Saturday, April 10, 2010


Ok, today was beautiful! I mean GORGEOUS! I REALLY needed to clean instead I painted, crafted and decorated! In all of my new cottage magazines they are showing pictures of romantic outdoor decorating! So you know me....I break out the paintbrush and pillows and here is what happened to the front of my house!
Note~ The rescued teapot with the reattached handle!!
Above is my $3 Teacart and wimpy approach to gardening! Yes, they are all fake but oh so pretty!
Above is the bench Josh built out of a free twin bed we found at a garage sale! I am dying to buy the Shabby Chic Pillows at Target, but alas they are $25 Plus each!!!!!!!!!!Not in my thrifty budget!
 The full porch view! So pretty! I love my home, but wouldn't be pretty painted white with light green shutters?!
Hope you enjoyed your Saturday day off as much as I did!
~Hugs Olivia


 Featured Artist of the Week!
My Featured Artist for week 2 is Carla Parazine! 

She is such an amazing painter, crafter, gardener, Christian wife and mother, and mother in law!  Carla lives in a beautiful home a beautiful home in Arkansas. She paints with oils and acrylics and has showcased her work in local galleries and supplied Cracker Barrel with darling signs! 
Carla's First Oil Painting!
Can you believe this was her first oil painting???!!! 
 This vase of flowers is one of my favorites!
Breathtaking!


I had the opportunity to stay in her home last year and see first hand her beautiful paintings and they are breathtaking! Thank you Carla for sharing your heart through your art and for being such a wonderful hostess when we visited!
These are the flowers Carla grew on her back porch!
I would give anything to have her live closer to teach me how to cook and garden!
And of course she is multi talented... she is an absolute amazing cook! Check out the darling cake Carla and her daughter Shea created...
Thank you Carla for being my featured artist of the week!

Olivia
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