Friday, April 14, 2017

It's happening...

 Well, here I am all over Pinterest trying
to find the colors I want to paint my house...

 I absolutely love the colors of Tuscany,
the terra cottas and the golds...

 But I am so drawn to the pinks, I wonder why...
and this is how I want to transform my
back lanai, isn't it amazing...

 I'm in love with this color...

 I've removed all the carpet, painted the walls a
beautiful gold, to which I will be covering
with a whitewash, then wiping it down to
give it a weathered look...the floor is concrete
to which I rag rolled with two floor paint colors...

 The bedroom is two toned, gold with an
Apricotta color on bottom...

 The built-in I've painted the same as the door,
however I will be doing a finish like the
cupboards below, aren't they amazing...

 To die for...

 My tiny kitchen will see may changes...

 I love this look for the back screened in porch...
many days with my feet up and margaritas
going down...can't wait to get back...
I'm back in Iowa for two weeks packing the mover,
then mio Bramasole will be a reality...


Monday, March 13, 2017

And so it begins...

 Well y'all...my adventures begin...
Soon to be my forever home...
I have become the Tasha Tudor of the swamp.

 Not a great photo, but one of the reasons
I said yes...the fireplace...



 I am a gardener from way back, so this
tropical paradise really appeals to me,
especially the fact that it's here all year long,
12 months a year, REALLY appeals to me...

 This funky oak tree will be perfect to hang my monkey
bird feeder on, it's big so it needs sturdy limbs...
an oak should do it...

 My monkey bird feeder...

 Little grottos are everywhere, the former owner
was a gardener and was thrilled that I loved his plantings...
and grottos...

 My tropical bar, the deck out in the yard,
who needs a trip to the islands when I can
walk right out my back door...

Now I ask you, could you resist...
a tropical paradise, on a lake, in Florida,
in the jungle...I'm home...
the closing is the end of March...SIGH...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Been a while ay...I have issues...

 Can I do it, don't know, but I'm willing to try...
right now I find myself living in a manufactured home
in Florida, trying to decide if I want to live there
full time...my issue is, do I want to sell my beloved shack
and live in Florida full time...






 I don't like living in mobile homes, especially
in hurricane country, so today I have an appointment
to look at this fixer-upper...

 It sits on a quarter acre of land by a lake...

It has room for a tropical garden to be planted,
fruit trees and the solitude that I require...
but the quandary lies in the fact that I love
my pink shack, but in reality, at age 67, do I
or can I continue to care-take the land while
living in Florida part time...or do I just want
to do Florida full time...oh the decisions...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What I do on a day off...

 Whilst playing on Pinterest one day,
I found an armadillo table lamp...
Can you say SMITTEN...!!!

 Well, I had a lady come into the shop one day
and ask if I would like to have an elk leg lamp...
I tried to stay composed and hide my ecstatic state,
sure I said, I'll take it off yer hands...SQUEEEE...
It was a gag gift from a friend, that she anxiously
wanted to see it's extrication from her home...lol

Well...I just happened to have an armadillo basket
and a piece of vintage trim...so I drilled a hole
in the top, added a finial and light bulb...TAH DAH...!!!
You love it right...lol...!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Viral...you know you've seen it...unfortunately...

About 5 years ago, I posted and sold this
lil' doll on my Etsy store, it's one of my
"Cracked in the Head" nightlights...
and since then, this picture has gone viral
on the net, it's the original...everyone keeps sending
this to me and my daughter because we
sell them in our shop...who knew...

 Baby in a clock case...and why not...

 Adorbs...right...


I'd never heard of a Wonder Skin baby before...
however, with some age on her, this soft rubber baby
leaves little to be desired...over-cooked!!!

 Admit it, you love it...

 Baby in a shadow box...very Gothic...

So again...you never know what you'll see on the internet
and Crack Head babies are alive and well, sorta...
in a little shop in Iowa, Candle Shed Effect...
follow us on Facebook, if you ain't skeered...!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I had a little trailer...

I decided to paint my little trailer pink...
after all, my house is pink,
so why not my 'pull'...Shasta

I parked my lil' pull back by my garden,
a place to rest and have a cool glass of water
on a hot day after working in the garden...
a dry place to stash my tools when
not in use...and a bright spot on my
six acre prairie to look at and smile...

However, I only painted three sides
so I can get funky on this side...a neutral palette
to grow purple morning glories on a trellis,
a purple door and the perfect backdrop
for my flamingos...don't you agree...
I'm havin' me some trailer park livin'...
out my back door...!


Monday, April 25, 2016

The mystery of the corvid...

Why is it this bird is so shrouded in mystery
why is this uber intelligent bird considered a nuisance...
I would let him adopt me in a heartbeat...
the rook...

Another painted box...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Rook...

Well, I'm continuing to pursue my love of birds,
painting this baby crow was fun...

 Just the cutest lil' mug...lol...

 And of course...the egg...whew, eggs are time consuming...

And the 'Rook'...I do love painting this
regal bird...still honing my skills as a painter...
nothing too serious, just retired and following
my dream...art...