Friday, April 11, 2014

A New Spring Apron

I finished my apron last week and completely forgot to photograph how I used grandma's old apron as a pattern.  Basically I just folded her apron along the seam lines and laid it on my new fabric and cut it out.  Her apron had darts, but mine doesn't and it really doesn't fit any differently.

I asked Amber to model it for me because I do dislike having my picture taken.  It's a little hard to wear an apron with a cowl.

I thought spring would never get here.  Yesterday I woke up to this weeping cherry tree in bloom when just the day before it was covered in buds.  It's always the first thing to bloom and reminds me of fireworks!  

Let's take a closer look.  See that nest in the center?  I'll be keeping my eyes on that.  

Spring is my favorite time of year in the garden.  I have so much to tend to and need to get out and get those leaves out of the beds.  How is your spring so far?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mother and Daughter Quilting Day

Last week my daughter, Amber, and I made trip up to Missouri Star Quilt CO. in Hamilton, MO.  This was her first trip there and she is now addicted to quilting.  We spent the day working our our quilts Sunday afternoon and she finished her quilt top all except for the borders.  We were doing this in the middle of our dining room since I don't have a sewing room.

This is the Jelly Roll Race 2 and you can find the link for the directions at the bottom of this post.

I spent the day binding my quilt with a black and white stripe that looks like checks after I sewed it on.

My next sewing project will be to replace this old worn out apron that was Grandma Edna's.  The last time I washed it, it had a big hole in the center.

I love this style of apron and the old retro fabric.

This is the fabric I'll be using:

I will also be trying to do a time lapse video of me working on a painting this week.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bee Sweet Cupcake Painting

I've done it again!  I painted this sweet little design to get a better image for prints and have listed it in my Etsy shop.  It's painted on an  8 1/2" x 8 1/2" sheet of watercolor paper and does not come framed.  Everyone has different tastes in matting and framing, so I'll leave that up to the person who buys it.

"Bee sweet and have a great week!"

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ladybug Cupcake Painting and Copyright Problems

This week I decided to paint this cupcake again so that I could get a better image of it for prints.  It is now available in my Etsy Shop.  This is painted on watercolor paper instead of a canvas so that I could scan it quickly for an order.  It would be great framed and matted.  I'm selling the painting only with no framing.

This week I found out by searching for the address of a few of my images on google that several people have been stealing my images especially the one from this post, Making a Reflection Image in Photoshop, and using them on their websites and blogs.  Some have even gone so far to put them on free clipart websites.  These websites have no contact information on them so that I can contact them and ask them to stop.  Therefore, I'm  asking if you see someone using my artwork out there would you please contact me?  Some of it is legal because I do license my artwork, but most of it is not.
You can find out who is using your artwork if you click an image on your blog and copy the address into a google search and you can see where it's being used.  This was not a pleasant surprise.  I've been going back and making sure that my images have my copyright on the image even though it states on my blog that are my images are copyrighted.    I'll stop my complaining and get back to painting.
Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spiced Apple Cupcake Painting

I just finished painting this sweet little cupcake and forgot how much I enjoyed painting on top of the recipes.  I haven't done one like this in a while and hope you enjoy it too!  It's now listed in my Etsy Shop.

A spiced apple cupcake topped with maple butter cream frosting is painted on top of a little recipe that is decoupaged onto a cute 4inch square canvas. The 1 1/2 inch edges are painted beige and a sweet black and beige ruler ribbon is wrapped around the edges and tied in a bow at the top and there is no need for framing.  

I found this great ribbon on Etsy a while back and forgot that I had it.  

It's been in the 70's here for the last couple days, but is supposed to snow tonight.  Is your weather as crazy as ours?

