Red White & Black

Have you noticed how drab the house looks when all the Christmas decorations come down? It’s sad to me to see all the pretty red and green things long gone. While my decor has some color to it and isn’t drab, I think it’s those pops of color that really keep the winter season from becoming drab.

For this very reason, I’ve expanded my Valentine’s Day decor to add some beautiful red and white…and even a little black…to my home. I created a Valentine’s Day initial flag a few years ago and am always so excited to pull it out. They are available in my etsy shop here  if this is something you might like to add to your holiday decorations.

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Then, I made a wreath for the carport door using white mesh, different ribbons, pipe cleaners and a heart wire wreath form.

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These things make me so happy and I think the touch of black is unexpected yet it adds some unexpected boldness to the pieces. What do you think? Let me know if you try it out! 🙂

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Little Artworks

It’s evening and another busy day is now winding down so I thought I’d run in and post some more of my paintings here for you before I call it a day.

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“Sleepy Time” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

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“Raven’s Rest” ACEO Acrylics, listed here

Weekend Retreat

“Hideaway” watercolors ACEO, listed here

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“My World” Acrylics ACEO, listed here

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“Lucky” ACEO Acrylics, listed here

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

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“Claire” ACEO Acrylics, 

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“Professowl”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

I like ending the post on a funny painting. And the owl with a mustache is certainly funny to me. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful evening (or day depending upon where you are in the world) my friends!

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

Mr & Mrs

I found these little “Mr & Mrs” signs while out and about…for some reason I could envision so many different designs for  them so I painted several and got them listed in my etsy shop. They can be glittered, distressed, multiple colors, one color and more.

Here’s a couple of them, finished:

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They are available in my shop here and here. since the supplies are inexpensive, I can offer them at really great pices 🙂

Passion Note

Musical paintings are special to me and there are several different musically dedicated works within my lifelong portfolio. I use music when painting and it sets a tone; be it frenzied, methodical, lazy, earthy, or whatever mood I feel I want to evoke for the idea I envision for a piece. This one evolved from some 80s music – Lionel Richie, Madonna, Hall & Oates, and such. I call it “Passion Note”:

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ACEO miniature 2.5 by 3.5 inches, currently available by clicking here.

Through any of my work, no matter what it is, it comes from my soul of which the depths cannot be brought to light with words. What may appear to be simple is actually complex. A fevered desire to explain with paint rather than words.

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

Vols + Snowman = Cuteness

GBO! VFL! Those are two things I use alot of around this time of year on my Facebook and Twitter pages. What can I say, I’m a Tennessee Volunteers fan  for life (AKA VFL) and those this year shows me that we’re finally getting some forward progress. My Vols are currently ranked number 1 in the nation for the recruiting class of 2014. Coach Butch Jones is doing some wonderful things out there and I’m super excited! Go Big Orange (AKA GBO)!

While I’ve always had Vols things in my shop, I’ve been creating more this year because of my excitement. Here’s one of the things that’s found it’s way out of my mind and onto some wood in the form of a snowman!
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I have this fella in my shop here.

Sure do hope whoever you follow in football is having a great year. And, if you follow no teams, you sure are missing out! There’s nothing like tailgate parties, sitting at a football game, experiencing a really great game, and of course all the back and forth with your friends who like opposing teams!! It’s just good ole fashioned fun!

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda