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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Just because

David had a really hard day at work today so I made him this cake while he napped! Chocolate cake, strawberry icing, and peanut butter chips on top! He wanted a piece immediatley!
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My girls...

How could anyone get work done with two little munchkins taking up your whole entire lap plus some pillow space? If one gets up the other has to as well.
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Signs of Spring!

These are my hydrangea buds poking through the ground! I hope they do well in this spot!
This is my first elephant ear I've seen poking through! These posts might be kinda boring but they are gonna help with my gardening calendar!
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My Spy

Francie is a climber. No matter where she is she has to get to the highest point she can reach. Whether it's the back of the couch, the deck, top of the stairs, or on top of a pile of laundry! In this pic she is sitting at the top of the stairs, from this view point she can watch me in the kitchen, or she can keep up with all the bird and squirrel activity on the deck!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My studio workspace!

This is a snapshot from my iPhone of my workspace upstairs at our
cabin! Lots of light!! David plans on building a big long table behind
the couch! I can't wait! More space to spread out!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Growing like weeds!

My daffodils will go in the ground in the next couple of days! It's
finally gonna warm up! David already tilled up some space around my
fence! He also plowed up an area for our veggie garden! More news on
that soon!

Sick Day

My little one doesn't feel well today. I love her so much!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


My Valentine's Day flowers!! David got me Daffodils b/c they will last forever, they keep returning every year! I can't wait to get them in the ground! They will go in front of the fence around my garden shed!! What do ya think?
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My Garden Shed

My Garden Shed! This will be the first full season that I get to really use it! This was my birthday present from David last year! He's so good to me! I can't wait to get flowers growing everywhere!

I put a little bunny in front of the gate! Cute!

Can you see my bench beneath the window? David built that from an old chevy tailgate. Right in front of that area, under the canopy, is where we'll plant a small (very beginner) vegetable garden!! Potatoes, broccoli, and butterbeans for sure!!
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Monday, February 16, 2009


This is a smaller piece on 5.5x8.5" cold pressed paper. The cow I sketched out from a picture in my Hobby Farms magazine. If you can see it up close i even did the little wiskers on her lip. I like my fence in the background but I don't care for those trees. I need to do some tree lessons! But i do love her luscious eye lashes!
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Birdhouse river rock

I made this little paper weight for David from a smooth river rock. After he gets his office moved he going to use it on his desk! After i photographed this rock and saw it up close i realized I probably should have worn some glasses to paint this little thing. The bird's beak is crooked and some of my other lines aren't even touching! haha! On the back is a little red heart and "your girl Tiff".
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Red Breasted Nuthatch

This is a 12x12. I did this lesson from a book on oil painting. I don't do oils but i figured i could apply the lesson to watercolors instead!

This is a Red Breasted Nuthatch. I also did the one for David for Valentine's Day! He was really impressed with it!!
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Old Shed

All of my paintings I do are for David. But this one I did special for Valetine's Day. Everytime we pass some little rundown cabin or shed off the road somewhere, he always says.. "I could live there!". So I found this picture from a watercolor lesson i found on the internet. I did the best i could, but i think my perspective was a little off on the overhanging shed to the right.
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Blue Bird

I love this little blue bird! I did this with my watercolor pencils on a small 4x5" canvas. This is the first thing I've tried on canvas. I did this one by looking at a picture. So far, with all the paintings I've sketched them out with pencil really lightly before i try to paint.
I also duplicated this painting on a greeting card for my sister, Laura. I sent it to her for Valentine's Day! She loves Bluebirds. I miss her.
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This cardinal was a fun project! Again, a lesson from the Terry Madden DVD. It is 11x15, the biggest painting i've tried yet! David was really impressed with this one! Of course, he loves them all! =) I actually framed this one and gave it to Granny for Valentine's Day. She loves Cardinals so she was happy!
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I did this hibiscus from a lesson on the Terry Madden DVD. I used the pointed end of my paintbrush to carve the veins in the leaves and flower. I love the Hibiscus flower! It reminds me of my old home in south Florida!
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Sunday, February 15, 2009


This was also done with my watercolor pencils and my aquarelle brush pen. At Hobby Lobby I discovered hot pressed watercolor paper. I didn't know what that was before, but it comes in poster sized sheets and it's a much finer grain than the normal cold-pressed paper that most people are familiar with. It seems to allow for much finer detail.

My Dad came over for the day cause he wanted to check out Hobby Lobby. He only lives about an hour away in Savannah. They have a Michaels Craft Store there. Anyway, we hung out in there for a while in the art section. Then came home and watched a Susan Scheewe DVD on Painting Trees & Leaves. That was good. Then we both decided to do a quick little project together. We picked out a drawing of a tulip. We both painted and this is what mine looked like. Dad's was good too, he made his tulip red.
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River & Trees

This was another quick little lesson from Terry Madden. Nothing special...
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Little Flower Pot

This was a quick little lesson I did from watching a Terry Madden DVD. After I just blobbed on the little flowers and stuff I then outlined it with a black fine tip pen.
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WaterLily & Dragonfly

Okay, I may have bit off more than i could chew with this one. I wanted to paint one of my own favorite photos that I took many years ago at Brookgreen Gardens, in SC. I also did this with the watercolor pencils on a 12x12 paper. I penciled in pieces at a time and then painted with my aquarelle water brush. I used an actual brush on the bigger parts.
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Pink Dogwood Blossom

I haven't painted since high school either. It is something I've kept saying.... "i'm gonna start painting again" for years... Well, i went and bought some water color pencils from Hobby Lobby (I LOVE that store!) and some watercolor paper. This was the first thing i've tried. A pink dogwood flower! The pencils will take some getting used to, but i'll keep trying. The leaf looks like crayon... ugh. And I wasn't really sure what the middle of the flower was suppose to look like.

Obviously, I need some major practice. I've been looking up tutorials on google and watch some helpful videos on YouTube. This is gonna take time, but i'm excited!
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Fawn Sketch

This is the first thing I've attempted to draw since High School and I'm 35 now! Not that it's that spectacular, but it seems as though I haven't lost my talent! Thanks Dad and GG (great-grandma)!!
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new blog

welcome to my new blog! It's going to be about my watercolor painting. A bit about my gardening and cooking! Just life in the country! I'll do my best to keep it updated!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

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