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Friday, January 18, 2019

New Blogging Sister & Spring Painting


See this beautiful wreath
and banner . . .
they are made by a "new to me"
blogging sister.
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More about her and her amazing 
budget minded projects later in this post. 

Many of you know that I painted before
my hand injury . . .
because of that I have many unused canvases
up in the loft of my Art Barn.

The other day when I was stenciling the wall
in the Barn, I decided to pull one down 
and paint something for my Spring mantel.

 I can still paint, but I do not have the control
that I used to have and so my paintings
and very amateur . . . but I make do :)
Here before I put the stencil away
I used it on the canvas.

And started painting a large
spring bloom.

Here it is ready for the mantel.
Is it too early to decorate for spring?

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Now I want to introduce you to Lisa.
This is how she describes herself on her profile.
I'm a Christ follower, raised by antique dealers, 
married to my best friend. 
I'm a fitness instructor( no fitness talk here) 
Mom of 2, thrift shopper, DIYer, junk collector, 
cherry picker, Holiday Boutique Vendor, city farmer, 
chicken wrangler and lover of all things vintage.

Her blog is called
Fresh Vintage by Lisa S

I will add a link . . .
but first I want to show you some of her
budget friendly projects.
Many made from Dollar Store finds.

This wreath is from dollar store paper doilies.  
I think it is beautiful :) 
The banner is from dollar store gift bags.

Gingham painted canning jars.

Book page banner and wreath.

Dollar store finds put together
to make this wonderful Christmas ornament.

I love this one . . .stenciling 
flannel shirts.

I know I have you wanting to get off my blog
and visit hers.
I promise you won't be disappointed.

Here's the link: 

Mention that I sent you:) 

Keep Smiling!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Monday, January 14, 2019

First Quilt of 2019

First quilt of 2019

The back was made of large scraps.

I hand-quilted this except for the boarder.
It's so very soft and comfy.

I find that hand-quilting makes them softer.

Now on to another . . .
that's what I do in the winter
when the cold winds blow :)

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

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 :)