Among the Cherry Blossoms

Each month on the 20th, a contest begins for artists from all over the world. This contest is called Nibblefest Art Contest. The rules are pretty simple, It can be any medium and any size. It has to end on the 27th and cannot be started before the 20th. It can be entered as a 7, 5, 3 or 1 day auction, depending upon when you list it. It just has to end on the 27th. You have to start the auction at 99 cents. Yes, this can be a little worrisome, especially if you have spent many hours on the piece, but all rules must be followed in order to be qualified for the contest. The contest is scored by the number of bids (1st, 2nd & 3rd places) and another winner is the one who’s listing sells for the most money. The prize is a digital image award that can be used on your listings, blog, and other social media.

These contests are fun and have a different theme each month. I like the themes that I wouldn’t typically do because that makes for some completely madness! This month is something I find comfortable, though, and is “Flowers”. Without further delay, let me show you what I created for it:

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Among Cherry Blossoms

How much fun I had creating him! I wanted to have the flowers be a part of the tree so I decided to go with cherry blossoms. I also plan to create this into a note card for my etsy shop if I can figure out a cost effective way (that looks nice) to print them. Hope to see you at the auction for this contest – even if you don’t like my entry, I’m CERTAIN you’ll find something you love. Just click here to go to my ebay listing and then click on the banner within the listing to see all the entries. There are some extremely talented artists who have entries and I’m honored to be among them.

xoxoxoxo

Rhonda

Burlap & Chevron Plus Owls

Getting The Owl Barn stocked has been SO MUCH FUN! I work play with creations for that shop during down time.I won’t be long-winded today as I realize my last post was extremely chatty.

I created a pattern for an owl for my wreaths. These need to be kind of fatter on the bottom part so they sit on there nicely to attach them. Here’s how he turned out:

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And, then for the wreath itself, I used pink and aqua along with some white and of course the burlap…I’m so smitten with it! The colors and style just seems to welcome Spring with open arms…errr ahhhh wings.

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It’s currently listed in my shop. If you’d like to see it, you can get to it by clicking here.

I’ve been working on scanning some of my older owl paintings and getting those in there. It’s getting a little fuller slowly but surely.

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

Published in: on March 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Catching Up and Introduction to Owlabaster…

It takes a while to recover when you buy a new house that is in need of work. At least it does for me. I feel settled in now and I’m loving my new house. I’ve posted lots of pictures of the progress over the past several months. More has been completed but for now, I need a small thing to complete the remaining rooms so I’ll show those over time as the finishing touches come to pass.

In the meantime, I didn’t want to abandon the blog…especially since I have done better about posting since I’ve moved. So, I decided to show you something new I’ve been working on for my shop (one of my shops, anyway). Since we’re talking about my shop, I admit that I have too many different things in it. I have Christmas ornaments, Rustic wedding decor, Shabby/Cottage Chic wedding decor, burlap garden flags and of course Tennessee Vols creations. I hope I’m not confusing customers when they come to my shop with the various types of offerings I have. While they are categorized, I can’t help but feel it may be too many things in one place which complicates the shopping experience. Having repeat customers or referred customers makes me continue the way things are, though, as building a new shop for these items overwhelms me.

One great thing is that I do have my owls separated into a shop all their own. The Owl Barn was opened back in 2009 and I’ve neglected it mostly. I periodically would go list a few things. Some of it would sell and I just wouldn’t list anything else for a long time. Then I thought I needed everything in one place and would list owl items in my other shop. Anyway, it may appear I’ve not had clear thoughts as the best way to do this. Here’s the issue, though…getting people to either shop can be time consuming, so marketing/promoting one shop was really all I could manage. Oh to have an easier way of driving traffic when you are beginning to build something when you are the lone person who is every facet of your business.

