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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Stenciling The Barn

I was out in the Barn today
and just had an itch to do something
and this is what I ended up doing.

 A year ago I decided to paint my white
walls and add some color to the
interior of the barn.
I painted this wall turquoise adding
white here and there in a cloudy
whimsy look.
Today I stenciled over it.

Not measuring and being exact . . .
I don't care for exact, especially in my barn.


So here are a few photos of the wall . . .
tell me what you think.
I love the new Boho look of color 
and freedom, so that is what I was going for :)







As you can see the wall next to it
is lavender . . . I haven't decided
whether to do the same to it,
but I think maybe yes.

I'll think about it for a while.


I love the freedom that I have in the Barn,
and I'm braver out there than in the house.

After all it's my creative space :)




That's it for this post.

Thank you so much for visiting
and please leave a comment.

You won't hurt my feelings . . .
not everyone has the same taste
and wouldn't it be boring if we did?


Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)


84 comments:

  1. That is probably the prettiest barn I have ever seen!

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  2. I love it Connie! You have captured that cloudy whimsical bohemian look perfectly my friend! Love the dreamcatcher ... we made them at our little craft group last December. Happy Week to you Connie Xxx

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    1. Thank you . . . I love my Barn and love showing it off. It's a place where I can cut loose be creative and make a mess during a project . . . then just shut the door and have it waiting just as I left it. I worked at a kitchen table for year, cleaning up and putting away many times before completing a project. My Barn is a dream come true:)

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  3. That's your barn?!? What a wonderful, creative space you have!

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    1. Thank you . . . it's a dream come true and I love it :)

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  4. I love it! Your barn looks like such a cheerful and happy place. I would love to sit there and knit with you.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  5. What a lovely creative space you have, love the turquoise and the lacy stencils.

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  6. I love your barn it is full of color and it expressive what you love. I love the cozy sitting area! I am thinking I need a place like this.

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    1. I think so too . . . I would love to see every creative woman have a space to be a little wild and crazy . . . a place to let their imagination be free to decorate will abandonment.

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  7. Oh it looks so delicate and pretty! I always loved seeing art like this and thought about a tree in the corner with vines trailing out on my craft room walls. You probably painted that beautiful lady with the long dark hair but I had a blog friend when I first started blogging, Lisa Lectura that painted beautiful ladies similar to this one. You don't be any chance know her do you? Enjoy your afternoon! I just hiked and now I'm having a bagel and coffee! Come on over!

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    1. I am ticked pink that you like my wall and my painting. I looked Lisa up, she does lovely work.
      I think it is wonderful that you get out and hike all the time . . . it must be nice having such mild winters. I enjoy your awesome wildlife photos, too :) Enjoy your bagel and coffee.

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  8. How wonderful. I am so excited thinking about what I am going to do when my barn is complete, I love the idea of different colour walls. You are an inspiration.

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    1. I am happy to be an inspiration. Make your Barn reflect your creativity and most of all have fun with it :)

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  9. Lovely! Reminds me of a Laura Ashley wallpaper.

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  10. How nice to have your creative space. Love the stencil. Everything looks so fun! I love it.
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you . . . it was fun doing something a little different and I love how it turned out too :) It's wonderful having a space like this where I can get a little crazy with design . . . after all it was just paint, so it would have been an easy fix if I hated it. I love it and it will stay :)

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  11. Oh I love it. Blue is my favorite color and then the stenciling on top of it looks fantastic. I like how you didn't worry about measuring.

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    1. Ever! I just slap it up on the wall and if it looks good there I start stenciling, if not I move it to a place that does look good. Measuring and trying to be perfect takes the fun out of it and it makes it look too cookie cutter. That's my big fat opinion LOL

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  12. Hi Connie, Yes, I do like your stenciling. I have done just a teeny bit of stenciling but think I would not have the patience to do all of that! I think I would probably vote for doing just the one wall as it would stand out more than if you did two walls. I see you have two chairs to sit in. Do you sit in one to do your hand stitching or read? Does Steve sit in he other to visit you? I hope he is better. Nancy

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    1. Actually I have three comfy soft chairs in the Barn . . . maybe one is for you :)
      Wouldn't it be fun to have time for a real visit?

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  13. I think it's beautiful! I wish I had my own "Art Barn"! Are all of the paintings done by you? I love the one with the girl in red.

