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Craft Items…

Bobby and I are trying to get together enough things for a Craft Fair this Fall…

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I am making Tea Cup Holders… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have had a great time searching out pretty Tea Cups to use OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and have found some neat ones… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

old, new and colorful!…

My husband cuts, bevels, sands, hammers on hangers and paints the boards I glue them to… tool_50

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I found some wood at a Peddlars’s Mall that works quite well…

I choose the color of paint  k7470909 to accent the Tea Cup’s colors…

I would like to have at least 30+ to start out with…

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that I will paint designs on to sell also…

This project keeps our minds busy… our hands busy… where we don’t have too much time to dwell on his Chemo Treatments…

He is half way through… about six more to go… one every other week…

and is doing well…

I’m apprehensive about the scan k21414693 that will tell if the Chemo is working on the slight cancer signs that were in his lymp nodes… after removing the tumor in his Colon… k24472835

They called it precautionary!…

and his blood work k19787002 every time before his treatments… has been showing good for liver… kidneys… etc…

I would like to make a few extra dollars mm01p006  for us to take another short trip… maybe to Gatlinburg, TN logo

but, if not… we have enjoyed our hunting for the items… and working with the wood and paint… k19542231

Not a Match Box Car

I found a Match Box… No, not a little car… pMAT1-14877241v380

Not a collectible… $(KGrHqV,!ikFBIYpquTFBQhdHsee1w~~60_12

It’s a metal box used to hold real wood matches…

I decided to paint it to “match” my kitchen where I hung it…

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Sprayed it black… then used my acrylic paints to paint it…

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Looks similar to my wallpaper border…

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and my painting I did a few months ago…

I use matches to light my candles… my gas stove sometimes, when it won’t automatically come on and the fire pit outside…

They use to be a staple for a kitchen… but, not so much anymore…

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I imagine people collect these… being from the 1940’s…

These are a few from EBAY… priced around $12.00…

I probably paid less than $2.00…

I liked it probably… because of memories of having one when growing up…

Unintended Uses…

I saw this unique 16 inch wire basket… at my favorite thrift store of course!

Cream colored… It was OK

But, I visualized it hanging on my wall in my Paris Bedroom k8281040which is black, gray and bright pink

I fell in love with the circular wires that formed the pattern…

But, what a waste to fill this beautiful design with fruit… or something else…

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I bought a can of black spray paint…

Painted it on the front and backdrying each side until dry…

I got out my paints… knowing I had my bright pink paint… and my bottle of black and white would certainly make gray

I randomly painted some of the solid circular shapes the bright pink… and gray… leaving some of the black… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I then decided a little flair was needed… but, not too much… It is representing “Paris!”…

So… a yard of black ribbon from my ribbon bag … bought  two yards of pink satin ribbon… and tied in a bow near bottom of basket ( now my beautiful wall hanging )…

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I love the way it sticks out from the wall giving it some dimension!

I like using things in other ways than they were intended!

My Lifetime Dream/Goal Reached! (Sunday Grateful) 7-4-13

I’ve had to pinch myself a few times!

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Ask myself, “Did I really get that phone call?”…

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Talk about it… so that I know it’s for real..

Keep thinking about it and smilingk6688524

Saying “Thank You” hundreds of times to my Lordk9513818

You see… I finally got the job I’ve wanted ever since I was a little girl

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My dream…

My hope…

My talent put to use…

and just perfectly fits my life at this time…

God is good!… and when the time is rightprayers are indeed answered

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I had taken a painting class about two months ago… and while there… I happened to ask the owners, “Do you need someone to teach the painting classes?”…

and they said, “As a matter of fact we will need someone!… in a month or two when we move to a larger location”…

What was so surprising… they were quite impressed with my “natural” talent… and took my phone numbercha0005

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Painting class I took with daughter-in-law…

The new location was only a store over from their immediate shop… so the location was ideal for me… less than 15 minutes away from my home…

I was elated!…k6437384 that they seemed interested

and this past week the owner called and wanted to now if I was still interested…

YES!… I wanted to shout!… Yes, indeed!

I bet I was grinning from ear to ear!…k7098880

She wanted me to come in for a class and just paint again along with the customers that had signed up… taking some mental notes as to how they did things…

I had been one other time for a class with a friend of mine… so I was learning their ways already… and liked what I saw…

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We painted a Lake Scene… and I talked to all of the customers just to get a feel of what that would be like…

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I love that part of course!… I love people… listening to them… and connecting…

I do think I have a natural teaching ability too…

I’ve never had the opportunity for college… but, the jobs that I have had… have prepared me well…

This company will also be opening a new shop in Elizabethtown, KY… not too far from Louisville… So, I feel I am getting in on the ground floor as to speak…

( There was a movie calledElizabethtown out a few years back… filmed in this small town)

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The company called KOCH and CO. … have become busier since I first painted with my daughter-in-law over two months ago…

That’s a good thing for sure!

