Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yay! another order finished...

Here's the pictures of the  paddle I've been  painting.. sorry the pics aren't that good.. I think I took about 30 to get these.. picture taking is not my strong point...lol  Now to make enough space to varnish it all and it will get picked up tomorrow at the Farmer's Market... I love this sponge painting... the only brush I used was to make the horizon line.. and the silhouette of the bear..I guess you can tell what I use this picnic table for the most too.. spraying things.. the bench is lovely right now with the outlines of stars right across it.. usually it has circles from spraying cd's...
We did a swap on our painting group.. and now that everyone has theirs I can show you what the one I did looked like..
Thanks Marie for sending me the picture of it.. the picture of all of them was one that got lost when my camera card screwed up..
I'm going to head into Winnipeg tonight.. have a little visit with the kids.. the invitation will get picked up and do the market tomorrow.. so won't be around till thursday..
Hope everyone has a lovely day.. Thanks for popping in...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Something new to show you...

Good Monday morning... hope everyone had a lovely weekend... This quilled invitation is what I worked on all day yesterday.. I do a lot of special order invitations for weddings and anniversaries..they do make a lovely unique gift. I loved the background of the invitation so fall like so not  a flower on it..just leaves.                    
The Farmer's Market on saturday was good.. it rained most of the day though and I think that their numbers were down from usual.  I do think though if I get invited to do another saturday market that I will go into      Winnipeg the night before.. getting up at 3:45 and being on the road by 4:30 is just way too early..lol  It was interesting though to get interviewed by their Craft Person that authenticates that everything is made by hand, what your workspace is like, where you get supplies, ideas.. Once this has been done you get a Certificate of Authenticity to hang in your booth, nice to see very strict regulations and I'm sure this is what has made them the most popular market in Manitoba. Well I have a canoe paddle to paint for a special order.. so off to work on that.. I'm also in the process of opening an Etsy store.. this is definitely keeping me out of trouble..lol          
Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, August 27, 2010

And the Winner is........

So sorry to be so late on announcing this.. some days sure do not go as planned...lol
There was 97 bowls in that stash  so the closest guess was Jen with 96... wow.. so close..so pick whichever bowl that you like Jen.. and I will get it in the mail for you this week.. 
Thanks everyone for guessing and for all of you that are following me.. I so appreciate it...
I'm off to a Farmer's Market tomorrow morning.. will be leaving at 4:30 a.m. as you have to be set up by 8 and it's on the other side of Winnipeg...good thing DH just asked if I'd washed the muddy table coverings from last weekends market.... lol..(I am now washing table cloths)  have a couple of things that I am short on so will be making magnets till bedtime.. once the car is packed to go..
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend...

grrrrr.... no internet this morning....

Hope everyone else's day started off better...lol was going to post early.. had pics all ready to go.. and no internet.. have to return Chaya this morning and do a few things in town.. so picking will have to wait till I get back this afternoon.. sorry....Here's the last 3 bowls to choose from.... hope there's something the winner likes..

Funny the spatters don't show up on the checks bowl...
Hope everyone has a great day..thanks for stopping by and looking...I will be back later this afternoon.. hopefully with internet too...lol

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bowl Parade and Someone Special

Painter in Training..  
First off the paint with water books are a hit! got a little painting in while she was busy painting too..
Now I'll show you some of the bowls that are ready for the choosing.... there will be more hopefully tomorrow..lol
Snowman with Red bird bowl

Red Snowman Bowl
Snowman and stars bowl
Sheep and Vine bowl
I hope you see something that you like here.. but will add a couple more tomorrow before the contest closes..
When I posted the pictures from Lockport I missed one booth.. and didn't know how to edit it to put Lori Hopkins' booth in after I had posted. Lori's business is called "She Is So Unusual" and  paints on mostly vintage items...purses, jackets, pillows, bags as well as wood and metal .. but also makes some unusual items like birch bark planters too..so here's a couple of her art for you to see as well..

Well that's it for now.. hope you enjoy the pics.. off to paint abit more while the napping is good.. hope you're having a great day and thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Good morning...

my booth... 

