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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!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Make a Wish

I thought it would be fun to share
 how I created a dandelion.

I  always think of my friend, Cheryl!


All of the products are by Decoart.

I based a 4 inch wooden canvas
 Lamp Black


I used my favorite dry wall 
tape as a stencil.


I added Indian Turquoise, Antique White, and Foliage Green. 

I didn't clean my stencil brush out between colors. 
It helped create other colors. 
Turn the tape different directions.

This is NOT an OCD-friendly project.πŸ™„πŸ˜•



Oh, lookie, a friend came to help me decorate for Halloween! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£


I then added circles with punchinello to add more interest.


I was using a small stencil brush, and look what I discovered.

It made a flower!

I  taped it off so you could see it.


How fun is this! 



I added squiggly lines of Lemonade, Foliage Green, and Plantation pine.

I drew a circle to show you where my dandelion would be.


I lightly stippled the circle with 
Titanium White.


I added lines of Foliage Green and Plantation Pine.

Public service Announcement: buy a good 18/0 liner! It makes all the difference in the quality of your linework! Even with quick and simple projects!

Small dots of Lamp Black were added to the center with a stylus.


Next Marigold dots were added--just a few.

Titanium White Dots were added with a large stylus, keeping them various sizes, and, yes, randomly placed.

Finish with just a few tiny Lamp Black Dots.


How easy was that?!


I added the word WISH with a Decoart Americana Stencil.


I shaded around the edges with my favorite Payne's Grey.







Of course, I had to make a domino, too...


AND a 3 inch canvas, too!


My goodness, this was really fun.

I KNOW you can do this.

Please share if you do.

Let's go out and paint wishes! πŸ˜šπŸ˜ŠπŸ™„

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mixed Media Fun



Aren't these colors fantastic?

I love whimsical...


I have been having fun with some small 3 inch canvases that I have always kept on hand.

You know, you have to be prepared for when inspiration hits you!




I put texture on these with Deco Art Media Paste.

Now, IF you are going to add glued items to the canvas, I recommend NOT adding the texture, so the items can be glued flat!! 

I added my texture with dry wall tape, punchinello and a stylus.

I will use them for another project.



I took an old dictionary page and painted it the colors I wanted to use. Since these are small, I thought this would be easier!



I cut out my shapes, being ok with imperfections! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Š


I attached my items with Deco Art Decou-Page.

This is the Deco Art Brand of Mod Podge.

Please, use what you have! 

I am a Deco Art girl, and have been for over 25 years!

I love the quality of Decoart products.



These are some of the colors I used. 

Again, use what you like.

Use what you have! 



This is before I added details.

You can see that even when you do simple, fast and easy projects, the small details bump up your project to another level.



I added my details with paint, because that is what I feel comfortable using.

You may use a pen.

Make certain it is waterproof! 

Also, test the reaction with sealer. Many will smear if you add a brush on varnish! 


And this is It!

I live the whimsical look of this.

I hope you will try it.

If you do, please share it with me!


I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Who's a GOOD BOY!!

Who's a good boy?!!!

Why did you hesitate to answer??

Good grief...NOBODY should have hesitated for ONE second for that answer!

Charcoal HATES summer.

He is often at my feet for a bit when I paint. Then, he realizes that my pillow is available!

Ok, hate is an awful word, but I think he does! πŸ˜’

Our humidity in Middle Tennessee is just horrible.



Charcoal can tell.

I have to make him go outside.

He does not linger one second more than he has to.



Let me tell ya, it is tough keeping up with me, because,  my sleep schedule is awful. I never know if it is night or day, and trying to make sure that I feed Charcoal at a similar time is kinda hilarious. 



I think I have made him a night owl! 

He doesn't complain...much.πŸ™„



Well, my boy is a lot happier these days, since we have, I hope, said good bye to the 90s. Even though the humidity is hanging on, it is nowhere as bad as it was.

Now, Charcoal is excited to linger outside longer. 



Before, Charcoal got excited when I opened the freezer so he could get some ice.

Now, he is back to listening for the door knob to turn.



I am even enjoying sitting on the back porch again.

So, a few minutes ago, I went to the door to retrieve my dry-it board, and sweet boy thought I was going outside.



I couldn't disappoint him, so I thought I would toss the tennis ball to see if he would go after it--he had little interest during the hot weather.



Sure enough, he took off in the DARK to get it.

Now, if your pup is like my pup, going after it is no reason to think he will be bringing it back.



I made a mental note to go find it when the sun rises.

Well, "2 dead mosquitoes, a few dozen more bites, lots of sniffing" later, Charcoal decided it was time to come in. 



My blood supply was ready, too! 

Mercy, mosquitoes--it is OCTOBER!  GO AWAY.😲



I grabbed my dry-it board (it has lots of tiny points on it to hold painted items to dry) and took it to my painting table to get started on my day of painting.

I had to go get something else,  when I turned to see Charcoal sitting on the couch with...

The ball!



You're such a good boy! 
Yes, you are.
You are mommy's good boy.
Here is a treat...
Oh, another one?




How did I get so blessed!!

Charcoal sends wuf-wufs to his Aunties...

Me?! 

I am simply blessed to create~charlotte♡