Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fun Filled Pinterest Day by the Lake

My dear friend, Lana, invited us to her new lake home for a Pinterest day with the girls.  Lana is on the left and Suzette, another dear friend, and my daughter, Amber had a great time crafting all day.  These gals really are family and a blast to be with!    We were having way to much fun and working too hard for me to mess with my camera, so I shot these images with my iPad.  I  apologize for the poor photos.  

We started off the day with a salad for lunch followed by this wonderful gluten free dessert that Lana made.  Chocolate is my favorite and it was so good!

We made terrariums with instructions from Suzette…..

I love Lana's collection of breadboards on her light blue walls.

This island was the perfect spot to do all our crafting!  If I'd had a better camera you would be able to see the lake view through the windows.

Lana had chalkboards for us to decorate with chalk makers….

Amber had mugs for us to ink and bake...

I was lazy and brought canvas and white stickers to create with….

Before we went home we made bracelets (the one at the top of Amber's wrist)...

We also decorated canvas pillow slip covers, sea glass bottles, and a glass vase painting.

Love you gals!  If you're looking for a great weekend with friends, try this out!  
I spent the following day looking up new ideas to try next time.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Christmas In Fox Creek Village Painting

We had such a blessed Christmas this year and from what I've been reading on everyone's blogs, so have many of you.   It's always so hard to take down all the decorations after the holidays and I did let it linger until the first week of the New Year.  It's kind of like taking all the frosting off the cake.  The house looks a little blank afterwards.  Does anyone else feel this way?  But, it's a clean slate and it's a new year!

I've was very busy the first two weeks of January repainting an older scene, Christmas In Fox Creek Village, for a licensing project and for the simple fact that I wanted a better larger image.  I don't usually  enjoy repeating a painting, but my heart was really into it this time which was another blessing.  I've decided to paint as many Christmas paintings as I can this year because they are just so much fun!  I may even add more to this painting just to make it a little different.  Maybe a horse and buggy on the road, more people, or whatever pops into my mind.  I'm always open to suggestions.  This painting will also be up for sale if anyone is interested.  I'm not sure if you have noticed, but I've also added a tab at the top of my blog for Original Paintings where you can make direct purchases.  I will be adding more paintings there as they are completed and still sell them in my Etsy shop along with all my prints.  I also purchased a new Epson printer so I will soon offer larger format 11 x 14 and up to 13 x 19 inch in my Etsy shop.

This year I had this photo of my siblings with Santa printed on a pillow to give to my sister and my mother.  It's always fun to give something special to loved ones.

That's me on the left.  It looks like I trimmed my own bangs.  The sad little guy next to me is Keith, a very youthful looking Santa, Patti, and Joe.  I was so happy with this pillow because it is printed on a very nice quality slipcover that can be washed and the pillow was included.  You can have your own memories printed on a pillow at pixels.com in a variety of sizes.  

Wishing everyone a very blessed New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours!

Wishing all my readers, friends, and family a very Merry Christmas!
We don't have snow this year so I thought I'd share this one from a few years ago.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cozy Cottage Christmas

This past summer we worked hard with our son, Eric, getting his new home ready to move into.  I just thought you might like seeing how the living room looks decorated for Christmas and see the transformation.

Our old skinny tree fits in nicely without blocking the cabinets surrounding the fireplace.

This is what it looked like before.

He removed the mirror and thankfully it wasn't glued to the wall.  I did have to retexture the area behind the mirror because of a few hairline cracks.

My hubby fixed the firebox and Eric is ready for his first toasty fire.
Thanks Bonnie for doing all the beautiful Christmas decorating!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Our Christmas Tree

I'm sure that everyone is busy shopping, decorating, and baking but I wanted to share my tree this year and show you the difference between last years tree and this years.

"2013 Tree"  
(this now belongs to our son)

"2014 Tree"
My sister gave us the beautiful desk on the left and this is where I fill my print orders.  When she sold her home she was getting rid of several pieces of furniture and I was the lucky recipient of this piece made by a friend of hers.  I didn't realize how skinny my old tree was for this area.

I hung the kids stockings on the coat rack this year because the shelf with the pegs is gone.

