Sunday, November 30, 2008

We're Back ... And Ready for Christmas

"Hello, Everyone! Reggie the Crow here, all dressed up to wish you a Merry Christmas in the first official "post-renovation" blog post!"

As you can see, we've 'Christmas-ized' the blog, including a selection of favorite Christmas songs to serenade you as you read and, of course, view our Christmas slide show ....

"I'm not in it, but it's still pretty good."

Anyway, we hope you like the changes, so please check out the new links categories and visit our art friends...

... and keep watching for changes yet to come, including the debut of our "recession-friendly" line of Christmas ornaments and a special blog devoted to one of our favorite characters (I'm not telling who, so stayed tuned for more details).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Spring Cleaning Time!!!

I know, I know, it's really autumn and almost Thanksgiving...but it's also a slow season for small fry in the primitive arts, so it's the perfect time to do some renovations on the blog.

For the next week or so, we'll be changing the face of Cordwood Cabin Primitives, making links easier to locate, friends easy to find, and cool extras something clickable and not just clutter at the side of the page. In the meantime, we're adding some cheerful tunes to serenade those of you who drop by. See you soon!

Pumpkins in the Weeds...

Pumpkin is stalking big game in the tall grass ....

...or at least a grasshopper.

Above, the "Before" Picture ....
She's a far cry from the half-grown cat we found starving by the roadside (that picture was taken a few weeks after we found her). After living off insects and garbage, a ham sandwich persuaded Pumpkin to take a car ride home with us -- we're pretty sure she plans to stay now that she's sampled the tuna.

And here's the "After".

May we all find reason to give thanks this season ... for Pumpkin, it's tuna fish sandwiches.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Little St. Nick

Hat, check. Goggles, check. Sled, double-check.

Ready for cruisin' through the snow at a frightful speed ....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tin Signs of What's to Come

During the long, cold, and dull winter months, we've considered taking up "exterior" jobs, and lending a helping hand to the various outbuilding on the property. Since we've decided to repaint and remodel the old henhouse, I painted the first of several tin signs to decorate the external sides of the outbuildings, all based on vintage ads I found in copyright free collections (Dover is a great source of inspiration, in case you're wondering; their books and software are full of great designs).

The "Full" Florida oranges is my favorite. I sanded the paint in places and added a mixture of paint and cinnamon to creat the illusion that the words are rusting off the surface.

"Mornin' Judge" was everyone else's favorite. It's especially appropriate, since both of these will hang from the "henhouse" side of the barn. I decided to leave the furthest corner unpainted, to enhance the worn look of paint peeling from tin.

If all goes well this winter, we'll be converting the long-abandoned half of the building into a "special project" this winter, so look for photos and posts with updates, plans, and pics of what's to come...

Friday, November 7, 2008

End of Halloween

Greetings, friends, from the post-Halloween Cordwood Cabin....

A few scary reminders as the season winds its way towards winter ....

...including our scary lanterns from the pumpkin patch (Gruesome Jack and "Frank")

(You can see Frank's inspiration just behind him, courtesy of Artfulife friend Summer; Gruesome Jack, however, is an inspiration all his own ....)

Reggie the Crow wishes you all a Happy Post-Halloween.