Monday, December 15, 2008

Chalk One Up, Cookie Day, and Final Christmas Painting for 2008

I am dreaming of a white christmas!
Christmas decorations in my kitchen...I love my red skates that I use as a bookend for my cook books. I got it a couple of years ago at the "World's Longest Yard Sale" in Kentucky. Can't wait to go there again!

Another cloche I made with pieces from Wal-Mart

More kitchen decorations

and two very talented cookie elves! The'll never grow up and I'm glad.

Snowman Sound is the final painting for this year. I'm taking a much needed break from painting until after the first of the year, but will be back ready to paint more wintery visions.
This painting can be found on eBay.
Snowman Sound is a beautiful magical place. For years children have been telling tales of jolly snowmen who laugh and play. They always seem to have a twinkle in their eyes and a smile on their face, as if there could be some truth to this mystery.
Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway in a previous post. It ends on Thurday.


  1. It looks like your elves are having a great time! Love your Christmas decorations. Very festive looking.

  2. Love the snowmen...and the Christmas elves are pretty cute, too! Wish I had some that lived closer! Happy Holidays to your family!

  3. Such cute Elves.

    Walmart sells cloches? I did not know. I must go.

    Marry Christmas!


  4. Love the red skates... I had a pair of silver ones as a child.. crazy things would never stay on no matter how much I tightened them with the key. I think I need a pair of those for my kitchen too.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  5. Catherine,

    Thanks for the info. I wish I had your talent. At least I can learn from you.

    Thank you for sharing your talent.


  6. The cloches look so effective I love how 'doming" things just makes them "pop" ...
    And painting well what can i say...
    Love,Love all your paintings...That one is no exception

  7. so many great things - love that cupboard you have decorated - those skates are fun to have!! and i would love a split rail wooden fence like the one in your painting.....sigh.....

  8. Catherine I really enjoy reading your posts and looking at all the photos you share. Your talent is so great your paintings are just amazing. Oh and I am a big kid too I don't wanna grow up.... lol

    Have a great week.


  9. What a great post! Beautiful final painting, what a way to end the year. Look forward to seeing what you create for 2009!

  10. You have created wonderment again, Dear Catherine! Your illustrations take me on such whimsy travels ... how I would love to visit the "Sound".

    Blessings ~

  11. Catherine,

    I am so glad you stopped by! You have done it again, another wonderful painting! Santa has been outbid so far so maybe after your break we could talk about me just placing an order for one?

    Your house is stunning! I love every peek you give us and I am stealing from you today! Yes ma'am, those tags on your jars, I will be making some for myself! My family complains about the fact that all mine have no labels. A neighbor came by while I was away and wanted to borrow some flour, yes, this quaint custom still happens where I live, and my husband had to call and ask which flour was what. I have wheat, all purpose, and self rising but they are not labeled and the flour looks mysteriously like powdered sugar which dose not make ones cookies come out right! Thanks for sharing a great idea, I hope you do not mind if I borrow it.

    Have a wonderful day!

  12. Hi Catherine, a beautiful painting, as always!! I noticed that gorgeous clock in one of your photos, I know you must have painted that...WOW, is all I can say.

    I am the same as you, I need to take painting breaks at times, I'm sure all artists do, kind of refuels the creative juices. Happy holidays to everyone at your house.


  13. I love the skate bookends, too. There is nothing like getting to lick the beaters and mixing bowl. My husband and I take turns with that goodie.

    I'm still debating on which prints I want to purchase. I haven't forgotten but I like so many of them, it's difficult choosing.

  14. That yard sale sounds fabulous...heaven! Have a lovely break over christmas, I know how you feel...I'm taking a break from the sewing machine,
    Susannah x

  15. Hi! I found you through your comment on Honey Girl Studio. I just wanted to say that I LOVE your paintings, they are great! I've enjoyed what I've read of your blog so far, I'll be back with my coffee in the morning to check some more out!

  16. Your cookie elves are cracking me up! I hope my kids never grow up :)

  17. Catherine,
    Thanks for stopping by. I am just full of strange secrets. I did not know I could paint either until a friend told me I could. She bought me a set of paints, brushes, and a couple of books and I taught myself. I used to paint all the time but have not picked up a brush in a few years. I am truly rusty as all get out and most of my paints were dried up but I managed a few simple strokes. I realize I need to get out my practice sheets and reacquaint myself with some of the brush strokes. I had a time of it with the stroke work! I still prefer yours to mine and I will get in touch after the holiday to order something. Have a great day!


Thanks for taking the time to share your sweet comments!