Queen Birdie Flies To Paris


My latest little piece of art is now available in my Easy shop. I actually painted her in December but just now getting around to listing her. I did one other painting at the same time, but that one sold right out of my house! Yuppie! Crazy for me anyway. The pest control man bought it. How fun is that?  I can not believe it! That happened last Friday.
I decided to display some of my painting on my mantel, only because I did not know what else to put there. I alway change the mantel out with the seasons. Christmas decorations are down and it looked so bare. Did not want to buy something new. So, Duuuuh! Why not put my own art up? I have most of my art on my walls and I had a painting of mine on the wall above the mantel but never on the mantel itself. oh well a picture would be better. Next time hubby wants to get on the computer.
C.

Pet Portrait Max






This is my Max. I've been so depressed since he passed, so to help me get over him, I started drawing and painting him. It has helped tremendously. I love me new dog Zoe. She is the sweetest dog and she already has a very special place in my heart. But my Max was with me too long to just move on.

This is an acrylic painting on mixed media paper. Eventually I want to paint him on canvas. Then maybe I will paint Zoe.  Luckily he is black and white so there is not a lot of mixing colors.

I'm very excited about the new year and all that it will bring. I have a lot to look forward to. It always seems like I never have enough time to do everything I want to do.
I'm still focusing on my Etsy shop. I have lots of ideas for things to make this year. Cant wait to get started.
Cheers to 2015!
C.




Shelter Dogs are the Best

Max
 My Max passed on September 29th 2014. I have been so out of sorts ever since. Can't remember being this depressed. He was such a big part of my life. He was 14 years old and I got him when he was a puppy. I know there will never be another dog like him. He was so unique, intelligent and loving. 
With that said I could not go on without having another dog in my life. I decided I needed to rescue a dog from Animal Care Service which is basically the pound. We have such a bad problem here with strays and unwanted pets. I looked and looked through a lot of shelters like the humane society's and no kill shelters but in the end had to get one from the pound. Not a hard decision since they have over 400 dogs housed there. It breaks my heart even more looking at all of them and trying to decide which one to rescue. They all have a horror story that we are never told. 
I did not want a puppy. I would have loved to rescue an old dog but then I'm not sure I can go through the end of their life so soon. I wanted a calm dog, not a little dog and not a real big dog either. 

Soooooo.

I found Zoe....well her name was not Zoe in the pound...I renamed her.


Zoe
Zoe
She is very sweet. Definitely was abused but no one really knows what happen to her. She was brought to the pound with 6 puppies too old to be nursing her. She was very weak and malnourished. All her puppies were adopted out. Yea!
I adopted about a week ago. She does not like to walk on the tile. So I had to move her food and water dish close to the carpet. She is very timid, but hopefully in time she will gain some confidence. 

I still miss my Max and can't stop crying, but having Zoe in my life has helped the lonely house feeling. It's so nice to come home to a happy, excited dog to greet you at the door. 
With all this going on I have not been too industrious making art or being creative. 
Hopefully I get back into the swing of things soon.
Hugs,
C

Thanksgiving Apron Turkey Apron


Thanksgiving Turkey Print Apron


Hello everyone! I can not believe how fast this year went. Tomorrow is Halloween and we all  know that after Halloween, it is the start of the Holiday season.
Yikes!
So right after making Halloween decorations I started on Thanksgiving decor which includes aprons.
This one is for sale in my Etsy shop.
Click on the link on caption below photo and it will take you directly to the listing.
This pattern is actually from a vintage pattern, but.....I changed it up just a tad. :)
The original pattern does not have a ruffle on the bottom, and the ties around the waist are longer.  I changed the bib a little as well. The pocket has some appliqué flowers and I used my very own whimsy stitch around the edges.
Love it!
Oh well everyone have a safe, happy Halloween.
C.




My Halloween House

My House is just about ready for Halloween.
Every year I have a Halloween party, so I start decorating early.
I have some new things this year, but most I made last year.
Some of the new decorations are my paintings.
My painting "Are you a good witch or bad witch?" above my fireplace mantel is my newest creation.
I put together some really cute small canvases like,
the "Boo" canvases, two "Crow" canvases and "I put a spell on you!"canvas.
I found a vintage Pumpkin and Cat light up at the huge Flea Market In Warrenton.  


 My sitting room got decorated this year. Yea!


Centerpiece for formal dining table.


"I put a spell on you"...one of my new little canvases. In the guest bathroom.


One of my new canvases for the kitchen table.


I found this at a thrift store last year. One of my favorite finds.


I've had this cat for awhile, but still love her.


My "Boo" canvases for shelf  in sitting room.


I don't have the best hand writing, but love this idea I found on Pinterest.
I got that frame for $5.00 at Hobby Lobby. It was all chipped up.

Redecorated fireplace mantel including my new painting.


My new Painting.


Best find this year at Warrenton Flea Market.



Most of these items I made last year. 
Pumpkins I've been collecting for years.

Fall or Autumn Apron and Bunting Banner




So happy it's fall. It is still close to 90 here.  It would be nice if the temps were a little lower, like in the low 80's and at least stay that way for a little while. Keeping my fingers crossed. They say  it's going to be a wetter and colder then normal winter. :(

I thought this fabric print was too cute to pass up. Had to make something out of it.
As always I make things I like so if it does not sell I can keep it. Hee!
So for your information both of these are listed in my Etsy shop.
Just click the links under each photo and it will take you to that products listing. Thanks for looking.
Happy Fall Y'all!

BOHEMIAN TEXAS PAINTED CHURCHES

One of my sister day trips this summer was to visit some of the painted churches in Texas. 
We went to the ones in Fayette County, which happens to be real close to my home town, Yoakum. These Churches were built by Czech and German immigrants in the late 1800's. 
They wanted to replicate the churches from their homeland.
 My grandparents were Czech immigrants who settled here around 1906. I guess that is why they hold a special place in my heart. I love anything that has to do with the Czech culture. Yoakum is not far and the whole time I lived at home I only visited one...The Praha Church. 
 Located in small farming communities near Schulenburg and La Grange, we visited four.

The one below located in Dubina, has been designed the first Czech settlement in Texas in 1856.
St. Cyril & Methodious Catholic Church In Dubina

St. Cyril & Methodious

St.Cyril & Methodious

St. John The Baptist Catholic Church located in Ammansville 

St. John The Baptist

St. John The Baptist



Navitity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church High Hill Texas

Nativity Of Blessed Virgin Mary 

Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary
St Mary's Catholic Church Praha

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha

St. Mary's Catholic Church In Praha


(Prague which is pronounced praha is the capitol city of the Czech Republic.)


Shiner has a very pretty Catholic church as well but I'm not sure it is designed  a Painted Church. And of course Shiner is home to the Shiner Brewery which was started by Czech immigrants.. So if one so desires to visit some of these churches, the brewery would not be far and if one so desires a cold beer one could take a tour of the brewery on the same trip.
Just had to throw that in.
Oh and Warrenton and Round Top are on the other side of La Grange and everybody knows about that place.

:)