I’ve resolved now that I’m going to give my owl shop a lot more focus. Owls are something I love and have been fascinated with since I was little and first saw my Grandparents’ painted ceramic owl with eyes so big that they were mesmerizing. I want that to be where I’m going to enjoy myself. In honor of my new enlightenment, I created this new painting recently and have it listed in The Owl Barn. You can see it by clicking here.  I have him available in 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10:

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I find him intelligent and snazzy. Truth be known, he’s a direct inspiration from my love of The Big Bang Theory. When I posted him on Facebook, one of my childhood friends saw the painting and immediately came up with a great name. Owlabaster Nerdly II. (Thank you Steven Richardson for the most awesomely fitting name!)

Although there are only 4 items in The Owl Barn at the time of this blog post, please check back. Lord willing, it will grow very soon! I create things for it when I have all my orders at a good stopping place for timely completion and shipping.

This post is kind of a rambling one, I guess I had a lot to say without much direction as to how to say it. Maybe It works though. I’m not even going to proofread it, I’m trying this new fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants thing. Let the fun begin! :)

xoxoxo,

Rhonda

Published in: on March 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kitchen Pantry Changes

Between moving and Christmas, I ran out of time! I stayed super busy through Christmas with local and online orders, and it seems I’m just now catching up! It’s been long enough that I’m not sure what I posted and what I didn’t. Most everything else really isn’t finished enough for an “after” photo, but I will show smaller projects as I can.

One thing I worked really hard on – in close quarters – was the pantry in the kitchen. The way some shelves come out to the facing and some are half shelves, it made it interesting to maneuver through for painting purposes. Some of the wood was not attached, though, so that helped the process!

Before, covered in wallpaper (this was before I purchased the house):

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The wallpaper was a bit tricky but I got it (I had removed some of the shelves but remembered to take the picture before I started scraping the peeling paint):

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It’s painted now! All clean and pretty white….ready for shelf lining, painting the door and changing the door knob:

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The shelf liner was like finding a needle in a haystack…I wanted the red and white gingham check….it just reminded me of a picnic table cloth my family had growing up. Of course, there was only one roll and I needed wayyyy more than that for the entire kitchen. Did I mention that shelf liner rolls in large quantities is a small fortune? Yes, yes it is! This photo isn’t the greatest but hopefully you can tell how it looks:

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The outside with the fresh paint and door knob, (again not a great photo as it’s night here and that’s the best I could do with my phone tonight):

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The paint I used on the walls is actually a Disney color called Mickey’s Shadow and is a light color with a gray tone to it and I LOVE it next to the bright white trim. The doorknob is a satin nickel, not sure how well that’s showing up in the photo.

I would show you the inside of the pantry, but I’ll wait until my organizing is finished in there. The pantry, though, is WONDERFUL! I’ve always wanted one!

Happy Sunday!

xoxoxoxoxo

Rhonda

Bathroom/Laundry Room Ready!

It’s getting there!!! Just yesterday the washer and dryer were installed, so the laundry/bathroom is finally ready enough to take a photo to show y’all! The only thing that’s still not ready in here is the shower but since the other bathroom is fully functional, the shower is no rush and will wait until next year.

Just a reminder of the before:

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And after the wallpapered paneling came down:

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First let me show you the before and after of the closet and panel for the water heater:

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The flooring of this was very poor and I believe would have been an open door for bugs and such…I very much DON’T want that, so I had that reworked and as you can see, the drainage spout for the water heater was below the lip of the cabinet and couldn’t be drained. This would have been a huge problem when it eventually needs to be replaced. Now, it’s built up and has a floor to rest on:
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The doors to the top part were removed and it’s now open shelving, though the water heater is hidden behind the door. I make make a cute curtain to go over the top section and will show that later when I have it ready.

Another big change in here is the transition of the old fuse box which I’ll also show later when I have it all labeled and such.

The grout was white but stained pinkish probably from cleaners and such, but I stained and sealed the grout to a brown. Here’s how that turned out:

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The house really doesn’t have a good broom closet so I bought this nifty organizer from the local Wal-Mart cleaning section and it’s working nicely and I adore the roman shade I found at Lowe’s. (you can see a hint of the closet I mentioned just behind the door that goes into the room):

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And here’s a good overview of the entire room:

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Big changes in there, huh?? :)

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

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