Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Little Christmas Show & Tell

I thought I'd finally photograph for you some of the things I'd promised to. It's a perfect time to have a little  Show & Tell, in the slow time just before Christmas. Besides, now I have an excuse to blather on about our fantastic Christmas tree this year. :o)

This first picture is of the sofa mom picked out to replace our totally worn out and broken one. It did take a loooooong time to arrive, we actually waited an extra 6-8 weeks for it! WHEW! It is subtle tones of cream, toffee and turquoise. We decided to pick out the lightest turquoise from the sofa and do the walls in that color.

The trunk in front of the sofa is my grand mother's cedar trunk that we refinished, doing the top in mahogany and painting out the bottom in a slightly darker turquoise. The table beside the sofa is done in the toffee (which also matches the new shag rug underneath) and the top of the table is also refinished in mahogany stain.

Our dining room table and chairs (which you can see just out of the left hand side) is also painted in the toffee color with the top of the table refinished to match the mahogany top of the coffee and side table. Oh, and yes, we made the wreath hanging above the sofa. Go big or go home is our motto when it comes to Christmas. I made the arrangement in the antique sleigh sitting on top of the trunk, if you were wondering.

Here's our Christmas tree this year. Of course, it's done to "go" with the sofa, in soft & bright turquoises, creams, toffees, coffee colors and a hit of bright lime green (because I live here too!! hehehe).

We re-covered the mahogany bench using extra fabric we ordered to match the sofa and we also tied back the drapes with another fabric in the sofa. When I find time I'll be sewing some chair covers to match the bench fabric. That project will be in the new year.

Mom made the santa who stands on the mantle and I painted the yellow rose behind him. I still owe her another rose bud to finish the tryptic paintings of "A Study of a Yellow Rose". But, for now  Christmas stuff fills that space.

The last picture is of my tree. I love how the transfer worked out. It takes up the entire blank wall that you see in front of you when you walk into my bedroom. The tree starts about half a foot off the ground and is 5-6 feet high and 6-7 feet wide. The leaves "blow" across the room, onto the opposite wall where I paint. This image transfer was the best idea ever. It fills the space with such a whimsical feeling, everyone who sees it thinks it's terrific and I find it really helps me be creative.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing a little around my house. I hope you all have a wonderfully Happy Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas. Thank you to all who read my blog, I appreciate the followers, I've had such fun sharing my artwork this past year. I can't believe my one year blogoversary comes around on January 6th. I'm gonna take the Christmas season and think up a great giveaway for that month to thank all my friends here.

There won't be too many more posts for this year as the season's keeping me busy with friends and family so let me say to you all I hope all your wishes come true and you bask in the love of family and friends in this wonderful time of year. I raise a glass to you all. Here's to a wonderful Holiday and a Peaceful, Happy New Year! Talk to you all later!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Home Is Where The Heart Is.

I've really missed my Tuesdays with Artmind and the weekly mosaic so I decided to do one anyway. Here's inspiration to love your home. Now that it's Christmas, holiday time is a great time to do a thorough cleaning then put up all the decorations you can lay your little hands on. In fact, go and buy some supplies and make something new for the tree! It's a tradition in our household to make a new thing each year. Oh, and don't forget to take a Christmas cookie, I made them just for you! Happy Holidays everyone. Much Love to you all. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Finish Line

Wow, I'm finally done. Whew! I can't believe how good it feels to put down the paintbrush. I've been working steadily on this project for over a month now. The great thing is how much I learned. For instance, I now know that I have to add pen & ink work to my regular artwork schedule. I'm so surprised at the happiness I glean from doing intricate pen work and just drawing as opposed to using a paintbrush.

Don't you just love how the scrabble tiles look? :o)  I got the idea while playing scrabble on my mom's ipad.

I'll be back soon with a new kind of art!! Yay!! Other that my showing the completed book put together, there will be no more sketchbook posts!! Ohhh, I hear you all sighing with relief. Thanks for hanging in there with me, gang. I have to say, I'm glad it's over too.

We'll talk soon, K?


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