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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tutorial Thursday: Snowman Nodder

I have had these little round "heads" falling off my table for 2 or 3 years, so I decided to do something with, well, at least one.

I had bought them from a fellow team member on Etsy.

I gathered my old rusty bed spring that is really cool and 
different from most--bought on, of course, ETSY.

I gathered some supplies.

Oh, who am I kidding.  The supplies were already sitting on my paint table from another two or three or four projects!!

This project was mostly about waiting for paint to dry!

Story of my Life!

I covered the cloth head with DecoArt Dimensional Effects Paintable Texture Paste.
I spread it with my pallet knife.
I added the texture with an old brush by dabbing the brush into the Paste.

I sat it aside to dry.

When it was almost dry, I added the 
paste to the bottom of the head.

When dry, I dry brushed Titanium White all over.  I didn't worry about getting a good coverage, since I knew I would antique it.  This added another depth of color to the piece.

I made the nose, mouth and eyes out of QuikWood.
I spread the nose out at the base as much as possible to blend into the head.

I let this dry.

I added more of the Dimensional Paste around the bottom of the nose to blend it all together.

Again, I dry brushed more Titanium White over 
all of the QuikWood.

I made some ice cycles out of the QuikWood and 
added them to the bedspring.

More Drying.

I added the eyebrows with the Textured glass--I am determined to find a use for it that I can't live without! Lol

More drying...

Charcoal is bored by the whole process!

I added color to the cutie and these are the supplies I used.
After the painting was finished, I antiqued the entire head.
Snow was added with the Texture Glass and with Snow-Tex.

This is the little Nodder all finished.

You can use most anything for the head~~
a gourd, paper Mache, or a Styrofoam Ball.

Use the supplies you have on hand.

He would look adorable with a black hat or a stocking hat, 
or even a sculpted hat.

Have fun and get to creating!  
Christmas is coming. 
Think about making Christmas more about the MEMORIES this year...sometimes, that is all that is left.

Oh, and Santa Clause is Watching YOU!
Yes, I BELIEVE  in the magic.

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world.

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Terrific Tuesday!

Yummy!  I just finished eating the BEST salad.  I LOVE when food is better than you were hoping it would be!  I even had multi-grain Crackers to go with it.

Let's be honest.  The "Multi-grain" is probably some crumbs they had left from a previous batch of something, so they put it in the crackers and called it multi-grain, making people think it would be healthier, and then buy more...YEP, I'm one of those suckers!

But, anyway, YUM!

I went to the Postie yesterday to mail a special order, and to pick up a package that I knew was waiting for me from Pennsylvania.

I KNEW it had a special froggie in it.

The poor froggie has had a tough time.

Moses, was accused of LICKING him, and was accused 
of trying to take him into the Jaws of Death...
He survived a wreck, coming back from Kentucky, 

SO, hopping to my house was a blessing for him.

Besides, I have REAL ones that keep coming into the house...

Last night was 2 nights in a row for the real one, and before that maybe 4 others?  I have lost count.

This is my Birthday Froggie from a Special Friend, 
Wendy Young, of Olde Moonlane Primitives.

Getting something she made is a treat.

Her designs sell almost instantly when she posts!

Is there any wonder why??

But wait.

There was more.

As I said, her designs sell faster than hot cakes, 
and being able to get one is a Treat.

Earlier this year, I was able to buy a 
birdie and a flamingo Ornament...

AND THEN, she took special orders for 
a giraffe, a bear and a froggie!

THAT is even more of a treat, because she 
doesn't take many special orders.

I am not whining, in any way, but this year has been a tough financial year.  I have had EVERY single thing that I have needed, and it is amazing to watch God work things out for me, JUST exactly as He promised, but it still makes it 
tough at times to keep the FAITH.  

I have stood at the checkout counter wanting to buy a candy bar, but refusing, because Charcoal needed a treat far more than I needed those calories. He shouldn't have to suffer because of me.

All this year, I have kept 2 $100 bills tucked inside my billfold for emergencies.  ONE was set aside to pay for the 3 ornaments that I had ordered.  Yes, I will confess, I was being selfish.  I prayed that God would please not let her get finished earlier, because I feared having to tell her that I just didn't have the money.  I did not want to go back on my word~~something I try very hard to keep.  I also did not want her to know that I was having a tough time, nor anyone to know, for that matter.  I don't want the pity and Yes, I KNOW that is pride--a sin.  :(  Hey, I struggle like everyone does.

WELL, sure enough, I had been able to hold on to that one bill...
She said she was sending invoices...
I waited...
I waited more...
I got no invoice...
I waited...
I thought that MAYBE she just forgot and didn't make me any...
sadness...BUT it is ok, because at the end of the day, sometimes things happen, and we don't get everything we want...
nor should we get everything we want...

