Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's been a while and I've got a little catching up to do

Tap, tap, tap....
Is this thing on?

I've been absent from here for quite a while. I actually didn't even realize how long it's been since my last post (which was May 22nd). Almost 6 months!!! I can't believe how fast the summer flew by.
Last May I was looking at green stuff everywhere and the last of a storm blowing over the valley.
This past week was absolutely beautiful out and the leaves are reaching peak color.

Not that summer is really ready to give up but the days of the roses are numbered for sure.

I've kept pretty busy over the summer.
I took my CeCe Caldwell's painting demonstrations on the road for the first time to the "Chicks Along the Canal" event in Little Falls, NY. I did painting technique demonstrations, sold some paint, and had a few of my finished furniture pieces on display. It was a long weekend but the weather was great, the people were plentiful, and the food was fabulous.

My garden didn't do as well this year as it did last year.
Last year... lots of peas, beans, tomatoes, and lettuce.
This year... some peas and beans, a few tomatoes (which most are still green on my window sill), crap-ton of carrots, and 4 pitifully small ears of corn (I planted 2 packages of seeds, 10 stalks grew, and only 4 ears of corn picked....pretty crappy results there).

For the most part I've been spending a lot of time at Newport Marketplace. I've been going pretty much non stop from one project to the next.
Mahogany hutch painted in Myrtle Beach Sand and Vintage White - still available
Giant hutch painted in Sedona Red - sold
Kidney shaped vanity/desk painted in Beckley Coal with a map of Middle Earth - sold
Vintage vanity in Vintage White - still available
Half round china closet in Destin Gulf Green and Omaha Ochre with rear glass panel replaced with a fish net - sold
And another hutch painted in Pittsburgh Gray - still available but currently on display at Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in Little Falls, NY

Last year I did a year long series of pictures. I posted (pretty much) everyday a picture of the view out my front door which I called my "Shut the Front Door" series. It was a fun project but posting everyday became somewhat difficult for me to pull off. This year I've been trying to squeeze out a post here and there but as you can see from my 6 month absence I've been more than a little lax in posting. I've been trying to get myself back on track and figure out a new theme for next year (because we all know that next year is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER...AHHHhhhh). So what-da-ya-say? Any ideas, suggestions, or inspirations you'd like to pass along? Just drop me a comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Old Clock Cabinet Makeover with CeCe Caldwell's Paints

Unlike most of my other posts that require a pot of coffee and a day off of work to get through,
this is a short post.
(I promise)

One of the other vendors at Newport Marketplace where I sell my paint and furniture brought in this old clock cabinet not too long ago.

I thought that it had some character and only needed a little pick-me-up.
I used CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk + Clay Paints in Emerald Isle, Carolina Sun Yellow, Spring Hill Green, Santa Fe Turquoise, and Kailua Coral to give it a bit of a face lift.

I sealed the whole cabinet with CeCe Caldwell's Satin Finish. Then I used one of CeCe Caldwell's new metallic waxes in Sierra Silver to bring a little shine to the decorative aspects.

What do you think?
Fun little book shelf 
or curio cabinet 
or toy tower 
or doll house

This cabinet 
the complete line of CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk + Clay Paints 
are currently for sale at Newport Marketplace
7583 Main St.
Newport, NY

Stop on by.
You won't be disappointed.
(I promise)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Long overdue updates and random pictures

I'm back!
I haven't posted on here since February 6th. 
Can you believe it? 
I can.

I've actually had a little trouble focusing on writing lately.
Writer's block?
More likely just too many pots in the fire. I've been more than a little bit scatter-brained.

The snow is finally gone and everything around here is starting to green up nicely.
Shark spotted off the sandy beaches of Starr Hill....News at 11.

My daughter started her garden plants a little too early.
Cucumber plant blossoming in the house.
Plant update: several died before she got them out to the garden.
The ones that were planted in the garden ... drowned.

I've been concentrating mostly on my booth at Newport Marketplace (which is evidenced by the lack of clean floors, clean dishes, and clean laundry at home...sorry no photos).

My consignment store is FULL yet constantly changing (I take pictures of the stuff in my booth to post here but by the time I get around to writing about it (and actually hitting the publish button, the inventory is completely different).

My line of CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk & Clay Paints is moving along nicely. We have added 3 new metallic waxes, (Sierra Silver, El Dorado Gold, and Bingham Canyon Copper) and one new paint color (Enchanted Lilac).  I also offer painting classes if anyone is interested.... anyone?

I ran into a great friend the other day (Hi Kathy B. from the Fed). She mentioned that she missed all the pictures that I used to post.
Well, ya' know...
I miss posting pictures too.
Unfortunately, I really haven't been using my camera as much as I used to (especially while driving which was hazardous anyway).
I do still take quite a few pictures with my cell phone so I thought I would post a few of those for a change.
So... in no particular order (meaning some of these are from last year..and maybe the year before??) I give you ... Kim's cell phone pics.

My back yard at sunset last August

Lost geese in October.
They were headed north at the time.

I always love taking pictures of the massive clouds that parade over the valley.

Another beautiful sunset (just don't look at the snow).

Can you see the little baby Killdeer hiding in the grass?
Taken in June 2013 (randomness running rampant here).

There have also been a few new additions to the menagerie of critters around here over the past few months. 
Kitty and the chicks
(not their real names).

Looking for trouble
(and no, trouble is not the name of one of the chickens).

Duck, Duck ..... Goose?

And... a pair of "Billy Goats 'ruff"
who love to play king of the hill on MY rock.

Today I was busy trying to get some stuff planted in my garden.
Last year I experimented with gardening with mulch.
It was pretty successful if I do say so myself.

My raised bed garden filled with mulch.
See that patch of dirt in the background? 
That's my daughter's patch of deceptively solid ground. 
Don't let that quick sand fool you.
It's just an evil brown rectangle of mud waiting to suck you under (boots and all).
It's where her plants (pictured at the beginning of this post) went to drown. 

Last year I just had the 2 cement block raised beds. 
In the fall I expanded and put mulch down beyond the raised beds so I could add more plants this year. 
So far it's looking pretty good.
And...I can walk around in there without sinking out of sight (Ha HA ... Michelle).
I got my corn, peas, beans, carrots, and radishes planted today. 
Off to a good start.

Just because it's big and makes a lot of noise, it thinks it can park where ever it wants I guess.

And finally a sure sign that warmer weather is on it's way... 
The pool is upright and filling with water.

I'm planning on posting here much more often than I have in the recent past.
Since you know better than to believe that....
Have a nice summer.
See you again in the fall.