Monday, September 3, 2012

Welcome to Week 31 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party



Welcome to Week 31 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


It's Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch here.  


  

In the beginning of August, we took a trip to Asheville, NC, enjoyed the cooler weather, the gorgeous views, and downtime with the family. Although some members of our family went zip-lining, white water rafting, and golfing, some of us put our feet up and read; it was a time of refreshing.  We stayed at Anne Marie's lovely house in the historic Monford District in Asheville, and the good news is, that you can stay there too click here to see more.


We're back in Texas now, where the weather is decidedly more sauna-like, but it's September now, and that first cool front can't be too far away.   





After we got home, and after I got the laundry done, and the kids ready for school,  I began work on my BIG, FAT sewing project (slipcovers for my living room.)  The sofa and ottoman are done, so just two settees are left to finish, woo hoo!!  

But I'm taking a break from sewing just now, to show you these fabulous features from last week's party

Please, please remember to put the Cowgirl Up button on your linked post.  At least TWO posts didn't get featured today because the bloggers did not link back. I don't want that to happen to you, so please add it if you haven't already.  If case you are wondering, you need only link back to one of our blogs, not all four.  You should be able to find the cowgirl up button on the sidebar of this blog.  


Here are the features I selected this week.


Clear Blue Sky's barley twist table goes gray.




Redfly Creations' Our favorite crescent rolls,



Forever Decorating's Fun August Decor




Blue Roof Cabin's kitchen island update




Worthing Court's simply stunning new deck



Simply Vintageous Thinking outside the box



Town and Country Living's How to make little burlap bags,




North Dakota Kitchen's Popcorn Party Cake Style


and

Common Ground's Around the house



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 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.

A Lavender Vignette-Purple Cottage Hydrangea




Hey there! Here is my latest painting for sale. I am in love with it...but I need to sell it. Paintings are like sharks...gotta keep them moving! Thank you to those of you who support me selling my paintings in my posts. I don't really have any other way to get them "out there" without finding a gallery. And I know I have an audience that is into the same "look" as me so I really appreciate you tolerating my sales pitches :D You all are very encouraging and I love you for that♥

This painting is in an antique chunky faded gold frame. I like that the gold paint on really old frames loses its' shiny newness and takes on a bronzy faded patina. 

It measures 21"x19" with the frame.

Contact me at thefarmhouseporch@yahoo.com if you are interested in buying. The paint is still wet so it must wait a few weeks before being shipped.







*It's so hard to photograph textured wet paint, as you can see by the reflections



Thank you for looking!

♥Linsey

...and here's a big painting I just started. What are we thinking of this one?



"Crepe Myrtle in a Mason Jar" unfinished






Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Painting with a Gorgeous Frame - A Makeover Story



I inherited this painting from my mother in law a few years ago when she closed her antique booth. I fell in love with the frame, the painting...not so much. The painting was so old that it had just about grown into the frame. They had become one. So taking it out of the frame meant risking the already delicate integrity of the old frame. I tried touching up the painting...


I just had to change the color of the tablecloth. It was burnt orange and olive green. Can you imagine...with red and pink and purple flowers?

But it still looked so scraggly and off. I may have changed the colors but I only made the "tablecloth" look worse!

So tonight, after having spent the whole day on another new big painting, I grabbed it and pretty much started fresh (it's such a pain to set up the oil paints so I look for any excuse to keep those brushes wet). This thing has so many layers of paint now!!

So here it is! I can live with it now!





Don't ask me what kind of flowers they are. A figment of my imagination I guess. What started as hydrangea morphed into lilac...or wisteria or something. That's the great thing about impressionism- you can be a little more obscure! Haha

Only one problem...why in the heck did I use purples? I have zero purple in my house.



♥Linsey



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Monday, August 27, 2012

Welcome to Week 30 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 30 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!

1 Party, 4 Blogs



This week's host is Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog!

For those of you who do not know, I run a wedding decor design business in my spare time . . . I do about 50 weddings a year, so a little more than spare time!  I am smack dab in the middle of wedding season and am also being mobbed by 2013 clients . . . my job rocks!  Here is my latest custom bouquet for a client . . . she loved it!


With that said, I am all about weddings right now, so I selected this week's features with this in mind.  Enjoy!

I was immediately attracted to this bouquet by
What Meegan Makes!


What?!?!?!  You can iron fabric onto your walls?!?!?!  Check out The Creek Line House's tutorial!  I am totally invisioning a silhouette of the happy couple in a fun mod fabric at the wedding reception . . . how original!

Over at Swede Dreams, there is a great post of inspiration for Alfresco Dining!  The lovely colors and crystals easily translated into wedding decor in my mind.

Check out this lovely set of bookpage crafts from Town and Country Living . . . these heart shaped cutouts just call to my romantic side!


How sweet would these Pink Lemonade Pie In A Jars be served at backyard wedding?
Love it, Cherished Bliss!
Pink Lemonade Pie in a Jar


How about having this cheescake gracing your cake table at the reception?
The recipe can be found over at Fresh Eggs Daily.

