Sunday, September 30, 2007

Paint day, Saturday paint class, puppy drama, and a new hair do!

Paint day with Alice

I had a wonderful paint day with Alice this past Thursday. Since she took 6 classes in the month of August, she went into the drawing for a day of painting with me at my house. We painted from 10a.m. - 3p.m. with a break for a nice lunch together.

What a sweet heart Alice is to ~ she brought me a cute little frame with a picture of me, her and Nicole from a recent class and some gorgeous flowers! Thank you Alice.

Alice got to choose what she wanted to paint so we painted an antique window (she'll be the only one do get that choice as it's getting harder to find windows). She LOVES roosters and since her kitchen is done in roosters she painted a gorgeous rooster and wispy roses. I sat in the chair and coached, made suggestions and helped her that way but she PAINTED that window all by herself. Isn't it awesome! She was going to add a few things to it and once she did she will post here on her blog.

The finished project! GORGEOUS Alice!

Saturday paint class ~

What a fun time we had Saturday at paint class. We did the Birch Tree landscape.

Our group shot - with cheeky Ellen behind her canvas. Connie tried but I counted to 3 like I do with my children and she rasied it so I could see her pretty face! LOL



Ellen's painting



Stephanie won the drawing and took home the picture I painted with them in class.

Puppy drama ~
Oh my, what was I thinking - a boy and girl dog. I know they are related but Becks doesn't know that when he is trying to do inappropriate things with Posh. YIKES!
We had a scare this past week. I gave them each a doggy biscuit and within a few seconds of me giving them, Becks started tossing his head around and acting weird. My first thought was he wanted another one but I could see he was in distress. His bone had gotten stuck and he was choking. I reached my finger in and snapped the bone to make it break and got all of it out.
LESSON learned....they do not have a small dog biscuit without it being snapped in half now. SCARY!

I also got my hair cut, colored, etc. and I'm so excited about it. I am really picky with my hair are you? I waited til I went to Memphis to get my hair done once because my sister Linda has the most gorgeous hair of anyone I know. I used to have a hairdresser in England that was trained in Paris and she ROCKED! She knew exactly what to do with my hair and how I should wear it. Well, I decided to call this place that was recommended to me and luckily for me they had a cancellation that day and I could get in. Lisa (the owner) ROCKS! She knew exactly what needed to be done ~ first off, all the bottled color needed to come off. She highlighted and put a glaze on it so that it would pull up my natural tones and highlight my hair with caramel streaks. The cut is fabulous and although I went in with the thought of getting it cut like Jenny McCarthy's new hairstyle I knew Lisa would cut it the way she thought would look best. I'm quite impressed and will share a photo with you this week of my new do! For those of my local readers the salon is Ciao Bella (don't you just love that name) and her name is LISA. Let her know I sent you (they are on Russell Pkwy). You won't be disappointed at all! I have to tell you too that if Lisa is unavailable (because she travels a lot to calif. to do big wigs hair) than any of the stylists in there would ROCK your hair out for you. One lady came in while I was waiting on my color and had some not so nice looking hair. She funnily enough asked for the new bob (JennyMc.) style hair do and WOW ~ unbelievable what Rachael (i think that is her name) did with her hair. I had to tell this lady before she left what an amazing hair cut she just got!
It's worth the $$ too. I would pay a lot more knowing that the person doing it will give me what's best for me and my face shape and not do something trendy because it's what I like or what she likes. You know what I mean.

Hey, gotta give a shout out to my little sis ~ she FINALLY started a blog. She works a lot, has a hubby and 2 kids with very little time to do a blog but we are THRILLED that she started one!

Okay, enough chattering. I have to get back to painting! I will share photos with you soon of all the things I've been up to ~ getting ready for the Oliver Hardy festival in Harlem, GA. It's up between Augusta and Thomson GA. SO if you are in that area please come by on Saturday and say HELLO!

Have a wonderful week. Many blessings. Enjoy your family and friends and be GOOD to yourself!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tomorrow is my nephew ~ Cameron's ~
Hope you have a great birthday Camo ~ we love you!
The boys send big birthday hugs!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Paint Chip Swap hosted by Jeri at Artful Gathering
So, have I told you that when I create - I make a MESS! This is just from a couple of hours and since it was such a mess yesterday - we ordered out chinese! No room to cook - and actually the cook was too tired and warn out from creating!

There are 18 of us participating and we had to make 18 of these paint chip cards. They are on 5x7 Behr paint cards that you get at the hardware store.
So from this to these:

We had to take a word or words off the back of the card which describes the paint color choices and create your card around that.

I had such a blast creating these and cannot wait to see the 18 that I receive. Jeri is going to bind them together with some kind of a machine ~ which is why all of mine are not decorated so much on the left side ~ had to leave room to bind them together.

I was listening to the Notting Hill soundtrack when I started creating these and I absolutely love the song Elvis Costello - "SHE" and well when I finished all of my cards I realized I only gave one a name - April (since it was on the card).


Off to get my house ready for my painting day with Mrs. Alice from paint class. Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Monday Paint Classes ~
Had two fabulous paint classes on Monday.
We painted a really inexpensive welcome sign ($2.47 at Hobby Lobby).
Isn't it cute and so FALL!

The letters were cut out with the Cricut Machine. Okay, last year I thought I didn't have any use for this machine - well let me tell you that I now do and now own one! Thanks N!
I'm addicted to it and have so many ideas now!

