Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Things You May Not Know About Me!

So, I've been blogging for a year and a half and you probably think you know me by now.......BUT, there are a lot of things you probably don't know about me including:

I have painted one oil painting in my life.  I did this for John one year for Christmas for his office.  It was way too slow of a process for me.  I like FAST!  But, it turned out pretty good.  I had the same problem when I tried china painting - way too long of a procedure to get to a finished project.
I have collections - duh!!  I collect:
Mother's Plaques
Noah's Ark
Vintage Dishes
Coca Cola Memorbilia
Vintage Lace and Doilies
Vintage Hankerchiefs
McCoy and more
I have one son, four granddaughters, one grandson, three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson (Landen) in Heaven.
I taught painting classes for years.  Started out teaching tole (oils) and then went on to acrylics and watercolors.  Love to paint!

I went back to school at the age of 45 to get my Interior Design degree.  Loved every minute of school!
I watch Housewives every chance I get!
I have lived in the same home for 44 years.
My dad's name was John Smith.
I am the oldest of four girls. This photograph was made just days before my youngest sister was born.  I am the oldest, followed by blonde Jeannie and dark eyed Rita and then baby Jane came along.

My folk's home was 20 North Ora.
I love the soap "The Young and The Restless".
I have had a Poodle named Michelle, a Doberman Pinscher named Carmine and now have precious Bella - a Australian Shepherd and Blue Heeler mix.
I was raised Baptist and Democrat.
I LOVE shoes!
So, there, have you learned anything about me that you didn't know? 
Till next time, Judy



Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Don't forget that you are a loving and caring and a great friend to many.

Primroses Attic said...

What a lot of facts.
I have learned so much about you, thank you.
Your painting is really good.
I'm the same as you I like to get things done quickly before I get bored and move onto the next project. I sometime have 3 things on the go at the same time.

Primroses Attic said...

What a lot of facts.
I have learned so much about you, thank you.
Your painting is really good.
I'm the same as you I like to get things done quickly before I get bored and move onto the next project. I sometime have 3 things on the go at the same time.

Poppy said...


I loved this post! Someone should start a linky party with this cool theme, as there is only SO much decorating, tweaking, painting and redoing, one can do all the time! Your oil painting is beautiful! With so much talent, it's a shame you don't care for it so much anymore. Shoe me a gal who doesn't love shoes...they don't exist!

Thanks for this more personal post, really enjoyed it.

PS: Because you are too modest to tell, I will remind you that you are one of the kindest people in blog land!

Thanks for

Mary Smither said...

We have a lot of things in husband's name is John Smither...too funny.

Cynthia said...

That is a beautiful painting!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

And you are a very talented artist!!
I am another one that what to get a project finished and move on.

Beth said...

Thank you for this very informative post. I am hooked on The Young and the Restless too!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Fun post, Judy! Your oil painting is beautiful! I had a decorative painting business for about 15 years, but I got so burned out I couldn't touch a paint brush for years afterwords. I admire you for going back to school in your forties to study interior design. You have an eye for finding treasures and making new ones, and now I know why!

Japolina said...

Wow! Your painting is great! Thanks for sharing the facts about you!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing, LOVE your painting! it's really fun to read about others and find out things you don't know.

NanaDiana said...

LOL- I knew you painted because you let that slip one time lol- but I didn't realize how BEAUTIFULLY you painted!
I knew you collected McCoy...and that you liked collections.
However, the rest is all news to me. I am liking you better by the moment.
You forgot that you are a warm-hearted loving caretaker. Your neighbor told me!;>) xo Diana

Cozy Little House said...

Uh, yeah. I didn't know you loved The Young & The Restless. I use to watch that show.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I learned a lot but we could all add more. You're super smart and very caring...and don't forget to mention, you're adventurous! I remember Alaska! Sweet hugs!

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow Judy this was fun to learn all these things about you. I wanted to ask you to do my spotlight feature so we bloggers could get to know you better but you beat me to it! I am still inviting you! Fun post,

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Judy what a wonderful post - to get to know you.
Your painting is beautiful and you do such great work on anything that you do. You are such a kind loving person and a wonderful caregiver.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Ms. A said...

Judy, oils may take a long time, but the paintings last a lifetime... AND YOU ARE VERY TALENTED! Have you ever tried to get the same type effect with blending gels and acrylics? If you haven't, you should, it's a much quicker process! Your painting is gorgeous!

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

It is always interesting learning a little bit more about the people behind the blogs we read. Your painting is lovely.

Jill said...

Fun facts! Two comments - your painting is beautiful and your collections are varied, fun items!

