have been busy! Excited to hear more about the art class you'll be teaching. How fun! Your living room is so cozy & I love your red bench! Great buy on your little tractor! Blessings, Cecilia

  8. Love the new living room certainly have been very busy...the fountain looks amazing in it new spot too!...and what a great idea to turn that lantern into a great terrarium...congrats on the paint class!...looking forward to hearing more about it!


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