When I planted those first seeds many years ago, little did I know that they would outgrow my garden. For many years I dug, planted, and grew, bloom after bloom. Then I decided to try my hand at produce. That was a whole other beast! There were many triumphs and just as many fails, but… Continue reading The Making of a Magazine…
Although it is still summer around here and the air is hot, heavy and thick, I am fervently busy putting together the third issue of HomePlace Magazine. It's filled to the brim with sunflowers, bread baking, and all the Fall feels! It will be available for purchase mid-late September. In the meantime, I invite you… Continue reading HomePlace Magazine/ Summer 2021 Issue
I've always loved magazines. The photos, the short snippets of info., the stories, recipes, quotes, recommendations, the ability to travel without ever leaving the page! Ah, yes, I believe magazines are quite magical. And so... I started one of my own! I know, I can hardly believe it myself but Here it is, the very… Continue reading HomePlace, a Home & Garden Inspired Magazine
We've been on this road called military life for the past 27 years. Twenty seven YEARS! 2022 will make 28, and yes, I'm including the two years prior to our wedding when Chicken graduated from The United States Naval Academy as we had already been dating for three years at that point! Do you know… Continue reading It’s 2021…Time to start planning!
There are flakes falling outside my window and all I can think is; I wonder if I should put more seeds out for the birds... . . . Enter, Susanna Leonard Hill's 10th Annual Holiday Contest for children's writers! And you guessed it, my story is for the BIRDS! Do you have a favorite bird?… Continue reading A SMALL BIT OF HOPE
My gardens are running behind this year. It seems like every time I thought about putting out seeds and seedlings we would get another frost warning. So I waited. Knowing I only have one more growing season after this one left at this property, I've been anxious and in a hurry to get all-the-things accomplished… Continue reading Garden Tour
I’m sharing a video short with you today, scroll to the bottom if you want to jump right to it! I wish I could share more of this place, and I’m working on it so stay tuned, but in the meantime, I’ll be posting mini video shorts. And yes they will have weird photo intros… Continue reading Hawkins HomePlace video-short and the Search for a Blackberry Jam Recipe
Ya'll know I love children's picture books. I love writing them. I love reading them. I love oogling (is that a word?) over the amazing art in them. They just make me happy. But it has been a while since I posted a Friday Frenzy featuring a picture book. Why? Because wouldn't you know the… Continue reading FRIDAY FRENZY- Wimbley the Wonder Boy
A kidlit contest based on a Gif? How could I NOT participate? Especially after coming across this fun Gif at Giphy.com that reminded me of an ever so popular Beatles tune about a submarine. Of course, there are rules... Child friendly. Under 150 words. MUST use a Gif as inspiration for the story. No other… Continue reading Spring Fling Kidlit Contest- The Yellow Snazzy Car
Happy Friday ya'll! Anybody else having to look at the calendar just to be certain of what day it is? I must say, without the hustle and bustle of early morning lunch packing and school drop off's my days have become a bit muddled, which I honestly don't mind. Actually, I am enjoying them immensely.… Continue reading Plot Twist!