Just wanted to share a painting I've been working on of my daughter. It's been on-going for months and remains undone. I really need to finish it. I hope to complete it this winter.
It's an acrylic wash on raw linen.
It's not done yet.
Basing it off some old photos.
I also did pastel portraits of the boys when they were two years old when I was on bed-rest with this one.
I would share, but they are framed under archival glass and it's kinda hard to photograph.
You would think I have tons of time to paint these, but I really don't. Composition takes a lot of planning. That was only a portion of her portrait. In the final image, there will be lots of little satellite baby girls floating around her, sketchy style.
Debbie of Debbiedoos Blogging and Blabbing- who featured my Swedish trunk make-over. She also gave all of us newbies a chance with her Monday Newbie party. I have now officially hit 100, so I have been ousted! Thank you Debbie, for your kind support these past few months.
Lauren, of West Furniture Revival, who featured "Betty" my china cab this past summer, along with the Swedish trunk, and also "Sir St. Joseph." Lauren is such an inspiration to me. Her posts keep me on my toes and this girl knows what's hot in furniture!
Cassie of Primitive and Proper, who graciously featured "Grace's Debut." Cassie has a renowned blog that has a huge following; it was truly fantastic to be singled out by her for my peacock-colored re-do.
I would also like to thank Andrea at Faded Plains. She was my VERY FIRST follower to sign up when I was desperate for attention. Andrea has inspired me for a few years, before I even started blogging. She has a wonderful blog at Faded Plains, and also an etsy, where she sells marvelous vintage and country wares. Thank you for your support, Andrea! You gave me faith that night you signed on that this would work out after all!
I would like to thank a few fellow bloggers whom I consider to be my blog buds because they signed on pretty early and are faithful bloggers. These women are GOOD EGGS:
I would also like to give a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Emily of Lovely Beasts. She is my BBFF. She and I have bonded over grainsacks and old newsprint. I am pretty sure she and I have also been separated since birth and have reunited online. I really feel a connection with you Em, and you are special. You and I are going to go places here in blogland when we get the details ironed out of our stinky grainsacks. I tell Em all my deep dark blog- author secrets and she listens with patience to my ramblings.
I would also like to thank some big time bloggers who continue to inspire me everyday. I have been reading their blogs for years, before I actually started blogging myself. I can honestly say I probably would have never started blogging if I hadn't been inspired by these women:
I would also like to thank all 100 FOLLOWERS (!) who have helped push me and get me to this point. Thank you for signing on to be a chicken on the prairie!
(I know this chicken head is a tad out of focus, but it's too hilarious not to re-post).
Finally, I will leave this post with a big XOXO to Dan, my man, who is the operating self-titled QC (quality control) around here and my hub of 12+ years. He understood my need and desire to start this, with my unfulfilled artist's soul yearning, and he started the blog for me, figured out and taught me how to do things when I was/still am confused and slow about computers, and helps me hunt out and repair prairie doves (he handles operational rehabbing and I handle cosmetics). Without him, I am lost in this world, in more ways than I care to imagine. Also, he is in charge of transportation ( as part of his family obligation) so he plays an important role in this. (In case you were wondering, he is also in charge if recreation. I am in charge of fashion and sanitation. We both take turns on nutrition).
We are a team, always have been a team, and always will be a team. If you want a solid marriage, go to church together every Sunday and your reasons to be thankful will be continuously revealed to you.
For a fall entry at the WhisperWood Cottage Talent scouting party, I am featuring
one of my most popular posts...an outdoor tablescape and makeover.
I first posted this table in fall of 2011.
A joy to rehabilitate...St. Anthony's Table.
You can see my statue of St. Anthony in the background here...
patron saint of lost items, holding the baby Jesus.
I knew this was exactly where I wanted this table photographed.
This antique table was reclaimed as a lost and found item.
Or rather, discarded and found. So pretty, such detail.
Found on the streets of town... AGAIN!!
Where is the ingenuity in common folk? Where's the resourcefulness?
This table has much more character than the canned manufactured look
available in Any Store, Any Town, USA.
Time for a PRAIRIE DOVE makeover!
Just needed to have it's legs tightened a bit.
All the supplies (paint, sandpaper, wax) I already had.
Some initial sanding,
two coats of Valspar signature in white
(this paint is great because it has the primer built right into it and provides supreme coverage - you just have to sand very well prior to painting if the piece is stained wood to prevent the stain from bleeding through),
some distressing (which I *love*),
and then two coats on Minwax Wipe On Polycrylic
(to protect the tabletop for eating purposes).
This table has a neat little leaf that collapses and stores right underneath the table.
Here's my table with the leaf extension.
And here with some fall romance!
Fabulous farmstyle inspiration for your little cottage home.
Bring your furniture OUTSIDE for a smashing fall party.
Natural materials and linens--such as potato sacks and fabric remnants--
keep a table scape rustic.
Beautifully turned legs on these old tables add unmatchable charm!
Fall textures in the yard around the table setting help to unite the scene