Once we got back from our travels, Michael and I both hit the ground running. We each had lists of tasks that needed to be done and amazingly they all were accomplished fairly quickly. So, we decided to hit a few of the “long-term” tasks as well!!!
One of the things that we have wanted to do was to purchase some art for our home. When we moved in 4 years ago, there were large expanses of blank walls and we knew that we wanted to find special things and not just fill it in with framed prints.
The year after our move, we made a trip to New Mexico and purchased two paintings that got our collection off to a good start…..
But then we got busy and money got tight and we forgot about adding to our collection, but we have added quite a few things in the past 18 months.
Last year, when we were in Colombia, we purchased a couple of pieces….
– this wooden carving that Michael fell in love with…..
….and this Mola that I fell in love with…..
A friend of ours (Scott Pope) from Church had a solo show and we bought one of his smaller pieces…..
…although we both really wanted one of his BIG canvases!!!
When we were in India last year, I also bought two small pieces for $6 each. When I checked into having them simply framed, the cost rose to over $75 EACH!!! So, they laid around the laundry room for a year but then amazingly I had an idea that only cost $8 for BOTH. I bought a piece of foam core mat board, had it cut to the proper size and used a spray adhesive to attach the artwork. Perfect!!!…..
….and I insisted that we buy these wine drinking Chickens in Vienna…..
This style of art struck a chord with both of us and this past trip we searched in vain for a gallery where we could buy some of her pieces. We never found a “brick and mortar” store but we did find a website!! So, when we got home, we logged on and picked out three pieces that we liked….two painted by Durga Bai….
All three of these pieces were either ink or acrylic on paper and arrived safely (and quickly) and were soon framed and ready to reside in our home!!
But we weren’t quite thru yet!!!
The bridge is actually made from small slats of wood and the water image could not be better!!
Finally, being a life-long Sunflower lover, I found this stained glass piece in another booth and bought it to cover a laundry room window…..
I typically don’t leave decorations in the same place year after year and basically re-do the house every few months. This gives us a chance to enjoy more pieces each year. The problem of doing this is that you have to have places to store things and over the years I have added several storage cabinets and LOTS of Rubbermade bins. But those don’t work well for paintings and I was finding that it was really hard to keep them stored where they were safe and I could get to them easily. Then when we added all of these other pieces, I was truly in trouble.
A series of events meant that we had to clean out the closet under the stairs and Michael had the idea that it would be the perfect place to store our pictures. I started looking for a shelf to purchase but couldn’t find one with the right dimensions….unless I wanted to pay BIG bucks. I finally came up with the idea of building one ourselves (I designed and Michael provided the labor) and ended up with this……
A perfect solution!!!
I also have a few other oil paintings that were done by my Great Aunt and were hanging in my Mother’s house. Mom was into big, ornate frames (which I am NOT) so I need to do some re-framing before I can enjoy them to their fullest.
All of this to say that we are glad that we have taken our time in buying art and that we are looking forward to continuing to add to our collection over the years to come!!!
Many of you know Elizabeth Barton and enjoy her beautiful quilts as well as her wonderful blog. If you have followed her at all, you will also know that she is a Watercolor painter!!
A couple of weeks ago, Michael and I visited an art show put on by the “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute” at the University of Georgia. When we first entered we saw Elizabeth standing by her beautiful quilts and immediately went over to say hello.
After finishing our greetings, we started looking around the show and both of us were immediately drawn to this painting…..
As we were getting ready to pay for it, I realized that it was painted by Elizabeth….that made it even MORE special!!!
It is now hanging proudly in our home……
This post has to start with the way that I decorate my house. I have lots of stuff that I like to put out, but too much to have out all at once. So, over the years, I have sorted all of my bits and bobs into seasons and have enjoyed changing things up as the year goes on.
Now, with the new house, I have needed to add some bits and pieces to fill in the spots, and thus begins this post….
Last year I didn’t have time to really decorate for Spring, so the Winter blues had to hang around until May, but this year I had time and energy to redecorate at the start of April. However, I simply couldn’t figure out what to put on one of the mantles!!
I remembered reading in one of my blogs that you could get photos printed onto a wrapped canvas, so I enlarged the center section and sent it off to be printed. I was thrilled with the result….
The next addition to the mantle was a funky metal bird that I had found (cheap) at a local store….
I added a brass pitcher of yellow flowers and the mantle looked like this….
It was ok, BUT I felt like it needed something….maybe some more birds or something yellow???
Then this afternoon, I had time to do something creative, so I decided to make a yellow bird quilt, modeled after this one that I found on the internet…..
In about 45 minutes I had this “quilt” finished…..
….but after placing it on the mantle, it was still lacking, so I went back upstairs and made another one…..
And, now my mantle decorations are complete…..
AND….more importantly…..I made TWO, count them, TWO quilts in one afternoon…..AND during tax season!!
I can see my busy season coming to an end and am now excitedly thinking about upcoming creative projects, including a quilt based on a photo from inside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul!! CANT WAIT!!!
In the last post, I mentioned purchasing the Brobdingnagian (our favorite new word meaning REALLY, REALLY BIG) Christmas tree. Well, we had a wonderful time decorating it, starting with Michael on the 10 foot ladder…..
He continued adding lights and ornaments on the top 1/3 of the tree and then I took over for the bottom 2/3rds……
I found that since I had to climb a stepstool to get to parts of the tree, I would load up with every ornament that I could carry!!
It turned out wonderfully….
After finishing the tree, I moved outside and added some lights to our deck…..
It was such fun to have the new house to decorate and was so nice to not have to climb rickety stairs up into the attic to get to the decorations!!!! I especially enjoyed decorating the mantles and it was fun to have TWO of them to decorate….
I have never had a place to properly display the stockings so this has been a real treat…..
Here are a few more of my favorite spots in the house…..
It is so nice to have the decorating done….now if I can just get started on my shopping!!!!
Our house is now back to normal again, except for the DVD cabinet that arrived today and has to be constructed. Michael and I worked hard this weekend and got everything cleaned, painted and the furniture back in place. Here is how it looks…..
I have been really busy with a huge accounting deadline of November 15th, but that particular project is finished so MAYBE I can get into my studio sometime in the near future!!!!
Well, it is 7:45pm and the workers are still here laying the flooring….they certainly have a good work ethic!!!!
The living room is finished and looks great……
The kitchen is well underway…..look at the wonderful linoleum layer that they found. Guess it matched the autumn gold appliances that were in the house when we moved in….. This was our bedroom picnic dinner…..
And unfortunately, this is the state of one of our bathrooms……
Apparently the toilet has been leaking at the seal and has rotted out a portion of the floor. Not exactly what we wanted to hear, but I guess it beats finding out when the floor caves in under you!!!!
So, on to tomorrow…….
We are in the process of putting wood laminate floors into part of our home and it is causing much turmoil.
Here is a current photo of my studio…..
When I look at this, I realize that we have WAY too many DVD’s and books!!!
Mine is not the only room in tatters….her is Michael’s office……
And this is the current state of our living room, with fresh paint on the walls…..
Hopefully all will look much nicer tomorrow evening!!!! BUT, then comes the pain of moving everything back into place!!!!
I wait in anticipation…….