Friday, February 28, 2014

You've Got Mail - Layer Cake Friendly Quilt Project

Back on Valentine's Day I did a post about my friend, Betty, and I going up to Hamilton, MO to the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  We sat in the audience while they filmed her new DVD.  We didn't realize that NBC news was there also taping and she was on the news last Friday evening.  Betty and I didn't make the cut.  It was such a great day and I'm now addicted to quilting.  They are one of the fastest growing companies in the US and they are located in a small farming community.  Her family has remodeled an old building downtown where she holds quilting retreats.  Between the retreat center and the shop they are putting in a new restaurant because there isn't much in town besides a Subway shop.  
If you love quilting you probably already know about Jenny's online store and her online tutorials, but just in case you haven't heard of her you can click on the video below to enjoy her great instructions and her fun personality.  
Yesterday was a very, very big birthday for me.  I mean that number is really big this year!  So, to make myself feel better I ordered my birthday gift and purchased some new quilting supplies.  I'm feeling a little better about that number now.  
Please check out the Missouri Star Quilt Company website and let me know what you think.
Also, check out my friend, Teri's blog, The Hummingbird Thread, to see the quilt that I'm making following her tutorial.  I'm using the same fabric that she used.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Retro Red Velvet Cupcake Original Painting

Hot off my paint table is this new little 6 inch x 6 inch Red Velvet Cupcake painting.  I must admit that I haven't painted any cupcakes in quite some time.  I also have a new folk art scene started and will be working on it tomorrow.  Hopefully I can try out Rick's new camera soon while I'm painting, but he'll have to be here to help me with it.  

I listed this new painting on Etsy today if you would like to purchase it for your home.  It's ready and willing to travel through snow, sleet, or whatever your weather might be and arrive on your doorstep handed over by your cheery postal worker.

This yummy Red Velvet Cupcake is decorated in retro colors of red and aqua. The paper cupcake liner is painted with red roses and aqua sprinkles dot the creamy white frosting. 

Remember, Spring is just around the corner and we'll soon be mowing, digging in the dirt, weeding, and cleaning the gutters!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Snow Storm

I gave my poor brain a workout today trying to edit Rick's first Go Pro Camera video and then trying to figure out how to get it to transferred to YouTube.  I love how his shadow is the star of the show as he creeps around to the front yard with the camera attached to his forehead and tries to find the sidewalk that runs in front of our house.  
We got this snow at the first of February and today it is finally melting.  It's so hard to believe it can go from all this snow to 60 degrees in a matter of a couple weeks.

Do you think I should hook his camera on my head as I paint?  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Be Mine Valentine!

Today my neighbor, Betty, and I are headed to Hamilton, MO to the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  If you quilt, you've probably heard of them.  They are filming a new DVD and needed audience members.  They are one of the fastest growing businesses in the midwest and they are smack dab in the middle of a tiny farming community.  I'll keep you posted on our little trip when we return.

"Happy Valentine's Day!"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Burrowing in During the Storm

Last night as the wind howled and the snow fell and covered the earth with a large white glittering blanket, Rick kept watch over the fire in the stove while I knitted.   The scent of beef stew simmering on the stove helped to ward off the chill too.  We woke up this morning to a good 12" of snow.

Poor Rick is outside shoveling and cleaning everything off.  He's got his new GoPro camera attached to his head so I'll see if I can load a video for you tomorrow.  He's pretty new at this camera, so I won't make any promises.
I spent the better part of yesterday and today changing up my blog and learning how to put my artwork into the background.  
Hope I can remember how to do this the next time I want to make a change!
Did you get snow yesterday or are you from one of the few lucky states that missed this storm?

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Late Start to a New Year

I must apologize to my friends who have been trying to comment and have been unable to.  I made the mistake of linking my profile and comments to google+ not realizing that unless my readers use google+ they would not be able to comment and I could not moderate comments.  I now have resolved this problem and believe me it's never simple, but hope I haven't lost too many readers in the process.  
Getting creative once again after the holidays and the loss of Grandma has been quite difficult as well.  
I'm also moving into a new world of a gluten free diet.  My daughter, Amber has followed this diet successfully for several years and is encouraging me and helping me along.  Hopefully this will help my energy level.  Any tips or experience with a gluten free diet will be much appreciated.  Wish me luck because I'm definitely going to need it!  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Grandma Edna

