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Monday, May 21, 2018

Last Week's Menagerie of Artwork

Here are some of the pieces 
I've been working on this past week. 

Purple kitty wearing a 
polka dot tie. 

These butterflies make me laugh.
Not the pieces themselves, but 
the fact that my husband hung
them in our pond area upside down.

I asked him if he realized he did that
and he was insistent they were right side up. 

Oh, how I did not want to look at
those things hanging upside down
every time I looked 
out my kitchen window. 

I'd decided just to zip it, and
not say another word about it. 

Well, to my surprise, the next day
I saw that he had flipped them right
side up. 

"Thank You Lord!" 

This is a sign that I made
for the bathroom. 

It has resonated with me
since the first time I saw
it in an old Victoria magazine
many years ago. 

Frida magnet

This is a large 'welcome' sign I made
from a long cabinet door
someone was getting rid of. 

Mermaid magnet

Kitty Plaque

Fish magnet

That about wraps it up for 

Hoping it's a wonderful week for you.

Thank you for visiting. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Shrine Embellishing

Remember this shrine from
way back when? 

In case you missed it
and are so inclined, 
you'll find the related post here.

It's just been sitting around 
on a shelf waiting 
for some zhooshing up.

I got out my bead box,
assorted assemblage items,
and went to work (or play, as I'd rather say). 

I used a PVA glue instead
of a glue gun, or the stinky
kind of glue that'll literally 
glue your (I should say,
 'my') fingers together. 

It takes a little longer to dry,
but I think in the long run
it'll create a more durable hold
and my fingers will remain separated. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Hoping you have a fabulously creative week! 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

This House is for the Birds

I hadn't planned on posting more
than once this week, but I took
these pictures this morning and
thought, 'Why not?'

 This is another one of our collaborations 
(my husband the builder, and me the artist). 

This is probably
my favorite bird house that we've
made together. 

I think it's because the design
is the funkiest he's made so far, and
I'm all about the funkier the better. 

It also makes me think I'm sort
of weird as an artist, because I 
love color clashes. 
(as is obvious by my pieces). 

Sometimes it's intentional,
and sometimes it's just because
I have to use whatever paint
I have on hand. 

Either way, I try and make 
it work and am usually 
pleased with the outcome. 

Thank you for visiting
and saying hello. 


Monday, May 7, 2018

Cats and Skulls and Magnets, Oh My!

The past weekend was so much fun! 

My daughter and son-in-law
took their "mom's" out for an early
 surprise Mother's Day celebration. 

(It's so nice being good friends
with my daughter's mother-in-law.)

The four of us went to the 
English Rose Tea Room
in Carefree Arizona. 

It was just perfect. 

Being a tea drinker myself I had
to up my game the following morning
and forgo my usual mug for Grandma's 
porcelain tea set. 

While it wasn't quite as delicious without
the real cream and lump of sugar,
it extended the delightful memory just the same. 

If you ever happen to be in the 
area, it's a wonderful place to visit. 

* * * * *

Moving on now to my 
art creations of this past week. 

Here's a pic of my purple kitty plaque, . . .

. . . . my new skull plaque, . . . 

. .  .  and some fun little art magnets. 

These little guys are all painted on 2"x 2" pieces of wood. 

I decided to make some one of a kind 
mini artwork magnets as well. 

This little kitty is one of those. 

So much fun! 

Hope you have a wonderful week. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Bunny Hutch

I received this bunny hutch
when it was looking a bit
tired and needing a little lift. 

It was stained wood
with black grating. 

Why didn't I take a picture 
before I started??

* * *

First, I drew out patterns of a flower
and butterfly and my husband
kindly cut them out of wood
on our scroll saw. 

I decided to spray paint the base.
With all the wire and intricate structuring
it just made more sense. 

That said, I rarely use spray paint, but
I'm glad I did in this case. 

You can see Maybelline came to check
things out. 

On a side note, we've noticed she's been 
biting the fur off the back of her tail. 

She's 11 years old and has never done 
that before. 

Hmmm. . . 

I'm hoping the bunnies will enjoy 
their new digs. 

Thanks for visiting! 


Monday, April 30, 2018

Completing the Cow Painting

This is the cow painting I was
working on in my last post. 

I was unsettled with it. 

There was too much busyness here and
there and I actually made it even busier
after this. 

I was about to sand the whole 
thing and start over, but I restrained myself. 

It's a happy party cow, so I left some of
those elements in it. I just did some rearranging. 

I could work on it longer, but I really
need to finish it up and moooo-ve on. 

(could not resist)

Hope it's a great day
and an even better week for you.

Thanks for stopping by. 


Monday, April 23, 2018

Cows, Cats, and Life's Rollercoaster

Last week was a crazy one of
highs and lows. 

One day it was remembering a dear friend's brother
at a memorial service. 

The next day it was celebrating our 
daughter's 29th birthday. 

The day after that, another dear friend called to say 
her Dad is in his last days. 

Through it all, God is 
faithful and His presence has been evident. 

Needless to say, I apologize for not
having a chance to catch up on all
the wonderful blogs I follow. 

Hopefully this week will be a little
less eventful. 


To start with, I'll share the cow
painting that I'm working on. 

I'm kind a stuck for a bit here and
am in the pondering stage. . . 

Meanwhile I thought I'd take a fun
little detour and paint this little gal. 

While I was at it, I saw this one waiting
to be finished and took care of it too. 

