Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sunday Sketches . . .

This little fairy is all I have managed to produce in the last three weeks......I have spent my time cleaning and painting Mr H's house that he rents out....that took two weeks.....and this last week we took the roof off the barns of my old farm house......

 This is a typical Charentais farm house..... my house is all shut up and waiting to be renovated....

Most of the roof is rotten so I was having lots of kittens.....Mr H sent the tiles down the shut where I grabbed them and put them in the wheel barrow for a massive planter or popped them up against the wall....
No need to go to the gym....after handling about 4tons of 100 or so year old tiles I have alot more upper arm strength then I've had ever....

My planter is about 3 and half meters in diameter....85 tiles round and about 20 high.....alot of tiles...
Whilst we were doing this work...there was a mega amount of traffic with people driving past very slow to have a good look at what we were upto.......the house sits on a road that goes nowhere....the only traffic is the odd tracker once a week etc....
Am off now to take that big ugly metal door off....no rest..... Fingers crossed I will get time to come visit you all at Sophia's Sunday Sketches......

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Night night . . . sleep tight . . .

 This little sleeping beauty has found her way finally to B over at SweetLimes... I was worried she had got lost due to Canada's postal strike...but no...she made it....
The idea came from B's own words "Once in a while I will pull myself away from my sewing machine but I’d sleep with it if I could."  yes that is a teeny tiny sewing machine...
 and then this little lady came into being for a friend who is sick but well on the road to recovery....
Be happy, be safe and be well everyone......

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Little house on the prairie. . .

To everyone that has popped by recently...thank you for all your comments....I'm so sorry I haven't been to see you all.....I've been up to my little elbows in cleaning stuff and white paint....Mr Hollywoods tenants finally left nearly two weeks ago...IN a year they never cleaned the house so you can imagine.....yuck yuck yuck....I really hope that they get all that is coming to them in their new (old house- renovation job) that they deserve........and let me tell you I'm being kind...coz I hate sending out bad vibes...it always comes back to bite you in the bum....but am beginning to believe that being "nice" "polite" etc....doesn't pay.... I sometimes feel like being really truely NASTY.........UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.... rant over..back to calm polite well brung' up ME.    :)..

It's a lovely six year old house in the middle of the countryside....that I like to call "Little House on the Prairie" now I call it "The White House on the Prairie"...I want to live in this house...but for the mo...we can't....

This is the view from the front patio....

 This is the view to the side...
 Out back to the right and the vineyards....not mine...what a shame...
Out back to the left of the tree with a view way off in the distance there, to a teeny tiny village and the school where I work.....can't get better than that...if only the money was better...my only gripe....
 The front further down...
 Close up..ish of the two windmills...ahhh just love that view...something really magical about proper old fashioned windmills.....
This is the rainbow that was outside my kitchen window this morning....it was more spectacular in real life...

My days at the mo...are filled with jobs that I have to do...but the scenery is breathtaking...and for that, life is ok.......oh and Mr H...is learning to give me less instructions on how to paint walls....which is Gooooood...
Off to bed now...so sweet dreams to you all...and lots of happy thoughts...xx

Sunday, 17 July 2011

25 Years. . .just flew by. . .

This is a card I made for my friends who are celebrating 25 years of marriage....congratulations to them both...

I used shiney silver card but unfortunately the scan makes it look black...It really does look better in real life....

I'm popping over to see Sophia and all you lovely Sunday Sketchers . . .

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

First paintings. . .finished. . .?

Letters to a friend who lives far away....she's finished...sort of... there are a few things that I'm not totally satisfied with...the envelopes should have been bigger...the outline of her face is wonky...(wonky being a speciality of mine)...and her stripey legs are not as stripey as I would have liked - I'm not happy with the painting of the legs...it's rubbish when you look up close... But from a distance, with my good eye closed... "It ain't half bad..." Anyhow she is how she is....in paint...I won't be chucking her in "File 13" = (the bin)...

On a totally different note..."Congratulations to the American Female Football Team" they beat France tonight...BoooooooHoooooo.... I have one very sad French Mr Hollywood....he's been campaigning for Female Football for years.... The French Girlies beat the English Girlies (Boohoo Me) during the week and now it's USA v Brazil in the final....   LOOK OUT BOYS....the Girlies are coming.....!!!!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Sunday Sketches . . .

Not doing much today...a real lazy Sunday...just having fun painting...

I started these two this morning....had prepared my canvases during the week and was itching to get started... I've been wanting to put some of my drawings to paint for ages...about a year now...but each time I tried they turned out rubbish....so after many failed attempts I was beginning to think I was never going to master it. Then the "Eureka" moment happened.....and "TAH DAH"...   will let you see the finished results as and when they get finished..... am poottling off to see what all you lovely Sunday Sketches have been upto....

Friday, 8 July 2011

Getting ready for the 14th July . . .

Next week is Bastille Day....14th July....celebrating the French Revolution back in 1789–1799 when they got rid of their Nobility by very uncharmingly chopping off their heads....ooch!....... We are having 17people to a BBQ....and Mum wanted some name places....       VoilĂ ...
Printed, cut out and glittered.....you can't have a party without a bit of glitter........ bubbly anyone?

Hope you are all having a great Paint Party Friday.....

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

We're all going on a Summer Holiday. . .

Looks like Boogie Bedhead and Toggle are off on their Summer Hols...  I think they may need a bigger car. . .

This is the theme for Mr Toast's Summer Break due today....unfortunately he has had to stay behind at the office so won't be able to get away till the 19th when we will be able to catch up with everyone else....

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Art Journal . . .



These little ladies are painted on cotton and make up the front and back covers of an art journal I made for my daughter.... thought I would share for Sunday Sketches... have a good weekend everyone...