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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Feast or famine.

It's either feast or famine.  I either have nothing to write about and no pictures to show or I have loads of things I want to mention.  You'll have to wait to see what I have done with that little chair.........................



because I have to show you what I did with an old garden ornament which I rescued from my garden when I lived in a house until my second hubby died.  This angel was actually bought for him by one of his daughters for Father's Day and I would have given it back to her after his passing except that the family moved on with their lives, which is okay, I understand.

As usual, I am like a bull in a china shop when I decide to work on something new and typical of me, I didn't take a before picture.  Fortunately, I found one from Christmas which depicts most of the statue so you will get an idea of what it looked like before.  Perhaps you will prefer the old state, but I love the new.


It is a very attractive piece and because I worked at the Library for many years, I had a soft spot for it because it is happily reading a book.

So, here it is in all its glory and I think it looks great at the end of the hallway underneath the old mirror that I also recently "shabby chic'd".....................




This is a picture of one I found on the internet which was already made to look like a stone statue and I love it but I will have to be satisfied with mine, LOL


Something very special I have to mention because I cannot keep it until I write the post about the chair.  My dear friend and neighbour, Laurie from  http://laurie-whentheboughbreaks.blogspot.com/  has been watching me alter the chair and was just about as excited as I was with the end result.  This lady can do just about anything and she decided that this chair desperately needed an old-fashioned doll, so yes, she just whipped one up.  These are a few words she put on her blog............... 

"I used very old cloth napkins and dresser scarves to create her.
So don't look too close, the stitches are not true as my grandma would say and one leg is a little longer than the other, poor little dear, but this doll was made with love.
I have made many, many dolls, all from found objects and cloth, I made my first doll when I was 10 and the love of making them just grew from there".

I'm sure you will agree with me that it was a most beautiful thing to do and it's something that I will treasure for as long as I am around.  Thanks so much Laurie.  This is the one she made for me..........................


And this is one she made years ago and keeps in her cedar chest until her only grand-daughter is old enough to appreciate it.


Here are a couple of pieces of my jewelry.  I always have lots of this kind of stuff for sale.




Two more pieces of artwork by my son.  I just framed them.



The top one is hamburgers on the bbq and the bottom one is of my grandson when he was just starting to walk - looks like a little angel.

Well, that's about it for now, going to the movies tonight with the ladies from the library where I used to work.  Hope it will be a good movie and I'll mention it in my next post.  Have a wonderful day.

97 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love, love love the white angel! Looks great underneath that mirror! And the doll is quite a special gift.

Kathleen
Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}
http://charmbraceletdiva.blogspot.com

laurie said...

looks great Chris and that angel looks so much better,, nothing is safe from you and that cream paint, I'll make sure I don't sit still too long when I visit or I'll come home painted cream,
your welcome about the dolly, the chair needed it, it looked lonely.
enjoy that movie.
You know I love Dave's art, he is one very talented artist.

Gina said...

I am overwhelmed with all the gorgeousness on your page :D and want all of it lol :D XXX

NanaDiana said...

Great makeover on the little reading angel. I like it. You are getting kind of scary with that paint thing. Stand still too long and you'll get painted if you visit your house! I will be popping 'round Lauries to see her doll. Aren't you lucky that she gifted you with it? xo Diana

Sue@House Pretty said...

Your angel is so pretty! And those dolls are just precious! Now, let's talk about your son's talent with the paintbrush, Wow!!

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Wow! You are amazing, Chris!

S
xo

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Laurie's doll will look great on your little chair when it's refinished!

Ted said...

Chris, it was so nice of you to visit my blog and comment. I will definitely follow your blog. :) Thanks for honoring me by following mine. I hope I don't disappoint. :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love how the statue turned out. And the picture of your grandson learning to walk is just too cute!

Donna said...

I love what you did to the statue! That was exactly what it needed!

jeanetteann said...

I like the statue much better now with the redo. Talented children too to paint like that.
x jeanetteann

Loretta said...

You really have an eye for beauty...And you gave her a very nice forever space! The painting of the baby is so darn cute, don't you just love seeing them balancing themselves with their arms up and out...How very cute is he! Hope you have a wonderful evening. Luv-you-to-pieces!

Pamela Gordon said...

