Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

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?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cheese Fondue...an old recipe

Hi Everyone,
I am still on the New Year's Quest of Comfort Foods from Days of Old!
Yesterday I made my mother's old Cheese Fondue recipe.  It came from
an old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book....mine having been published in the early 60's and mother probably got hers out of one published many years before that.  We now think of "fondue" as more a hot liquid cheese using for dipping veggies in or a chocolate fondue to dip berries, etc. into. THIS cheese fondue is a baked main dish. It is delicious and once you have it, unforgettable. It is close to a souffle, but with a bit more "body".  You might want to try this if you are looking for a nice main dish without meat.
                                                                         Cheese Fondue
                              from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book revised edition third printing

1 cup milk, scalded
1 and 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 pound sharp process American cheese, shredded (2 cups)  Note: I used sharp cheddar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
   . . . . . . . . .
3 stiff-beaten egg whites

Preheat oven to 325.  Combine milk, crumbs, cheese, seasonings, and egg yolks.  Fold in egg whites. Pour into ungreased 10x6x
1and1/2 inch baking dish.  Bake in slow oven about 35-40 minutes until firm.  Makes 6 servings (more like 4, if you are hungry).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lovely Hand Made Gift

Hi Everyone,
Have you ever received a hand made gift that is beautiful and you know took many hours to make?  Well, my neighbor, Margaret, did this lovely table runner with heart shaped twigs and leaves and roses embroidered on it and 4 big napkins with roses in the corner of each one.  I really appreciated all the time that went into this creation and will enjoy using it for years to come.

I took down all the Christmas decorations and put the runner on the dining room buffet and used it with some Valentine decorations because I am now moving on to Valentine's day decor!  I really love Valentine's day! Maybe it is because I have such great memories of it as a child.  At school, we all made a decorated shoe box to hold our valentines from friends. I always won first prize for best decorated (not to brag)! I loved wrapping the box in red paper and making pretty hearts, coloring them and cutting them out to decorate the box. For weeks before Valentine's Day we made hearts all decorated up for our friends and tucked them into the decorated boxes. On that great day, we were allowed to open them and see how many valentines we got and who they were from.  Maybe there would be a special one from a little boy that "I Claimed".  Isn't that funny?  We always, in those long ago days, "claimed" someone as a boy friend. I have to laugh at the use of that word, now.  It sounds so ancient and these days, very out of date!!
Then. we had a big Valentine's Day party in our classroom, with delicious refreshments made by all the mothers.  The teacher gave every child a special Valentine, too, and a hug as we went out the door of the classroom toward home when the great day was over.  At home I played with my valentines and the box for several days, enjoying my popularity with the other children!  It was a contest to see who had received the most valentines.
Do you have memories similar to that? Do tell!