Monday, June 9, 2008

The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and The Bees.....

You could never tell it now, but up until a year or so ago, I was a plain beige type person. I painted my walls beige, bought beige furniture. Had off white bedding. Planted mostly just evergreen plants instead of flowers...

Then all of a sudden I woke up one day craving COLOR and WHIMSY!! Thank goodness I met Donna of Donna's Art blog. She has a little shop on ETSY called Whimsy Two , where she sells all kinds of wonderful whimsical hand painted items.

I purchased this adorable bird house, and the cute Garden sign from her. Mr. Lavender Hill Studio nailed the sign to my fence post at the entrance to my courtyard. Then I hung the sweet Garden sign on the perch....cute, huh?!!

You might have seen this bloom sign a few post back on my bird sound video. Donna painted this sign too. I love it hanging in front of my hanging baskets...

So, if you are looking for a little WHIMSY in your life, go see Donna and tell her Penny sent you!


Alison Gibbs said...

The colour in your garden and your 'whimsy' is so vibrant

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love Donna's work, I bought a gorgeous wooden easel with a hand painted bird painted by Donna. He sits on my mantle so I can enjoy seeing her work every day. Your birdhouse and sign is gorgeous. I love the colors. Karen

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH! Penny HELP!! I am that way as we speak, even my cloths are biege and white Oh and black. I have NO color in my home. I am starting to add a bit of color with some throw blankets ( WOW I am really going out of my box.) I will have to vist Donna.

Barb said...

Hi Penny,

What an adorable bird house and sign.
Bloom says it all!

You certainly have been a busy gal and a lucky one.
Miss Jayde picked #12 and that is you. Whoo hoo!

Just send me the address and it will go out asap.

many hugs to you,

Eva said...

Hello Penny! I wanted to let you know that I have visited your blog and it is wonderful! Your garden is so beautiful as is your mosaic work. I am here via JoAnne's Sunflower Meadows. Will be back very soon to visit your blog again. Take care,

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Lovely birdhouse. You were very very busy this weekend. Your courtyard is so pretty. I sat around most of the weekend. It was quite hot here.
You have inspired me to get a little more work done tomorrow.

Connie said...

Oh, I do so miss azaleas here in Idaho. Ours in California were stupendous! I love them and would love to grow some here but gets too cold in this desert!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

What a pretty birdhouse! Love the signs. They bring so much fun to your garden!


Tara said...


Doesn't this look delightful in your yard! Donna makes such cute things!

Melanie said...

Love the bird house and signs. There needs to be more whimsy in everyone's lives.

Here in the UK we have had a huge fashion of beige too- the Ikea influence urging us to "chuck out our chintz" a few years ago. I loved colour and flowers too much to bother. Now the trend is retro and I'm feeling trendy for a while.

The mulch looked really good too. It really helped the plants stand out. Well done for that mamouth task.

Suzy said...

I am very glad you fund your color in life and garden since the world around us is full of different shades. Donna is a sweet colorful person.

Have a colorful day! Suzy

Sue said...

It is hard to believe that you have not always been colorful. You use your color now like the artist that you are. I love your mossaics and the new colorful
style you have incorporated into your home and garden.

LW said...

Wow, that is a surprise I have a hard time seeing you in beige …
Love the bird house and sign…

I am just the opposite; I crave the white on white tones, but splash color all over… I had this yellow gold phase a while back and my whole down stairs is painted gold yellows to soft yellows… I tried to move away from this and decided to paint my family room an ivory with green undertones. … the paint was not mixed right and I came home to an almost deco yellow ….. My family room has cathedral ceilings so I didn’t have the
heart to asks my husband and son to repaint it, so I just added more color with pillows and other things…


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Donna's just the best! I love your signs and the birdhouse. Her signs are like little treasures that you discover as you walk along. How fun!

((hugs)) Rosie

Beverly said...

Donna's charm is bringing delight to many of our homes. She certainly does lovely work.

