Sunday, December 30, 2007

Custom House Portraits

I've added new "custom" house portraits in my Yessy store. The link is in the right column. They range in size from 4" x 4" like the one pictured below, to 16" x 20". I promise I will start painting again this week and adding paintings to my eBay listings. Thanks to all my customers this past year and I wish you a wonderful New Year in 2008!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Santa's sweet jolly Christmas elves are actually my son, Eric and my daughter, Amber. They are my favorite gift of all!

This is a special Christmas gift that I gave my husband's grandma "Chickie". Her real name is Edna, but my children started calling her grandma "Chickie" when they were little because she raised chickens and sold eggs. The name has stuck over the years with all the grandkids. She is 96 years old and still lives on her farm. What a lady! Wish I had half the mind that she has! Anyway, this is a print that I had framed for her for Christmas. It is a painting that I did of her sister Mattie and Mattie's daughter, Shirley has the original. The lilac bush in the picture is from their old homestead when they were children. Mattie now resides in heaven where I'm sure there are many beautiful heavenly scented lilac bushes.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Two New Little Folk Art Paintings

When I started my next paintings, I decided that some of my customers might be a little tired of snow scenes after all the winter storms that have been broadcast on the news. I pray that all of you have your power back on and are safe and warm.
You won't be able to go directly to these auctions until the listing begins. Each one is scheduled for a different evening. Once they begin, you can click on my eBay link in the right column to go directly to these auctions.
This little painting is titled "Moonlight in Pilot Grove" and has been scheduled to list on eBay Thursday evening, Dec. 20th. It measures 4 inches x 4 inches.
A brilliant full moon and the lights in the cottage windows reflect in the water where the gentle ripples blur the image. Families have settled in for their evening meal. Moms and Dads read stories to their children and then tuck them into bed. Sleepy heads land on soft pillows waiting for peaceful "Dreams".
This painting measures 6 inches x 6 inches and is scheduled to be listed on eBay Sunday evening, Dec. 23rd. This painting is titled "Moonlight in Cottage Grove".
Vibrant leaves in hues of orange and red with a brilliance only God could create, scatter on the ground and the water like a beautiful mosaic. Smoke drifts from the chimneys and lingers in the air with an earthy fragrance. Lights within the cottages reflect in the lake where the moon has cast her hazy glow.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Shopping at the Landing in Branson, MO

I haven't blogged for a while because my husband and I took our daughter to Branson, MO to go shopping at the new Landing Shopping Mall. These beautiful silver deer were everwhere.

We got a lucky shot of Mrs. Claus talking to a youngster outside of Santa's house.

This is a shot looking down through the mall. Condos are on one side and the Hilton is on the other looking out over the shoppers.

I have two more smaller paintings that I will be adding to my auctions possibly tomorrow night or Thursday evening. One is fall and the other is summer.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Winter Wonderland

This little painting was listed on eBay this evening. The above title will link you directly to this auction. These little 4 inch x 4 inch paintings are my favorite to paint. I have a new Christmas decorating idea that I'm finishing up and will share soon.
The lights in these little cottages come on as the sun sets and the moon takes center stage. The moon and lights from the cottages are reflected in the icy cold water below. Smoke drifts lazily from the chimneys and appears to freeze in midair. Then just when you think the snow has stopped, tiny glistening flakes appear like magic and sprinkle onto the earth as if spilled from a salt shaker. Believe in the wonder and the beauty that God provides for us each and every day.
You can click on any of the photos for a closer view.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Winter Festival

This is my last large painting before Christmas. I may get a few smaller ones done, but I reallllllllly need a break and time to spend with family. I listed this one on eBay Monday evening. For a closer view, click on any of these photos. To go directly to this auction, click on the above title. This is not a Christmas painting, but if any bidder who reads my blog would like the evergreen, wreaths, and red bows added, I will gladly do that after the auction free of charge. Just email me and let me know.
The Winter Festival in the village of Pine Grove is an annual event that draws people for miles around. Snow has covered everything in sight just in time for this exhilarating event! Chili cookoffs, ice skating, snowman contests, and the Winter Swimming Championship are just a few of the scheduled events. Yes, I said swimming in the winter! This is the biggest event of the festival and big John Hanley, the light house keeper, has held the title for the past 6 years and he plans on keeping it. Smoke drifts from the chimneys into the brisk evening air and seems to hang there above the houses like small clouds, frozen in time. Lights from the distant buildings reflect and sparkle in the water below. Snow continues to gently fall and floats gracefully drifting toward the ground where it will glisten untouched until the villagers awake to the promise of a cold crisp day.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Winter Has Arrived!

