Saturday, May 28, 2016

Jinx Approved!

 ................Jinx wholeheartedly approves of the new windowsills! This windowsill wasn't even fastened down yet and he hopped his not so little butt up there.... He loves to watch the birds and squirrels...... its like Cat Tv.....lol


My days have been filled with painting trim.........and once i have so much done hubby comes along and cuts them and installs them. Then i turn into the Caulking Queen and caulk any seams or gaps so we look .. you know.. professional......lol THEN i have to paint over the caulk... yeah... its been a time consuming process....but satisfying...



Staining the windowsills scared me to death......... not sure why... I was so worried about 'messing them up'.... well with a little bit of hand holding from my crafting guru friend Eileen at the Artful Crafter......I jumped in with both feet.......and guess what?

 I didn't mess it up! The color is Red Mahogany. The directions on the can suggested using Oil Modified Water Based Polyurethane as a top coat. I used a satin finish...... 


Very , very happy with how these turned out.......I love how you can still see the wood grain thru the stain......I'll get you a picture of a finished window when i have a completed one...



.........and you KNOW there's been 'arting' going on! Its just something i need in my life.  I'm beginning to think i'am so over a sketch book that has lines in it...... Its been fun and freeing working on such cheap paper but i'm really beginning to dislike the lines when i have a finished piece i really like.... I don't know what do you think do you like the lines in there?

This was so much fun to draw and color...... I hope you'll click on it to enlarge it and see all the detail....Feel free to print off the line drawing and color it yourself. Happy happy T day to my Tea People popping in from Ms. Elizabeths T Party..... 


And just for my Tea People i leave you with this photo...... I've had it for years........stuck in my folder of inspirational photos for drawings........ I just love it...... but for the life of me .. its been so long i don't know who to attribute it to... so if you know let me know and i will put it on there.... But i thought it wonderfully appropriate with the new 'Alice' movie coming out... are you going?  We will but not this crazy Holiday weekend....... Have a safe and happy one for those that are celebrating! Hugs! deb

Friday, May 20, 2016

Its Been a Soggy.....


......dreary.... overcast week so far...but my goodness aren't those bushes out in front of the house a bright pop of color??  I'm pretty sure they are a type of Barberry just not sure what variety as other Barberry i have seen are more purpley...(thats a word right?) Some of you may remember the frog from CA... well he's found a home here too. :)



Look what i spied in a quick shaft of sunlight the other morning... Our first fawn.........  


Isn't he just adorable?  He's so tiny... We didn't see them last year until they were much older.....so this is a treat!


So nice of him to stand in the sunshine for me. :)



I wish momma had been standing in the sun too. But this is the best pic i could get of them together........ Just a word of caution...... if you travel often this time of year on country roads where you might find deer....please PLEASE slow down.... Deer Mommas cannot hold their little one's hand when they cross the road and fawns are unpredictable..........I think i used to be under the influence of Mr. Disney and Bambi when it comes to deer...lol  But deer Mommas are not always so attentive and watchful as maybe they could be and fawns are a handful... :) Fawns get brave and wander quite far from their Momma...I often worry about the cars that zip down our country road .....

........And finally a picture for my Tea People over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's....(Yes i'm early but i must post when i find the time and i will link up on Tues.) Elizabeth hosts a Tea Party every Tuesday with a great group of ladies who are so incredibly friendly and supportive. I really want to thank everyone for your kind words and encouragement as i travel down this road called life......Your comments on remodeling the house and my artistic endeavors are always so kind and encouraging . Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Anyone is welcome to join the T party.... the only requirement is to have something drink related in your post... The above picture is my next inspiration for a drawing or painting..not sure which...maybe both! Ofcourse not just Tea People visit me here but lots of lovely people, many i consider friends....  I cherish your visits and it just makes my day when you leave a comment.......... I hope to make a House Update soon... not much to show but little odds and ends  but i'll show you..stay tuned. Hugs! deb

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Alot of EsTrogen Around Here.......


Heeellllooooo my Tea People!!!How are you???? I've missed you! And even today i'm a little late to the party. But i hope you'll come around for a spot of T!   Did you ever just not have the energy to pull together a post?  Search and find the pictures you wanted etc... Well thats been me for the last month... But here i'am...hopefully reenergized!   I have made a few PostCards... here's one above. All these pictures will enlarge if you click on them... 



