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18 Dec

Ok, Friends, I need YOUR HELP!

After I starting healing from my battle with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Disorder, I knew that much good was going to come from that horrific experience.  I wasn’t sure what would happen, but I just prayed that God would help me to know what to do with my story.  I have connected with many women across the United States that are currently in the midst of the battle.  Being able to offer a listening ear to someone that feels hopeless makes the struggle I went through worth it.  It’s amazing for me to be able to SEE and EXPERIENCE God’s purpose for why He carried me through the trenches up to the mountain top.  As my friend Kathryn said to me, “God is not wasteful.”

Two of the women that I have connected with are working diligently to make a documentary film that will help bring to light the dark world of Maternal Mental Health Disorders.  These two women, Maureen Fura and Jennifer Shultz-Silliman, both experienced awful mental health issues during their perinatal time.  From their horrific experience came the drive to DO SOMETHING to raise AWARENESS and BRIDGE VITAL GAPS between the medical community.  The title of the film is Dark Side of the Full Moon.  Here’s a little preview video:


You can also visit the website at:  DARK SIDE OF THE FULL MOON

And their Facebook page at:  Dark Side of the Full Moon on Facebook

So, here’s where YOUR HELP comes into place.  I have committed to help raise support for these two women to help fund the making of the documentary film.  It takes a lot of dollars for the travel expenses to conduct interviews all over the U.S., to hire skilled people to help with sound and clean up of the film work and lots of other expenses that come up along the way.  I’m asking you, FRIENDS, to help me raise money.  If I had a load of extra money, I’d just give it to them, but reality is I don’t.  But I did personally give to them what I could and I only tell you that because I wouldn’t ask you to give your money if I wasn’t willing to give my own.

I’m making this process as simple and exciting as possible.  How?  The simplicity comes with the click of the DONATE button below and you can send money directly to my Paypal account, which then I will send to the funding organization for the film making.  The excitement comes in two-fold.  First, you get to feel the thrill that comes when you willing give up something to help another person out and secondly, THERE ARE PERKS FOR EVERYONE THAT GIVES!!  Here are my personal perks for YOU:


  • A handwritten note from me in the mail


  • A handwritten note from me in the mail
  • Your choice of one of the following desserts: a batch of homemade peanut butter fudge, a homemade old-fashioned chocolate fudge pie, or a baked apple crisp.


  • A handwritten note from me in the mail
  • Your choice of one of the following desserts:  a batch of homemade peanut butter fudge, a homemade old-fashioned chocolate fudge pie, or a baked apple crisp.
  • Your choice of one of the following dinners:  Rotisserie Chicken and Rice Casserole, White Chicken Chili, Baked Whole Chicken with Rosemary and new potatoes, or (4) one quart size homemade spaghetti meat sauce (frozen and ready to use at your convenience)


  • All the things listed above plus something else really special that I am unsure of at this point!  : )

(out-of-town friends:  I don’t think my food would be good by the time it made it to you, so instead I’ll send you a little something else special and handmade)

Use this handy little button to donate your dollars now!

Donate Button with Credit Cards

 After I receive your donation via Paypal, I will contact you to set up for your perks!  


Thank you for helping my Mom help other moms that are having a very hard time!

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Winner Announcement

16 Mar

This morning the true random number generator from gave me the lucky number 13 as the winner for the two dipping bowls by Misty Collins Pottery.

I counted my comments and comment number 13 was by

Vicki Taylor Bates

She wrote, “I shared the giveaway link on FB. Now, send me the cute bowls, lol! =)”

So now I will send her the cute bowls!

Congratulations, Vicki!

And thank you to ALL that entered this giveaway!  Mucho gratitude from me to you!

Buy Handmade!  Buy Art!

Misty Collins Pottery on Etsy

Misty Collins Pottery on Facebook



Influence (Includes Misty Collins Pottery GIVEAWAY)

9 Mar

In my early elementary years at school my handwriting was a mess.  Somewhere around my preteen years I got interested in improving my penmanship.  I can still remember studying my older sister’s flawless handwriting and wanting so badly to be able to write like her.  I practiced a lot and in all that practicing my handwriting greatly improved and it got positive attention from my teachers.  All this to say, my sister’s artistic influence in my life started at a very early age.

When my sister, Misty was in high school she decided to take an art class.  Before that class her art experience went no farther than doodles on the front of her school folders and paint pen decorations on her clipboard.  That all changed in high school– a new discovery unleashed as she soon learned that she had the ability to draw pretty much anything.  After high school she went on to study art education in college.

