I have a file box full of tear sheets of projects I’d like to try. In January 2006 (yes, that was nearly 5 years ago) I pulled out an article from Martha Stewart Living on Dot-Painted China. The minute I saw it, I knew I wanted to try it. I’ve meant to do if for quite a while now but I was stuck at finding the paint. I know craft paints, but I just never seemed to find the time or remember to look for paint for china.

I’ve gone to a few of those paint your own pottery places and honestly am usually disappointed with the results. The paint seems to be too thin and not as detailed as I wanted. We are a form & function house, so I needed something easy to clean and durable. FINALLY I found the perfect paint. Martha did not share with me in her magazine the pointers for finding the paint supplies, so I will share with you what I have found that works.


China, Ceramic, Porcelain….it needs to be able to go in the oven and cook at 350. My bowl is from Walmart, plate from Target.

Pebeo Paints:

Porcelaine 150 1.2 paint pen – for larger dots

Porcelaine 150 0.7 paint pen – for smaller dots

Porcelaine 150 paint (comes in a small little round container)

Porcelaine 150 outliner (comes in a small tube with fine point end)

There is also a little set that that has applicator bottles and fine point end you can attach to the bottle. This works great for making dots and fine details with the colors of paint that don’t come in pens.

You can get the paint at Micheals, dickblick.com, and other craft stores.

Martha has tips for transferring a pattern onto the china before painting it. For me that was just another step to figure out, so I skipped it and just started freehanding it as I went…while looking at Martha’s designs for inspiration. I started with the large paint pen to get the basic design and then filled in details with the more fine point pen.

After you finish painting the dish needs to dry for 24 hours. Once that period is over you cook it in the oven for 35 minutes at 300 F. Double check your paint instructions, especially if you use a different brand of paint. Also be sure to remove any stickers from the bottom…you don’t want to cook those!

To keep it real…I painted these with a 1 year old on my lap. She is still working on cutting 4 molars and really likes to be held. I took this picture to remind me one day of what creative endeavors were like during this phase of life. One day I won’t have little ones on my lap when painting…I think I’ll be okay with that.

1,000,000 ways to make this cute as a gift.

There are so many ideas floating in my head now, you’ll be seeing a lot more of this kind of stuff soon!

Keep in mind not all paint is food safe. I’d do most of your painting on the outside of bowls, cups, mugs. If you paint the top of a plate like I did, you can use it to serve wrapped food (like cupcakes) or use it for decoration.



In other diy news, my monthly post on Design Aglow will be up sometime today

…what my ‘studio’ looked like to get the product shots 🙂

Have a Great Weekend!!

UPDATE: If you make a mistake it is super easy to correct. The plate you see in the post was actually my practice plate. It was full of all kinds of colors and designs. Once I was done practicing I just washed it all off and started over. The paint can be washed off until you bake it…then it is set for good. My plate has been through the dishwasher too…and still looks quite lovely.


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  • RachelC - Oh wow…..those look GREAT!!! All the more impressive with a child on your lap….I think maybe even I could paint dots….well, sans child, of course! Cool idea.

  • Lindsay - GREAT gift idea. The good thing about Martha and Real Simple and the like is that they don’t go out of style! Crafts are crafts and they are great for years to come!

  • Betsy - I just used those exact pens to make a celebrate plate to use for family birthdays and other extra special days. I remember seeing that dot project and wanting to try it, so now I know what I’m going to do with my leftover paint. Yay!

  • Nicole - those look awesome! adding to my never-ending list of ‘to do’ items!

  • Emily @ Charles & Poppy - I LOVE the curtains in that last photo….I think they are made from Amy Butler fabric? Did you make them? Buy them? Have them made?? I WANT!

  • Leslie - I totally ripped out the SAME article way back when and have yet to do the project! You’ve given me a great reminder and motivation to tackle it!

  • Krista @ Blue Eyed Yonder - How stinkin’ cute! The possibilities are endless. I have some yellow bowls similar to the ones pictured in the magazine. I can hear them clapping in the cabinet; they want pretty dots too! Thanks so much for digging this project out of your pile and sharing it with us.

  • Wendy - I ? This!!!!!! Yours turned out so fabulous and this project has definitely been added to my “to do” list ?!

  • the whyte house - Thank you!! I’ve been racking my brain to figure out what to do for my in-laws for christmas. Oh, the wheels are turning! 🙂 I can guarantee it’s not gonna look as intricate as yours, though!

  • Ruth - Gorgeous! I love crafts that don’t look crafty (i.e. tacky). And I love it that Firecracker was on your lap the whole time, though I’m amazed she didn’t try to grab the paint!

