Thursday, April 17, 2014


Lamb Pastel Painting
inspired by a visit to a pasture of sheep and lambs this week

I've been thinking of lambs this spring,
but this week especially ~ one Lamb in particular

a precious lamb

{ love unveiled }

Easter's story

~ unmeasured grace ~

Happy Easter!

~ Violet ~

sharing at Common Ground's

Friday, April 11, 2014

Contemplating SHOES

I'll Take the Silver SPARKLE shoes please!

Or are you drawn to FEATHERS and fur
and fancy slippers?

It's not so much how you get there,
but what shoes you are wearing when you arrive!

May your week  and your journey through it
be with lovely adorned feet my friends!

Looking forward to Easter!

~ Violet ~

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Contemplating Crowns

... Contemplating Crowns and Jewels ...

We all love some S P A R K L E don't you agree?

* * * *

{... Crowned with lovingkindness and tender mercies ... }
Psalms 103:4

~ Violet ~

Friday, March 21, 2014

Her Highness has a Birthday

A Royal Portrait of the Birthday Queen

I made the paper glittered crown,
the white faux cake, and the real aqua-frosted cake.
Previously ~ not just for the dog Queen.

Her Highness decreed "CAKE FOR ALL!"
{she thinks she came up with that saying, Marie}

The King took it to heart, and gobbled up half the cake
~ and a candle ~
before the party even began! 
{he may be getting old, but when the situation arises, his youthful turbo-mode kicks in
and he can be fast where food is concerned}

there was another candle to be found in the royal pantry

"Call in the Royal Jesters to blow out my candles!"
she exclaimed.

Which they were more than happy to do

It's Good to be Queen
{she thinks she came up with that saying too}

The Queen poses with her portrait

(which if left there would soon be shredded)

We should have just wrapped up a roll of toilet paper as a gift,
for she finds such delight in creating 'snow flakes' which she then joyfully spreads all over
the royal palace

And now, she would like to proclaim to all her royal subjects

"Let It Be Spring!"

and what the Queen wants the Queen gets.
(are you listening weather man?)

And we are filled with joy ~ for she is a good Queen!
{most of the time that is}

~ Violet ~

P.S.  If you have images with a lot of white in them,
and they come up in your posts as gray, change them into 'PNG' files
and they will be white.  I don't know why, but this worked for me.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Red Coat Restyled and Red Coat Art

I've been wanting a red coat

I've decided I collect coats.  When you collect something,
you can keep adding to your collection, right?

Especially if one can find a great bargain,
so I found a coat at a thrift store that had great

It was a soft wool in the shade of red I wanted.
The only problem was, it was not cute.
That is where the POTENTIAL came in.

I prefer sewing projects that are fast and not too involved.
This took longer than I'd planned, but it was fairly easy.
I opened the hem so I could get to the inside to make some seams and darts
to make the coat more fitted.  Then I took the belt and made cuffs and a back placket.
The buttons are from a vintage coat I had, and I bought 2 smaller ones
that matched quite well for the cuff, and added red lace
~ to make the sleeves longer and for cuteness factor ~

This photo is too pink, due to the sunshine, but what a great color!

And today, when I tried this vintage fur collar on it,
Va - va - voom!!!!
I wish my dress forms had heads.

I still need to sew the hem back in.  And wish I'd finished this while
it was still cold out!  Oh well, when next winter comes,
I will be in

While working on theses photos today
I was inspired to do a watercolor sketch

of a woman in a red coat and hat
with a vintage fur collar

She has just spotted a robin in a tree
and knows she will be shedding her warm coat soon!

I think Lady Mary of Downton would look
brilliant in this outfit, don't you?

~ Violet ~