Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hydrangeas - How I Love Them!

It is hard to believe that I haven't posted since Easter!  Where does the time go?  I guess we've been busier than I thought with life stuff. That is the way it goes sometimes. 

Do you love hydrangeas?  I sure do.  They are one of my very favorite flowers. It takes only one or two to have a really beautiful arrangement and they just scream summer!  They also remind me of my grandmother Effie Ellington who always had beautiful hydrangeas. I found this old photo of one of her hydrangeas from 1967. Not a great photo but you get the idea.
Last year the two hydrangeas at our current home did not produce a single bloom. They had been neglected, along with the rest of the yard, during the two years before we came here. I am happy to report that one of the two produced a plethora of blooms this year. Hopefully, due to my nurturing and prodding. Here are a few photos of hydrangeas everywhere around our house.

I love a house filled with flowers. Don't you?  

Gracefully yours,


Sunday, March 27, 2016

He is risen indeed! Hoping that you and yours have a blessed Easter!


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Spring has Sprung -- A Little

Spring has sprung at our house--at least on the front door!  I saw an adorable little tote wreath for the front door over at My Soulful Home last year and found it again recently on Pinterest. You can check out Kelly's tutorial on how she made hers here.  Anyway, that is where I got the idea for my spring door this year.

Mine is a good bit larger than Kelly's because my tote was larger. This was a free tote that I got from Crossings Book Club when I joined years ago. It seemed like the perfect tote for this project.

I put floral foam in the bottom and added my flowers. The flowers are from Hobby Lobby--on sale at 50% off.!  I only buy faux flowers when they are on sale because they are so expensive otherwise.

 After I added the flowers, I added some Spanish moss to fill up the spaces in between the flowers and made a bow from some ribbon I already had on hand.

Don't these hydrangeas look like the real deal?  

This tote arrangement really works much better than a round wreath for this particular front door because of the long oval insert. 

Spring and Easter are just around the corner even though it has been quite cold here. Sunnier, warmer days are in the forecast and I can't wait!  Hope you are having lovely days, wherever you may be!



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Early Spring Fever Free Printable

I have a touch of early spring fever and have been playing with my watercolors. I was inspired by the beautiful flowers I received from my husband for Valentine's Day.

This gorgeous arrangement from Laura Jane's:

And these that he picked up at the supermarket on the Friday before Valentine's Day:

 So I had lots of inspiration.  Then the warmer temperatures moved in and I had a touch of spring fever. So, I combined inspirations and came up with this.

You can download or print a copy of this art work for your personal use, here.  Hope you have
a great weekend.

Spring will be here soon!



Friday, February 12, 2016

Reflection of My Heart

I have this great photo of my husband in his Greek fisherman's cap that I gave him for Christmas.
Then I had this photo of me with the sunglasses. Well why not have my sunglasses reflecting that great photo of my love. So, using Photoshop,  I popped him right in there. Well, I may have made that sound a little easier than it was but really, after I figured it out it was pretty easy.

First I added some color to his photo so that it would blend in with my sunglasses. Then I used the lasso tool to isolate the part I wanted to copy and the transform tool to grab it. Then I copied it to my photo and reduced the size to fit in my glasses. Repeated the process for the second lens and then touched up the color around the transferred photo to make it blend in with my glasses.  I had to experiment a couple of times before I figured out the best way to do it. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and plan to have it printed on canvas and use it in a gallery wall.

Try it. It was fun. 



Thursday, February 11, 2016

IF:Gathering Inspired Art

Last weekend I attended my first IF:Gathering. Except that I didn't get to gather. I was supposed to go to an IF:Local at our church but I was sick and had to stay home. Fortunately, I was still able to see and experience this event by attending the gathering, online at LiveStream. It was a wonderful event and I heard many inspiring and challenging messages and learned about some awesome ministries.  If you are not familiar with IF, please check them out here.

One message in particular, given by Lauren Chandler spoke to me.  Her message was from John 4, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.  It was an inspiring message, calling us to trust that Jesus will keep us filled with his living water and supply all that we will ever need to sustain us during times of trouble. When Jesus explains to the woman that he is the living water and that he is the Messiah, she leaves to tell her town about Jesus.  Something that I had never noticed in this passage before is that she walked off and left her valuable water jar at the well.  When trouble comes, and it will, will you be full of the living water that will sustain you through it or will you be trying desperately to fill your water jar? 

I painted this to remind me that  my trust and faith are in Jesus and he will see me  through whatever is to come and because of that, I can leave my water jar at the well.

Hope you have a blessed day.