Archive for May, 2008

A FEW OF MY NEW PROJECTS

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Ok…so I know I have been¬†MIA ,,,quite a bit lately… but it hasn’t been in vain….¬†¬†I thought I would show¬†you ¬†just a few of the many items I have been working on for my boutique…. www.NeereAnDearCreations.com¬† …¬†¬† I will be adding these and much more within the next two weeks…¬† they will be listed in the Peachy Beachy…Romance & Roses… Childrens Corner … and Miscellaneous categories… keep checking¬†back for even more¬†goodies¬†

The first one¬†…¬†so cute!¬† ….my flamingos….¬†was painted from a photo provided by Janet @ www.Shabbyfufu.com …I must thank¬†her for allowing me to use this picture…¬† I love¬†it …. it has a a pale green/blue background that I distressed to give it a very worn beachy look

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The rest of the items below are my own original designs … drawn from an idea in my head or from one of my own photos

Next…. my lemon topiary…it has a wonderful butter cream background and was¬†painted on canvas with a mixed media of acrylics and pastels …this could go in just about any room in the house… I love the soft colors

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Next…. my little Faerie… I wanted to name her but haven’t come up with one yet…suggestions are¬†welcome….she is just a doll…¬† this whimsical little beauty has such a sweet face… piercing blue eyes and was painted on canvas with a mixed media combination of acrylics….watercolor… and pastels… I just want to hug her!

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I love this pillow…. this is from a photo I took last summer… I trimmed it in a vintage inspired trim and coordinating fabric…¬†isnt that a gorgeous rose?…..¬†more of these to come using guest photos… cant wait…

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This last item will be coming soon …. can you guess what it is?¬†… I don’t think so… its not canvas…not exactly that is…. not wood….its not fabric either….¬† have to wait on this one..it’s …Coming Soon!

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Well thats it for now… I have been working hard… looking forward to taking a break soon to get my house in order… you should see¬†…..its in¬†complete disarray … with inventory from one end to the other…¬†

I hope you enjoyed my¬†sneak peek¬†…. lots more to come… some announcements to make…. the boutique has been given a bit of a revamp and I am thrilled with all the goodies I will be¬†posting ¬†soon…

If you are interested in any of these items before they get posted please leave a comment or email address where I can reach you…

Have a wonderful weekend!

Til next time!

Ciao!!

JO

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY…

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

In loving memory of my¬†Mom Anne and my Grandmother Rose….¬†

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I never got to know Rose she was gone before I was born… but the stories I heard of her as a child made me feel as if she was always there…..¬† beautiful …¬†regal … a matriarch….¬†she came over from Italy to New York and I am …. so proud ….of my lineage¬† ….

My mother Anne…¬†¬† Oh how she was my rock… the glue that held our family together… the typical Italian mother who made our friends… eat …. eat… eat..¬†even if you had finished three plates already¬† ¬†!!… when we sat down to dinner there was always room¬†for one more¬†….¬†¬† Always….¬† even if there wasnt enough food .. she made it stretch somehow….

My fondest memory as a child was of my Dad singing to her… he loved to sing … so many songs… Thats amore…..but the one that struck a cord was a song that went …. Annie! how I love ya …how I love ya … my dear old Annie!….¬†¬† It was such a joy to hear my dad belt out a tune to profess his love to my mother….¬†¬† she would get this smile on her face … much like the one in the picture above…

I believe my¬†greatest achievement is …my two daughters…¬† Renee¬†…Andrea… the inspiration for the name of my boutique NeereAnDear…….. they make me proud….¬† and I will be spending my day tomorrow with them… something I look most forward to

So in honor of Rose and Anne …..to all moms now and their moms before them…¬†including those who have pets for “children”¬† ….¬†¬†¬†I wish you a fabulous Mothers Day

CIAO!!

JO

Painted furniture…April showers… May flowers and take a seat

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

APRIL SHOWERS….

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BRING ….SOON TO BE ….MAY FLOWERS ….

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Now… I recently realized…. that since I have been blogging….. I haven’t shown very many of my favorite things or much of my art… this next piece is a bit of both…. I apologize in advance because this is sitting surrounded by boxes right now until I get things where I want them… hence the angle of the pictures…. it was a bit difficult to get really great shots…. se la vie

This is a dresser that I painted when I lived in Florida and is an actual scene looking out my french doors to the back yard¬† where the oak tree was draped with moss and surrounded by azalea bushes and the mimosa was in bloom….

As you can see I brought the painting all the way up to the top…

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A few closeups..

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The azaleas around the oak…

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The top of the dresser…

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Ok … so being artsy so to speak … and not one to conform to the norm all the time… I decided to do a bit of whimsy along the sides…. it really is nice if you can see the full effect and once it finds it’s place… I will show you the “whole” picture……¬† keep an open mind now…

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Different eh?

Ok ….¬†so a while ago Janet …. of Shabbyfufu fame …. who has a lovely boutique¬† with lots of fab eye candy and the neatest tea lights…. need I say I want one!!…..¬†did a piece about her favorite “seat”….. on her blog at http://www.Shabbyfufu.blogspot.com/ …. so¬†…. to keep with that¬†theme….¬†here are a few of mine….

I love this chair … I bought it at an antique store in Northern Virginia …years ago… many … wont say HOW many…. but many years ago…. it was my first ever antique purchase¬†and just something I fell in love with at first sight…¬† it is very sturdy¬†….. the details are stupendous… and most unusual… I have never seen another like it….

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Did you notice whats on the back of the chair?¬† My hummers ….of course….

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Next… I bought two of these chairs at a consignment shop in FL…. they are sitting on my front porch right now but I have plans for them in a garden setting… trying to decide if I want to leave them out for now to get rusty or put them up … tough decision….

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Love the back….

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And the lattice….

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Ok so I know a lot of you ladies love chippy… well this is what I definitely call chippy!¬†Don’t you love its shabbiness?…

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¬†Now here is my favorite chair of all… I know you will understand why….

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Sorry … but she just cracks me up!!¬†¬†¬† I found her like that the day after we had several days of rain storms…¬†¬† guess she wanted some sun….

Now…¬†one more thing and I will call it a day…. Linda Oneill at¬†http://www.Abbycreek-art.blogspot.com¬† … had this link¬†on her blog where you do a quiz to find out “What celebrity is your dog” ?¬† …. ¬†PJ… it seems is Angelina Jolie…¬†

So here is Ms Diva herself

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What do you think?

CIAO!!

JO

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