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Daily Painting Day 1

“Diligent Freedom”

For my first day of daily paintings I found a photo on Instagram shared by @wildlifeplanet and the Photo/Caption by @hikester_ of an eagle.

What an amazing photo capture it is…..Don’t you think?  I just fell in love with this photo and wanted to challenge myself to paint it.

Of course mine looks a bit different but that is ok because I was able to capture what I felt from the photo into my painting.

Diligent Freedom by Doreen Bowers

This is a 5″ x 7″  acrylic painting  on a Artist Canvas board.  The name “Diligent Freedom” just seemed so fitting for this piece and for what my goals are for this challenge.

Hope you like!  I am actually pleased with the way it came out because I do have to say when I sketched the bird on the board it almost looked like a bird from whoville, Dr. Seuss…haha…

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Craft Room Design

Craft Room Design update Day 2.   It is actually funny that I am writing about a craft room design update when it will be both my office area as well as a craft room.  It shall be interesting to get both into this room.  I had the choice of two rooms but of course I chose my bedroom to be bigger instead of this room.  I love the view from the bedroom so much better.  If you look in this picture there is a room right out the window and there is a room next door.  My son got the other room because we can so see him climbing out of this window and working his way out in the middle of the night.  Nothing like anticipating something my son will do as he becomes a teenager in High School.

As I took this picture I wish all those boxes were not there but the thought of moving those boxes were just not something I am ready to do again.  Soon enough I will have no choice since I have so much more in the garage that needs to make its way up to the room.

Here is table #2 refurbished. This one has two stools that I still need to finish…well actually start.  The goal is to start sanding tomorrow.  This one I am thinking may be in the center of the room



I did this one in black cherry stain as well.  Today I put the polyurethane coating on the tables.


I was really busy working today so  no time to do my furniture improvements.  So right now I have two stools, one file cabinet, and a small corner table for an office to do.  I am torn if I should do another piece of furniture.  Its kind of large with little cubbies.  Should I do them all over so they completely match or have two different types of wood furniture in the room?  That is my dilemma.  We will see.  Love input if you want to share with me your thoughts.

As for the walls I think I am going to keep it a crème color because I am sure my paintings and other pieces will pop on the wall.

Well it is late and I am fighting keeping my eyes open.  Until tomorrow then!  Have a great morning and I do hope you find my craft room design entertaining enough for you to come back and visit again.



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My Craft Room Design

Craft Room Design Project

My craft room design project is something that I am so excited to start.  Not sure what I want to do yet so I  just figured I would start by repainting my furniture.



Desk #1  This one is my office desk.  I decided to paint the furniture using a black cherry stain.

First I had to wipe it down, and then sanded it.  My son helped me do the sanding on this one.

This picture has about three coats on it.  I think I am good to go.  Tomorrow I need to put a polyurethane coating to seal in the stain.  I was totally tempted to incorporate my first fall leaf in over 30 years into the table.

My Matson container came the other day and oh boy so much to unpack.  My daughter said “Mom most of your things say craft room and office, and the other huge pile is my Christmas things”.  Haha yup I have an addiction and a few of them are crafting, computers, and holidays.

So thankfully I have a room to put my craft supplies and office supplies now. And since I started a blog I figure I would document the progress about the layout of the room.  I haven’t really done any crafting for a little while now since I was packing and making such a huge move.  My last craft fair was the end of May because I had so much to do.  And replenishing the craft products was quite challenging since I was packing.

I will take pictures and blog about my journey in setting it up.  Not sure how it will end up only because I have a hodge-podge of things I could not let go when I moved.   Haha…. and my design techniques are to be questioned if you even want to call it design techniques.

Documenting the progress can help me see it from a different angle…so if you see something that you want to say like “Doreen don’t!” please do not hesitate.


Lets start talking crafts.