Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Red Truck Painting

 I've been wanting a red truck with a Christmas tree painting for a while and here's my rendition of this popular subject.  


Everywhere I go shopping whether online or actual store fronts, there are trees on trucks, volkswagens, woody's, etc.


Here is my haul from Target a week ago including a Woody with a Christmas tree.


I just adore the little camper and don't even get me started on the buffalo plaid!  






Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My Autumn Folk Art Painting I Started Over a Year Ago


Before I say anything else, I have to tell you how blessed I am to be able to get back to painting and the joy it has brought me.  I started this autumn painting over a year ago and life got in the way.  I'm not complaining, because things just happen and we do what needs to be done.  I know that painting is my calling because as soon as I finished my art room, orders starting coming in from my Etsy store even though I had not added anything new.  I'm hoping to change that soon.  


I will keep you posted as this painting developes, because the next stage is like adding the frosting on a cupcake.  The magic and the fun is about to begin!  


I'm also working on a small Christmas painting that I have to finish first.  
Having a brush in my hand once again is something I'm so very thankful for.  
What are you thankful for today?

 My prayers go out for the families who suffered so much this past week in Texas.   Please join me in prayers for healing in this small community.  It's a place just like in this painting with a small church and hard working families who know their neighbors and help each other when needed.  We need to get back to the basics of strong faith, prayer, grace, love, kindness, and the list goes on and on.
Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted..."




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Autumn Morning Pondering

This morning I woke up following the dogs down the stairs into the kitchen.  



As I turned on the lights the dogs ran to go outside.  I picked up their bowls and filled them with food and turned around to see their smiling faces at the back door wanting in out of the cold.  Before they get their food I have to give Jersey, my little black and white cattle dog, her heart medication because she won't take it if I give it to her after she eats.  




I then grab a cup of coffee that I started the night before and sat down at the stools by the counter.   Lady, my Golly (Golden and Collie mix)  won't eat unless I sit there at the counter. 


This is our morning routine that we do each and every day.  My dogs are aging and have health issues and they are our a huge part of our family.  We have a rountine and we stick to it which makes the rest of the morning go so much smoother.  


As I was sitting at the counter looking out at the backyard which is west, I was amazed at the golden glow that was cast on everything.  I ran to the front door on the east side of the house to see the most amazing sunrise.  Long ago I gave up trying to photograph and capture the colors because I simply can't capture God's amazing handiwork.  So, I'll just take my time and then continue the rest of my morning routine and be thankful that He brought it to my attention on a simple morning while sitting at the counter drinking my coffee. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Folk Art

Stop by my Etsy shop to see my Halloween prints!  

I wish I had gotten my paint room finished sooner! I would have loved working on a new Halloween scene this year.  Check out my Halloween cupcake prints too!  





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Autumn Painting and Crochet Shrug Project

This morning I woke up to temps in the 40's.  I made my way down the stairs and went straight away to the thermostat and turned on the heat for the first time this fall.  I love the scent the furnace gives off when you turn it on.  I'm sure that aroma is hot dust, but I love it just the same.


I made my daily trek (this is now considered exercise at my age) back upstairs and sat down at my paint table to work on one of these two projects.  I keep my sketch on top of my painting to protect it while I crochet.  As I slid it down to remind me what I started working on over a year ago, I realized the colors in my crochet shrug match my painting!  I think I'll just paint for a while and then go back to working on this shrug later in the day.

What are you doing this fall?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Plaid Crochet Pumpkin

I finished this plaid pumpkin this morning and these are my only autumn decor so far.

Plain and simple decorating has become my style now and I'm not sure if it's age related or pure laziness.


But if I were truly lazy, I would just go and buy some pumpkins.



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Art and Craft Room Makeover

I'm finally back!  I've been away from blogging for so long that I was rather embarrassed to start back up.  I also couldn't figure out where to start.  I was posting on Instagram because it was so much quicker and I could do it from my phone.  During the time that I was away from blogging we've been busy putting on a new deck (the last post I did), had new treds and risers put on our staircase, new floor put in our family room, had a large crack cut out and repaired in our kitchen ceiling, made the attic into my husband's listening room and office, and redecorated my art room.  Needless to say, I've been exhausted and couldn't keep up.

