my desktop runneth over….

ever since i learned how to take pictures of any image on my computer screen, it’s been nonstop clicking.

my desktop is festooned with flocks of birds of all shapes and sizes.  made of wood, ceramic, felt….you name it.

i’d really love to open an online shop featuring only birds and flowers.  of all stripes, plummage & petal.

i can’t get enough of them.   i know some people are tired of seeing them on every kind of product.  but not me.  i say let, the birds and petals fly.  here are a couple pics that have been perched on my desktop for a while.  (okay…i’m sorry…enough with the puns.) 

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hoot. hoot.

 things are getting kinda spooky around here.  

we’ve got cavemen planning their hunter-gathering on halloween night.  (cavemen ferried about in a golf-cart due to dad’s bum knee…so make that progressive cavemen.)

we’ve got teenagers who are probably going to go out into the night sans costumes.

we’ve got candy squirreled away.  enough candy to feed an air force base worth of kids.  can’t help it…that’s how i grew up.

and we have 20 years worth of halloween decorations peering out from every corner of the house.

i love halloween.  

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cowboy name stampede….

whoa, nelly. y’all sent in some good names. here’s the list of the best and brightest.

Slow Draw Paw

Cowboy Murray Rose

Slow Draw McGraw

The Sundance Kid



Stephen F. Makerpeace

Long Tall Texan

Loyd Lamar

Leif Rockman

Forest Twigsaddle

Russell Evergreen

Southpaw Cedar Slim


And the winner is………..

Billy Bo Tanical

sent in by the funny and talented, Debra Temple! Congrats, Debra! You are the winner of 4 maker faire tix. you can pick them up at after today at:

garden, gift & home
on south 1st. see address in post below!


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free maker faire tix, yeehaw!!


i got no name. if you can think up a funny name for me, curlin will give you 4 free Maker Faire tickets…(2 adults, 1 student & 1 youth) for October 18 or 19th.

she’ll pick her fave next monday, oct 7th & post the whole list here for fun,

she’s hankerin’ to give ’em away. let your mind do some moseyin… drop her an email: put “name” in the subject line.

the winner can pick up the free tickets at:

Happiness Garden Gift & Home
2213-b south first street
(just behind amelia’s retro vogue and relics.)

4 free Maker Faire tix. git a move on…pony up a name!

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this sweet little bear pin just makes me happy. i love his stance. the way he’s listing to stage left. the smiley look on his face. you might just see him as the inspiration for something on my site soon. dunno what. but he’s got my flibberti brain in a great big bear hug.

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that sweet fellow you see playing his guitar at happiness is ryan.

a talented renaissance man. my dear friend elena’s sweetie. if you’ve hopped onto my site today to look at my new shadowboxes, you should know that ryan handmade them for me. 20 of them!! they are beautiful and crafted by his skilled hands and absolutely overflowing with his gentle wonderful spirit. he can make or fix just about anything. if you ever need to reach him about a project, you can drop him a line at

and if you’ve never been to happiness, you absolutely have to go right this minute. it’s on south 1st street here in austin. a magical garden & gift shop tended by elena bailey and…you guessed it…ryan.

happiness garden & gift
2213-b south first street

austin, tx

(512) 440-8600

tell them the pippingtooth flowergals sent you.

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is there any wonder why i’m in love with henna?  reed and lots of his friends are too now.  henna makes me happy.  the very talented, izzy lawlor, created this one for me.

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whoooooo, whoooooo is the artist?

i woke up one morning to find this owl sitting on our long leaf pine book- shelves in the family room. reed, my wise old soul, had created it the night before.  it takes my breath away.  

so does my sweet son.  he’s such a nice human being.  so talented.  so funny.  so smart.  so kind.

it delights me to watch him grow as an artist. it amazes me that he can draw such detailed images from memory.   when he sits down to draw, i can’t wait to see what happens on the page.

i can’t wait to see what happens in his life.  

i like who he is.  and who he’s becoming.

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