Posted by: notsofancynancy | July 21, 2012

One day I will be Famous or I was Famous for one Day

D’s Finished Birdhouse

Many years ago I had a neighbor who lived kitty corner from my house. The back corners of our properties touched. We became close friends and we put ladders in that corner so we could climb over and see each other rather than walk around. “D” became my best friend and we still remain close even though he moved away in 2007.

Birds and Blooms August/September 2008

We both had gardens but his was always better than mine, (Don’t ever tell him that) We always tried to outdo each other. One year he grew gourds.  He knew although he was the better gardener, I was craftier then him. His whole intention in growing the gourds was to make birdhouses out of them. One day he came over with a gourd and asked if I could paint some flowers on it and turn it into a birdhouse. I had never painted before. I went to the craft store and bought some books, paint, and brushes and proceeded to paint my first gourd.

The Letter

I love the magazine Birds and Blooms and decided I would take pictures of my first art project and send it in as part of one of their featured articles on homemade birdhouses. After all I was pretty amazed that it turned out so good and  I then presented my friends with his finished birdhouse. I of course forgot I sent it in until the day I received a copy of a Birds and Bloom magazine with a note saying they had used my picture and would be featuring it in their magazine. I could not believe it. I was famous, for about a day.

The back of the Birdhouse-Taken in my garden

That’s mine Top Right Corner

I don’t paint much anymore. I am too critical of my work. I have moved on to story telling. I am not as critical of my story telling.


  1. Oh Nancy! I remember when this happened! I’m sorry though that you are critical of your painting… but your story telling is amazing!

    • Thanks Deanna! I really appreciate the kind words.

  2. Beautiful! Wish I had an artistic talent.

  3. Memories of Grandma!

  4. Awesome!

  5. that was not quite 15 minutes so you will still have more fame in your new chosen area of creativity – writing
    nice birdhouse though

    • Thanks good to know I get credit toward new creative projects. lol

  6. What a joyful project. You also took a beautiful photo when you submitted your work, and that is a talent, too!

  7. Excellent!

  8. Oh, my goodness, Nancy. Don’t let anyone EVER squash your dreams. (grin) Wonderful work – you are soooo creative – talented and creative.

    • Awe shucks! thanks. Somehow I just don’t see it.

  9. OK, I’m impressed!!!! 🙂 If you are not careful you may get a new nick-name, “Tweety Bird”. I’m just sayin…..

  10. Your poor neighbor, it’d be hard to top that one! HA

  11. I love the ladder thing. Super cute. 🙂 And congrats on the fame!

  12. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post “On the Road to Home!” And for the record, very cute painting…

  13. Nancy I Love and Miss you and will grow you a Gourd again!!! D

    • Hi sweet friend! Meet me at the fence I have some pie! lol

  14. Our whole family adores this magazine Congrats! Mom always tells me to send my photos to them lol guess she thinks mine are good enough 🙂

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