Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Bird in the Hand... & a Bit of Whimsy

Even though I LOVE winter and *s*n*o*w*, I have been thinking about springtime lately. I've also already had people asking about the Bird in Hand pieces I make each year. I usually make those in March or April, but I thought I'd do something related.

These original watercolors are inspired by the saying, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". They are quite whimsical as you don't usually see a hand in the air holding a bird! I have done three paintings, same theme, but different designs.

They may be seen at Simply Primitives, The Primitive Gathering, and TDIPT Mercantile (see links in sidebar under Honeysuckle Lane Wares Are Sold Here). I have also made note cards from the original watercolors. I had such fun painting these, I think I'll do more in the future!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Here birdie, birdie...

Sam, the outdoor barn cat, recently "got fixed". After staying indoors to recouperate, he decided he'd rather be an indoor cat with outdoor visits once in a while. I have a soft spot in my heart for Sam ~ my Mom gave him to me a few years before she passed away, and he's such a sweetie to boot! Do you see the tag h got while at the vet? One of my favorite colors! Sam wanted out to sit in the sun a while, and he just happened to pick a spot under one of the bird feeders. He looks so innocent... all soft and furry and sweet... oh wait! I think he hears something!
Hmmm, I don't think THIS is the sort of bird he was waiting for...
I think we should change Tweedle Dum's name to Destruction. After he scared Sam and ate the bird seed, he knocked the little terra cotta water dish off the ledge and it broke!
Off he goes!

I think Sam has decided to be a mouse catcher ~ mice are much smaller!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Creating more and Clearing out a little more....

Roger has made the cutest birdhouse! He used an old cedar log that had been down for a few years, drilled a big hole in it through the bottom, made a hole in the front, and plugged the hole in the bottom with a cedar plug. I love it! It's very natural, and unique! Click the photo to go to my etsy shop. If the birdhouse isn't there, just keep checking. I'll try to get it listed sometime tomorrow.

Suzanne (Pear Tree Primitives / Painter of the Past) and I have another offering on our Poppets, Portraits, & Playthings of the Past blog. This time we took inspiration from Izannah Walker and her sweet dolls. Be sure to visit PPPP and let us know what you think, please!

I've listed a few more things on ebay: 2 of my paper clay dolls: Hannah and Mary, a large strawberry make-do pincushion, some pretty tin candle sconces (hearts and a pineapple), an antique sponge ware / yellow ware vase, and whatever else I come up with this week.

I have finished with all of my valentine orders and have everything mailed. I have to finish up a few things for Simply Primitives, The Primitive Gathering, and TDIPT Mercantile for the 15th updates, and then I will spend the remainder of the week cleaning my workroom ~ and believe me... it needs it! I did make a few more charms before I put away my soldering supplies. Just click on the photo below to see more of them.

Next week I will begin work on springtime creations. I love winter, but this mid 60 degree weather has been so nice these last few days, it has really put me in the mood to make things with rabbits and chicks and flowers!

It's 10 pm and 59 degrees. I am in my workroom and have the door to the back porch open. There's a wonderful breeze blowing, my silver windchimes are tinkling the prettiest song, and the moon is glowing up high in the sky and has a large ring surrounding it..... it's a beautiful evening!

Have a lovely, blessed week!



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