Inspiration Project Completed

InspirationI am so amazed and happy my Inspiration Art project, 5 canvas painted with acrylic paints is completed!

Another goal, another dream of being a better artist. You have to keep believing you can accomplish any goal you set out to do!

 After much research, this was the art I felt spoke to my heart. I love the violin and it had a real meaning to me. I once worked at an elementary school and took violin lessons along with the students. I wasn’t very good even with private lessons. I wish I could be as good as Winslow Davis as he played at Bridgestreet Town Center, Huntsville, Alabama.

Here is my inspiration from the art I found on Light In the Box.

Whimsical Wall Art

Whimsical Wall Art

I would love to hear from all of you. Believing in yourself is the ultimate of loving yourself before you can love others. God has blessed me and I like to share my blessings with you!

Please leave comments and let me know how my Inspiration Art compares to the original inspiration.

Wonderful having you on my blog!😍


Inspiration Project

Whimsical Wall Art

Whimsical Wall Art

In case you missed the post, Inspiration, I want to update you on my progress. This is the first of several to inspire you to set goals and start a project to inspire your thought process. In this  article, my Inspiration Project, the whimsical wall art.

A quick summary of the last article- I’m inspired to paint a colorful arrangement of canvas for my living room wall. I found just what I was looking for on Lightinthebox . The set of canvas are colorful with a whimsical touch. I started researching the items needed to complete the project and thought I would share it with you. I will update my progress as I go along. It will be mind-boggling at first but I’ve set my goal. I feel assured I can achieve it!

Well, I’m on my way to being half way complete. I set my goal and bought my canvas, paints, and brushes and sketched my work.


  • I gave the canvas an all over coat of light yellow acrylic paint. The canvas has gesso when purchased but I wanted to give more depth to the canvas.
  • I started with the lighter color, white and moved onto the darker paint adding variations of each paint color on top of the main color.
  • I painted smaller details and added shadow effects around the base and sides of the canvas.
  • I penciled in a light drawing of the items in the painting with various colors of green, aqua, orange, darker yellow and beige,
  • Several coats of paint later, I outlined the violin and surrounding items.

The center canvas is now complete!


Center Whimsical Wall Art

I hope my Inspiration Project will give you a nudge to get off your seat and start your project now! I will gladly give advice and help if you need me. My goal is to share and inspire!



Frida Kahlo & El Señor Xolotl

I love Frida Kahlo and want to share this exceptional post dedicated to her and Diego Rivera.

Considering the exhibition dedicated to her, and to Diego Rivera in Paris, at the Musée de l’Orangerie till January 13th 2014, Luxury Dog The Blog takes the opportunity to focus on an international recognized artist and dog lover: Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo de Rivera born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, who is best known for her self-portraits.

Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national…

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Queen’s Pop Art Decor

checks whimsy

Queen’s Pop Art

Magic colors of Pop Art has a way of bringing a smile to my face. I love the boldness of the dark shades. I use the colors to draw life into my canvas with every stroke I make. Each color pops out like a rabbit in a hole.

Bold colors make a statement and will bring interest to a blank wall or room. Begin with the 60-30-10% rule of decorating and then add the essential items to the room to complete your design.

Here is a quick way to paint a canvas that will work with your style.


  • Begin by painting the whole canvas in a bright yellow and mix in some orange for interest.
  • Think about using colors that match your home. In my case, I use red, teal, black and white checks.
  • Add circles with checks, swirls, stripes and whimsical stars, or anything you like as a whimsical design. I use those like Mackenzie Childs.
  • Create leaves and whimsical spirals to fill the canvas.
  • Use black and white checks to mimic Mackenzie Child’s. Here I painted a stand that gives the canvas a whimsical look.
  • The flower pot is painted in red and gold stripes as it is a signature look of Mackenzie Child’s décor.
  • Lastly, I painted black stripes around the entire canvas. (the look of a frame is what I had in mind)

Most people like soft natural colors for their home decorating but not me! I have a red sofa, teal walls, and accents of black and white checks. My favorite designer of home items is Mackenzie Child’s. I use my paint brush and other ways to give an old piece of furniture a whimsical look.

