Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dogwoods Mean Home

It took me a while but I finally figured out what I wanted to do for the Week #7 challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme was "Comforts of Home". There was no sketch , but a picture for us to draw inspiration from with some yummy neutral colors in it.

Home to me is the 100+ acres my family has owned for almost a hundred years. I've lived here all but a couple of years of my life and know it like the back of my hand and LOVE it! It was a huge pecan orchard when it was bought, but sadly most of it is now gone thanks to Hurricane Katrina. We had to watch out the window as they were laid over one by one like dominoes.
We just enjoyed the full bloom of the dogwoods here. They're scattered all over the old homeplace and I chose them to represent the comfort of my home. I'm also going to enter this in the OCC Blooming Blossoms Challenge, my first time for their challenge blog.

I made the flowers. They are the simple organza ones that I did a YouTube tutorial on. I had to tweek them a little bit to try to get that little divet in the end of the petals that dogwoods have. I alcohol inked some stamens for the centers. Yes, dogwood flowers do have green centers. :)

Papers: DCWV, Bo Bunny
Acrylic Paint: Olive, Butternut
Glimmer Mist: Vanilla Breeze
Ranger Alcohol Ink: Lettuce
Tattered Angels Glimmer Screen
Martha Stewart Punch
Kaiser Pearls

Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.


~* steph :) *~ said...

absolutely beautiful, tracy! so sad to hear about the pecan trees. i love butter pecan ice cream. hope you have a happy friday and weekend! *hugs* steph :)

Debbie said...

Absolutely beautiful take on this week's challenge in the Tea Room and your handmade organza flowers are {stunning}!!! They look exactly like the blossoms on the two dogwood trees I have in my front yard - gorgeous! thanks for sharing another one of your pretty creations with us all this week and I look forward to seeing you again on Monday for the next challenge, Tracy!!

♥Jan♥ said...

I grew up in British Columbia, their provincial flower is the dogwood. Always had a lot of sentimental attachment to them !! My hub planted one in the back yard last year for me...
Obviously I love the whole card ! (I am mourning the loss of your beautiful pecan trees, what Katrina did will stay with us for a generation.)

Kristina said...

Tracy it is beautiful!! I love it. Ya know my grandfather had 100 acres in MS too at one time. It was cotton land, and can you believe he sold it for $1 per acre back in the day!! What I wouldn't give for it today.


Audrey Pettit said...

Ooh, I like! I like very much! that tree looks amazing. did you paint it yourself? Love your flowers, too. Thanks for sharing your sweet story with us and playing along over at The Shabby Tea Room.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH--those insides of the flowers are gorgeous:) This whole card is! LOVE it!!! That border is beautiful with the butterflies--mmm! GORGEOUS:)

Thanks for stopping by my site:) And thanks for the sweet comment! If you email me at sbmmhoover {at} yahoo {dot} com...I have some answers to your questions! And I have an extra metal thingy:) So if you can have your friend email me and I can tell her the price and send pics;)

I hope you have a wonderful day! Loved your card--super pretty!

Audrey Pettit said...

Great use of the Glimmer Screen, Tracy! That tree truly does look hand-painted. :)

Unknown said...

You made an absolutely adorable card Tracy, your flowers are wonderful and the colours are very chic and soft. Very pretty, well done! ~Ira

~jan said...

What a pretty card, Tracy!