Sunday, October 19, 2014

A different take on a CIGGIE?

Hello on this start of a new week in OCTOBER !!!!!! OCTOBER !   We have been lucky and have not had to bring in the plants from outside yet.   According to our weatherman we will have at least until the end of the week.  We haven't seen the weather for past then but the plants are loving it.  We will then snip snip and make the plants look like they have had a "Little Boy Regular" hair cut.  Not the prettiest cut in the world but manageable in the sun room.   

I am so enjoying the class with Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo.   I can't think of what else I have painted, well except on my giant canvas.  Remember it is coming when finished.   I did use the Acrylic Inks for this pretty guy.   Now I do wish I had done it on Watercolor paper but didn't.  I only use the mixed media paper.  It does ok but kind of curls and twirls like a dancer I guess.   Who knows maybe it is happy that it is getting to play with the big boys---the canvases and watercolor papers.  

When I finished this little gem it reminded me of some of the Mexico art we have seen.  I love it and it is so cheerful.   Maybe that is why this little guy came to the party wearing this set of wings.   Who knows?

 
I have several other little class doings to do for this week, but you know sometimes I stray a little.  
 
I was thinking this might made an awesome piece of CQ with this as the center?   Just an out of the box thought there.    One sweet friend told me that I think out of the box and I jokingly replied that when we grew up we didn't even know there were sides in a box.   You know me and my sense of humor. 
 
There you go what I have been up to in the art world this week.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.
 
XOXOXO
Annette

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Acrylic Inks and CQ almsot pouches

Sometimes you just have to try new things don't you?   Be it a new recipe, which I do often, a new route to a place or how about a new spin on art?  WITH a new art supply.   There is nothing better I don't think, well besides Chocolate, than getting to go shopping for ART SUPPLIES...No not clothes or a new car or furniture.   BUT ART SUPPLIES.

Now after I "retired"  I did drag out all my old art supplies, they have been patiently waiting in boxes for me to come and play with them.   Shockingly there are some new things out there.  Yes, I couldn't believe it, I figured that everything had already been invented in the art world.  Like years ago with Michael Angelo and artists of that talent range.  

I am taking an E-course, love  internet courses by the way, with Tracy Verdugo.    A Mojo Journey.   What  is new to me is she introduced Acrylic Inks.    I bought a few colors and had to order some more of them last week, I just didn't have enough Annette colors.   The colors are beautiful and just the cutest little bottles with droppers in them.    Cuteness is the key isn't it in art?    Now Tracy teaches all over the world and I bet will do the e-course again next year.  It is well worth the money and each week comes with lots of videos.  Good videos. 

Back to Tracy, she has introduced us to a 6 week class and for the last 3 weeks I have been glued to my art room.  Funny though sometimes life gets in the way but I fixed that---- I have a giant magnet in there that draws me in.  Oh it is a computer but almost as good as a magnet.   

Acrylic Inks is one of my weapons of art, I love that---weapons of art.   You can probably tell it is one of Annette sayings can't you?    I get to drip and drop and use water and my fingers and make the biggest mess.  I am in Hog Heaven as the saying goes.  

So I have to show some of what I am doing, can't wait for you to see the BIG canvas I am doing.   Gotta hold your horses though, that reveal is coming when finished.    It is 30 x 30..

This class was a present to myself.   Hubby and I for years now don't buy each other presents.   We have gotten so when we want it we get it.  Well within reason that is.   Our trips we take are our presents, we must not have been good lately we haven't taken may trips.  One day we will crank up and do that gift to ourselves.   

The following is some of what I have been doing with Acrylic Inks.  They are different that what I usually do but that is great you have to keep doing new or you get dull. Now forgive the watermarks.  Not that this is the greatest work in the world but there are some bandits out there in the world.   I know y'all aren't one of them but you never know who peeks in and cops an image.  Sad but true.  