  • Betsy Jo - Another Ashley Ann page to bookmark! I can’t WAIT to work on a version this project!! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  • Jamie - Ashley, I remember seeing this idea in Martha years ago! I thought it was so cute but forgot all about it until now. Thx for sharing your tips bc these would make a great gift!

  • Sadie - WOW. Seriously? You amaze me! LOVE the plates and bowls…..one of these days I will be like you!

  • Dana - What fabulous fabric is your curtains made of in the ‘studio’? Yellow with white chrysanthemums…….

  • anne c - you even make dots look great! love it. my brain is in overload of all the cool ideas you give us!

  • Heather - i am always a fan of all your crafts.. but these might be one of my favs!!! soo cute! and with a toddler on your lap thats impressive!

  • Mariah - Love it! Great idea for Christmas!

  • Hannah Bunker - I love it! I have this same project on my to-do list! I bought the plates and paint a long time ago and just haven’t gotten around to it. I love your design!

  • Heather - how did you know that your plates would work in the oven?? and has the design lasted a wash or two in the dishwasher??

  • Dacia - wow I love this! I may have to save ‘rip’ (or bookmark) this post for me to try it out. they came out great!

  • Jill E. - this are amazing. what a great gift looks so high end and with a kiddo in your lap very impressive.

  • Heather - now MY head is spinning with ideas!! the design you created is sooo cute. thanks for sharing all the details. happy weekend!

  • Shannon - Oh AShley! This is absolutely stunning! What a great way to gift handmade. Truly beautiful. I wish I could rip this off the computer to stash in my “need to do” pile!

    And I love the behind the scenes on your Design Aglow post. That post was fantastic, by the way.

  • Erin - I love your DIY projects. And so timely for Christmas gifts. Please do post more!!! 🙂

  • Trinity - Awesome!!! There is a good little crepe place in Shawnee that has really really good tiramisu crepes. Yummy!!

  • Anna - Wow, I love this DIY! It looks like a design that you would be able to buy at the store…maybe you should think about that … 🙂

  • valerie - I’ve always wanted to try that too and never have. Yours look great! I could never do that so neatly with a kid in my lap. Ha ha.

  • Rebecca - How did you get the dots consistently the same size in diameter?

  • gina - your freehand is amazing!! I need to get a “kid in my lap shot while crafting” too, but my 14 month old is grabbing everything in her reach. Have a great weekend!

  • christina larsen - love that.

  • Elizabeth Beattie - You read my mind! I was just thinking last night that I wanted to do “something” with the large ceramic white platter I have. This is IT!!!

    You are a genius! Thanks so much!

  • Krista Lund - great timing as these will make wonderful christmas gifts. you rock!

  • Leanne - I LOVE that plate and bowl you painted! I may have to try this!

  • amber - I LOOOOVE that! So going to give those to a couple of special girls for Christmas…as long as I can make them look that good:). You’re so awesome.

  • ashlee - I LOVE this idea!!! i think i will make plates for my kids…they each can have their own plate and bowl:) and the fabric on your curtains in the last shot is one of my FAV amy butler prints, but its sooooo hard to find!

  • stephanie - Great job. I love seeing the behind the scene shots. Thanks

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  • Candice - Oh my heck…I LOVE IT!!! So cute! I just went to Michaels yesterday, but I see a trip again in my very near future!!!

  • giozi - I bought some plates to do something similar a year ago, but the end was awful, ha ha I deleted all, besides something wasn’t clear to me, the time at oven.
    Maybe I need some pens 🙂

    I saw the christmas card but I don’t understand very well the tutorial, is late here and I’m really tired so I’m going to look it if I can tomorrow at morning. Tomorrow is grandmom day, so we are going to her home at Barajas 🙂 long that my town.

    Have a nice weekend Ashley 🙂

  • caro - love the idea, but here in my country you can’t get that pencils.
    Sorry me, lucky you.

  • Carolyn - oh my!…so I know you’re just like the rest of us…but this is amazing!! you painted that beautiful pattern freehand?!…with a child on your lap?! fantastic work! I will have to put this type of project on my quite long to-do list.
    …and ‘mmm” is right – the Tiramisu looks delicious!..even if it is still only breakfast time here in this part of the world 🙂

  • Kristy C - I just took a group of students to a paint already made pottery place and I really enjoyed it! This idea gives a whole new spin to it. I don’t have an actual file that I keep these craft ideas in, but it does go into a file in my mind. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Kristin Guillory - ohhh my, this is soooo beautiful!!!! I want to try this so bad now!! maybe a trip to hobby lobby tonight..hahah

  • erin - I remember seeing this project & drooling a bit over it.
    Thanks for giving us all the additional pointers (that Martha never seems to remember to tell us…)
    I may try this for holiday plate gifts!

