Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vintage Christmas Ornament No. 2

A letter.. probably from someone a way away..
 Will they be making the trip home for the holiday?

The home fires will be burning, all lamps lit,
After all.... it's Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gathering Santa, Getting Ready

He's been gettin' ready,
Been ringing his bell,
But he took time out...
To pose for this picture

Oooo...takes his posing very seriously indeed.
((made from 3/4" pine, about 12" tall, on a wood base, painted with acrylic paint; twigs & tiny pine cones are real, as is bell))

Monday, November 29, 2010

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town !

This is the very first wooden piece I painted...
back more than 20 years ago. Although the camera didn't pick it up, as an update a couple of years ago, I added German glitter glass to his hat.

Had been a canvas and board painter for twice that number of years, but decided to try wood. Once I did, there was no going back!

So You Better Watch Out... Better Not Pout!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Paper Mache Ornament Box

A pretty large size paper mache box, great for display or storage
of "special" Christmas keepsakes or vintage ornaments.
I am very happy with my color combination, and the added
stamping around the box which was actually done with paint
Couldn't resist adding scraps of vintage sheet music stamped with Christmas phrases:
"I will honor Christmas in my heart..." Charles Dickens
and, my favorite...
"May your days be merry and bright"

Friday, April 10, 2009

Salvaged Wooden Table~Folk Art Style

This is a wooden side table, "found" so to speak and given a makeover. It was cleaned up, painted with acrylic paint with a JoSonja style pattern of an old coffee pot and mug. The trim was painted freehand by me (I'm surprised too) with acrylic copper and gold-colored inks. I donated to an auction for my painting club and it was a hit.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Asian Themed Quilt for Mom

This is a single-sized quilt that I made for my mom who lives in Georgia. Mom's entire house is Japanese-style decorating and I thought she would like this... and she did! Didn't have but a small amount of the motif fabric so I had to divide it up in order to make this quilt.
I tried to talk my mom into washing the quilt so it would look it would get that "puckered" look that I love... but she said she will press it after washing... oh well. Glad she liked it though.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Painted & Altered Recipe Box

This is a wooden recipe box that was painted at a workshop and then, later altered with metallic spray, glazes, adding charms; then, decorated with several layers of scrapbooking paper. The inside is painted metallic gold. It was a nice change from the usual.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Santa Ornament Box~Just the Cover

A large papier mache box is perfect for storing special ornaments. This was painted in acrylics, during a Jean Zawicki seminar at our chapter in July.
I added rubber stamping, embossing, collaged scraps and some distressing... love that vintage look, especially for Christmas.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Primitive Doll Bed & Bedding

So...he made the bed out of pine and I made the bedding... all cotton quilt & pillow, homespun covered mattress. Very hard to see the saltbox houses painted on the headboard and footboard of this little bed. It is one of several that we did, sold at craft fairs or on Ebay.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Hydrangeas on a Clock

Hydrangeas were painted on this clock by Kathy Murphy, a fellow decorative artist/teacher here on Long Island. Won this clock at the D.A.W.N. dinner & auction. Love it Kathy!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Recycled Wooden Table

I used a paper doily as a stencil for the top and lots of glitter sprays (really made for paper)... Moon Shadow Mist, etc. , a little bit of stamping.

Talk about trash to treasure! This piece was plucked from the trash in a local town, by one of my friends. She passed it to me to refurbish for auction at the D.A.W.N.'s annual dinner & auction which was on 4/2/08. Had lots of tickets.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

And Of Course, Cats.....

July 26, 2006:
Many stormy days spent indoors, late nights, and many spare moments have given the opportunity for bathing in the glorious words of Lilian Jackson Braun in the "The Cat Who..." series. Yes! If one listens, i.e., Books-On-Tape, the voice of George Guidall just adds the whipped cream & cherry to the top of these 'sweet treats'.

As a folk artist, a cat has always been my all-time favorite model/subject. In the, thus far, 28 books, you'll often hear: 'illophbile' (Greek for 'cat lover').