 
This is on canvas I think for Hubby's bathroom.   We have some other things going on and this would be great to go with the "other things". This is a dream catcher. Well Hubby says it looks like a shield but it could be a dream catcher and really blocks the bad dreams away.  


 
Another dream catcher, I need a good name for her.  Mary Patchet where are you ?   Mary is an awesome lady with such a  beautiful way with words. 

 
Can ya tell this is a Mermaid?     She is splishing and splashing and letting me play with the Acrylic Inks to my hearts content.
 

 
This little guy just came to me and said my turn please.  

 
A cutie indeed and just enjoying the  butterfly and it's beauty.   These are all so not my style, whatever style is but I love the freedom of it. 

 
This Mandala is maybe finished or not.  Now the circle is hand drawn with not a compass in site so it is a tad wonkie, well sometimes we are all a tad wonkie. 
 
Now there you go some of my art and loving just playing and doing.
 
I have not forgotten my CQ.  No sir eeeeeh Bob.   I have finished, well the fronts of the rest of the cell phone/sunglass pouches.  I am donating  10 to a Christmas Extravaganza for the proceeds going to Meals on Wheels. I am also selling 10 of them to all proceeds going to Haven here in Lubbock.  It is a no kill shelter for furbabies.    I have sold 3 on my Etsy shop.  Thank you three angels that have helped. 
 
Sooooooooo, here are some of the last ones I am fixin to finish up.    Making them a complete little pouch.  Some may be already finished I just make them I don't really count them. I made a few extras for gifts and try to make them all different.  I am using my FAERIES that I have painted and made into ciggies/silkies  the sweet little images in the centers.
 
 




 
 
That is it for the day, thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.  
 
xooxxoox
Annette
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

September RR

I have my September RR block finished.  Like I have said this is the first time I have done a RR of this type and love it.  A challenge every month to work on another artist's block and someone you don't really know.  
 
For some reason I was at a loss what to do with Rengin's block.  She is from Turkey and this is traditional  hand dyed  fabric.  It is so soft and the colors are beautiful.  Then I thought ---OK Annette just create like it is your block and play. I think Rengin would want that.  She is going to put all 6 of the blocks in a wall hanging and we are to make them all coordinate them. 
 
 
The empty block I choose.  The remaining 4 all just had the same colors and just different configurations.     
 
 
 
Here is what I did with Rengin's block.   I hope she likes it. 
 


 
 
 
I actually got brave and dyed a little piece of trim that came from Ireland, thank you Ger.  It is part of a medallion I had cut in half.   Now the piece I put it on is really grey not the color shown here.  I then put a button styled after Depression glass in the middle of it.   The pretty ribbon is some my friend Denise sent me and it is so pretty.   Then I added bits of Australian lace my friend Betty sent me.  This is a friend contributed block let me tell you.  I love getting packages of pretties and I use them all.  Of course I always share back.  The pretty ribbon is some from Flights of Fancy, well worth the price and now on sale.  
 
I needed a main eye focal point so I used some of Nicki's beautiful dyed lace, sorry Nicki Lee what I did to your lace.   Nicki's shop is RavioLee Dreams.   I just embellished to my hearts content and this is the finished piece.  
 
 
I am still working on my Haven/Meals on wheels pouches.  More pics later.
 
There you go and thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
 
                                                                          XOXO
 
                                                                        Annette


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crazy Quilting Fingers at Work and the death of a Pillow

Hello there, here is it the middle of September.  I guess I am your calendar today.   Now I have two things to cover today.  Well many things of two subject.  Our wonderful Crazy Quilting and the death of a pillow. 

So hang on this post goes on and on for a while.  Maybe a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa or a hot toddy?

We have a no kill shelter here for furbabies of all kinds.  Even a horse and a goat.  Mainly dogs and cats that people drop off as unwanted garbage.  Even some that have been so abused and shot, yes shot that limbs have had to be amputated. It is not a pretty picture but unfortunately so true.

