Friday, September 2, 2022

Christmas Magic Original Folk Art Painting

"Christmas Magic"

My new painting is finally finished and off to it's new home.  
The prints will be available in my Etsy store.

Dragging their Christmas tree toward home, the McKinley family sings carols with their children Alias, Abel, and Alice as a snowman tips his hat to them.   Snow gently falls and glistens like sugar poured from a shaker.  Puffs of smoke rise from the chimneys as everyone settles down for the evening. The children are out of school and have spent their days bundled up in the cold skillfully building jolly snowmen dressed in hats and scarves giving a magical feel to the village. Pastor Phil and his son, Ezra, are busy hanging lights on the evergreen trees by the church to be ready for the Christmas program.  A lone tree decorated for the holiday floats in a boat anchored off the shore by the little church.  A gold star perched on top of the tree represents the light of Jesus as they celebrate his birth on Christmas day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Progress of Folk Art Painting Christmas Magic

Progress of Folk Art Painting Christmas Magic

In between camping this summer in sweltering heat, I've been working on this painting.  To keep me motivated, I've been adding the Christmas decorations as I go instead of waiting until the end.

I've always referred to this stage as the icing on the cake and it's my favorite part of painting!  This is when the painting seems to take on life and I start writing the story in my head.

I can also see at this point where changes need to be made.

Adding the teeny, tiny people hanging decorations on the evergreen by the church put my eyes to the test after vision correction and cataract surgery several months ago.

This doesn't seem like the best choice of location according to the look on the snowman's face.

Hope everyone has enjoyed summer this year because I can honestly say that I'm ready for a long fall season!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Brushes Creating Christmas Magic

Nothing beats painting a Christmas snow scene in the middle of a hot summer.  We started out with a cold rainy spring keeping me inside instead of gardening and then we went straight to hot with temperatures in the 90's and high humidity for days on end.    
Then came Covid.  I'm out of quarantine and Rick will be soon.  How's your summer going?

I'm done complaining since the weather has been much better the last couple days and I'm out of jail!


Friday, April 29, 2022

Shull Family Farm Original Folk Art Painting

 We've started our camping season once again and it was a rainy, windy, and cold trip.  But we were still able to get away and relax while camped beside a beautiful lake at Pomme de Terre.  We got in a little walking between the rain storms.  I also spent time crocheting an afghan and reading.

Before we left I finished this painting for a dear, long time friend.

"Shull Family Farm"

Rick and I both came home with a cold but had a great time on our trip anyway.  Daisy enjoyed it too.  What have you been up to lately?  

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

 Thanks to all the men and women who have put their lives on the line for our freedom!  We remember all those who died for our country and their families who have had to mourn their loss.  May God bless you all!

Monday, April 12, 2021

New Folk Art Painting "Christmas in Pine Valley"

"Christmas in Pine Valley"

Painting this Christmas scene was so much fun for me.  I've been away from painting for quite some time so I decided to start with what I love and Christmas is right at the top of my list.  It brings me so much joy and with everything going on in the world today and in our lives this was just what I needed! It took so long to paint all those tiny evergreens on the mountain but it was also therapeutic.
Nestled below mountains covered in evergreens you’ll find a charming village known as Pine Valley.  A little snow doesn’t stop families from getting out and having dinner at Ginger Sue’s or doing some Christmas shopping at the Nutcracker Gift Store.  Amanda and Clifford, owners of the Pine Valley Inn, greet guests making sure everyone is welcomed and made to feel at home.  Worn, wide planked floors lead weary visitors to the cozy dining room where they can order something to eat and sit by the fire or simply enjoy some hot coffee or cocoa before retiring to their room.  Snuggling into bed with a good book discovered at the local bookstore under a fluffy, down comforter and an extra quilt is a great way to end a perfect day.  

I will be listing this print today in my Etsy shop as well as FineArt America.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmas 2020

Christmas this year is going to be difficult for a lot of people including our family.  My mom was moved to isolation due to Covid in the nursing home at the end of October with several other residents.  She was in isolation for several days.  It was a very difficult time especially since the nursing home has been shut down since March.  Once she got out of isolation she was extremely weak.  We got a call on November 18th and our family made the decision to bring her home.  My sister, husband, and I became her caregivers along with a great hospice team.  I so desperately wanted to get the Christmas tree put up for her but that was not to be.  She passed surrounded by her family on December 1st.  We are so blessed to have spent her final days with her, loving on her and feeding her sweets to her hearts content.  She was so very happy to be with us and now she's spending Christmas with so many other family members including my Dad and my brother Joe.  She was 1 of 14 children so there's a huge reunion going on in her heavenly home.  

