The Finer Things in Life ~ A R T

I just had to share this with you all.  My little boy, as BOY as he is, loves to paint with his Momma...and of course, I encourage it.  How wonderful for a child to be a rough and tumble boy and also appreciate the finer things in life ~ A R T !
{This is one of my favorites.  I have it framed in a bright blue frame hanging in our sun room.  It's small, just four by six inches.  He painted this one when he was four years old.}

I save the scraps of white mat board after I mat my photographs that I sell and give them to him to paint and use as his canvases.  He's got his very own set of paints and brushes and I've taught him a bit about mixing and blending colours and how to use the brushes.

{This little guy was inspired by the sea turtles we saw on the Gulf Coast this past summer.  We used this image for his birthday party invitation for a swim party this year.  I also had it printed on a mouse pad for him as a surprise this Christmas.}

All the titles are also "Made by Matthew."

One year as Christmas gifts for his teachers and our family, I made note cards from these images and packaged them with a cute tag made from a doodle Matthew did at school.

We were practicing the art of still life with this one.  Very Cézanne, don't you think?

At work.
Many of these were made when he was just about four or five years old and a couple more recently.  I have added a collection of "Children's Art" in my Zazzle shop and am offering these on posters.  Personally, and you know I am not biased, I think that these would be precious in a child's bedroom

I will be adding more fun products in my Zazzle shop with these whimsical watercolours...I have to start saving for his college education after all.

May you too, have a creative week.

Ciao amici,

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Zazzle is offering great coupons this week.  Use this code upon check out for fabulous savings today ~ PERFECTPHOTO.  Thank you for your visit.

Autumn Holiday Inspiration

 {I used this beautiful Victorian image as a Christmas card one year. 
I am working on some handmade booklets using this image for the holidays and will list them soon.}

Create your very own fairy tale with this hand made woodland gift basket and inspiration kit.

I have white washed six inch natural peat pots with acrylic paint and embellished each with mossy green hydrangea blooms and creamy white pearl centers around the rims.

The pots are filled with natural green Spanish moss and two large artificial hydrangea leaves, a string of pearls, satin ribbons in a petite white organza pouch finished with a brass quilting pin and mother of pearl button.

Cinnamon coloured velvet ric rac wrapped around a wooden stick and secured with a sparkly pin pokes out of each basket, along with a three inch square hand made matchbook style petite notebook and wooden clothes pin with a cranberry bloom.

To top it all off, there is a natural brown hen’s egg filled with fairy dust confetti {which includes pearls, crystalline, silver, and gold beads, and glitter} and topped with a hand made double paper flower and rhinestone in each magical basket {which I showed you on my post about Coffee, Tea, Candles & Confetti, on My Front Porch}.  Personally, I think it would be so much fun to crack open these winter confetti sparkles on New Year's Eve!  {Either confetti eggs or champagne...your choice.  Just sayin'.}

These are available in my Etsy shop now, in a limited edition collection.  They would make darling gifts for creative friends or as I mentioned earlier, create your very own fairy tale with this collection of woodland treasures.

My shop is open every day this holiday season.  Each week I will be adding new and beautiful one of a kind gifts and photography

Hope to see you there!

Ciao amici,

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Joining these friends for more inspiration.

One Fat Bird


and silvery blue pumpkins

  are on my table this autumn.

White berry wreaths on cake plates cradle the plump pumpkins

and my fat ceramic bird.

I looked and looked for white pumpkins this year, but there were none to be found in these these {expensive} sterling gourds found their place here instead...and I must say, I am hooked.  The colour is so intriguing to me.  I love the richness and old world feeling they give.

But of course they could not just sit there...I had to dress them up a bit with some hand dyed crinkly French seam binding ribbons and add some punch of colour with juicy fertile fruits...those would be the pomegranates pictured above.

Now I've got to figure out how to use these in my Christmas decor because I am not ready to part with them...I'll show you when everything is transformed next month.

In the meantime, may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Ciao amici,

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Joining blog friends for this week's festivities.  You're invited too, so come along!

Be Thankful

Before you go to market this weekend...

Gucci says, "Please eat turkey this Thanksgiving"

...his Momma agrees, and tells him to be thankful that he is a rabbit.

May you too, be thankful.

Ciao amici,

Cotton Lace, Paper Blooms, Vintage Velvet...

...millinery, pearls, French ribbons ~ essential ingredients to creating something beautiful.

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with an idea that you cannot get out of your head?

Or, go for a walk and collect thoughts about how to create something new?

Well, I do, and this latest project is a result of all that thinking.

 Lately, I have been itching to get back to painting a bit and had some blank canvases stashed in my storage closet for a while that were begging me to attack them with a brush and paint, among other things.

I got out a variety of white and parchment coloured acrylic paints, gesso, a pretty crocheted lacy cotton sweater I no longer wore {and of course saved for a project just like this},

...vintage velvet and silk millinery flowers and hand dyed French seam binding,

retro pearl clip earrings,

and began assembling them onto a twelve inch square gallery wrapped canvas.

After working with the pieces, painting, gluing and assembling, this is how the first piece turned abstract version of, "Girl With A Pearl Earring."

Not satisfied with just one {she needed a companion}, I made another.

I used similar embellishments, just arranged in a different way...

...between the two pieces, there are over one hundred paper blooms with pearl bead centers ~ in all shades of soft creamy whites.

The pattern of the cotton knit dictated the flow of each piece.

This seam binding I scrunched up and dyed myself using coffee and let it dry in the sunshine.

The tone and colours of these pieces were carefully created.  I also stained the lacy crochet pieces with coffee and let them dry in the sun.  When they were completely dry, after painting a layer of white paint onto the canvas I set the cotton lace into place.   Then I painted a layer of gesso over the entire canvas and added a third and final layer of random brush strokes of white and parchment coloured paint.

The assemblage began when the paint and gesso was dry ~ adding the millinery, ribbons, paper flowers, and pearl earrings.

Each paper flower is glued in place in three layers and cascade onto the sides of the canvas.

The edges of the lacy cotton also flow onto the sides of the canvas, so that absolutely no framing is necessary.

This is how my second piece turned out, and I think of it as the "Dancing Shoes" {just thought of a new title, "Dancing With The Stars"} for the "Girl With A Pearl Earring."

I already have more designs on larger pieces in the works and will share with you as they are completed. 

For now, these pieces will be listed in my Etsy shop...just in time for some white winter wonderland decorating.

Thanks for your visit!

Ciao amici,

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See my side bar or click below for the page of blog party links where I am joining some friends this week

Thank You Veterans

Postcards from the Heart of America

Thank you Veteran's.  We appreciate you.

Ciao amici,

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Linking up with Vintage Inspiration Friday at
Common Ground today.

Treasure Box

Happy Weekend Friends
...may you all enjoy every moment.

Ciao amici,

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This gorgeous stash of vintage millinery in this pretty tin box was another treasure I found at The Country Living Fair last month in Atlanta.  I thought I would share it with you on this Pink Saturday day.