Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Vacation Pictures

Come with me on my little trip....We passed up 3 pinkberry shops...then I said we REALLY need to see what all the hoopla is about...OH MY GOODNESS...Wow, YUM...we ended up having it 3 different times....soooo good!
Whats this???? A CHANDELIER hanging the middle of the street. WOW!! This is in Glendale. We went to check out the Shabby Chic store and found this too. So fun!
This is Huntington Beach. We went to the Beaches...3 times, so warm, sunny, clean!
This was at the Mission. Looks like the leaves are painted!
We drove up the hill to get a view at Dana Point
Yummmm A Pomegranate Daiquiri
Ok, an Orange Creame cupcake, to die for!!!
Went by to see how my painting was holding up...still looks fresh, its been 13 years. The building is empty now kinda sad.
We love "I Love Lucy" Stacey was thrilled to see this hotel!!
These cupcakes are from Sprinkles in Beverly Hills...I had strawberry, Stacey had Ginger, how do you like the shoe, pretty neat huh
This sunflower was at the that I got the bee
Love the San Juan Capistrano Mission, flowers, Lemons, blue sky, wonderful
This was wonderful. This artist group was painting the arches and the Lady was posing for the whole time...had a very "greek statue" look.
Well, did you enjoy my trip?? I'm glad I could share. One thing I really enjoyed was waking up and turning on the TV to watch a couple of the local guys that have been news people for as long as I can remember.
The winner of my little canvas giveaway is BRANDERELLA

I'm home!!

WoW, We had such a wonderful time!! The weather was perfect, the ocean was devine. I can't wait to show you a few photos! I will be posting hit me smack in the face today and I am sooooo tired...I need a vacation! lol. Thank you to everyone that came by to visit me while I was away...I am feeeeeling the love!! I will pick a winner tomorrow after I get a chance to read all my mail. A couple of hours before our flight home....the EARTHQUAKE hit. whahoo, that was a good time.Ta ta for today.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Vacation Time- Givaway!!

This is just a little thing I did, Its about a 4X5" little wrapped canvas. I tried out a few of the new techniques that I learned over the weekend...
So, you know, when I'm going to be gone for a few days ...I panic that no one will come by and see me when I I am going to have a GIVEAWAY...which I will pick a winner when I return...yes, I'm bribing you again, to visit I'm off to California, my bags are packed and I'm ready to fly!!

This is the wonderful painting Stacey did, I wish I hadn't taken the picture on my red wall, I will do it justice when I return and show it in her room. There is aqua netting on the bottom that was put on with gel med then she used upholstery tacks that are not pounded all the way in, for dimension...a touch of bling on the darling!!

I look forward to sharing our good time!! I'll be back next Wed. Please come visit me then!!
Hugs to everyone, have a great week!!
Laurie and Stacey

Sunday, July 20, 2008

SO Much Fun Day II

WhhhhoWeeee!! Another awesome day!! Made even better having Stacey with me!! Her picture is fantastic, I'll take a photo tomorrow for you.
We painted, scrubbed, scribbled, antiqued, highlighted, whew...then we did it some more.!! I had sooooo much fun playing..cutting, gluing, and staining paper. I had to paint my little bird!
Little flowers...a little stamping

a little hammering, a little sanding, a little antiquing... Thank you for sharing so much Lisa!
When it was done it got a bath of hot wax, then a little scrapping, a little ironing....
Finished!! LOVE IT!! (the wax hasn't been buffed to a shine yet)

Saturday, July 19, 2008


1st day of class was fabulous!!!! Lisa is a real sweetheart, and soooo helpful!! If you ever get a chance to take a class from her, take it! This is totally not finished, but it is to the point I can finish later...and I know what goodies to look for when I go to LA...also, found out the Dick Blick art store is in Pasadena...guess I know where a chunk of my money is

Friday, July 18, 2008

Lovely Weeds

The beauty in plants that grow where they are not nurtured but they are strong and survive.
This queen anne lace had a little pink blush.

There is going to be a great crop of wild blackberries. This little bee is being helpful!
There is nothing quite like a little nature walk in the fresh air up in the mountains.
Its finally Friday...what does that mean to me?? First off I will be going to our famous Art Fair at the park, I have been going for as long as I can remember. What Friday REALLY means...The next two days I will be taking my classes with Lisa Kaus...This summer I haven't had much time to get into my studio to create my little birdie creations. This means I will have 2 full days to have fun, create, learn something new, and take a class with my daughter Stacey. What could be better?? ( maybe the trip to Calif. lol)
I'll be back on Monday to leave you with some pictures while we are away to So. Calif. I just found out we will be able to go to the La Maison Rustique Barn Sale in Temecula. We will be going to two Missions, The beaches on 101, Flea Market in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and so much more!!
Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Beautiful Oregon Day

OREGON in all its glory. Yes, it is folks...Gods Country.
Today was soooo beautiful. My hubby says "lets go fishin'" so off we went...
What kind of fishin' is this?!? lol he stuck it in the bushes!!

I love going fishing, I get to paint outdoors!!

My little suitcase

I have had this suitcase for about 20 years.I painted it quite a few years ago. I love the size for taking to classes...I really think it is a breifcase
I gave it a coat of black paint. then slip slapped on tan colors then stenceled in cream
Stenciled checks on the bottom
Someone came to check out the fowers

I'm ready to go to class! Just a few more days.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New goodies

I popped into an antique shop that I rarely go into. Look what I found. Three pieces of beautiful lace and a baby shoe...ummmm, what can one do with such loveliness??? lol
I painted this old suitcase YEARS ago, I needed something to take to my Lisa Kaus class, so I pulled it down, emptied it, and filled it up with goodies to use in the class.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

More Summer!!

I had an extra canvas...soooo I just added this one to my ebay
Now on to the finer things in life
My favorite summer toy!! My ice shaver
Oh yes!! Ice cold ice shavings!!
A splash of Pomegranate syrup, splash of Pomegranate juice, and club soda...stir real well,a small splash of 1/2 & 1/2 and a fresh sprig of mint.
Now on to business. I have been give some wonderful awards, I haven't had the time to post them, I do appreciate them. I find it rather overwhelming sometimes to think that you guys take the time out of your busy lives to stop and and take a look at what I put on my blog. Vicki C and
Country Livhave both honored me with 2 awards at the same time....I'll post the other one tomorrow
I was given this award...and I learned a about it before you forget who the sweet person that gave it to me.
Who makes the most beautiful lampshades gave me this a while back. Thank you dear friend!!
I'll try to get to the names tomorrow, I need to get them passed along. There are so many wonderful talented bloggers out there.
Thank you again to all that stop by!

I Love Daisies!

Someone came to visit me while I preparing to take a photo. How sweet is this! He didn't even take a bite (it really is the other one that wont leave the flowers alone)
I am Waaaaaay behind on posting all the sweet awards I have been given this last week. I will work on that this evening...have you ever noticed when preparing to be gone a week HOW MUCH WORK it is!! I did get packed last night. Got a new swimsuit for the waterpark...did I mention we plan to go to a waterpark and act like 12 year olds. Gotta go...lots on my to do list.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

aaaah Summer Flowers

I went around the property and picked this for all my blogger friends. Have a wonderful summer weekend!
Last night, after working all day in the heat, I made this refreshing Pomegranate Italian Soda.