Boho Chest

Boho Chest like Mackenzie Child’s 

  • Use your imagination to draw on when planning your next DIY project.
  • Include a variety of patterns within the same color family.
  • Add black and white checks to give your project a whimsical look.
  • Add several papers; craft, wallpaper, tissue paper, even cocktail napkins to complete your project.
  • Mod Podge is the glue of choice for positioning the papers on the DIY project. A second coat to seal the paper and give it a glossy shine.

Pop Art Lady

Pop Art Lady

The Pop Art Lady is my latest project. I actually took a paint class at Lowe Mill Art & Entertainment with a skilled artist I admire.

Learning new skills and new ways to use your skills is the best way to get a broader view of art.

Everyone you meet brings a fresh approach to life!

Take a class, join a group, or learn a new skill. It will help to enhance your hum-drum world. You might find you have raw talent hidden underneath layers of stress.

Pop Art is all around just look for it in home decorating stores, DIY projects of your own, or purchase Pop Art direct from artist on Etsy, Ebay, or from Queen Rose. I will be glad to paint a commissioned piece to match your decor.  Queen’s Pop Art is happy to please and happy to have new visitors to my blog! Drop me an email and we can discuss your one-of-a-kind canvas masterpiece.

I’m so glad you landed on my blog. Check out the other posts related to Pop Art by the Queen

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blog writer Doris Campbell

Chalk Paint – If it’s to be, It’s Up to Me!

A new farm table requires a new armoire to go with it. At least that’s my way of thinking. Most crafters, artist, and interior decorators today love the outcome of chalk paint. I happen to be among the group. I too, have used it on furniture and feel 100% confident in the results. If I want something then I go after it. My Chalk Paint project is so easy.

 If it’s to be it’s up to me! I learned that lesson years ago.


Armoire Before Chalk Paint

Maison Blank

Maison Blanche Chalk Paint

I’ve painted some small pieces of furniture so I figured it would take some time to complete this one.

I know this job will take time and persistence. But the old saying is prevalent and I know I can do it!

The chalk paint doesn’t require sanding or an undercoat of paint. That’s a real plus.

My favorite shop, University Pickers, is my favorite shop in town. They carry a large quantity of Maison Blanche CHALK PAINT, WAX and soft brushes. Just what I need to get the job done.

  1. I place newspapers around the bottom for drips and spills.
  2. I stir the Maison Blanche CHALK PAINT during the process several times to keep the mixture flowing smooth.
  3. I begin by brushing the paint on the crevices of the armoire and other small areas with my brush.
  4. I paint the armoire with one coat and let it dry overnight. (The first coat will be thin and you can see the wood showing through.
  5. I paint coat #2 and see if the wood tone is covered, there are times a second coat is sufficient. (It is according to the finish you desire. I want mine covered to match my dining room chairs so I paint a third coat.)
  6. When the paint is dry, use 1,000 grit sand paper to give the piece a smooth finish, eliminating any rough paint areas.
  7. I select CLEAR and DARK WAX and alternate the two. I leave more DARK WAX on for a more antique look. (Remember to use a soft cloth and smooth out the WAX after you complete the process)
  8. Clean up is a breeze! The CHALK PAINT washes off with water and the brushes are easy to clean!

Optional – Place a coat of sealer, Polyurethane if you prefer. Here are some hints.

Chalk Paint Project

Chalk Paint Project

The media shows the effects with only 2 coats of paint. Adding the third coat makes a big difference. I painted 3 coats and it took me a few days to dry throughly. The WAX goes on fast and you are able to complete the task within 30-45 minutes. I have to say, this is a typically easy application process. My saying,  If it’s to be it’s up to me! I think you too can make it happen for you. Just tell yourself you can do it!

