Friday, December 2, 2016

8 x 10 HOME PORTRAITS on SALE!!!

HOME PORTRAITS
for
CHRISTMAS!!

My 8 x 10 pen and ink home portraits are on sale until Dec. 15.  
Only $72.00 (that's 40% off) for your 8 x 10 matted home portrait.

That gives you time to receive your order in time for wrapping and gifting this Christmas.

Go here to order!


Monday, November 28, 2016

ORDER A HOME PORTRAIT FOR CYBER MONDAY



"Oh, there's no place like HOME for the holidays,
'cause no matter how far away you roam,
when you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,
for the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!"

It's CYBER MONDAY!!!
That means Christmas is right around the 
corner and it's time to order your personalized
*** T I N Y   H O M E   P O R T R A I T S ***
in time for Christmas giving!


For a housewarming or hostess gift, 
a tiny home portrait is personal!

Orders are coming in and I'd love to add yours to my list!
Place your order here and your portrait will be drawn, 
matted, and on it's way to your door in no time!




Sunday, November 20, 2016

PETITE HOME PORTRAITS for CHRISTMAS

Now is the time to order your 
Tiny Home Portraits for Christmas 
gift-giving. 



 These petite pen and inks are similar to the one I did for the juried exhibition,
THE DOORS OF CEDARBURG.

History on Washington Avenue
"The Doors of Cedarburg"

Another example of one of my Cedarburg doors.


Now you can have one done of your own house or as a gift for someone this Christmas.  Choose a color to highlight the front door or other detail that you love, or leave them as a black and white pen and ink.  Due to the small size of these home portraits, they are a nice way to give a personalized gift for a great price.  You won't be decorating someone's house for them, but you will be giving a thoughtful and personalized gift that can hang in a nook or on a small easel.  These portraits arrive matted and in a protective cellophane sleeve, ready for the 5" x 7" frame of your choice.  Mat opening is approximately 3" x 4 1/2".  









Saturday, October 29, 2016

$30 KITCHEN ISLAND - REVISITED

Maybe you saw this post from several weeks ago?  

My $30 kitchen island is now finished and in use.  So shop those used furniture stores for repurposing ideas.  Thirty dollars sure beats the lowest price kitchen islands that start at around $500 and are often veneered particle board and flimsy.  I did remove the veneered top on this piece, and the rest is solid wood with a dovetailed drawer and solid wood decorative trim.  So it's very heavy and stays in place perfectly.

Mgirl, Iris, wanted to be in the photo to show her approval.  
She suggests a bowl of doggie treats on the bottom shelf.  






Also pictured are some 123 year old corbels manufactured by George Poppert.  They were originally blue and white - you can see the matching ceiling to the pavilion he designed for the Chicago 1893 World's Fair here.  Thanks to my brother, Doug, for getting those heavy things in place for me!





Here's the previously posted process . . . 

 This dresser was at Habitat for Humanity's RESTORE for only $15.  This one is already perfect counter height and about 45 inches wide which will work well for 2 stools once the extension is added.  I've already pulled out the drawers in this picture - not sure if I'm going to use them or not.    


Next, I started to take off the veneer.  It took some doing to get down to the bottom of the veneer layer.  

 

I found that going over a wet towel with a hot, steamy iron, loosened up the glue nicely.  Then I could use a scraper to get under the veneer and little by little, pull it up.


The beautiful wood under the veneer is exposed.




The back and the shelves that the drawers rested on were old and musty smelling, so I pried off the old backing and slid the shelves out.



 
  
Now to put on some new backing, shelving, and an extension to the top using wood corbels. 

Then I'll decide if I want to use the original drawers, some wire and wicker baskets, or a combination of both, for storage.






Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NEW HOUSE - NEW DINING TABLE

Everything is falling into place - just like it was made to be!  Today I'm sharing my latest project - a new dining table.  The base and apron are from a kit I ordered from tablelegs.com and the top was made from 5 pine planks.  You can save a lot of money by putting the top together yourself.
(Table top from tablelegs.com - $890   Your table top of pine - $30)

After heavily sanding each plank to soft edges, I dry-brushed on 
some turqouise  . . .

. . . and a little olive green in a very random, patchy manner.

After the paint was dry, walnut stain went over the whole table top.  Then paste wax.

The top is secured to some perpendicular 4" boards to prevent 
warping and keep them level with one another, then secured to the base with 
wood screws.  Last of all, the base was painted off-white and paste wax 
applied over all parts of the table for sheen and protection.


Now, for a dinner party!

-Nan



Saturday, October 15, 2016

FRAMED PRINT FOR A BABY'S NURSERY

My small watercolor, "Mother's Day", was ordered as an enlargement for a baby's nursery and today I received a photo of the framed enlargement.  The original is 5" x 6", but the print is a large 16" x 20".  I love my buyer's choice of barn board for the frame - how appropriate!  

The original and prints of "Mother's Day" can be purchased here.  Most originals in my shop can also be purchased as prints.