Jersey decided to photo bomb...

and once again without Jersey….

Rick keeps telling me I should clean the glass on the stove door before taking pictures, so please don't  judge me.  There's just too much to do around here.

I'm taking photos at my son's house today, so I'll be able to show you how our old skinny tree fits into his cozy cottage.
Off to make peanut butter fudge and wrap presents!

Check out the link to Kelly's blog The Lilypad Cottage.  This is where I got the inspiration for my tree this year because we bought the same flocked tree from Walmart.  Her home is lovely!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Folk Art Christmas Pillows

You may have noticed the new Pixel store in the shop links at the top of this blog.  Click on the link to go to my store where many of my paintings are now available as pillows.  Check out my "Caroling in Winterberry" pillow if you are looking for that special piece to finish off your Christmas decor or to give as a gift.  They even offer phone cases.

I have finally finished decking the halls throughout the house….

I do keep tweaking it though.  Do you tend to redo things or simply call it good?

It is the time of year for giving and if you are interested in giving to a good cause, I've put a link for a fundraiser for a dear friend of ours who is battling cancer at the top right column of my blog.  He is once again starting chemo this week and your prayers would be greatly appreciated.  Prayer can make a huge difference and his family would like for him to battle this cancer without having to worry about the bills.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Red and White Cheer My Heart

Thankfully I have photos from Christmas last year to help me decorate this week.  I loved the red and white theme last year and I'm so glad that I had photos to remind me where everything went.  Seeing these images from 2013 put a smile on my face and cheer in my heart and I knew I had to repeat it for this year.

I believe my garden man plaque is happy with the red cardinals too!  Now it's down to business and getting this done for 2014!

My plans for the New Year involve painting the walls in this room a different color and to get rid of the outdated grapevine stenciling.  Painting around the faux marble fireplace may prove to be a challenge!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Kitchen Christmas Chalkboard Door

After a long break away from blogging, I'm refreshed and ready to roll once again.  This week I'm doing my Christmas decorating.  Click on the chalk board image for a closer view.  I love my Susan Branch calendar and can't wait to see what the 2015 calendar looks like.

This door in my kitchen leads down to the basement where I have all my Christmas goodies stashed. 
Last night I found my chalk and got to work on my door.  Chalk boards are such an inexpensive way to decorate for all the holidays.  

Last year I found some great burlap ribbon at Walmart and used it on the stairway along with some garland….

I used it on the tree as well as the old chair.  

This year we have a new tree and I'll share that with you as soon as I finish decorating it.  It's taking me longer every year to get everything decorated.  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Snowman Folk Art Puzzle

It's finally here!  I'm not sure if I even mentioned it, because I didn't want to jinx myself, but my puzzle has arrived in the mail.  My agent licensed my painting, "Chimney Smoke and Cheery Snow Folk", to  a puzzle company and it's now available at Bits and Pieces.  

They included a frame which is actually part of the puzzle, glue, sponge to apply the glue, hangers and hooks so you can put it on your wall.  I know what puzzle I'll be working on this winter!  Do you enjoy puzzles?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eric's Cottage

I can't believe I've never shared a picture of Eric's little cottage from the outside.  This morning I ran drove over and took some photos.  I love the arched doorway!

I wanted to share his fireplace wall again because I love this area!  This is what it looks like now and Rick, my husband, used to be a brick mason and will be repairing the inside of the firebox soon.  Eric also has a great painting that he wants to hang over the fireplace and that's the reason the mirror had to go.  I had to re-texture the wall because it was cracked and painted it to match the rest of the walls.  

This is what it looked like before they removed the huge mirror over the fireplace.  Every time I came through the front door and saw my reflection in the mirror is scared me thinking someone was inside the house.   They taped the mirror and it didn't break when they took it down.  They also removed that old ceiling fan with the brass fixtures and wicker blades.

This is the new ceiling fan they installed.  

I just love his leather chair in this front room.  
I was in a hurry when I left my house and forgot to bring the tripod so the pictures aren't the best.  Nothing has been hung on the walls yet, but as soon as that happens and he finishes unpacking, I'll share some more.