Misty was the first person I ever knew to be bold with color.  She challenged me to think outside the box.  She introduced me to the idea of seeing shapes, colors, texture, light and beauty in everyday life.  She was the first person that encouraged me to put drawings on paper and paint on a canvas.  I’m pretty sure if it had not been for Misty I would have never started trying this thing called art and I would still be living in a world with muddy colors.  To this day my sister is one of my biggest fans and a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to me.  Thank you, Misty (RH)!

In honor of my sister, I am hosting a giveaway for some of her hand painted ceramics!  Yay!  If you didn’t say yay you should have because her work is amazing, fun, one-of-a-kind and functional.

My cabinets are fully stocked of lots of Misty Collins Pottery pieces and among them are these little dipping bowls.  I LOVE THEM!

I love these little dipping bowls because they are so cute, each one is different, we’re always dipping things around here and they are hand painted by my sister!

Enter To Win These:

These two little Misty Collins Pottery dipping bowls could be yours if you enter!  All you have to do is enter by commenting on this blog post!  See rules and guidelines below.

Rules & Guidelines:

You can enter up to FOUR times:  Be sure to make four separate comments!

  • Entry One:  comment on this post and tell me what you think will be the first thing you use these for.  In my house it is salsa!
  • Entry Two:  ‘LIKE’ Misty Collins Pottery on Facebook and then come back here and comment and let me know that you liked her!
  • Entry Three:  If you’re on Etsy, ‘FAVORITE’ Misty Collins Pottery shop and then come back here and comment and let me know you favorited her!
  • Entry Four:  Share this giveaway by Tweeting it, posting it to Facebook, E-mailing it to friends or any other share method.  Then come back here and let me know you shared it!
  • Be sure to include contact information when commenting.
  • On Friday, March 16 at 8am/CST  a winner will be drawn at random using the random number generator from and then will be announced on here.

Misty Collins Pottery on Facebook

Misty Collins Pottery on Etsy

Valentine Giveaway

3 Feb

My good friend Stefanie over at eatsleepandrun is hosting a jilldentonART Valentine art giveaway.  Be sure to head on over to her blog


Follow her directions and maybe you’ll be the random winner of a little Valentine art!

We Have A Winner!

20 Dec

Thank you so much to all that entered the Christmas G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y!  Today a random comment number was picked using the True Random Number Generator on

Drum roll please,  drrrrruuuuummmmmrrrrrooollll…NUMBER ELEVEN!

Karen McAteer wrote,

“I love Christmas and I love you too…..and even David! lol”

Congratulations to

K A R E N  M c A T E E R

You are the winner of this original watercolor and ink illustration, a coupon to my Etsy shop and another little happy!


Christmas G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y

17 Dec

As promised, I’m here to host my Christmas Giveaway!  Entering to win is so easy–  just comment on this blog post and next week a winner will be drawn at random.  Since it’s Christmas I am allowing multiple entries….say whaaaaaaaaaat?  Yep!  Each person can enter up to three times.  THREE TIMES! (see the details below)

Wanna know what I’m giving away?  How about this original watercolor and ink illustration of my little modern Christmas tree farm.

Also in your package you will receive a few happies including a coupon to use in my Etsy shop!

Giveaway Details:

  • To enter, comment on this blog post
  • Limit to three entries per person
  • For multiple entries, separate comments have to be made
  • A winner will be selected on Tuesday, December 19 at 12 noon/CST  Giveaway now closed.

Need ideas on what to say in your comments?  Talk about Christmas.  What’s your favorite tradition, Christmas song or recipe?  Do you decorate your home?  Real tree or artificial?   Best Christmas gift received?  Best Christmas gift you’ve given someone else?  Greatest Christmas memory?  Hope these suggestions help!

M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S !

Home Giveaway WINNER

8 Nov


Stefanie Arnold

Stefanie shared with us that home is where family is–  It’s messy, but cozy and usually has happy sounds throughout it.  In the fall she and her family enjoy carving pumpkins, making food with the pumpkin guts (her words not mine : ) ), collecting leaves and making crafts with them, caramel dipped apples, sitting by fires and talking about thankfulness around the dinner table!  Sounds like wonderful ways to spend time during this season.

Thank you so much to all that entered the home giveaway and shared with me special things about your home and your traditions.  I enjoyed reading each one of them.  I hope you are enjoying an evening at home, I am!


True Random Number Generator picked comment number 3 for the winner of the home giveaway.



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