An Unexpected Gift

As most people know Charlie is a church pianist/organist and I, Jo, am a church choir director.

An intricate tribute to music we all love.
Both pieces are cross-stitched and straight stitched.

A few Sundays ago a couple that sits in the back of the church asked us to come out to their car because they had something for us.  I figured it was something to eat because people are always giving Charlie food.

Both pieces had been professionally mounted behind glass and framed.

Instead we were presented two beautifully cross-stitched hymns which had been framed. This intricate work was created by the wife and extolled by a very proud-of-his-spouse husband.

Quickly hung to protect the art from getting damaged.

We are so delighted with this gift that I have made a place for it on the wall of the conservatory so we and everyone else can see it often.

We spend a lot of time in the conservatory and will see these pictures daily.

In order to hang the new pieces I moved the red flower print into the conservatory bathroom and now the chart has nowhere to  go.

Do you move your artwork around?

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Bowl Number 5

When my blogging friend Jessica started on a new artistic venture she offered some of her first pieces to her readers.

Beautiful bronze and blue ceramic bowl in front of card of Jessica’s house.

I was fortunate enough to receive a beautiful hand thrown bowl.

The bowl looks perfect with the kitchen and dining room colors.

The exterior glaze is mottled blue/black gloss overglazed with satin bronze.  The small dish beautifully complements décor at The Glade, especially the kitchen.

The interior has a satin/metallic glaze.

The interior is also bronze. Jessica really knew just what my style is when she suggested this bowl for me. Thank you!

The mugs I’m using now could be replaced with something more like this special one-of-a-kind bowl.

 

As matter of fact a set of mugs in these colors would be perfect to replace the tuxedo mugs I’ve been enjoying.

Do you have an artistic outlet?

Rehanging the Clock

I was trying to think of what to hang in the master bathroom over the toilet and under a new piece of artwork.

Paris map clock
Paris map clock

A loooong time ago I refinished this round clock.

The "clock" I've been using is the grey item next to the blue thing on this shelf.
The “clock” I’ve been using is the grey item next to the blue thing on this shelf.

I had been wanting a clock in the bathroom that I could read the time without my glasses. (I have a small digital timer/clock in there but I can’t see it.)

The chock of wood on the back was not working with a small hook.
The chock of wood on the back was not working with a small hook.

The back of this clock has a block of wood that projects it out from the wall so the first small hook I chose was too small.

The smaller hook would hold the weight of the clock but it wouldn't lie flat against the wall.
The smaller hook would hold the weight of the clock but it wouldn’t lie flat against the wall.

I had to bend the bracket on the back of the clock and use a larger hook in order for it to lie flat on the wall.

Difficult to tell from the photo but the colors actually tie into one another.
Difficult to tell from the photo but the colors actually tie into one another.

So now I have a print of Paris featuring Notre Dame Cathedral and under it is a clock with a map of France, Paris in the center.

I must use the dressing table drawers more efficiently.
I must use the dressing table drawers more efficiently.

I hope the ticking doesn’t drive Charlie crazy.

What household noise bothers you?

Looking a Lot More Like Christmas

We’ve had late start getting ready for Christmas this year. We just got a tree a few days ago.

The tree is all lit up but still without ornaments.
The tree is all lit up but still without ornaments.

This tall, slender tree is the perfect shape for our living room.

Not yet sure of the technique I'm going to use to polarize these bears.
A group of wooden bears to become polar bears

Meanwhile I had a small project of whitening the natural wooden bears Charlie picked up from our local toymaker.

White acrylic paint and clear extender to thin it.
White acrylic paint and clear extender to thin it.

Using some white acrylic paint and some painted extender I mixed up some whitewash.

The painting went quickly.
The painting went quickly.

I haphazardly applied the paint with a foam brush.

The whole celebration of polar bears is painted.
The whole celebration of polar bears is painted.

At first I smoothed on the paint but decided it looked better with a more splotchy application.

My characterizations improved with practice.
My characterizations improved with practice.

With a black paint pen I enhanced the ears, eyes, and nose.  Some of the bears already had holes for eyes and others had faceted beads in the eye sockets.

Polar bears on a silver platter.
Polar bears on a silver platter.

I spread the newly painted bears around the house pairing them with my pinecone tree project.

The coffee is adorned with polar bears.
The coffee is adorned with polar bears.

I love the simplicity of these polar bears.

The bears look at home on the mantel, too.
The bears look at home on the mantel, too.

If you don’t scrutinize them too closely they’re really cute.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

Christmas Tree and Polar Bears

Last night Charlie and I finally bought a live Christmas tree.

We haven't taken the time to set the tree up properly yet.
We haven’t taken the time to set the tree up properly yet.

So far it’s sitting in the tree stand in the living room — undecorated.

Not yet sure of the technique I'm going to use to polarize these bears.
Not yet sure of the technique I’m going to use to polarize these bears.

I also was given a celebration of polar bears. (Yepper, a group of the white growlers is called a celebration.)

I liked these bears as soon as I saw them.
I liked these bears as soon as I saw them.

My plan is to whitewash them and give them a little polar personality.

A simple expression of polar bears -- simple enough for me.
A simple expression of polar bears — simple enough for me.

I’m using this very spare print (above) as a guide. I found it here.

I hope to put mine (the smaller one) to use this weekend.
I hope to put mine (the smaller one) to use this weekend.

And I ordered a polar bear cookie cutter from ecrandal.com which is on its way.

Do you prefer to decorate with a theme or run with random creativity?

Not Baltimore But Washington, DC

The Baltimore Ikea has a wonderful photo of Baltimore.

55 inches wide by 39-1/2inches tall a color photo of Baltimore, Maryland, at night.
55 inches wide by 39-1/2inches tall a color photo of Baltimore, Maryland, at night.

It is very attractive and my friend almost bought it to hang in the Cottage.  Ultimately it seemed a little busy which is not a great representation of the city.

The Washington, DC Ikea photo is mostly deep blue.
The Washington, DC Ikea photo is mostly deep blue.

Also on display was a photo of Washington DC in a 55″ by 39-1/2″ format.

The artwork is on the floating cottage wall.
The artwork is on the floating cottage wall.

This picture is actually the one selected for the Cottage’s floating wall. Even though the pervasive color is midnight blue the Capitol dome glows an aqua shade that coordinates well with the “Siamese Eyes” wall color.

The bed in the Cottage has been made up with an Ikea duvet.
The bed in the Cottage has been made up with an Ikea duvet.

At $50 this framed photo seems a bargain.

Are you an ocean or a mountain person?

Moving Some Art

A few years ago I framed a nautical chart.

The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.
The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.

It’s been hanging in the Cottage but now it has to move.

The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.
The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.

I don’t have many empty walls in the house.

Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.
Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.

The wall above the toilet in the conservatory bathroom was empty but has some hidden pipes and vents that I wouldn’t want to puncture with a nail.

The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.
The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.

After measuring the approximate positions of the obstacles I nailed up a picture hook.

The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.

This room still needs some finishing details but the chart fills a large space on the wall.

What’s hanging around your house?