I think painting the angel statue was a good idea. It looks much prettier! You sure are having fun painting everything and crafting. I hope you have a great day tomorrow. Pamela

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

LOVE what you did with the garden ornament, and I look forward to seeing what you've done with the little chair! You are a tease! ;P

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Hi Chris, Thanks for visiting me and leaving such a nice comment. It's nice to meet you!
YOU are quite a talented lady... looking forward to seeing the transformation of the little chair.

Vicki said...

That garden ornament was just meant to be in the house! Love your bird houses in previous post too. So nice to meet you!

Holly said...

Hi Chris~ I love what you did with the angel! Who woulda thought that being "shabby" would be so much fun and so beautiful!! Thank you for following me! I am now your newest follower!
xo
Holly

Christine said...

Nice projects you've been working on. I do love your son's art!

sandy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me! I'm now YOUR newest follower. I love what you did with your angel! She's even sweeter now and looks perfect under the mirror!
Sandy ;)

Glenda Atkins said...

Adore the angel , looks fabulous under the mirror! My, your son is very talented too, must run in the family. Love your work!

*Maristella* said...

Hi Chris!
Ti ringrazio, tu sei una persona deliziosa! :):)
Io ti ho inserito nei miei link preferiti...
Un abbraccio e buon lavoro, *Maristella*.

Marie said...

Chris, I just love what you did with that angel! It's just beautiful. You are so talented and have such a wonderful eye for decorating! I wish I lived down the hall from Laurie. She is such a dear sweet lady and I love her to bits. I wish I could wave a magic wand and heal her eyesight. It grieves me to know she is so challenged and at the same time I am so inspired by her tenacity and talent despite it all. Love and hugs to you! xxoo

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Chris,
What a wonderful job you've done on your little statue...she looks better than the one you saw on the Internet....and, I look forward to seeing your transformation on the chair.
Many thanks for your lovely comment and for following me. I love meeting new people....the more the merrier !! XXXX

Ira said...

Oh Chris, this is such an amazing altering job! It looks totally wonderful and the statue looks like it's always been there! You sure can be proud of yourself!!

Linens Lace and Lattes said...

Hi Chris - thanks for finding my blog which allowed me to find yours!
I am now a follower!
Love the jewelry you make. Have a great day
deb
linenslaceandlattes

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Chris, Thanks for following my blog and for your kind comments. I am now following here as well. Love what you did with the statue, you totally transformed her. You definitely have the touch. Your jewelry is beautiful. Thanks for sharing all your projects. I look forward to looking around your blog. ~ Abby

Brenda said...

Your post is just amazing today! I love all the projects that you have going. Love the jewelry and I simply ADORE your little angel. I think she looks very beautiful under your mirror. You did a great job! Your friend is very sweet to make you that beautiful doll to sit in your chair. AND I can't WAIT to see the chair when it is finished.
Your son is a wonderful artist. I knew that was burgers on the barby as soon as I saw it and his little boy IS an angel. You must be very proud to display them in your home. I know I would.
Have an awesome day!
Brenda

Hope Filled Living said...

Hi Chris, I love what you have done with your garden fairy. She is so pretty in the off-white.....I actually have several in my house. They are just angelic and sweet and inspire me. Thanks for coming to visit and follow my blog. I am now YOUR newest follower!
xoxo,
Mary

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Chris
You're quite the crafty lady. I have 2 of the same fairy reading a book; 1 I painted gold that sits in my reading garden and the other is white and sits in the kitchen.
It will be interesting to see what you do with the chair.
Judith

Peach said...

Hi Chris - thanks so much for stopping by! I am so glad to have come over and find your blog. You are very talented!! I love what you did to the angel statue, it looks very pretty. And what a talented son you have!!

Take care.

Kim

KraftyKoolKat said...

You do have a lot of news sweetie. I love the updated statue you have done wonders. The doll your friend made is awesome. The jewllery is gorgeous.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Dandelion and Daisy said...

You're a busy girl! I love what you've done with your angel. That, and the mirror, make a delightful focal point at the end of your hallway.

Rebecca said...

Love the transformations!!! You did a great job, I'll b back to see more!

Zaa said...