  • Seamingly Sarah - Okay – I totally want to do that, but on fabric. I wonder if they make fabric paint in pens? Lovely and delicious ideas circling in my head now.

  • Desiree - Those look great! They sound so simple, too! Thanks for the great Christmas gift idea!

  • Jessica P - I love this project! And that fact that you could freehand it with a baby on your lap is all the more impressive! Thanks for sharing.

  • Kristin S - And now this link has been added to my “craft ideas” note in Outlook. Maybe I’ll get around to it in 5 years.
    Great idea!

  • Lynn - Ashley, What a great idea!! Thank you for showing how you did it!! I love it, I just tried it today and can’t wait to bake it tomorrow!! How cute!! I couldn’t free hand it as well as you but the transfer paper worked well!! I want to find a platter for cheese and crackers or something that I can cook and make this work! That would be a great gift addition to anyones china!! Thanks again and keep them coming, love reading your daily posts!!

  • ashley jensen - I saw this when you posted it Friday and I just now thought of a question…how easy is it to wipe off if you make a mistake in the process? I will be doing this for my Aunt’s Christmas present thanks to your post!

  • Becka @ Life as an Artistpreneur - Love these! I would love to do one with a flock of tiny birds. Although I’m afraid I’m not nearly as good at freehand as you are. Mine might end up looking like ants…although that might be cool too. 😉

  • Yanet - Oh, this is how I craft oh so many times! With a baby on the lap (even if the “baby” is 3 or 4).

    Great idea for Christmas gifts. I use a similar idea to personalize popcorn bowls for friends or family members.

  • Kelly - These are fun and I’m glad I’m not the only one who has had ideas of projects I want to do for multiple years. 🙂

    My husband is a big fan of tiramisu and for his first birthday we were dating I made one for him, the first I’d ever made. I proudly stuck candles in the top and when we went to blow them out a HUGE cloud of cocoa blew up and settled over me as I was holding the tiramisu out to him. 🙂 Someone captured a photo. Such a fun memory. Kelly

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  • Jer - I tried this project today and bought the same pen — the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 fine point. I wasn’t able to get it working consistently. It took a really long time for the paint to come out and when it did it was all blobby and the paint wouldn’t come right to the tip of the pen, so I wasn’t able to make any dots… any suggestions for getting the pens started and working consistently?? Thanks…

  • Cari Bella - I think we were separated at birth. I love your ideas!

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  • cailan - What! Since when did you continue to put out amazing projects into the weekend? You just don’t quit. 🙂 I love it – so pretty.

  • Valerie - I did something similar to these except in an alice in wonderland theme on white tea mugs that I bought at the thrift store. I am not that great of an artist and am not able to freehand it but I instead bought some graphite paper from the art store to help me with this. I taped the graphite parer to my mug (graphite down;) and taped my image over the graphite paper and traced it, this left a light pencil like image on the mug that I was then able to paint over. I didn’t actually use the pen because I found that the tip was too large for my liking so I instead used toothpicks to paint my design on and it worked perfectly! I gave them to my sister and they are her favorite mugs to drink tea out of!

    good luck!

  • KC - Those plates and mugs look great. Just had a question though can you eat out of those plates and mugs???

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  • Thiptop - I Love your idea and Work,I wish to do as you too,so inspiring me! Thank U!

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  • tracy_a - lovely! thanks for making this clear – and thanks for the info about washing/redoing – makes it more likely that I will do it!

  • Nancy - Um, the product information on Dick Blick and the Pebeo site both say that the markers aren’t intended for eating surfaces…

  • Meghan - I love this idea and the way you’ve executed this! However when I’ve looked into doing similar things before on ceramics there’s always a warning on the paints (including the one you link to) that recommends you not use it on the surfaces that directly come in contact with food. For me that includes the little saucer you show cake being eaten on. Just thought I should point that out.

  • truebluemeandyou - You cannot eat off plates or drink out of cups (if your lips come in contact with the design) where the marker is. There is a European product and others other than Pebeo that are food safe. I don’t think people read past the “non-toxic” part of the description. I’ve stopped posting all ceramic tutorials using this marker.

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  • Ellise - These are darlin’! I’ll definitely have to try this! Awesome Christmas gifts!

  • im6234 - Sorry ifthis has already been asked or answered but how long does the design last.

  • AshleyAnn - im6234 – Mine designs still look great…

  • Tamar - I have made plate with the outline paint. It is puffy. The paint is food safe so I had figured that people would eat off of the plates. Do you know if there is any sort of clear coating that can go on top of the paint? I’m worried that with cutlery the paint will get chipped off. Your dishes look beautiful, thank you for sharing!!!!

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  • Jolene - Did you put the design on both sides of the bowl or just one?