I thought I can help, not so much as the manual work anymore,  somehow Mother Nature has a play in it-we love you Mother Nature.   BUT if there is a will there is a way right?  

I have so fallen in love with Crazy Quilting and thought why not create some Crazy Quilted cell phone/sun glass pouches/cases and sell them and allllllllllllllllll the proceeds go to Haven here in Lubbock?  So that is what I did. So far I have sold 3 and so excited.  At first I wanted to donate it all for a furbaby out at Haven that had no back legs.  Someone so injured her with a gun that her legs had to taken away.  I wanted to get her one of the little carts with wheels.  Well they have purchased her one of the little carts.  So they are always looking for "stuff' for the babies so just will donate all of the funds from me and y'all.  

Just wanted to show some of the pouches.  Here they are then the death of a pillow coming.   : )  Here are a few of them  Hope you enjoy seeing them as I have creating them. 


                                                                This beauty is sold.

 
The wings and little butterfly here are from Little snippets in Ireland.   Thank you Geraldine
 




 
 
This tree Faerie is sold also.
 
 
Fayette is sold also
 


This a few of the hand drawn by myself and then created into a silkie/ciggie to play on my work.   Now not to sound like an advertisement they are at my Etsy shop Art of Annette.
 
Now for the pillow death.  
 
As you might remember we lost our precious Jewel, sweetest full blooded dog ever.  We miss her terribly and have a giant hole in our heart.  Well our sweet Libby missed her also.  Just hung around with no life in her at all.  We thought we have to adopt another fur baby, surely that will perk that baby up and she can live the rest of her life with some playful antics. 
 
We went to Haven and found no one that we thought would be compatible with  Libby.  To the pound we went.  There were barking and lunging dogs and thought oh my goodness we can't do this.  So went home and thought about it and then went back to the pound.  In the first cage with the bigger dogs was this sweet black non barking baby.   We thought non barking while all the others are going nuts?  Oh my.  We took him out to the little area where you get to know them.  He was so happy and we took him back to his cage.   We went back and got Libby to meet him to see if they would gel together and get along.   Libby is the Queen here at our home.    They did get along  and adopted we did.  Libby has a new  boy toy named Charlie.
 
Now they said he was 2-3 years old.  Nope don't think so,  maybe 1 1/2 years.  This guy has springs in his legs and oh loves to play.  We thought he might be to rough for Libby.  She is 9 now and a rescue fur baby also.  We call them 100% dog. Libby is Brittany  Spaniel and Australian Shepard.  Now Charlie is Border Collie mix.  Only his mother knows what the other part is. We are all mixed breed. 100% human.  
 
 
Libby and Charlie the cone head here.  He has slipped thru the cracks and still had his boys. 


Playing all the time,  He loves it and Libby does not lay around all the time now. 

 
 
We have several places in our enclosed sunroom-AKA dog house they can share.  It has a heater and air conditioner so they are very comfy.  
 
 
A lot of movement in this pic but they are watching Hubby for one of the most favorite times of the day.  We feed them twice a day. 

 
He has their full attention.  Libby gets special food she has allergies, gotta spoil these babies.
 
Lots of play time.  Now when Charlie wants to play and Libby does not, she lets him know in a not shy way.  They play like this several times a day and giving Libby new life.  Her boy toy .
 

 
He loves the Frisbee,  he goes and gets it and brings it back just not where we are.  He will learn.

 
Now this treasure of a toy.  At the pound he loved it so we forced ourselves at Petsmart to get him one.  Oh he works it over let me tell you.  His prize and he hides it so Libby won't get it.


 
 
 
Here is Charlie, there was a pretty pillow on this chair but I guess it fought him on who gets on this chair.  Sadly the pillow lost and gave it's life so Charlie could rock on this chair.  The pillow did have blue stuffing but not any more.

