I have been asked about this painting and I wanted to do a short post on it.  Years ago I had a friend who had found a small painting of this woman for about forty dollars in an antique shop.  I loved it since I saw it.  She didn't know who it was and then later found out it was Enrica Soma, a ballerina who was featured on the cover of Life magazine.  She was also Angelica Houston's mother.

Last summer I learned how to do transferring on canvas.  It is so much fun and you can  take a photo or a picture and transfer it using mod podge.  Now it doesn't come out perfect but it leaves an imprint on the canvas that you can work with and create something pretty.

I printed a few photos, some wedding pictures, some photos of my granddaughter and a photo I had of Enrica.  I love to paint.  I'm not great but I enjoy it.  When I made the transfer of Enrica it came out very light so I tried another one.   I painted and filled in the canvas where it was needed on both.  It took me about a week.  The colors are slightly different that the original and her expression is a bit more stern but I am so happy with how it came out.  Now I didn't zoom in because you'll be able to see my imperfections on my replica but I was pleased with my efforts.

A few weeks ago we took a trip to one of our favorite bed and breakfasts in Camden Maine, the Heartstone Inn.   The town of Camden is lovely and reminds me very much of home except we boarder the Delaware River and sadly we have no sailboats in the distance.  We did our normal stops at the local antique stores, and tourist stops.
Here is our selfie.  Me and my best friend, my husband and the love of my life who I am so blessed to  be married to.  He truly is my Prince Charming.

As we were walking around we stopped in at The Gooseriver Exchange https://www.gooseriverexchange.com   It is a lovely bookstore that has so many treasures, art, collectible ephemera and oddities.  My husband absolutely loves it because he's a big history buff.
As he was looking through some old maps I wandered into another room where there were old magazines in boxes.  I saw a few boxes labeled Life and I started looking through them.  I called out to my husband to ask him for some assistance since there were quite a bit.  As he lifted a few magazines from the shelf, there she was, beautiful and in wonderful condition.  I was so excited.  I grabbed it and prayed it wasn't to expensive because I wanted to buy it.    I assumed it could be anywhere from 50 to 100 dollars.  Well surprisingly it was under twenty dollars.   I was giddy.  Here it is below.

I brought it home with me and have it in my office.  As for my reproduction, it sits on my antique table near my bed.  I am very proud of my little project and recommend it highly.  Also, make sure you check out the website for the Gooseriver exchange, you'll love it.  


Christmas House And Barn Tour

This is a huge post with tons of photos.  I will save your eyes and only add photos.  Feel free to comment and ask tips or questions, I will be happy to help.  Thought the tour is self explanatory so I posted them in order as if you were walking through the house and barn.  Yep you heard right, barn.  Hope you like it.  So grab a cup of punch and walk with me.  

The Barn

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you picked up some fun tips and ideas to decorate your own homes.  Want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all my blogging friends.  Take some time to enjoy family and friends and the holidays.  God bless.  

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