Friday, 11 July 2014

 The best present ever arrived here this week - this beautiful tiled table which teenage boy made at school - just needs some gloss paint for the legs, but I can't wait! it's already in use in my conservatory - isn't it beautiful! I had asked if it could have tiles and couldn't have been more pleased with the result.


I have had a bit of a fixation for these antiqued cushions, printed on linen which has been 'aged', very pretty but out of my range I'm afraid at £52 each.  I have come to realise as I grow older though that a large part of the pleasure in having something is actually the wanting of it (and the waiting and saving up and anticipation) and when you get it, the excitement soon wears off - I don't usually think about cushions - they are bit surplus to requirements I always think - but these have such a lovely print!



 I thought I would try copying the sheep, but mine  look to me a bit like German soldiers with tin helmets!
Next time I get near some sheep I will have a good look at their ears - I am sure they do something different to this!



I have booked some time off this weekend, no plans - just rest, walks and a bbq.  Have a lovely weekend yourself!

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  1. I think your sheep are great! Their ears look sheepish to me!
    I hope you have a sweet and delightful weekend, soaking up summer and feeling peaceful!

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    1. thankyou! I'm on a mission to search out those sheep I saw newly born a few blog posts ago! Last week I had to make my way through a field of cows at a fast pace so I know plenty about how their ears are fixed on! maybe should paint them instead...

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  2. I have seen some of your painting you do and wondered if you sell anything, like the scarves and silk painting. I have imagines your paintign on a lovely silk blouse or lounging gown.

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    1. Thank you Rose, I would love to paint loungewear - I do have a Folksy shop but am not selling on it this year as I just don't have time to make things to a high enough standard... maybe when my kids are all grown up I will have time to experiment with that idea. At the moment I have a kitchen table to work on so don't get the silk painting out often as it has to be away again before dinner! I am glad you enjoy my blog, thanks for visiting.

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  3. Yea for you and the tile table, just great!

    Love those watercolors.

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  4. Oh Betty no wonder you are so happy with your new tiled table - that is just gorgeous & your son did so very well making it for you. What a lovely piece for lots of different uses. Its so lovely to have things they have created for us.
    Your sheep look perfectly fine to me .... mine would be a circle with 4 stick legs !!!! x0x0x

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    1. Thank you Julie for being so positive about the sheep! I hope I don't sound big headed in my post, but I love the things my family make far more than anything I could buy!

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  5. I love your tiled table!! It's so lovely. Your German soldier sheep are kind of appealing in their own way.

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    1. Thank you Granny! and thank you for stopping by, it's lovely to have comments.

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  6. Your boy is incredibly talented, I love that table! The sheep do look like they're wearing German helmets. I bet you'll find something equally fun in a charity shop eventually! x

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  7. I still have objects that my son made in school and treasure them. The table looks very professional, well done son!

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  8. I think your sheep look more like Italian Carabinieri! but really well done, nevertheless!I'm up late because someone's waters broke around 8.00pm and now they're all in the labour suite waiting on something happening. I think I'll be up all night. The other child is sleeping soundly, blissfully unaware of the ensuing work it will take to deliver her sibling!! I love your new table - the boy is a genius! What about just waxing the legs (the table's not yours!lol). Think it would look lovely. Hope you're having a restful weekend. x

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  9. How very clever of your son to make such a fine table, something special to keep.
    I love your sheep only wish i could paint like that. I have been going to art classes now for 2 years and feel there is no improvement, but still enjoy it though........xx

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  10. Oh Linda - I am sure you will have improved if you look back over the work you did 2 years ago and then to now - I went to a painting group for a while but found I couldn't paint to order, I had to paint when I was in the mood so spent most of the lessons chatting with the elderly people there! Betty

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  11. Wonderful table - your teenage lad is very talented indeed! And, oh Betty, as you know I'm a watercolor painter so I think I know a little about what a difficult medium that is. But l think your sheep are absolutely superb! From their lovely ears right down to their sweet little toes nestled among the purple wildflowers. Which reminds me, there's a lovely sheep pasture about mile from me and when I passed it the other day there were blue cornflowers and purple thistle growing by the wire fence. What a lovely picture that would make and today I will try to do just that and post it on my blog! Keep on making those lovely paintings, dear Betty! Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

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    1. Thankyou so much Cindy for your encouragement - I haven't tried to paint sheep before. I love your paintings and appreciate the skill you have, as you say, watercolour is a difficult medium - which I haven't had any lessons in apart from a couple of group painting classes at the local over 50s!! where everyone was far better than me - it's such an enjoyable hobby but I don't expect to ever produce a masterpiece! I like the sound of the scene with purple flowers you describe and will look out for a picture on your blog soon. Betty

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    1. Thankyou on behalf of teenage boy!

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