Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hi Everyone,  It has been awhile since I have blogged! I have been very busy painting and crafting for a couple of shows.  Above are my wine glasses turned into snowmen and with a battery operated candle on top.  They really are adorable, but I haven't had time to make many of them.
I've also been making wine glass candle holders with scenes inside.  They are so cute, too. I only have one more show and that is this Saturday at the Peace Lutheran Church.  After that, I will be making Christmas gifts and some decorations for my gallery and for myself.  It is a busy time and I love it! How about you? Are you being creative as the holidays roll around?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Apple Crumb Pie, Sammie, and new Pillows

Hi Everyone,  the other day I made a nice Fall dessert....Apple Crumb Pie.  It is the old stand-by recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens cook book and is really yummy!  A nice Fall dessert using lots of delicious apples.

Our Puppy is growing!  She has just gotten her stitches out from being spayed and is feeling as full of energy as ever, running and playing.  It is hard to get her to sit still a moment! In every photo I take her eyes appear blue or with a big blue dot in them! I must start using settings on the camera instead of just "auto" all the time! It would help if I knew how!

I made a couple of Western pillows for the gallery.  Decorating western is pretty popular here.

I am busy getting ready for 2 arts/ crafts shows and painting more for my gallery.  I love this time of year when there are lots of outdoor shows, bazaars, etc.  I am painting as fast as I can!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Look what we found!

Hi Everyone,  Look what we found! This little kitten, weighing in at 1 pound, was rescued from my neighbors car motor, where it had crawled into to keep warm the other night. Now my grandson, Austin, and his brother and family have a nice little pet, just what they have wanted and needed for a long time.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Horsey pillows

Hi Everyone,
      I have a new line for my art gallery. It is hand painted pillows, and above are a couple of horse ones.  I have done fall leaf ones and sunflowers and will be doing all kinds of things on them.  The background is just basic heavy muslin  and I just paint on a piece 14 by 14 and then sew on the backing to make a pillow case, then stuff.  I've been wanting to do this for some time, and finally have started and I love them! Hope you do, too!

It is a beautiful day here today in Florida. We have a light breeze and it is about 80 and is just lovely.  I wish it were more Fall like, but can't really complain.  Later today, I hope to put some fake pumpkins around my scarecrow in the garden, making a semi-fall display.  It is hard to put real pumpkins because of the "critters". Hope you are having a great day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My new gallery and treasure shop

Hi Everyone, I am finally moved (somewhat) into Grace Consignments in Okeechobee, where I now have my own little gallery.  It is a room 12 x 12 and the good part is that I don't have to be there everyday working, as Susan, the owner is there to help customers.  I have hung a bunch of paintings, plus I have a few other items for sale, such as Fall decor, painted rocks, some antiques, etc.  I still have some paintings to hang, but I'll tell you, getting on the ladder is really not for me, so I will have to wait until I have my son or someone to help me!

I do think it looks quite neat and interesting, , though, and hope to see lots of people come through and purchase some art!!

I also have some painted decorative home decor pieces, such as trays and you can see a bread warmer in this photo.  Click on any photo for a closer view.

Here is a grouping of little 6 x 6 paintings....some are oil and others are acrylic.  They are pretty on easels as well as hanging and really don't have to be framed.   They are painted either on Masonite panels or on small canvas boards.

A little rag basket with a couple of my painted rocks...cute gift for anyone! See you at Grace Consignments if you are in the area at Egretta Wells Art Gallery and Treasures!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tractor Paintings and Painting Rocks

Hi Everyone,  I posted these tractors paintings once before, but just ran across them and thought some of you might not have seen them. After visiting a "tractor graveyard" here, I did a whole series of paintings.  I visited there with a friend, Beth, who was my partner in the antique shop for 5 years.  We hitched a ride with a man working there on his golf cart and he drove us through about 50 acres of junk (to some and to others, treasures).  It was wild and wet and swampy in there, so I did take liberties in painting the scenes and added lots of color.

I have been painting on rocks for the upcoming craft and art shows here in town.

You would think that I wouldn't want to paint frogs after dealing with a whole plethora of 
them throughout the summer! The owls are fun to paint, though, and some rock shapes just 
suggest frogs!

Hopefully, I will have around 50 rock animals painted by November!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

End of Hot Summer (I wish and hope!)

Hi Everyone,  It is still so very hot in Florida, but early in the morning, it is coolish. I mean Really early, like 5:30 A.M.  That is usually when the puppy wants to get up for her first walk of the day!  But, cool or not, at 5:30 AM, I am in a hurry to get out the door and get it shut before some frog or lizard gets in the house!  We have so many of those now, what with all the rain we've had and the humidity and the onslaught of bugs it brings.  If I sound a bit bitter, well, I am! I am so tired of pestilence, that first thing this morning I was looking up on the kindle how to get rid of all the above!  

And don't tell me that I should just look the other way, that lizards and frogs eat bugs and that is a good thing. NOT!  Because after eating all those bugs, then what happens? Nature deposits your porches with a big mess, if you get my drift.  So it is a battle all the way around.  Oh, for cool weather!

The Zinnias are getting a bit old looking and other flowers are waning.  I am anxious to plant my cabbages and will do so about the middle of the month, if it cools just a bit.  In Fall, about all I plant are cabbages and broccoli, plus mums and marigolds.
I have one more pineapple growing and it will be ready soon. I must get it cut before a raccoon discovers it! The avocados are in right now, too, and the tree is loaded.  Nothing much new around here in the garden; it needs a good bit of cleaning up, but it has been too hot to accomplish that.  How is your Fall planning coming along?