Saturday, September 13, 2008

Transformation of a GREAT garage sale find!

Okay as I said earlier in the week I was going to a huge town wide sale that was occurring in the next town over. Always on the look out for great little treasures that people over look I was as keen as a hawk flying in for the kill. One of the treasure was a entire scrapbook of WWII news clippings in almost mint condition for $5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This I gifted to Adam who is the ever loving fan of history.

But since I have been doing so much creating for the joy of others, I decided to treat myself to a little something !!!! And boy did I ever! Although the find was inexpensive, it made my week, and to think I almost passed it up (actually driving around for an hour and 1/2 before I committed to buying it!)

Here it is ...... and its transformation (took me ALLLLLLLLLLLLL day)..The pictures aren't the best since A) taking pictures of a mirror isn't the easiest, and B) some of the pictures are during the day and some are at night. The colors are (Lime Green, Rich Purple, Cream Cycle Orange)


(Above: The piece after sanding... it was an ugly green color)

(Above: After primer)






(Above: After adding lime green to the frame and purple to the scrolls)
(Above: Adding some pok-a-dots for fun)




(Above: First addition of the orange.... looking like fun to me!)



(Above: This is it all done and finished. As I said the lighting is awful since it is night time. Please ignore the mess in the reflection. I wanted to hang it but our drill broke!)


(BELOW:Before and After)














The piece itself I would love to know more about. On the back it has all the original manufacturing notes. It is made by Turner Manufacturing Company, and is known as a Turn Wall Accessory. My mom said that her Grandmother had one in the 50's and they are called Shadow Boxes. (the selves that are with it are original). My understanding is that this design came in many different looks. I have a gut feeling that the paint that was adorning it was entirely not original so I had no qualms about painting over it. If you know anything about these shadow boxes I would love to know. I looked online fore some information about it antique value but nothing. Not that the value is much to me because now it has become priceless.

Take care my lovelies and have a beautiful SUNDAY!

~*~*~*~*Smooches~*~*~*~*

Friday, September 12, 2008

The leaf turns another year

If not for anything else this time if year is my biggest inspiration. Not only does it inspire me to paint but to sit back and enjoy the beauty that life has to offer. The cool breeze tickled my face yesterday which gave me a euphoric feeling. The trees waved at me as I passed; Autumn was back, my dear old friend to say Hello. The 'magic' of her memory. I felt as if I had been wrapped in a blanket of love that allowed me to do nothing but smile. Holding me tight bracing me for whatever might come. Autumn's breeze felt like a reassuring mother's hand, soft, gentle, nurturing. Promising of endless possibilities while filling the depth of me with excitement. I sat, listened, longed for her to never leave again. The leaf, the gray hairs of Autumn. Although she just got here I can see her gray hair start to form, her radiant beauty that too promptly fades and withers like the most majestic rose. Peace she whispers in her wind to mask me pleas for her to stay. Peace is the story she beckons from the tippy tops of all the ambient colored foliage. Once more in that reassuring embrace she coddles me like a child, and like any obedient child I fall into peace and allow her to love me as I hold to her tightly.
Oh how I love her......
Smooches,
Steph

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Video Update :) Oh Zombie Doll FOORRRR SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh and The little zombie doll is now up for bids on eBay. I know many of your asked when she was going for sale and well today was the day! Please stop over and check her out. You know you can reach my eBay under my Must visit links of by clicking the eBay ticker at the top of the screen!

I was walking outside today and sooo much enjoys the cooler breeze that is in the air. I just closed my eyes and felt inner warmth sweep over me. Almost as if nature was giving me a huge hug. With the warm feeling all kinds of memories swept over me. Most of the memories were of the Fall season which even being cold can still leave warmth. I just took the moment, absorbed it, and made a beautiful memory. Don't forget to make memories :)

Smooches,
Steph

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I am glad it is raining so the drops can mask my tears of joy *thank you for these beautiful awards*















Ms. Fannie Narte is an example of class, sophistocation, inspiration, creativity, and who has just recently brought tears to my eyes. In the few short months I have been blogging Fannie has not only given me inspiration but also the friendship that any woman so desperately longs for. Now she has just one-uped herself by gifting me two blog awards. Just so lovely I can't come back toEarth. Fannie blogs at both: Imagine, Create, Inspire & Artistic Expressions, . She is a Jill of all trades and a master of her craft (no pun intended). Please stop by frequently as Fannie is ALWAYS updating and writing words that always flow like sheer poetry! Thank you Fannie a million smooches and much love!




Less exciting exciting... I have been a busy busy girl! Here is my new painting from last night that will be going up for sale... I also made a pair of beer bottle cap earrings and I made a few new clay figures over the weekend. I will be sure to take a picture soon.. or maybe a video update since I just received an outstanding print from one of Fannie's other favorite artists Catherine Holman... soo maybe a video update is in order.
**** Keep smiling think as positive as you can and great things will happen **** If you can't smile dance.. have you ever seen a person dancing frowning?....
Many smooches to all of my loves you really really really make everything worth it.
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOCHESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Steph


Sunday, September 7, 2008

SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Here is the first of hopefully many video updates. This was done on the fly but I think it gets the point across! Oh and the second surprise that I couldn't mention until now is that my brother got engaged this weekend! Congrats Joe and Joanne! I am excited and very happy for them. Please enjoy the video!

Smooches,
Steph

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