Wishing each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Baking, Decorating for Fall, and Camping or How to Overcome the Isolation Blues

 Rick and I may not come out of 2020 without having gained a few pounds, but baking this time of year is one of my favorite things to do.  We are enjoying each and every bite too!

Yesterday I made these Candied Pecans from Lauren's recipe that you can print from her blog. 

"Tastes Better From Scratch"

I quarantee you it's fabulous and tastes exactly like the warm Candied Pecans you purchase from vendors at festivals!  It says to let them cool completely and store them in a tight container, but they were extra good while they were warm.

I also made some very yummy gluten free pumpkin bread the week before.  I used my regular recipe but substituted Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 flour.  I've used this recipe for years and it makes one bundt cake and a loaf.  It's perfect if you want to gift one!  I don't think this happended this time though, Ha!

A rather large crack developed in the center of the loaf, but tasted great!  

My only fall decor has been limited to my crocheted items and a few other pieces.  This black and white plaid pumpkin I crocheted a few years ago goes perfectly in my kitchen with my new curtains, therefore I placed it on this old scale.

My living room had a few more pumpkins made with yarn wrapped over cheap pumpkins from 
The Dollar Store.  Simply cut a hole in the top and bottom of the pumpkins removing the stem.  Wrap the thick chenille like yarn through the top and bottom all the way around and add a stick for the stem.  

 I did crochet a Halloween pillow for myself and my daughter, Amber.  You can find the pattern for the pillow here at TLB Patterns.

This cute plaid garland came from either Michael's or JoAnn's.  Isolation is messing with my memory!

These little wine cozies were crocheted using a pattern from 
The Midnight Stitcher.  I got the leather "Wine O'Clock" and "Whine Not" tags from

To keep us from losing our minds this summer we got out and went camping at local state parks every month.  Even though the last trip this fall was rather rainy, it was still good to get out of the house and into  nature.  Get creative, bake, or get out and enjoy the beautiful parks around you.  You'll be amazed how much better you'll feel.    

We like everyone else have had some tough things to go through lately and I won't dwell on that here, but how are you doing and what are you doing to overcome the Isolation Blues?

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Halloween 2020

"Halloween 2020"

I wish I had a new Halloween painting for 2020, but this year being what it is, I haven't had much inspiration to paint.  Instead, my husband and I have spent alot of time camping and getting away from everything.  It's been great for us and our dog, Daisy, and I hope at some point I get some inspiration to get back to work.  For now, I'm just going to sit near a camp fire by a lake somewhere.  

These are my two nonspooky Halloween prints that are my best sellers in my Etsy Store.  If you would like to check them out click here.  Once you arrive at my store, click on "Halloween Prints" in the top left column and you will see all the prints I have available in that category.  What are you doing for Halloween this year?  

"Pirate's Cove" 

"Echoes of Trick or Treat"

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Jack O' Lantern Lane Original Halloween Folk Art Painting


I just finished this little 6" x 6" painting and listed it in my Etsy Store.  Halloween will be here before you know it.  I'm sure the candy sales will be way down during this pandemic or all of us adults will be eating it as we work from home!  I'll miss the kids coming by in their costumes.

Ethel and Fred built a house when they got married 45 years ago. Connie and Horace built their house next door and a deep friendship between the neighbors blossomed and they became family. They loved the little trick or treaters who visited every year on Halloween and both couples placed carved pumpkins on the fences posts. That's how their little road became known as Jack-O'Lantern Lane.

We don't get as many trick or treaters as we used to because they go to the nursing homes and churches, which I'm sure is a lot safer.  They won't be going to the nursing homes this year though.  How sad.  My mother loved handing out candy last year to all the little ones coming through the nursing home.  What are you doing different this year?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Personalized Original Christmas Painting

This week the heat was getting to me so I decided to paint a Christmas scene that can be personalized.  I wanted to paint something small for a change and haven't done that in quite some time.  It was so fun to work on and now I'm ready to start another small painting this week.  
This Christmas Painting is now available in my Etsy Shop.

 The painting measures 6" x 6" and looks so cute sitting on a table or shelf.  The name will be painted in a light blue with touches of white snow on each letter.

The depth of this canvas, 1.5 inches, makes it stand easily or it would also look nice hanging on a wall.

How's the weather where you are?  Are you ready for fall?