Monday, March 31, 2014

another year gone...

last week i had a bday and received some great gifts:)  i love this simply shabby chic quilt, 

it's pale pink with tiny roses on one side, and has large scattered roses on a white bkgd on the reverse side, and ruffles all around.

with an amazon gift card, i found a white ruffled bed ruffle and 2 white ruffled shams.  so, now, i'm working on changing up the master bedroom.  believe me, it needs changing:)

with a hobby lobby gift card, i found this great zinc finish terrarium, 

and this distressed suitcase,--it's just about the same color as my newest shutters.

this tray will probably end up in my kitchen and the frame in a bedroom.

the last gift--romantic country is a favorite magazine of mine. 

stephanie from the spanish dahlia is featured in this issue--such a pretty blog, check her out:)

and i finished another rose painting--this has a very different style of rose than the last painting.

it's finally in the 60's here, i'm going to go soak up some sun, now.
have a great week!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

happy spring!...

I haven’t had much time to blog.  we’ve been enjoying some family time, and some junking trips.

I found a cute ruffled apron and a couple of old shutters painted a great blue-ish green color at logan village mall in noblesville.

and I’ve been painting.
 earlier, I showed you jo anne coletti’s painting book—here’s how my rose turned out. 
 bay is still recouping from an acl tear, and it’s been a lot of work keeping this one calm 24/7.  here she is all drugged up-bless her heart.

my husband has a 3 day weekend-yay!
hope your weekend is great!

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine’s day…

I don’t have anything for vday, so, I’m showing you how I made these roses.  they can be used on cards, quilts, clothing, scarves, headbands, pillows—you can even frame them.

the dark pink rose is on a muslin bag, and the light pink is on a lace scarf.


to make this rose: with thread, make a star shape.  then, just weave the ribbon over and under repeatedly, until the star is filled.  the bigger the star, the bigger the rose. 

for the smooth look below, use silk ribbon.  for the crinkled look, I use seam binding that I hand dyed.


I found the instructions in this book, which I found at a 2nd hand book store.


if you’d like to try these roses, here’s a great youtube video showing all the steps.

have a great valentine’s day, everyone!

sharing with common ground,shabby art boutique, and french country cottage, share your cup thursday

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

picture fun…

I’m probably the last to know about the waterlogue app, but, its so much fun, I had to post about it. 

I was reading jane’s blog and she took a great picture of herself and turned it into a watercolor using this app.  it works with my iphone and costs $2.99.

here are some pics I ran through the app.  the app has several filters and adjustments, too. 

Painted in Waterlogue


Painted in Waterloguestrawhat

photo 3

photo 2

hope you have a great day!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

rose oil painting…

I love rose oil paintings, but, not the prices.   below, is my first try of painting roses in oil.  it has lots of problems, but, for the first try, I’m ok with it, just need tons of practice.


I’ve been busy, not with projects or decorating, but, with whooping cough.  you might consider a booster for whooping cough—trust me, you don’t want to go through that. 8 weeks later, my vocal cords still don’t work.

and I no more got back to normal,—bailey damaged her aclSad smile she’s on rest and meds for now, but, will probably need surgery…

her christmas picture


hope your new year is going better and have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

painting roses…

I wanted to share one of my  christmas presents today--jo-anne coletti’s “painting roses” tutorial book.


this book easy step by step instructions to paint roses using oil paints.  and it’s filled with many pics of jo-anne’s painted projects.

I’ve taken lots of acrylic and oil painting classes over the years. and I practice roses with acrylics,(like the roses below), all the time, but, I’ve never tried painting roses in oil.  should be fun!


you can find this book—(on sale) here, if you are interested.

***(I’ve been fighting a nasty bug, and hope to catch up with everyone soon)***

thanks for stopping by and stay warm!