Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Hand Painted Pendants Featured in the Newspaper!


It's here!  (Yippee!)  Last week the Belleville News Democrat featured my hand painted pendants in the Sunday newspaper.  Thank you so much to writer Suzanne Boyle and photographer Steve Nagy from the Belleville News Democrat. 
 
 It was a surprise to see my pendant on the top of the FRONT page!

The newspaper also included a link to the online write-up.  It's at http://www.bnd.com/2014/03/09/3095856/painting-small-a-lot-of-creativity.html.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Getting the Studio Newspaper Ready

It's one of those rare times when my studio is cleaned up and everything I'm working on is put away.  I had to grab some photos before it was too late and the clock struck midnight, back to the way it was.  The Belleville News Democrat, a local newspaper, contacted me to do a feature about my hand painted pendants.  Woohoo!  This is the first time my pendants will be featured in a newspaper.  (Yay!) 

The article should come out in a couple of weeks or so.  The feature writer, Suzanne Boyle, stopped by last week to ask a few questions.  It was a lot of fun to chat with her.  
 
She brought a photographer along as well.  Wow, I had never been photographed while painting!  He took so many pictures, far away, close up, and oh so close up on my painting hand and brush while I was working. 

I found some old frames stashed away for a rainy day.  I tied string onto a few nails I hammered along the sides, then had fun hanging pictures with tiny little clothespins.  I hung copies of some of my mini paintings and commissioned jewelry pieces I had done in the past.
 
It's so fun to create these mini paintings.  Some are watercolor and some are acrylic.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/178781347/hand-painted-original-cardinal-necklace?ref=shop_home_active_3
 This is my new cardinal pendant I was painting when the photographer was here.  I looove this new tray/bezel. So pretty.

Speaking of things I love, check out the shadows on the wall I noticed the other day.  We actually had some sun (and not snow)!  I was so excited.  This was in my bedroom and I didn't have to think twice to grab my camera.  I climbed right up to it and took way too many photos.
 


Adding one more thing to the list of things I love...I found these tiny magnets in a drawer the other day.  I had forgotten all about them (another rainy day item!), but I knew my daughter would have fun with them.  When I walked back into the room this is what I found that she wrote about me.  Sooo sweet!

 Happy Valentines Day!! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Snow Man

https://www.etsy.com/listing/175678575/hand-painted-original-snowman-face?ref=shop_home_active_1
Ohhh, the weather outside is... yes, snowy!  Or at least it was snowy last week.  13" of it in one day.  Time to stay inside and drink hot chocolate.  Yum!
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Oh sure, it was beautiful to watch it come down...and down...and down.  All of that snow inspired me.  It inspired me to paint this snowman pendant.  He's a cute little snowman, I can wear him all winter long!
This was the view from our front door.  It was early and I still had my robe on, so I wasn't about to go out any farther than just opening the door.  A few snowflakes blew in, our indoor cat loved it.
Here's the back yard.  The small square at the bottom left side is a bird feeder we put out on Christmas Day.  The birds still haven't found it yet, and I was pretty sure they weren't going to find it that day either.

I can't believe how much snow this little bush can hold!  Sure, there was a little drifting, but still.  LOTS of snow out there.  And cooold (brrr) too, below 0 degrees.  Did you notice the little bird prints on top of the bush?  (Now how often can I ask that question?)
We noticed birds in the front yard looking for food, so we threw a little bird seed out that way as well.  Actually, we threw a lot of bird seed out there.  Check out all of the bird footprints left behind.  Wow.
The snow has melted now, except for a few little piles here and there.  But I still have my snowman pendant, he'll never melt.  Even after I bake him!  (haha, I always bake my pendants after I paint them :)

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Christmas Hello


https://www.etsy.com/listing/173858307/hand-painted-original-cardinal-ornament?ref=shop_home_active 
 
 I've been thinking of my blog friends and hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I painted the little cardinal ornament for my brother-in-law's birthday.  His wife (aka my sister) has several pendants I've painted, so it was his turn! 

We had a nice quiet Christmas Eve...

cozying up to the the "fire".  (Yes, these are Christmas lights...)

 Lucy especially liked her gift box.

 
 It's amazing how we can't see her when she hides under the bushes.
 
The snow melted before Christmas but we spotted a snow girl in the yard, just passing through until the next snowfall comes.

 Merry Christmas everyone, and have a 
Happy New Year!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Holiday Sale!


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This sweet snowman ornament can also be worn as a necklace.

As the fall season drifts into winter and the exciting holiday shopping begins, I didn't want my sales to fly by without letting my friends know!  My PaintedCottageStudio.etsy.com website has free shipping through Monday, December 2nd.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166856490/holiday-sale-holiday-necklace-pendant?ref=shop_home_active
 My PremierPendants.etsy.com website now offers all pendants at $12.95, on sale from $14.00 through the holiday season!
 
 Soon, we'll be baking Christmas cookies (and I know some of you have already begun!)  Mmmmm.  And I'm sure we'll be building snowmen as well.  These are two that my kids built when they were younger.  I just love their smiles! 

 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Apple Orchard Time



It's always a simple, no-frills kind of afternoon, but there's something about an apple orchard that keeps me coming back every year.     
 


 Mmmm, maybe it's the apple pies, or the apple cider.  It could be the big giant cookies!  (No photos of the cookies, they were gone before I could get my camera out!) But maybe it's the simplicity of it all.

The timeless, uninterrupted way nature has to quietly continue on, year after beautiful year. 

 
And then the sun begins to set,
and the animals are fed,

 
and you find your way back home,
back to your doorstep, full of colorful fall leaves ready to welcome you and remind you it's a beautiful day and a beautiful season.  Happy Fall!