Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Visit to the Painting Parlor

This is Bernice - isn't she cute!
I painted her today at The Royal Canvas Painting Parlor in San Antonio.

You should know that I cannot paint at all - the teacher for this class is fabulous!

This is the original painted by Gina at the studio.

And guess what, she also has a shop on Etsy - Too cool!
I love her Crows On a Line painting!

I'm hoping to go back and paint Fred the Rooster next week - I can't wait!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Market Monday

Southern Lady's Market is having Market Monday over on her blog!

Tons of Christmas goodies
and more!

Add your link to your shop
go shopping, too!

Here's a sneak peak at my entry...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Autumn Harvest Thanksgiving Wreath

I'm a little late, but I finally have a new wreath for Fall this year!

I thought I'd give a quick step-by-step for anyone who doesn't know how to get started but wants to make one of her own.

I gathered my supplies
-glue gun and glue
-grapevine wreath form
-foliage (separated from bush if necessary)
-flowers (separated from bush if necessary)

I usually cheat and buy a pre-arranged bush when I want an elaborate looking wreath but don't want to have to work really hard. All of the flowers on my wreath were on a $20 bush that I got for 50% off. The fern was also a bush and I think 50% off of $13. (I hate paying full price!)

I'm sure there are many ways to design a wreath, but this is the method I use most often because it's fast.

1. Lay a base of foliage, sticking over the edges however you would like - I chose circular in the same direction. It doesn't have to be perfect because much of it will be covered and extra can always be added (I always save a few bits of foliage just in case.)

2. Separate the flowers into groups, larger to smaller.
3. Arrange larger flowers in groupings that are a pleasing distance apart. (Dark orange) Nothing is glued yet, so this is not permanent.
4. Arrange next larger size/group of flowers until all of the flowers have been used. (Taupe and then cream)
5. I had a bunch of tiny flowers, ivy, and tiny berries that were also included and I spaced them out to fill any gaps. The extra foliage comes in handy now to fill in any other gaps!

6. Hang up your wreath, make sure everything is securely fastened and still looks "balanced" now that it is vertical, add a few bits of foliage if needed (I needed!) and admire.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

London Eye

Some days it seemed like the London Eye was in every single one of my photos!

We rode it one evening and it was amazing to look out and see all the lights!