Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cherry Cupcake Painting

My computer has been giving me fits lately, so while waiting for my hubby to work on it, I decided to get some painting done. While browsing some blogs lately I've noticed several kitchens done in white, yellow, and lots of red. So, I was inspired to paint this cupcake painting in these colors. I listed this painting on eBay last night and it would make a lovely Valentine's Day gift for that special person in your life or for yourself.

This painting of three charming cherry cupcakes would be a great way to brighten up your kitchen. All three cupcakes are in coordinating red and white cupcake liners and are topped with fluffy white butter cream frosting and a single cherry. The three cupcakes are "Cherry Chocolate", "Cherry Delight", and "Cherry Yum Yum". Each cupcake rests on a decorative black cake stand with it's own unique style. Tiny little black and white checked ribbons are hot glued to the stick section of the labels. I've also attached a black and white checked ribbon to the edge of the canvas. I've photographed this painting with and without the ribbon on the edges. It can be removed if you prefer.

Above you can see this painting sitting on my red roller skates next to the Valentine Cupcake painting that ends this evening on eBay.

Here's a final look at the "Be Mine Valentine" cupcake painting before it skates off to its new owner at the end of the auction.

This week I cleaned all the Christmas artwork off my chalkboards and here is a sweet little surprize my hubby left me. I love it that he still does these little things after 36 years! The Missouri Conservationist magazine arrived in the mail this week and I just had to share the beautiful photo on the cover with you. I love the contrast of a brillliant red cardinal against the glistening white snow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Print Giveaway Winner and a New Valentine Cupcake Painting

I've been pretty busy with custom orders lately and it's been difficult to work in a few minutes to post on my blog. I did manage, however, to get this new little cupcake painting done for eBay. I try to list at least one or two new paintings on eBay each week.
Decorate your home for Valentine's Day with this colorful 5 inch x 7 inch cupcake painting. A moist yellow cupcake with a red and white polka dot liner is piled high with fluffy white frosting and a bright red cherry nesting on top. A cute heart shaped valentine is attached to the side of the cupcake which rests on a black cake stand topped with a glass cloche. The black lettering is dripping with white frosting and accented with red hearts.

Congratulations! Melissa from Sunbonnet Cottage is the winner of my print "Giveaway", Hill Crest Island. Send me your address Melissa (my email is in the sidebar). Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments and good luck next time!
I know that a lot of you thought this was a painting I was giving away, but it really did say print. Keep watching though. There may be a painting giveaway sometime soon!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Banner Painted in Music Room

Yesterday I was flipping through the pages of an old album I had put together of some of the work I had done in homes for clients. I had completely forgotten about this one and I thought I'd share it with you. I painted this in the music room above their built in storage cabinets. You can click on the photos for a closer view. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Giveaway, New Painting, and Cake Recipe

This week I received two awards from two great bloggers. The first award comes from Jenny at All Roads Lead Home. This Lemonade Award is based on displaying great attitude or gratitude. Wow! Thanks Jenny. Check out Jenny's blog because I really think this award applies to her. She is the sweetest and cutest blogger and she even paints! I wish I had time to follow the rules and pass this on to several people, but since I don't, please grab this one for yourself right here. I love the attitude and gratitude of all of you who comment on my blog.

You can pick up this next award at Joyce's Blog, Moderate Suburban Chick. She's a lovely lady and has a pretty yummy looking recipe for quick Cinnamon Delights you can grab while you are there. We are even the same age as soon as my birthday arrives in February. Check out Joyce's blog and have a cup of coffee with her!
Now, as I was cleaning up around my paint room I came across this print, "Hill Crest Island", that I had crackled last year and have decided to give it away. Just leave a comment on this post before January 22nd when I will use a random number generator to pick the winner. Only one chance per person please. If your comment doesn't link to your blog, or you don't have a blog, please leave me an email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win. I promise to sign the print too. It will come with a certificate of authenticity with the following story:

Clarita and Henry Castaway live in a cottage on Hill Crest Island. They row their little red boat to the mainland each morning to have coffee and breakfast with their friends at a local cafe.

Yesterday I finished a house portrait which I hope to share with you soon and then I did a little painting that I listed on eBay titled, Hampton Hill.

Mrytle and Richard live in a cottage on Hampton Hill. Today is Richard's 55th birthday and as always, Myrtle is making his favorite cake to celebrate. As the snow gently falls they will enjoy dinner by the fire and share a piece of cake with their neighbors who have come to celebrate as well. Good friends, a loving wife, and great food, what more could a man ask for!

Here is the cake that Myrtle served her husband and I serve mine every year on his birthday:

"Watergate Cake"

1 White cake mix
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup oil
1 Can 7-up
1 Pkg. instant pistachio pudding

Mix together well and then add:
1 Cup pecan pieces
1/2 Cup coconut
Stir together with spoon
Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 min.

(Put on cold cake)
2 pkgs. dream whip
1 pkg. instant pistachio pudding
1 1/2 Cup cold milk
Mix together and ice cake. Sprinkle cake with coconut and pecans. Keep cake refrigerated.

New prints are added to my shops weekly, so check them out.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hi Gang! I'm Back!

Yes, I'm finally back. My husband and I both came down with the stomach flu the day after New Years and are finally back among the living. But, before I get carried away, I must apologize to Melissa at Sunbonnet Cottage for not getting this posted sooner. She awarded me this Christmas Spirit Award before Christmas and I'm very embarrassed that I'm just now writing about it. I was supposed to list 5 things I love about Christmas and pass it on. At the time that I received this, I was bombarded with the holidays and work. Believe me though Melissa, I truly appreciate it. You must check out here charming blog!
Before Christmas I was contacted by Sydnei from Simply Sentimental, to do a "house portrait" for her and her sister of their parent's home. She sent me this sweet photo of her parents, Sam and Becky, with the painting.

Below is a picture of the painting in color.

Here is the little story that was on the cerificate of authenticity:

Sam and Becky Frazier were married in 1970 and raised their two girls, Sydnei and Ashley, at Peckerwood Farm. They have been blessed with grandchildren, Kaden and Kase and twins, Kennedy and Kaelyn. Their 2 dogs, Baxter and Bentley, love the extra attention they get when the children visit with grandma and grandpa. Their home sits on land that has been in the family for over 130 years. Other family members also live on this nearly 500 acre farm where “love of family” is very strong.

Check out Sydnei's blog and her Etsy shop. She's a sweet gal and very talented!

I've been wanting to share this next photo for such a long time. I got this idea from Tracey at Notes from a Cottage Industry. She had a beautiful dress form covered with sheet music that I just loved! My daughter, Amber, is hoping to start her own online business with her sewing designs someday. So, I bought her the dress form via the info that I got from Tracey on eBay. Instead of sheet music, I used old dress patterns found at Grandma Chickie's farm, as per this post. The colors were the exact colors she used to paint her craft room. She loves bright colors and the orange and turquoise in the patterns worked perfectly. Click on the photos for a closer view.

Hopefully I'll remember to take pictures of it in her craft room so you can see how cute it looks in there! I also made a little hang sign to place around the neck of the form which is not in this photo that says, "Hoot 'n Annie". This will be the name of her business or blog, unless she changes her mind. I was very temped to paint the wooden pieces black, but decided to wait and see if she wanted them painted. She may want them orange and turquoise!

Well, now that I'm feeling better and the Christmas decorations are put away, it's time to clean the cobwebs out of my mind and get back to work! Thanks for all your support over the pervious year and I look forward to visiting will all of you again. It's been so much fun making so many new friends this year!