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!


  1. Catherine,

    You are such a dear hearted person. You deserve this award and many more.

    I loved reading the story about that wonderful couple. Your blog is filled with pure goodness.

    I'm glad that you and your husband are feeling better.


  2. What a perfect gift for mom and dad.
    ANd that dress form is far out!

  3. Hi Catherine...welcome back to blog land, glad you are feeling better now...the flu is the pits for sure.

    I really love the commissioned piece you did, it is beautiful. How nice to receive a photo of it with the proud owners.

    Your dress form came out just awesome, I love it.


  4. Hi Cathie :)

    I'm so sorry you and your husband were sick! It seems almost everyone had some sort of bug this year.

    I love the painting you did for those folks. Imagine living in the house that's been in your family 130 years! Amazing :)

    The dress form turned out really cute too!

    Happy New Year sweet friend :)

  5. Catherine, glad to see you're feeling better. The portrait of Sydnei's parent's home is just darling!

  6. I noticed you were MIA the last couple of weeks. I'm glad your back...I'm still debating on which prints I would like...since my husband refuses to buy me as many as I like, I must narrow my choices to two. Which is best for you esty or e-bay?

  7. Welcome back, Catherine! So many had that nasty bug over the holidays...sorry the number included you and your dh.

    Peckerwood Farm is such a sweet painting...I can't imagine receiving such a sweet gift...lucky mom and dad!

    That's a sweet idea for the dress form. I bet your daughter loves it!

  8. Catherine - sorry to hear you got the flu!! I feel for you - I got mine the day after Christmas - horrible! I am so envious of the painting you did of that house - it turned out beautiful and it looks cheery to me! Perhaps one day I can commission you to do one of my log home.......??

  9. Catherine-welcome back!!! I missed you. I'm so sorry you had the flu (and your husband too). I hope you get better every day! Love the painting of the house and the dress form!

  10. Goodness Gracious ... you've been missed!! So very sorry to hear that the flu bug took a bite of your holidays - glad that it was towards the end of them.

    Simply ADORE the home portrait that you create for Sydnei's parents & loved the story just as much. What an amazing talent you have to bring such whimsical beauty to life.

    Too cute! of a dress form!! Certainly a sure-fire way to bring creativity and success together as your daughter begins her new venture. Best wishes to her. :)

    So glad that you are back and doing well. I look forward to being inspired by your posts and creations as always!
    Happy New Year -

  11. Happy New Year, Catherine, and welcome back! Sorry to hear about the stomach flu and hope you're feeling better.

    The painting you did of the house is wonderful and what a lovely gift.

    I also like the dress form. Very creative with the patterns! Love the colors. I bet your daughter loves it!

  12. Glad you are back, you will not believe the start to the new year that we have had. Come by a see, it's a little scary though. Love the portrait of the house. I am going to be contacting you in the near future to do the same for us.
    So glad you are feeling better.

  13. Happy to hear that your both back on your feet again! The painting is wonderful, and I love the dress form!

  14. Cathie, I was wondering where you were! Glad you are feeling much better.

  15. It's good to hear you are feeling better Cathie.

    O my that house portrait is wonderful and the story is fabulous! I know they and their family will cherish it always!

  16. I hope you continue to feel better and enjoy some creative time! I am so glad I have some of your art to enjoy and your wonderful blog to spend time reading! Happy New Year to you, dear friend!

  17. Glad to hear that you guys are feeling better - the germs seem to have been ultra active this Christmas and new year, no matter where in the world you are. I love the tailors dummy, it is stunning - I'd love something like that in my sewing room!
    Happy 2009
    Kim xx

  18. I would like to award you with the special "Proximidade" award. I hope you'll visit my post to accept the award! You make such a difference in my life, sweet friend!

  19. Catherine Dear, you have an award waiting for you ... stop by to receive it!! (*smile*)

    Blessings always,

  20. Hi! I'm so glad you're feeling better! I love the painting you did of the couple's home, it's so sweet. And the dress form is so cool! Can't wait to see it in her craft room!

  21. Hi Cathie!
    I'm so glad to see you posting again! I've missed you! I'm also happy to hear you are feeling better and back to creating again.

  22. Cathie,
    so glad that you are feeling better. I know being sick stinks! I love your form! I think it is just sooo awesome! I have been really wanting to get one but then I always say you are going to get one and not have any time to use it. And alas i won't. HAHA..

    Have a great weekend

  23. Hi Catherine, I just came across to your blog from Cntyhia's and I opened my eyes wider to see your gorgeous paintings better..And immediately I have clicked "follow my blog" button.If you have time to visit my blog, I will be very happy. Gotta a scoot and search Ebay for the items on sale...


Thanks for taking the time to share your sweet comments!