Monday, November 30, 2009

Snowmen Painted on Silver Plates and Spoons

Here is the next batch. These snowmen are painted on little silver coasters.
And, of course, vintage silver spoons
These two happen to be my favorite at the moment.
They look a bit dull here, but they are sparkly.
I have sprinkled them with "snow dust" (glitter)
My plan is to have a GIVEAWAY next Saturday
I will paint up a special one, just for the occasion.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Rustic Snowment

I got busy last night...Snowmen just flew off my paint brush!
Dawn is the owner of "Girls Back Porch" just down the road from where I live. I stopped in a couple of days ago, she suggested I bring some things in...Her shop is full of wonderful vendors,
the look is very country primitive. So, I wanted to paint some things that would fit in.
I'll show you the rest tomorrow. I would love to know what you think,
do you like the rustic, primitive.
or the bright and cheery look?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Aaaaak...I forgot it was Pink Saturday....

This little birdie is going to be added to Ebay or Etsy tonight
I'll let you know
Same with this pink birdie
These girls are dear friends of ours. This was taken a few years ago, I wanted to play around
with colors and textures. It is soooo much fun to added textured layers. Then there is an eraser that you can go in and clean the textures off their faces and bodies.
Just having fun!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I'm so excited

Here's the scoop...I went to Costco and picked up Adobe Photoshop Elements 8!! They gave me
a $30 rebate on the spot...just because I said I saw the discount on the internet. I just love this program. I'm getting ready for DJ Pettit's online photoshop class after Thanksgiving!! The sun came out today so I went out to take pictures..
I added a layer of rust in the sky...oooooh, so fun!
Look at these textures!
And Rust...Oregon is great for finding rust!

The perfect peeling was part of an old barn...I couldn't bring it

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pink Saturday

The pincushion above is listed on my EBAY. I listed it for 9.99
I aged this photo just a bit, I wanted the Pink pitcher to stand out.
I stacked some of my pink cups
Then I added a Gaussian Blur to soften
Now, this one was fun. This is the pincushion I just finished for my friend...
Then this is what it looks like "Through the Viewfinder" of my little old camera
I went to a darling Christmas Bazaar at the Mission Mill today,
I ran into some old friends, they keep telling me they stalk my blog. I tell
them "thats creepy" and they need to start their own blogs. lol.
It was nice to see you Verna and Carol
Then I proceeded to come home, my foot caught on our curb
and I went flying...scraping and bruising both knees and the palm of my
hand...MAN IT HURTS!
How is it you can scrape all the skin off your knees, and not tear a hole in your jeans??
So, I'm going to get my pj's on and let my husband pamper me a bit.

I want to thank Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting this every week.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fun Things

Ummmm. Very few people are commenting... I wasn't going to say anything...then I thought,
well, I'll bring it up. Are you tired of seeing my photos? I am so wrapped up in this online
class that I'm taking from Susan Tuttle that I just want to share what I'm doing.

This one is one of my TtV's see how it is distorted...thats what its all
I just finished another birdie pincushion for a friend of mine
I'll show it tomorrow.
Today was so yucky outside I decided to look around the house to see what need to be

Old Bird Bath

How neat is this old birdbath I found as I was driving around one day.
I put a spotlight on the birdbath.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I haven't had a chance to do any hands on crafting lately...but I did make this for Staceys computer. I'm learning to layer...and to make transparent letters. I think it turned out really neat. Both of the pictures Stacey took on our trip to Calif. this summer

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What I saw through my Camera today

My mom use to own a Tole Painting shop. It was so beautiful. Slowly my dad is dismantling all
the wonderful outdoor decor. I thought I better start taking some photos before it is destroyed.
This is a light fixture that he made. It use to be so beautiful at night.
I thought I would play around with it in photoshop just a bit. It is so nice to know that I have the original picture so I can mess around with a copy. I tell you...what did we do before digital
A little path to their front yard
I love how this old post looks

Monday, November 16, 2009

More TtV's

I took this on up close. I had a little trouble getting it straight. Its so dark and gloomy here, I had to put a light next to it. Turned out interesting..Then there is my bird, I wanted to see how this would turn out...not great..a bit blurry. You have to hold both cameras and then figure out how far away the digi camera should be...These are all cropped.

This sweet birdie is going on Ebay in just a bit. I love the old silver look.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ttv!! Through the Viewfinder

Have you ever done anything new and you get so excited you you can hardly stand it. Then you think " I REALLY need to share this! Well, this happened to me! This isn't the BEST job I could have done...but it is my first...and I absolutely love how it turned out...I purchased another vintage camera for $1...yep! a whole DOLLAR!! Well, looking through it, it was realllll grainy...perfectly grainy! If I had wanted it to be clean and pristine I would have been so unhappy. But as it turned out...Its fantastic! I took more but I need to crop them.
Do you like it? I used my digi camera and took it through the old camera...I'm thrilled!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Pink Saturday Mosiac

Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting Pink Saturday

My creation
Originally uploaded by lauriescharmingdesigns.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I wanted these to have a soft vintage look. They have a bit of a beige background that was layered
with a wash of white and splatters of brown and white.
Then there are these tiny guys. I painted 3 roses on each with enamel paints
These where already frosted, but had a few marks on them, I took a thinned white paint on a crumpled damp paper towel and went over it lightly which gave it snowy look.
These too, have 3 roses on each.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My table is set

I took what little I had left to Deepwood today. Martha from Vintage Trifles helped me set up. I borrowed the large metal tree and ornament holder from her. I found some little tiny ornaments at the thrift store I'm busy painting roses on them...I still have one more day that I can paint..

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A few more ornaments

First I wanted to show you this windmill that my dad built years ago. It was a landmark. I am making a point to be more aware of what is around me. You know how you see something so often that you forget its even there. Thats how this was.
I was given a box of unpainted porcelain I finished a few more last night
I finished them off with a nice coat of varnish and while it is wet I sprinkle glitter all over them.
This is the last of them. I deliver all my goodies to Deepwood tomorrow. My last show of the year. Then it's time to fill my Etsy and Ebay back up.


When I saw these mailboxes I just loved them...but the red newspaper box didn't fit in...
But when you tweek it and put it all in sepia tones, it fits right in.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hand Painted Snowmen

Close up...hard to see the glitter, but it has a good amount of glitter
Bad lighting but I finished 2 ornaments...I'm joining a ornament exchange..I may just have to save one of these for that. I'll give you the link tonight.
Spoon snowed glitter!