BUT HOW in the world could I ever stay sad because she made something that I loved JUST FOR ME...
Not for just anybody, but ME!

Oh my...how could I stay down.

I have an Olde Moonlane Primitive Froggie!!

How blessed am I!!

BUT again...WAIT...

I went to the Postie and opened my special package, that the Posite Lady LOVED and in it I found all 3 of the ornaments I had ordered!

I wanted to cry, but the Postie is next to the Policie and I didn't want this CRAZY LADY to be hauled off to the jailie!

No, my life would have gone on without having gotten these, BUT I have a Heavenly Father, who allowed me to have something that I wanted.

I learned another lesson in FAITH, that He wants us to have some things that our heart desires.

Yes, I KNOW they are just "things" but these are SPECIAL THINGS made by a person who BELIEVES, Trusts and uses her talents for good...to put smiles on the faces of people...who is exactly as she claims to be.  Wendy is one of those special people who always goes the extra mile and turns the other cheek. She is willing to be used as an instrument of peace--I have seen it!

I in no way want to EVER compare myself to the hell that JOB experienced in his life, but it is a lesson we are taught in the Bible about faithfulness.  We ALL go through tough times, and there are always different people around~~some just can't wait for us to fail, or to see bad things happen to us, some cheer us on, even though they have nothing specific to offer, other than support, and those who do what they can to help.

We need all of these people in our lives.  Yes, even those nasty ones, whom I believe, are in our lives to keep us focused on our journey and to remind us that we CAN make it because the 23rd Psalm tells us that He prepares a FEAST before our enemies.

WOW...just WOW...I am so glad that I am learning that good things happen to me, not because of something I have done, but because of special people who are, well, just special!

Thank you, Wendy.  I don't think you truly know what a blessing this is to me, but I hope that I have explained it some.

Oh, and I went and bought Charcoal some treats with that other $100 I had stashed away, because, I have tried to make sure he has what he has needed, and he deserved some new treats, too!

I rattled one of those pieces of candy in the box, 
and well...this is what happened.

He decided that he wasn't seen, so he moved his head closer...

Now, I need to see what I can create with these items 
and MAYBE I will have a craft post for this week!!

Again, I posted this not to brag or to show you 
how good I am or blah, blah, blah...

I posted to show you to HANG on.

If you are going through tough times, just hang on 
and do the best you can.

We do NOT serve a Father who enjoys seeing our tears...
He is a Loving Father who HURTS when we hurt and He is with us every step of the way, and yes, He often gives us the desires of our heart, but sometimes, He asks that we TRUST HIM and wait for the BETTER things He has in store for us.  It might not be something that can change the world, but it can change US, and that is a step in changing the world.

I am so blessed~~charlotte♡

Monday, October 17, 2016

Serendipity Sunday: I don't Need an Invisible Friend

What a beautiful Moon!  I KNOW the last full moon was called the Harvest Moon, but since it was cloudy here, I am claiming this one as my own special Harvest moon!

It is so big and so bright!

The glories of God are in full array.

I think God is kinda showing off, too!

This week, I became more aware than usual, of the importance of being a good example.

I saw a lady write about the demise of churches and how she was an atheist.

While, sadly, I agree with her about many churches, because it is MY EXPERIENCE that most serve only themselves.  I KNOW there are those doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, but I fear, they are few and far between.  And when many of us walk out the doors, we forget that our mission is to SERVE as Christ did. I HOPE your experience is different than mine.

It is hard to believe that in America, there are people who do not know Christ.

We send missionaries to foreign lands, as we should, but we are failing our own neighbors.

I am ashamed that there are many times that the BIBLE that some see in me, causes them to turn away from Christ if I am what “those Christians” are like…heavy sigh…

I fail and fall so many times, but the AMAZING NEWS is that God forgives me and helps me to do better.

Since we are often the only Bible people see, I take it personally when we don’t set a good example.

While we ALL have the right to post WHATEVER we wish on our walls, once posted, it is out there for everyone to see, and is fair game for comments. If you post it, then expect disagreements. THIS is why I take it personally to remind us ALL to be careful WHAT we say and HOW we say it.

The nice lady made one last comment, that was in no way unkind, that I also agree with.  She said she did NOT need an “invisible friend to make me happy”.  Me either.

I do NOT have an invisible friend.

I have a friend that is ALIVE, Living and working in my life every single moment of every single Day.