My wonderful PostCard swapper Eileen the Artful Crafter has been trying out a new technique using metal duct tape and her embossing folders.... all the detail is incredible. She not only sent one with this technique but 4! (One not pictured as it had not arrived by the time i took this photo) I'am green with envy for that script embossing folder...definitely on my wish list. :)


Do you ever hear the siren call of a Yard Sale?? I do .. especially in the Spring when they seem to pop up everywhere.. Well this one was off the beaten path a little bit so we had to follow the signs... that was an adventure in itself....As it turns out there was only one thing at that yard sale calling my name............



A box of Owls!!!!!


At first i thought they were made of bisque but after closer inspection it seems more like chalk... but maybe i can seal it and paint them anyway...  For $5 for the whole box i can afford to play with them a little bit....yeah i know like i NEED more stuff....but... it WAS calling to me....lol


Lets see what else has happened since we last met..?  Oh! As fate would have it we saved a turtle on Earth Day Apr. 22. Timing huh? He looks happy doesn't he?? lol I just hope i put him on the side of the road he wanted to be on so he didn't turn around and cross again..

And if you've made it this far in the post let me tell you about all the pregnant deer around here!!! Lets just say they are VERY pregnant. You can really tell if you enlarge the pic... Wow! I'm sure some fawns have dropped already but momma has not brought them around yet...  I'll keep you posted...  That is a salt block we put out for them... This particular one has sulfur in it and helps to keep the ticks off them.... we hope... The ticks were awful on them last year. Their ears were just covered so we are watching to see if there is an improvement... There is a herd of about 8 deer that are regulars around here so we'll keep an eye on them... 

Well gosh that was alot of catch up and i have lots more to share... artwork and work on the house goes on like always...  I hope to be back to more regular posting.. :)  If you'd like to see a little artwork scroll down to the previous post i made last week.... Good to see you again! Hugs! deb

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Not a Tea Post..................

..........Can you believe i'm making a post thats NOT a Tea Post??!! Or are you just surprised to hear from me because its been like a month since i've posted....  lol :) Have you ever just had nothing to say?? Well it was a combination of that and the fact the computer stuff was in disarray AGAIN while we put trim in the room and then hubby started unpacking the boxes of stuff that goes in that room and it was just crazy again for awhile...  But now i can see the floor and the top of the desk and i feel fairly safe to be in here.....I won't get buried under 'stuff'.....lol 

Not a long post..........just a post to let you know i'm still alive and i will be back to posting soon....AND i wanted to show what happened to that cat drawing... I finally did a background for him . So now he's forever known as the' Paisley Cat' ....lol This is my first attempt at paisley anything... it was alot of fun to come up with a design...I think he's gonna make a cute card...  

I may not have been posting but the artwork has just been pouring out of me...........so stay tuned for alot of catch up ..not just artwork but some VERY pregnant deer and BIRDS!  Lots of stuff to share... I'm so glad you stopped by , even if its not a Tea Day! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ImprompTu Roadtrip..........


You know what they say about all work and no play.... Well this roadtrip felt more like work than play but at least it wasn't working on the house... From the pics can you guess where we went???

 If you guess Texas ... your RIGHT!  The roadside was full of flowers... maybe not at their peak but still beautiful...

 I can just imagine the looks i was getting from passing cars as i stopped to get this photo for my 'Tea People' over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's... Those are Primrose flowers......



Here we stopped at a roadside park. All these photos were taken with my phone so i apologize for their quality... As you can see above it focused on the background and not the flower i wanted to show you...grrrr.... That is a TX Mountain Laurel by the way and no kidding they smell just like grape Koolaid... :)

Our trip ... quick as it was... 3 days ...one to drive down , one there, and one to drive back... 10+ hours each way...uuughhh... Was successful.... Hubby got it in his head a little while ago that i needed to have my little blue car back...Its a blue Ford Focus ..oh about a 2002 or so... good little car...dependable , never gave us any problems but we decided not to take it CA with us when we moved there 4 years ago so we left it to my MIL to use...She has since passed and it just sits in a barn so..... We'll see.. it needs some TLC and we'll either keep it or sell it... We also managed to get together with a few friends and family . So all in all good trip.



I wish i could say the bedroom is a done deal.... BUT its done enough that we could more some furniture back in and put the fan back in...etc... Still working on some trim... Who knew trim took so long... cutting it, painting it...caulking it..painting over the caulk...uuughh... But the bedroom is close and computer room/office is close, then we paint the guest room... 

Hubs is making some beautiful window sills... larger than the originals so Jinx can comfortable fit his butt on there and i can put a few things on the window sills like i like to do...Yes Jinx and i will have a discussion about that and i'm sure he will see my point of view that he better not knock anything off and if he just won't listen to reason there's always Earthquake putty...lol Happy T day my friends! Hugs! deb