Thursday, December 27, 2007
This year, my family gathered for another wonderful Christmas. It is such a special holiday for us as we celebrate the birth of Christ. On Christmas morning all of my children were home early for breakfast – what a blessing to be together again! Then we spent the day visiting first with Al's mother and then with mine. It was a very special day with the family as we reminisced on Christmases past and made memories to cherish for Christmases to come.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Yesterday everyone from the studio gathered at my home for a Christmas party. We all had a wonderful time together sharing laughter and conversation. Vicki's husband was kind enough to prepare a fabulous lunch for us – he is a wonderful chef! After lunch we spent some time walking around the farm… Jeannie even brought a pumpkin for the pigs. They were so funny to watch as they rolled it around and finally dug in! Then we gathered back in the house for our traditional gift exchange which is always fun. I was thrilled to receive a bird feeder and a birdbath from everyone. I have a perfect place for them, where I can view the birds as they feed and play every morning. It was good to celebrate the blessings we have each received over the past year.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The day after Thanksgiving is always bustling everywhere with holiday preparations and our studio is no different! My dear friend and member of my staff, Beckie, is our resident decorating virtuoso and on Monday she was already busy dressing up our workspaces! She helps everyone embrace the Christmas spirit with the additional touches of light and color. Our tree is up and beautifully lit, we have candles in each window and our wreath is hung invitingly on the front door. Inside the Farmhouse Studio we are fortunate to work on winter and holiday themed artwork throughout the year. It is especially a joy this time of year to spread cheer in our community and prepare for this special season of love, goodwill and spectacular wonders.
Friday, November 23, 2007
I hope that each of you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family
and friends! Mine was spent on the farm with family – we had a great
gathering and the day was filled with joyous moments. Thursday morning
Al and I visited his mother with our children. We shared breakfast and
were blessed in the time spent in conversation with her. Then, we
returned home to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. Over twenty people
gathered in all, including my mother, two brothers and their wives and
children. I cherish the moments when we can all be together in one
place – we shared a lot of fun and of course, a lot of food! The
children spent time roaming the land on the gator and enjoyed loving
on all of the animals. My young nieces especially loved sharing peanut
butter with my son Mac's pigs, Grace and Henry.
I truly have so much to be thankful for, I'm glad that we have a day
devoted to recognizing our many blessings with those we love. I hope
that each of you had a special day of thanksgiving as well!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. sugar1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon1 egg, beaten
1 c. skim milk
2 tbsp. oil
1/2 can pumpkin (not pie filling)
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Sift together the dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl combine the egg, milk, oil and pumpkin. Pour into flour mixture slowly and stir until moistened. Then stir in the sunflower seeds, careful not to overmix. Spray muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. This recipe makes 12.
Enjoy and I invite you to please share your own pumpkin recipes with us!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
On our trip to Wisconsin to visit Lang Corporation, Jeannie and I were also fortunate to make a special trip to visit our old friend Bob Lang at his new golf course, Erin Hills. Bob was the previous owner of Lang. He was the first to believe in my art and publish it in the Lang calendars. I am delighted that our friendship has remained strong throughout the years, even though he has now moved onto another venture in his life. And wow, what a venture! I was so excited to finally visit Erin Hills, the golf course he has been working on for so many years. The landscape there is truly breathtaking. Bob's artistic eye is evident in the attention to detail found throughout the course and it's clubhouse. Walking the course was inspiring for my own artistic vision. Visit his website to see for yourself, the photos there are only an introduction to the true beauty of Erin Hills!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Recently I made a trip to visit Lang Corporation in Delafield,
Wisconsin with one of my longtime artists and best travel buddies,
Jeannie. We had a great time, catching up with our old friends and
making new ones as well. This is our 26th year with Lang!
Their display room was gorgeous and we had the best time looking at
all of the new products and designs they had for us to view. We also
discussed plans for our 2010 line of calendars, as we are always
designing ahead and looking towards future trends to best please you,
our valued customer! It was a tremendous visit overall.
There are many great calendars and products to come through our
partnership with Lang… so keep your eyes open and be sure to view our
current Lang products by using the "Let's Go Shopping" link on our
Monday, October 22, 2007
I love sharing my gift of art with family and friends outside of the
studio. But today's project was perhaps my wildest artistic venture to
date. I could not resist sharing some photos with you all… a look at the
more rugged side of Winget Art! My youngest son Sam's trucks are his
greatest passion. He builds them, drives them and loves working on
their mechanics – I was honored to take part in the detailing when he
asked me to paint flames on the hood of his current vehicle. Sam built this
one from scratch! I had never painted a car before and had a blast at my
first attempt. I probably won't go into the auto detailing business just yet
but it was a fun project all the way!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Today is my Mother-in-law's 90th birthday! Mom is a wonderful woman
that has touched so many lives over the years; a loving wife, mother
and grandmother she has always held family close and requested a quiet
afternoon celebrating with us on the farm. Yesterday we took her to visit
Winget Park Elementary School, which was named in her honor, to see
the mural of our farm that I painted with my studio. The children at the
school had also made a DVD of themseleves singing Happy Birthday to
her which was so special!
