Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yellow Flowering Tree and Spring Bunnies


Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying the first days of Spring! It is so lovely here, but verging on being hot! Our spring really starts in January and then often we have a cold snap and more  spring weather until by the first of Spring, it is actually almost summer weather. Both Fall and Spring are short seasons in Florida, while winter is almost non-existent and  summer is long. When one is acclimated to the weather here, you really enjoy it. It means that the sun shines daily....there is hardly ever a day without sunshine, so our dispositions are sunny, too! I remember gray days in Kentucky and am thankful for always having bright, sunny days here.  

The flowers are so lovely now. The yellow flowering tree is loaded with blooms. It bloomed once in January a bit, when we had an unusually warm day. Then the blooms dropped, so I figured there would be no more. But, it bloomed again just last week and is so pretty. Already the blooms are falling on the ground and soon the green leaves will appear. I love this tree. It is called Gold Tree or Silver Trumpet Tree.

Note the clear blue sky in the background.

It is time for little Spring bunnies, too.  I see them occasionally, munching on new and tender grass blades. Below is a watercolor painting I did of bunnies. Just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy!  Have a fun day everyone!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

News from Ten Gables


Hi Everyone,  My posting is few and far between now that I have the gallery and am painting as fast as I can! I wanted to share the birds that are hanging around here....the beautiful Sand hill Cranes! There were three, the parents and the baby, until recently,when the baby flew the coop, so to speak, and went on his own way. Now there are only two grateful parents feeding in our yard!


We had other birds come, too; this pair of snow birds from cold and snowy Minnesota visited us for a few days. We enjoyed their visit and it was nice weather while they were here. The visit was much too short, but hopefully next time will be longer. That dead looking bush in the background is where my studio was power washed with a bit of chlorine in the water and was sprayed on the bush. That is a no-no and you would think that people doing work would realize it. I should have watched them, but I was busy painting inside the studio. Hopefully it will come back to being green and healthy. To my brother and sister in law, wish you had stayed longer....they are pretty nice "birds" to have around!

Sammie-girl at Tea Time (above). You can see her little kibbles on the table with a container of one of her favorite treats...ice! No hot tea for her! She loves her ice cubes. She really needs a booster chair. Think of the havoc that would cause at the table!
I'm still painting pillows for my gallery plus lots of other things. Farmhouse country things and French Country decor is popular. I hope people realize that true art does not have to match your sofa.  I hope people will buy paintings just because they "speak" to them. It seems to me that people buy far more accessories such as pillows, signs and sayings, metal plaques and such than they do true art, original paintings.  Isn't it better to have a lovely timeless painting that has meaning than what is popular at the moment? Well, that is my thought.
Have yourself a great day!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egretta Wells Art Gallery and Treasures


Hi Everyone, I have not posted much, as I am very busy painting for my art gallery. I keep telling everyone that I am painting as fast as I can! Take a peek!

I also have some antiques such as crocks, furniture and accessories. A new venture is painting furniture with chalk paint and I will be doing trompe l'oeil  as well. More casually and less expensive are the rocks and leaves I paint, which are great for small gifts.
Above are some of the fun little rocks. They are cute in the garden or as paper weights.

So what is "trendy" right now? Paris themed accessories, antique silhouettes, tin, burlap items, chalk and milk painted furniture, Farmhouse decorating and French Country styles, painted pillows.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More Pillows painted for my Gallery


Hi Everyone,  I have been so busy and haven't really had time to do much posting! Not only am I making pillows for my gallery, but other painting, and even doing some chalk paint furniture! There are never enough minutes in the day! The above pillows would be really cute on a patio I think!
It is time for Caladium bulbs to start putting forth those lovely leaves.  Some in my yard are coming up now.
These pillows, too, would look nice on a patio or porch surrounded with real Caladiums!  More later, but for now I must get back to a big picnic basket I am painting. I will post it later. Hope you are having a great day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What's happening at Ten Gables?


Hi Everyone,  We are having such lovely coolish weather, but every time it warms up and reaches near 80 for a few days, the weather thinks it is Spring and things begin to bloom.  Just look at this lovely gladiola that came up from bulbs planted last year and has already bloomed.  Hope I get some more! 

Some happy cows near our house. You can see that their field hasn't turned green yet.  The grass in our yard is really nice and green...must be a different variety.  In fact, Bob mowed just the other day!

My friends, Helen and Mike, have a wonderful garden and brought me three perfect heads of cauliflower the other day, plus a bunch of fresh broccoli.  I made roasted curried cauliflower  and it was delicious.  I dipped the florets in ranch dressing which helped to "cool"  the spicy taste down a bit.  Your can find numerous recipes on line for roasted curried cauliflower. Simple to make and really delicious. I would recommend it as an appetizer...you really can't quit munching on it! 
I've been painting lots of pillows for my art gallery, but these two I made from an old vintage tablecloth. The colors are so pretty! You can get at least 4 pillows from one rectangular tablecloth. Now I am looking out for cloths at thrift shops!!  Hope you are having fun and being creative, too.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hand painted Tropical Pillows

Hi Everyone,
What a gorgeous day we are having in sunny Florida.  It is picture perfect weather and lovely outside! How lucky to live where there is no snow, no grey days to speak of, where you can always go outdoors and enjoy green grass, flowers and the sun!
I have been painting more pillows for my art gallery. Hopefully I will be able to fill a whole big rack with pillows, but they go fast, so getting ahead is pretty hard.  I was off my "paint" for a week and in bed with the worse case of flu I've had in years.  My hubby, who took the flu shot,( and I didn't) had it, too, and he had it just as bad as I did. In fact, he caught it first and passed it to me.  We were both so ill for a full week and still have a bit of a cough.  There were times when I thought we'd have to call the ambulance, but thankfully, we hung in there, took over the counter meds and finally got well. I now have a new appreciation for feeling well and being able to paint!
Hope all is well with you! Spring is right around the corner and soon everywhere will have sunnier days!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Decorating for Valentine's Day


Hi Everyone,
It won't be long until Valentine's day and I have been putting out a few decorations in my dining room.  It is my favorite room, especially when the morning sun is coming in. I left the little feather tree up after Christmas and added hearts in red, silver and pink.  Other handmade Valentines are here and there, such as the one below.

I usually have some ladies in for tea sometime before Valentine's Day.  I have to decide on a menu soon.
Sometimes we all make Valentine cards in my studio while they are here. It is creative and fun!

The little Annalee cupid stands guard over the heart tree.  I love Valentine's Day....maybe because it seems to usher in Spring time! Does anyone have suggestions for a special Valentine tea menu?