I love your fairy transformations... You've been a busy girl in cold Ontario( br-r-r-r)... that's what winter is for( ha Ha) ...I can't wait t see what you do to the chair !!!!... Your dolly is so precious and truly a gift from the heart... ENJOY!!! Thanks for sharing your inspiring creations....Hugs

Teena in Toronto said...

You've been busy!

I love the burger on the grill picture :)

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Chris,
I love how you transformed the angel! Your jewelry pieces are very nice too.
Hugs

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I love the new fairy look! And I especially love the dear artwork of your grandson! What a talented son you have!!!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Hi Chris, I hopped on over here to check out your blog, and it is so charming. I just love it! You sure do have a lot to share here. I don't know why you say you will have to make do with the angel statue that you transformed, it is gorgeous! Along side with the chair and doll, and your jewelry. You are definitly talented. It must run in the family with your sons artwork!
I am following you, now!
Blessings,
Little Susie Home Maker

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, it is a pleasure to follow you, I have so enjoyed my visit here and look forward to my next visit, I love your angel makeover, great job! Hugs Marilou

Sweet Tea said...

So much talent within your family.
I enjoy seeing your son's art and I love
what you did with the angel.

Martha said...

Dear Chris!
We're glad to visiting ... I love your blog too ... Locate each other at other times ... Welcome to Martha
http://antiquesinterior.blogspot.com/
http://martha-roseromanticism.blogspot.com/

lynn said...

hi chris!
i really like the statue in the lighter finish:) your jewerly and your son's artwork are just wonderful!

Sonia said...

Thanks for your sweet visit! I'm your newest follower! The little chair reminds me of my son's rocker that is tucked away in my attic. I want to refinish it someday so will be interested in what you do! Looked at some of you recent posts...loved the birdhouses on the candlesticks! Fun blog!!

Miss Bloomers

Marge said...

Dear Chris,

thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog!:) It made me very happy:) You are so skillful family! So wondeful handwork and art!!♥

I wish you very happy week and "see" you again!:))

Many hugs from Finland,
Marge

Lynn Stevens said...

LOVE the transformation, anything shabby chic calls to me!
How sweet the fabric doll your friend made you is.
Hugs Lynn

Deborah said...

Hi Chris. you did a great job on shabbifying the statue and the horsey with the cream paint. I love libraries and reading too. I am happiest when I am surrounded by books. I like the lampshade you showed below because I have a similar one made of kappa shell. They are so beautiful.

rosarod said...

Hi Chris, that beautiful piece! reading a fairy! has been so good in cream, have so much to show, the rag doll, I love it! hugs, Rose M

Designing Lady Jane said...

I love that little reading angel, and how you displayed her with her new look on the pedestal, it matches that shabby chic mirror perfectly. Thanks for stopping by my blog and joining up. I'm your newest follower.

Sares said...

Hi Chris! Your makeover turned out beautifully! I much prefer the shabby chic look. Sometimes I wonder how long it will be before we all revert and like things darker again! Your son is quite the artist! I look forward to seeing the little chair with said rag doll!

Olga said...

Hi Chris,
I like the job you did on that garden statue. It's very pretty.
I will gladly follow you blog as you have so many interesting things here.

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello,
Thank you for visiting and following Red Rose Alley. Your blog is so charming. I love the angel, and the torqoise balls are beautiful. I am just decorating a room in that color. I hope you visit us again, and I am now following you too. Happy Friday to you.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

Hi!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)
I just became a follower, and look forward to following your posts!
Have a great weekend,
Pamela

Riet said...

Hello and good morning. Thank you for visiting my blog and following me. What a lovely blog you have. I love what you did with the garden statue and the chair.
I am following you now . Have a nice weekend.

Heather said...

What a lovely varied post. I love your 'new improved' angel and the cloth dolls are beautiful - a great way of using unwanted household textiles and giving them new life. Lovely jewellery too, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the little chair. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. I shall add you to my list of followers.

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting...and I'm now following your blog. It will be fun to follow along in your blog journey. Love what you did with the statue. It looks very elegant how you've placed it. Thank you again for visiting. Have a great weekend! ; )
~Michele

Werna Gail said...

Hi Chris, Thanks for coming by my blog.
Can't wait to see what you do with the little chair.
I see you make jewelry, have you ever made your own beads with polymer clay? It is great fun and so much cheaper than buying beads.
Be blessed and stop by again.