Well the weekend went well.. sooo very hot and humid on saturday.. as you can see by the puddles on the ground.. was a little wet... they had a deluge on friday night and the ground inside the tent on saturday morning was covered in about 3inches of water.. which they swept out.. but with all the traffic thru the water just kept coming up everywhere.. they had to put more gravel in on the sunday... Sunday.. the wind was incredible.. kept wondering if we were taking off for other places...lol My camera all of a sudden decided that I should have my memory card reformatted so am thinking I lost everything that was on it.. very sad about that as I can't remember what was uploaded and what wasn't...lol so a friend Greg lent me his to take some..
Here's his booth... he makes wonderful wood products.. trains..bread boards,  his frames and planters out of barn wood are just gorgeous..
Lockport general store
Here's a pic of the general store across the way from where the tents were.. great looking building.. and they have absolutely everything you could possibly want...lol Finally a pic of my friend Joy.. who did the organizing for the event (which she did a fantastic job for by the way) and paints the most beautiful rocks ever...

Now yesterday didn't go exactly as planned.. was going to paint bowls.. and show you these pics.. but DH came home with 2 pails of wild plums.. so I got 4 batches done then ran out of sugar.. oh darn!! lol  I usually babysit Chaya every second weekend but  I had traded my weekend  to do this show.  I am so missing her that I called to see if she could come out for a couple of days so will be off to pick her up in awhile.. and return her friday morning...She always wants to paint with me so I have picked her up some paint with water books so we can sit at the table together and paint.. am hoping that it works.. it's hard to paint with her on my lap..lol  Anyways.. got the floor washed last night and the place mostly Chaya proofed so just have to run the vacuum over everything before I leave to get her..
Hope everyone has a wonderful day..

Friday, August 20, 2010

Guess the # of Bowls

Good morning.. Leave a comment under this post for the Guess the # of Bowls in the "stash"contest...
but first.. these are the 5 orphaned kittens we found.. they were only about 4 weeks old.. they are doing great and have grown so much since this pic.. they are so much fun to watch and play with..aren't they adorable?
 Ok now the rules for the contest... leave a comment under this post.. one guess per person unless you have a blog and share it then you will get 2 entries.. The contest will run till noon my time, Friday August 27, the entry that comes closest to the actual # of small wooden salad bowls in the picture below will win.. Win what?  I will post  pics of the bowls available and the winner can choose which one they would like...Sound good? I hope I didn't miss anything out.. first contest and all you know..email me if you have any questions...
It will be a busy day getting things finished up and packed and in the car to head off for this sale tomorrow.. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Be back on Monday!
Here's the "stash" picture again.. and Good Luck!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Good Morning...

This is how some of those of those bowls will look when I'm done..that pile is rather overwhelming though..lol, even more so now that I feel like I'm the only one with that many of them...
It's beautiful here today.. sun is shining.. day is getting warmer.. nights have been on the cool side this week but we're supposed to be heating up for the weekend again..with the humidex going up again too.. so could be a heatstroke weekend again .. lol.. I will be off to Lockport, Manitoba on friday for their 100th Anniversary weekend .. check it out at http://www.lockportmanitoba.ca  Katie's Cows & Udder things along with a lot of other great exhibitors  will be set up in a tent for the 2 days from 12-7 Saturday August 21 & 22.. Should be a fun weekend...
Posting today was alot easier than the first one yesterday..I think this will be fun!! I will figure out the best way to start the contest..and hopefully get it posted tomorrow before I leave..
Hope everyone has a wonderful day..

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Well here I am....

My first post on my new blog... and am totally speechless... now for anyone that knows me that will have them laughing.. That beautiful little girl with me in the picture is my granddaughter Chaya... the best present I've ever had and being an Amma is the greatest thing ever..and I am so lucky that I get to spend a lot of time with her.
There will be a little  of everything on here..my first love is painting and especially on upcycled things.. love to take an old coffee pot or jug and make it something special again..I do a lot of sales through out the year but it's getting into that busy Christmas time season so the pressure is on.. but I soooo love paper too.. I learned how to Quill (the art of paper filigree) a few years ago and it still  amazes me what you can do with it.. then a good friend Les.. introduced me to Altered art and ATC's...
Now one of the reasons that I started this was because on Facebook you can't run a contest or have a giveaway and when I was cleaning out the proverbial "stash"  to get some bowls  to paint.. I thought wow! this would be a great idea for a contest.. because I was so shocked (not sure why) at the number of  small wooden salad bowls that have accumulated since last Christmas's  painting season..(other painters with "stash" will not be very shocked and will wonder why I was too..lol) but I will leave that for tomorrow..once I figure out how to post it and do a couple more things on here..
Thanks for stopping in..and hope you'll come back..