Evelyn Couch: Towanda! Righter of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Compare!
Ninny Threadgoode: How many of them hormones you takin’, honey?
~ Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Spring Chicken

This birthday card is for all of us Towanda’s – us chickie ladies who are allegedly past our prime. Face it – We may not be younger and faster, but we have better insurance!*

And! We (or, that is I) get to retire in just eight days! How crazy is that!?

PI Farmer Girl Card

Even though I using that R word (“Retire”), I’m still just a spring chicken. I started working for the State of Texas when I was just a baby chick and the State practically raised me. 25 years later, I hope I made Mama Texas proud.

I’m crazy excited about this new chapter. And, at the same time, I know I’m sure going to miss my committed fellow surveyors and the darling dear residents and staff of the nursing homes – all the amazing people who have conspired with me to improve the lives of our seniors. My friends.

*That line about being well insured is one of my favorite lines from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, one of the best movies of all time based on a book by one of my favorite authors, Fannie Flagg. It’s about friends, best friends.


Tips & Techniques

My best tip for this card is to start with some great inspiration, like these gorgeous colors selected by Barbara Anders at The Color Throwdown.


You can read about how I used the Chicken Wire die cut to create the peek-a-boo front for this card over at my post at

Here’s the inside of the card. It’s super simple, but I like the way it peeks through the front.


Here’s the rest of the recipe and the Copic Markers I used.

PI Farmer Girl Copics

Of course, I’m not retiring from Catered Crop. I’ll be back soon with more tall tales, new adventures and more recipes. The secret’s in the sauce. 



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ahoy me hearties

Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me.
~ lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy, 1935

Ahoy Matey

Ahoy me hearties! Have I told you enough times how much I love joining those amazingly talented mates at the Color Throwdown challenge? Aye – I truly do. Check out this booty of inspiration from Wanda Cullen.


That we’ bit of purple (Wisteria Wonders and Almost Amethyst) almost made me want to walk the plank. I know purple is the Pantone color of the year – and an aversion to purple means I’m just not up with the trends. I can’t really explain it, but purple and I have just never been close mates.


So I dug deep into my treasures and found this bounty – retired paper from BasicGrey that has a hint of some aged and distressed  purple. I beat it into submission, made it work – and survived to sail another day.



Tips & Techniques

Okay, I promise, no more pirate talk – but isn’t it fun?

This challenge was a great excuse to use some of my older stash that was feeling a bit neglected. My little sailor boy is from a retired stamp, but a very close likeness is still available as a digital stamp at Claire Keay’s Jellypark (link below).

The sailor is fussy cut, paper pieced and Copic colored (E11, E000, E0000, and E30, for skin tones). I weaved hemp cord around the cork-sheet doily to resemble rope.

I’m notoriously bad about forgetting an envelope (half of my cards get hand delivered with whatever I can find to put them in). This time, I had fun embellishing the outside and inside of the envelope I made with the envelope punch board.

Here are the rest of the ingredients. I’ll set anchor down for now . . . we’ll sail again soon.

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be unique

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else.
~ Margaret Mead


I love that vintage eye glasses are so on trend. I asked my optometrist to convert Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses into my everyday prescription glasses even though they make me look more like my Dad than my Mom. I get lots of compliments on my funky retro glasses.


But, to be honest, I wish I could pull off wearing these gorgeous cat-eye frames. They look awful on me, but I got to thinking about Grandma Black . . . Every memory I have of my her includes these glasses. She was still wearing them in the 1980s. I wish she had one of her warm smiles in this picture, but the picture does capture where Grandma loved to be – in her spotless farm-house kitchen.


Then I remembered that, goodness gracious, nearly every really stylish woman I knew who wore glasses in the 1950s and early 1960s had some variety of these frames: Mom, Aunt Calita, Cousin Sandra, Cousin Elaine, and my adorable twin sister, Sharon.

Well, that sent me searching through the family archives. You be the judge. Who do you think wore them best?


Ah . . . swoon. These beautiful ladies make those frames look good. Yes, I’m so glad these vintage glasses are fashionable again.


   Tips & Techniques

I’m so tickled to be joining the crazy fun and talented ladies at the Color Throwdown challenge. Check out this gorgeous inspiration Vickie Zimmer gave us for CTD#274. I love how bright and cheerful these colors are – a little sunshine for the dreary gray winter skies.


Here is the rest of the recipe, including the sketch I used Karen Giron’s Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (SSSC201).

Whatever your fashion accessories are, I hope these cat-eye glasses wearing beauties have inspired you to embrace what makes you uniquely beautiful.

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