Thursday, May 14, 2009


Last night there were very strong storms. We probably lost a couple of trees out back--the winds were especially strong. Strangely, I slept very well and as result woke up late-a very unusual thing around here.

This morning the sun is out, the skies are clear and though windy, it is a beautiful day. Today I will plant the flowers in the hanging pots on the front of the porch. So I am in a mood to see some flowers.

And here are some beautiful hand painted flowers on a shaker box.

This was created by Coco on Artfire: She describes the inspiration for this piece. This design is an adaptation of a Scottie Foster design originally painted on an Heirloom Coffee and Tea Service that was crafted in tin by Robert Faulkner. The deep rich red flyspecked background combined with a mixture of country and baroque stylized flowers give this farmhouse style piece a touch of elegance.

It is a Country Casual Treasure is a 12” diameter (3.5” high) round box hand painted by Coco Watkin in a German Bauernmalerei style. The box itself is light weight yet sturdy—similar to a Shaker style box. It was handcrafted by Snaggy Hollow Craftsmen in Saluda, NC from Blue Ridge Mountain grown poplar trees. Crafted without the finger overlaps or brass brads, this simpler box perfectly compliments the casual country character of the painted design. The interior has a medium dark brown stain finish.

You can see it at:

Enjoy this beautiful piece of art. It is a chance to enjoy the fine craftsmanship of yesterday at today's prices.



  1. Barb,
    Thanks for the honor of having one of my pieces featured on this blog. You did a wonderful job with the article and I'm grateful for the exposure.