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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Unknown said...

Beautiful pics of home and garden! And that bag -- oh my goodness, I can see why you are thrilled. I love Queen Anne's Lace -- I've never seen it used in a border before. I used to have some in my backyard, but those chickens have pretty much turned it into a wasteland -- or maybe they just peter out on their own after a while -- the backyard has become very shady in the past 10 years.


LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh my word....I want to come and have tea in your garden!! It's beautiful!

I posted about Artful Gathering and can't wait for it to start!!


Anonymous said...

I take time every day to browse my fav blogs for inspiration and some delicious eye candy! Thank you for being such a good source of both!!!


Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Eeeekk! I adore the sweet little bag you won...too beautiful!
As for your garden it is just a little bit magical with all the Queen Annes Lace....I now have a little garden envy!
Thanks for sharing,
Kiss Noises Linda

Attic Rat said...

It's always such a treat to stop by your blog.


Dorthe said...

Dear Gail,
so beautiful photoes, of your beautiful garden,-I so love all the wonderful flowers, --
and congratulation with winning sweet Suzy`s giveaway-- her bag is gorgeus, and so full of lovely laces.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Beautiful photos of your home and garden! Congratulations on winning such a gorgeous bag, too!

So glad I found you through the “All Kinds of Artists” Artist blog hop!
I am your newest blog follower. :)
Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

Mary C. Nasser

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, I love Suzy and I'm so happy you won her gorgeous prize!! It is priceless and so is she! And I love the picture of your parents and of course, of the beautiful flowers...I didn't know what Queen Anne's Lace looked like--wow, it's exquisite.

Anonymous said...

wow Gail, your flowers are gorgeous. I miss having gardens like that. Truly beautiful and the bad is too. Lucy you. Love the picture of your folks. They look so sweet.
Southwestern Smooches to you!