Friday, January 30, 2015

Paint Party Friday

It's Friday again and time to Party with the best :) 
It has been a productive week here . My energy seems to have finally restored itself and I'm loving it . 
I'm still Painting flowers and dreaming of summer. Inspired by the unseasonably warm weather we've been having here. With BRIGHT sunshine ♥ Makes me want to plant flowers but I know it's not a wise thing to do so I paint them . 
A 8 x 10 inch canvas board done with acrylics and ink. 

a 8 x 8 inch gallery wrapped canvas with 1.5 in sides. This one is a mixed media canvas. 

I have a couple of sketches started but no pictures of those. 
The rest of my week was spent working on my fiber arts. 
I crocheted a wool hat with my first batch of hand dyed yarn and then I felted and shaped. 

I also made one with some purchased yarns.

Now I have to decide what type of hat to make with the second batch of blue yarn.

Winter has returned now so it will be a lot of cuddling by the fireplace and cooking I think for this coming week. :) Soups and breads sound real good . 
Today's Random Thoughts....

So don't forget to click on the button on my sidebar to check out some pretty awesome art by other wonderful folks. 
Paint Party Friday

Monday, January 26, 2015

T Stands for Tuesday

It's T for Tuesday! 
It was a beautiful day here today. We got the sunshine and warmer temperatures that I'm sure the East Coast is wishing they were having. 
For those of you in the path of that nasty storm....... Stay Safe !
I'm guessing that this week is going to be a fiber art week here. :) Last night I crocheted a hat using this yarn that I had dyed recently.....
I'm really happy with this color mix :) 
This morning I felted the hat and here it is drying....
Notice the  big mug of herbal tea ? How could you miss :) Love this mug too a Christmas gift from my future daughter-in-law. 
The crochet flower will be attached to the hat just not exactly sure where yet.  Have to wait until it's dry and then play with it a bit to figure that out. 
Yesterday I also dyed another lot of yarn using more blues and going for a darker shade... here it is wet.

I can barely wait for it to be dry so I can wind it up and see what it looks like. 
Some of you may remember that a couple of years ago I made 100 hats for charity.

Lots of friends and co-workers donated yarn for that and I have lots left so I have decided to do hats for charity again. I'm not setting a number to get done this year; just as many as I can. 
I've started a new painting too.... well it's rough sketched on a canvas board. 
As you can see I'm still stuck on the cone-flowers. Maybe my friend Valerie is right and I need the healing the cone-flowers offer.
Random thoughts for today...

So that's where I'm at this week .
Don't  forget to check out the other post at 
Grab button for T stands for Tuesday

Just click on the picture on my sidebar to get there. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your BlOG

My blog is SilverSpring Acres Labors of Love. 
I live in Missouri in the United States about 50 miles west of St. Louis. My home is on a 3 acre lot where I grow my flowers, vegetables and herbs and create my art. 
I have always been a creative person from early childhood . If I am not creating something I am not complete and will become a very irritable and unhappy person. 
I also love fiber arts and am a compulsive crocheter :) I love to dye yarn also. 

Currently I'm creating these adorable KITTY PODS for the fur babies in my life and for those who have felt a need to purchase one for their babies. 

 My art is often inspired by my garden and flowers....

I also love to do faces and things slightly on the whimsical side

I also love to make soaps, salves ,lotions, tinctures and teas using the herbs out of my garden .

So as you can see I bounce all over the place with my creative endeavors. 
Thanks for checking out my blog!
Please check out the other blogs today by clicking on button on my sidebar. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paint Party Friday

Late AGAIN :-( 
It's been a slow week for me with very little energy and not much accomplished . 
I did finally get the painting finished last night but no energy then to post it. 
I'm beginning to think that winter is not a good season for me :) 
So once again I am thinking about summer and flowers and dreaming of green grass and warm sunshine on my skin. 
Here's today's painting...

It's a 12in X 12in  gallery wrapped canvas done with acrylics and ink. 
It seems that Echinaceas are my flower of choice this year so perhaps I need to plant a few more  . I need to make sure I have lots of inspiration for new winters art ♥
Here are a few of the in-progress photos from yesterday. 

The red package in the first photo is a CD my daughter burned for me ... My very first Grateful Dead concert in 1973. The music I was listening to as I painted. 
Linking to.....
Paint Party Friday be sure to click on the button on my side bar to check all of the fabulous art there. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Paint Party Friday

It's Friday already ? 
Where has all of the time gone? 
I've been busy busy here with some of my other projects around here and not a whole lot of painting going on. 
I've been working with the herbs that having been hanging all around the house :) 
Getting them cleaned off of their stems and into jars and labeled. Also made up some salves and tinctures.

I also had to work up a batch of soap for and order and for us and my daughter. I hadn't realized we were so low. This time I used the stems from some of the herbs and simmered them in water for a good will and then used this infused water in one batch of soap. I really like the way it turned out a LOT! I had use sage and added a small amount of Patchouli EO and it smells wonderful I'll be making more of that real soon.

So now to the art. Which is really why we're here to begin with :) 
This week I finished another Echinacea done with acrylics on a 12in X 12in canvas. 

I seem to have summer and flowers on my mind a lot this weeks.  
Today's Random Thoughts

Don't forget to click on the button on my sidebar to check out all of the other great art. 
Paint Party Friday