My Life

Jeff and I took another trip north looking for the elusive fall foliage.  The warm spell put a halt to the colorful progression.  If you want to follow what is going on with fall foliage, check out his page.

We stopped at one of our favorite spots on Route 16, Our Favorite Things Collectibles in Albany NH.  We love to stop because the proprietor is such a delightful, spitfire of a woman.  I also wanted to stop because I saw something there last year that I didn’t pick up and was hoping it was still there.

And it was!

This is a milk crate from Ferland Dairy in Mexico Maine.  The importance is that’s my mother’s maiden name.  They aren’t direct relations, and I am still working to find the family connection.  All Ferlands in North America descend from one Ferland who immigrated to Canada in the 1600’s.  So, I have my work cut out for me to locate this one!

Collecting for a farmhouse look is great, but when you can do it with a family connection, even better!

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately. Please disregard the plywood floors but that is what is allowing me to use my dining room as my work space right now, until we get our new floors in!

Not really Mixed Media, more decoupage, but I really needed to work on some of the projects cluttering the garage. I don’t love decoupage and now wish I had done a transfer instead.
I used some images from the Graphics Fairy, but the main image is an illustration, which was the inspiration for doing this desk this way, from the late 19th century by Albert Robida called “Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000.” I found it on a site called The Public Domain Review which has some really interesting images. Once I saw it, I knew I had to use it somehow.
This is so not my usual style which is more French Country and Cottage. When I had the top done, my husband came home, and I thought I would get “the look,” you know the one that implies, “God, what is she thinking?” But he surprised me by saying, “You’re not selling this one are you? That’s so cool!” My #1 fan.
So OK, I guess I have to keep it even if it doesn’t go with anything else in my house!
Here’s what it looked like before.




I’m so excited to have this next piece of art completed!  My first work using paper maché as the primary medium!  The project was inspired by the swan decoys I kept seeing in examples of French Country home decor photos on Pinterest.  I wanted one but didn’t want to pay the high prices.

Then I got to thinking about the pair of nesting swans in the conservation area that is behind my house.  This area, Salem Woods, is such a gift for this city.  It is a slice of wilderness in the middle of an urban area and I get to enjoy it’s benefits every day.  I hike in these woods and go to the pond to watch the ducks, geese and swans.  The pond is a haven for so many types of wildlife.

Because of this, I wanted to pay tribute and make more people aware of this hidden gem through my art. So, I got to work and this is what I accomplished.

I also wanted to create some mixed media surprises in this sculpture so the wings open to expose a little world.

The little accordion books fit into the little spaces inside the wings.

Each book page has some of my favorite things about the woods created with various mixed media techniques.  90% of the entire piece is recycled materials-newspaper, cereal boxes, and even candy wrappers.

This artwork will be entered into the upcoming Salem Art Association show.  I’ll be happy to keep it if it comes back home!




Winter Tree

Winter Solstice-the shortest day of the year

I took this photo a couple of years ago when visiting in Vermont.  It is the apple tree in my Mom and Dad’s back yard.  I love this photo.

Peaceful, quiet, simple

Thought I would share it with you during this season that can be so hectic. Remember to allow the peace of this season into your life.


Do you want some ideas on livening up your painted piece? The Scarlett Ribbon has that covered!

Scarlett Ribbon

So you have painted your almost perfect piece, but it still needs something, a hidden splash of pattern inside a drawer perhaps?!

Get collecting wallpaper, material, or even wrapping paper, anything that takes your fancy.

All you will need is either wallpaper paste or PVA glue to stick it to your furniture, then some matt varnish to seal over the top, if you do so wish.

(Varnishing provides added protection, especially if it is in a bathroom or near water. Wallpaper one wall behind your toilet for a bit of a statement, then add a layer of varnish to make it wipe-able against accidental splashes!)


raindrop paper in cabinet

Interior of kitchen cabinet with wallpaper

Happy sticking, fellow painters!

View original post

Bon Jour,

So, this is what happens when life gets in the way.  I thought I would have been blogging for a while by now and haven’t even started.  That’s what happens when life gets in the way.  Let me start by saying, I quit my day job which was going away soon anyway, my husband and I (maybe foolishly) jumped into opening a bricks and mortar retail shop and gallery.  So didn’t work out, and I will share off and on some of my advise on that during the course of my blog. 

Now, we are both unemployed trying to figure what the next step is and searching for fulfilling jobs.  Also, I have a condo that I wish was an old farmhouse in the country and how can I get it too at least feel like that on a now zero budget.  And so, the adventure begins… next post is going to be on my bathroom renovation.  Keep in mind that I did that reno when I actually had an income, so there is cost involved, but I hope it gives some inspiration.

Hi, I grew up on a farm in New England, and now I live close to the beach, still in New England. Because of my upbringing, I hate to see good stuff get thrown away. I love bringing home items from flea markets, thrift stores, and yes, the neighbor’s trash. I love upscaling (that’s making something old useful again), making them into my own personal decor style which I call “down home, country cottage, with class, or salt marsh farm house.” You’ll see.

I will share with you some make overs, how to’s, tips and tricks, and pretty things I find along the way. It’s amazing what a little paint and polish can do.

I’ve tried using Facebook alone(as Nereid Design, now changed to Pewter and Periwinkles as well) , but just doesn’t lend itself to posting the way I want it to, so the blog.