  • Brenda Kirk - I found a stack of old meat platters in a box of old wrapped stuff that I found along the road on trash day in Cleveland, Ohio, about 6 years ago. Obviously, They had been packed up for a number of years, and were so covered with dust that the designs were covered up. I decided to take a shot at cleaning them; mostly just to see what they were like. I found one that was badly chipped and had some pretty good “crackling” on it, but the shape was so intriguing that I could almost envision a scene painted on it. I am no artist by any means, but decided to research possible ways to embellish them with some easy, yet decorative designs. I had no idea how or what to use on them, but have run across this page and thought that if it could be done, I should be able to handle it, too. So, I want to thank you for bringing the project a try. I think I should be able to find some suitable paint at the local craft store, so I am now quite anxious to find out if I am talented enough to make it work. Normally, I do things like sewing, making jewelry and have even tried my hand at working copper into designed plaques, but this idea seems quite unusual, and I don’t believe I have ever seen anything done like what I have in mind. Thank you so very much for making the information available to me.
    Hoping for another art form in my life,
    Brenda (BJ) Kirk

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I’ve been slowly reading through a new magazine called Seeing the Everyday. I wish I could quote every page to you. It is beautifully written and photographed. It is not a typical magazine. Every article is about finding the beauty in the day to day. So much of it is similar to things I’ve written about here…only more beautifully written by them.

The sun is setting earlier in the day now here. We’ve been enjoying warm afternoons and fall sunlight. I know in the photos below you can’t really see any of my kid’s faces…that is okay with me. I like the feelings of simpicity and warmth that filling the picture with sunlight gives. A fall afternoon…seeing the everyday beauty of the before dinner breakdowns!

After knocking down branches with dirt balls the boys wanted to head out to the trampoline. This first picture I took of my oldest instructing the youngest two. It is very much reflective of their relationships. Biggest Brother, 6, wanted to take pictures of the rest of us. Here are a few of what he captured.

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  • Lindsay - Love that excerpt from the magazine. Thanks for sharing it – I’m definitely taking a look at that link!

  • allison - i too love those photos where the warm sun shines – i especially love to look at them in the cold winter!

  • Holly - He did a great job!

  • Yanet - I love the sunlight shots. Biggest Brother captured some great moments too. I’m too a BIG believer on capturing the everyday things. I’m going to have to look for the magazine. Sounds inspiring.

  • Gevay - I think he has inherited your eye for good photos. With a little more training you could have a mother and son photography business. Did you enjoy the CMA Awards last night? How was Gwyneth?

  • Meaghan - I love all the shots — especially the one of Firecracker. She’s so cute! The sunlight pictures are so nice to see, especially during this cold morning here in the Bluegrass.
    Is Seeing the Everyday a magazine available at Barnes and Noble?

  • Sadie - Can I just say that I truly adore your outlook on life. You inspire me more than you know. THanks so much for your amazing posts. I am now off to look at the link of the magazine. Big Bro did an amazing job!

  • anne c - wow what a great job biggest brother at capturing some amazing moments! I would hire you on the spot!

  • Jessica - O the simple everyday things… definitely brings smiles to faces. However, I do believe I have 2 favorites out of these pictures. The first one is the bottom left picture of one of your boys and it’s the one to the left of the one of your daughter. (Sorry I don’t know the nicknames of your children, except for “Firecracker”) That picture looks as though the Lord is shining down on your son on his back and he’s soaking all of it in that he can. It needs to be used as an advertisement for a church conference or something.
    the second favorite is the one where your oldest son is telling your daughter and her brother what to do. If you haven’t, please look at her face. It’s as though she’s thinking “brother, i may WILLINGLY do what you ask now, but remember, I’m truly the one in charge here and I know where you live!” Her face is extremely priceless. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these photos.

  • Anna - Love it! Beautiful pictures (as always) !

  • allison - Beautiful photos, and thanks for sharing that great thought for today 🙂

  • ashley jensen - Sunlight is a beautiful thing! I will defintely have to check out the magazine and way to go Biggest Brother on your mad photography skills!

  • Jill - OK, this has nothing to do with your post and I hope it doesn’t freak you out but I had a dream last night that we met and there were a million other random people there and they were all trying to do something illegal but you and I? We were making caramel corn! lol If this makes you crave caramel corn, I actually have a realy good recipe I can share with you.

  • Becka @ Life as an Artistpreneur - I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my documenting of our life. It’s always the most random photos that I end up treasuring the most.

  • Rachel C - Hi

  • ingrid blanchette - beautiful…thank you for sharing!

  • Philly - Biggest Brother took those pictures at the age of 6? Looks like you have a little photographer on your hands!