Please share your thoughts and projects here with me. I love hearing from you. Like my page, rate my project, follow me, or leave a comment. It’s all good!

Until next time, Queen Rose

Blingy Pet Carrier!

It’s time for Bootzi’s shots and I had some treats sprinkled in her pet carrier to entice her in.  My kitty hasn’t a clue what is to come but when you add treats she will do anything! I closed the wire door and away we went to the Vet. I looked around the office and everything seemed sterile.  The artist I am, a vision came to me, AGAIN, ha go figure. I’m going to make Bootzi a Blingy Pet Carrier. It will be one-of-a-kind like no other!

I made a list of supplies and began quickly to think about the things I already had to make it blingy. I drove to Dollar General and found just what I needed. The list is quite small but making it blingy can make a huge impact on the pet carrier and the results are amazing!


  • Black Hammered spray paint
  •  jewel stickers
  • a roll of decorative tape

A simple project that can be completed in record time!

Bootzi's Blingy Pet Carrier

Bootzi’s Blingy Pet Carrier

 Bootzi's Blingy Pet Carrier

Bootzi’s Blingy Pet Carrier

I know you will want one for your pet too! It’s a fun project to do for your precious kitty.

Your Blingy Pet Carrier  will be the envy of all pet owners.

Do you want to make a Blingy Pet Carrier for your pet?

Please share with me the photos and supplies you used. I love hearing about your projects!

Doris aka Queen Rose

Want a She Shed? I got one!

These days all ladies are wanting a She Shed! I am so lucky because I got one. I always had the dream of having a greenhouse, garden shed, a place to develop, write, paint, squander my thoughts and feelings without being disturbed. You have to dream BIG to get what you want in life!

she shed

She Shed

My plans just seemed to appear out of the blue. One day while checking out my friends posts on Facebook, I came across a friend that was an acquaintance at my job. She had moved on to another company and she helped me with some photos I used in my self-published book, “Feel it, believe it, pass it on! The Power of Friendships”. She established a company, 2nd Chance Furniture, and I searched through the site looking for furniture projects she posted. One post related to a pergola she built for another friend. I thought, “wow, she is so talented and I wonder if she could build a small shed for me”. I quickly sent her an email with a quick note stating I would like a small shed if she had time to come to my home and talk about the project. Her response, “Sure, what was I thinking about”, so we began to connect over the next couple of weeks and decided on a date to meet and talk about my wants for the shed.

I love this lady!! She and I connect so well because we both are not afraid to express our thoughts and concerns. My husband joined in and gave some pointers and we scratched out a design featuring old doors and windows. My friend has access to some windows that cost $5 each. I began so excited I could not believe in a million years I could have one. I researched all the bells and whistles that I wanted in my She Shed. I love journaling so I kept a 3 ring binder with quotes from Lowes and Home Depot for supplies I might need. Together we shopped around for supplies to get us started building.

she shed

She shed walls

The days were hot and humid and the building was slow go. My friend had a full-time job and we would work late afternoons and week-ends to do a little at a time. We even had some guys helping, my husband became involved. It seems that after the walls went up, things started to speed up. Especially when the roof was placed it began to look like a real building!

she shed roof

She Shed Roof

The She Shed took a few months to complete walls, roof, siding, windows and doors. My builder was amazing and her grandson also came to help. It was a total fun project working with them and especially my husband helping out.

builder of she shed

She Shed & Builder

The finishing inside took another 6 months but I am happy with the results. I will link up with another post on how to organize your craft area soon. No, I love to have this place I call my Happy Place!! Want to tell me about your plans for a She Shed? They are all the rage these days. Men have their Man Caves so us ladies can have our She Shed’s, don’t you think? Let’s share the fun!

Queen Rose

Touch of Whimsy – Life is real good!

