Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bits and Pieces

A cuh-raaazy week.
Lots of pictures to share. :-)

First I want to thank my friend Suzy Quaife from  I entered a giveaway she was having and actually won!  That rarely happens to me so I was thrilled!  And I am so honored to have one of Suzi's gorgeous bags. 

It came wrapped so prettily all the way from NSW Australia!

   My photography skills do not do you justice Suzi dear!

Can you see all the detail?

And even sweet little goodies tucked inside.

Suzi's gift will be treasured forever.  If you have not met Suzi and her FABulous threadworks you are missing some real beauty.  When you visit Suzi's blog look for the pictures of her garden.  I told Suzi I would like to live in her garden.  It looks to be created of magic and fairy tales.

 Last week we were rainy and cold enough to turn the heat back on and kept us from getting the garden finished planted.  But now I do believe we are finally settling into late spring/summer weather.  The tomatoes are in and tonight Mr Shabby and my dad put in the corn.  Yum!

The Queen came to visit this week!

I inherited my bed of Queen Anne's Lace when we bought the house. 
Lucky me!

The Roses and Peonies are running riot!
This year they have a new guardian

Mr Shabby dubbed her Birdmommy.
She sits in front of a tall bird feeder and there is a birdhouse above her to the right that is filled with baby Starlings right now.  We have enjoyed watching mom and dad both diligently taking turns feeding their brood.

Of course I had to bring some flowers into the house!

To lovely not to enjoy them inside and out.

A close up of the Queen Anne's Lace.

I loved this image so much I had to play with it in Photoshop. Above and below are two samples of what the ladies are learning to do over in my new class Down and Dirty the Digital Way.
Aren't they fun?!  Texture can be soft and subtle just as much as it can be grungy and distressed.
I can teach you how to do this to your own images.

There is a new class starting over at Creative Workshops June 13.
It's called Whimsical Landscape Painting with Mechelle Harrison.
This painting actually starts with texture.  Come check it out!

Artful Gathering is picking up speed like a bullet train and we are being consumed with keeping track of a thousand little details, learning so much along the way.  Video segments are rolling in from our teachers and let me tell you they ROCK!!!!!!!  There is so much you can learn at this event.  So save your pennies and make some time  this summer for some fun!

Elizabeth Johnson is one of our Artful Gathering teachers and in her workshop she will teach you how to draw the most adorable little Bluebird and then add color.  Here is a little video of Elizabeth drawing a Hummingbird.

Mom, Dad and Molly taking a little break, enjoying the gorgeous weather and sweet breeze.
 Mousey is creeping behind the swing.  Mousey follows my Dad everywhere and she and Molly are good friends.

Happy Sunday lovlies!
  If I'm not posting as often you know I'm simply buried in work but that it will soon be better. :-)

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Journal Winner

Just in case you thought I forgot about the Journal Giveaway from our Birthday sale...I didn't. :-)  Just had a little craziness going on.

Our winner is Linda of Charmed Victorian!  Congratulations to Linda and thank you everyone who left a comment and came by the store to take advantage of the great savings!

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Pretty Pretties

I wish I was better with before pictures because you would not have believed this box.  It was at one time a very old wood mailbox that was attached vertically to a wall with a cut out in the top for the mail.  It was dirty with smeared dark red paint and and an ugly lock.  I loved the primitive shabbiness of it, just not the dirt, the sloppy paint job or the ugly lock.  Mr Shabby cleaned it up for me.  I painted it with  a dry brush method so some of the dark wood would still be visible, and then I added the appliques.  I glazed the bottom half of the box and loved the two tone look so much I did not glaze the top.  The worm holes and old crackle may not show well in the photo, but along with the mail slot we left on the side, they add to the utter charm of this box. 

I really wanted to keep it but *sigh* I was good and left it at the Corner Nest with a price tag on it.

I wanted to keep this box too.

I used one the Bee Paris Crown single large single image I list in the store.

And the color is my new "favoritest" color.

 I just love how it turned out with all the texture.

Do you think these pretties seem to have a tough life?!

Miss Minny

Miss Gracie

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned surrounded by love and happiness!
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Another Birthday Bash Sale & Giveaway

Oh yes.  It's that time of year again. 
Gail gets another year older.
But we won't dwell on that! :-)

Instead we're going to PARTY!

Because it's time for our Annnual Birthday Bash Sale at Shabby Cottage Studio!
Here's the deal...
 except classes and gift certificates!

 Sale runs May 1 through May 6.  No codes, no coupons, just pile up the goodies in your shopping basket and we'll figure it for you.  Easy Peasy! 
Now is the time to take advantage and stock up on your favorite goodies, and even find some new favorite goodies!

Along with the Sale I always have a Giveaway and this year is no different.  I will draw one name from everyone who leaves a comment on this post, and this post only, to win one of my fabric collage journals.

So if you like the looks of the journal leave a comment, then come on over to Shabby Cottage Studio
and grab some goodies at great prices!

Happy, Happy Lovlies!
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