Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Mornings are Fabulous! Inspiration quote for the day.

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Phew! What a week I had.  It was so packed each day that I did not have a chance to do one post for you all.
On Saturday, the Grand Opening day of our Artists Co-Op went great.
My husband helped me set up a canopy out front of the building with some tables and I sat and painted while customers came by, which was fun.
I was able to talk to them and get an idea of what many are looking for in their wall hangings and art.
There is such a wide variety that I can go many directions with my paintings and signs and never get bored!

I had bought the hanging basket of gorgeous petunias to hang on the eave of the co-op but I had to set up a photo shoot on my potting bench before taking them over.
Then I Waterlogued them.
I love how it turned out so I am sharing it with you with a lovely quote.

Today I have taxes to finish up (nothing like skating in at the end) and some signs to work on that have been ordered.
I also want to dig up and transplant some delphiniums too, but we shall see if I get to that. 
It always seems I have more things on my ‘to do’ list than hours in the day.

Below is the link to a full size jpg of the photo above you can download and print if you wish. 
Personal use only please.

Downloadable printable

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Morning Inspiration on this Fine Spring Day Quote of the Day

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What a fine day this is.
6:30 am and I am sitting on our front porch bench sipping my first cup of coffee and listening to the birds sing their Spring songs.
I love to hear them singing, they are especially tuneful this time of year and you have to slip outside in the early morning to hear much of it. 

I have a week of painting signs to do, I love spending time in my studio/cottage.
I can’t wait until it looks like this again…
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I planted pink climbing roses on either side of the door, they look to be flourishing and I am hopeful of getting lots and lots of roses.
I think the pink will contrast well against the yellow.
Have a Happy Day!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Painting the Stairs 4–Geraniums in a Basket

The past few days have been spent mostly working on the mountain cleaning so painting has taken a back burner. 
But that does not mean I don’t have something to share.
I have finally be able to paint another step on our staircase.
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I waffled for a while on what to paint.
I thought maybe Hydrangeas, daisies or poppies….but none of those seemed to fit that step (I may do any of those on the next)…
finally it struck me that a basket of red Geraniums would do the trick.
I started with the basket…
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And then some leaves…
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Because the craziness of life set in, it sat like this for a couple weeks!
Sophie made it her spot and when I asked her to move so I could work on it….
she glared at me with a look that said…..
“Bug me and die!”
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She finally, none too graciously, moved herself to a spot behind the wood stove.
And I continued painting the stems and a few background buds.
(if you wish to see a full tutorial with Video just click HERE)
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Next I added more buds with a touch of white and a brighter red.
A few trailing stems or vines to add some width.
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And voila’ the  step is done…
well, mostly done, I will add some shadowing to give it depth.
Though looking at the photos I think I should’ve taken the buds up on to the tread to give it more height.
Hmm…what do you think?
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4 steps done and just a couple more to go.
Hunching down to do the bottom one is going to be killer!

If you wish to see a full tutorial painting a Basket of Geraniums click Here
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For some reason I cannot find where I posted on painting the Yellow Rose bouquet.
Did I do a post on that one?
Too much going on around here, I am losing it!

Have a fantastic day everyone!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Faster and Easier Window Cleaning, Tips from a Pro!

I have seen a few window cleaning posts online but none of them supplied the one tip that really made my window cleaning efforts so much faster and easier.
When I am not painting up signs, recording fabulous videos for you all and trying to work on my house a bit….
I clean vacation cabins and condos  to make a living. 
  I was taught many a tip and trick to be more effective by someone who has done it professionally a lot longer than I and had a window cleaning business at one time. 

Clean your windows like a proOne tip especially speeded up my window cleaning.
So I thought to share  with you.

