Sweet Sheep Ornaments

Heading off to my Bag Ladies gathering in a bit.  This is a group of 10 special friends who get together once a month and bring their current projects to work on while chatting about all things handmade.  We all are multi-passionate about quilting, knitting, sewing, painting, rug hooking, etc.  

I wanted to take little happies today for each of the ladies, so made these sweet sheep ornaments yesterday.  I wanted them a bit Christmas-y, but also suitable for everyday use. 

Aren’t they precious!  I love how they turned out.  My only regret is that I didn’t make one for myself.  Definitely will be doing that as soon as I get back in the studio!

Old Red Trucks for Christmas

It seems a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but it’ll be here before we know it.  It was a very busy week and I wasn’t able to be in the studio as much as I would have liked, but finally got the chance to paint today.

I’ve been anxious to try these red truck door hangers ever since I picked the blanks up a few weeks ago.

These are so much fun to paint!  Can’t wait to get back in the studio and paint more!

Happy Halloweenie

I painted this handsome guy today for friends, in memory of their longtime Dachshund baby, Duke. Hope it brings back many happy memories for them.

Happy Halloweenie, Duke!

Persistent Nature

I’ve been awed the last few weeks watching this rogue little squash plant persistently trying to make fruit. I go out early most mornings just to catch a glimpse of the beautiful yellow flowers that are at their peak before the sun’s rays cause them to wilt and shrivel.

This is not a plant that I set out or planted. It’s a miracle to me that it even exists, which fascinates me all the more.

Two years ago, my husband built these awesome raised beds for me.

They were built before we knew where our new house would be placed, so they ended up being too far away to be useful once the house was built. My husband passed away before he could move them to the back yard of the new house, so a couple months ago, my son moved them for me with a skid steer. That required picking up and moving the frames, then scooping up the dirt and refilling them.  In doing this, most of the dirt originally on top was now on bottom and vice versa.

It was too late in the season to start a garden, so I decided to wait until next Spring to amend the soil and plant. The beds had been idle for almost 2 years. They had been planted only once since my husband made them. After a couple rains, I noticed this lone squash plant coming up and decided to leave it, just to have something to watch grow. Frost would be coming soon, so I never expected much to come of the little plant, but before I knew it, there were blooms. Big, beautiful blooms that seemed out of place on such a tiny plant.

Then the first cool night came and the next morning the squash plant was all wilted and, I assumed, about to die. I noticed a break in the main stem right at ground level and thought if the cold didn’t kill it, the break surely would.

For several days I didn’t go out to check on the plant.  Then, this morning when I took out the trash, that big yellow bloom caught my eye and I walked over to the bed to see that the little plant was loaded with buds! I looked again at the broken stem. I was shivering in the chilly morning air, but couldn’t help but smile at the persistence of that tiny squash plant.

How awesome is our God who takes seemingly impossible situations and broken pieces and makes something so beautiful from them. What joy can be found in the seemingly insignificant occurrences in nature that we often overlook. One little rogue squash plant. Imagine that!

A Gift of Love

My Sunday School class learned a couple weeks ago that a precious member/friend is moving soon to be nearer her work and kids. She is so special to each of us and has been such a blessing. We will miss her terribly.

Before we knew of her leaving, we had planned a get-together at my house to fellowship and watch a movie. One of the ladies suggested we now use that time as a send-off for our friend, so I volunteered to paint this piece for her.

She loves sunflowers and is a wonderful musician and singer, so this is very fitting for her. We will send her off with much love and prayers for God’s blessings on her as she begins her new adventure.

Charity Donation

Not a lot of studio time the last several days because of property maintenance (I mow, weed-eat and spray 12 acres every week!), but I did manage to paint this door hanger that I donated to a local charity for their silent auction. I hope the buyer will be blessed as well as the charity.

Plans are to get back in the studio today and finish up some orders. Can’t wait!

A Pumpkin Kind of Day

Pumpkins are popping up all over the studio today!  I’ve had a blast painting and hand lettering these door hangers.  I just finished posting them all in my shop.

Wouldn’t this be a fun painting class?  Think I’ll get one set up soon!

How Pumpkins Grow Sign

I was asked by the owner of a local pumpkin patch to paint a 4′ x 4′ sign showing the stages of a pumpkin’s growth. It will be used to educate the groups of school kids who visit this time of year. The owner provided the primed plywood and a few suggestions for the layout.

That blank board was a bit intimidating. I’ve never done anything that large. Thank goodness for inspiration found on Pinterest! I sketched a few motifs and played with the layout.

The painting was easy once I settled on the design and got it transferred to the board.

I was pleased with how it came out and the folks at the pumpkin patch seemed well pleased. I hope the kids will enjoy looking at it and learning about pumpkins.

Christmas Ornaments

I know it seems a little early, but I’m trying to get a head start on holiday painting. I cut these 3″ x 5″ ornaments from 1/8″ plywood and painted simple little Christmas trees on them.

A short piece of jute twine, for hanging, finished them off. Pretty sure I’ll be painting lots of these between now and Christmas.

Here’s a rogue one painted with a little different design.

Now to cut out lots more of these!

Pumpkin Door Hanger

I want blank door hangers that are different from the stock ones you buy in stores and online, so I’m drawing my own and making poster board templates.

Hmmm…can you guess what I’ll be painting next???

I’ll be enlarging this template and getting out the jigsaw today. Can’t wait to paint this one!