It’s bold colors and a touch of whimsy that I like to paint, draw, scribble or anything that has a pencil, pen, or paint brush as a media of expressing my creativity! I have tried various art forms and like acrylic painting the best. I hope I can jump-start your creativity to a higher level. Keep checking back for ideas and weekly updates. I like to create products, whether paintings or crafts almost every day. I go out into my Queen’s Studio and feel inspired to use my hands in loads of different projects.

How many of my audience have animals that are dear to your family? I’m sure at one time or another we all can relate to a precious puppy or kitty from our past even.  I have a darling kitty, Bootzi. I might try to paint her one day. I think a painting of her would be fun.

For our project, Life is real good!”,  I want to give you some insight about the subject. My niece, Lisa, has 2 dogs that have been apart of her family for the past 10 years or longer. She carries Riley, the Bison, to bed at night and he sleeps at the foot of the bed with her and her husband. Along with Riley, there is another dog, Blank, he is a Heinz 57 variety. Both dogs are well-mannered and fit in with their family lifestyle. They are both getting pretty old and don’t seem to like change.

Knowing how much my niece and husband loves their dogs, I wanted to give them a fun canvas art with a touch of whimsy. Her birthday was the special time to get creative.  I gathered my canvas and brushes and thought about the words I wanted to add for a fun approach. I toyed around with several different sayings before I stumbled uponLife is real good!”

  • I wet my brush and do a quick wipe on my paint rag. I select the colors prior to starting so I dipped my brush in the yellow acrylic paint. I wanted to split the painting up so I used 3/4 of the area.
  • I let the yellow dry and wet my brush a second time to dip it into the blue paint. The colors of yellow and blue are pleasing to the eye.
  • After the acrylic paint dry, I free-handed a tree in brown for the trunk and green topper.

Now it is time to add a touch of whimsy with the drawing of Riley and Blank. I like to free-hand most of my art that way I can cover my mistakes easier. I try to control the area I paint so that I can cover up mistakes quickly (the great thing with acrylic paints, you can control your brush if you add medium ) I don’t use a stencil or graph paper on this canvas because I want it to look fun and silly. I am a master at silly, I’ve been that way all my life.

  • I use my white acrylic paint with small strokes while visually checking out the post on Facebook Lisa sent me. I try to make it realistic but with a touch of whimsy added.
  • I stop to view my project and decide to use colored beanies for the top of the dogs heads. I think it is a fun addition. Plus a quote, “Cheese please”, both dogs love cheese.
  • Painting the larger dog, Blank, I use black acrylic paints for his spots and ears. His face is more defined and harder for me to imagine. You can see the stupid look on his face.
  • I finally decide that I need to add a quote, “Life is real good”, how could it be any better for a dog’s life than to live in the house with my niece, Lisa, and her hubby, Bubba.


Life is good!

Life is good!

Lisa is holding the painting, and showing it to Riley and Blank. She sent this to me and I thought it was adorable. I hope you go away with a small sampling of my art work and maybe even a few laughs along the way. Come back next time  for another story about my art paintings.

Hugs, Queen Rose

Pallet Projects

I am all about the new-found crafts and decor for my home and wanted to get some help using old pallets found at various department stores. I thought I would be able to cut them apart and make just about anything I wanted to. Oh yeah, that was before I tried but soon realized the project was harder than I had time for. I am head strong thinking I can do anything. I had to give in on this diy project. I enlisted the help of my nephew and he built me a love seat, chair, and coffee table for our deck. I got some cushions and made it a little more comfortable. I have enjoyed the pallet furniture for some time. I need to buy some Thompson’s Water Sealer to protect the wood and will do that in the next couple of weeks.

Pallet furniture

Pallet Furniture

Painted Pallets

Painted Pallets

After a few weeks and lots of sunshine, I decided to use Behr Deck over paint to give my pallet outdoor settee and chair a coat of turquoise paint. I really like how it turned out and went out and bought a light color, yellow, to give the pallet furniture a chic look.


