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Happy Surprise & Friday Freebie....

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of a giveaway on my friend Janine's blog.
She painted this lovely little painting of an angel and I just received it in the mail. Thank you so much Janine! She's adorable and I will find a worthy spot for her in my house. If you don't know Janine, go check out her blog. She does wonderful paintings that make you smile : )


So here's another Friday Freebie. It's another cabinet card and I really like this one! I actually printed it onto a transparency and then transferred it to fabric
and used it in one of my little crazy quilts. I posted it a while back, here's the link to that post. If you do take a look at it, you will notice that I played around with it
in photoshop before printing. I turned it into a solar effect. The little girl ended up with a bright yellow dress & background and then I used some Shiva oil sticks on it to give it a little more color.


It's been a somewhat busy week and I haven't been around to all the blogs I'd like to see but hopefully will have a few moments this weekend.
I'm busy trying to get my house somewhat organized. We've been in the house almost a year and it's still not quite home... I'm getting there. The yard is also a work in progress, but I would much rather be outside digging in dirt than in the house organizing closets and cabinets! So the house is done in spurts.
At this moment my art studio is so packed full of furniture that I can't even walk in there, much less get to either of my desks to do any art. We had the basement carpet cleaned yesterday and my room is NOT carpeted to the excess furniture had to go into my studio while the carpet was cleaned and it's still damp! So I guess my studio will remain a storage room until tomorrow. Maybe just maybe I can at least
get an art tag done, so I won't feel like I've lost my creativity completely!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Comments

Cathy what a sweet little angel:)

I really wish we lived closer to one another. Ten days without hubbys!!! We could have hung out a bit and created together or worked in the yard I really love that to!

How wonderful to get to spend girl time with your daughter. Always so much fun to do that.

XXXOOO
Becky
Janine said…
Glad you like it
Hugs
Janine
Cathy Mendola said…
How nice it would be to live close to you Becky!
I would love to have such a creative, fun friend close by. Oh well, maybe we can meet up one day...
Janine, thanks so much again!!
Oh my friend, you are one busy lady! And while I miss your artwork, I totally get the need to focus on other things. That is the way of life and the way of women, I think. We know how to prioritize, most of the time, and take care of what needs to be taken care of.

The transfer above is stunning. Oh my goodness! On fabric? Rub off on me, please!
Jamie said…
What a lovely CDV photo!!! The civil war era is my favorite. She is beautiful and thank you for sharing her. I love that we can save these photos and keep them alive:) Love, Jamie
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Marsha & Jamie!

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