Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"My Country is Winter" Painting

My country isn't a country, it's winter
my garden isn't a garden, it's the plain
my road isn't a road, it's the snow
My country isn't a country, it's winter

refrain from "My Country" by Gilles Vigneault

Growing up in Montreal Quebec I had favorite French singers and Gilles was one of them. His beautiful song about winter in Canada especially Quebec expresses my feelings perfectly. So thinking of this song the other morning I decided to paint a little 12" x 12" canvas similar to the wonderfully simple style of Quebec artist Jean Paul Lemieux (another personal favorite of mine) and here she is.

I really enjoyed painting this woman walking through the snow and may have to explore this style more deeply.
Have a happy, warm day!
Tina xo

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My First Attempt at Soldered Jewelery

Well I finally did it! I soldered my first piece of jewelery and I think I am hooked.

Here it is displayed against a piece of my handmade paper. The photo I used was rescued from being burned at the end of a rummage sale and appears to be from the 1920's-1930's era.
It shows 3 cute little Adirondack girls from one of the towns around here in upstate New York.
I chose a simple piece of scrapbook paper for the back and I think it fits the theme perfectly. 
I have to say I am really looking forward to making more of these pendants (of course I haven't burned myself on the soldering iron yet, that may change my mind).
Let's face it I just love making things!!!
These little  ladies are going over to my shop at Etsy!
I hope everyone is having a great evening and that you had fun creating today too.

Tina xo

Dear Mariet!

Recently I entered a giveaway sponsored by Mariet Caris @ The Mirror. and won the most wonderful gift of 2 pieces of mohair used for doll's hair! I have wanted to try mohair on a doll for ages but could never find the extra money to order any. To say I was thrilled is an understatement and when the package arrived from the Netherlands I could hardly wait to open it!
I have been a follower of Mariet's for a while now and love her art and her precious dolls, if you have never been over to visit her blog please do take the time to pay her a visit....

Inside the envelope was the loveliest postcard...
with instructions on how to properly cut the mohair for placement on a doll's head and the precious mohair....
                   One piece white and one yellow!
Thank you so much Mariet for the beautiful mohair, I am so going to enjoy working with it and adding it to the dolls I am working on.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Tina xo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

And So It Begins!

I was expecting a light dusting this morning and what to my surprise is waiting outside the door?
Ummm, where under the deck did I stash the snow shovel? Oh well thank goodness this is all going to melt over the next few days and I will get the chance to do all the winterizing I had planned on having done by now.
That will teach me to keep putting off the boring jobs!
Have a fun day!

Tina xo

Monday, November 21, 2011

Trying to Catch Up

I want to reorganize the house before Christmas and good luck to me with that plan..:)
But I just had to paint this weekend as I had a picture in my head that needed to be expressed so here she is...
I am putting it on Ebay this morning. 
I hope everyone had a great weekend? It has gotten so cold here this past week and although we are expected to have a few days yet in the 50's this week I think I can assume that winter is well on the way.
Have a happy, creative day everyone!
Tina xo

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Uh Oh! Has It Been That Long Since I Posted?

Yep it has and you may ask why? Well 2 weeks ago I got a call about a craft show, that had been a total shut-out, that a spot had opened up and was I interested.
So I called my friend-in-crime Julie and asked her if she would be interested and willing to hurriedly prepare for it and she was game!
Although it was not a huge success for us it was still fun and I snapped a few photos of our little booth.
Here is my friend Julie who makes jewelery and paints (among many other talents)!

And this is me that morning all bright eyed and bushy tailed (thanks to Starbucks)!
It was a madhouse but it was great seeing crafters I had not seen in a few years and they are still going strong!  



So although we didn't make loads of cash we had fun and I am checking into a local consignment shop that has opened recently to see if it would be a good fit for my style.
At least I can breathe a sigh of relief that the rush is over for a few days. I am so looking forward to visiting everyone's blog now that I have a minute to myself!

As always I had a horrible time with Blogger this morning so I am hoping most of the photos are not in multiples! If they are I apologize and hope you find the courage to wade through the craziness!