Saturday, June 20, 2009

It has finally quit raining here! Whoo Hoo, we actually saw sun today. Now I get to go and get rid of all those weeds that popped up this past week. I did manage to get a few new pictures this morning, so thought I would share with you all. My garden is primarily perennial, so there is always something new blooming, and I just love that.

This begonia is planted in a Terra Cotta heart that I found in Michigan one summer. I never realized how many heart items I had till I started taking photos...I have them on the fence, in garden stakes, in planters, and in stepping stones. I shared with you the other day the new one that I purchased, so now I guess I have a real theme going.

I love this ground has the most beautiful silver leaves, and then before the season is done, it just loads itself in these gorgeous purple flowers.......stunning!

I have pink and white astilbe that is finally starting to come into its own. I have a larger plant of it towards the back of the garden, but it hasn't bloomed yet.......can't wait!
Now to the stuff I managed to get done this week..........this was an old bowl I found at GW......the reason I grabbed it was that it was just slightly out of round, and I thought oh how prim. So it got a coat of black paint, then distressed, and I added the dark tan star. Then I drilled a hole in the top, added a cheesecloth hanger and hung it on my fireplace. I have another one just like this one, so I am hoping to get it listed in my Etsy shop soon.

I was in a very simple mode this week, so everything I did, I didn't want to overdo.....thus this little wood plate, painted black and again the same design star. On this piece I added the burgundy pip berries and it will be available for purchase also.

No matter how I tried, I couldn't get the true colors to come out on this shelf sitter. The sides are painted black, and the top is a deep burgundy red. Shows brighter here. This was done from a design by Susan Burd that she had featured in Create and Decorate. Although I loved hers, I wanted to do something different with mine, so instead of painting the pennies as she did, I decided to do a little mixed media, and added antique buttons, for the flower centers. Love the way it turned out.

Well that is about it for today........I am headed out to pull a few weeds, and get a little yard work done, so hope everyone has a super relaxing weekend, and till next time.......Blessings to ya as always!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Good Monday Morning All!
We had a super busy weekend, but I did manage to get a few new things painted. As you all know I just love doing these primitive mouse pads, and since I have customers asking for new designs, this is what I came up with. I will be starting on fall and winter designs here soon, so if anyone has any requests, just drop me a note or leave a comment, and I will see what I can create for ya. This particular design was based on one from Susan Burd......with my own personal twist of course.

Can't you just see this basket, hanging on your front door to greet guests? I use mine on my patio to hold insect repellent, sun screen, and all those little outdoor necessities that we all need outdoors. It could hold gardening gloves, garden tools, seed packets, oh my the ideas are endless!
This design is from Kim Klasson, and I love the way it turned out.

Last but not least, another primitive mouse pad. This again is one of my own creations, but I took elements from a John Sliney design. Please excuse the shadow in the photo.......early morning picture taking today.
I am hoping to have more things to share with you in a couple days. I can't believe it is almost time to start thing fall and winter. So enjoy this beautiful summer day, and until next time.........
Blessings to All....and thanks so much for visiting my blog!