Monday, August 24, 2009

Do you love seashells?



Here is a small collection of original watercolor paintings that I did several years ago. Each one is a separate piece and was inspired by a handpicked seashell from my mother’s collection. I painted each one individually and then had custom pieces of glass cut and the edges ground/rounded as a frame for each shell. The paintings are sandwiched between glass and a 1/8" piece of wood that has been painted white. They are held together with frame clips, which conveniently provide a nice hanger on the back.



I have enjoyed these for many years in my home, but would like to change things up a bit. I’m always making new things, and it’s time to find this seaside collection a new home. I’ve listed them in my Etsy store if you would like a closer look!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blair-Moore House B&B

My husband and I just returned from a lovely weekend stay at our favorite vacation spot, the Blair-Moore House Bed & Breakfast in Jonesborough, TN. We have celebrated many anniversaries there and look forward to visiting Jack & Tami every chance we get. They are such a treasure!


Jack is, among other things, a very talented woodworker. You can see his shop in the photo behind their house. He restores pre-Civil War furniture and makes Chippendale-style looking glasses (mirrors) in his shop. Many of his pieces are found throughout their home, which the two of them lovingly restored together. It's a wonderful place to stay!

Tami has had some very impressive culinary training, and the breakfast is simply amazing...an experience that will bring you back again & again. :) Among her many talents is a passion for watercolor, and I had the pleasure of bringing a couple of her paintings home with me on this trip. Ryan picked out this one...and I love it!



And I simply had to have this one...it just spoke to me!



Her work is available at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor's Center and in their own gift shop at their home. Aren't they beautiful! I can't wait to get them framed! :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Studying Seashells

Well, drilling the shells proved to be a more tedious task that I was willing to undertake. I did get a few holes done after a while, but I broke several shells in the process. It was rather unsatisfying work...so I decided to find another way to use these pretties. For now I'm admiring them in a simple glass vase...cautiously planning my next attack.