 
 
Sharing here.  Now we did have a pretty cotton rug on the floor of the sun room.  There are parts of it now so I guess another item gave it's life to Charlie.  Libby just sat and watched and thought silly dog you are going to get into trouble.  We have a doggie door as you can see in the background, he would not go thru it.  So we tried the taping of the door open with nothing in front of it.  That worked.  Next step is to tape a towel in front of it.  That worked.  The next step is go thru without the towel and the door closed.  That does not work.  No sir eeeeee.   Nope, nada nothing.   Even with his food bowl outside.  Lots of jumping and flipping but nothing. 
 
We are going to keep trying, he is so smart so surely he can get that little simple trick.   Oh he does bark in the sunroom and when Libby goes out with him we will venture out with the bark. We have no Dragons in our yard at all.  Charlie keeps them out and we can sleep at night.  
 
There you go.  I hope you enjoyed it for a few minutes.
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
XOOXXO
Annette 
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Beading and Sewing

Beading and sewing, well it goes together but here it is---- the small and then  the large projects.   Funny isn't it how your projects GROW into something sometimes bigger than you are . Then you dive into the project and think did I bite off more than I can chew?   I have never ever said that to a cookie or desert or even making the cookie or desert.   Somehow they just seem to go with the flow of life, the cookies or deserts that is.  The hips also but we won't say that very loud. 
 
Now Annette,what in the Sam Hill are you talking about or what  might are you thinking?   Well have a seat I am fixin to tell ya.  
 
As you might remember I am doing a Round Robin with several ladies and for the month of August I receive Nicki Lee's beautiful blocks.   I was going to choose a baby that was encased in blue fabric and so pretty.  Then I saw the yellow block.   I love yellow if you haven't noticed and a lot of people just don't like the cheerful and happy color.
 
I chose of course the yellow block.  The sweet little girl just looked like she needed a hug.  So I gave her a hug in beads.   I tried to make a garden scene that a little girl like this might love to wander around and just see the pretties and little things that goes on in a secret garden.
 
 
 

Here is the sweetie all dressed up  the little spidie and all.   It was fun making the spider aka spidie and the little bee.   I had to give her a bow in her hair and then embellish her little dress also.  I never know when the blocks or pieces are finished,  I don't know if I let the piece tell me of if it weighs 100 pounds with beads and trims.    Kind of a toss up there.   Anyway this little girl is finished and Nicki Lee loves it so we are good to go.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Now I don't consider the beading and playing with pretties sewing.  Just good therapy I guess. Watching the TUBE at night.  Anyway to me that is how it is.   I didn't know I was going to be addicted to CQ but I think I am.   I sometime rip out stitches  and replace with something else.  Here is the same block, don't compare the color computer color plays tricks on you. Compare the two the upper one is the one who got to stay like it is.  The bottom one is the before  the rip out trick. 
 
Now this next project, oh my goodness grew and grew and was not where I was going the day I was looking at fabric on line.  I found a little piece  of fabric and it was blue/turquoise and I called about it. The lady who helped me said it was outside fabric and might not hold up as well as upholstery fabric.  We talked, if you can imagine, a bit and she said let me pull up some fabric you might like.   Well I loved it, I ordered two yards of the fabric.   I thought two yards is big enough so I can see what it really really looks like. 
 
I thought I can do this make slip covers for the two big ugly chairs, yes we picked them out but I think were having a beige and blah moment when we did.   I can do this !!!!!!! I had a book I had purchased years ago and read it and thought yep I can do it.   I mean I use to make wedding dresses and everything between so a chair slip cover?   A piece of cake.  Don't laugh it could happen. 
 
So I pranced down to the fabric hangout and bought 12 yards of muslin to make a big pattern.  After making the pattern I ordered 19 yards of fabric.    Did I want  all of the fabric in one piece the online store asked.  Yes sir eeee bob I did.  I know color lots don't always match. So glad I did the two yards I ordered were a lot lighter that the 19 yards.  Whew, dodged the bullet on that one.   

