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Valetine Stephie McCarthy

… e n d l e s s l y .. c r e a t i n g …

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… my art and my life …

hello, everyone …

More crafting and creating since this season …

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I painted my deck with 'oops' and craft paint.
Ethereal like so many outdoor things are …

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I have to add more paint every few years …

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The color wears away gradually,
leaving ghosts of rainbows as pretty as a June Bug!
I smile every time I look outside.

Read more about the Unicorn Deck here!

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I gave my patio umbrella a make over.
Spray bleach, the kind you use on bathroom tile
made it as fresh as new.
Then I spent an hour painting white polkadots.

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I painted these metal chairs with wood stain! It bonded
beautifully to the powder-coated surface.

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I call these the petticoat pillows. My cushions were too
small for the newly stained chairs. Thrift shop gypsy
skirts came to the rescue.
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With red, white, and blue petticoats I made this bunting for
Independence Day.

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Busy, busy, busy … here I am making the kitchen door
at the old house, look like a gypsy wagon.

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I researched Pinterest for embroidery patterns for the
decorations … I'm adding color now. I got this marvelous
wood finish by mixing craft paints with clear wax!

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How did I make this cat art?

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With a lot of help! I made the stencil in Photoshop.

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But first I had to finish this faux brick wall!
Yes this is metal siding, embossed with brick.

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I painted the wall in red tones, then went back with white paint
dipped into diatomaceous earth. The grout was detailed
with a half inch round brush.

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We figure you can never have
too many flower pots!

THIS HUGE RESIN FLOWER POT … Cat approved …
was freshened up with pink, orange, ivy, tan,
and plaster white chalk paint …
Put the pink and orange colors on the raised areas and rims,
put the greenish white colors on the rest of it …
Took one hour to paint, no need to stay in the lines …
Jesse wants to trade a stick for it.

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summer photo album

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Harpers Ferry high terrace street …

 

… and saw the old town in her summer bunting. Archival

… and the tourists having a good time … as they do … ©StephieMcCarthy

Makes us smile to see such frivolity on a summer day …

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We gathered our lilies, the two colors we grow, to make this photo …

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… picked beautiful peas and raspberries … ate them on the spot …
We don`t ask a lot from our small plot, and are always so grateful …

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A fence protects our small treats from … see the rascal?

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The porch at the old house got lots of touch ups this summer …

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… and strings of bells to scare away roosting pigeons …

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The log room at the old house is the only room
there with an airconditioner that works quick.

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Drip, drip, the air conditioners roar and drip all around town.
Do you ever plant ferns under them like we do?

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Ah, cool ferns and big leaved violets make cool glades for small ones …

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So we keep walking through these forests studying beauty…

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… and take beauty with us into our dreams …

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Time for a treat! Care to share?

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T H A N K Y O U for visiting this beautiful day!

 

 

Come back soon, I`ll be Tweeting at the Top!

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