Thursday, June 30, 2011

Roses, roses, roses.

I wanted to share some of my rose display with you.  Most of the items are hand made or hand painted.  There are a few manufactured items thrown in for variety. 

This is one of my hand painted cake stands done in berry wine color.

The welcome sign is also done in berry wine.

 As well as the punch bowl.

This cake stand is done with berry wine and a little pink thrown in for a softer look.
Hanging above the cake stand is a vintage wooden ironing board.  Got one of your own?  Bring it in along with a photo and I will paint your house or church on it for you.  (Expect a short wait for it to get finished.  There is always a lot going on around here.)

My hand painted windows are also favorites.  Below the window you see a beautiful pair of pillows.  They are made from vintage pillow cases and just gorgeous with hand made lace on the edge.

Never enough roses, never enough time.

I am making more flag pillows tonight.  Sold several today.  Yeaaay!
We are getting ready for the big Fourth of July weekend complete with parade!!!

Y'all come!  See the parade from our front yard.  How lucky can you get?

Hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Messages on stone

There was a gentleman in my shop one day.  After looking around for a while, he said, "You'll paint on anything that sits still won't you?"  I laughed and said, " Yes, I guess so."
So I guess today's post bears that out.

These are my hand painted stones.

I begin with smooth, clean stones. 

It doesn't matter what size or shape.  Then I give them a few coats of a clear spray paint.  This gives them a little shine and helps seal the stone so the paint is not absorbed so readily. 

I write the words first with a small liner brush.

Then, I add the leaves.

The petals and the center of the flowers.

I use enamel paint, because it stays on well.

Here they are, finished and ready to go home with someone as a reminder of their trip.

I almost forgot the most important thing.  On the back I write the words Beersheba Springs.

The stones can be a message.

A challenge

A wish

Or a promise for someone you love.

Beersheba Springs is a wonderful place.  My home and shop are located about one fourth mile from the United Methodist Assembly.  The assembly is housed in a former pre-civil war hotel.  The UMA at Beersheba Springs serves as a wonderful retreat for numerous churches and groups.  People say Beersheba Springs is so peaceful and special.  I think it is because there have been so many prayers lifted up on this mountain top.  I only want to add to everyone's experience by making Mountain Home a truly special place as well.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

See you soon,

A quote for today - " I tell you, if these were quiet the very stones would cry out."   Luke 19:40
 Jesus at his triumphal entry into Jerusalem

Praise Him!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Whites in the dining room

I thought you might enjoy taking a look at my dining room.

I found these sweet little bird tidbit trays to go beside each place setting.
If I just had "tidbits to go in them, now, that would be great."

One of my favorite cake stands

The plate once belonged to our church.  There are about forty of them.  Those in charge of our kitchen at the time were donating them to the fire department.  They were being replaced with something more practical.  I couldn't bear it,  I made a donation and they became mine.  I am so blessed to have them.

The flower arrangements are silk roses, lilies, peonies, orchids, hydrangeas and ivy.

My sideboard with an arrangement of carnations.

Have you noticed that I like cake stands?

And crystal?

A place setting ready to go.  All we need is flatware and something wonderful to eat!

In the shop, I have really been working hard to get ready for our "busy seasson".
Sewing, painting and cleaning.  I have painted some new cake stands this week as well as a new rose  punch bow. I still have signs, bookmarks and greeting cards to go.  Working on my winter mirrors, painted windows, candles, glassware and ornaments.  Wow, that's a lot of painting!  I really should get busy.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!!!
See you soon.


A quote for the day  -  "There is a wideness in God's mercy, like the wideness of the sea."
F.W. Faber

Monday, June 20, 2011

Come sit on my porch!

Summer is here.

I have finally gotten around to showing you my new look for our porch.

 Out of our living room doors and to the right you will see this.
I have a sweet little fountain my family gave me a few years ago. 
It is so pleasant to hear the water trickling.

My grandmother's settee and chair have found a wonderful home here. 

This porch sits out and to the left of our house.
When there is a breeze you can catch the wind from almost four sides.

This is a cabinet my dad made for me from an old window and I wouldn't part with it.

It is the perfect place for relaxing and reading a magazine and dreaming of my next garden project.

This little fern is called a lemon drop fern.  I have never heard of it before or seen one, but I think it is so sweet.  I found the little bird at a favorite place of mine in Sparta.  (Yes, I have a gift shop, but it is great to see something else every once in a while.)

Out our french doors and to the left you'll see this. 
I went pink this year.  Don't know why, but it just appealed to me at the time. 

How can you beat pink and ivory and white and rose print, I ask you?

This is our favorite place to eat in the summer. 

My caladiums in the background are really beginning to look good.  I think they will be perfect for a screened porch.  Lots of color, but no blossoms to sweep up.

Of course, the swing is everybody's favorite place to be. 

My chair.  Notice the big fluffy pillow?  I love it. 

A sweet little wire flower cart with aspargus ferns and a begonia.

I bought this hanging basket a few weeks ago and brought it home.  It was beautiful, but just days after I got it home I found tiny insects which were killing one of the plants.  I had to quarantine it for a while, trim it  back and add some new white petunias.  I'm hoping it will be good as new before long.

Well, there you have it.  The grand tour of my porch.
If you're ever on the mountain, come and sit a spell.

See you soon,

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