 
 
 
An impressive and big and what the heck am I doing this project for arm piece.  
 

 
 
 
I was a good trouper and continued on, even marking little pleats and all.   Now I hit the jackpot I do believe because Hobby Lobby had the right color of Turquoise to match the fabric of bias tape.  I needed to cover all the million yards of cording you know.   Now remember this is suppose to be just a cover.  Remember that.  I did run out of the bias tape and Hobby Lobby had it on back order.  You know the drill.  Anyway there was a fabric store here I haven't been inside of since they moved to their new location 30 years ago. I was busy with my own business during this time. The only thing I sewed is Halloween costumes for Grandchildren and a few things for my clients to be photographed in.  That is it !!!!!  Any way I went in  the store and asked if they had bias tape.   "M'am" (gurrr) we make our own and don't buy that kind.  Ok thank you very much and thought now what?
 
Well hubby said, good ole hubby, why don't you go online and order it from H. L. ? I did and was here in my hot little hands in two weeks or two days.  It was two days. 
 

 
 

 
 
The back of the chair, just had to show you that the fabric is brightening it up already



After wrestling with the cover, I won by the way, it is a slip cover here.   I only ripped it off twice before I was happy with it and remade it totally once.  The blue fabric I think needs to have interfacing or something on it but will rest a bit.   The six inch seat cushions are high density foam and when we bought it  Hubby and I wrestled it to fold so we could get it in the zippered seat cover.   Let me tell you that was a feat in it's self.  So glad no one but us could see us and we got tickled once while the foam was winning.

Well I didn't care for the slip cover look so I got the handy dandy staple gun and that sucker isn't going anywhere.  Only 10000000000000 staples later the "cover" is taught and looks so much better.

This is one set of two that I did.  The ottomans top inside layer is always lop sided but thought it did well for a lop sided ottoman.  Staples are my best friend, well besides duck tape and safety pins and several other things we use to repair anything.  

 
The next dilemma is what to do about the side panels we have at the French doors.   They go with the carpet but not with the chairs.  I am hoping an idea will just pop in my heads
 
There you go, whew I think I am tired of zig zagging all  the bare edges.  I know they have surgers for this but my machine is new, only bought it in the late 60's or early 70's.  Still has lots of life in it.  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.   Have a new member of the family but will share that next time. 
 
 
XOXO
Annette

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Future Ciggies and the $11 fuse

Well it is the middle of August.   The middle of August !!!!!! Hope you are all having a great summer cause you know as well as I do it is fixin to be fall ready or not.  

Funny, just opened a chocolate--yum paper it was wrapped in says be spontaneous.  Well my friends we are or try to be the best we can.    We have not been on one our "trips" for a while so thought ok lets pack up and off we went.   A lot of times we don't know where we are going and how long we will be.  This time we thought at least two weeks.  

  Steel stallion loaded with whatever we take on a trip, tires rotated, oil changed  and suitcases saying where are we going now?   In our heads we were going to put about 5,000 miles in the stallion.  Yep we love the driving trips and just seeing what God has created, not the man made attractions but pretty things and country sides.  So to start the trip we went to Sedona Arizona.   Such a peaceful and calming place.  With Red Rocks and way to many tourists.   We went to our favorite place Poco Diablo with lots of ducks which I love to feed and by the time we leave I have named each little group.   To Limpy, whose foot was hurt, to the loner, who fly's in every time I fed them.   We had Momma and baby.  Well it was 3 babies but the Heron, a protected bird ate two of them.    Now I think it was last year it was 10 or 13 babies when we got there and I saw the culprit Heron eat several of them and when we left there were 3.   Poor little ducks.    We had the trio of ducks and I wondered if they were the babies from last year.   I really got excited when this pig of a bird was eating the babies.   Hubby said that is just the food chain.   But he didn't have to eat them in front of me.  Just my thought.  