He makes His presence known in the Full Moon, the clouds in the sky, the mountains, valleys, all living creatures, the sea, the oceans, the rivers, the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, the sun rise, the sun set, the birds, bees, puppies, flowers, fields of grain, vegetables in the gardens, the gifts He gives us to survive, to make a living, in the kindness of a stranger, the smile of a child, the laughter of friends, the hugs, the tears, the pain, the joy, the love, the service of those who can, the hope of adventures, the planting of a dream, Oh my, I could sing of His Praises for many more words.

BUT, I want to kindly remind us that while God loves us and wants ONLY the best for us, He has given us free will, and He allows us to reap the consequences of our actions.  Bad things happen to good people.  Bad things happen to bad people.  Good things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people.

So, today, I am SO HAPPY that “I SERVE a LIVING Savior, who is in the world Today.  He walks with him and talks with me along life’s narrow way.  He Lives.  He Lives. Salvation to impart. You ask me HOW I KNOW He LIVES.  He LIVES within my heart.”

I am so happy that I do NOT need an invisible friend to make me happy.  I am overjoyed that I have a Living Father who loves me, guides me and Keeps every single promise that He has made to me to give me EXACTLY what I NEED.  Amen and Amen.

I hope you have Him in Your heart, too…If you don’t, all you have to do is to ASK HIM to come into your heart.  Every single sin will be washed away and you shall be as white as snow.  You know, He is watching over you, even if you don’t think He is.  He loves you with a love like you have never known.  He doesn’t want to condemn you.  He wants to walk with you.  It really is that simple.  Go and sin no more.~charlotte♡

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Technique Thursday: Multi Surface Paint

Well, now, I guess I thought the elves would finish this post for me.
There they were, just sitting on the shelf above the laptop.

I did, after all, add all the pictures and then promptly 
went about my day doing...

hmmmmm...what was I doing?

I do remember there was some ice cream at one point.
Oh, well, WELCOME to my world! 

I thought I would share some tiles that I painted using 
DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics

I had a special order for 4 tiles.
I have a habit, not necessarily a bad habit, of painting more than needed so my customer can have a choice.
I want them to be happy.
So, these are the tiles that I painted.
She chose the first four.

This is a design by Betty Bowers that 
I painted using these paints.
Isn't he cute!!

I haven't used this paint for very many things.
It is very similar to using water-based Enamel Paint.
You can't add water to it, or it will ruin its adhesive quality.
I have no problems with not using water since I learned to paint using the "dirty brush" method, 
meaning that I added my highlights/shading by working them in with the base coat.
It was all I knew to do, and it is similar to 
how one would paint with oils, 
but I have never done that, either...LOL

These paints are very translucent, so I base my design with white.
You may add White to your paint to help make them more opaque,
 but I am ok with that; however, I DO wish the black were opaque, 
but I can live with it for a bit.

I free-hand many of my paintings.

The colors I used were:
Black Tie, Cottonball, Pumpkin Patch, Paprika, True Blue, leprechaun, coffee bean, muted Gold, eggplant, red barn

Shake the bottles really well.
I discovered that the paint seems to separate easily.
I thought I would share how to paint a very easy bird.
I showed you how to paint a pumpkin, so let's add to it.
Start by making a ZERO for the bird's body.

Add the two sides to the Pumpkin and add the tail to the bird, simply by making a rectangle.
Make the end of the tail jagged.

Base the colors.  
For the bird, I added White to the True Blue to make it lighter.
Notice on the bird, I left a little of his belly white.
I also added two little lines for his beak.
I added two coats of each color.

I thinned the Red Barn and added it to the belly.

 Add the beak with Muted Gold.
Use a flat brush and add Paprika to the edges of the pumpkin.
I added some Muted Gold to inside the pumpkin, too.
Add the eye to the bird with Black Tie, 
followed with a dot of cottonball.
Using the darker True Blue, add some lines to the tail 
and add a little to the top of the bird.
Outline with Black Tie.

Add a vine with Black Tie.

Use a White Charcoal pencil to make a line to 
write a message across the top,
Notice how icky the writing is?
Add "berries" with Eggplant.
Mix some cottonball with the eggplant 
and go over the "berries" again. 
The leaves are leprechaun.

Go over the writing again, and it looks fine.
I tried to use the very tip of the liner brush 
and kept a good amount of paint on the tip.

hmmm...not the best writing, but not too bad...
I think I will scratch off that "i" 
and try that again...LOL

Hey, it is JUST PAINT!

I hope this will inspire you to try some painting.
Really, anyone can do it IF they wish to!
Share with me if you try to paint this or something similar.
It never hurts to have a "birdie in your pocket" to paint!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.
Leave me a comment, if you wish.
I love to get to know YOU.
 I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