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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Daydreamer

Hello everyone,
Today I'm sharing an oil painting I did several years ago called "Daydreamer." This is not a self-portrait, but I DO enjoy daydreaming. I always have since I was a young girl. I can sit for hours looking out the window at the sky, clouds, trees and birds



This image is available on mugs and note cards in my Zazzle store, and today only,  all mugs are 40 percent off! Everything else on Zazzle.com is 15 percent off. My recent snowmen paintings are also available on mugs, as are several of my other paintings.
 
 
 
 
It's bright and sunny...but chilly, here in northwest Ohio. I've put out a few Christmas decorations, but am not "fully" in the holiday mood yet. How are your decorations and plans coming along? Or, do you wait until later in the month to decorate? For me, I don't do as much as I used to, but usually get more in the mood the closer it gets. For now, it's time to get back to work...although I'd rather just sit and look out the window and daydream. :)
 
 
Until next time,
Cindy
 
 
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving...and the Winner Is!


Hello everyone,
I've chosen the winner of my snowman painting the old-fashioned, random way - by writing everyone's name who entered on a piece of paper and drawing one out of a bowl. The winner is...drum roll please...



LV of "Thoughts From Meme's Corner!"
 
 
 
Congratulations, LV! Thanks to all who entered and for the sweet and kind comments about my painting...and thanks to those newbies who signed up to follow my blog. I really do appreciate it and hope you'll enjoy your visits here.
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American followers. I'm spending the holiday with one of my nieces's and her family (at her home) this year and I'm really looking forward to it.  I sometimes hear people say "life isn't a Norman Rockwell painting," and of course, that's true. Life can be very difficult sometimes. I don't think anyone would argue with that. But, I believe when Thanksgiving rolls around, it's the ideals of family, faith, community and love...sharing a meal and the simple things of life that Mr. Rockwell's paintings depict that everyone holds so dear. These are the very things that keep us going during those rough times. So, enjoy these Norman Rockwell paintings, and as we count our blessings, everyone have a safe and happy weekend.
 
Thanksgiving, The Saturday Evening Post, 1935
 

Freedom From Want, 1943

Thanksgiving, Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes, 1945
 
 
 Until next time,
Cindy
 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I'm Having a Giveaway!

Hello faithful followers,
I've decided to host a giveaway...just because I feel like it and because I love you all! So, to kick off the holiday season, I'm giving away my "Jolly, Happy Soul" painting:

 
This miniature painting meaures approximately 5 1/2" by 4 1/2" and is painted with acrylics on a wood plaque, ready to hang or sit on a decorative easel. It's signed and dated on the back. To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. If you aren't already a follower of my blog, I'd really appreciate it if you'd also sign up to follow me. I'll announce the winner next Wednesday - the day before Thanksgiving.
 
 
Speaking of giveaways, I also want to share a couple of things I won recently! First, this wonderful painting by Tracey Fletcher King. You all know how much I love my tea, so this was perfect for me! I'm going to frame and hang it in my kitchen. To see more of Tracey's artwork, visit her blog HERE.
 

 
If you visit her blog, you'll see why I adore her work! She paints lots of tea cups and tea related items. Here's another example of one of her watercolors...need I say more?
Her work is fabulous.  Again, Tracey Fletcher King's blog can be accessed HERE
 
 
I also won this necklace from a website called "Whatever Is Lovely". 
 

 
I discovered "Whatever Is Lovely" on facebook, where I entered the giveaway. If you love antique and vintage items, you'll really enjoy browsing this shop. They have very unique jewelry, handbags, hats, home decor and more. Their online shop can be found HERE. The following photo is from their website, and it gives you an idea of some of the lovely things you'll find there.
 
Photo courtesy of: Whatever Is Lovely
 
Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win my snowman painting!
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!
Until next time,
Cindy
 
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Snowmen Paintings

Hello everyone,
I have two new snowmen paintings to share with you that I just listed in my Etsy shop today. They're both miniature paintings that measure approximately 4 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. I painted them on "recycled" wood plaques from the thrift store. Both images are also available on coffee mugs, which you can purchase from my Zazzle.com store HERE.

The first one I call "In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman." It's a long title for a painting, I know, but that's what this trio of caroling snowmen is singing!

 
...and this one is titled "A Jolly, Happy Soul."
 
 
I'll be listing several new paintings and items in my Etsy shop in the next two weeks (the link is on my sidebar.) I really can hardly believe it's time to start thinking about snow and Christmas, but our trees are almost all bare and the color is gone. I usually don't think of decorating for the holidays until after Thanksgiving, but I must admit, I'm looking forward to the lights and pretty decorations to brighten up the grey days.
 
Speaking of brightening up my days...look who I found admiring himself in the mirror this morning!
 
Buster!

He does this most mornings and it just cracks me up! I think it's his morning ritual - to admire his handsomeness in the mirror before he starts his day!
 
I hope you're having a good week so far...
 
 
 
Until next time,
Cindy
 
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cats on Tuesday - Rudy's Turn

 
 
Hello friends,
Dis is Rudy. Time for me to write for our special blogging day, Cats on Tuesday. For those who like kitties, be sure to visit Gattina's blog at My Cats and Funny Stories for more furry funny cat stories.
 
First, I give you update on Buster after his horrible time at hospital. He is back to his normal self...doing he daily meditations and biting my ears and trying to be boss of me and Sam. Here you can see for yourself that he is good and well now.
 
 
Sam is good, too, and doing what Sam do best - sleeping and eating! MOL!
 
 
 
Now, I want to tell you a story about me. When I was tiny kitty, I lived in a garage with my real (cat)
Mom and brothers and sisters. My human pawrents at that time couldn't keep all of us, so they put an ad in paper that say FREE KITTENS TO GOOD HOME. This is when Mom Cindy come to get me. I was first (and only one) of my sisters and brothers she picked up and I snuggled under her chin on her shoulder. She fell in love with me and I fell in love with her and she become my new pawrent. Today I am a grown man-cat, but I still like to sit on her shoulder. Here is picture of us Mom take a couple weeks ago...she say I almost smother her. MOL!
 

 
What else I been doing is napping...
 

...and guess what? I finally talk Buster into teaching me how to do meditations. He say it help with stresses...I bet he had lots of stresses the day he got tooth pulled out of his head! MOL! How do you think I'm doing? 
 
Om...roast chicken...omm...ham...toona...fresh turkey...om

 
Well, friends, I hope you like my update. Everyone have a good week.
Until next time,
Rudy
 



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