Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween is Scary to Me!

This is the very first year I will be celebrating Halloween and I can't say I'm not a little nervous! I've been warned by others that this area gets hoards of kids. I'm absolutely terrified that I'm going to run out of candy! I really have no clue how to go about the whole Halloween experience, do I just let the kids grab the candy out of a bowl themselves or do I hand it to them so they don't overdo it and grab too much? One nice elderly man I was talking to at Walmart the other day told me that last year he had kids making requests! Some kids asked for soda pop but he wasn't handing out soda pop and they left empty handed! Can you imagine!? What is wrong with kids these days? If I had been allowed to celebrate Halloween when I was a kid I would have been perfectly happy with whatever I was given. Now of course I'll probably wind up with nothing but the scary mean kids knocking on my door LOL! I can't wait till Liam is just a tad bit older and we can take him trick or treating, such fun it will be! And I guarantee you I will teach my boy to be grateful for whatever he may get and to always say thank you :)

These photos were taken a little while ago as the sun was going down in my backyard.

New Artwork!

Love Ewe : This painting was done on canvas. Before the paint was applied I covered the canvas in vintage book pages and then painted directly over the pages.

Old Wooden Chair : Another painting done on vintage book page covered canvas. Notice the little bird perched on the back of the chair?

This peice was also done on cavas and covered with vintage book pages. After the canvas was covered I painted it and added a little landscape painting in the bottom left corner. I then stiched the various bits and peices directly onto the canvas. Everything stiched on is either antique or vintage except for the velvet leaves which are new.

This peice was done exactly like the one above it. The items stiched to this canvas are also antique and vintage.

And this is what I do with vintage postcards that have ugly pictures on their fronts. I painted this little landscape directly onto this vintage postcard.

Another vintage postcard I painted a landscape onto.

This one I did a little differently. I embroidered a piece of fabric and then stiched the fabric onto this vintage postcard.

Another vintage postcard with embroidery.

There is more new artwork to see on my Flickr account which can be viewed HERE.

Puppy Love and Bingley Updates

As you can see by the picture, Mr. Bingley fits in just nicely! I feel very lucky to have found another Chihuahua that get's along with Liam and Boo so well. When Griffin passed away I was certain I'd never be able to find another Chihuahua that would do so well with Liam but apparently I was wrong because Liam and Mr. Bingley have become good friends and seem to really enjoy each others company. Bingley is such a sweet little guy, so cuddley and affectionate. He's also my little shadow, he follows me everywhere I go. And he's become such a well behaved little guy! He rarely has any accidents now and happily goes outside to do his business. Yes, I really do love this newish addition to my family, he's such a doll!

Vintage Postcards

What is your favorite thing to get in the mail? Mine happens to be one of my greatest obsessions, vintage postcards. Of all of the different things I find myself collecting, nothing gives me more pleasure than my vintage postcard collection. I love flipping through the pages of the binder I keep the best of my collection in and sifting through the endless piles of the not so perfect ones. I tend to buy them only in large lots and won't pay more than $1 a card although most I only paid a few cents for. The best thing about collecting them is that they can be found rather cheap if you know where to look and that sits very well with my strict budget :)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Quick Post For My Husband

This post is especially for my wonderful husband Oliver who is away from home for work. Oliver, I LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE you SO much! I miss you and can't wait till you return to me! I'm so proud of you and I wish you lot's of luck with work and please don't forget what I look like while you're away :) I won't be able to forget what you look like because the above picture of you and Liam is blown up HUGE on my computer screen! Lot's and lot's and lot's of love, your sweetie XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Something I Do That I'm Sure You Don't Know About!

Ever wonder about a person's past? What they did before you knew them or maybe even just read about them? Well here's something that I'm sure you didn't know about me. A number of years ago I was a model horse artist. I just recently started up again and found that all of that mixed media stuff I've been up to lately must have done something to me because my little painted ponies are better than ever! I fiddled with airbrushing these little ones for a couple of years but decided that handpainting them with acrylics is just so much more enjoyable while it may take quite a bit more time. There is an entire hobby dedicated to these little horses that spans the globe! My past work still to this day is winning awards for it's owners which I'll admit shocks me a bit, I'm my own worst critic. I used to bring my horses to model horse shows and compete against other artist's work. Then I would sell my horses to collectors. The above pictures are of two horses I did a number of years ago just before I quit painting them. They are super tiny little guys as you can see, one is on my dining room table and the other is standing atop my knee. The top horse will be for sale when I get around to it and the bottom horse is already sold. I specialized in these mini scale horses and in Appaloosa patterns (the spotted color for you non-horsey people). I know this sort of thing probably sounds so bizarre to many people LOL! I no longer collect model horses myself but I've decided to begin painting again whenever I need a break from my other artwork and in all honesty, the money to be made in model horse painting is just so much better than selling mixed media stuff so I'd be crazy not to paint a few horses from time to time :)