Monday morning group ~

Jane ~ Mary Jo ~ Alice
Yes, you might notice that my regular Mon. a.m. student ~ Nicole~ is missing. She is on a business trip with her husband and while he attends meetings all day she is painting, painting, painting.

Mary Jo
Mary Jo also won the drawing and took home the project piece I painted in class.



Monday evening group



I had two drawings last night and Stacia won one project piece that I painted in class


Ellen won the other project piece I painted in class.




CRAFT ALERT ~ Looking for a quick, inexpensive, adorable craft to make for a craft fair or church bazaar? These could not be more simple to make.

Michael's has these adorable rub-ons and this week I believe they are 25% off. They also sell round flat ornaments (these are different ornaments here) but they are round. How cute are these snowmen with only the faces on them. Great thing is you can take a paint marker and personalize the other side with a baby's name, family name, the year, etc.!

I'm creating like crazy for a blog swap I signed up for in July ~ where has the time gone?!?!? I will share those creations with you once I've finished with them.

Have a fabulous tuesday.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Grab a cup of coffee ~ cause this is a long post!

I haven't posted since last Wednesday as you know so I have a lot to share. Thanks for the emails asking if all was well and concern for my absence - boils down to being just plain BUSY!

I LOVE to get MAIL ART and Sharon over at Norah's is the QUEEN of mail art and other creations! You have to go over and check out her gorgeous creations!
She sent me some strips of vintage wallpaper, tags, an ATC, Believe die cut - and it was all sent in this beautifully decorated envelope!

Sandi over at Holding Patterns gave me another award. This is one she came up with and with it she used a picture of this gorgeous moon flower that grows in her back yard. The award is called "You Lift Me Up Award" Thank you Sandi! I will get around to sharing all of these awards this week with my fellow blogging friends ~ I promise. I actually have 2 days this week that I have absolutely nothing planned! How sweet is that!

Puppy Update ~
Posh & Becks are doing so well. They are 4 months old now and are the sweetest most energetic pups.
They love to sit in this chair - we have to pick them up & put them in the chair and usually they will wait for us to put them down but occassionally they will jump off so we put a pillow or two so that they can walk down it like a ramp - daschunds and their long backs ~ don't need to start paying for those bills yet.

In both of these pictures they were watching DH fold the laundry on our bed.

They had their final shots and weighed in at a whopping 8.2 lbs. each.

I've been painting like crazy and have started a new venture. A girlfriend and I are painting and possibly going to do some major shows around GA this Fall. We're also in the process of creating a website and other fun things. SO, with that said you can be the first to see the things that will be available and have the option of purchasing them if you'd like before they are listed. If you are interested in any of the items listed please email me at Some items can be reproduced like the tiles so even if it's sold and you like it let me know.

Silver Tray/Chalkboard

Brown & Pink Tile dry erase message board

Fuscia & Lime Green dry erase message board

Wispy Rose dry erase message board

Mixed flowers dry erase message board
Thank you Terri!

18th McTier Family Reunion ~
Saturday was the 18th McTier Family Reunion and we had such a great time. So much work goes into this event and mother and father in law put long hard hours of research and preparation into it every year. This year there was a special guest from England that spoke about a book he's written about Blind Willie McTell (a relative of the McTier family) You can google his name and find out lots about him. BWM and my father in law have the same grandfather. The presentation was fantastic and I think intrigued everyone to read the book.


These boards are covered with family history, family trees, and other information that my mother in law has worked very hard on over the last 18 years to compile. What a blessing she is and all her hard work and I'm ever so grateful that my children will be able to pass on to their children the information that she's gathered.

Pictures of relatives and past reunions.

My handsome
father in law.

The group 150 people attended which is great!

Michael Gray ~ our guest speaker for the day. He has done extensive research (about 8 years worth) on Blind Willie McTell and he's also an officianado on Bob Dylan has written books on him as well. That is where the interest of Blind Willie McTell came from ~ Bob Dylan sings of him in one of his songs.

My Sweet In Laws!
I absolutely ADORE my in laws.

Some treasured heirlooms on the McTier family ~ books, cartoons by the famous cartoonist "Wells" and other items that are all very important to the McTier family.

Don't you just love the way they wrote back then?

Our Scotland connection and the location of the family ruins.

Holland McTyere Smith - A marine WW General

In one of my earlier posts this spring I wrote about my visit to Nashville. We found McTyeire Hall and the monument marking the burial site of Bishop Holland McTyeire and his wife on the grounds of the campus.

I painted this window for one of the door prizes. The lady that won it was so incredibly sweet and had won a handpainted pitcher that I had donated the year before. She told me she was thrilled to have another piece of my art!

I also donated this
Palm Tree dry erase board

Then I had to take some pictures of some of the things in the foyer of this old methodist church.

The old built in bookshelves with the tin roof tiles on top.

I love the theatre seats and had the opportunity to purchase some similar to these in England and didn't - PHEWY!

and my FAVORITE thing right before you walk in the gym is this victorian heater. HOW awesome would that be in the foyer of a grand house with a piece of thick glass on top and a huge flower arrangement?!?!
The detail didn't show up that well in the photo but it is simply spectacular!

Well, I'm off to teach a painting class this a.m. and have another one this evening. Will share those photos with you tomorrow.

Have a wonderful MONDAY and WEEK!