Thursday, March 18, 2010


Cindy @ My Romantic Home is hosting the fun event...please stop by and enjoy other show and tells...

...I wanted roses and I kept buying them from wonderful artists on ebay. Finally I decided to try it for myself. No..they are not great..but I'm learning and having a sense of accomplishment.

It's been fun..

So I bought a book and then bought a video of a well known instructor and set about trying..

I cried a bit...crumpled a ton of paper...but kept on trying...

I still have a long way to go..but ...

...all it took was a few different colors of paint for 99 cents each, a few brushes, a package of those papers that you use to handle food with which they sell at Costco...and lots of patience...
which I do not have much of.

I want immediate gratification...and that isn't always possible. Then one day, I remember Rebecca @ A Gathering Place difficult it was for her and how she just kept practicing over and I kept practicing...still am...

I bought a garish egg that I didn't like, spray painted it pink, painted my and leaves on it and added a bit of lace and ribbon. It will take time...but I'm had a good time.

I have had this bunny for years...and years..but a couple of Easters ago when I began this learning project...I grabbed him and added some (sort of) roses.. and he looked better to me.

He looked a bit startled by the ordeal...but ...he adjusted.

I should have put this first as it was my very first attempt at painting something beside pieces of paper. These are SUPPOSED to be wildflowers. One day I will paint over it and try again. :)
That time is getting nearer and nearer.

Nothing exciting here ...just sharing my attempt at painting. (Rebecca, if you wander NOT say a word! NO laughing! :)
Bedeea bedeea bedeea ....that's all folks!
Love and hugs!

p.s. I always decide to take pictures at night in the worst possible light...and it doesn't help my photography. I tried to lighten them a bit. I'm sorry... I need to plan better! :) I know, excuses, excuses!


  1. What....???
    Mona everything is so beautiful!!! I would think you were a professional!!

    Just Beautiful!!!
    Many Blessings

  2. Mona, Are you kidding me? You have been a professional painter for years. Come on, be honest! Those are so beautiful! I'm going to have to gather up somethings and come hire you to paint them for me! Oh My GOSH! You did a wonderful job. I'm not kidding either. Those are great!


  3. Ok you guys! Shame on you! LOL are terrible! But thank you. Too funny! Professional my left foot!! LOL

  4. Mona!
    These are really, really good! Many of us can barely draw a stick figure. I love these. Don't paint over the wildflowers, it's gorgeous! The bunnies are adorable! Your good girl! Thanks for sharing with us,
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. Good gracious, Mona...I had no idea you could paint. I LOVE your roses...I've never even tried painting as I can't draw a straight line.
    You did a great job on all of these, girl !!
    xo bj

  6. i think they all look fabulous. can you tell me which book and video you bought? i think i saw you on IM yesterday. i was cooking and missed you! keep the bees! but watch out, those flowers looks so good the bees might try to come inside!

  7. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my "ranting" blog. Ranting may not accomplish anything, but it keeps me sane. Sort of. lol

  8. Mona!!!! If you paint that cupboard over...I'm going to...Oh, I don't know what I will do. It's your first attempt at painting and beautifully done. Just keep it and display it proudly.

  9. Yoou should be proud of yourself! Everything so nice. Nothing beats that feeling when you accomplish something you have been trying. Great post.

  10. Mona you did a fantastic job!~ I could never paint like should be proud! I just saw your age on your profile....not old but you look YOUNG!!~

  11. "I bought a garish egg that I didn't like . . ."

    That has to be one of the all-time best blog sentences I've ever read!!! It makes me smile to think of that poor, neglected ugly egg, lying there, with no prospects save a toss into the fifty-cent bin, and along comes Mona.

    And you DID! You rescued it and made a thing of beauty, just with your art and your perseverance. It's just lovely, and I cannot think why you wouldn't boast of that one.

    And the CABINETS!!! I'd mentioned them before, and the closeup is just charming. What a wonderful sight to wake up to, wandering into the morning kitchen for First Cup. Thanks for giving me a better look---I LOVE them!!


  12. Your painting is just gorgeous. I love the roses you added to your bunnies.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Hello Mona, I just discovered your Blog through another blog (can't remember who!) and fell in love with your painting. I haven't tried my hand at painting for a long time and after seeing the beautiful job you've done ..I'm inspired to get my paints out. Thank you for the inspiration!! I'll have fun going through your old posts. I hope you'll stop by for a visit one day when you have time. Take care....Maura Lilac Lane Cottage

  14. I think you are doing a wonderful job! I love painting cabinets, little tables, armoires and little chairs. Years ago before I was married, I lived in an old apartment in NYC. I decided to paint the kitchen cabinets. I painted fruit and cheese and wine bottles on the top cabinet doors. I wonder if they kept the painting or if they painted over them. The landlord never complained and never charged me. Oh and, I have a bad habit of taking pictures at night too!

