Sunday, December 21, 2014


Luke 2  -20
And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, unto the City of David which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, who was great with child. And so it was that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kitchen Problem

I love this kitchen from Architectural Digest.....

Especially now that it is winter.  That is a really cozy kitchen. 

This would be the problem that I would have with that kitchen, though...

I would spend all of my time feeling "cozy" rather than working to make meals!

Have a great day!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

An Art Filled Weekend

I spent my weekend creating art (which you surely noticed if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook!)

I had a few custom orders to complete. Here is a large one, 36"x36"....

I would like to keep that one for myself!

A second custom order was this one....

Here is the story behind that piece:  A thoughtful husband contacted me via Etsy email after reviewing his wife's Pinterest board. (My own husband would say "What's a pinterest board?") Anyway, this husband of some lucky gal who has a Pinterest board found this pin of a painting I sold a couple of years ago on his wife's Pinterest board....

He asked me to recreate the painting since the first one sold (long ago). Now, that's a thoughtful husband, don't you think? With no ill will toward my own hubby, let's just say, I am thankful for my daughters who tend to help MY husband out on the gift thing! Pinterest is not something he would ever try to navigate. ;) 

Customer order number 3:  I needed to finish up a few ornaments that were ordered by a neighbor...

However, I ended up taking lots of them to Madison Markets to sell, instead. This weekend was the Tour of Homes in our little town and I had telephone call telling me that my art was selling out up there, so I had to replinish!

My last creation of the weekend was just for fun, without the pressure of a special order...

I've created similiar ones, before. The magnolias and "Jesus Loves Me" combined is one of my favorites! That one is in my Etsy shop.

Have a great week!

wow us wednesdays

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Friday, December 5, 2014

How Much is that Doggie in the Window

Here is my front door this year...

There may or may not be a yellow lab looking out the window at you.

I ordered this 1.5" black and white grosgrain ribbon on ebay and it arrived quite quickly....

My black and white decision came from these pretty pictures.....

Not sure of source, but I think is Nell Hill's or Midwest Living

I get a little bit more done, each day!

(Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already seen a few of these photos!)

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas - A Little Bit at a Time

I'm slowly getting Christmas up.  I really need to take a few hours and tackle it all at once. But, where will I find a few hours - with energy? 

Here are a few corners of my home, this week....

You may recognize these photos from my Instagram feed!

Now, if I can just step around the Christmas boxes and ribbon that have exploded all over the dining room and den, I'll finish up! 

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store
What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Round...

Decided I wanted to paint the yellow roses, again....

I love how they turned out.

And I am creating summer and winter at the same time, because that is just how I am....

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

And More New Art.....

I stole a few minutes (hours) to paint over the last week...

 Of course, I had to paint the backs, too....

Many more are "close" to being complete. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my inspiration links for the floral bouquets.....

I wasn't trying to duplicate the photo. I was simply trying to use the original photos for inspiration. (The original photos are linked on my Pinterest Board Inspiration for My Art.)

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