Monday, May 14, 2012

Welcome to Week 15 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 15 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!

1 Party, 4 Blogs

It's Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls this week! And I am so excited it is my turn to host. As I was looking through the posts this week, I honestly felt it had some of the best projects I have seen at Cowgirl Up. You are a crafty bunch! Here are just a few of my favorite posts from the party this week....
 


 I am trying to figure out where I can add a little ladder in my kitchen, just like this fantastic one built by "Blue Roof Cabin".

 Check out these drop cloth numbered napkins from "Cottage in the Oaks"- wouldn't these be a fantastic wedding gift?!

"A Girl and A Brush" has me thinking I need to add some stripes to my furniture with her painted dresser 'Magellan'.


I love this vintage doll cradle renovation from the "The Red Feedsack". This color scheme would look adorable on a guest room bed.

"Five Brothers One Sister" completely impressed me with this 'entry reveal'- love the creative use of a headboard and all the accessories.

I am dying to try this 2 ingredient Lemon Cake Bar recipe from "Kathe with an E".  

You will never guess how "Live Love DIY" made this pillow--- 
with a Sharpie! Great tutorial so you can make one too.



And I would love to spend an afternoon sipping lemonade on this porch- complete with a vintage glider, over at "A Walk in the Countryside"


Finally, "Daisy Mae Belle" creates an adorable shabby-chic 'relax' sign with spray paint. 

If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also.  

Now about the party...

You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs. 
 More exposure, less time. 
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!
What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!



Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post,   (mine can be found on my sidebar.)  Mandatory to be featured!!
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.   

Saturday, May 12, 2012

"Bundled Roses" After Antiquing


I like to add a mixture of pigment and glazing medium to some of my paintings, in layers, to give them an aged look. Sometimes I refer to it as tea stained or tobacco stained. It tones down the intensity of colors. It worked well on my recent rose painting. I knew I wanted to do this from the start...I just hate waiting until the paint is dry.






Here is the before...












and after...









I also have a large antique frame I might put it in...it fits perfectly.


"Rose Bundle"
Oil on Canvas,  11x14"
$125 + shipping
with antique frame $175
•contact me via email•
thefarmhouseporch@yahoo.com


☻HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!☻


♥Linsey





Friday, May 11, 2012

"Storm over a Farm" Painting

Before I get to the painting...I want to show the world that formal dining rooms are good for something. Impromptu tea parties with bored little girls! Read on to see why they were driving me a weensy bit crazy today.


pb&j finger sandwiches fit for a queen...


Miss P decorated the bottom tier. These were old odds and ends in the pantry. :) Yes...that's really old valentine's candy. Don't judge!


They were very antsy this afternoon because it was gorgeous outside, but they couldn't play in the backyard because our shed (my newest makeover project) was being built. I took a pic halfway though...


I'm about to be very busy dressing up this blah and boring little eye sore. I' actually looking forward to it too. I've been pinning ideas on my "cottage dreaming" pinterest board long enough, time to make it a reality!



I'm so excited to share my latest painting with you. I'm really in love with this little piece. I don't know why, but I adore landscapes with a huge sky. A bird's eye view makes everything seem so grande, even if the painting is small. In this painting you can see a rural farm that sits on a pond. If you look closely you can barely make out a winding dirt road and a white fence.  The focal point, however, is the looming cumulus clouds. The viewer can anticipate the building storm that will soon overtake the seemingly helpless farm.










I love it when I share a painting and someone feels a connection to it...especially something I may not have thought of. Does this painting make you uneasy? Do you find it calming? Does it remind of a place or time? I can lose myself  in landscape paintings...imagining the unfolding story. 

I  live in tornado ally. I have been in some pretty nasty weather situations over the years and have had recurring tornado nightmares since my teens. Maybe that is why I am so drawn to this one...I have stood before a sky like this and felt excitement and dread all at once.

In other news...I sold 3 paintings this week and received 2 commissions for large paintings! I am trying to keep up with the demand, but I certainly won't complain. :D  

This little painting is also for sale. Contact me via email if you are interested. 
"Storm over a Farm"
 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. 6x6"
$75 +shipping

Thank you so much for looking-
Linsey






Monday, May 7, 2012

Welcome to Week 14 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party

Welcome to Week 14 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!

1 Party, 4 Blogs

Anita here, and oh how I love Cowgirl Up!  Have I mentioned lately that ya'll rock?  I have gotten so much inspiration from all of the wonderful ideas here.  I just want to curl up with a cup of tea and my laptop on the sofa, and soak up all of the beauty and creativity.  I'd throw in a little nap too, but not at the same time, because the tea would end up all over my laptop...  

