Giveaway time!

Guess what time it is? It’s giveaway time! Between now and the end of the year, there will be a giveaway each month. This month, I’m going to do the giveaway on my Facebook page so please follow me here to keep up with it:  https://www.facebook.com/thecozyloft/

This is what will be given away:

 

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Four fan art creations – Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet! You can keep them all for yourself or gift them. Each of them can be personalized on the back, too!

Here are the official rules:

No purchase is necessary and a purchase does not enhance your chance of winning. This giveaway is being hosted by Rhonda James, Artist of The Cozy Loft. Winning artwork does not transfer rights. Contest void where prohibited. 

Contest begins October 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST and ends on October 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST. After all entries are compiled on a spreadsheet and assigned a number, the random number generator will be used to determine a winner. Winner will be announced on October 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm CST. 

To be eligible, you must be a follower of  https://www.facebook.com/thecozyloft/, liked and/or shared the prize photo and have commented on any post during the contest times and dates as mentioned above. One entry per person per day. This contest is open worldwide to all ages 3 and up. It is your responsibility to determine if glass ornaments from Tennessee, USA are permitted in your location. If the winner is disqualified, another winner will be selected. 

October’s prize to be given away: 4 glass fan art ornaments, hand painted. One of Winnie the Pooh, one of Tigger, one of Eeyore and one of Piglet for a total of 3 ornaments. 

By your entry in this contest, you are giving your consent to The Cozy Loft to use your name/user name in the same manner of which you entered the contest as well as the general country and/or state in which you reside. Otherwise, all information is kept in confidence.

Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One winner will be chosen for the October giveaway. Once the winner is determined, it will be announced on https://www.facebook.com/thecozyloft/ and you have 24 hours to contact The Cozy Loft with your name and complete address (including country). 

Good luck and thank you for entering! Please be sure to check back often. There will be more giveaways to come between now and the end of the year. 

Warm wishes from The Cozy Loft! 

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The Busy Season

I can’t believe it’s almost October! This begins the busiest season I have through the year. Ornament orders trickle in off and on through the entire year but this time of year, everyone wants to get a special and thoughtful gift for others. It’s always an honor to be asked.

These are some local ornaments I was asked to create and just finished this week:

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How much fun! Oh how I wish ornament orders were spread out more through the year. I love taking my time with them and really enjoy creating them. But, alas, this is usually not the case. That being said, if you know that you want to order them, please order as soon as possible. Even though you may not need them until December, please order now. A few physical limitations such as a pinched nerve and wrist/hand problems will limit me from the 12-16 hour days I have spent the last few years painting down to more breaks and less time at the paint desk. This year, I will be turning off the shop earlier than ever to make sure I can physically fill orders in plenty of time and with the least amount of damage to myself. That’s tough to think about but has become a necessity. 🙂

I’m excited to see what requests are made from me this year.

xoxo

Rhonda

Pretty Little Topiary + County Fair

If you know me, you know I can’t go too long without painting a Shabby/Cottage Chic painting. While on Pinterest, I was searching for something else and came across a picture of a topiary in a vase which inspired me to paint this:

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Many of my friends and family encouraged me to enter it in the county fair this week. It’s a good think I listened – it received a 2nd place award! It’s still on display at the fair but I’ll have it back after Sunday and it will be available for purchase.

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Each time I paint a Shabby Chic inspired piece, I fall in love with it all over again. I’d say it’s a safe bet to think that you’ll see similar pieces very soon. 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

Country Farmhouse Decor

How much are you loving the Farmhouse Decor style that’s so popular right now? Everywhere I turn, I am inspired by this decorating trend. It’s clean, yet stylish and personable. There’s no doubt that we owe this to Chip & Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper/Magnolia Market. The design style is perfection…at least to many of us.

Being inspired by something – I mean genuinely inspired by something – is such a blessing! I’m talking about the truly inspired, down deep in your soul, moving kind of thing. Recently, a friend suggested I join a DIY farmhouse inspired group and since then, all sorts of new ideas and plans have filled my head and my notebooks!

If asked, I would sum up the idea of the Farmhouse Style with the warmth of wooden signs that speak of family, practical pieces that have function and a cozy aspect that makes a house into a home. Did I miss something?

Here’s a brand new item coming from The Cozy Loft I’ll have available very soon:

 

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This is a standard size mason jar with a silver lid and I’ve hand painted a goat on there along with some black dots for contrast around the piece. This would be beautiful for kitchen storage and decor or would also be perfect on a desk, vanity or really anywhere your imagination can place it.

I love that I can offer so many things to make others happy. It’s what drives me and what pushes my creativity. Just wait til you see the other new goods I’m working on.

xoxo,
Rhonda

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

Engagement Gift

I’ve created a new ornament all about the proposal! For this one, I wanted to show the man on one knee holding out a beautiful engagement ring and the woman delighted with the scene in front of her. I hope I captured this most happiest occasion:

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I so love my job and creating precious ornaments that are sure to be treasured for life. It makes people happy, so what more could I possibly want? ❤

These are available in my shop here. I thought they’d make a sweet gift for a precious friend or relative who just got engaged or even a treasure for their bridal shower.

xoxo

Rhonda

Mother of the Bride (or Groom) Gift

One of my most favorite things to paint is Christmas ornaments. Oh how I delight in creating them and have often wished  for this to be something I could do year round instead of just seasonally. Lately I’ve been thinking that just maybe this is possible.

I’ve sold Christmas ornaments in my etsy shop called The Cozy Loft since I opened it in 2008. This has been something that seems to come easily to me and I’ve been able to paint anything people have asked me to paint on them. It’s a gift from God that I have this ability and am 100% sure this is not something I am doing on my own.

This was ordered from a sweet Bride as a gift for her mother and I had the pleasure of creating it by using photos from her of the dresses and of the ladies:

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I apologize for the flash but it was a cloudy morning and I needed to get it in the mail so  this is the best I could do. Still, I love it and wanted to share it with you. These are listed here and are available as Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom gifts. They are personalized with dress styles, hair colors, hair styles, hair length, bridal bouquet colors and whatever you’d like the back to say.

Inside my shop, there’s an ornament section where you’ll find couples, pets, Father of the Bride or Father of the Groom ornaments and much more.

I can see these kinds of things being gifted all year, not just at Christmas time. Christmas ornaments are ideal to gift as they are sure to be a forever keepsake and treasured…plus they will be displayed every year at Christmas. I just can’t think of a better, more special gift.

xoxo

Rhonda