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. Thank you, yes those are all my paintings . . . I'm glad you saw one that you like, that's makes my day :)

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  14. Very nice! Lovely backdrop for all your pretties.
    Plus, it reminds me of a blue sky summer day with a few puffy clouds floating by.
    mmm-hmm, nice to see on this rainy day.

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  15. Wow, I love these visits to your barn. And, I love the stenciling!

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    1. Thank you . . . my Barn is a very special place, a dream come true. I am delighted when I hear that my friends love it, me too, LOL.

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  16. Happy New Year, Connie! Your barn is a wonderful place for you to let loose on your creativity! A wonderful place for a girl to have! It's all looking good!

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    1. That barn is a dream come true for me and I love sharing my space with friends . . . inspiring them to create a space of their own. Even a little corner of a room with a great chair or writing desk.

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  17. Hi Connie! I LOVE it! It looks like a farmhouse shabby chic museum! I love that chair, and the addition of your guitar. Each thing is so very different from each other, yet it all comes together perfectly like it belongs. I like the dream catcher too.

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    1. Hi Ginny, it is so nice to see you . . . Yep, it's a mixed mush of a lot of color and a lot of creative projects on display, but it's all fun and it's all me. I love my barn, thanks for visiting :)

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  18. I think your wall looks fabulous, Connie. Love the turquoise colour and the stencil in a washed effect is perfect. This wall is the perfect backdrop for all your paintings. Such a clever artiste that you are!

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    1. You are just too kind, but thank you . . . it's always nice to know that others like what you're doing with your space. It's a fun space and it's all me, LOL.

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  19. I love what you did. I am a big fan of Boho and the art on the wall is beautiful, especially the girl in red.

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    1. Thank you Betty, I love the Boho look, too. It's so free spirited and colorful :) I happy that you like my painting, too :)

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  20. LOVE the stenciled wall! What about white stripes in random thickness for the lavendar wall?

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    1. Well that's a thought . . . I guess that I will live with it the way it is for a while, but when the creative bug bites me again, I'll remember that. I don't like too much of one thing and enjoy getting a bit wild and crazy out in the Barn. If you lived closer I would say, come on over and show me what you're thinking . . . we could paint together :)

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  21. What a fun space!! I love the stencil over the cloudy turquoise wall, and I think it would look great to do the same to the lavender wall!

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    1. Thanks, I might do that . . . I was thinking about a metallic paint, maybe antique gold for the stencil on the purple wall. What do you think about that? I know that paint is always a guessing game, until it's up you really don't know what will please you. The best part is, it's only paint and very easy to paint over if I don't like it:)

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  22. Connie....you have a real eye for color and creativity! This is just marvelous.....I simply adore how you create such beautiful living spaces...so much interest to start good conversations...well done!

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    1. Thank you . . . my Barn is my fun space, so experimenting with lots of color and the Boho look has been fun. It's a perfect look for someone with a multitude of interests and collections. :) It's just pure fun . . . and after all, girls just want to have fun . . . Ask Cindy Lauper :)

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    1. Thank you so much . . . you're very kind :)

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  24. Love it Connie! How fun to just do whatever you want with color and whimsy and paint! Love all the pictures and color and it looks so warm and cozy. The stenciling looks great... I say go for it on the lavender wall too! Why not? If you want to, do it. My craft room is bright yellow, which I didn't like at first, but now have grown to love it as it is so bright and cheery when I walk in on a gray dreary day outside. My walls are covered with photos, two vision boards, a picture board and racks to holding more of my stuff! I don't have hardly an inch of space left to put anything on my walls, but I love it! Take care sweet friend........... Marilyn

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    1. I think a bright yellow would be a very pretty color for a craft room. Yellow is so cheerful and bright . . . hard to not have a feel good feeling when you're surrounded by sunshine :)

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  25. Oh WOW, your wall is just amazing, Connie. I love it! xx

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    1. Hello Liz, and thank you . . . it's feels good when someone loves what you do.

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  26. Isn't it wonderful that you can let your creative self go wild in your Art Barn!!! As you say, in the house you might not have felt quite so free.

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    1. So true. I guess the Art Barn would be a great place to try a new idea before taking it to the house :)

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  27. I love how you added wisps of white to the background first, the stencil looks great on the wall, I wouldn't have looked at that and thought it would be great for the wall but I do love the way it came out. I would so do it to the purple wall too.