These are not the best pictures because I took them with my phone.  My husband, Rick, and I shared this room for several years and it's just a tiny room.  This was in such disarray for so long that I had quit painting entirely.  


It's nothing fancy but it's organized and it's all mine!!  I started out by painting the room with Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog.  The blinds are from Blinds.com and the rug is from Ikea.


The desk belonged to my sister and brother in law and was gifted to me when they remodeled their home.  


All the storage is from Ikea and my favorite is the 6 drawer unit that even holds my large canvases.



Rick made the apron holder for me.


I didn't want to share the before first and scare everyone away.  


This faze was actually during the time that we were moving Rick's office upstairs and he was trying to figure out what to get rid of and what to keep.


This is definitely my "happy Place" now and I'm ready to get back to work.


I'm picking up a brush for the first time in over a year and can't wait to see where it takes me!






Monday, August 1, 2016

How Does My Garden Grow? Quite Contrary!

This has been quite the summer!  We had this new deck and pergola
 added this spring and here is what it looks like with all the plants since the last post.

It's been lots of hard work between mulching, adding pea gravel and plantings.  Believe it or not, I still have 18 bags of mulch to put out.  It seems to be never ending, but I'm like Mary, Mary quite contrary....



It would be a lot more fun if the heat and humidity hadn't been so bad.  See Rick's new "Green Egg" grill in the distance?  He's so proud of that and has made some great meals out there!


At first we were afraid we had added too much pea gravel around the deck, but it's growing on me.  I can always add lots of potted plants to fill in.


We took out a lot of large yew bushes that were around the old gazebo and I'm not sorry to see them go because they were always needing to be trimmed.  We are looking for low maintenance plants at our age.


See those bags of mulch on the right?  Want to come help?


I still have my pale green adirandacks and they make a nice conversation area below the pergola.  


A nice and much needed rain arrived this morning and I got a break from watering the potted plants.   I've been working from my laptop at our new table and chairs early in the morning before the heat hits.


Each year I wonder how much longer I'll be able to take care of all these flower beds, but they do bring me so much joy to look out over while enjoying my morning coffee.


The blue hydrangeas were amazing!  They are my favorite.  



Rick added some sweet lights too!  It's so peaceful out here under is manmade stars.

The first person to tell me what that bag of water with a penny in it is for hanging from the light fixture by the door wins my "Chimney Smoke and Cheery Snow Folk" 300 piece puzzle.  I forgot to take it down for the pictures so I've decided to use it as a giveaway game.  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Outdoor Living and Garden Renovation

Lot's of changes have been happening at our house.  In my previous post I was sharing my garden with you.  I was doing that so I could preserve my memories, because this is what my view was a few days after that.

Our beautiful old gazebo is now gone because it was falling apart. It had survived several years through three different families who loved it so much! We will miss it but have many photos to remind us. 


The next two days of progress on the new deck and it was fun to see it coming together.  We cut down the yew bushes and will be changing the landscaping later.


This is my view on the third day. Our poor dogs were in a little bit of shock because they couldn't figure out where the stairs went off the back of the deck.  


The following day it was really coming together.  Don't you just love the smell of fresh cut wood?


Our deck designer/carpenter Adam Park at AP Custom Works, LLC put up our pergola and started the railing. It's really coming together.  I can not express how much Rick and I love this!


That's my old climbing rose bush in that red bucket that was growing up the gazebo.  I need to figure out where it's new home is going too be in our yard.


This is my view before all the railing is up.


This is what it looks like now.  I love it!


I've got some new landscaping to do.

  
The dogs are still confused about the step situation even though there are stairs on all three sides of the pergola, they still go over to the stairs by the back door.  


My new view from the back door!  I can't wait to get my deck chairs up there.


Our view from our upper stairway landing. Now if the torrential rains will stop washing all our grass seed away, I'll be even more happy!



Thanks Adam for the beautiful new deck!  Rick and I love it and can't wait to share it with our family!