Saturday, September 28, 2013


I went with my husband today to deliver this gorgeous, one of a kind custom built Antler Chandelier!  The chandelier is over 7' wide and almost 7' tall!  We estimate it to weigh between 250 to 300 pounds!  The chandelier was built to incorporate Elk, Moose, Caribou, Mule Deer and Whitetail antlers!  The light is the centerpiece for our customers office which is still under construction and will house over 60 plus mounted animals that he has hunted!  The light took special mounting brackets and special equipment to install in the center of the 25' high cathedral ceiling!  The chandelier  truly is stunning!!  It is a piece of art work that will be treasured for years to come!  If you are looking for a custom built chandelier for your home, office, man cave or hunting lodge check out my husbands webpage: www.antler-lights.com or contact him through the website to see what he can build for you! 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Hand Painted Saw Blade with little boy fishing

I was asked to paint this saw blade with a child in mind.  The customer wanted a camping scene with a general store and a bunch of names incorporated into the painting.  I wasn't sure how to work all those names into the painting and then one night as lay in bed (which is when most my inspiration hits me...lol) it came to me!  I would paint an old tree and paint the names to look like they were  carved into the tree!  I also put a few of the names on the license plates hanging on the side of the General Store.  The General Store is also named with one of the names along with the name on the canoe!  Whew...I got them all worked in!  I sure hope he likes it!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hand Painted Bow Saw

I find these old saw blades at auctions and antique shops.  I have my husband cut out an insert to fit the back of the saw and I paint a picture on it.  This is one of my own designs.  I call it "Afternoon Encounter" It is copyrighted.  I got the idea for this painting from watching the deer in our own back yard!  We have a well worn trail behind our house and the deer travel back and forth on it.  One day I was watching several does.  Then they all stopped what they were doing to look at something coming down the path.  I looked to see what they were looking at and here came a buck!  The does didn't hang around long and ran off in different directions!  I hope you like my painting!  I am blessed to live in the country and see wildlife right outside my own window!

Hand Painted Turkey Feathers

I painted these six turkey feathers for a customer a few weeks ago.  He liked them so well he ordered three more!  He makes frames out of old barn wood and I am excited to see how he frames these feathers that I painted for him.  To see more of my feathers check out my face book page called "Country Girl Crafts" or my webpage at www.cgcrafts.com   Thanks!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rusty Old Lantern

I had a customer bring me this rusty old lantern and ask me to paint a scene on it.  He wanted something with ducks and water.  Here is what I painted for him.  I have painted lots of lanterns over the years but this one is one of my own personal favorites...wish I could keep this one

Hunting in the back country

I recently finished painting a large saw blade for a customer.  He commissioned me to paint a scene with a float plane and a camp sight in the back country.  I love painting these large saws, but I don't enjoy standing at my kitchen island bar for hours to work on it! lol  Here is the finished piece!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Minnesota Farm Pond

I was commissioned to paint this saw with a picture of ducks on a pond.  My husband and I went on vacation one year as we drove threw Minnesota we saw so many farm ponds full of ducks and geese.  This painting brings me back to that trip and seeing all those beautiful birds.
By the way my customer loved it!!

Cross Cut Saw

I have been busy painting a cross cut saw for a customer this week.  He ask for a fall scene with an old barn in the background and old wooden hunting stand in a tree along with  deer in a field.  I think I worked it all in.  Here is what the finished piece looks like!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hand Painted Turkey Feathers

I have been busy this week painting orders for my hand painted Turkey Feathers.  It is always interesting to me to see where all my orders come from.  This particular order is shipping out to Canada!  It is pretty neat to think of all the states and country's that something I have painted has been shipped to!  I listed an item in the Country Sample Magazine one time and my boys would keep track of all the different states that we shipped the item to.  It was fun keeping track. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Darling Starlings

I was drawn to my window today to see what all the ruckus was about in our back yard.  A group of Starlings were fighting over the food in the feeder.  They were quiet noisy as they fought and pecked at on another over the food.  Several birds set on the railing waiting their turn at the feeder.  Apparently there is a pecking order when it comes to eating.  I photographed these two birds as they set on the railing waiting their turn to eat.  As I looked threw my lens I couldn't help but notice how pretty they were up close.  In our neck of the woods Starlings are not well thought of, but as I looked at them closer I thought they were kind of pretty.  I like the purple and teal colors in their feathers and all those little speckles.  As I observed them I saw one bird fight off all the rest for his spot at the feeder.  After he had is fill he left too.  Just another day in the country! :)