Monday, June 29, 2009

A Weekend of Baby And Wedding Showers

A dear friend of mine recently gave me a large black notebook full of old pattern packets that I designed over several years. She thought that I might like to sell them so I am listing them over the next few days on eBay. You can check them out here.

Friday evening my daughter, Amber, was given a wedding shower by a dear friend. This is what I made for their home. I learned to mosaic by purchasing directions from Penny's blog, Lavender Hill Studio. Her directions are very easy to follow. You can click on the photo for a closer view.

My daughter and her sweet fiance, Scott, will be getting married on July 11th in Eureka Spring, Arkansas. We are looking forward to this event and I will share some photos of the newly weds soon!

I also attended a baby shower for my niece. She and her hubby adopted this sweet little guy, Carter Ashton, and we are so excited to have another sweet angel in our family! Here he is pictured with my daughter. Don't you think she would make a great mother! Hint, hint!

Below is a photo of the lovely toes of my niece, Gabby. I asked her who did her nails and she said, "I went to the Toe Place." Kids are so cute!

The above toes belong to this little cutie pie.

My niece Amy opening one of her many cute baby gifts.

Congratulations on the new little one Amy and Ryan!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Harmony Cottage Folk Art Painting and Daylilies

Here is what's blooming in my garden this week. I transplanted these Stella de Oro Daylilies last year and this year they are amazing. It's been so hot lately (90-100) that I can't bring myself to go outside and deadhead them.
Click on the photo for a closer view.
I forgot to share this photo of the giant cinnamon roll that a friend of ours brought back from a trip. It was big enough for three people! Notice that it's bigger around than my teapot.
I was so inspired by my daylilies that I did this little painting of
"Harmony Cottage" and listed it on eBay last night.

The welcome mat is always out at Harmony Cottage for family and friends who stop by for coffee shared in the garden. Patsy and Lonnie bought their cozy little home two years after they were married. With a lot of hard work and sweat, their little cottage became a home. They learned gardening together by trial and error and now share cuttings and starts from their plants with other young couples just getting started.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

The man of my dreams and the father of my children. Life couldn't get any better than that!
Happy Father's Day honey!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake Painting

I'm experiencing a brain fog and the only thing I'm capable of painting this week have been cupcakes. Houses take a little more brain power which I hope to retrieve next week. I'll do my best to get a little house or village scene painted next. Here's my newest eBay auction:

A rich dark chocolate cupcake is slathered with mint flavored butter cream frosting and sprinkled with semi-sweet chocolate chips. The cupcake is surrounded by a blue and white striped border and a tiny blue and whited checked bow is glued at the top.

It's a good thing I don't have any of these sitting around the kitchen or they'd all be gone!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Painting

I would like to thank all of you for your sweet comments and prayers for my father in law who was in a motorcycle accident. He was able to get up and walk a little for the first time in almost two weeks. He is still in the hospital, but we are hoping that will change soon. Once again, your prayers are very much appreciated and I thank you for your concern.
I listed another new cupcake painting on eBay this evening:
This Snickerdoodle flavored cupcake is topped with fluffy butter cream frosting sprinkled with cinnamon. It is displayed on a decorative white cake plate and covered with a glass cloche. A tiny blue and whited checked bow is glued below the knob on the cloche. The banner at the top announces the flavor of this delightful dessert and is accented with green ivy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcake

I just listed this little 4" x 4" painting on eBay.

The secret to this delicious chocolate cupcake are the sweet cherry chips that give this cake a candy bar flavor of days gone by. It is topped with chocolate frosting, whipped cream, and a bright red cherry.

I need a chocolate fix now!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Flower Garden and Another House Portrait

I truly wish I had more time to spend in my garden. It's one of my favorite pastimes, whether I'm working or just relaxing among all the wonderful fragrances. This is the first year for my thornless climbing rose bush. Also pictured are my pink knockout roses and my pink peonies. Do you think I like pink?

Click on any photo for a closer view.

I also love the tiny pink blooms on this perennial geranium.

Pink dianthus line the sidewalk and take over at times.

White campanula and purple columbine. I can't believe they aren't pink!

Another view through the campanula looking towards my weeping cherry tree. It bloomed so early this year that I didn't get photos of it. I had to keep covering it to keep the frost from killing it.

....and in the front we have red knockout roses surrounding a weeping mulberry tree.

I will share more of my garden as it progresses through summer.

Below is a house portrait I did for a family in Willington, CT. Check out their website for the family business "Millix Family Farm". They are such a lovely young family and you can order Tricia's award winning apple pie from their website.

Tyler and Tricia met in high school and became best friends. They eventually married and moved into the home where Tyler was raised. With a beautiful family of five children, three girls and two boys, the Millix family started their family business. Their small farm includes 45 laying hens, 6 Fancy Bantam chickens and the family dog Ruby. Millix Family Farm and Bakery sells the best fresh eggs, baked goods and their specialty award winning apple pie.

Click on the photos for a closer view.

Friday, June 12, 2009

House Portrait

This past Saturday we got a call that my father in law was in a motorcycle accident. Needless to say, we have been gone all week and just returned home last night. The poor man broke all his ribs on the right side and his right collar bone. One of his ribs also punctured his lung. He was in ICU until Wednesday and is now starting to show improvement. Just wanted to ask for your prayers and to let you know the reason why I may not be posting very often for a while.
I received the photo below from Devon who requested a "house portrait" as a present for her parents. Here they are standing in front of the house and holding their portrait in front of them. Aren't they cute!! It was a pleasure to do this painting of their lovely home.
John and Vicki Bushnell live in this cozy home surrounded by beautiful flowers and tall evergreens. They are a hardworking couple, but in his spare time John is a woodworker and dabbles in photography. Vicki loves to decorate cakes and their home always has the sweet scent of frosting. When she isn't busy in the kitchen, Vicki is creating something at her sewing machine. They've always worked well together as a couple doing various remodeling projects on their beautiful home.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Toffee Cake Cupcake Painting

In between gardening I did this little painting for eBay.
A toffee chip cupcake is decorated with fluffy butter cream frosting and sprinkled with more toffee chips. This yummy concoction sits on a black cake stand and is covered with a glass cloche. A turquoise banner at the top of the painting reveals the flavor of the cupcake. Woven through tiny slits in the canvas, a narrow black and white checked ribbon is tied in a bow on the edge of the cake plate. Black and white checked ribbon is also wrapped around the edges of the canvas.

I will share some photos of my garden with you soon. Right now part of our yard is dug up so that we can bury a line to run electricity to the shed we built. I love gardening about as much as I love painting. I just wish there were more hours in the day to accomplish a little of both.