I’m Patti~ I’m an on-again-off-again gardener, an artist and photographer, I live on a small farm near Asheville, North Carolina, with my husband, our youngest (college age) son, our four labrador retrievers, herd of pygmy goats, two horses, and several chickens. I’ll be a grandmother any day now.
I started out as mostly a “country lifestyle” blogger, (whatever that is) but these days I’m writing more about what inspires me, art, fun things to do around here (the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains), yummy, healthy-ish recipes, DIY and Pinterest stuff I actually try, what I find funny, and my (you wouldn’t believe it if I told you) life. I’m happily resigned to being eclectic.
Several random facts:
I’m an oldest child.
My favorite artist when I was in high school was Georgia O’Keefe.
I bought my first guitar with my babysitting money when I was 14.
I was baptized at age 16, in Lake Michigan, by the pastor of a church that my great grandfather built.
I majored in art and minored in dance and religious studies (which comes in really handy – not!)
I’m an introvert impersonating an extrovert.
I met my husband at church.
Five of my seven kids are adopted.
I love painting (with pastels and acrylics, mostly) and creating multi-media art.
Countries I have traveled to include England, Scotland, France, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Canada.
Now that I got that out of my system, I’d be happy to never fly anywhere ever again.
But if I could go without flying I’d love to see Wales, Sweden, Ireland, more of England, and more of Scotland, and, well, O.K.- just everywhere!
But I’ll be happy to just see every state in the United States, especially more of all the coastal states, if I get the chance.
States I have already visited include: All states except Vermont, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Alaska.
I learned how to set up this blog by myself, but I can’t turn on or off my t.v. without my son’s help. (embarrassing!)
My Dad has several ancestors that came to America on the Mayflower, in 1620.
My Mom has ancestors that came to America, via Nova Scotia, as recently as 4 generations ago.
My youngest son is about to go to (3rd year of) college, and leave home for the first time.
I’m proud of him, but will miss him.
If you have any thoughts to share, or just want to say Howdy,
Please feel free to contact me at artfulhomesteader (at) charter (dot) com.