Monday, June 4, 2012

Welcome to Week 18 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .



Welcome to Week 18 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


Your host this week is
Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch







Hi Ya'll!!  I just put my little baby (okay she's 16, but she's still my baby) on a plane for a church mission trip to San Francisco.   I got at least 3 phone calls from her, and a text that said "miss you," all before her plane even took off!!  Oh well, I guess she was feeling a little anxious to be going so far from home without us for an entire week.   One of the calls was to ask if I put the bottle of ibuprofen in her bag.  I said that it was in there, and asked if she had a headache, "No," came the reply, "I just wanted to be sure it was packed, just in case."

I have a few projects in mind to work on while she is gone.  The house will be incredibly quiet for an entire week, but THAT, I can handle.  

I'm sharing my favorites, but could have easily featured 30 projects.  I just had to force myself to narrow the list down.  So, here are my picks for the week.

Town and Country Living shared some gorgeous front doors.



Uncommon Designs showed us how to make vintage-looking crates.





Betsy Speert gave us a peek at her awesome living room.





I love this Frenchy chair redo by Zoom In 24



Northern Nesting redid her table without paint but there's paint in there somewhere; she shows us where she displayed her new painting from guess who?  (Linsey from Farmhouse Porch)  




Swede Dreamer made me thirsty with lots of beverage recipes for summer



So what if you aren't as talented an artist as Linsey? Well Remodelando has some ideas on how to make create artwork without even lifting a paint brush.



I'm a sucker for a French chair, and 551 East reupholstered hers, and shares tutorials on how we can do it too. 



Desire Empire said shared a recipe for chocolate and gluten-free slices, yum



Revisionary Life helped her daughter decorate a new apartment on a budget - Bohemian style




Faith, Hope and Cherrytea invited us to her wonderful tea 






Thanks so much for participating, but don't forget to read the rules and please LINK BACK!  I have found several links that I wanted to feature, but they didn't have a link back, so please, please link back if you want to be featured.





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.  Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that you are only using photos you own or have permission to use, and 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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Just one more for today... I saved the best for last!!

 Ok, I know I'm really pushin' the paintings on you guys lately. What can I say, I go through painting spurts. I've been painting most of the day. To those of you who've stopped by and left a comment, if I haven't come to visit you today I promise I'm on my way tomorrow!


Today was all about reworking paintings I had laying around. I added layers and layers of different stains to this one to give it an aged look.


Pardon the poor picture quality. I had every light on in the house and just couldn't get a decent shot. I couldn't wait to share it though...
















I am so in love with this!!!  I think this is one of my fave paintings yet. It looks so good in my hutch. It will be bittersweet if it sells.










It looks "glisten-y" because it is still wet, which makes it very hard to photograph.



I think it would look neat above a stove...on the back-splash. I will take more pics later. The pics don't do the color justice. The tobacco stain and scratchiness don't show up.

Guess I better hop into bed. Happy Friday!

♥Linsey





Today's New Painting

This pastoral scene, which I call "The Grazing Pasture", has a French Country feel. I just finished it this afternoon.
The Grazing Pasture, Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 12x18", $225

The painting is still wet, fresh off the easel. It can stay "as is" or I can antique it with a tinted glaze for a more time worn appearance. 




The Grazing Pasture, Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 12x18", $225

I use only the highest quality paints, brushes, mediums and canvases to create a one of a kind piece of art that can be passed down for generations.
The Grazing Pasture, Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 12x18", $225

The Grazing Pasture, Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 12x18", $225



If you are interested in owning one of my originals please contact me at thefarmhouseporch@yahoo.com
Thank you for looking.
♥Linsey



Common Ground

Monday, May 28, 2012

Welcome to Week 17 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

Welcome to Week 17 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


Your host this week is
Amanda from The Ivy Cottage Blog!


Hey Y'all!  Hope y'all are settling in with something cool to drink, a large plate of food, and a great view of kiddos in the pool this Memorial Day . . . that's what I am doing!  I am serving Coca Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches and will be posting that amazing recipe later this week, so be sure to stop by and check it out.

On to the party!  I have been having a toothache lately and will be heading to the dentist next week where I am sure they will say that I have a cavity and that I need to layoff the sweets . . . well, I figured that means I need to load up on them this week!  LOL!  The theme of this week's features is "Sweet Tooth."  Enjoy!

A "Berry Patriotic Pie" by Don't Mess With My Tutus!

A "90 Minute Sweet Party Platter" by With A Blast!


"Baker's Twine Cupcakes" by Oh Craft!


Katherine's "Sweet" Happy Place by Katherine's Corner!


A "Knotted Jute Vase Tutorial" by Twigg Studios!


A "Cottage Garden Tote" By Knick of Time!


A "Sweet Sunporch Transformation" by Decorate With A Little Bit!


Whew~ That was a lot of features, but everyone just got sweeter and sweeter!  Thanks so much for participating, but don't forget to read the rules and please LINK BACK!

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.

New Stuff!




Maybe I have been overlooking them, but I haven't come across many (affordable) neat old weather vanes. I've been on the hunt for one lately. Of course I could never afford a "true" copper folk art antique weather vane. I was shocked recently to see one appraised for hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Antique Roadshow.

But I'm pretty thrilled with my little weather vane. I think I'll name her "The Black". I love "The Black Stallion" the movie.






I also picked up a couple of green frogs to display postcards and what not.

















I'm rushing through this post because we're going for a swim in the neighbors new pool and my kids are about burst with excitement.

Enjoy your holiday!



Linsey

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2 New Paintings and a photo of God Smiling


 I have two new paintings to share...


"Pear and Cloche" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, $400, 18x24"

"The Edge of Town" 12x12" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas





 I'm loving the cloche & pear painting against my green wall. If she doesn't get adopted, she can be part of the family. :)











And lastly...this. 
I don't have big, earth shaking spiritual moments. Rather, I feel like God is saying hello in little quiet moments like this, when I pause to look at his unparalleled work of art- the world. From the enormity of the sky  to the pattern of a butterflies wing, no detail is incorrect.
I stepped into my backyard and saw this sky yesterday. And I instantly felt God smiling upon me.



Every time I look at this picture now, I get that feeling again. 






Linsey


Common Ground









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