We have been married for eight years.  I like the number eight.  It is earthy, homey, accessible.  Those are my feelings, anyway.

Speaking of numbers, we were 22 and 23, but I still like the following song, by Andrew Peterson. Go and buy it for your i-whatever.  It’s called Dancing in the Minefields, which is certainly marriage these days.  Happy Eighth Anniversary, dear.  I love you fiercely.


Dancing in the Minefields

Well I was 19 you were 21 

The year we got engaged 
And everyone said we were much to young 
But we did it anyway 
We got the rings for 40 each from a pawnshop down the road 
We said our vows and took the leap now 15 years ago 

And we went dancing in the minefields 
We went sailing in the storms 
And it was harder than we dreamed 
But I believe that’s what the promise is for 

Well I do are the two most famous last words 
The beginning of the end 
But to lose your life for another I’ve heard is a good place to begin 
Cause the only way to find your life is to lay your own life down 
And I believe it’s an easy price for the life that we have found 

And we’re dancing in the minefields 
We’re sailing in the storms 
And this is harder than we dreamed 
But I believe that’s what the promise is for 
That’s what the promise is for 

So when I lose my way, find me 
When I loose love’s chains, bind me 
At the end of all my faith 
to the end of all my days 
when I forget my name, remind me 

Cause we bear the light of the son of man 
So there’s nothing left to fear 
So I’ll walk with you in the shadow lands 
Till the shadows disappear 
Cause he promised not to leave us 
And his promises are true 
So in the face of all this chaos baby 
I can dance with you 

So lets go dancing in the minefields 
Lets go sailing in the storms 
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields 
And kicking down the doors 
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields 
And sailing in the storms 
Oh this is harder than we dreamed 
But I believe that’s what the promise is for 
That’s what the promise is for




This image is a reminder to me as a painter that sometimes, people don’t care about your skill.  They just want to see popsicles, and be snappy about it!

Image from One Kings Lane Longstreet Collection

Super cute napkins?  Check.  Sidewalk paint? Check.  Re-susable and oh so cute straws?  Check.  I tell ya.  It’s the little things….

The napkins and straws are both from Target.

I’m sorry, I know I’m getting a little random.  But how cool is this?

                           From Hold the Front Page

                         Photo credit: Oh Joy!

Hello!  Just makin’ a mood board for a decorating project!  As time progresses the board will become more and more full of actual items to actually kit out this room.  More later…


Finnegan Frost, located on the corner of Leslie and Keene in Richland, opened today!  If you scroll through the pics, you will see most everything you need to know: what’s in the frozen yogurt (what’s not), toppings offered (I got fruit AND a wee bit of extra chocolate on my small raw chocolate), store hours, even the address number.  As for flavors,  I have yet to try the tart and the strawberry.

We spent 8 bucks for a large and a small plus the toppings (your yogurt is weighed before purchase).  I have to say, I like getting a treat but not feeling sick afterwards.

Just look at this, isn’t it gorgeous?



love the mason jar lamps!

address and store hours


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The process….

Added a leetle bigger smile at the last minute!

Some of my latest commissions.  For sizing and pricing check out hannahmcdonald.com.  Some of my prices are about to go up and some will stay the same.



Good afternoon, readers!

I love Miss Piggy!  I found this in the March Issue of Real Simple.  I was first drawn to the colors, then to Miss Piggy herself.  But the clincher is the caption!!

I am sorry that I haven’t posted in a while.  Ironically, I have more to post about when I don’t post.  I’m just too busy doing it!  And that, friends, is the hallmark of an introvert blogger.  Happy Friday!!

Good afternoon!  I love painterly things in all their many forms.


“Even though Grandpa went to be with Jesus we’ll never stop loving him.”  That’s what my little man had to say about his great grandfather, whose life we will be remembering and honoring this weekend.  We’ll miss you, Grandpa Dan.
                         Taken at our house on Father’s Day 2010

heart cloud

use only with permission, please


There is hope.  There is always hope.  Hope does not disappoint us.

Happy Friday!  My friend dressed her daughter up as an old lady and it really warms the cockles of my heart.  Maybe when she sees this she will give me permission to use names.  Until then have a great weekend!


And just for fun, do you see the similarities in the beach colors and the keyboard colors?  Fun.  Christian Chaize