Winter has arrived in our little town. This really helped get me in the mood to finish decorating. I love the way everything looks with a fresh blanket of snow on it!
Snow always makes everything seem so peaceful and quiet.
Snow caps off the roof of this butterfly house.
I will have at least one more painting going on eBay before Christmas. It is a 16 x20 winter snow village scene. I didn't add Christmas details because I was afraid it was too late to sell another Christmas painting. But, if the winner wants evergreen and red bows, I will gladly add them after the auction ends. I hope to have it finished and listed this evening or by Monday evening. I may or may not have some smaller ones before Christmas. I would love to just relax and take it easy through Christmas, but I say that every year!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

My Sweet Fuzzy Niece

My sister sent me these photos of my fuzzy niece Holly. Holly has a nice little Christmas story that goes along with her name. Two years ago she showed up at our house and would always greet us as we got out of the car and would follow us to the back door. We have large french doors and she would sit there and watch us through the glass and stare at the food in the dog's bowl. We started taking food out to her and she ate it ravenously. She was starving. We already have two cats and I have allergy problems, but she broke my heart one evening when it was snowing and she watched me through the window shivering. Then when my husband and son decorated the front of the house with Christmas lights, she followed them like a little puppy back and forth with excitement. She is such a people cat, very social. I brought her into the basement, out of the weather and begged my sister to adopt her. Thankfully she did and since it was Christmas, she got the name "Holly".

My Mom and I visited with my sister, Patti, this weekend at her home and she had this beautiful arrangement on the table that Holly curled up behind. I wanted a picture and Patti's battery was dead. She blended in so well with her pretty silver coloring and the same tones in the decorations. She tried taking a picture later, but couldn't get her to cooperate and lay behind them.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Decorating the Dining Room for Christmas

Fairies abound everywhere in my dining room. Simply using what is already in the room is a great way to decorate without a lot of work. A bow tied around her neck and an evergreen wreath placed upon her head adds just the right Christmas touch in this blue and white room.
This is my mystical white fairy tree. New this year, I've added the sparkly glass church ornaments and the glitter snowflakes.
Add a touch of greenery to the chandelier above your dining table and some dangling ornaments!
A closeup of my tree topper. Isn't she elegant?
Lots and lots more glitter and sparkle!
I still have to have just a touch of the traditional green and red to brighten up the room. This lamb was purchased on eBay last year from a lady who uses her own special mix and makes these from old molds.
I painted these blocks years ago when I first started painting and have always had them in the kitchen. But, this year they just seem to look better on top of my hutch. I added a touch of evergreen and then the blue and white china ornaments and blue and white plaid ribbon.
This wreath has always been in the entry. But, upon closer inspection the sparkles in it look great with all the other glitter in the dining room. I centered it over one of my hanging transferware plates.
This fairy was given to me by my neighbor and dear friend Linda. I placed a wreath on her arm and an antique ornament is attached at the bottom. She is blowing the glittery mica that I poured in her shell. I've seen this same fairy in one of Nell Hill's books on a buffet with sugar in the shell and a tiny sugar spoon.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Decorating the Kitchen for Christmas

Upon arriving home from church on Sunday, I quickly changed clothes and got to work dragging out my Christmas decorations for the kitchen. I turned my little television on the Hallmark channel and the commercials and the Christmas movie that was playing, got me in the mood to bake cookies. So, I quickly switched tracks and made a batch of Chocolate Chip - Coffee Cookies while my box of decorations lay on the floor with my cat Bailey nibbling on the evergreen. She will most likely leave me an undesirable result on the floor later.
"Chocolate Chip - Coffee Cookies"

I like lots of cookies, so I double this recipe:

1/2 Cup (1 stick) softened butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 Teaspoons vanilla

1 3/4 Cups flour

1/2 Teaspoon baking soda

1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Teaspoons instant coffee

One 6 oz. bag chocolate chips

1/2 Cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. I like to bake these on a stone cookie sheet and use a small scoop to dip them onto the stone. They come out nice and thick.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix with hands. Add instant coffee, chocolate chips, and pecans.

3. Use your scoop to drop cookies on stone. Bake for 11 minutes.

Now back to decorating the kitchen. I drape evergreen, with a few pieces missing that the cat ate, on top of all my cabinets and then hang the old fashioned cheap ornaments from the branches. I tuck in evergreen among the shelves and add some snowmen here and there. Notice the empty jar on the shelf.