I have something to post she made, too, but it is a Father's Day gift so I have to wait. I can't have my husband seeing it ahead of time.

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

This is the 2nd blog I've read this morning that mentions these signs. I'm going to check it out.
Very pretty garden you have & the signs fit in so well, DebraK

I don't think I've commented here before.... you're mosiacs are breathtaking!

Donna said...

Thank you, Penny. The signs and the bird house look great! I'm so glad you like them.
I love color too, but I find that I go for creams and beige in the bedroom.
Have a wonderful day!

Utah Grammie said...

There's no way I would have ever thought of you as a beige person! You are soo colorful in your art, your writings and your enthusiasm!
Thanks for introducing us to your friend - I will stop by!

Susie Harris said...

What a cute birdhouse and sign! Thanks for sharing that info . I will have to drop by and make a visit soon. Smiles, Susie G

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Penny, I love Donna's work!! I'm with you, last year when we moved here, all the walls got painted wonderful, cheerful colors. My livingroom is a butter yellow and let me tell you, in winter time, it is so sunny and happy to look at.

Counting Your Blessings said...

Isn't it refreshing to know that anytime we want, we have the freedom to change ourselves, our gardens, our homes?! How precious that is!! I'm so glad you turned colorful =) Blessings... Polly

Brook said...

Penny I love the look you are achieving around your home. I really like the coutyard and the BLOOM sign is a keeper.


Brook said...

O.K. how about courtyard?! It's early!


Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Good morning Penny! Love your signs! And your mosiacs show your love of color now! They are all just beautiful! I went through that phase a couple of years...beige & brown everything! Now I'm back to my "color" roots too! LOL! You mentioned the Raleigh Flea Market! I love that place too! That is where the festival was held. The tractors were on the backside of the fairgrounds complex. The fireworks were held each night over the pond and they were amazing!!! But even at 9 in the morning Saturday, it was too miserable to do much shopping! LOL!

Hope you have a blessed day!
Hugs, Rhonda ;)

bj said...

Oooo, I love the Bloom sign...
looks so good with your flowers.
You know me...I aDORE whimsy ...keeps us all from becoming too serious about ourselves!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Penny, Love your whimsies from Donna. I have a bird nest painting she did for me and just love it. I hope someday you get to meet fun! I finally did watch the men's finals of the French Open. It just boggles my mind I didn't watch any more than that. Years ago I wouldn't have missed a minute of the whole thing. ~ Stay cool ~ Lynn

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

You were a beige person?

I never would've known. Love the songs on your playlist! Have I already told you this?

Lib said...

Hi Penny, I am a color person.
Love your pics. thanks for sharing.:o)
Stay cool, we're cooler today:o)

PAT said...

I love the birdhouse and signs and I've been looking for a source for signs...thank you for the links, Penny!


Julie said...

Oh, Miss Penny!
What a beautiful yard you have!!!
Looks like so much fun and it's still beautiful -- finding that balance between fun and beautiful can be tough -- but you did it just right! It's gorgeous!

Sandi McBride said...

YOU DID NOT PAINT YOUR WALLS BEIGE!! You are such a fibber! I'll bet they were reds and yellows and every color of blue in the universe!!! Well,okay if you say so, but you don't strike me as beige in the least!

Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
I can't imagine you as a beige person, but am so glad you woke up to color one day. Isn' this heatwave something. I'm just hibernating inside. Hope it's over soon.
Hugs, Rhondi

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Will have to check out Donna's blog. Love the color and whimsy in your garden!

Michelle said...

Your signs are colorful and just perfect!


Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi Penny,
I am so happy you are out of your beige coma...LOL!!! Color is a whole new world isn't it.


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Penny!
I would have never guessed you to be a beige person. You emit color! And that's a compliment! Love the music.
Hugs, Sherry

Shellmo said...

I think color equals happiness. I love your "whimsy"!!