Then we celebrated her 90 years of love and nurturing with the family
on the farm. Our biggest surprise was yet to come – we knew that many
friends would want to play a role in her birthday celebration so over
the past few weeks we collected birthday cards, hoping to collect 90
cards for 90 years. As the word spread, the cards flooded in from
distant family, old and new friends and past students she taught at
South Mecklenburg High School. We had so much fun reconnecting with
folks from around the country- the experience of collecting was so
dear to us as everyone shared their memories and stories of Mom
throughout the years. In the end we collected over 120 cards! Mom was
thrilled at the display and I know she will enjoy reading the cards
over the next couple of weeks. It was a wonderful way to celebrate!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This afternoon I had the pleasure of returning to Providence Baptist
Church for the pre-school's annual bookfair. I particularly enjoyed
returning to Providence because it is the church that I grew up in and
where my mother still attends today. It was wonderful to spend time
with the teachers and meet some of the children as I signed copies of
my Tucker books for them. Currently we have created two children's
books about the lovable, curious bunny named Tucker- Tucker's
Four-Carrot School Day and Tucker's Apple Dandy Day. Visit our online
store to share Tucker with your loved ones!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Every member of my staff has their own unique talents and artistic gifts. Today one of my artists, Mary Beth, brought a beautiful quilt that she hand stitched from pieces of fabric we designed for Benartex. The patterns come from our Kansas Song collection. Quilting is a wonderful art - dear to so many families as the craft is often passed down through generations. Mary Beth used the same pattern that she learned from her grandmother years ago. Beautiful works of art are created in the unique hand of each quilter and embody wonderful stories throughout our history. Our family has old quilts passed down from both my grandmother and Al’s grandmother. They are heart-warming heirlooms as they always remind us of them. For all of these reasons, I love incorporating quilting elements and themes into my paintings. Please share your own quilts, quilting stories or other crafts with us at Winget Art, you can post a comment below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Visit the following sites to view some of our fabric collections with Benartex:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
My daughter-in-law, Megan, recently began a new job as the director at our church’s afterschool program through the YMCA. She loves working with the children and I know that our community is pleased to have someone of her faith and dedication to keep the program going strong. Yesterday Megan and my son, Mac, erected a basketball goal at our church for the kids. I know they will be delighted to have an area to play basketball outside this fall. I always encouraged my own children to be involved in athletic activities. They are a great venue for teaching the important life skills of teamwork and good sportsmanship. The new basketball goal will surely be a blessing to the afterschool program as playtime and learning combine!
Monday, September 3, 2007
A couple of weeks ago I visited our local farmer’s market with my friend and co-worker, Jeannie. Our friendship started over twenty years ago when we first met as artists and we’ve been painting together ever since! Jeannie and I love attending local festivals and events together and today was National “Enjoy More Herbs” Day at the market. Walking through the market we discovered a table hosted by the Charlotte Herb Guild. They had an assortment of information on herbs and recipes to share, but one particular item caught our eye. They were called tussie mussies- lovely arrangements of herbs with cards attached. The cards were very sweet and added a personal touch as they explained each herb’s symbolism. Originally a Victorian bridal bouquet, tussie mussies are now given as thoughtful ways to show someone you care. I purchased one for my mother-in-law and she absolutely loved it! They are beautiful arrangements and give fresh, lasting scents. What a wonderful way to send a “hello” to a loved one!
Visit the Charlotte Herb Guild’s website for more information on tussie mussies, their history, and how to make them.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Joy’s Blueberry Coffee Cake
1 1/2 Cups of Butter
2 1/2 Cups of Sugar
2 1/2 Cups of Self-Rising Flour
1 Cup of Sour Cream
2 Cups of Blueberries
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the eggs, butter, sugar, flour and sour cream together. Then, lightly sprinkle the blueberries with a pinch of extra sugar. In a regular bundt cake mold, pour in a third of the batter and then a layer of blueberries. Repeat the layering step two more times. Bake for 1 hour or until lightly browned. Enjoy!
Be creative! Instead of blueberries, try apples, bananas, or crushed pecans sprinkled with cinnamon. Or add chocolate syrup for an extra moist cake!
Monday, August 27, 2007
This past weekend I headed to Brays Island to spend time relaxing and riding horses with my family. It is a beautiful island full of historic southern architecture to visit and endless nature trails for riding. We were thrilled to take our own horses on this trip; my daughter Erin drove the trailer down herself! I love to ride horses- it’s an exciting way to explore a landscape and I feel more connected to God’s awe-inspiring creation everytime I saddle up! Everyone in my family appreciates the strength and beauty of these amazing animals, as we have raised several horses on our farm. We love them as members of our family, are grateful for their help on the farm and enjoy riding whenever we can. Erin is especially drawn to horses and has fostered special relationships with each of ours. She is involved in every aspect of riding from basic care to elaborate dressage training and sees horses as a catalyst for healing in children and adults. I love watching her ride and am amazed by her control and agile grace as she does so. Erin’s connection is a joy for me to witness and I am so proud of her many accomplishments in the equestrian field. Horseback riding is much more than a hobby to her, it is a passion that I know she will use to touch the lives of others for many years to come.