Monday, June 27, 2011

Homemade Rainbows ...

Every day I walk outside it seems like the yard is exploding with color. While watering the gardens this morning I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful rainbows that kept following me around the yard. I grabbed my camera and had Noah hold the hose. Mother Nature’s creations are amazing.

Abbey was at camp this morning so I took the time to sit and draw outside. I sat on a blanket in the yard, surrounded by flowers, with a brown paper bag, colored pencils and pastels and just drew. Here are the two drawings I created today.

Goldfinch ...

Coneflower ...

I am planning on combining these colorful pictures on a new collage I am working on.

After lunch, reading, and the slip and slide we decided to make a fun afternoon snack, homemade chocolate chip ice-cream sandwiches with rainbow sprinkles. They were yummy.

I hope everyone is having a colorful summer.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Summer!

I hope everyone is enjoying all of the wonderful sights, smells, and sounds of summer! I thought I would pop in quick and say hello in between bike rides, baseball, berry picking and birthdays to share what I have been up to.
This is my newest folk-art painting, “Colorful Family”. I completed this fun piece last week. It was created on a recycled drawer front in acrylic paint. I listed this colorful chicken family painting last Thursday in my Etsy shop and 2 days later it sold! I wish everything flew out of the shop that fast. I have 2 more drawer fronts I want to paint on, hopefully I can find some time to work on them. I also have 3 beautiful vintage frames to fix and fill and I have started some Halloween themed drawings. I have a lot of new ideas I just hope I can make some time to work on them.

Noah finished second grade last week. I am excited and sad all at the same time. He did amazing this year. Every time he brought home a report card I didn’t think it could be any better, but every time it was. I am so proud of him. He did not only blossom academically but socially as well. I am so excited to have him home with me this summer. We have a lot of fun things planned, Boy Scout camp, biking, swimming, baseball, library, vacation, golf camp, community theatre.

Part of me is a little sad though that the year is over. Noah had a wonderful teacher this year. She not only was an amazing teacher but she really believed in and encouraged Noah. She is one of those teachers that we will always remember, he was very lucky to have her. She made all of her students an end of the year gift, a DVD slide show set to music of pictures from the school year. It is a precious gift.

We celebrated Abbey’s fourth birthday on the 17th, I can’t believe she turned 4. Abbey wanted a Fairy bike for her birthday and a Hello Kitty bike helmet. She looks so cute riding around on it. I can’t believe my baby is already 4!

Yesterday we went to a local orchard to pick berries and cherries.

They are so sweet and yummy. Abigail was covered in cherry juice, I think she ate more than she put in her bucket. She even had some on her back. It looked like she rolled around in them.

It's summer we can't go anywhere without getting ICE CREAM!

Have a great Tuesday!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Walk in the Park...

One of my favorite ways to relax is to grab my camera and wander around. I just like observing my surroundings and taking pictures of things I find interesting, beautiful or inspiring. I find the simplest things are the most intriguing. I love getting lost in the moment.

A beautiful archway ...

Swallowtail ...

amazing Mushrooms ...

A First Date ...

Breathtaking ...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fun at the Flea market…

Today I finally had a chance to go to my local farmers market and flea market. I bought some fabulous vintage goodies , saw some interesting pieces, and enjoyed all the sights and sounds of the market.I have not linked up with Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday in awhile and I thought this would be a perfect post to share. She always has wonderful vintage goodies and fabulous links so stop over. And now for my special vintage finds.
Please click on Coloradolady's button on my right sidebar, I am having a problem linking up this evening. I apologize for he inconvenience.

Cute pooch planter!

Great wooden handle bag!

I love this Owl Lamp! I told the vendor if I came home with it my husband would have me committed!

Love the strawberry sugar bowl for a dollar!

Very fun I got the pair for a $1! It was the first time I have ever haggled a price!

The birds were great but a bit pricey!

I love adding sequins to my collages. I purchases a little craft box for $1 and I was lucky enough to have them come with!

I purchased 3 frames from this beautiful stand!


So many inspiring colors throughout the market!

Me and my partner in crime (my grandmother).

My grandmother swindled a little deal to get me these four cute kitties.

I love the adorable old men who sit outside the farmers market Barber shop!

$1 need I say more?

I can't leave the market without getting the kiddies some colorful cake doughnuts!