Friday, May 22, 2009

Sneak Peek...

I started painting my boat picture. It's been a lot of fun. I've spent about the last 4 days working on it and I am very pleased with how it's turning out. My Best Friend (Husband) decided that I needed to have a better working spot. So the other day we pulled the old drafting table that my Dad made for me in college and put it back into use. It feels so great to use it again. My Dad is suffering from dementia. He was so good at building furniture and I am so happy to have this table especially knowing that he can't build things anymore. Love ya Dad!

In our house that we have lived in for a little over a year now there is this area in the upstairs hallway outside of our master bedroom that is sort of wide and empty. It needs something. We haven't been able to figure out what to put there. Every time we think of a chair or a cute little desk all I can think of is that I would never sit there just to sit! So at last the idea came...we'll make it into your studio. Hey, it works. I kind of like it. It's cozy and out of the way and I don't have to pick up whatever project I'm working on every time we decide to eat dinner! Thanks Hubby! I love my new painting spot. I put a rolling elfa drawer system next to my table with all my paint and stuff in it. Works great and very handy to be able to roll it closer to me when I need it.

So now that the space is all set up I've been using it. Like I said, for about the last 4 days. I thought I would show you a little sneak peek of the new painting...

What is it? Well, it's the corner of an old boat! Can't you tell!

I'll keep painting and show you the finished product soon.
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Come visit again soon,

Monday, May 18, 2009


This is my new curtain in my Laundry Room with a yo- yo border.

This is the color I painted my Laundry Room "Grass Cloth" along with some of the fabric samples that I made yo-yo's from.

Cool yo-yo maker tool by Clover. This makes yo-yo's so easy!

This curtain was a recent project that was so much fun. I found this awesome fabric at a local fabric store that had to be made into a curtain for my laundry room. It had this great green color in it that became my inspiration color for the walls. I was planning on putting some cute pom-poms on the bottom of the curtain until... one day when my friend Cherie came to visit from Illinois and we went shopping. We had so much fun finding cute things for her to take home with her and then finally I decided to take her to the cool fabric store where I got the fabric. As we walked up to the store there was a bench right outside piled high with fabric sample books and a sign that said "free for the taking". We asked the shop owner if they really were free and she said "I never kid about free fabric!" Well OK... so off Cherie and I went with, I'm not kidding you, about 10 books of fabric samples. We were laughing the whole way home. That night we sat at the dining room table ripping the books apart and dividing up our favorite fabrics. One of the books had all of this great green stuff, all coordinating of course, that went great with my curtain fabric. I wasn't sure how to tie it all together until my friend Cherie mailed me these great yo-yo makers. The fabric in the sample books was just the right size for yo-yo's. And before you knew it my pom-pom border became a yo-yo border. I like it even was free! I figure if you have to do laundry you might as well enjoy your surroundings while your doing it! Right?!?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Color Study

What is it about this color? Many of my clothes are this color, I've collected it in beach glass, old canning jars and recently I photographed a great old boat with weather worn turquoise on it. I get lost in this color. I am working on a painting inspired by this boat picture and will share it with you when I am closer to being done with it. I hope your day is as happy as this color makes me feel.

Have a very Turquoisey day!


Saturday, May 16, 2009

You Gotta Start Somewhere


Well this will be my first post on my new blog. Needless to say it may take me awhile to get this thing figured out. Not to "techie" ya know. I entered into the world of blogs earlier this year and have been so inspired by the things posted by complete strangers who now feel like really good friends along with friends and family. I hope to also be a place where you can stop by and be inspired. I once told my Mom, I think I was about 5 years old, that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. Well I'm now 45 and some of my paintings were recently accepted into a gallery. Three very small paintings mind you. So I"m wondering if I've finally became an artist! Does that mean that I am now grown up? Not so sure about that. Being in a gallery was one of those little goals I had in life and I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to put a little check mark by it. Please don't get that confused with being a list maker. No, not me. Should be a list maker, have always wanted to be a list maker, but no, still not a list maker. that that's settled! The check mark... I was happy about it. Now I am feverishly working on creating more and really enjoying it. I feel like I have come alive again!

I started out doing murals in peoples homes and now have found the canvas to be where I prefer to paint. I've discovered that I love to paint onto a black canvas. I was thinking how exciting it must have been to God when He started creation and said "Let there be light!" and what was once black and void of color became full of color. It is thrilling to add color to black...can't seem to get over it. Kind of like those beautiful Amish quilts that have the black backgrounds.

Well, I'm so looking forward to this new venture of blogging. I hope to hear from you soon. Stop by any time.