about

To sum it up in a few words…
I am a wife, mom, and art educator who loves to
create in my kitchen, garden, and home art studio.
The longer version starts below…
Welcome to feisty little eva.  
If you enjoy art, photography, baking, decorating, and vintage collections, then you are at the right place!  My blog is named in honor of my precious grandmother (Mimi).  She had an adorable feisty spirit and we miss her so much.
My name is Dana Barnes.  I have been married to my college sweetheart, John (aka Mr. Tidy) for 23 years.  We have two amazing teenage daughters and a sweet little beagle pup.   I have a degree in Art Education, and through the years have taught art to all ages, public and private schools, as well as volunteering in several places.  A few years ago, I had a photography business taking portraits, and I've also participated in a few local art shows.   At the current moment, I am taking a break from teaching and from taking portraits, so I can work on my photography portfolio and also to spend time creating art again.  I am currently working on an enjoyable series of my childhood memories.

Papa's Barn (oil pastel)

You will often find me creating art in my home studio.   I love to incorporate memories from growing up on a farm into my art.  I have a whole series devoted to my Mimi's bird bath.  I prefer to use oil pastels and acrylic paints, and almost always use vibrant colors.   Through the window of my studio, I can see my backyard garden.  I love to watch things grow.  I plant veggies, herbs, and flowers in my backyard, and love to watch birds, too.  There's always inspiration just a window peek away.



It's safe to say, I enjoy doing a lot of different creative things.  Decorating is definitely at the top of the list.  As a teenager, I would constantly redecorate my room and other areas of our home. To me, if it was time to clean the house, then it was time to redecorate. In college, I began searching for inexpensive ways to decorate, and my love of thrifting began. After college, I married John, and we moved into a teeny apartment. I decorated using all my spare change (which wasn't much) at the thrift store. We have been married for 23 years now and have acquired a little more square footage, and I'm still using my spare change to spruce up our home. I am a strong believer in decorating with things you love. I often incorporate natural elements into my designs using moss, dried flowers, plants, twigs, burlap, linen, and various metals in each room.
I adore old things. Buying things with a history is important to me. I love to think of the stories each piece could tell. Much of my home is decorated with vintage items from the thrift store. Since I was a teenager, I have preferred older items vs. new.  If anyone was throwing away old furniture, it quickly ended up in my hands.  I collect milk glass and vintage planters because they remind me of my Mimi.  She always had pretty milk glass pieces on her dining room buffet, and planters full of huge African violets in her breezeway.  These are precious childhood memories for me, so why not surround myself with those things now?   I also enjoy collecting vintage kitchenware.  One day, I hope to fix up an old farmhouse in the mountains.  I think about that all the time!  Until then, I'll keep enjoying old things in the house we're living in now.


My favorite color will always be purple!
I shoot with a Canon 5D and I use various lenses.

My favorite artists are Frida Kahlo and Marc Chagall.
Want to see more of my photos and artwork?  Click here to visit my online professional portfolio.
Would love to hear from ya!  Email me: feistylittleeva@att.net


Favorite Bible verses:
Psalm 139:13 
For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.  
I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Matthew 6:26-27

Look at the birds of the air:  They do not sow or reap or gather into barns- and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?

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