Edna May Holman, my husband's grandmother, had her 103rd birthday on Saturday, January 4th and we had her funeral on the following Saturday.  We never got to have her birthday party because she got pneumonia and didn't recover.    One of my grandmother's died before I was born and I only met the other one once.  Edna was really my only true grandmother and what a great grandmother she was.
She had been ready to go home to heaven for quite some time and it was truly a blessing to know that she can once again hear the birds singing and garden to her hearts content in the most beautiful garden of all.
This photo was taken when she was in the midst of having the old siding removed.  I believe she was 100 in this photo, but it looks older because of the sepia tint.  See that little rascal in the distance on the right?  That's Lady and she now resides with us.  Grandma out lived several dogs that she adopted over the years.

This is what the house looked like once the siding was removed.

With the siding removed, the outline of the old kitchen fireplace was revealed.  I'm sure she probably cooked meals in that fireplace.  This woman has cooked on everything from wood burning stoves to microwaves.  She's seen a lot of changes over the years.  She and her sister road a horse to school and had a remarkable story to share about that.  The stories she would tell are forever in my memory and I've started saving them on my computer.

This is the house with the siding almost completed.  At 99 years old she asked the man who sold her the siding,  "How many years is the warranty?"  She was a very optimistic lady!  Edna did live here by herself until she had her 101st birthday and then went into a nursing home.  

I will share more of her stories because she had such a great influence in my life and in my artwork.
Miss you grandma!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I've not been my usual organized self this year.  
I hung Santa on the door and got my tree up, the cookies are baked and the candy is made.   So now I'll rest my mind and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Wishing you and your family a blessed and safe Christmas.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;  and the government shall be upon his shoulder,  and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Caroling in Winterberry Christmas Painting

Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season with all the smells of baking and the joy of decorating your homes.  
Today I will finally get started because I've been busy finishing up my new painting:

"Caroling in Winterberry"

As cozy as Winterberry appears in the summer with all the sailboats on the water and children laughing and swimming at the beach, there is no better time to visit than during the Christmas season.
Blazing bonfires, carolers, and shops decked out with their festive finery make you feel like you've stepped back in time.  While staying at the Sugar Plum Inn you can cozy up to the fire after stepping out for a hot meal at Maisie's Cafe or make a quick run to the Unwind Yarns store for some knitting needles and a new skein of hand dyed yarn.  By the way,  all the beautiful quilts adorning the beds at the inn are from the lovely quilt shop just down the street and Betty is giving a 20% discount through the holidays.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cupcake Snack Jars

I promise that this is the end of my cupcake ceramic posts.  Yes, these are based on my cupcake paintings and I wish I had some to sell.  I simply don't have time to order and ship in time for Christmas.  You can check for them on Amazon and I've seen some on eBay.  

How cute would this be with some of your fresh baked Christmas treats!

….and for those lovers of the color pink!

Hopefully I will be finishing up my new Christmas folk art painting next week.  I do wish I had more time for decorating.  I'm planning ahead next year!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cupcake Trinket Boxes

New trinket boxes available from my cupcake designs:

I am painting like crazy this week finishing up a Christmas folk art scene.  I'll be sharing it soon!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cupcake Salt and Pepper Samples

Below are the salt and pepper samples based on my cupcake paintings:

I would love to put a link on my blog for where you can purchase them, but I haven't been able to find one.  They are sold by retailers around the world so if you see them somewhere, please let me know.  It would be fun to find out who is selling them and where.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cupcake Snow Globe Ornaments

Just thought I'd share the snowglobe ornaments that are based on my cupcake designs and licensed by Westland Giftware:

This little gingerbread house ornament is my favorite!

A cute little Christmas tree snow globe ornament...

This little gingerbread man is cute, but I'm not crazy about the wording.  I'll be changing mine by painting it out and repainting something else.  I could repaint the white area and just use some scrapbook Christmas lettering on top.

A cute snowman to cheer up your day!

I'm doing a little decorating today!  Is your home ready for Christmas yet?