Sunday, November 29, 2009

Give-Away Winner and New Critter!

Congratulations to Kelly of Thom's Daughter. She is a wonderful artist and her blog is lots of fun! Your name was drawn from a hat to win one of my Art Chunks! All you have to do is go to my Etsy Store and pick which Art Chunk you would like to have and then convo (contact me through Etsy) to tell me which one you like, along with your mailing address. If it hasn't been sold when I get the message, your chosen piece will be on the way! Thanks to everyone who entered. Oh, and in my Etsy Shop if you buy three or more items, the shipping is FREE!

Now, about this little Calico Kitty. I didn't have time to paint this weekend because we had lots of fun family activities, but I did manage to needle felt this little cutie. This time I used a couple pieces of pipe cleaners inside so it is somewhat movable. She (all true calicos with all three colors on the face are supposedly females) is made of hand dyed 100% wool. She will be listed on Ebay tonight if you would like to check her out. I worked on her while I watched the Natalie Wood version of Miracle on 34th Street and the old Little Women with my daughters. We love those old movies this time of year. I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. I know I did.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Art Chunk Give-Away!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! To ring in the Holiday shopping season I am having a promotion in my Etsy Shop. If you purchase three or more items, the shipping will be FREE! Everything in the shop is under $10 and I just added several new ART CHUNKS! They are fun little pieces of art featuring high quality CANVAS prints of my work mounted on chunks of pine, painted and be-ribboned! I also have several ornaments, note card sets, and framed canvas art prints.

I will be giving away one Art Chunk of your choice (the one featured here is an example)! All you have to do is comment on this post telling me where you might like to tuck a little piece of art. I will put your name in a hat and pick one Sunday evening at 5:00 CST. Good Luck--and have a very Blessed Thanksgiving with you families and friends. XO

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saint Lucia

This little painting is in celebration of the Feast of Saint Lucia on December 13. I was always interested in the Swedish tradition of the eldest daughter rising before dawn on the feast of Saint Lucia to serve saffron buns and coffee to her parents. She wore a wreath of candles on her head to light the way and a white gown with a red sash. Maybe because I was the oldest daughter in my family, I thought it would be kind of fun to do! This painting will go up on Ebay tonight.

Also, check out my "Art Chunks" in my Etsy shop. They are pictured at the right. I used high quality canvas prints on them and they turned out really cute. At $6.99 they are an inexpensive way to collect or give some fun art work~

I can't believe Thanksgiving is upon us already. I only have two days of school this week! Funny little preschool story; One day this week I was giving the kiddos raisins for snack time and as they were chowing down on them I told them that raisins come from grapes and explained how the grapes are put into a drying machine and then the raisins are made! I also mentioned that they were good for you and muttered under my breath that they sometimes help you to poop. Well, a few minutes later the teacher came back to the classroom and I said, "Kids, tell your teacher where raisins come from". To both of our surprise, they all yelled, "Poop"! I guess kids just hear what they want to hear! The funny thing didn't stop them from eating the raisins! Have a great week everyone~

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Here are a couple of new paintings. They are sort of 3-D because I sprinkled some plastic iridescent "snowflakes" into some Modge Podge on top and then sprayed a finish on after it dried. Anyway, they look sparkly! Maybe like Edward in the meadow (Twilight fans ha ha). I hope to post these on Ebay tonight.

I have also finished a bunch of ornaments using CANVAS prints of my paintings. I will be listing these in my Etsy shop. At only $4.99-$5.99 they make inexpensive gifts. Take a sneak peek at the photo in the right hand column! I love how the canvas prints turn out! I am also working on another project using the small canvas prints on blocks of wood. I think they will be a fun way to tuck a little art just about anywhere!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Felted Critters

I was working on two special request paintings over the weekend so I don't have any new paintings to put on Ebay today. I did make these two little needle felted critters that I just listed tonight for a starting bid of only 99 cents! My little Siamese is going to a new home in Merry Old England! It is fun to see where all my art goes, and exciting to think about all the faraway places where "little pieces of my heart" are spread.

I worked on many new ornaments to put in my "one stop Christmas shopping" Etsy shop. Almost everything in my shop is under $10. Many Items are only $4.99. I will be posting a photograph of the new ornaments soon. Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Jack of All Trades--Master of Nothing!

That's what my husband says when I start going in too many directions at once. I have been wanting to try needle felting for a long time and I finally bought some wool roving and and a needle and gave it a try. It is amazing what you can do with just some "un-spun" wool and a needle! This little Siamese kitty is just solid wool with nothing else inside. I just kept poking it with a needle as I formed the body parts and then fused them together with more needle poking. I sewed some little blue glass beads on for the eyes. You can find this little kitty on Ebay this afternoon.

The angels are painted wood with a crackle finish. These will be added to my "Everything Under $10 gift selection" in my Etsy shop! Links are above. I am going to try to add new things each week. Have a nice week--I will be listing Bethlehem Babe (painting below) tonight on Ebay.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I have some new paintings to show you. The first one is actually a pair of paintings although I will be selling them separately. They are on stretched canvas with striped sides. Two very regal looking kitties, don't you think? Lots of crackle for a very primitive look.

My first Christmas themed painting this year is Bethlehem Babe. The title and sheet music I used on the sides are cut from an 1800's song book. The song is Bethlehem Babe. It is a very serene painting. Check them all out on Ebay.

I have some new ornaments in my Etsy shop. There is a photo of them to the right of this post. My goal is to have lots of fun inexpensive gifts to choose from in my shop!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. It is beautiful and in the 70's here!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thanksgiving Paintings!

I completed a few Thanksgiving paintings and got up extra early before work to photograph them. Now with the time change, it is dark when I get home from my "day job". The first one is a kitty waiting for you to look away so she can sneak a little taste. It is called "Thanksgiving Taste". The second one is called "Turkey Run", and the third one is called "Little Server". They are all nice and crackly with brown antiquing and earthy colors for a primitive look. They would make a fun decoration for yourself or for your Thanksgiving hostess!

I just listed Thanksgiving Taste tonight for one penny! I will be listing the other two soon. The link is at the top of this page.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Busy Weekend

Well, here comes the Fall crunch for many of us! It seems to be such a busy time of year. I hosted two parties this weekend and I am beat. I managed to get all my Halloween decorations down today and get out my Thanksgiving things. I found the perfect place for the darling Rosemary dolly that I won in a give-away from the very talented Julie of The Ruby Nest! Isn't she just adorable? Check out Julie's primitive painted dolls. They look and feel like leather and would make awesome Christmas gifts--I think she even writes special things on them now!

I almost finished 3 paintings this weekend too. They are all Thanksgiving themed with primitive crackling. I have a slight problem though. Now that the time has changed, I will never get home before dark to photograph them outside. Any suggestions? I need to devise some type of little light room box or something. Hopefully, I will be able to post them soon!

I am still working on stocking my Etsy shop too. For those of you who even knew, I am no longer being represented by Find Folk Art with Heather Galler. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to go it alone. There are some very talented artists in the group and it was a valuable learning experience for me. I was honored to be asked to be a part of such a neat group, but I just felt it wasn't the right thing for me. I will still be selling my original paintings on Ebay and the links are at the top of my page as always. Have a wonderful week everyone!