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

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Embracing Life

There are no brakes on life. It’s hard and fast and furious if we fight it and try to slow it down. Since that doesn’t work, what if we embrace it – no matter what the old devil has thrown at us? He will make sure to distract us with things that keep us down rather than build us up. He makes evil things look like something we want or something we should want in order to be happy. But we never are.

I painted this painting called “Hello World” back in 2015:

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It’s funny my very own work means something more to me now than it did back then. When I painted it, I was thinking of a world of possibilities and welcoming those possibilities. And, I still do think of this.  Now, I also see him/her outstretched and looking to God for guidance and being open, welcoming His presence. Since there are large buildings, I imagine him/her to be in the city where there is lots of noise and distractions but he/she is focused, has direction and determination.

Because of all this, I love the painting even more. I’ve held on to this piece for a good deal of time but I do feel the time is right.  I have it listed in the shop .

I hope this piece brings someone joy, just as it has me.

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

Wandering, Flowers and….King Kong?

Just a quick pop in and out today, as I have so much to do and there’s not enough hours in the day!

I’ve created three new miniature (ACEO, 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch) paintings and have them listed on ebay. For some reason, I put one of them on a 3 day auction listing. I guess just to see if anything happened over Easter weekend. But here they are:

King Kong, this is my painted version of the original art on the 1933 French movie poster:

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You can see the “King Kong” auction by clicking here.

And here, I did a watercolor painting of pink hydrangeas and a white daisy:

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You can see “Flowers for Mom” by clicking here.

And, finally, the one that was definitely the deepest and most meaningful:

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You can see “Mindless Wandering” by clicking here.

“Mindless Wandering”: may appear a bit gloomy on the surface but we all go through storms and those can have positive outcomes. We all need time to think and process…even slow down a bit. I love this one – it’s just special.

Happy Easter weekend, my friends!

xoxoxo,

Rhonda