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Judy, What a wonderful post. It is so nice to learn more about you. Your painting is beautiful. What a talent you are.

Yes, you asked about oils in your comment. I started in oils, Rembrandt oils too, watercolor and acrylics. Oils do take longer but can be speed up drying by spraying with Krylon Matte 1311. For my shop I do mostly acrylics since I need instant completion!

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
Have a blessed day.
p.s. I watch Y&R too while I am in the studio.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Interesting facts, Judy! I can't believe you have great grandchildren! I think the only thing I knew was that you were a collector. : ) My daughter has a beagle/blue heeler mix. It is funny she has the same body like your dog and the beagle head.

genie said...

Judy...What a sweet post. It is so inch to learn little tidbits about our blogging friends. Loved the pictures and the story you told. Thanks so much. genie

genie said...

Judy...What a sweet post. It is so inch to learn little tidbits about our blogging friends. Loved the pictures and the story you told. Thanks so much. genie

Bev said...

I knew you were a talented artist but those comments about something taking so long that you don't want to do it again makes me sad. I thought I could interest you in quilting! I wish you would add author to that list. All your projects together would make an AMAZING book! I hope to see that someday. Good to know more about you! XO

Lauren said...

I love this post! So interesting to read these facts. I also was raised Baptist and Democrat. I still attend a very liberal Baptist church (with a female preacher, no less) here in Alabama!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Since I just recently met you, most all these facts are new to me. :-)


Linda said...

Love your painting and enjoyed getting to know you better! It was fun finding out the meaning of your blog name!
I, too, was raised Baptist and Democrat. Not either one any more!
Interesting post and I am so glad I 'found' you!! Can't even remember HOW we found each other - but I'm glad we did!!

GinaE said...

Your painting is beautiful, Judy!
But, I totally understand preferring projects that don't take so long. I'm the same way.
Thanks for sharing about yourself. I always tell Brenda that she is so lucky to have you for a friend!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Wow Judy this is such a neat post! I want to do this on my blog, if you don't mind? I like getting to know the bloggers I follow. Our lives are parallel in alot of ways! I am one of four sisters, but #2 as my mom always would say. I have a similar picture of us girls when we were little (3 of us) before the 4th was born (she was a "boo boo")!! I didn't teach painting but tried it ONCE. Took a class and that one class is all I took! I figured it was way too time consumming! I always loved to draw and sketch when I was young and into my teens and 20's. I could do some wicked pencil sketches! I too collect FABRIC! oh yes.. my husband collects McCoy (it is hard to find here on the west coast), and I love old hankies and vintage things. Many of the things you find at the flea market are almost exact replicas of things my mom had over the years. Oh so nostalgic! I don't have any grandkids, so you are very fortunate!

Always love your blog posts.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love Bella and Oh my...You have a ton of grand babies!!! I'm with you I don't like any craft that is tedious and takes toooooo long!!! so nice to know you better!


Melanie said...

This was a really fun post, Judy! I might play along this week and do a similar post, if don't mind! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? ;-) Of course, I would link back to your blog. Anyway, yes, I did learn some new things about you! Didn't know you had a degree in interior design, for one. Have you ever used it professionally? That oil painting you did is gorgeous. You certainly are talented!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I learned lots of things I didn't know!! This was a fun post!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Your painting talent is amazing.~!

as the others said-- this would make a fabulous meme party. just imagine getting to know so many folks better.. Love this idea..

You are a joy to so many folks and your smile makes my day better..

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I've been lurking around here for quite some time now and thought it was high time that I commented and signed up as a follower! It's fun to read about you and we have several things in common. I was raised a Democrat and in later years became a Baptist. I also love, love, love going to flea markets, but don't get to go as much as I'd like because I have to drive a ways to get to them. Once a week or two is not often enough for me! I love seeing what you find.

I also used to do a bit of tole painting, but I'm not nearly as talented as I think you must be after seeing that beautiful oil painting! Certainly, I wasn't good enough to teach it. But it was fun and I sold a few things in my craft shop I had for a few years along with floral arrangements I made back when grape vines were popular.

I used to watch Y&R, too. Are Victor and Nikki still married? :) I always hated that they couldn't leave that couple alone, but I guess that's what keeps the show interesting.

Happy Friday and weekend, too!

Claudia said...

Some of this I knew, but much of it I didn't know! Love this post, my friend. What I do know about you: you are incredibly talented, kind and generous. A wonderful person. That oil painting is gorgeous!

We are McCoy lovers, you and I.


Clydia Mangold said...

Such a great post Judy -- very much enjoyed reading more about you! PS -- love the story behind your blog name. xoxo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love your painting!