Saturday, January 11, 2014

Creating Art

First, I would like to say a belated Happy New Year to you all:)! Between spending time in my shop and dealing with a nasty flu bug, blog posting just didn't happen as I hoped it would.  My goal was to do more posting in 2014, so I may not be off to the best start here:)

Before the flu bug hit and after our Christmas decor was stored away for another year, I had time to play in my studio.  I call it play, because I tend to, totally,  lose "track of time" when I am creating in there…even more so, when I am painting…..

….I entitled this piece, "Made in the USA"…..I know it is a bit hard to see, but that label on the galvanized vase just demanded some important signage:)  As many of you in the Midwest and East experienced the Polar Vortex, California is experiencing severe drought conditions. Being that we are avid gardeners and no water... painting flowers and adding "Rain" to my prayers will, most probably, be a regular past time for me in the next few months:)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend:)!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone!  I thought I would pop in to share a few pictures of some of our holiday  decor this season…

…going a bit more simple... using what we have on hand this year... but wanting a festive look.  Twig and boxwood wreaths combined
to complement our...

Santa under cloche.   My Joy seashell letters……
with vintage rhinestone embellishments.  And... instead of our 9 1/2 foot tree this year….
…we opted for a wheelbarrow size tree. Simple with pinecones and vintage victorian candleholders. This wheelbarrow belonged to my grandfather who was an avid gardener during his lifetime. And, although it is no longer garden worthy due to its rickety handle, I just couldn't let it go.  So, I painted it and used a Graphics Fairy image with the transfer process. I will let it age and weather with its new look.  It will be used in a variety of vignettes and purposes around our home for many seasons to come….including in our new….

greenhouse.  More blog postings on this fun project in 2014!

From our home to yours, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and new year!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013



....whatever the chosen word to call is a glorious time of year!  It is one of my favorite seasons that just screams "color" and "cozy."  Even with our warmer than usual temperatures here,  I have those throws laying around, brown transfer teacups ready, and of course, pumpkins......

...everywhere...the real...the faux....the metal...the ceramic...the silver......and of course...the twig:)

The "Fall" letters above are just one of my latest creations.  The window above too.  The space between our stairwell and dining area just screamed for "something."  I always love the mix of architectural, vintage, distressed, and bling.  The bling was a faceted crystal ball finial......makes me "ahhh" every time I come up or down the stairs now:)  It is the little things that make life fun:)!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful season. And if decorating is your thing, as it is mine....I hope you are "living it up:)"

 The holidays are rapidly to the shop I go:)  Happy Autumn everyone!

Please join me for a Linky Party: I Love Junk at Thistlewood Farms this week.