Thursday, April 30, 2009


Taking a tea time break from my paints and sewing machine. Thought I would show you some more mens tee shirts I am working on. These are so much fun. The cut off neck is becoming a cute ruffle and to make a more feminine fit, I am tapering the sides and shortening the tee. Also cutting the sleeve to fit more like a drapey cap sleeve. Ok, my kettle is singing gotta go brew my tea. Till next time.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Costco Tee shirt Makeover!!



Ok...I have been seeing a lot of t-shirt redo's on all the crafting websites I follow, so I decided to try one. I went to Costco and bought a package of mens medium t's. I love their brand, very good quality...better than Hanes. First I creatively cut it up and then re-stitched it back together. I painted my watercolor roses and I think it came out pretty darn cute. Let me know what you think and if you think I should make more for my booth (do you think they would sell?) Be honest!! Ok ...back to the studio!

Monday, April 27, 2009

"I don't know nuttin bout birthin no babies"

It's that time of year again. Our home sits on 3 acres of what once was a large hay field. That makes it perfect for Eastern Bluebirds. My husband set up 5 boxes for them and they have nested here for the past 8 years. We love watching them raise their babies and feel good about helping to increase the local Bluebird population. Right now two boxes have eggs in them. I will keep you posted on their progress.
It is another fabulous sunny morning and will probably reach 90 degrees today. A little bit of summer before spring? I planted my flower boxes for the back deck railing...lots of orange and red marigolds. I decided on marigolds because last year I noticed they were the only flower that was not bothered by bugs, drought or early cold nights. They bloomed from May right through November! As long as I dead-headed them, they kept on blooming. I saved the seeds for this year. I am all about low maintenance ;-) My husband is the real seed saver. He has become the master seeder in this home. It all started a few years ago when I made the mistake of showing him how one dried flower head contained many seeds and you can plant them the following year. WELL.....you could almost see the light bulb go on in his brain as he took in this tidbit of information. From that day on, not a seed drops to the ground before it is snatched up by my man. I think he needs a twelve step program for seed addiction!! Enough for now...be kind and stay creative.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fun Friday!



Happy Fun Friday everyone! When my boys were little we always referred to friday as Fun Friday. We always made a point to do something special on that day. The tradition lives on...just said goodbye to my husband as he left for work and he turned to me and said "oh...happy fun friday" it made me smile.
It is a gorgeous morning and I looked out my window to see my girls all asleep in the field. I love my girls, they make me smile. I also wanted to share the beauty of my lilac bushes this year. For the twenty one years we lived in Houston, lilacs were the thing I missed the most. Too hot to grow down there, believe me I tried! Mine get bigger and prettier every year and always put a smile on my face (do you see the smile pattern developing here ;-). Ok enough for now, be kind and stay creative. Go have a beautiful day!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Hand Painted Market Tote Bag



Well....what do you think? This was alot of fun to sew up. I used some new fabric and some old remnant pieces. I think any woman would proud to take this tote to the local farmers market, the beach or even Madison Avenue. Lot's more to come, I have already painted the fabric panels and now just need to sew up these beauties. Look out Warrenton Festival...here I come!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

HAPPY EARTH DAY!



There Is A Legend
The story of the White Dogwood tree.
At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree:
" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yes Virginia...there is a God!



OMG...could not believe the beautiful rainbow outside my home five minutes ago. It was a stunningly clear and colorful complete half circle and double to boot! I get goose bumps whenever I see something like this. I had to send my guys camera photos before it went away. What a great way to end a cloudy and rainy tuesday. Until next time.

Spotted! The elusive Rufus Sided Towhee

Morning friends, I have been trying to get a good photo of this little guy for 8 years. He always seems to elude me. He has a very distinctive chirp and I usually hear him before I see him. By the time I get my camera....poof, he is gone. So happy to have him hanging around this morning. Guess how I enticed him to my railing...bran muffin crumbs! Now that I know what he likes, maybe I can get him to come back again and stay. I just love his coloring, reminds me of a calico cat. Well must go buy a tent for my festival booth, I heard Home Depot has them. I don't have a clue how I will get it home as I am sure it will not fit in my trunk ;-) Until next time, be kind and stay creative.

