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Sublimity, OR, United States
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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby. After 10 years I quit the day job to pursue my art as a full time passion.

25 May 2021

A passion project



You may be saying "what and why is this a passion project"? 
Simply put, it's a new project that you pick to complete each month. It can be anything that you want to challenge and commit to completing for a given month. For me it also that boost to get something I have wanted to go finally done. 


This project is one I completed late last summer. Many other passion projects have came and went, and I plan sharing them too!

This furniture was part of a Bassett set that was my grandmothers. She bought it used in the early 1970's, it was built about 1959-1960. Now you may be saying don't paint an antique! But the pictures may not show just how beat up the finish was. I originally tried to sell the set, but the only potential buyers were women who wanted to paint and resell it and were wanting it for a ridiculously low price. So I decided to just keep it myself to upcycle for my guest room.

I didn't want the distressed look and I didn't want the paint to chip so with some research I settled on using General Finishes Milk paint. It is actually acrylic based and very durable. Brush marks literally fade away too.


The colors used were Key West Blue and Antique White. 
After a good sanding, each color took 2 coats which I brush painted, then some minor touch ups.


I still have the large mirror to deal with, but I will not use it with the dresser. I have plans to use it in my guest bathroom which will be another "passion project"!

15 May 2021

Plant the Pot!

If you haven't already planted your outdoor container pots, try this simple technique. I am just getting started! We recently returned from a 3 week vacation to Hawaii (that experience will be another post soon😊) so I am playing catch up with my annual summer container plants.

So onward with this amazing and easy way to plant your flowers in containers! Instead of planting the plants, you are going to plant the pots first. This eliminates breakage and damage to the roots and helps with spacing if you are planting several small plants.

The pics below I am planting a hanging basket using this method


First you will want to remove the plant from it's original pot to use the the smaller pot for your template



Below you will want to add soil to the bottom of the larger pot so when you insert the empty pot that it sits just above the rim of the larger pot




Next, you will need to fill in the sides with soil, packing it down firmly. When finished, simply pull out the empty pot.




Last step is to simply drop in your plant and water in.
No broken stems and underfilled pots!



This method works well with multiple small plants for a mixed basket too. Simply place all your small empty pots, fill soil around them, pack down, remove pots and simply drop the plants in the holes.

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where we reside

where we reside
The ArborOak cottage