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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Gone Fishin’

If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.  ~Doug Larson


Life is good. Lot’s of wonderful things are happening in the Catered Crop Crib.

But, sadly, this is my swansong project for My Favorite Things (MFT). MFT was kind enough to let me step away, give a little more focus to my day job, enjoy the Summer with the family, and savor the good things.

I couldn’t possibly leave MFT without first expressing my gratitude to Kim (MFT boss lady), her amazing staff, and the insanely talented, hard-working and super sweet team of designers.

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Thank you ladies for giving me such an amazing adventure!


Tips & Techniques

When Dad taught me to fish in Grandma Black’s pond, he put a bobber on my line so I could tell when I had fish tugging on my line. I added a big orange-button bobber to the little Pure Innocence doll’s fishing line so her fish wouldn’t run off with her worm.

Gone Fishing


The little doll is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper piece. I used the Snow Drifts Die-namic from My Favorite Things to create the waves.

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

Finished Size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients include American Craft Premium Ribbon Twine, black Copic Multiliner .03 and Copic Markers (E0000, E00, E30 for skin; Y24 and Y31 for hair; and BG000 for highlighting on the white shirt).


I’ll be back with this week’s Quickfire celebrating our men. Until then  . . . gone fishin’.

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Picnic with You

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand.
“I just wanted to be sure of you.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh


Back in 1975 Coco Hall founded Freemountain Toys out of her home in Burlington, Vermont. She expanded into a local gristmill and at one time her stuffed “Vegimals” were hand sewn by as many as 140 local women.

Freemountain was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Public Action Coalition on Toys for its safe, imaginative products in non-sexist packaging. The United States Department of Agriculture included several Vegimals in its National Agricultural Library of educational materials.

Isn’t it amazing what one, imaginative woman can do?

Picnic with You

Coco sold her business in 1980 but before she did, The Bike Rack in Bloomington, Indiana, sold the stuffed “Vegimal” toys to bicycle, canoe and hiking enthusiasts. The future Mr. Catered Crop was co-manager of the shop and we had just started dating.

Let's Do a Picnic Lunch

Mr. Catered Crop and I met on a bicycle club picnic. And the first gift Mr. CC gave me was a Vegimal stuffed bear, “Emile Bearhart,” with a pocket containing a red velour heart.

I still have him –  both of them – the bear and the man.

And, somehow, after being married 31 years on Wednesday, I haven’t lost the heart in the pocket – of either of them.


Tips & Techniques

  • It’s My Favorite Things teaser time again. I’m highlighting one of the newest Pure Innocence images, On a Picnic. Oh, Swoon. The My Favorite Things boss lady has all the scoop about our Teaser Time at the My Favorite Things Blog – details about the latest stamps and Die-namics, links to all the designers’ crazy-fun creations, and, yes, prizes.
  • The little doll is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper pieced.
  • I used Michele’s gorgeous pointilism technique to color the bear.
  • The sketch is from this weeks My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club, MFTWSC (WFTWSC127). Isn’t it gorgeous?

Here are the Copic markers and MFT products I used today. The links for all of the new products will be live and the products will available for purchase in the MFT Boutique on June 11th at 10:00 PM EST.

Picnic Markers

Finished size: 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients include Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink and Authentique Pride 6×6 Bundle.

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