 
 
Now here is loner and the trio waddling off after I fed them   We were almost ready to hit the road when I took these.  I thought I would take more but didn't.   Next time.  Some of them are aggressive little things and would jump up and say, or I think they say, hurry Annette you are dilly dallying to much.  
 
 
 
 
Quick pic of some of the ducks.  There is also a little 9 hole golf course there, we don't kill the golfs but it is peaceful there.    Now that is what I say golfers do, kill the golfs ( hit the golf balls) and I asked grandson yet has he figured out to cook the golfs?  Just one of my goofy things I guess.   I only had to step outside on the patio throw one piece of bread up and here they came.  Oh they wouldn't eat strawberries at least these wouldn't eat them.  


It is so peaceful at Poco Diablo  except for the Heron and you can get your head on straight there and just chill out or do as much as you want to.  Sometimes we are tourists and other times just chillers.   Now this time there were three weddings at the resort while we were there.  One had 80 something guests, one had about 35 and the other one was Bride, Groom, one attendant each and a flower girl.  That is it.  We got to see different photographers at work.  We watched from our patio and being as we did that combat photography for a few years were interested in the photographer.   Now they all three had different styles and it was interesting to watch.

 
 
I took lots of photos but thought naw this is just a nibbling of what we watched.  There is a gazebo behind the trees also. 
 
 
After three restful nights off we went to Yellowstone here we come.   Now we are kind of like boy scouts and try to be prepared and carry things with us that we might need.  In our wanderings we will go miles and miles without seeing a town or even another car.   We pranced out to the steel stallion like kings of the hill.   Put the key in the ignition and click, click, click.   Ok most people know what that sound is- battery problems.  Never had one iota of a problem.  We carry a self powered little thing and hooked it up to the battery and got it started and thought ok off we go.   Well on the way  to the interstate things started happening.     Have you ever seen the Stephen King movie   Christine?  Well Christine over took our steel stallion or we were on and Indian burial ground or something.   Our thinking was Phoenix is further but the road is level, to Flagstaff it is hilly or had mountains.   Why did this matter?  Fixin to tell you-gotta make another paragraph so you don't get exhausted. 
 
Sedona did not have a dealership there to check on the steel stallion.   The windows were going up and down, the air conditioner off and on and surging, all the electrical displays looked like a motion picture going thru everything it ever thought of.  The air bag displays OMG went nuts o .  The transmission clunked and we could go 70 or 40.  Gotta say an Escalade is tough.    We had maybe a string of a couple of minutes that things worked.   Talk about tense.   Nothing electrical worked, on star no cell Christine was taking over.   
 
We saw a high way patrolman, whew, he had some pulled over so we parked behind him and waited.  Well, he saw us and coming over to us, casually put his hand on his pistol, flipped the safety strap with his thumb and hand on pistol.   I thought oh no, Christine first and then the mad police officer.  We didn't kill the car just in case it wouldn't start.  
 
He was so nice and said let me think a minute.  There was a dealership within 10 miles so we thanked him and off we went.   Jerking car and all.   We drove into the dealership  and  parked the car and it was then dead as a door nail.   No clicks or nothing.  After 6 short hours at the dealership it was an $11 fuse.  They had not even heard of the car doing that.   But things happen for a reason.    They found a dead cell in the battery, they had had a factory recall on a transmission dip stick tube and it was cracked and our little jaunt of jerking down the road we had some burnt transmission fluid.  So with a new $11 fuse, a new battery and clean new transmission fluid we were of our way.   
 
Now being older and wiser we thought lets go back to Sedona.  Did that and got a room at our resort and thought ok, we are going back home and making sure the steel stallion is well.   So that is what we did, only 1650 miles on this leg of our trip.   We figure Yellowstone will not close and we have been there several times.   We made it home safe and sound and onward and upward we will go.  
 
