From Tears to Disco Penguins

Today has been a really heavy day. It’s a necessary evil when your family starts talking about wills or death, though I know it’s better to be prepared than not. Still, it makes for a reality check including thoughts of our own mortality or a life without those we hold dear. To be honest, I cannot stop the tears from streaming down my face as I type this. It’s so heavy on my heart.

So that led me to create some silly art. When life gets difficult, sometimes I come out with some darker art pieces and sometimes I need lighthearted silliness. Today was one of those lighthearted silliness kinds of days! Enter “Disco Penguins”:


They are listed for auction here on ebay.

Remember not to take yourself so seriously. Dance like no one’s watching…always!! 🙂




Getting There

With the huge auction listing session/day/event this week,  I’m slowly but surely getting all of the photos on here to share. It’s nice to know I’ll have them somewhere where I can easily go back and look through them.

When I see things I created a few years ago and remember how my life was going at the time, it’s interesting to see how it was reflected in my paintings. I’m not the type of person who can easily do what others ask of me as far as painting. I have to truly “feel” it and that can take a while. Most people genuinely understand this and never want to rush a creation. For that, I’m grateful!

Now, some art sharing:


“Step by Step”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here


“Baker”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here


“Still” ACEO Acrylics, listed here


“Hills”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here


“Alone” ACEO Acrylics & Watercolors, listed here


“Dress Form” ACEO Acrylics, listed here


“Still” ACEO Acrylics, listed here

Updated: The painting below entitled “I Dare You” sold to a private collector in California, thank you Jeff D.!


“I Dare You” ACEO Acrylics

I’m going to end this grouping with the spooky, dominating looking scarecrow to kinda shake things up since I’d been trying to end on a funny one. 🙂





Country Living = Country Paintings

Living out in the country…there’s nothing like it! The air is clean, you know everyone around and you live at a slower pace. This is perfect for an artist. Or…scratch that…it’s perfect for this artist. I love looking out the window and seeing farmland and cow pastures, horses and barns, or the big, bright country sky with no lights or wires or buildings or pollution blocking the view of so many stars that a planetarium would whimper away in shame. The smell of a fresh rain on the freshly plowed dirt in the fields, the snow on the fence posts, and the cockle-doodle-do of the rooster. Which leads me to the inspiration of this next painting I wanted to show y’all. 

Here’s “Standing Proud”, a fun ACEO miniature painting (2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches in size):


I decided to auction him over on ebay. You can see him for a limited time here. All of my artwork is so personal to me, but none more so than my paintings. I so hope it finds a good home. 🙂 



To-Do List for Today

I have a big to-do list for the next few days and I think I’ll just use my blog to keep up with them and share as I go…

I have a table that I painted for the antique/home decor booth that we had rented last year. Since we closed the booth just a couple months after opening it (due to nothing other than the bad economy), our home had gotten flooded with all kinds of things from there. With the holidays upon us at that time, there was a need to get everything out of sight and we planned to deal with it later. I guess later has come because I really want these things gone as quickly as possible now! It’s like when I go into either of our two extra bedrooms, I’m met with “stuff” and that makes me a little bit hyper…

So, some of my list has to do with those things. Today I want to list at least 3 things on craigslist…a shabby/cottage chic table I had painted for the booth, some oak bar stools we no longer need from our kitchen remodel, and a set of 2 valets/wooden butlers that we had gotten for our booth that I think are just the coolest things. There’s more to list but if those things get listed and gone, I will be so excited!

Here’s a pic of that table I painted:


I base coated it black and hand painted pink roses on the top and sides. Oh and the sides hold magazines. It’s really a cute table and I hope for $35 it goes fast! 🙂

Other things on my to-do list are to finish a few projects for my “The Cozy Loft” shop (a picture frame and two sachets), getting packages ready for and going to the post office, making a blog post for now (this one!) and getting another one ready, do my yoga (I just started this last week), clean out the refrigerator, and go to the grocery store.

I think I can finish this list today, right? If so I better get off here and get to work!!

I’ll let you know how it goes…Happy Thursday everyone!

Blog Reading Simplified

Ok, I’ve finally converted all my blogs over to google reader. And, I LOVE it!! All of my blogs are in one place and I don’t have to go to my bookmarks and then check each one individually. It conveniently TELLS me when there is new activity on any of them, so I can just click the ones who have new info. That’s soooo great and it’s made my computer sitting time so much less. Well, it will now that I have everything all neat and clutter free. 🙂

If you don’t have this wonderful feature, I urge you to try it out. I don’t think you will be disappointed!!

Have fun!

Swear Jar

Boy oh boy, did we have fun creating this!! Charles and I actually came up with this idea together. He chose the cat and thought to add the cursing symbols on my newest item.  We couldn’t decide the best denomination of money to put per offense. We chose 25 cents, but if this one goes well, I’ll do more in the future with different animals, people and denominations. It was absolutely so hysterically funny to create. I hope it gives you a laugh, too!!

Oh and if it’s something you want to own or give as a gift, it’s right here in my etsy shop The Cozy Loft.

Happy Sunday!