Monday, May 3, 2010

Artists at Work!

I won! I won! The Tablescaper at was giving a giveaway and I just happened to stop by and signed up and wouldn't you know it that I won? This set of bird dinner plates are perfect for me since I love tablescaping. I can't wait to use them. Thanks a lot for pulling my name! I love them!!

Last week, John and I had a 3 day birthday celebration. Yep, John and I were born on the same day, 3 years apart, so we never forget each other's birthday.
I am linking with Susan for Outdoor Wed., Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday and Wanda Lee for Tuesday Tea for 2 (even if there were 3 of us, lol)
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The day before the actual date, 2 of my friends came over for some oil painting lessons. They wanted to learn how to paint so I told them to go to Walmart and just buy a canvas and I would have everything else we need at home. They not only brought a canvas when they came but they also brought a birthday cake and a plant.

I had bought some donuts earlier because I did not know they were bringing a cake. I made some coffee since it was early and I like donuts and coffee in the morning.

Here are my friends while we were setting up. I have not painted for so long and I had to go up in the attic to pull out the easels. They suggested we paint outside by the pool because it was a nice day and it would be relaxing with the sound of the fountains in the background.

We picked our spots and they took out a picture that they wanted to paint. I told them to start drawing and they both looked at me and said, "We don't know how!" LOL!
So, I took their pictures and copied them and started drawing on the canvas. Mine is the round canvas. I bought it on line at and I've had it for almost 2 years now sitting on the garage shelf.
Our coffee is ready whenever we need a drink.
There is a donut shop here in town that makes the best donuts. Mmmmm, yummy!

While painting, the Fedex truck came to deliver my favorite Filipino pastries sent by my daughter. So we ate these too and we never had a chance to blow the cake cause we were stuffed. We froze the cake and we plan to eat it on our next painting session, which will be soon because they enjoyed painting so much. A third friend wants to join us too.

Here is the one that Debjani did.

And there's Nit's. Really not bad for first timers, right?
Here's mine.

I am waiting for it to dry and then I will add a paler yellow on the upper half of the stamen.

The day of our birthday, John and I went out to dinner and the day after, our friends took us out to dinner again. I told you we had a 3 day celebration.
I am looking forward to another painting session.
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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wow Christine, Happy Birthday!!!!! Looks like you had a great time. Love the pretty bird plates, they are just gorgeous. All of the paintings are wonderful. You are so good, how nice for your friends to get a lesson. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

WOW! Love it all! Sound like you had a blast! Love all the painting...Congrats on the Birds dishes you won...Happy Birthday to you and John....

When is the date for the get together...I thought you was going to set it on June 12th...But I heard it on the 5th....My nephew is suppose to get 7 that night...What time is the get together will be and how long...May try to do it all...Let me know ...You have a wonderful day...Katherinellen

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Happy Birthday and what a great job, you all did on the painting.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy birthday Christine!

Your friends did very well for first time painters and your painting is beautiful! I like the round canvas you used.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, first Happy Birthday to you and your hubby. Same day that is cool. I love the paintings the other lady's did. They did a super job for the first time. I would do a stick Your painting is fantastic. I don't know if I knew you were an artist or not, but you are very talented.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on winning! I really like the plate you are painting - you are very artistic. Sounds like a fun get to gather.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

First of all, Happy Belated Birthdays to you and John! Secondly, congratulations on your win.I can't think of a more worthy recipient. Third, you've been keeping a secret. You are quite an artiste! Last, ensaymada and coffee? May I join you?

lvroftiques said...

Donuts coffee and friends! That sounds like the perfect birthday to me! Love your painting too Christine! And Nit's painting was sooo good for a first time! Vanna

Beth said...

The artwork is just beautiful - you and your friends are talented! Love the vignette about the day, the friends and how you and John share your birthday. Nice photos, nice coffee set, looked like a nice day - how fun!

The Tablescaper said...

Happy Birthday Christine. It sounds like the plates arrived at the perfect time! I'm so pleased that you like them.

What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. Friends, painting, being outside and lots of treats! I love your coffee set. So inviting.

Happy birthday.

- The Tablescaper

Dolores said...

Happy Birthday, and how neat it is that you and John have the same day to celebrate!!
The bird plates you received are lovely.

I didn't know you were an artist.... I should have guessed it, with your talent in decorating. Your Magnolia blossom painting is beautiful.... I love the colors!

Diann said...

Oh Happy birthday to you and John!!

It looks like you and your friends had a wonderful day painting and enjoying each other's company! All of the painting turned out wonderful!

Traci said...

I LOVE the coffee pot & dishes!!!

Pinky said...

