Friday, January 27, 2017

STITCHIN' WITH THE GIRLS

There's nothing like spending an old fashioned, cold winter's night embroidering and chattering with your girlfriends.  What a night of camaraderie and fun, while making a project for Valentine's Day.  All were successful too - no frustrations or flops!










(Spring girls' night already in the planning stages!)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

MORE VALENTINE IDEAS


MORE VALENTINE IDEAS FROM A FEW YEARS AGO . . .

There may no longer be young children in this house, but I think one still needs to decorate for the "other holidays", like Valentine's Day, kids or no kids!  Big people love the holidays too!

  So, today I made a valentine banner for the front entryway, and also put a little valentine tree in the dining room.  I typed out some love quotes in the typewriter font, cut them in strips, and glued one onto each piece.  Then you can embellish to your heart's content.  I just used ribbons and some cut out hearts, but you could add buttons, charms, lace, sheet music . . . anything!  I used these for gift tags also.

Enjoy . . . again!

And, of course you must have the essential Valentine's Day question . . .
Just a couple punches at the top of each piece, a little ribbon woven through, and you're done!  This is an easy project that would probably be even more charming if you let your young children help!







GIRLS' CRAFT NIGHT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY


VALENTINE'S DAY 
is right around the corner 
and THAT sounds like a
good time for another craft night!

I'm setting down the paints to prepare for a night of stitching with the girls.  Some red thread, red wine, and red velvet cupcakes are in order!


Come back to see what we've been up to!




Sunday, January 15, 2017

IN THE LAVENDER - 8 x 10

 IN THE LAVENDER
8 x 10 inches
pen and ink

   

Available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

LAVENDER PATH


Another English beauty, this is Avebury Manor, Wiltshire. 

Done for Day 3 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, my theme is Buds and Buildings. 
This one takes in both. The gray stone with the lavender, and the greens in the 
grasses and trees make a beautiful combination anywhere but especially in nature.  

LAVENDER PATH
5 x 7 inch pen and ink watercolor

This is a 5 x 7 original pen and ink watercolor.
It will arrive with an 8 x 10 black mat, in a clear cellophane sleeve 
for protection and ready for your frame.  
Ready to ship, you can find it HERE.


Monday, January 2, 2017

BEEHIVE COTTAGE

The subject of my Day No. 2 painting for 30 Paintings in 30 Days is Beehive Cottage, located in Branscombe, Devon, UK.  This home also serves as the village post office in Branscombe!  

Again, I used 300# watercolor paper.  This is a 5 x 7 inch original watercolor with a black 8 x 10 inch mat included.  

A light pencil sketch, followed by a watercolor wash.
BEEHIVE COTTAGE
5 x 7 inches, 300# cold press Arches watercolor paper

Wrapped and ready at my Etsy shop HERE.

Come back tomorrow for 
Day No. 3 of the 30 in 30 Challenge.



Image used for this painting is courtesy of pmp-art.com - a site 
that provides copyright free images for artists.




Sunday, January 1, 2017

PAST HER PRIME


 From my boys bringing a seedling home from school when they were small, to cottage gardens bobbing with blooms, the sunflower is a favorite of mine.  So I'm starting off this year's, 
"30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS CHALLENGE" 
with this happy and easy to grow flower.


"Past Her Prime"
5 x 7 inch original watercolor
with 8 x 10 inch black mat






Packaged and ready to ship from my Etsy shop HERE.



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