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Thanks for stopping by and for following me. I love the chair and I took a look at some of your jewelery. Love the purple one.
Hugs, Pat

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Chris! I 'm so glad you found me, so I could find you. I am following you back! Love how your angel turned out. Looks much better in white. Your doll is adorable, and perfect for your chair! Have a great weekend!

Debbie

Romancing The Bling said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment regarding my blog and jewelry designs. :) We have lot's in common... make jewelry, widow, mother of two sons, daughter in-law, retired, etc.)

Thank you for following my blog and I am honored to be following yours! :)

Have a lovely day!

Debby

Chatty Crone said...

Gosh with all your followers I don't know how you found me but I am glad you did. I am 1170! Thanks for following me too.

I loved the angel reading a book - so serene and peaceful.

Do you know Laurie personally - I follow her too - she seems like a wonderful gal.

sandie♥

Julia said...

Lovely blog you have ! Lots to see and great fun!

Donalda Martin said...

Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog. You have a wonderful blog and I'm so glad you found me so that I now can follow you.
Hugs Donalda

sky-blu-pink said...

I much prefer the statue after your handiwork - it looks beautifully old and treasured now. Jewellery is lovely! I have a similar chair just waiting for my husband to fix and me to paint; I'll blog it when I have.

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Chris,
Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog and i am so happy you found me!
What a lovely blog you have and i will so enjoy getting to know you as well!
Be blessed,
Lorena

Maria Matter said...

oh I love your transformed angel...beautiful and it looks wonderful under your mirror!
Hope you have a lovely weekend Chris!
Blessings!

Sandee said...

Chris your angel is stunning!!! I love it!!!

Betty Wright said...

Chris, thank so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! I am following you now, too! http://www.gbedwright.blogspot.com/

WOW! I just love your creativity. The garden angel does look so much better in all her vintage shabbychicness. I love the homemade doll, too. I had one similar as a child. She had blonde hair. I love the material fines you used to dress her up! Again, awesome blog!

Miss Gracie's House said...

I'm with you...I like your statue better *shabbied-chiced*...and the doll is so sweet!
Have a great weekend!
Rene'

sissie said...

Hi Chris,
It's so nice meet you. My but you are one talented gal. I love the painted statue and it sits perfectly on that pedestal. Love your sweet little doll too. Looks as though your son inherited your creative gene!
Great paintings.

I'm following you now and I'll be back often.

hugs
Sissie

Rita @ TesoroFino.com said...

Nice meeting you Chris. I see you are from Canada where I'm heading today. I have family in Buffalo and have to attend services there. So glad you enjoyed my blog. We seem to have things in common. Love, love, books just like you and everything I see, I want to transform it into shabby. I love to create and recreate. When you get a chance, be sure to read "About Us" on my blog. You'll find the button link at the top of the page. Your garden angel transformation looks amazing!!! Looking forward to getting to know you. Warmest Regards, Rita @ TesoroFino.com

Rita @ TesoroFino.com said...

Nice meeting you Chris. I see you are from Canada where I'm heading today. I have family in Buffalo and have to attend services there. So glad you enjoyed my blog. We seem to have things in common. Love, love, books just like you and everything I see, I want to transform it into shabby. I love to create and recreate. When you get a chance, be sure to read "About Us" on my blog. You'll find the button link at the top of the page. Your garden angel transformation looks amazing!!! Looking forward to getting to know you. Warmest Regards, Rita @ TesoroFino.com

Rita @ TesoroFino.com said...

Nice meeting you Chris. I see you are from Canada where I'm heading today. I have family in Buffalo and have to attend services there. So glad you enjoyed my blog. We seem to have things in common. Love, love, books just like you and everything I see, I want to transform it into shabby. I love to create and recreate. When you get a chance, be sure to read "About Us" on my blog. You'll find the button link at the top of the page. Your garden angel transformation looks amazing!!! Looking forward to getting to know you. Warmest Regards, Rita @ TesoroFino.com

Jeannie B. said...