Oh Christine, I am so jealous of those bird plates!!!! They are spectacular!!! now, Happy Birthday!!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration! I am amazed at how GOOD your friends paintings came out! You must be a GREAT teacher!!! XO, Pinky

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the plates you won!
Those paintings are wonderful.
I just started a paint by number.

Sue said...

Happy Birthday and congrats on the win! The plates are perfect for you. I can't believe your friends had never painted...mine would have been a stick man. Yours is lovely of course.


Unknown said...

Christina! I love yours! And especially the round canvas!

Lady Katherine said...

Happy Birthday to you and John! That wonderful you have the same day! Now, I wish I lived closer! Oh, such a fun day of painting! The paintings are wonderful! I love your magnolia! I just knew yours would be a peacock. lol Your so talented, and the ladies are too! I love the tray all set up for coffee! I adore doughnuts! When I come you will have to show me where the Doughnut Shop is so I can bring some home. lol Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday, with such a enjoyable day by the pool with good friends, food and painting! I will drink coffee, but it has to have a lot of milk and vanilla in it, or chocolate. lol Terry takes his black. I hoping to bring some friends with me to Natchez, just waiting to see if they can come too. Love seeing how you spend your days relaxing!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, your round painting is so pretty, and I agree that your friends did a great job. I cannot draw anything! Maybe I should come get lessons from you. I love those bird plates! Congratulations! Your table for coffee and donuts looks so pretty. laurie

cheeky rose said...

Sounds like you celebrated your birthday in style, good company, friends and treats. Happy Birthday Christine.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Happy Birthday to you both! How awesome is that that you are born exactly 3 years apart! That really does make remembering birthdays easier :o)

AW! I want to come over and paint!!!! Oh you all did awesome paintings!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment. My hubby and I had a wonderful time up at my dad's (the 26 hour drive to my dad's from our home in Georgia to his home in Wisconsin was well worth it :o) Thank goodness though for the midway stop to sleep and visit with our kids who are all at college in Kentucky :o)

It was straight back to work for me, so haven't had a minute to catch up really on blogging, but I want to try to reply to the wonderful comments left on my N post.

Blessings & Aloha!

Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Birthday to you and John, Christine. To think that one year ago we celebrated together!!

I have been behind on your posts again but I have gone back to read about your trip to D.C. (Love the picture of John on the steps with AJ thinking he is crazy!). Many beautiful pictures. And I loved the diner tablescape. I do remember those pictures from your tablescape at Tina's. Very cool!! Your fountain makeover is going to be a treat to see and I enjoyed this post as well. I can draw somewhat and I have only painted with watercolors. I have a ton of paints and supplies but lost my ambition. Your lotus flower is lovely. I have never seen a round canvas. You will have to show me
all of your artwork.

I have been blogging a lot and I don't know how I keep missing your posts, but I do apologize. Have a great day, my friend!


Blondie's Journal said...

I also want to congratulate you on your 300 followers! Hooray! ;-D


Creations By Cindy said...

Happy birthday too! Congrats on your win, and well girl, everything is so pretty. The painting is beautiful! What talent. And....I ADORE THOSE DISHES on your teacart! Be blessed. Cindy

Sarah said...

Christine, I'm thrilled you won the plates. They are fabulous. I recently saw this complete set for sale at the Wildflower Center. I have four square salad plates in this series. Love the twig borders, the post card script, and of course the birds! I'm be eager to see your tablescape with these. ~ Sarah

Kether said...

Happy Birthday!
I read faithfully, but never comment. My husband and I also share a birthday, three years apart. He wanted to get married on that day, too, but I said No way!

We enjoy the shared birthday, though.

Your tables are always amazing, and I so enjoy your blog!


nannykim said...

That sounds like such a fun thing too do!! But I say if you eat all that stuff while you paint you had better swim a few laps in the pool! ;0)

Wanda Lee said...

This is just so fabulous Christine!

Those pastries look so yummy!~Those birds and the art are just delightful! Congrats on John's birthday!

..,I started to thank all of the dear folks who took part with last week's Tuesday and Wednesday tea's that I just nearly lost track and 'had to just go with the flow', so to speak with all unexpected interrupions of last week!..,

..,(Thankfully my dear mama is slowly improving, yet with all of those therapies and doctors appointments, company and trips out of town, I could not believe what did not get done)!..,

This Tuesday Christine is my 30th,'Tuesday Tea For Two', I do hope you can pop by to help me celebrate!..,(Mr. Linky is now live; even if you do not plan a tea post this week, please do pop by anyway for a wee visit)!..,

There are a few prizes that can be won when entering my little contest and giveaway's as well, to be announced also for my 21st, 'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee'!..,Hope to see you there my dear!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plume Pen

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