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Happy Easter

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I love a good group painting, suggesting friendly interaction. Neutral colors create a peaceful scene perfect to hang anywhere.

18″x24″ oil on stretched canvas. Available in my etsy shop.

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pretty song friday

I’m putting this under “pretty song friday” because the short film was made to bring attention to the music, and not the music written to accompany the short.

Those teeth have caused some nightmares in our house! And I had to explain “metaphor” several times, and let me tell you, that’s a hard one to explain to an 8 year old.

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I think I’ve blown through my potholder enthusiasm, but at least have finished about 10. Here’s the latest. Isn’t the main fabric pretty? It’s printed in Japan, and if I remember right, by a company named Pretty Poodle. Or else that is the design name, which makes no sense since it’s flowers, but coming from Japan maybe it makes perfect sense?

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I designed the cupcake myself. Cupcakes are such a popular motif right now, I thought a potholder would be good. Not wanting to search online for a pattern, and then wait for shipment, I sketched up what I would have bought if I would have found it. A happy cupcake. I should have used a darker pink for the frosting; using extra-strong colors is always key to these designs.

And you can never go wrong with birds. Always cheerful, and fit in anywhere.

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I found binding material that was just the right color. How lucky did I get?

I think every little girl first falls in love with horses because of all that pretty mane and tail. So flowing, so free, so beautiful. And then that horse wants to be your friend. . . ? What could be more perfect? I’ve captured that pretty mane in a more grown-up way.

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12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas. Available now. SOLD, Thank you.

Remember A-Team’s Hannibal saying every episode, “I love it when a plan comes together?” This is like that. Thrifting all those sheets and pillowcases years ago, and then wondering what I was going to do with them. Some sheets got made into the reverse side of quilting projects, or just projects where quality wasn’t important, but this time the thrifted sheets got to shine in their own right.

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The little bits of lace in the pillowcase hems works particularly well, appearing as though I bothered to piece the flags just-so.

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I did fancy-cut the triangles somewhat, to best display the patterns.

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The backside of each triangle is a pattern I thought not-quite-so-nice as the front. But the bunting can be hung so it can be seen coming or going–in a doorway arch, or outside on an awning.

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9-feet of shabby chic goodness.

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Sewing took less than an afternoon, although I think there must be a trick to getting a really pointy point.

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And do you like that scalloped top to the background wall paint? At first I thought I would put moulding up to differentiate between the white above and the lavender below, but then I saw that idea on a blog and thought, “Heck, paint is free, I already have that,” plus it looks much more shabby chic and playful, don’t you think?

So there is one wall mostly finished. Nothing is ever quite finished, don’t you know. But this is where that wall always meant to be.

I love painting evocative eyes, you know that. These have a particularly nice inner glow. 8″x10″ oil on canvas. Available now in my etsy shop.

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I used a lot of bright spring/summer colors to create a big bright sunshine welcome. 18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas. Available now.

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