Celebrating Our First Snow ~ Giveaway

I love snow!!! I know it can be miserable for those who live with it all winter, but when you live in an area that becomes bleak and drab in the winter after all the leaves fall off the trees, you appreciate the beauty of that white glistening carpet of snow.  I tried to portray the joy of snow falling in my painting “Snow Jewels”…

Snow Jewels ©2013 Karin Naylor

 

I have printed quite a few cards from my paintings including the one above, and slowly, but surely I will have them all for sale in my Etsy shop. Below is a picture of some of my cards from the Guthrie Art Walk on November 8th…

 

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a giveaway here, so I thought I would do another one. This time the winner will receive a packet of 4 cards of their choice from my shop.

To enter visit my Etsy shop, and then leave a comment below telling me that you stopped by. I’ll announce the winner in a week on November 25th, and you can choose the cards you like. I will be adding more cards in my shop during the week.

Sound like fun? Yes? 🙂

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Clear or White Plastic for the Hoop House?

This morning we took off the old torn plastic on the hoop house and replaced it.

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Yes, that is white opaque plastic that you see. The reason I chose this is because of what I read when looking for clear plastic…

 

Clear panels deliver direct light while opaque panels provide diffused light. If you want to buy a greenhouse to germinate seeds and grow starters which will be transplanted outdoors, then a clear covering has the advantage of bringing full, direct light to the starter trays. This warms the soil and encourages germinating seeds to sprout and develop into a vigorous starter plants for transplanting.

If you plan on growing the plants to maturity in your greenhouse, a diffused covering has the advantage of providing even light for balanced foliage growth as well as preventing hot spots within the greenhouse.

While it may seem counter intuitive, diffused light provides superior light for growing plants. Diffused light may appear to be less bright than direct light, but the light that generally produces the most efficient photosynthesis is not visible to the human eye. Diffused light reaches your plants from many angles, so plants do not get ‘leggy’ as they would when competing with each other to grow towards available light. With diffused lighting plants develop a more balanced, compact structure. ~ eartheasy

 

I do not often germinate seeds in our hoop house. There is no way to regulate the temperature as we do not heat or cool it. I do grow kale and parsley and bok choi in the winter, and right now beans are growing…

 

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If you look at the above photo, you will see the sunlight coming through the window and how the white plastic shades the rest of the plants. This might be ideal in the hot summer in our climate. I’m hoping that what I’ve read about diffused light being good for plants is true, because we are stuck with this for at least 4 years. 🙂

Only time will tell if I’ve made a mistake…

 

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I still have netting over the micro greens in the garden. They are all growing and I am beginning to thin them. Next to the compost bucket we have a volunteer “something” growing, but I doubt that it will survive the first freexe…

 

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OK, that is my update for now…and I will leave you with another painting that should make you smile…

 

Ride 'em (2) ©2014 Karin NaylorRide ’em

You can read about this one on my blog Simply Painting. This is my son who grew up to be a horse trainer. 😉

Hydroponic Microgreens

Trying a new experiment here. We have a couple of entrepreneurs nearby who developed an incredible hydroponic greenhouse. You can see what they are doing on this website… Upward Harvest

It’s really worth watching, I promise, you will be amazed. We bought a flat of mixed micro-greens to plant in our garden…

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As you can see there are all kinds of greens…kale, arugula, watercress, peas, beets etc.  I planted them in our garden and covered them with netting to protect them from deer, rabbits, turkey, grasshoppers and all the delightful creatures we have about…

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So we’ll see how they do. In the hoop house the beans are growing valiantly…

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Along with the marigolds…

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We have an abundance of hot peppers…

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We purchased new plastic for the hoop house and hopefully we will have that up before it freezes.

It’s September and in September I do the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, thought I’d share one here with you all just for fun…

Little Chicken Rancher ©2014 Karin NaylorThe Little Chicken Rancher

To see more you’ll have to visit my other blog Simply Painting.

