Friday, October 3, 2008

The Leaves...

(author unknown)

The leaves had a wonderful frolic.
They danced to the wind's loud song.

They whirled, and they floated, and scampered.
They circled and flew along.

The moon saw the little leaves dancing.
Each looked like a small brown bird.

The man in the moon smiled and listened,
And this is the song he heard.

The North Wind is calling, is calling,
And we must whirl round and round,

And then, when our dancing is ended,
We'll make a warm quilt for the ground.

(Photos taken by me at Pixley Falls State Park, NY)

Until next time, JoAnne

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Inexpensive bedroom art - take two...

A few weeks ago, I did a post about some royalty free clip art I framed with inexpensive black frames with the intention of hanging them in my bedroom.

I thought they were perfect but I've found that you can improve on perfection. A friend asked me to make her a set to donate to a charity auction for an organization she belongs to. I was more than happy to give them to her and planned on reproducing another set just like the first.

I found a few minutes to myself last week and went where I always go when I am alone and don't have to be anyplace in particular - TJ Maxx. I found a frame with 4 openings on clearance for $9 and snatched it right up.

What do you think? I think this look is a little softer and a little more sophisticated. I also purchased some tone on tone scrapbook paper for 59 cents that I used to print the clip art on. I like this version even more than my first creation. This is going to go on one side of our new bed above the bedside table. And, on the other side of the bed I am going to frame this:

This is a drawing of Boldt Castle and is where Jeff and I exchanged our wedding vows. Now, I found the picture on the internet but would never feel right just printing it out and using it without compensating the talented artist. So, I ordered a signed, numbered print that I will frame myself. The artists name is Randall Peterson and his work is incredible. He also has done many lighthouses so be sure to check out his site.

Until next time, JoAnne

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I'm in Love...

Now that the weather has turned cooler, we have switched gears from landscaping projects to interior projects so my bedroom redo is making progress again.

Remember my Craigslist find from a couple of months ago...?

Well here it is now...

Isn't it beautiful !?!?! It's painted a pretty creamy white and looks so much more elegant now that it is not knotty pine.

Jeff & I are so happy with the way it turned out. I sanded it and Jeff painted and sealed it with his paint sprayer. It looks like it has a factory finish.

Now it is on to my Craigslist armoire. Jeff put the primer on it today and will start painting it tomorrow. (I think he wants his garage back before it starts snowing.) I think the creamy white will bring out the beautiful details on this piece and will look awesome in the same room with the bed.

I am still on the lookout for bedside tables and hopefully the walls will be a pretty French blue before the weekend is over. Unfortunately, that's going to depend on how my recovery from my little accident earlier this week goes as I'm still quite sore. Next time, I will share the art I have for above the bedside tables.

Until next time, JoAnne