My next project with the pallet crates I did was to use them on the walls of The Queen Studio. I used my son’s air compressor and his nail gun to shoot them up on the walls. Some of the boards had to be cut with a saw to make them fit but mostly all the boards worked like a puzzle. I took my time and wanted it to be special. I spent about 2 weeks working the layout and even standing on a garden table to complete the walls. My husband hung a pallet shelf that I really like. It holds all kinds of garden items. I added a peg board painted turquoise to match my decor. I laid tile squares of black and white in a checkered design like Mackenzie-Child. I love giving the studio a touch of whimsy look. I hung wind chimes, shelves, and art work to complete the look. I loved how it turned out and it was a fairly simple project. The results are amazing and I would do it again.

pallet walls

Pallet Walls in The Queen Studio

Pallet Walls

Pallet walls in The Queen Studio


My third project was using an old door I had left over from the studio project to make a bar. My friend, Kathy, 2nd Chance Furniture on Facebook, found a similar one we both liked. We decided to use old pallets for the sides with a drawer and rollers. Kathy is a genius and I love working with her. She designed the bar to have a working area that could be lifted off for a tray. She cut out a hole for a stainless bowl for ice, fruits, etc. I purchased a small refrigerator for the open area. My husband and I will enjoy having cool drinks when we are gardening or just kicking back on the deck.  I love the bright colors that match my studio so I had painted it have red and turquoise. Love, love, love my pallet projects. I think the touch of whimsy brightens my world.

pallet bar

Making the bar from pallets.

pallet bar

Pallet Bar for
The Queen Studio

Queens Thoughts

I even made some shelves out of the pallets. I used my skill saw and cut the pallet apart and it gives you two shelves for storage. It’s amazing the things you can make in a short time. Pallet projects is the way to go. Check out Painted Furniture for ideas working with pallets, it’s awesome.  Pallets are wonderful project supplies. I learned to use a skill saw, nail gun, compressor. I think we all can learn valuable lessons when we forge ahead and try new things. Life is about learning and using what we learn to share with others.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” – Robert Schular

Enjoy life!  Doris aka Queen Rose

12 Steps to Shopping Cheap

Yes, I admit I love to shop! I had a mother who made all my clothes along with getting hand-me-downs from my sister that I think sparked my interest to shop. I like the adventure to find a one-of-a-kind item, whether it be clothing, shoes, decor and more. Shopping in the past relieved stress and frustration with things I couldn’t change and it gave me a reason to clear my mind. I would at times, wander around in a daze not really looking for anything special but like the saying, “All that wander are not lost”. I am a wanderlust person that is always up for an adventure. Living a hum-drum life is not for me. I just thrive on the road ahead and try not to look back at the past.

Here are steps to shopping cheap. Like me, you too can be a wanderlust.

  1. Accept the responsibility of a ShopAholic by saying the words out loud, ” I am a true ShopAholic“.
  2. Check out weekly ads in the newspaper, local sales at department stores, for coupons and discounts.
  3. Shop Thrift stores and Consignment shops for super bargain prices. Sometimes you will find new items with tags still on.
  4. Look for flyers left on bulletin boards at your local grocery stores.
  5. Facebook, tweets, and other multmedia apps can give you discounts for on-line shopping. Lots of new apps are added weekly so don’t give up.
  6. Sites on the internet to look for discounts are Woot, Amazon. Ebay, Craigslist and many more.
  7. Watch for bloggers to have a drawing to encourage you to their sites.
  8.  Pintrest plays a vital role in shopping because you can find unusual items for purchase along with some interesting concepts to everything that interests you.
  9. Ask family members for cash when they want to know what you would like for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Christmas and all holidays. You can have the extra cash for large purchases
  10. Scan billboard signs for local craft shows and mark them on your calendar. Many times the owners are willing to take discounts on their items.
  11. Talk to friends that love to shop and they can give you insights to upcoming sales and discounts.
  12. Always know you are loved when your spouse yells, ” How many shoes do you really need”.

God Bless you and keep on shopping! Queen Rose