Take care… 🙂

My Most Coppery Brown Marans Egg Ever and a Giveaway

After being gone for a week I found these in the kitchen…

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Maybe I need to leave more often 😉

The hens are really starting to lay, finally… and here is the darkest most coppery brown Marans egg yet…

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I’m saving up the dark ones just in case a hen goes broody. 🙂

We have some more beautiful colors happening here besides the copper eggs…

Lilacs 2014

Lilacs and creeping phlox…

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Beautiful tulips and irises that my daughter picked the night before we had another freeze…

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I just had to paint these…you can see what I did at

a little corner of the artist in me

Speaking of paintings…I’ve been meaning to have a giveaway for months now, but life has been a bit different lately, and I’m in the process of moving my mother to live with us. My goal was to do another giveaway painting when I had 100 followers on this blog and now I have 105. So to thank you all for following me, and all your encouragement and good advice and your great blogs that I’m trying to keep up with…

RAINBOOTS Giveaway…

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This is a 6″ x 6″ original oil painting on a gallery wrapped canvas with a little surprise on the side…

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Just leave me a comment and follow me if you haven’t already, and  on April 28th I will announce the winner.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. 🙂

The Winners Are…

I love giveaways…the only hard part is that I want to give everyone that entered something… 🙂

Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments…

Here’s how we did it. I wrote everyone’s name from both my website and this blog on little pieces of paper and then folded them up and put them in a bowl…

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Then I asked my daughter to pick the winners…

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And the winner of the calendar is… Aunt Red…Congratulations!!!

Next was the winner of the Pamela Jeanne Studio painting…  Willow Creek Farm … Congratulations!!!

Pamela Jeanne has a new Etsy shop… Blue Pumpkin Studio, if you are wanting to purchase some beautiful made in America gifts…this is the place to go. 🙂

If you would like one of my calendars they are for sale  on my website… Knaylor Oil Paintings. I think you will love the quality of these calendars. I had them done by Shutterfly and they really did a fabulous job.

I also have a new Etsy site, so come and stop by my little shop … a little art corner.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know we all go through hard times now and then,  but we all have so much to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for all of you… 🙂

Thanks again everyone…

Two Giveaways :)

Friends, I’m really excited about this, and I want to share my joy with you. You know those wonderful dream come true stories that don’t happen very often in our lives?  Well, I just had one of those dreams really come true, and I still am not quite sure I’m totally awake.

I’ve dreamed of being an artist and having my paintings accepted in a gallery…a dream that I never really thought was reachable for me. Yesterday, I submitted seven of my paintings to a gallery!  YES!!! So, to celebrate I have two giveaways…

#1 – A 2014 calendar of my paintings. I’m really happy with the way this turned out and I think you will be too.

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Here’s what the inside looks like…

All of these paintings, except one, were painted during my 30 Paintings in 30 Days this last September.  This calendar will also be for sale  for  $25 (which includes shipping) on my new website  knaylorpaintings.com. I would love for you to take a look at my website and get on my email list and leave a comment.  I’d love to know what you think.

#2 – When I was doing the 30 Paintings in 30 Days I was able to meet several really wonderful artists, one of whom is a fabulous quilter just turned artist, Pam Schoessow.  I absolutely love her paintings, so I want to share this one with you as a giveaway…

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This 4″ x 4″ painting comes with a little stand…

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I just love it!!! And these make wonderful gifts.  You can see more of Pam’s art on her blog here… Pamela Jeanne Studio

I know Pam is working on an Etsy shop coming soon…Update: It’s here…Blue Pumpkin Studio

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment here, or on my new website knaylorpaintings.com. I will announce the winners on the 25th of November.

This and That…

Got some of this and that to post…Starting off with my chicks that ever so slightly came out of their coop today for a bit…

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It’s dangerous out here though,  Mr. Knightly is not the nicest dad and the auntie hens are jealous and cruel.

But these are not the only birds strutting around our place…

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It’s getting to be turkey time… 🙂

And does anyone know what this is?

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These grew as volunteer plants in the compost by the garden along with some cantaloupe. Inside it looks kind of like a cantaloupe, but tastes more like a cucumber.

This fall is so lovely…have to post some more golden yellow and red…

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OK…that’s enough of that. 🙂

Now, I want to introduce you to an extraordinary quilter who has started to paint wonderful whimsical watercolors…

You are going to love Pamela Jeanne Studio. This is the painting I have that she made…

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I just love it. I know she is opening an Etsy shop. So if you are needing some really cute gifts made in the USA, visit her blog…  Pamela Jeanne Studio.

Hope you all are having a wonderful fall…

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