I do like the statue after you have redone it. I like the light look of it. Very pretty!!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Following you back as well ! I love the "new" cherub and it looks like the talent in your family hasn't skipped a generation.
warm regards,
Francie

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Hi Chris! Thanks for visiting and becoming a friend. I too am now your new friend and follower. Can't wait to enjoy reading more. Beautiful blog you have here.

parTea lady said...

Wow, there are so many great things to see here. Your angel turned out great and your handmade jewelry is lovely.

I grew up in Toronto and also worked in a library briefly. Thanks for visiting me at Tea and Talk.

Char said...

Hello Chris,
it's nice to meet you. I am now following you as well.
I love the garden ornament. I thought the angel was beautiful in the before picture, perfect for a man, now she is perfect for you, all shabbied up in loveliness.
Your son certainly has talent and his pictures are beautiful.
Your freind's creation of the doll deserves a place of honor, what talent you have surrounding you.
I can't wait to see what you did with the chair. Please don't be a stranger and have a great weekend,
Char

Sewn With Grace said...

So nice of you to stop by! I am following you as well. I love your creations, everything turned out so nicely. Have a wonderful weekend!

Roselle said...

Hello Chris:
Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comments!

I LOVE that angel....it is beautiful all painted up in shabby chic white!

Have a great week!

Roselle

Rita said...

Hello Chris,
I've found your blog via a comment you left over at Jackie's. What a lovely blog you have here. Love the cherub transformation - you did an amazing job.
rita.

Pinkness! said...

Hi Chris,
Thanks for becoming a follower on my Blog. I am loving your posts, particularly love your Darling little library angel, she's lovely - and how beautiful you fashioned it along with the mirror. What a great look!

Victoria said...

Hello Chris, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following me:) I am now following you also. I just love your cherub! I am cherub obsessed!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to visiting your blog much more.

Susan said...

Hello Chris I just wanted to stop by and say Thank you for stopping by my blog and following me. I am your newest follower! Your projects turned out beautiful!

Melissa said...

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. I love what you did to your garden statue. Following back.

Rachel Pallas said...

Hi Chris~ so nice that you stopped by my blog, so I could find yours!! Have a beautiful day! xo Rachel :)

www.shabbyfrenchforme.blogspot.com

TheEccentricLady said...

Chris, Thanks for the nice comments. I like what you did with your statue very much. I will be following to see what else you transform.

The Tablescaper said...

Great makeover. Thanks for the visit and kind words.

Why don't you link your post to Seasonal Sundays?

- The Tablescaper

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog http://www.victorianatheart.blogspot.com for a visit. It was nice to meet you and fun to check out your blog and discover many inspiring creations. I love your statue redo. I am loving the retired life too.

sylvia said...

thank you so much for your kind comment, it's so funny since I have been making dolls last week like the ones on your pictures!! I'll show them next week on my blog!! I will be your follower too, kind regards, sylvia extra from villa extra

Vintage Home said...

Thanks for dropping by & commenting!
Your little chair is adorable...can't wait to see how you finish it!
I love what you did to the little angel....funny how white just shows everything off!
Your son is a great artist!

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Chris
I am your newest follower and look forward to following a fellow Canadian! Thank you for commenting on my post of San Francisco.. we had a great time! I had the exact angel statue you have located on line but about 7 years ago someone decided to remove it off our front porch and use it at their own home.. I was so upset as I loved her too and have not found another like her since. Take care.

Wanda

LV said...

I truly enjoyed your blog and post. You are certainly a talented and have a head full of great ideas. Very pleased you found my home and stopped by. You did a remarkable makeover on the little statue. Thanks for following and I will retun the favor.

Cinner said...

Hi Chris, I love your blog, I have been here before because I know I was thrilled that you frame all your sons artwork. He is very talented. Thank you for your kind words and I am your newest follower. have a wonderful day and week ahead of us. hugs.

littlethings1 said...

Hi Chris,
Thank you for stopping by my blog !! Loved reading your blog ! Your chair is adorable & wow , your son's art is amazing !! Have a fabulous & creative day !!
Eunice

Kimberly said...

I love ANGELS! they are my favorite things to collect.

Nancy StyleDecor said...

You are so creative and talented! Love your blog!
Thanks so much for hopping by.
nancy

monah http://graciouscottage.com/ said...

Chris,
Thanks for visiting my blog.
I am almost retired and already loving it too.
monah