  • Courtney Henson - Thank you for sharing about this magazine! I just ordered a subscription for myself and for a friend’s birthday in a few weeks. It is so my friend and I’m so excited to give it to her! Thanks!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ashley, this is beautiful. I am going to have to look into that magazine right away!

  • Ethel - Firecracker is going to be great on the trampoline. Can’t believe she has the balance to even stand on it at such a young age.
    Enjoy the blog and seeing your kiddos!

  • giozi - In August in Jackie’s group I had to take sun pictures it was really difficult to me 🙂
    Your sun photos are amazing.
    I was looking your children the two smallest looks like very similar to each other.

  • gina - I love your photos (and yesterdays too) as they completely capture the waning warmth of fall.

  • Liz R. - This is why I LOVE, LOVE your blog! I went and subscribed today!

  • Rebekah Jean - Ashley!!! I know I haven’t commented in a million years, but I still absolutely read your blog every day as I have since it was a blogspot blog. 🙂 I usually read it on my phone which makes it hard to comment. I LOVE this post. Those are such lovely pictures that show how wonderful the simple things of life really are. Great quote too, love love it.

    p.s. I finally started a new blog 🙂

  • PJ - Never heard of Seeing the Everyday magazine, but now I’m going to check it out!

  • Stephanie - Love these shots. The light was beautiful!

  • kristiina - Thank you Ashley–I just ordered a subscription after clicking on the link and checking it out. I hope you never tire of this blog because you inspire me EVERY DAY!! xo

  • Leanne - cute. I should let my biggest take pictures too. thanks for the idea.

  • Laurie J - thanks for the reminder about the mundane moments of life. so many of those…gotta make em count!

  • Rachel - Checked out the magazine… I’ve got a new item for my Christmas wishlist… if I can hold out that long. Thanks for sharing it. Your images are wonderful.

  • Erica Buchanan - Ashely, These are my favs, love the essence they bring.

  • Susan Caing - yes…very true. thanks for reminding us, specially in this rat race world.

  • Carolyn - Love the photos taken by your son – good job! Also love that first photo you took…I love, little toddler hands 🙂

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Savoring The Days,
    This has been my chorus lately… My favorite quote goes, “Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.”

    Your blog is beautiful! I will be checking out that magazine.

    Tasting The Moments in NE

  • Michelle S - Thank you for posting about this magazine. I’ve never seen anything like it and subscribed right away. I think it will be great to read while spa music in the background! Thanks for sharing a little of your world with us!

  • Wendy - My skin is all prickly from the goosebumps! Your blog feels so positive and is obviously brimming with love. Thank you for sharing! I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my Blogroll.

  • Alina Koval - biggest brother is following mommys steps. going to be a great photographer one day. how exciting 🙂

  • Susan - Can I just say your pictures are total eye candy for me. And would you mind sharing how you captured the four photos on the top – I LOVE that look.

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  • melissa w - I’m a big fan of your blog, ashley. I’ve been a faithful reader for the last few months. Anyway, this post, especially, caught my eye, b/c the editor of this magazine is friends with my sister in Boston. She raved and raved about it and then gave me a copy a few months ago and and fell in love with it too. Anyway, I am so glad it is getting circulated around the country! What powerful messages it has!

    Thanks for your lovely blog. I’m always left inspired to be better after reading.
    thanks again,
    melissa wood

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This picture involves the following: setting sun, jean jacket, laying in the grass, bare feet, golden fields, laughing children, strong bonds, joy, simple life pleasures…and what do those things remind you of? Country Music, of course!

In case you didn’t know tonight is the Country Music Awards. I am quite excited about it. I am not too sure about Gwyenth Paltrow making her live country music debut. I think she is a great actress and I’ve heard she has a great voice, but I just don’t picture her sitting in a field eating fried chicken in the tailgate of a beat up truck. I could be wrong. We will see tonight.

Two years ago (when there were about 50 us that knew this blog existed) we played a game in honor of the CMAs. Well, country fans, I am bringing it back today. The game will take place in the comment section. Each comment will be lyrics from a country song, but it has to include one word from the previous comment. For example:


Comment 1: “….I can take you for a ride on my big green tractor. We can go slow or make it go faster…”

Comment 2: “I’d be on the tractor she’d be on my mind with that sun beatin’ down on this back of mine.”

Comment 3: “When the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin'”


You get the idea. There is no prize, it is just for fun and to get is in the mood for tonight. I will note, I can’t sit by my computer all day so I know some comments will get stuck needing approval. I apologize if your’s gets stuck. Some of you might comment at the same time and it will get out of order or look confusing…just go with it and use the last posted quote you see. For those of you that sadly do not like country music I am sure the comments will sound quite foreign…come back tomorrow 🙂

Feel free to come back and play along all day!