Are you a DIY bride?  How about making these simple burlap flowers by
Where I Gather My Thoughts?
1052

And last, but certainly not least . . . . I LOVE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES!  I think Anne and Gilbert are so romantic . . . sigh.  When I saw this dresser, I had to add it to my list . . . okay, so it isn't exactly wedding inspiration, but it is romantic inspiration to me.
Way to go, Simply Vintageous!


Please grab the button below if you were featured!


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 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.

Will this Problem ever be Solved?


Otherwise known as "More than you ever wanted to know about my Jewelry"



I decided to try the DIY burlap covered cork board organizer. There are jillions of variations on this project floating around, everything from screen doors to chicken wire, cute little hooks and doorknobs to muffin tins. But I did it the simple (lazy) way. I covered a cork board I found at the thrift store for $5 with burlap. Then I used docorative upholstry tacks to be the jewelry holders.

Back in the day I used a Caboodle, remember those? 


I still have a tiny caboodle. I keep hairpins and foreign coins in it. Everytime I open it though,  I expect to see scrunchies and Bonnie Bell nail polish.

Then I tried using one of these. 

Jewelry Armoire - Whitewash.Opens in a new window

This "thing" is in my closet. I always laughed at these "jewelry armoires" for some reason and swore I'd never own one. But I eventually broke down and asked Santa for one 3 years ago. It's a great idea in theory, but it just didn't work for me. The necklace situation was horrible. It didn't fit long necklaces in the side door compartments, and the ones that were stuffed in there were always stuck to the magnet that held the doors shut. To add to the problem, I found that if I couldn't see it in plain sight, with my groggy eyes during my hectic morning routine, I probably wouldn't remember to wear it. 

So I started keeping my jewelry in this little shabby, chippy (antique doll dresser???) thingy. Love the look of it. But those poor little knobs are barely hanging on and well...it didn't solve the "out of sight, out of mind" problem.


So we shall try the "hanging on the wall" approach. I like the way it looks. It's not super fancy but I figure jewelry is fancy enough to stand alone. 






I have a thing for lockets and jewelry with hidden compartments. When I wear this to work and open it up, it always makes me happy.



 And yet another use for burlap! I always manage to kill houseplants but my tiny little Walmart Ivy is loving her spot above the tub. As you can see I had to make a wire hoop to give her something to cling to.


I lined this old basket with a plastic grocery bag, then lined it with burlap. Then I put the dirt on that and planted the ivy. I think this, combined with the diffused "lace" light, and the proximity to warm steam is a winning combination. 



One more little trinket to share with you. I picked up this old silver tray for a few dollars. I loved the french looking design and the shape. I think it would be pretty with a row of white guest soaps, or even on a desk for pens and paper clips...


Don't forget to link up to Cowgirl Up! Monday Nights at 8:30 (ish)

♥Linsey




Saturday, August 25, 2012

And the winner of the Oil Painting Giveaway is...


The winner of the giveaway for my oil painting is...





 ...Tiffani of A Thrifted Market blog! 


A Thrifted Market

Her name for the painting was "A Vintage Rose", which suits it perfectly!
Thank you so much to all of you for participating and giving me such beautiful compliments on the painting. I really enjoyed reading all of the names you guys came up with for the it! You are such a creative group, no wonder I love blogging. I am inspired by you all-

♥Linsey

Monday, August 20, 2012

Welcome to Week 29 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 29 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


Hosting the party this week is Linsey from The Farmhouse Porch



I'm hosting my first ever GIVEAWAY here at The Farmhouse Porch!!! 
I will be giving away one of my original oil paintings (below)


•••Go HERE to enter the giveaway•••


Decorating Ideas Made Easy got a jump on her fall decor by creating this lovely fall wreath. It makes me want to say the word punkin'. I always pinch my mom on the cheek and call her that because she has beautiful hair that is a reddish color in a bob. I always call her my "pretty little punkin' head". Haha




Swedish Corner Down Under shared her wonderful collection of vintage cookie tins...

Jed and Ivy shared a sweet backyard "barnyard" themed party. Love the photo booth idea!



Twodaloo! Shame on you! For making me drool and crave this sinful looking strawberry concoction.





Clear Blue Sky scored this lovely dresser for $10! The classic lines and beautiful wood grain look perfect with the rich stain of the wood floors doncha think?



Shabby Story used old garden edging to hold shabby platters above a doorway. What a great way to add  a chic-unique look to the kitchen!
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Fancy Frugal Life created adorable teacher gifts.




This feature is especially meaningful to me this week as I continue on my journey as an elementary art teacher at a new school in a new city. I am excited to make new friends (adult and child alike). I'd be thrilled to receive something like this from a parent!
Don't forget about the art, music, and P.E. teachers. Show us some love too! We may not see your child all day, everyday, but we usually see them for the 5 years they attend our elementary school and watch them grow up! We really do get to know them. I have had a few parents over the years who took the time to come check out the art room and maybe send me a little gift or note, it always makes my day. I like to think that maybe they once had a great art teacher ...♥

Linsey



Now about the party... link up by clicking on the 'read  more' link below. 


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