My goal for this week is to finish up
on the cow painting, and start
on the bunny hutch I have sitting
in the middle of my kitchen floor! 

Fortunately, it's only been there since Saturday. 

Hope you have a wonderful week. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Funky Frame and Pig Painting

As I was painting the goat picture,
I noticed a butterfly I'd
asked my husband cut out of wood for me
sitting on one of my work tables. 

I put it behind my painting on the side so
just one of the wings was showing.

That's it! I'll give my painting "wings" 
instead of a traditional frame. 

I drew out some patterns and my husband
cut them out and attached them to the 
painting for me. 

Viola! First painting completed. 

Yesterday, I started on my pig
painting. These two (the goat and the pig paintings) will be 
on either side of the barn doors. 

I have a couple flying pigs
that'll go on the barn doors that I'll share 
with you in another post.

Today I'm finishing up on 
the pig and painting the "wings"
on this one. 

After this, I have a cow
painting and a bunny hutch to finish.

I'm hoping to get it all done within a week. . .

Back to work!

Hope you're having 
a wonderful week.

Until next time. 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Goat Folk Art Painting

A dear lady who owns a farm animal
sanctuary asked if I could do some more
artwork for her. (My husband and I have done
some work for her in the past). 

She'd like a goat, pig, and cow painting. 

I've got the goat just about finished, and have
been working on a few other things
to help cheer and brighten up her place 
(not that it's not already really cheerful). 

I thought of this unconventional funky frame idea
after I'd already started this piece. My husbands 
been working on that. 

Unfortunately, for him to attach it, it may mean
a lot of nail holes and wood putty to cover those holes
of the front of this piece. 

I told him to just do what he needs to 
do and I'd go back over and fix what needs
to be fixed. 

Between you and me, I'm hoping not much. 

When I finish something, I like to wash my
hands of it, and not have a potential redo in my future. 

I'll be sure to post a picture
after the "frame" has been attached. 

Hoping you're having a wonderful week. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Folk Art Kitties

I had fun painting these cats on
blocks of wood on a previous post
and decided to paint some more. 

After drawing some cat patterns on wood,
my husband kindly cut them out for
me on our scroll saw and I got to work. 

I haven't signed this one yet
because I'm not sure if I'm finished. 

This one is definitely done
and ready to be varnished. 

I have them it a few different
sizes, so they'll be fun to work on. 

In the meantime I've got a larger
project looming before me that
I'll blog on in a future post. 

For now, it's back to work.

Hoping you're having a 
wonderful week so far!


Monday, March 19, 2018

ART~ Receiving, Creating, Mailing~ Love it all!

This sweet little trio arrived
in the mail over the weekend.

I'd participated in my first
Altered Art Ladies ATC swap
a few weeks ago.  It's been
such a fun experience. 

Steph did an exemplary job
hosting and I'm very grateful to her. 

She plans on hosting some more swaps
periodically during the year
if you'd like to check out her
inspiring blog here. 

I finished another skull
painting over the weekend. 

It gave my mind a bit of rest
after finishing my skyline paintings. 

Speaking of my skyline paintings,
I sold both of them! 

Thanking the Lord
for that blessing! 

If you'd like to see what
they looked like while they
were still works in progress,
you can see them here. 

My husband and I spent 
some time this weekend getting
them all protected and packaged
up for delivery to their new home
in Chicago. 

I was born in Chicago (as were my parents), 
and spent the first 21 years of my life there. 

It'll always have a special place in my heart. 

That's why I called them "Sweet Home Chicago". 

Hoping you have a wonderful week! 


Monday, March 12, 2018

Folk Art Chicago Skyline WIPS

 A dear relative of mine asked
me if I could paint a 
picture of the Chicago skyline
in my folk art style for her. 

I told her I'd be happy
to give it whirl, and she could
decide (under no obligation)
if it's what she had in mind. 

This has been an EXTREMELY
tough challenge for me
over the past couple of weeks. 

It's not a subject that
would ever pop into my head if I was 
sitting around one day wondering
what to paint. 

I gravitate toward "fluffy" (cats, animals,
flowers, etc. . .), or "funky" (skulls, collage, 
Mexican inspired pieces, etc. . .). 

I ended up painting two scenes.

This first one is at daybreak
with a more realistic configuration
of the actual buildings. 

The next one is a night time scene where I 
took some key buildings and lined them up
side by side. 

I'm so grateful for the opportunity
to stretch and grow and step
out of my comfort zone. 

I messaged her with these pictures and
thanked her for the gift of "growing"
through this experience. 

There's still a bit of polishing to do on both
of them, but this is the gist and I've set
them aside for now. 

What's my first piece I chose
to work on after this mental challenge?

It's a wood butterfly my husband put
together for me (cue the Smurf theme song here). 

Wishing you all a satisfyingly productive week!

Terri <3

Friday, March 2, 2018

New Skull Series

I'm working on a new painting
that's rather stressful and
decided to paint some more
skulls as a brief diversion from that. 

These almost seem
to paint themselves, and
the fun thing about them
is that they seem to 
be morphing a bit. 

I like seeing their evolution.

In fact, I'm looking at one
of the original skulls I painted
(it's hanging in my art room)
and thinking about how
much I want to sand and repaint it. 

That'll have to wait for later. 

These are the four I completed
this week. 

I've finished 8 so far and my
new goal is 12. 

Some people may find them
scary, but they make me smile.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Hoping you have a wonderful weekend!