Monday, September 29, 2008



I started this oil painting many months ago and just now got around to finishing it..I do this alot, start a painting and come back to it later...I wish I had more disipline in my work habits but it seems I'm always moving on to somehing else...
I am putting together a collection of vintage style paintings with a more darker background then your use to seeing in my work. I like the contrance and the moody feel. This painting called, " Vintage Rose" will be made into a canvas print early next month so be sure and watch for it on my website..More coming soon!
I hope your having a wonderful start to this gorgoues time of year..
Love to you sweet friends,
Jo-Anne
xo


Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I was so thrilled to have found this Magnificent Antique Tin with ornate embossed ribbons and bows. I was told by the dealer it dates around the late 1800's. It's beautifully showing off its aged patina, I love it rust and all. I painted some pink roses in the center as it looked like it needed " something" even tho it was so detailed... I will ponder over a piece for days and always question whether to paint or not to paint, but this to me looked like an ornate canvas waiting for a center piece....


Wishing you a beautiful Autumnish weekend!
Love to you,
Jo-Anne

Monday, September 15, 2008


The NEW FALL issue is out now and its simply divine. To receive your free subsription to Dovetales Antiques and Home Magazine sign up here-


I had the pleasure of writing the articles for Sara Duckett and Christine Glynn fabulously stunning office spaces. In this issue you will visit my own in-home work space as well. Hope you will enjoy!

Sara Ducket at Sadie Olive

Christine Glynn at Tuttichic

My office space; Order a copy to learn more...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gabrielle Coco Chanel? Have you seen this movie yet on Lifetime? The woman who gave us the " Little Black Dress and Marilyn's famous one liner! The costumes, set design and locations were stunning to watch. The only thing missing from this romantic and inspiring movie was Shirley McLaine's French accent... Just wished I could have seen more of her, she was wonderful in this ..as well as Audrey Tautou who plays a young Coco.
My chic pick of the week!






Sweet Sherry from Sherry's Rose Cottage- "http://sherrysrosecottage.blogspot.com/" tagged me!!

Sherry is one of my long time customers as well as a dear friend. Her home warms my heart with the most stunning Victorian treasures you'll find. Every single room is a show place. Please stop by and visit Sherry and take a peek at her beautiful photo gallery.

I guess I'm supose to list 7 things that most people don't know about me...Ok, here we go...

1. I was born in Ottawa, Canada; Then at the age of 5 we moved to Massachusetts.
2. I've been known to indulge in Eddy's double fudge brownie ice cream for dinner.

3. I have been busy focusing on new designs for the New Year including my first book that’s in the making. My goal is to have it complete by 2009


4. Lately I have been inspired by Swedish d├ęcor. It introduces pure crisp whites, greenery, mercury glass and darker antiques. While the look remains very much Shabby Chic its style is simply, without a lot of pattern and color. The best word to describe it is "heavenly". ( Photo from Malin at- http://alskarsott.blogspot.com/




5. I like to go out for Italian cuisine, curling up by a fire with a book, and the ocean.



6. My Dad is my mentor, my friend, and my biggest inspiration.
7. I grew up in a musical family as some of you may know, but did you know that I was a singer in a band? AHH, Hard to believe now!


At the young age of 13, my brothers ( Moe, Glenn and I, join my dad on stage playing at weddings, and local clubs. When I turned 20, I joined my older brother Moe, and together we toured all across Eastern Canada. My song-list included Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, and Heart to name a few.


Well, thats a few tid bits about myself.. Now it's my turn to pass on the fun..

Oh boy, I could go on and on but the rules say pick only 6. Roberta, Sanya, Barbara, Fifi, Suzy and Tracie are sweet friends who I admire for their geninine goodness, their unique talents, Authunticity in their craft, and friendship. You all furfill the meaning of " Beautiful Purposeful Blogging:

Roberta from Tresor Trouve http://www.tresortrouve.typepad.com/
Barbara Jacksier from The Book blog-http://barbarajacksier.blogspot.com/
Sanya from In The Pink Antiques - http://www.inthepinkantiques.blogspot.com/ Fifi from Chez Fifif - http://fabulousfifi.typepad.com/
Tracie from My Petite Maison- http://mypetitemaison.blogspot.com/
Suzy from-Suzy's New Life- http://suzy-newlife.blogspot.com/

If you have been tagged, here is what is requested:1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird...3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as well as links to their blogs.4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a post on their blog.


My dear friend Natalie has done it again... She has sent me inspiring tips on how to save big. I found this to be very useful hope you will too...

It has been fun to hear what you all think and to read your money saving ideas too. I give Glory to God alone for His inspiration for these.. He is our encourager and is in every detail of our lives. I know He wants us to be good stewards.
Save big-- want to know the secret to "saving big" is?! Don't buy what you don't need. I know you all hear this over and over from me but after the two year clean out I can never say this enough..do not buy what YOU DO NOT NEED! In America we are impulse buyers that is a fact and you know why? Temptation is every where row after row of goods. Need a nice dishcloth? you will have to walk about 10 aisles to find them then you will have way too many choices to choose from. We all need to get blinders on and get really tough with ourselves and say NO! The other thing I hear women and myself say is.. oh but it was on sale for a really good price!!! What I realized was that I had piles of "good stuff" that was on sale that I never used. All it makes for is clutter..clutter every where and you keep adding more on sale stuff to what you already had. This will not be easy but you must stop and pray for God to guide you. We have been blessed America.. we really have!! so now is the time to share what you have with others and start to say NO.

Start today--plan to give to good organizations or friends in need, have a huge yard sale, or get those items to the thrift store. For some of us that are getting ready to PCS now is the time to do so. And make a promise to yourself that now that your starting over you will not get into this bad habit again. Every move we have ever made I have always seen as a fresh start and a do over. What did I learn here that I will never do when we move? Think on this and if your where you will always be you can still do a "do over". Maybe this will be the time you paint the inside of the house and redecorate after your done cleaning out your clutter & with the money you make from your huge yard sale you can buy one nice new item.

God bless you my friends..God has been so patient with me and I have had so much to learn from Him that is why I pass all this onto you. Lord knows I am not perfect but we have a loving Father that is..give your plans to Him and He will make your paths straight..happy clean out! xo Natalie

The plans of the diligent leads to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

Wishing you a beautiful week my sweet friends :)

Jo-Anne