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  • Amy - “Oh, you can watch me walk if you want to, want to
    I bet you want me back now don’t you, don’t you…” (not my favorite song, but it has been stuck in my head since I heard it last night…) Game On!!!

  • Hollie - I pulled over by the curb
    I’ve been sittin’ here all night
    Wonderin’ what it was I did so wrong
    That he did so right
    I’ve thought of breakin’ down her door
    But there’s nothin’ left to say
    That chevy four-by-four
    Says it all sittin’ in my place

  • Lindsay - And he whispers don’t cry for ME, I’ll see you all someday.
    He looks up and says, “I can see God’s face.”

  • Stephanie - I’ll show you love like you’ve dreamed of, I’ve got so much to give, WATCH this….

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - I cross my heart and promise to
    Give all I’ve got to give
    To make all your dreams come true
    In all the world you’ll never find
    A LOVE as true as mine

  • AshleyAnn - “That picture from our honeymoon,
    “That night in Frisco Bay:
    “Just GIVE it away.”

  • jessica - GIVE me a saturday night, my baby by my side, sweet home alabama and a six pack of light, an old dirt road and i’ll be alright…

  • Holly - GIVE me that girl with the hair in a mess
    sleepy little smile with her head on my chest

  • Mirys - I´m not quite sure a understand the game but LET´S PLAY IT!

    Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry ME home to see my kin
    Singing songs about the Southland
    I miss Alabamy once again
    And I think its a sin, yes

  • Mirys - I´m not quite sure I understante the game but LET´S PLAY IT!

    Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry ME home to see my kin
    Singing songs about the Southland
    I miss Alabamy once again
    And I think its a sin, yes

    Mirys – http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

  • Mirys - IT´S NOT FAR!!!!!

    While i´m writing my coment, in Brazil, someone else has already posted another one in USA! I´ll never have the “rigth words”!!!!

    Let it be (ops! it´s a song! So let´s sing: let it be, let it be, let it be, oh let it beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, whispering words of wisdon, let it beeeeeeeee)

    Mirys – http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

  • Mary Claire - Jesus take the WHEEL, Take it from my hands,
    Cause I can’t do this on my own….

  • Bobbi - Said her name was a hand me down name

    From the side of a family that long ago came

    Over here ON a boat from somewhere in Spain

    Sounded to me just a little bit strange, I guess.

    But I have to admit, it felt good on my lips.

  • Colleen C - So I’ll drive and I’ll THINK about my life and wonder why, I’ll slowly die inside
    Everytime I turn that truck around, right at the Georgia line and I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

  • Yanet - I got my toes in the water, ass in the
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    LIFE is good today. Life is good today.

  • Alba - I was here last time, and I’ll try my best today.
    Guess I’ll learn to live with a different kind of pain
    Suffering from a sickness that I can not give a name
    It’s just a STRANGE sensation
    I never felt before
    Missing you has cut me to the core
    Where I use to have a heart
    Feels like a mile wide ditch
    Got a hole inside the doctor just can’t stitch
    Gone without a trace
    You left a hollow place
    There’s not a stone to mark
    Where I use to have a heart

  • AshleyAnn - But I’ll always remember the love in Daddy’s HANDs. Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’

  • Aimee - Be a best friend, tell the truth
    And overuse I love you
    Go to work, do your best
    Don’t outsmart your commonsense
    Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
    And love like crazy

  • Julie A. - Remember when the sound of little feet
    was the music
    We danced to week to week
    Brought back the love, we found trust
    Vowed we’d never give it up
    Remember when

  • Anna Marie - I could pay off my tab, poor myself in a cab and be back to WORK before 2. At a moment like this I can’t help but wonder what would Jimmy Buffet do?

  • Holly T - From this MOMENT life has begun
    From this moment you are the one
    Right beside you is where I belong
    From this moment on

  • kassondra - But she covered her mouth and her face got red and she just looked so darn cute
    That I couldn’t even act like I was mad-
    Yeah I live for little MOMENTs like that

  • Kari - Let them be LITTLE, let them sleep in the middle…oh, just let them be little.

  • AshleyAnn - I’d start walking your way
    You’d start walking mine
    We’d meet in the MIDDLE
    Neath that old Georgia pine

  • Jessica - I’d start walking your way
    You’d start walking mine
    We’d meet in the middle
    Neath that OLD Georgia pine

  • Shellee - I go out WALKIN’ after midnight….

  • Cee - The devil went down to GEORGIA,
    he was looking for a soul to steal.
    He was in a bind,
    he was way behind,
    he was willing to make a deal.

  • amanda torres - We’re like two kids, baby, always tryin’ to live it up. Ooh, ooh. Oh,that’s our kind of LOVE.