First, gather your tools.
I use a bucket of warm water with a couple drops dishwashing liquid. 
  My favorite for this was the original Lemon Fresh Joy (not concentrate) and I have not found that in a long time.
So now I use a Dawn Hawaiian scent.
(don’t use one that has moisturizers in it)
Absorbent towels that have not been washed with fabric softener
A good squeegee
A glass safe scrubby sponge.
(the yellow sponge with a green side is NOT glass safe)

The spray bottle has a homemade cleaner in it that I use for most everything.
Mix in a one gallon plastic jug:
I gallon water
1 cup rubbing alcohol (90%, not the 50%, if you use the 50% then use 2 cups)
1/4 cup ammonia
2tsp dishwashing liquid
Be sure to put the dishwashing liquid in last.

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Spray the dirty window with your fancy dancy homemade cleaner.
The alcohol and ammonia help cut grime.
(some like vinegar instead of ammonia in the mix but I don’t find it as effective)

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Take your sponge, dip in bucket of barely soapy water and squeeze it out a bit, not too dry.
Depending on how grimy the window you may need it to be rather wet.
If you need to….use the scrubby side to get off tough stuff.
(This is the wrong sponge to do that with, that is why I made sure to put a photo of the glass safe scrubby sponge in the photo with the tools)

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Now here is the tip that really made it go faster for me…
Take your towel over a finger and rub it along the top and edges
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Start your squeegee on either side with the top and one edge in the dry areas created by your towel covered finger.
Wipe squeegee with dry towel between some of the swipes.
 
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What makes it so much faster is there is no cleaning up drips left from the squeegee.
Once you are done squeegeeing it they are sparkling clean.
No streaks.
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Happy Spring cleaning everyone!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Inspiration, Forget the Days Troubles

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I know this is easier said than done. 
Last week it felt like I had lost my soul.
My inner joie de vivre was gone…
well maybe that is the wrong term,
joie de vivre can mean careless joy…
a better word would be ebullience which is more enthusiasm for life despite your cares.
But over the weekend I was able to hit “reset” and though the cares that stole my joy have not disappeared I can see thru the gloom they present to a brighter day.
That is a very good thing.
So today will be sunny and bright despite the grey skies and dismal drizzle.
I will bury myself in tax paperwork…
and feel grateful that I have income to report instead of grumbling over the pain in the pattoot paper trail and number crunching I must do to get thru not only our personal taxes but the business ones too. 
And if you hear me screaming, it means I discovered we owed way more than I figured.
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Happy Monday to you all and I wish you Ebullience!
oh,one more thing…

I read an article on blogging and writing posts etc and the author claimed that readers do not want you to use anything but simple words and terms.
She was saying that I need to dumb it down for you to enjoy it.
I have given you more credit than that but I am not always correct in my thinking.
Do you need it dumbed down?
I just thought I would ask.

See you next time when I may having something more eloquent to say.


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Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Paint a Basket of Red Geraniums tutorial

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After doing a post on creating new geranium plants from cuttings I figured you may wish to know how to paint them too.
I even made a looooong video.
This post focuses on the leaves and flowers but the video shows you how to paint the basket too.
I traced around some actual geranium leaves as a pattern.
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Starting with a 3/4 inch flat brush double load with a dark green, a celery green and a touch of citron.
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Start on the chisel edge at the V opening of the leaf.
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Start your stroke by pressing the brush and wiggling along the outer edge of the leaf, pivoting the brush as you do.
The Video will help you see what I mean: Paint a Basket of Geraniums
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You can flip the brush and go from the other side as well.
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No need for perfection, if you don’t like it the first time around go over it again.
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For the flowers draw in the stems with thinned down paint and a liner brush, ignore the curly cues, I was goofing around.
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Then with a filbert brush and some burgundy colored paint dab in some buds in a dome shape.
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Don’t forget the little buds draping down.
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Dab on some brighter red in the center then add in some white to highlight.
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Dot in some flower centers and add a bit of green to the draping buds.
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If you want to see how I put it all together to paint a basket full you can watch the video.
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Paint a basket of Red Geraniums

For more painting tutorials just click here.

Happy Painting.

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