    Susan and Bentley

  15. how perfectly should be very proud of your work! it's all just lovely!

  16. Awwww, that little startled bunny spoke to me. He's so precious! Yep, girl you've got talent out the wazoo! I have done a little furniture paintin'. A wall cabinet that holds our movies, a little stand and I painted flowers on a headboard for my son and his lovely bride when they married but baby, yours looks like a pro did them!

    God bless and have a fabulous Friday!!!

  17. Wow! Fabulous! ....just how many papers did you end up wadding up:-). Your roses are awesome.
    You are such an inspiration.

  18. I am impressed! That pink egg is so pretty! Much better than anything I could do.

    Thanks for sharing,

  19. Mona! You're amazing! They are all gorgeous! you are a very talented lady! I especially love the bunny...cute! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

  20. Mona, if my artistic skills looked that good I would be doing a happy dance! Beautiful...

  21. Mona, Your painting is beautiful! From the looks of all that you must have quite a bit of patience. Don't sell yourself short on this...they are very well done. Loved the post about the little fuzzy Pom at your feet..I even passed it on to my friend who used to have a

  22. They are pretty - I think you did a great job on them! Thanks for sharing with us.

  23. I think you did a fantastic job of painting roses. I sure couldn't do that. Those look like you bought them that way. Great job.

  24. Are you kidding? These roses look beautiful!
    I love how the cabinet turned out, and the bunny is darling!

    Bunny Hugs,

  25. First, stop putting yourself down. All those pieces look great. Seriously. They may not have turned out how YOU wanted them to but honestly they are very pretty. Id buy that egg or even the bunny if I was out shopping. Yes they look that good. :)

  26. I'm no expert, but I think they look absolutely fabulous!!!! I'm totally impressed. Show us more!:)


  27. WOW, I'm so impressed with your beautiful roses. It's amazing what we can do when we set our minds (and hearts) to it!

  28. hmmm I was just thinking should I add any more to your comments...well just in case you do not realise it after reading all of the a fore comments. You have aptitude in painting Mona. How clever to go from paper to wood to porcelain! They are lovely roses.

  29. Mona! I didn't know!! Wow your painting is just lovely. I can sew up a storm, but cant paint a stroke, so consider yourself lucky my girl :)

  30. You are so talented. Don't paint over your wildflowers they are so charming and so in keeping with that piece of furniture. I don't thing you need to improve one bit your are already a great artist.

  31. Howdy Sweetie
    OMG !!!!!!!!
    Your great .
    Those are Beautiful flowers .
    I do hope you continue on and paint some more I can't wait to see what you do next.
    Your way to hard on yourself ,back off and
    remember to enjoy the journey .
    Stop along the way and smell the flowers you'll be so glad you did .
    I love your blog header for spring :)
    Thank you for making my heart so happy by sharing your fabulous talent.
    Just keep going and
    you'll get where you want to be .
    Big Hugs from Texas
    Happy Trails

  32. Oh how beautiful this all is! If I had painted those -- I would think I had done a masterpiece -- they're beautiful! Thanks for your visit -- I've always loved glad God blessed us with 4 grandgirls ...I can sure get my smocking fix now!

  33. what a great job they look so wonderful i just love the wildflowers bravo to you:)

  34. What an awesome job you did Mona...I didn't know you could do these wonderful Roses WOW!! I'm so impressed my friend...I hope you had a GREAT weekend girl..did you yard sale...we had Dandelions days here so many vendors but mostly just cratfs things...I miss the days with all he antiques they use to have sighs...oh well I don't neen any more Antiques to dust and clean at my age...just been to tired to keep up lately with it all...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  35. you did a beautiful job! I would never be able to do that...I can't even write neatly...and you all should be thankful that the font is my handwriting stinks! haha!

  36. "We are our own worst critic."
    I think you've done a wonderful job. And you should be proud . . . and like you say - keep trying, keep practicing and who knows, maybe next it'll be orchids! :) Yay!
    :) Karen

  37. Mona, your roses are great! I love your wildflowers on the kitchen cabinets too. I've always admired them.


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