Hand Painted Miniature/Dollhouse Signs

Happy 2017! I hope your year is off to a WONDERFUL start and if not, I hope it turns that direction as soon as possible!

I have a great deal of success with my Christmas ornaments and have been working to find something to create the rest of the year. While the ornaments sell year round, there are times when it’s a full time job (more than a full time job if I’m being real about that) but there are many times where it’s just too too quiet.

This year, I plan on trying several things that interest me. For a long time (and you remember this if you’ve followed my blog a while), I have had interest in Shabby Chic decor as well as miniatures. This sort of inspired me to create a few new items:

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And then, I wanted to do a little rustic one…you know for log cabin enthusiasts like myself 🙂

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Click any of the photos to go directly to the listing on ebay if you’re interested in seeing more about them.

And, most of all, thanks for sticking with me through all my changes and through feeling my way around. Eventually, just maybe I’ll have it all together with a direction and a purpose. Somehow, it feels closer than it ever has 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

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

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

Southern Belle Adoration…and More

So many things going on right now and I can’t seem to focus. I always follow my passion…or I try to do that. I don’t do things because they are trending. Maybe if I did, I’d be more successful lol! I seem to walk my own unbeaten country path and that’s okay by me 🙂

I created several new things since I wrote last. A couple of owl pendants were something I was super excited about. I found the “dog tag” style pendants and am head over heels for them. After I made myself one, then I turned the task to making a couple to sell, to test the proverbial selling waters so to speak, as I couldn’t find anything like them available.

Here’s one of them:

You can see more photos of it and where I have it for sale by clicking here.   Edited: This item has sold, thank you! 

Also, I think y’all know I’m a country girl from Tennessee so I’m a lifelong Southern Belle of course! That heritage brought this painting out of me:

I’m so in love with my little Southern Belle painting. She delights me to no end. I offered her up for Christmas cards at this time. I’m not sure if I can actually part with the painting yet. We’ll see but for now, she’s listed here in a set of holiday greetings. Edited: this item has sold, but upon request for note cards, thank you cards, etc, I’ll be happy to create them for you.

And, then, another new one I just finished tonight which stemmed from my Mama’s love of red and white…and strawberries:

It’s listed on ebay in an auction and you can see it by clicking here. Edited: This item has sold and I’ve unlinked it as it no longer shows. Thank you!

I’ve completed several more things but these were ones I definitely wanted to show y’all. I’m getting a little better about figuring this limited internet usage thing out, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to regular posting. Like anything else, there’s a learning curve. I can never seem to find the straight roads lol! 🙂

Pumpkin of Roses

I mentioned a few posts ago that I can feel Fall in the air. The web and social media that I frequent have loads of breathtaking photos of oranges, browns and yellows….true Fall colors. A few days ago, one of my friends posted a photo with two foam pumpkins painted like candy corn! I kept thinking about all the things I could do with a pumpkin like that. Next time I was out shopping at a big box store, I picked up a little pumpkin to try my hand at painting it.

Here’s the finished pumpkin…(click here to see the listing)

I’m crushing over this feminine design…and can just imagine the conversation piece this would make in a like setting for a romantic home 🙂

Puzzles & Sweet Memories

When at an estate sale recently, I found several treasures. Some speak to me for different reasons. Like maybe someone out there has been looking for something just like what I’ve found…so usually I’ll not only get things for myself but to list on ebay or put in my outlet booth.

This time, amongst other things, I found an old puzzle. Memories of my Granddaddy Franklin flood my heart when I think of puzzles. Growing up, my Granddaddy almost always had a puzzle in progress. I watched him for hours working on puzzles. At Christmas, we’d always give him a couple of the big ones – like the 1000 piece puzzles. We’d wrap them up in pretty festive holiday paper and put them under the tree. As soon as he’d see the size of the box, he’d get a little twinkle in his eyes. Then as soon as it’d be in his hands, he’d start shaking that package with a frenzy, laughing so hard and his eyes twinkling brighter than the stars in the sky. He LOVED putting them together. They gave him so much joy!

So, naturally, I bought the old puzzle I found at the estate sale. It’s already opened so I’ve no way to tell if all the pieces are there, as the box boasts it has “over 375 pieces” LOL! But I just thought maybe someone might get some enjoyment out of that. Even if for some reason one of his pieces were missing, he’d create one to put in it’s place so it would then be “finished”.

I deeply love my Granddaddy and remember so many things he taught me throughout the time before his passing. He was always such a deeply happy man because he was so rooted in his faith and he always knew how to make me laugh. Now that’s the kind of love we all can use! 🙂

I listed it on ebay today *click here*, along with a few other finds I’d come across. I have more but that’s about what I’d had time for today. 🙂

 

Nibblefest

This week, I decided to enter a little NFAC (Nibblefest Art Contest) over on ebay. I joined the group and placed three listings (which was the max number we can place) up. I’m excited to say that as of this moment, I’ve been told I’m in second place with my silhouette owl that I mentioned a few posts ago!!

The winner is determined by the number of UNIQUE bidders, not actual number of bids. These end in about 48 hours, so I’m not sure where things will finish at but I’m just thankful to be a part of it, no matter what the outcome is. The winner will receive a trophy that can be placed on their “About Me” page.

Special thanks to my dear friend Tish who told me about this contest and encouraged me to enter. Thank you Tish!!! Love ya girl!

Good luck to all the artists who entered their outstanding owls in the contest – they are truly talented individuals with different styles. Please check them all out at www.ebay.com and in the search bar, enter NFAC – enjoy!

Rhonda