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks for your input . . . I think that I will. Only I may wait a while to do that wall . . . I'm busy on quilting at the moment. It's just that the other day I was bored and so the paintings came off the wall and the stenciling when up. Usually when I have a day where I want a change I run and get a hair cut, that afterwards I can't stand, LOL. This was certainly a better way to loose the boredom. LOL.

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  28. That looks beautiful. Just the sort of place a creative mind could sit and enjoy crafting and creating.

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    1. Thank you, it's fun to make the Barn a special and unique place. I get used to it, but every time I have a person walk in for the first time, I can see the interest on their face as they look around and see the magic that I've worked to achieve. It's a fun space :)

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  29. I love everything about your barn Connie. It is just such an "arty" , cosy space! Love all the different coloured walls, and painted furniture....ALL !

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    1. Thank you Judy, I could see you having a place like this . . . colorful and unique. Color just makes me happy and I think that you feel the same way :) I feel blessed to have a place where I can express my creative side.

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  30. Oh, I love it! That's a fine creative space!

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  31. It looks great Connie. I love all the art. It does give the space an artsy boho look. It makes for a nice creative space.
    xx Beca

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    1. I like my Barn to be a little bit more of a surprise when you enter, than say our home would be. More fun, more creative, more of a transport into a free spirited artsy world, a place to experiment with ideas :) Paint is such a cheap way to experiment and I have all kinds of paint and colors. I never throw it out; a year ago my neighbor gave me a box of her leftover paint from projects. Paint is cheap and fun!

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  32. I quite fancy spending some time in your barn, it looks like a wonderfully cosy and happy place to fritter the hours away. Wishing you many happy hours of creative work in your lovely barn.

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    1. Christina, it is a wonderful place to spend time. I was out there for about 4 hours yesterday working on a new quilt. I can pick-up our wireless connection from the house on that TV and watch quilting and crafting You Tube videos. I have learned a lot from You Tube. There is a video (or many) on just about every project you can think of :)

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  33. Wow. Super cute! Love the look. All your talent brings your barn to life, so pretty its calling for a gal pal party in there! Nicely done.

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    1. Hi Lisa, I would love to invite you over for a crafty bonanza . . . Sounds like a good time! I have so much fun experimenting with color out in the Barn. I love the Boho look and it's all about displaying your collections and mixing color . . . so much fun. And after all "Girls just want to have fun".

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  34. The stencil is really pretty and it looks great on the wall.

    Your project serves to remind me that I need to get the porch stenciled, but my leg is healing slowly from surgery. I don't think I'll be able to do the project until February.

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    1. You take can of that leg . . . I know it will be hard to keep you down, but listen to your doctor and use this time to relax in your beautiful garden :)

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  35. awwww...it looks adorable. We all need a place...a little barn...a she-shed...somewhere that we can "let go" with our decorating. I would love to have a turquoise wall that I could stencil on...but not in my house...I would get too tired of it too quickly, I think. Your barn is perfect for things like this....I love it.

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    1. The Barn is the perfect place for having fun with paint and color . . . I don't get this wild in the house either.

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  36. Your stenciling work is lovely. I stenciled the walls in my upstairs hallway because the walls kept cracking. It covers a multitude of sins!

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    1. Yes it does! The walls in my Art Barn are plywood and not top quality . . . I didn't want sheet-rock, because I wanted to be able to put a nail in the wall wherever I wanted and plenty of them, LOL. It's a place to display my work and collections . . . a fun place. painting with the pattern of stencils is a great remedy for imperfect walls :)

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  37. Well, what fun! I used to do quite a bit of stenciling but haven't had the chance to do it lately. I love that you have the freedom to do what you love in the barn. What surprises me is the choice of artwork. I would have never in the world thought you would like modern art! Great job choosing things you love (including the walls) xo Diana

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    1. All the paintings are mine. Before my hand injury I did a lot of art and had it in three galleries. It was going to be my social security supplement. Now, I can still paint, but I do not have the control that I used to have. So, I just do paintings for the house, not for sale :)

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  38. I admire your talent and productivity, Connie. You're like the energizer bunny! Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful New year. Hugs, Nancy

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