Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Keeping Mom busy...



My Mom and Dad have come for a short visit. I've been showing her how to make postcards. She has made at least 8, herself. I don't know how she can be creative in that mess she's made!! Giggle. That's the way it is- things start to pile up and at some point you need to put it all back so you can figure out what you have! I think she's having fun. My Dad has given my furnace a complete check up and cleaning- a job which I figure would have taken an hour seemed to stretch to a solid 3 hours as he was busy talking and explaining each peice of mechanics to my 2 oldest boys. I am wondering if he is going to quiz them today and have them dissassemble the whole thing and put it back together!! (Dh Bill is determined to put off firing it up for real until November. Which is funny, because he is the coldest natured of all of us! And it snowed just a tiny bit, today. We baked a turkey and that kept the house toasty. I suppose that as long as we are using the oven often and long, we might be able to keep the heating bills down! Of course, we'll also be adding lots of fat to keep us warm. I don't think that is a viable solution; ) Dad also has a weedwacker back in tip-top shape. See? We'll break anything just to keep the repair man happy!


These are 3 of the 4 slates that my Mom painted and gave to me to sell at the craft show in December. The pictures really don't do them justice. It was dark and gloomy most of the day, and I had to snap the pictures at an angle to keep the flash from reflecting and hiding the actual painting. The colors and the detail are amazing! These slates used to be on an old friend's barn roof, but he gave a bunch to my Mom and she paints them up- leaving lots of the natural slate still showing. My Dad put a really nice clear coat on them so they are outdoor friendly, too. I have one in my living room that she painted a few years back and Sarah has one she painted for her- blue, of course. I know I will have a hard time parting with these. And what kind of price could you put on them? I have no idea about that. I'll need to do some shopping "research"... yeah, that's what I'll call it!

13 comments:

Tracey said...

Way to go, Mom! :o) And those slates are beautiful! You folks aren't letting the dust settle, are ya?

Screen Door said...

So much talent in one family... I'm jealous.
Melanie

quiltpixie said...

sounds like you're creative bug was inherited :-)

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Your mom looks so happy while she's working on her postcards.

The slates are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Those slates that your mom painted are great! She did a really good job.

Looks like she's getting addicted to making those postcards! LOL

I did a clean up in my sewing room (aka dining room) last night, just like you described. There was just a huge pile of scraps and thread and patterns...looked like Joanns exploded in my house.

Hope you're having a good week!
God bless :)

teelduo said...

Hey I have the mostly lovely and beautiful picture painted by her on one of those slates as well! (did I redeem myself yet?)

Not sure how much they are selling for regular. I am sure that whatever price everyone else is selling them for, add another $30 on hers for quality.

Judy said...

I have slates outside my front door. I bought one at first then went off searching for more slate to paint my own. I havea bouquet of flowers for spring, pumpkins for fall, a christmas one and a snow one but your MOM's are simply fabulous. Lots more detailed than some of mine are.

Well the price...huh? The slates if I remember where like $5 a piece when I bought them. With the painting.....I would easily pay $20-$30 for these each at a craft fair. The workmanship is really fantastic, She really puts a lot of detail and interest in her paintings while allowing the slate to stay clear and in view.

BTW, you do look a lot like your mom. I would have known she was YOUR mom even if her picture showd up on Sarah's blog!!(I look like my mom too)

McIrish Annie said...

i bought a couple of those painted slates several years ago at a craft fair and paid $35. each.

they are beautiful. now we know where your talent came from!!

Isobel said...

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I see you making those postcards. I been checking my mail for weeks and weeks and weeks. Have I gotten a postcard? HA!!! I think someone must be hoarding them.

Anonymous said...

The slates are georgeous. Put a high price on them and they'll sell.

Trying to catch up on reading and I love the costumes on your kids. I have a picture of one of mine with a feed-sack on for a costume. Sometimes they have to be creative!

ps--am going to try your bread recipe. Sounds soooo simple!

anne bebbington said...

What beautiful objects - and a really good way of recycling those slates too :o)

cher said...

what a wonderful painter your mom is...I agree-put a fairly high price on those slates..they are worth it!

Weronica said...

Those slates your mom has done are som beautiful! She is a real talent. I liked the !Let is snow" slate very much.
// Weronica in Sweden