Thank you, Jessica, for sending the photo of the framed print!  
I'm thrilled that it's on your little one's nursery wall!



Friday, July 15, 2016

MAKE A KITCHEN ISLAND FOR $30

New house, new kitchen!  

I was looking through Pinterest lately in preparation for my upcoming move and a new kitchen to work in.  Since I'll finally have a nice square kitchen instead of a galley, I knew I could also have an island for extra storage, seating, and work space.  And of course, you could make your own kitchen island rather than paying the hefty prices for even a so-so standard island.  Even the least expensive and flimsy islands start at about $400.  So why not find a great old dresser or buffet with character and go from there?  Then your island will be custom made for YOU!  Some ideas from Pinterest:






Now on to what I found to work with.  This dresser was at Habitat for Humanity's RESTORE for only $15.  This one is already perfect counter height and about 45 inches wide which will work well for 2 stools once the extension is added.  I've already pulled out the drawers in this picture - not sure if I'm going to use them or not.    


Next, I started to take off the veneer.  It took some doing to get down to the bottom of the veneer layer.  

 

I found that going over a wet towel with a hot, steamy iron, loosened up the glue nicely.  Then I could use a scraper to get under the veneer and little by little, pull it up.


The beautiful wood under the veneer is exposed.




The back and the shelves that the drawers rested on were old and musty smelling, so I pried off the old backing and slid the shelves out.



 
  
Now to put on some new backing, shelving, and an extension to the top using wood corbels. 
Then I'll decide if I want to use the original drawers, some wire and wicker baskets, or a combination of both, for storage.

I'll post the updates as I move along on this project.  Thanks for looking!

-Nan


Sunday, December 27, 2015

BALLERINAS AND PORTRAITS




January is fast approaching and that means it's almost time for Leslie Saeta's 
3 0   P A I N T I N G S   I N   3 0   D A Y S   C H A L L E N G E

We are encouraged to choose a theme for the 
challenge, so I've been thinking about that.  

Edgar Degas said, "A painting requires a little mystery, 
some vagueness, and some fantasy.  When you always 
make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people."  

So I'm taking his idea literally and aiming for paintings that will be a
little hazy and undefined, leaving some things up to your imagination.

In the past I've done ballerinas . . .







But so far - no portraits.  
Maybe a little of both in January, using my two favorite little people as inspiration?




I'm hoping you'll follow along on my blog through the month of January, 
and that you won't be bored with what you see!

Or maybe you could send me photos of some of YOUR favorite little people?

Thanks for looking.  I hope you'll come back on January 1, 2016, to see what I've been working on!

-Nan







Monday, November 23, 2015

INSPIRATIONAL TEA CUP QUOTE

Tonight I worked on a tea cup painting ordered for a person who just received her PhD.  What a huge accomplishment, and a fun project to work on!


All wrapped up and ready to go!


If you have a favorite quote and a favorite tea cup, let me paint a personalized gift for YOU!
My teacup quote paintings can be found in my Etsy shop here.

Thanks for looking!
Nan

Friday, November 13, 2015

WINTER'S FLOWERS

Walking outdoors in the summer - there's so much to look at and smell.  
Everyone's gardens are blooming, and lawnmowers are putting that 
great fresh-cut grass scent in the air.

Walking in the winter is a whole different story 
with only the skeletons of summer left behind, and the cold has a smell 
that's unmistakable. 

But cut a sprig from a pine at any time of year and that tangy, fresh scent 
reminds you there is life outdoors, even in winter.



Winter tames man, woman, and beast.
-William Shakespeare






Thursday, November 12, 2015

INK ON MY HANDS

I couldn't be happier than when I have ink on my hands and my work table's a mess!  Sorting through old projects, some barely begun, some almost done, it was a good night.



The clamorous owl that nightly hoots 
and 
wonders at our quaint spirits.

-William Shakespeare


Thanks for looking!
-Nan


Friday, October 23, 2015

TEACUPS, BOOKS, AND MORE

After 7 months of dry brushes, life has settled down again and  
I'm ready to paint!


It's fun to have several things going at once and one of those will be a new children's story entitled,

LUCY
and
T H E   L O N E S O M E   P I N E

This story is dedicated to my little granddaughter, Lucy, 
and I hope to have it ready for her and my shop by Christmastime. 

Along with the book, I'm working on another Tea Cup Tale painting.  This order specified an inspirational quote behind the teacup to celebrate a friend's achievement of a doctorate degree.
See the shop listing to order your own china/mug painting 

(A Tea Cup Tale dedicated to my Great Aunt Pearl.)

Also, a new shipment of my children's book will be arriving next Tuesday and can be ordered 



Last of all, with the holidays right around the corner, I'm again taking orders for
Home/Front Door Portraits.  
Those can be ordered
HERE. 

A Storybook Inn 
Versailles, Kentucky

Historic home in Cedarburg, WI
(done for The Doors of Cedarburg Exhibition, 2014)

Thanks for checking in.  It's good to be back!
:-)

-Nan



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