Remember to link back to Cowgirl Up in your post; that is a requirement to be featured.  Sometimes I find a fabulous link, but sadly can't use it since it didn't include a link to Cowgirl Up.



But onto my fav's.  


This dresser from LITTLE YELLOW BARN is adorable, and the story of Jourdan's first attempt was too funny.  






SUMMER SOUL has the grain sack look in the bag so to speak, great chair too.










Looking for a romantic look for your table:  QUIRKY VISTAS has it







Lisa at STUFF-N-SUCH BY LISA made this cute as a bug dress.








Mary at MARY'S MEANDERINGS made a lovely table skirt for her sewing table.






DOLLY IS COOKING enticed us with this yummy hummingbird cake. 






DESIGN DREAMS BY ANNE transformed her dated box into shabby loveliness.







Andrea at KEEPING IT COZY put together a cozy party for her daughter.






Sonya at BEYOND THE SCREEN DOOR made another set of amazing curtain panels.







If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also.   (They can be found on my button page.)










Now about the party...

You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs. 
 More exposure, less time. 
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!
What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!



Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post,   (mine can be found on my sidebar.)  Mandatory to be featured!!
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Is this a French Laundry Basket or what?!? I need your feedback.

*** Don't forget to link up to Cowgirl Up! Tuesdays, the party begins at 8:30 central time on Monday nights!***
Can anyone tell me about this basket? It looks VERY old. It has wood rails that look timeworn on the bottom and wood poles on the corners. Is it a french laundry basket? I found some online that looked almost identical and they were $200!
It is huge! Both of my girls can sit in it together. I am hoping that some of you French antique collectors can tell me my suspicion is correct. Like I said, it looks very old, which you can't really tell from the pictures.




Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!

♥Linsey
Linking to:
le chateau des fleurs


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Got old antique frames laying around? Simple Chic DIY Project

If you are anything like me you get excited when you find a really chunky, crusty, ornate old picture frame. The bigger the better! And if you're anything like me you have a few laying around waiting to be made into chalkboards you saw on Miss Mustard Seed's blog. : )


So there the frames have sat, for years, sadly waiting for you to give them some attention. Here is a simple DIY that  anyone can do. It takes about 15 minutes, is almost free, and only requires items you likely have on hand.


I LOVE the look of old linen baby gowns and baptism gowns. I especially love them framed. I found this little linen gown last week for $1.50 and had an ah-ha! moment. I used a regular stapler, not even a staple gun. I stapled a square of burlap to the back and safety pinned the gown onto it. That's it! And I know I'm DEFINITELY not the first blogger to reveal this type of project but hey...maybe there's another girl out there like me who hasn't considered this option.


I like it without glass too. And as often as I change up my decor, I like that I can disassemble this in about 30 seconds. 


Here are some other goodies I haven't shared with you. Old farmhouse photos...





 A few old mirrors. I'm still pondering where these will take up permanent residence.


 And lastly a red cliff ironstone bread platter that says "Give us this day our daily Bread" and an old bread knife. I'm thinking ribbon through the holes and hang? With the knife...somehow.
















Have a great weekend!


♥Linsey



Friday, May 4, 2012

Do you mind if I share more of my paintings?



 I'm working on setting up a "store" or paypal type thing. I'm into art...not technology!! I am very slow when it comes to computer literacy. I'm so thankful to my blog buddies who take the time to tell me how to fix "stuff".

I also have a few large paintings for sale, but it is through a gallery called dh collection in Fort Worth. I am working on getting the link to that gallery up on my sidebar.


 "Dusk" oil on canvas, 18x24"                                  $145

"Any Way you Slice It" oil on canvas, 12x12"          $65 SOLD







"Dusk" 





"Pitcher" oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 6x6"       $60


 "Rose Bundle" Oil on canvas board, 12x16"        $75




"God is Nigh" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 12x16"         $125


"Evening Clearing" Oil on gallery wrapped Canvas, 12x12" $90 SOLD


I am trying to work on a couple of small paintings each week.   After quitting (taking a break from) my teaching career of 9 years last summer, I found that I couldn't *just* be a stay at home mom. As wonderful as it is I felt something was missing. Painting, photography and blogging has filled this void and I am truly loving life right now.  The older I get, the more I feel God speaking to me, telling me to enjoy the gifts and blessings he has given me.

Thank you so much for stopping by to look at my beginnings into the art world. I am humbled by your support and encouragement. I have found many new friends through blogging that I would have otherwise never known. I really appreciate you all!

♥Linsey
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