Monday, July 27, 2009

Oil Paintings

My son dabbles around with painting. He has since he was just a kid. I always tried to get him to take is seriously and take lessons or something, but he never did. Now he regrets it! Anyway, I wanted to post a couple of his pictures.

This one is kind of different. But I have to admit, it does look striking hanging in his room. He gets a lot of comments about it.

This is one he did for his older sister. She saw one like it and wanted him to do a similar one for her. He is actually still working on it. He's repainting the field of flowers - he said it looked like a field of blood!

He just completed this one. You might remember this. Well, his younger sister, who loves red, fell in love with the print on the napkin and asked if he could do her an oil painting like it. So he did this painting for her birthday.

I know my pictures don't do his paintings justice, and he would probably kill if he knew I had put inferior photographs of his work on my blog, but I wanted to show these to you. And there's just something about having a real oil painting hanging on your wall!

Monday, July 20, 2009

90th Birthday Party

This past weekend I made several cakes for a friend's 90th birthday party. The event was put on by her daughter, who is seventy. It was an all day event, an open house type setting, with people coming and going as they wanted.

Here is the main cake. It was basically for decoration - it wasn't touched.

I made six 1/2 sheet cakes that were divided by piece, each with a red rosebud. This is what was served to the guests. The cake flavors were white, chocolate and strawberry.
I wanted to post a couple pictures of the fruit table. It was beautiful!

An idea to stash away for future consideration.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Book Case Dressup

I bought this book case a few months back and put it in the guest bedroom, which has a green, pink and white color scheme. (I built the color scheme around a quilt top that my husband's grandmother put together years ago.)
But the bookcase was just so stark white. I thought about painting it, then discarded that idea. Then I got the idea to cover it with different patterns of scrapbook paper in keeping with the "patchwork quilt" theme.

So I bought a book of scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby that I thought went best with my colors. (And there's that door again! I really am going to do something with it soon.) I blued the paper to the sides of the shelf using Mod Podge. Here's a picture showing my progress.

After I covered both sides with the paper, I used pink & green rick-rack to cover the frame and front edges of the shelves. The bedskirt is green with a pink rick-rack type trim, so this kind of tied it all together. I just hot glued it on.

This was before I covered the shelf edges.

Had to take a break to feed a hungry toddler a snack. She really enjoyed her chocolate pudding!

Here are several pictures of the finished project.

This closeup of my rick-rack ends doesn't look that great. But they're not that noticeable unless you're about 6 inches away!

I love the way it turned out! I only had about $15 in the project, most of which was the cost of the book of scrapbook paper (half off at HL). And I didn't use near all of it, so I will have it on hand for future use.

I'm hoping to finish this room soon. I'll post pictures when I do.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Countdown To My Empty Nest

I thought I'd post a few of my son's engagement pictures. They were taken by my oldest daughter (the one with the three girls).

Their wedding is August 8th.

They are planning to go to Vanuatu within just a few months of getting married. They are Missionary Associates with the Assemblies of God World Missions. They are raising funds now and as soon as they meet their budget they will be leaving for two years. They will both be working in an adult literacy program as well as a Chrisitian school.

Did I mention that Vanuatu is on the other side of the world???

This one show her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. It's beautiful!

Nate isn't my youngest child - he's just the one who stayed around the longest.

I'm goign to miss him something terrible. He's been the only one at home for over three years now.

Don't they make a cute couple? And she fits into the family perfectly!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Zebra Cake

I made this cake for my granddaughter Emily's birthday party on Saturday. I used the whipped frosting from Sam's Club instead of making my own butter cream. Boy, did it ever speed up the project!!

Emily's party always lands at a busy time since we have our church camp the week of the fourth. Her party gets put off until Saturday after camp, so we're all dead tired, then we have to throw together a party and a cake. But all went well.

I think she like her cake, especially the hearts - she kept pulling them out and trying to eat them! They were the only non-edible thing on the cake besides the feather thingies.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed your birthday party, Emily! I know the rest of us did!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mirror Redo

Years ago, in another life, I was a Home Interiors demonstrator. Over the years I've got rid of most of the items I had, except for this mirror (shown here without the mirror!). For some reason, I just liked it. But I had no where to hang it so it was just taking up closet space.

So last week when my grand kids were here and I was needing to do something crafty or decorative or adult, I decided to give it a quick coat of spray paint and hang it in my guest room that I am very slowly putting together. The spray painting was quite interesting since I had a three year old and an almost two year old "helping" me!

The quilt reflected in the mirror was given to me by my mother-in-law. Her mother made the quilt top years ago and my mother-in-law had it quilted recently and now it graces our guest bed.
And the door that is also reflected? I still haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do with it. I want to use it in this room since it just "goes" with it. So I'm mulling over several ideas such as a headboard, a bookcase or just hanging it on the wall as it is.
I also have an old dresser with a round mirror that's been a part of our family for the past twenty years that I'm going to refinish this summer and put in the room. And I recently re-found some little plaques from my husband's childhood that I'm going to put on one of the walls.
This is turning into my nostalgia room! It must have something to do with my looming empty nest.
Maybe after my son's wedding in August will be the perfect time to put it all together!