Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Kitchen counter

My camera batteries died after one photo. Reaching for the second set, I realized...they are still plugged in the charger in the hotel eight hours away. Must not be my week!

Anyway, someone brought us a pineapple straight from Hawaii. It smells so fresh and sweet. Andrew wanted to paint it. We picked an old frame from the garage. I cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside and took out our four little tubes of paint. We observed the pineapple's colors and shapes (a large oval with circles all over it, curves for the leaves). He had fun mixing shades of green with yellow and brown. I hung it over the turnip he painted a few weeks ago. He loves seeing his artwork on the kitchen wall, and so do I.

You'll notice the pile of gelatin molds on the counter. Other than the occasional use, they sit forlornly in my cabinet. I'm planning to display them as part of a kitchen Christmas. Do you have pretty kitchenware packed away you can use for a frugal ornaments or accents?


MommyLydia said...

Yikes! Hopefully you can get your batteries back

Anonymous said...

Andrews art work looks wonderful ! You have the knack of displaying things so well.

I like the jelly moulds, I have several as well and try and vary the items that decorate my kitchen, din't think of jelly moulds though ! Its gingerbread themed china for December !


Laura Talbert said...

That boy has talent! I would hate to see what it would have looked like if I had tried to paint a pineapple. :)

Anonymous said...

His composition is astonishing in one so young!

I don't have a blog but will snap some pics of my home, using found items for the decor. I can email them.

Just trimmed the holly this week and making urns of the trimmings for our business's entry and our own home entry.

Kat said...

Hey Meredith,

I love your blog...just wanted to say hello since I'm a long time lurker :-)

Love the artwork! Your son has so much talent and I can say this with authority as I am a former art teacher :-) Saw the post of the big painting he did of the volcano...that was wonderful as well.

Keep up the good blogging...your posts always inspire me with your creative frugality!

Anonymous said...


He's such a wonderful artist! I have 3 boys and you've inspired me to get them to make some art for our house.

Chrissy said...

Meredith -

I've added you as a link on my own blog. Please stop by if you have the time.

Anonymous said...

Andrew's paintings are exceptional! (also former high school art teacher here) I would love to see a close up when camera is back in working order. He has your eye for composition, color, and detail.

I also decorate (year round) with natural objects. I have a wonderful collection of birdnests, abandoned ones, of course. I am amazed at the variety and intricacy. All vacation souveniers are an interesting rock which I display in handmade pottery along with nests, pods, wasp nests, etc. I think decorating is one of the most personal and satisfying of pursuits!
I enjoy your blog every day.

Someone Beautiful said...

Your son's talent is amazing, and I dream of the day my boys will paint/draw like that. I am going to get them to paint something now to put on the walls anyway. Thank you for sharing these sweet images.

SchrefflerFamily said...

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Green Tea & Kimchee said...

Hi Meredith,

Recently I was looking through an old book of mine. It's a Mary Englebreight Christmas book. She had an old mold on a plate with a sprig of greenery and an old-fashioned Christmas card. Also, the current Martha Stewart holiday magazine uses these same molds for home-made soap and bath fizzies. It's interesting to see what a creative mind can come up with using things we all have around the house.