  • Elizabeth - There’s bubble gum in the BABY’s hair
    Sweet potatoes in my lazy chair,
    Been crazy all day long and it’s only Monday
    Mr. Mom…

  • Danielle - You and Me going fishing IN THE dark lying on our backs and counting the stars where the cool grass grows….

  • Jacci in Ohio - I wanna sleep in the tall GRASS in the comfort fo your arms….

  • Jenny - And it’s a great DAY to be alive
    I know the sun’s still shinin when I close my eyes
    There’s some hard times in the neigborhood
    But why can’t every day be just this good?

  • stacey - i wanna live where the green grass grows, watch my corn pop up in rows, everynight be tucked in close to you…

  • Reidunn - Let them cry, let them giggle, let them SLEEP in the middle
    Oh just let them be little

  • Kenna S - “Oh I like you too and to tell you the truth that wasnt my CHAIR after all!”

  • Lesley - It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need YOU now.
    Said I wouldn’t come but I lost all control and I need you now.

  • Kari - Mama’s, don’t LET your babies grow up to be cowboys!

  • Kari - MAMA, don’t forget to pray for me.

  • erin - “When the sun goes down we’ll be feelin alright”

  • Rachel C - MAMA dabbed a little bit of perfume on my lips, then she kissed my cheek, and I saw the tears wellin’ up in her eyes as I started to speak.

    Yep, Ashley — a line from Fancy….priceless!!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game almost as much as I LOVE country music!!! Wa Hoo!!!!

  • Amber - The preacher man said let us bow our heads and pray
    LORD please lift his soul and heal this hurt

  • Jenna - I may be a real bad boy, but baby I’m a real good MAN.

  • Stephanie - Wanna be free and feel the way I feel! MAN I feel like a woman!

  • Lesley - Ain’t no tellin’ where the wind might blow
    FREE and easy down the road I go

  • Amber - Country ROADs take me home, to the place where I belong

  • Holly T - Go HOME, into your blue jeans;
    Have some chicken an’ some baked beans.
    Pick a back yard football team,
    Not do much of anything:
    That’s what I love about Sunday.

  • Crystal Hogue - I know they say you can’t go HOME again
    I just had to come back one last time

  • Danielle - I set out on a narrow way many YEARS ago
    Hoping I would find true love along the broken road

  • Jacqueline Burvill - Let me make it clear
    To you my dear
    If you’re not in it for LOVE
    I’m outta here!

  • Jessica - there’s a tear in my beer,
    cause i’m cryin for ya DEAR…
    you are on my lonely mind.

  • Erika C. - “And I said, God is great, BEER is good, and people are crazy…” Don’t think I saw this one yet!! 🙂

  • Corrie - maybe I didn’t treat you quite as good as I should have. If I made you feel second best, girl I’m sorry I was blind…You were always on my MIND, you were always on my MIND.

  • Megan H - (I’m sorry) I’m sorry
    (So sorry) So sorry
    Please accept my apology
    But love is BLIND
    And I was to blind to see

  • Kelly - Take Jimmy Johnson
    Take Tommy Tompson
    Take my best friend, Bo
    Take anybody that you want as
    long as she don’t go
    Take any boy in the world
    Daddy, PLEASE, don’t take the girl.

  • Jessica - I don’t know where I’d be
    Without you here with me
    Life with you makes perfect sense
    You’re my best FRIEND

  • Sami Jo Melton - How do I
    Get through one night without you
    If I had to live without you
    What kind of life would that be?
    Oh I need you in my arms
    Need you to hold
    Your my world my heart my soul
    If you ever leave
    Baby you’d take away everything good in my Life.

    And tell me now
    How do I live without you…. (Trisha Yearwood)

    Great idea, girlfriend. ~ Sami Jo

  • Amanda - I’m moving on,
    at last I can see,
    LIFE has been
    patiently waiting for me,
    and I know,
    there’s no guarantee,
    but I’m not alone.

    Love Rascal Flats!

  • Candace - Now you’re my whole LIFE now you’re my whole world
    I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
    Like a river meets the sea
    Stronger than it’s ever been
    We’ve come so far since that day
    And I thought I loved you then.

    I LOVE Brad!

  • Michelle Monk - I hear you’ve been askin’ about me
    From some of my friends
    Well, you’d better believe
    I’M not goin’ through that again
    You’re the kind of man
    A woman thinks she can change
    Oh, but the only thing changin’
    Is my way of thinkin’
    And I’M thinkin’ that maybe someday

  • AshleyAnn - I know what I was feelin’,
    But what was I thinkin’?
    What was I THINKIN’?

