Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lots of pictures

Hello everyone!  I spent a good part of last week retaking pictures for my Etsy shop.  What a huge difference it made.  I have a flower garden in my yard that has an old weathered part of a fence, it made the perfect backdrop for my pictures. The ferns in the background added some nice color, but doesn't take away from the item.  Here you can see some before and after shots.

I really like the after picture much better.
Taking pictures outside really makes a huge difference.
Photos taken with my Samsung galaxy phone.  Not too bad!

This was a HUGE difference!  The colors are much more vibrant in the after photo.
I'm not sure why I never thought to use this area as a backdrop before?
 Or even to take the majority of my photos outside! 
Lesson learned.
Taking pictures outdoors really makes a big difference.

I've added some new snowmen to my Etsy shop. 
This time I used a big rock in the same area to "pose" them on.

You can find all of these items, and more in my Etsy shop:

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For today I'm painting ornaments.  
My fall craft shows will be here before I know it. 
 Time seems to be flying by.  

Until next time,

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summertime Promotion on Etsy

Today starts the Folk Art and Prims Etsy team summer celebration!

I have some new items for this celebration!

First up, is this very patriotic owl wall hanger.

He is painted in very bright, cheerful, Americana colors!This is a Laurie Speltz design.

You can find him here: Uncle Sam Owl

Next, you might remember this metal plate I painted using DecoArt's chalky paint as the base coat. This is a John Sliney design that I thought fit this surface perfectly, with the star cut outs on the rim!

You can find him listed here: Uncle Sam Plate

Next I have this table top picture frame which I've done a distressing technique on, to give it a nice worn, primitive feel! This is an older Pat Olsen design, that has always been a favorite of mine.

You can find it listed here: America salt box house

And finally something different. This is an outlet plug cover. A cute little bear wearing his Americana hat. What a good way to cover up those ugly outlets! However, please do not use as a baby proofing device, just for a cute, holiday decoration!

You can find him here: Americana bear

I have many more items listed for this celebration in my Shop!

you can see them here:country lane folk art etsy shop

Until next time,

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New project day 2 Finished!

So I finally had some time to finish the plate I posted the other day using DecoArt chalky paint.

I decided to paint this John Sliney Uncle Sam design on it. I thought the design worked well with the star cut outs on the rim of the plate.

I will be adding this to my Etsy shop for an upcoming team celebration!

THe folk art and prims Etsy team that I am a member of, will be having a summer celebration soon. I'll have some new items in my Etsy shop for the celebration!

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Starting a new project Day 1

Hi everyone! Taking a break from working on epatterns for today.

I've had some chalky paint for a while now that I've been wanting to try. This color is called Timeless.

You can find out more about Chalky paint here:chalky paint

If you're a painter, this color reminds me of DecoArt's Antique White. I really like it.

I've had this metal candle plate in my stash for a very long time and it was time to do something with it. I have a John Sliney design in mind that I will paint on it.

Here I have base coated the plate with the chalky paint. The best thing about this chalky paint is, there is no prep work before hand. If using regular acrylic paints, you would need to prime the metal before painting, but with the chalky paint, you just start painting. The coverage is excellent. I like to sponge my base coats onto metal, to avoid brush marks.

Now it's time to transfer the design and start painting!

Stay tuned for the next step!

Until next time,

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Epatterns

Hi all, I've just added 2 new epatterns to the blog.

First up is #0048 Star Santa wall hanging. You can find him listed under the Santa category at the top of the page.

And #0049 Santa Trio ornaments.

I had fun painting these Santa's. I decided to use a bright turquoise for their background colors. I think it makes the red pop. You can find them listed under the ornament category.

Both surfaces are available through cupboard distrubiting and the paint I use is DecoArt Americana.

Until next time,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New epattern

Just a quick note to let you know, I've added a new epattern to the blog.

#0047 Santa's snowmen ornaments.

You can find it listed at the top of this page under Ornament epatterns.

The surface is available through cupboard distrubiting and the paint I use is DecoArt Americana.

Until next time,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New bunny epatterns

Good morning!

Just a quick post to let you know I've added some new bunny themed epatterns to the blog.

You can find them listed under SPRING EPATTERNS at the top of the blog page.

Until next time,