So it will be part-time… Money is good k9179637… will have a helper and all I have to do is teach the class…

How awesome is that! … BLD067144

I will have a couple of practice class sessions to begin with… being critiqued as to where I might need some help…

but, then will be on my own

My goal / dream k8377680being reached in my lifetime…

How blessed I feel!  k1589151

#FWF Free Write Friday: Ponder this…

Today you have been granted the opportunity to go anywhere, do anything, meet anyone, travel in time… whatever you wish, it is yours. Now, there’s a catch. (Isn’t there always?) When you wake up tomorrow… you will not remember any of it.

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free write friday kellie elmore

“Wishful Artist” by: Marilyn Griffin

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I lift the brush

the bristles are soft

but, firm enough to hold the paint…

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I lift the brush…

The white of the canvas…

calls me to perform…

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I lift the brush…

I ponder for just a second …

as my thoughts are gathering…

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I lift the brush…

The colors are all …

so smooth and beautiful…

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I lift the brush…

Picking a soft blue…

A picture is forming…

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I lift the brush…

The paint feels like a kiss…

gliding across my mouth…

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I lift the brush…

the forms begin…

I relish the feeling…

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I lift the brush…

Other colors mixing…

Bursting forth with life…

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I lift the brush…

 My mind’s eye of expression…

Appears before me…

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I lift the brush…

Wiping it clean…

as it slides between my fingers…

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I lift the brush…

My name is magically etched…

On this work of art…

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I lift the brush…

My heart is so satisfied…

My inner love is expressed…

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I lift the brush…

A new day is dawning…

White canvas awaits my thoughts…

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I lift the brush…

Why is blue calling my name?

A picture is forming…

Growing Projects

It seems every time we start a projectit grows!…

If we paint a room… k5493600we end up changing the decorations in it…

If we replace a car partx28486976 it usually requires something else to be fixed

I go to wipe down the ceiling fans k3311816and it leads to the walls and everything on the walls having to be cleaned

I think you know what I mean…

We decided to just paint the floor of the deck and the flat parts around the top…

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Next thing I know… husband says, “I think I need to replace a board”… OK… one board… not so bad…

As he’s replacing the board… “I think I’d better go ahead and replace the one that meets that one… It will look better and I’ll probably have to do it next year anyway”…

OK… two boards… Not too bad… I wasn’t having to do the work…

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So in doing this he had to shorten the rails a little to even everything out…

It looked great!… and so I wasn’t surprised when he says, “I’m going to do the other sideIt needs to match”… and of course I agree… I hate things half done… and if it didn’t match my eyes would focus on it every time we were sitting on the deck!… So Yes, go ahead!…u14360931

I wasn’t yet involved… he’s the carpenter…k6720782

I just bring the iced teak6036430 , coffee and waterk3882534 … and have lunch fixed when he takes a break

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All done with the “repair” job… the painting part begins…

He chooses “Barn Red”… a little brighter than what we had… so , YES!… you guessed it… the whole deck gets a coat of paint… 16′ X 16’… with a smaller part of 8′ X 8′ and the long steps that I requested when we added this addition…

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I stepped up to the plate… to help paint… knowing how hard he had worked on the carpentry part…

He actually did the most work… I was going to help one day after I got home from my swimming aerobic class… and he had it all done!… He just wanted me to paint a piece of lattice that goes on the side…

Knowing I was getting off lightlyI readily agreed

Was this project finished???

Well no…

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and four new lights that come on automatically when the sun goes down…

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Now, all I need is that tin roof tuff-rib-metal-roofing-panelover it… that I want… where we can sit out when it rains…

Did I say, “Projects just seem to grow!”

Daily Prompt: The Artist’s Eye

Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ART.

Art has been a part of my life forever

My coloring books k12009578x19421219 when I was young were my best friends… and don’t touch my crayons

They were almost sacred to me…bn261027

It seemed when someone used them… they always ended up broken

I really hated to have anyone else color in my books… but, I did… to be nice…

I remember coloring the girls in my books with blue hairmy favorite color

I just said recently, “I must have foreseen the future of dyeing hair!”…

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I later started drawing… then paintingk0338309 crafting and decorating

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I still get excited with color… textures… unique art workk7295399

Something that speaks to me…

New paint… brushes… materials… draw me to them all of the time…

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That section of the store is so me!…

I thought I would share some of the art in my house… not, expensive art… just things that make me happy

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This rustic blue chair… loved its color and story of being there now… just to hold flowers… not sturdy enough to hold a person any longer…

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My blue again… Blackberry Pickers… Family… Children… out on a summer’s day…

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Kind of a retro look… of kitchen items… and my color blue

says to me… come and sit a spell…

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I painted this one… Have just now started hanging some of my paintings…

The pear and colors match my Wallpaper Border in my kitchen…

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These are a few of the Cardinal Birds I framed… for my computer room… Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky’s State Bird… Just funky and cheerful… for a place I use a lot!

