May 2, 2015

Next project....

Since the backyard no longer has the pool....the next, and hopefully final project, is to have a nice big deck built.
We've got the contractor, the contract is signed, and the wood just arrived at 6:30 this morning!!! Yes...a bit early....but I'm thrilled it's here.
The contractor has gotten the drawing done and submitted everything for the permit. Hopefully, within a week or so, we'll start to see something happen.
I've got my fingers crossed that we end up with the project done with plenty of time to enjoy a good part of the summer with it.
I've been having coffee on the deck in the morning...in my head...for a while now!!
Can't wait to see how it feels for real :)

Apr 27, 2015

Three weeks later.....

it's hard to believe that the snow is gone and the grass is green and I've been planting spring flowers for the past week!!!
We started the month of April with six or more inches of snow in the backyard...and we're ending the month with flowers and sunshine!!  After the winter we just had...I'd have never believed it.

Yes...this is the same yard....

I can also tell that spring has finally arrived by the fact that I've already made my first trip over to The Little Beach Gallery to drop off new Torn Paper Paintings work for the start of the season...and discovered that one of the larger "whale tail" paintings sold.

Hopefully the season is off to a great start and will continue to only get better.
I'm also enjoying my first spring with the new backyard...that is now "minus" the giant swimming pool. Yay!!!
I'm loving the new landscape and have already spent many hours gardening so that over the next few years it will all fill in and mature and look as if it's always been there.
Everything takes time.....it took forever (it seemed) to be rid of the snow. I think I can manage to relax and wait for the plants to grow.


Apr 2, 2015

Spring....I guess!!

Considered posting yesterday....but figured everyone might think it was an April Fools joke.
Yes...they tell me it's spring....really??
By the looks of my backyard...you'd never know.
I'm hopeful that this will all change really soon. After all...even the Lowes store is starting to bring in spring plants....poor things!

Oh well....whether it "looks" like spring or not...it's time to start preparing for it.
My first Torn Paper Paintings workshop of the season is only two weeks away.

Also time to get all my latest paintings ready for a run to The Little Beach Gallery to freshen up the wall for the new season. Lots of new pieces will be showing up there....including a new batch of minis.
Also...my fabulous daughter...and brilliant webmaster...has almost fully completed the long overdue process of updating my website for me. I'm certainly at fault for not paying enough attention to it at times. Now...all the pics in the gallery are of "available" works.....all the sold pieces removed, and other pages freshened up!
Always busy with things in the works....but can't spoil all the surprises!!l
Onward....spring is here somewhere....I just know it.

Mar 15, 2015

Collaboration

Gotta love when two totally different creative processes come together!

I've done many coastal images in my Torn Paper Paintings over the years. As time went on I developed a line of them into fabrics which are sold on Spoonflower.

My husband loves to work in wood. Over the years he has created, in his basement workshop, numerous beautiful small boats, kayaks, canoes, etc. His latest project....a paddleboard.
Well....this time our projects came together.

For the design part of his board...he decided that my "Calypso" seahorse fabric would be just the thing. We discussed this and I went to the site and custom adjusted the layout and size of the images on the fabric for him.
The fabric was perfect. Yes...it is now under glass cloth and epoxy and varnish. Shows through beautifully and has full protection!!
This was such fun. I hope we get to work together on something again.

NOW....if only we could get rid of this snow!!!

Mar 7, 2015

Spring ahead

I certainly hope so.
I hope really really hard that spring is right around the corner!!!
This has certainly been one of the hardest winters we've had in some time. Started out gentle...no snow right through the holidays.

Then.....BAM....snow after snow after snow!! In fact...two blizzards within two weeks of each other!! Unheard of. Nearly 100" of snow within an 8 week time frame!! Yes...I'm waving a white flag.
Tonight we turn the clocks forward....SPRING AHEAD.
You don't know how hopeful I am that those words are true.
Today we got a temp above the freezing mark finally with a prediction of a week coming up in the 40's!!

OK...while that should...and normally would excite me...it has created a whole new problem.
The thaw! AHHHH!!!
By afternoon today with the melting going on outside we were treated a the surprise of an ice dam. I spotted a puddle on the floor of the front foyer when I was coming downstairs, and when I looked up, the ceiling was covered in wet blotches!!!
Soo, with bowls on the floor to catch the water, I am now waiting for the roofer to come over on Monday to help clear things. Yes, it always happens on the weekend too!

So...yes....lets all cross our fingers that it is indeed a "spring" ahead moment coming up!