Now it wasn't a total loss at all  we enjoyed ourselves and I did do lots of sketching.   Here are 3 that I did, while take their pics I had done a whole lot more.  I guess my muse was on overtime in Sedona.  So now we  will paint them and see where they go. 
 


  
 

 We had beautiful clouds on the way home and even saw RAIN--yes Rain while we were gone.  Well it did hail one night but RAIN.  That is such a treat for us.  No complaining here. 

 

 
 
I was busy looking at the clouds and was seeing lots of teddy bears on their backs wanting to have their tummy's scratched then forgot to take pics.  But did get around to  taking a few. 
 
1/3 of the trip but will attempt again.   
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. 
 
xoxoxo
Annette    

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy Accident Project Finished

Here we go and welcome August.  It has been so cool for summer here, really cool.   Kind of scarey.  Our weatherman Ron Roberts even said he wouldn't be surprised if we got the S word in October.  We will see.   I mean I am not complaining but we don't mind the 100 plus days, I am not joking.  Well if we worked outside during the heat of the day we might but we try to get our doings one in the morning and then inside projects in the afternoon.

Now being Relaxed Retired should mean more relaxing and less projects, not sure where we messed up here.   I keep saying well next year we won't have many projects.   This would be true I guess if Miz Busy Person here wouldn't think of any projects or Mr. getting to be an engineer type person thinks of some also.  So right now Libby, our furbaby is the only one taking the Relaxed Retired to heart

Miss Libby and her Relaxing and sleeping.  Now the only time she gets out of her"Dog House" is when the rest of her human pack comes out.  She gets bored very easily because we are not giving treats or petting constantly.   She does enjoy the coolness of the rocks we put in the flower bed.   I am thinking next year we are going to do the same rock treatment to the giant cut out in the front.  It houses 3 large oak trees, lots of feather grass and 5 or 7, can't remember red blooming yuccas.    That will be a next spring project I think, here we go already planning new projects for next year.   Yikes Annette and Eldon you are Relaxed Retired.  



 
 
Now as I promised some pics of an accidental project.   The lawn /patio chairs we finished and working on the patio led to this project.    Hubby had set up his saw horses, yes horses in Texas : ), and put some boards on them so the painting would be easier and not so hard on the back.   Ouch.  
 
He had been experimenting with some old cedar fencing and came up with some shutters.   Well after using spray paint on them he said look at this.  Master pieces of art in my mind.   So he took some cross boards off of the one and I said this is perfect.  Could you make another one and I could paint on it and we could hang on the back windows of the patio? 
 
Off Hubby went and made another shutter and we were delighted at what we had created.   Now mind you these are not for the faint of heart or for beigh loving dears.   We would not put these on the front of the house, I think the HOA here would tar and feather us and run us out of the neighborhood.  This is for our enjoyment and our back patio.   Only Libby and us will ever see it.    Talk about a pop of color to go along with the rest of our patio.   Yahoooooo. 
 
 
Hubby and co-worker of our doings and projects.  



 
 
Here they are.  We love them I said you know some flowers would be pretty underneath them.   He said how about a flower box?   Hummmm maybe another project?   Not sure.   We could not have planned these any better if we tried.  You can see where we had arms and legs  ( of chairs) scattered around   Like I said not for the faint of heart but we love them and they give lots of personality to our patio.     Oh did you notice the cushion on the left?  I thought why not spray paint the cushions.  They are still good and let's just change the color?  Tada,  presto changeo.    
 
 
Grandson was here a few weeks back and he said it is beginning to look like Nana now.  Best compliment ever.    Thanks Grandson.
 
 
 

Just a little reminder of what the patio looks like.   We are thinking about what to put on the concrete now.  Dang that is another project isn't it?  See what I mean?   It is never ending.  Guess that is what keeps us young. 
 

 
 
 
Well thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in our world today.
 
 
 
XOXOXO
Annette