Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Another Finished Project

We've all seen these.  I'm not sure what they are called but most I've seen have been for setting out cheese.  Usually found at flea markets all dirty like this one.  So what do you do with it?

Maybe this?

This is going to Shabby Cottage at the corner Nest on Friday.

Happy Tuesday Sweet Peeps!
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Two New Designs & a Window

These are my two new large format designs, Violetta and Birdcage.  Thanks to both French Kissed and the Graphics Fairy for images.  They are available as digital downloads in both the online store Shabby Cottage Studio and my Etsy store aka Shabby Cottage Studio.

Finally, finally we got the last window installed downstairs.  When we redid the downstairs windows we didn't replace the one in the dining room because at the time we had figured that would be french doors leading out to a future deck.  But you know plans change and we decided the hopefully next year deck would be better in a different spot.

My home is difficult at best to photograph the interior on this side of the house and this is the what I usually get. Bleh.   And those old windows made everything even worse.  Always dark looking in this room and this is a sunny day!

Ok, NOW we're getting somewhere!

Just look at THAT light BAY-bee!!!
Whoo Hoo!
Hopefully this fall we can get working on my plan to repaint in here and next spring a new floor.  This one is just a faux floor and rug I painted over the eee-yuck linoleum that came with this old house.

Yep, this is a picture of a wall.   I happened to turn around this morning and for once the light in the computer room allowed me to take a photo where I actually could see the color of the wall.  (The screen door leads into my studio and the other door the living room)  The walls in this room are a favorite of mine.  From the chair rail up I did a wonderful textured faux finish using several texture products.   Once all the textures were applied I applied a two color glaze...blue on the top and a burnt sienna on the bottom, then wash the colors toward the middle where they blend to make yet another color.  Then wash a little of each glaze color on top of the other randomly.  It was a lot of hard work but so worth it because when you see it in person it is beautiful.  Since this is the room where I spend most of my time running a business it was important to me that it was restful and looked good. 

So this has been a good week...a new window and the first tomato out of the garden.  I always say it's the little things that make you happy.  And I am.  Happy. :-)
I hope you are having a happy week also my wonderful peeps!
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

From the Garden

Now!  Now, I am a happy woman.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quilting Arts new eMag!

At times I have been heard to complain about technology and the internet...how fast it moves, that it's quite often difficult to keep up with all the advances that come at you and that not all change is necessarily good change.  Yet every now and then along comes a little something that gets me excited.  Quilting Arts new eMag is one such thing.

Have you seen it?  Are you familiar with Quilting Arts?  How about Pokey Bolton?  Cloth Paper Scissors?  Yep, all the same gang.

What is an eMag you ask?  Well check out Pokey's video preview of this wonderful new magazine you can download!
A download-able magazine is not new.  We know that.  But this is not a pdf.  It is adobe software that comes with the magazine when you download.  Pokey and the video can explain better than me.  All I know is I thought, eh, why not try it?  And I loved it.  What part did I love best besides the articles and pictures?  Well I have to say my favorite part is being able to watch the artists in action in video in the articles!  That's right, video in a magazine.  Fabulous!  I'm normally a, I want it in my hand to read, magazineaholic, but this was worth every penny of the $14.95 and if there is anything I want to have in my hot little hand I can print it out.  Thanks Pokey and the gang!  I'll be back eagerly for the next issue!

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Me and the Camera

Long, long ago and far, far away there was a young woman who had a love affair with a camera. She took it everywhere with her to record the world around her. And then as affairs so often do, the passion slowly dissipated and finally disappeared.

Now as a much much older woman, closer to her twilight years than she likes to contemplate, I wander, stumble and fall over blogs with such wonderful pictorial records of the life around that particular blogger.  And it makes me wish I still had the camera passion that as a young woman I once had.  I know people who carry their camera around as though it is a body part.  And I can barely remember I have a camera somtimes.  It makes me wonder what happened...and why.

I can not use the excuse...oh well I don't go anywhere, nothing exciting happens to me.  Because when you turn your macro on a flower and capture the close up beauty of flower stamens or a bee happily doing the nectar dance, that photograph is interesting and powerful.  In fact simple photos often carry the most impact. 

So lately I have been trying to remember to pick up the camera, aim and shoot.  And here are some of the images I've captured lately.  Simple, but all part of my life.

A 4th of July trip to Raleigh and the Farmers Market is always good for a few photos.

My usual love of flowers prompted these photos

I am not a big watermelon person but the watermelon we tasted was outstanding!
We left the Market with peaches, corn and an appetite!

Speaking of eating.  Last night we did shrimp on the barbee. ;-)
I marinated the shrimp in Good Seasons Italian dressing, threw in some tender yellow squash fresh picked from our garden....

added a salad and a toasted tortilla and dinner was scrumptious and in the heat wave so many of us are experiencing, it was marvelous to not heat up the kitchen.

I've been spending a lot of time cleaning all the textiles I brought back from our Atlanta trip.

I loved seeing the breeze come along to make the fabric sway and dance.
A lot of work...

But so worth it in the end!

While we were in Raleigh we of course went to the Flea Market but we really didn't need to because I didn't find anything to excite me, and when we got back to Liz's house she took me out to her little barn, and I discovered I could have done all my shopping there!

I have lots of do-over plans for these treasures!  And by the way, does anyone know if  that desk in the bottom pictures has a particular name?  I've had one before that I re-did and I love the style of it but have always wondered if that style had a name.

So there you have it.  Pictures of some small events that make up my simple and rural life.  Maybe I can get better at remembering the camera again.

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