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Loved the bright pink and black accents for my Paris Themed Bathroom…

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Metal Wall Hanging… Paris theme… Just too cute!

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I painted this little Parisian Artist… design taken from wallpaper…

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I liked the simple lines of this Painting I did…

I even hung it… in my hallway…

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The colors grabbed me for my spare bedroomLavender and green

Peaceful… relaxing… but, cheerful too…

The metal sculpted Iris was so unique and seemed to go with this picture…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love kitties… so this was MINE!… and went with my  feminine theme in my spare bedroom too…

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Another painting I did… trying to tie in all of the bright colors I had chosen for my bigger bathroom…

pink/peach/salmon/orange/yellow/red/teal blue…

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Flower plate that I just had to have… matches my ideas for my brightly flowered bathroom…

As you can see… I surround myself with color/art…

Daily Prompt: The Zone

Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LOST.

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Just give me something creative to do…

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I would start early… as soon as someone could let me in the building… k8647724

With my paint… brushes… k3697316water… paper towels… pencils… ruler… yardstick… k3960253and my ideas from books… ti087a0016drawingsk12346743 , etc…

I like working alone and I was in “my zone”!

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I am most contenthappiness oozes from mecfr0257 … my eyes I know… must be sparklingalc0021 … my mind is at peace

The colorsk13016995 … the way the paint flows… the designsk10946276

… ideas popping into my mind… u27638589

The awe at times that “I can do this!” …

Someone coming by to make a comment or two… and knowing I’m bringing joy4136R-126 to others by the look on their facek6136535

Smiles… grins… an oo and an ah…

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Vase of Flowers

Another painting class… This time with a friend I made at the YMCA… She picked a picture of a vase with flowers to paint… The store… KOCH’S Painting… lists several different choices to pick from… on a monthly calendar

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I always like the choices but, usually end up making it my own… in some way… The flowers in the picture were all pink

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This was the one we were to copy…

I made them the colors I have in my bathroom… I had the same picture up for so long… I decided I needed a change

I’ve painted a long time… so I’ve learned from trial and error as I go… but, can always learn a new technique… a new way of doing things…

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My friend painted hers pretty much like the picture offered… It was really nice… It takes about 3 hours to complete… By using acrylic paint … the paintings dry pretty quick with the aid of a hair dryeru10800296 …

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The girl who owns the store and her partner have said they would like me to teach some of the classesI would jump at the chanceyta0013 It would be ideal!… A few days a week… teaching what I love… doing what I love… Talking to people and seeing the joy on their faces as they make something with their own hands… So when their new store opens… I hope to be working again… Retirement is good… but, having a job like this would be right up my alley!

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Painting for Fun!

Last Thursday Night my daughter-in-law and I went to a painting classk0338309

Painting classes have become very popular in Louisville in the last year…

Some classes are held in restaurants… some at their own business sites

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I’ve been to three…. so far…

I love to paint!… but, having never had professional training…  I dare not say that I’m a true painter

I have painted murals on walls at several schools… wall murals in people’s homes… and just for my own pleasure… to sell at craft bazaars

I guess you can say I’m self-taught… and have God-given talent

Some find my work quite good

This painting class was not far from where I live…

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They do framingk2983089 … display and sell art of different artists… and have painting classes for all ages… Parties may be on their agenda as well as the pre-set classes for any age…

They were painting an interpretation of the Louisville skyline for a booth they were setting up for a fair… “Louisville Independent Business Alliance” …when we were there…

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Painting still wet …

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Painting at the fair with our Louisville Mayor… that weekend…

There are many designs to choose from on their monthly calendar

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My daughter-in-law chose the artwork we were to paint… I wanted to treat her… since she was excited about the fact that she would be painting something she could actually hang in her new home

It was called “Magical Tree”… I called it “whimsical”… and it was fun to do…

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You could follow along and do just as taught… or change it up a bit to make it your own

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This photo was posted on their Facebook Page… how neat!

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The swirly lines for tree branches were so fun to make…

and leaves were just depicted by dots…

Melanie has already hung hers and mine is still sitting there… waiting for me to decide on an appropriate place… or I might even give as a gift k7390209

I am going to another class next Wednesday… with a friend from the YMCA… She chose the subject also… as this was new to her…

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Looks like fun to me!

Some day I will pick a subject… but, for now… I’m enjoying seeing my friends paint who never thought they could…

I knew they would love it!…