October 21, 2011

Rain, Rain, Rain & Progress, Progress, Progress

It is so dark here these mornings.  We are all reluctant to get out of bed. Somehow even opening our eyes seems too much to ask.

It's been very rainy the past few days.  There was a huge thunderstorm just as the girls got off their schoolbus yesterday.  Emma and ChloĆ© are lucky and only have to walk (or run) two houses down.  I actually jumped in the car and chased one of Emma's friends as I didn't want her walking home in the storm.  She was quite wet when we got to her but was grateful for a ride the rest of the way home.  It took her a moment to realize why the crazy lady was honking at her. 

The cloudy weather is making the garden look very beautiful this morning.  A grey outfit can be the perfect backdrop for colourful accessories.  The orange and red fruit of the spindle tree is looking particularly elegant. Isn't its fruit interesting?  It's like fairytale popcorn.

Yesterday when I was walking Meeko, the rain suddenly stopped.  There was a huge chorus (and I mean huge) among the birds in the forest. It made me wonder if they sit around talking about the weather like we do. Look! The sun, the sun! I see it too!

Enough about the weather.  I have made great progress on my Etsy store.  I now have my shop name registered (trowelandpaintbrush) and my banner up!!  I am quite excited! There is nothing in the store for the moment but there will be in the next week.  I feel like I'm at the point where if it was a store at street level, the sign would have just been painted but the windows would still covered with brown paper. Have a look here if you'd like.  I'll let you know here the moment that there is something in it for sale.  I also will offer a special giveaway to my wonderful readers! Have a great weekend.


  1. I,ve just found you through Geninne´s blog. Your paintings are beautifull!! I,ll also love to paint with watercolors and yours are very inspiring. So you have a new follower from the canary islands!

  2. I found your blog through Geninne's blog like Ms.Karin Schikorr.

    Your painting have very beautiful color!

  3. Karin & Belta--Thank you so much! <3

  4. your banner is so gorgeous and opening a new shop is very exciting!!

  5. Margie--I think you should get a prize for being the first to notice and comment on the new banner. Thank you so much. I was going to announce it and my eldest said 'Wait and see if people notice. Otherwise it's like saying 'I got my hair cut. Do you like it.':) I just put it up about an hour ago.

  6. Kathleen, the blog, photos, and banner are beautiful, and your watercolors are stunning! Congratulations on the impending opening of you Etsy shop! I'll be sure to pop in to visit. It was wonderfully relaxing sitting next to you at Geninne's workshop, and I do agree that it was a transformative experience.

  7. zencrafter--Thanks Patricia. I was so happy to find the new posts on your site today and your writing is beautiful!

  8. Hi Kathleen, thanks for visiting me too! Sounds like you've got a very creative family!


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