Here I've added my tree for the kitchen and filled it with tiny fabric bows and ornaments that I painted on watercolor paper and cut out.

Christmas Magic! The jar is now filled with delicious cookies. I'm such a cheapskate. My dear friend Winnie gave me one of these jars a while back and now I've eaten more pickles than I can imagine just for the jars. Wal-mart sells Vlasic Pickles in these jars and they make such good cannisters!
This is my tiny bathroom off the kitchen where I've added a tree in the corner of the sink. The little antique cheese grater has a tiny night light attached to the back with wire and plugs directly into the outlet. It looks nice with the light glowing through the tiny holes.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's House

Today I spent the afternoon decorating my kitchen for Christmas. While working on some cookies to put in the oven, I remembered that I needed to get this auction listed on eBay. So, here it is! You can click on the title above to link directly to this auction or click on either photo for a closer view. Mmmmmmmmmm, I've got to get back to my Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Susie and Tommy love to spend Christmas with their Grandma and Grandpa. Their family arrived today at their grandparents home that sits high on a hill overlooking the countryside below. Susies loves the aromas that come from her Grandma's kitchen. They've been busy baking cookies and other goodies all day. Grandma always lets her roll out the cookies and decorate them after they are baked. They hang some of them on the tree and wrap up others to give to friends and family. Tommy and Grandpa have been busy in the workshop building a jewelry box for Grandma as a surprise for Christmas. Anticipation mounts as Grandpa gathers the two youngsters on his lap and opens his Bible to read the story of baby Jesus who was born in a manger long, long ago. Then he reads The Night Before Christmas with his jolly Santa voice. Once again memories are made and stamped in the minds of two sleepy little children.

Friday, November 30, 2007

A Day of House Cleaning

What a wonderful Friday. I would love to be painting but unless I get this house cleaned, I won't be able to start my Christmas decorating. By the way, did anyone notice that Hank really got around in that last post. Hank was the mayor, the hardware store owner, he was married to Ellie, and his sister Letha. Now there's a nice little Christmas story for you. Hank, the mayor, is now Frank. Hopefully I'll get my head cleared out today too!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree

I've been busy painting night and day and my eyes are beginning to get a little weary as well as my back. I listed this painting tonight on eBay. You can click on the above title to link directly to this auction and you can click on either photo to get a closer view.
Frank, the mayor of Richmond, owns the Hungry Mule Cafe where he and his wife Ellie make the most wonderful food in the county. His sister Letha owns the Blue Moon Trading Company and has been dating Hank from the hardware store for 5 years. They are going to be married in front of the Christmas tree in the center of town on Christmas Eve and everyone is invited. This will be the biggest event of the year and people were beginning to think it would never happen. Everyone has done an extra special job of spiffing up the town with evergreen and red bows to help them celebrate this momentous occasion!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas in Candy Cane Cove

I'm sure I should get off the Christmas kick and start painting something else, but I just can't help myself! I listed this one on eBay this evening and you can click on the above title to go directly to this auction. You can also click on these photos for a closer view.
Mr. McDonnagal is the lighthouse keeper in this quaint little village. He hands out candy canes to everyone he meets during the month of December and greets them with a "Merry Christmas". He and his family have lived in the light house for 35 years. His father was the previous owner who inherited it from his grandfather. The candy cane tradition has been going on for many years and thus the name "Candy Cane Cove." Children for miles around have always thought that the lighthouse beam was meant to guide Santa and his reindeer to the families of the village.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas in Crystal Cove

Yeahhh!!! Orrick High School Football State Champs! What a weekend! We went to St. Louis this weekend to watch a local town win the State Championship and what a great time we had! I want to say a special congratulations to Turner and the team for showing such great sportsmanship and a job well done.
Before we left for the game I got this little painting done and scheduled to go on eBay this evening.

This quaint little cove is named after Crystal the snowlady who has arrived every year at Christmas to delight the children and share in the magic. Warm fires burn inside the homes as tufts of smoke drift from the chimneys into the brisk air. Snowflakes, gentle in their unique designs, sway towards the earth forming a beautiful white blanket covering everything in sight. Crystal loves the way they tickle her nose and drape on her arms to make her appear that she's wearing elbow length white gloves. She can't wait for the children to come out and see how fanciful she looks with her white atire that glitters in the daylight.