PS...I was right, my tush is purple and green. My wrist however is feeling a little better. Thanks for all the kind words of concern. ( I love my friends)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Is There a Doctor in the House???


YIKES....fell down my front stairs this morning and I am sore all over. My right wrist is not too swollen, but very tender and it seems the heaviest thing I can manage to pick up is a small paint brush. I am almost too afraid to peek at my left tush as I am sure it is a lovely shade of purple by now. Popping Motrin every four hours. I am sure I will heal pretty quickly.
I wanted to post a new painting I finished . Hope you like it. I spent today painting on fabric and will try to post them soon. Have to stop typing now as my wrist is throbbing. Be kind and stay creative.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Fabric Paintings






Morning friends, wanted to show you what I have been up to. I have been painting on cotton clothing to get ready for the Warrenton show in May. Back in the late 80's, early 90's I painted with a talented lady named Pat Ciccolela. She painted the most beautiful cat's...I love them. The other day I was going through my old fabric painting stash and came upon her instruction books. I am so happy to have rediscovered her. Let me know what you think of these shirts, I would love to hear from you. Pat..I googled the heck out of your name, address and shop name (The Cat's Meow) but found nothing. Where are you????? Thanks for your inspirational designs.
Well guys gotta go, be kind and stay creative.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Happy Easter evening friends...just finished these two new mini paintings for my Etsy shop. The top on is called 'Candy Meadow Silo' and it is a real location on my street. I love the way this silo stands all alone on the hill in a huge meadow. A symbol of the large farm that was once called Candy Meadow Farm. I hope they never demolish it. The second painting is called 'Three Trees' and do I really have to explain why ;-) Well that's all till later..be kind and stay creative.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!
Look what I found this morning...does he have perfect timing or what?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Feature blog featuring The Empty Nest!

Check out this great blog..... http://jangiesetsyshop.blogspot.com .... she featured The Empty Nest in her ' Friday Feature' and I am thrilled and grateful.

New Aprons!



Hello friends...here are some new aprons I have been working on this week. I will have them in my booth at the Warrenton Spring Festival. Be sure to come see me if you are in the area May 16th. Stay creative and be kind.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Painting!!



Hello friends, just a short post to add a photo of my newest acrylic painting. It's called ' Lollypop Tree With Pink Sky ' and I love how it turned out. I think I will paint a whole series of these sweet gems. I just put it in my Etsy shop. Ok...that's all I wanted to say, now back to the studio.

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Painting



Wanted to show you what I have been working on this morning. I set aside my sewing machine for just a few days to do some painting. The first is ' Alone at Sea' a small canvas I painted for my etsy shop. The next three photos are of watercolor paintings I have done on cotton t-shirts for my booth at the Warrenton Spring Festival in May. I forgot how much I enjoy fabric painting. I think I will get more ready to sell in my booth. I have ordered some baby t's and also womens camisole t's. I will keep you posted on my progress. Until next time...be kind and stay creative.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cherry Blossom Festival in DC











My hubby and I got up extra early this morning to drive into DC to check out the beautiful cherry trees along the tidal basin. We were not disappointed, they were spectacular! Like pinkish white clouds floating around the basin. It was sunny but very breezy and some of the blossoms looked like snow as they fell from the branches....very worth the drive. If you have never seen them you should try to get there to witness a truly beautiful display. Until next time...be kind and stay creative.
PS....click on photos to zoom in on blossoms

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Art Doll- Meet Tahlula



Tahlula loves turtleneck sweaters and vintage lace. She has very expensive taste and is never without her favorite diamond earrings. All the other doll's are jealous of her fabulous style. She flys to Paris every month to have her hair styled and eyebrows waxed. I am thinking of creating some sisters for her to go shopping with. She would love having someone with her to tell her how chic she looks ;-)

P.S....don't tell Tahlula, but she is really made from a recycled felted sweater and remnant fabric. She would mortified if she knew her clothes were from Goodwill and not Chanel.