  • Lauren - I’ve never been the kind to ever let my FELLINGS show
    And I thought that bein’ strong meant never losin’ your self-control
    But I’m just drunk enough to let go of my pain
    To hell with my pride, let it fall like rain
    From my eyes
    Tonight I wanna cry

  • Rachel C - So, if you’re FEELING kind of lonely, I’ll tell you where to go
    Turn on your radio.

  • Lindsay - Nothing on but the RADIO, feel the music playing soft and slow

  • Sydney - THE way you walk, way you talk, way you say my name. It’s beautiful, wonderful, don’t you ever change. Hey Stephen, why are people always leavin’? I think you and I should stay the same.

  • monique - living in your RADIO. How do you like me NOW?

  • AshleyAnn - I LIKE it, I love it, I want some more of it

  • Ashley - It’s your LOVE it just does something to me, it sends a shock right through me

  • Debbie - What’s LOVE got to do with it?

  • Rebekah Jean - Let the angels gather, let the music play,
    Let the preacher get to preachin’ all the do-you-takes
    LOVE is a beautiful thing

  • lauren - It was 1970-SOMETHING
    In the world that I grew up in
    Farrah Faucett hair-do days
    Bell bottoms and 8-track tapes
    Lookin’ back now I can see me
    And oh, man did I look cheesy
    But I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
    It was 1970-SOMETHING

  • AshleyAnn - she grew up good she GREW UP slow like American Honey

  • Holly - When the rain is blowing in your face
    And the whole WORLD is on your case
    I would offer you a warm embrace
    To make you feel my love

  • Jaime Brochu - Rock my WORLD, take me out on the floor, dance with me till I can;t dance anymore…

  • Shannon J - … and when you get the choice to sit it out or DANCE, I hope you DANCE…

  • Kristin - That is THE CUTEST picture!! your kids are so adorable

  • Jenny B. - Well… I don’t know many country songs, but I did want to say that I really like Gwyneth Paltrow. I may have to watch the awards just to see her sing. She sang “Cruisin'” with Huey Lewis in the movie Duets. I didn’t love the movie, but I love that song, and she did a great job! 🙂

  • Heather - and i dont know how i can do without i JUST need you know..

  • Heather - *now

  • LeAnne - Gimme that girl with her hair in a mess
    Sleepy little smile with her head on my chest
    That’s the YOU that I like best
    Gimme that girl

  • jennie K - She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows, sign her letters with X’s and O’s.
    Gotta picture of her mama in heels and pearls. She’s gonna make it in her daddy’s world. She’s an American GIRL. An American Girl!

  • Amber - i guess I was wrong, i just don’t belong
    but then i’ve been there before
    everything’s all right i’ll just say goodnight
    and i’ll show myself to the door

  • McKenzie C. - Our song is a slammin screen DOOR,
    sneakin out late, tappin on your window,
    when you’re on the phone and you talk real SLOW,
    cause its late and your mama don’t know.

  • Lesley - I know there’s nothing stopping you now
    but I’d settle for a SLOW down

  • Jacqui - Aint going DOWN till the sun comes up!

  • Tara Liddicoat - Well this old familiar conversation, we’ve just ’bout worn it out. I keep tryin’ to change the subject but you won’t let it *DOWN*… And this broken stretch of highway we’ve been drivin’ on won’t be gettin’ any better if we can’t smooth things out… till you get done hurtin’ me back.

  • Kristin S - If it wasn’t for guys like you there wouldn’t be songs like THIS!

    (just had to put it since the show started)

  • Christina G - May have lost THIS battle, live to fight another day
    Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away

  • Christene {WhipperBerry} - Roll this stone away, let the guilty pay, it’s Independence DAY.

  • Jessica - The judge said GUILTY in a make believe trial
    Slapped the sherrif on the back with a smile and said
    Suppers waiting at home and I got to get to it

  • jill tracy - You make me SMILE like the sun, fall out of bed,
    sing like a bird, dizzy in my head, spin like a record…

  • jessica - give YOU all i have to give, when we get high up on the ridge

  • Megan - And my whole world, It begins and ends with you on that HIGHWAY 20 ride….

  • jamie - Walk through this WORLD with me; go where I go. Share all my dreams with me…

  • Lisa Johnson - I’ll start WALKing your way. You start WALking mine. We’ll meet in the middle, ‘neath that old Georgia pine

  • EmRuss - …running THROUGH the sprinklers with a big popsicle grin, dancin’ with her daddy, lookin’ up at him…

  • Amber - LOOKINg at you looking at me is the only thing that matters, come a little closer baby…

  • Renae H - .. the view I love the most is my front porch LOOKING in.

  • Crystal - Bye bye love, I’ll catch you later
    Got a lead foot down on my accelerator and the rear VIEW mirror torn off
    ‘Cause I ain’t never lookin’ back, and that’s a fact.

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