Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A bird got into my house!


Maybe it is the cooler weather...



The shorter days




... or the sound of football on the TV. 

But Mr. Raven wanted to come (in) to play.






He and two of his friends landed on my hutch.




 With some old crusty bottles and a severed hand. :D



Yup...they are fake of course. I found them at the dollar store of all places! This will probably be the extent of my Halloween decor. Besides a few pumpkins and my haunted house cookie jar. Oh, and maybe a wreath. And my little pumpkin lights. But that is ALL.


I guess Mr. Bird and his "crow"nies can stick around until Halloween.


As long as they don't mess up my old books.





Have a spook-tacular week my little punkin's!





♥Linsey

Sharing at 
Coastal Charm
Faded Charm
The Brambleberry Cottage
Savvy Southern Style
My Romantic Home

Monday, September 10, 2012

Welcome to Week 32 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party



Welcome to Week 32 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs

It's Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls hosting this week.  



Around my house we are excited FALL! The weather has gotten a bit cooler (good riddance to those 100+ temps), my girls have started cheering for our youth football team, TCU games are here, and I am brainstorming ideas for my fall decor. After looking back at a few of my projects from last year, I am pretty sure that burlap will be making a comeback in my home! 
You can find the tutorials for these projects on the right sidebar of craftytexasgirls.com
And after looking at your posts from last week, I can see you are excited for September too! Everyone gets so creative this time of year. So this week, I have chosen 10 of your best ideas- a bit of fall inspiration, some beautiful home decor, and a yummy recipe too.  I hope that they will inspire you to welcome fall, update your home decor and try a new crafty project this month.

 
1. Get a head start on your fall decor with a bit of gold. Start with this Gilded Pumpkin tutorial shared by "From Generation to Generation" .

2. Is your laundry room/keeping space lacking some pizzazz? Check out this make-over from "Lookie What I Did" and find some inspiration for getting organized. 

3. Experiment with a bold color. I love the warm orange wall color and black accents chosen by "Ranger 911" for her French Country Kitchen.

4. Create a new look on your shelves or mantle by shopping your home.  "Forever Decorating" showed off her newest 'hutch' decor and how to mix old and new. 

 5. "Must Love Junk" adds a pop of orange with these sweet little pumpkins. 

 6. Get the look for less with these gorgeous painted curtains. The perfect way to change the feel of a room.  Shared by "The Concrete Cottage"

7. Have you been thrifting lately? "Daisy Mae Belle" knows how and her room reveal will inspire you to look twice the next time you are at a garage sale or Goodwill. 


8.  "Gwen Moss" wrote an interesting post about what fun Halloween decor you can find at the Dollar Store now. Stock up early, you won't believe what you can find for $1.

9. Invite over a few friends and enjoy this yummy cake with a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. The perfect fall treat.  Shared by "100% Molly Made". 

10. And finally, "Craftberry Bush" has given me wreath envy! I love the look of hydrangeas and burlap. Challenge yourself to craft a beautiful fall wreath this month.

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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



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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.

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