Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bringing my garden inside!

Anyone that knows me knows I love roses.  In the winter when mine are all tucked away and snug under their blanket of snow I miss the beauty brightening my day.  In the summer I normally start my day strolling thru the beds, cup of coffee in one hand and a pruner in the other or in some cases a cup of soapy water to toss any unwelcome bugs that may be munching on the soft petals.   I don’t use chemicals, I grow them organically. 
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I especially enjoy English Roses…they grow well here in the mountains of N. California, maybe they like it cooler. 
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This beauty, Abraham Darby, has always been one of my favorites.  It blooms non-stop thru Fall, big lush apricot pink blossoms.
It takes them awhile to get going in spring, we normally have very cool springs and it can be nearly July before I really start to see my roses in full bloom.
So to satisfy my desire for the beauty of roses in the dead of winter I paint them……on anything.
A little ol ladder…
laddertopSomeone gave me this but I was told you can find these small wooden ladders at Sears in the tool dept.  I have yet to verify that.
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Or gussy up a plain garden tin from World Market…
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I gave this one to my mom.
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A wicker lap tray..
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Another thrift store find, this was really useful, the top can sit at an angle like a architects tables so you could use it as a writing desk, or went flat as a bed tray.  I gave it to a friend who was ill a lot. 
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As you can see here, I do paint flowers other than roses. Painting flowers on everyday items is how I bring the outside in so I can enjoy my roses and flowers all winter long. 
I am seriously considering giving painting lessons via this blog.   I am certified to teach a certain method but I have grown away from it, or I should say transformed it into my own style.  So I would be teaching how I do it.  Do you think anyone would like that?
I am thinking, one day a week have a new lesson on a certain day.  I learned a lot of things via video so I am going to attempt to have a short video displaying how I am doing it along with the photos.  So, I am going to have to get organized here and figure out what day, how best to video it and so forth.
Enjoy my roses…
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14 comments:

  1. Your " inside garden" is lovely! do I detect a little Donna Dewberry style in your work? I took a class to learn some of her techniques a few years back and enjoyed it very much! It was fun to learn. I've done a lot with stencils too which I love for my furniture transformations! I think classes " here" could be fun too!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful roses today!
    inspiring indeed!
    Deb

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  2. Simply lovely. I haven't tried painting flowers...maybe stencils...or paste ons or something like that. Thanks for sharing & have a great day.

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  3. Hi Pamela, this is my first visit to your lovely blog. LV sent me and I am so happy that she did. It's nice to meet you. Your roses are beautiful and your paintings are too.
    The ladder would be great in the yard, I will have to check that out also and see if I can find one like it.
    I am sure you mom loves the tray, how could she not, it's gorgeous. Char

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  4. Your roses are stunning. I would give anything to be able to grow roses like those--amazing. I think our heat is too much for them. Sigh...
    Your ladder is beautiful as is the tray and tin. You are quite talented lady.
    Happy Sunday :)

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  5. Oh, mercy! The roses are G O R G E O U S!!! Love that green carrier for mom, the ladder/stool is darling. You are very talented.

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  6. I love all roses. I particularly like yours. Such pretty bright colors. Carrying them out on various things in your home looks very nice.

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  7. Wow, that ladder is so amazing! And so much more fun than boring old wood. :-) Thanks so much for linking this project up, it is really inspiring!

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  8. Pam I just love what you have done! These are gorgeous!! I adore that ladder. I wish I could grow roses but never had had great luck. Your morning strolls sound so perfect and I just can't wait for Spring and Summer.
    I think that that would be a great idea about the video lessons, how wonderful to share your talent with everyone.

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  9. Such pretty art, how clever of you to turn everyday items into works of Art:)

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  10. wow I would love to see the tutorials, can't wait :)

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  11. This is my first visit to your blog, and I think I stumbled into heaven. I, too, am a decorative painter, or at least try to be. I would love to see tutorials as I am always interested in the techniques of others. I will check back often, as this is a very comforting place indeed.

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  12. Great woork. Keep it up. Kathy

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  13. Wow! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! Be sure to come back next week and link something new!

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