Welcome to Grow Your Blog Meet and Greet Party hosted by Vicki Boster at
www.vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com. For those of you who don't know me my name is Erin Houghton - I am retired and a lover of gardening, painting, photography, re-purposing and finding vintage and flea market finds for my home and garden - some of which end up in one of my paintings.
Part of the fun of creating is sharing and I started my blog to share the joy of creating all things that make my heart sing.
Along the way blogging has become a fun way for me to make new friends all over the world who share similar interests as well as open my eyes to new and interesting ideas for my home and garden.
It changed my life in ways I never dreamed of and as a result several magazines have published my photographs and used them to write articles about my home, art and garden and I was invited to be a Contributing Editor to a new on line life style magazine Southern Guide to Life www.southernguidetolife.com . Just goes to show that you never know who may discover your blog!!
Meet Bentley, My Studio Assistant, he is a rescue Soft Coat Wheaten Terrier and was 2 when he became part of our family and is almost always involved in my blog.
My garden gate is always open to welcome you. My blog takes my readers on seasonal tours or visits around my small space garden that is divided into rooms and gives tips on container gardening and using flea market finds in the garden. We also leave the garden to explore - here - there -everywhere!
Spring with the container flowers in full bloom.
Fall in the garden with my metal dress form "Blossom"
Winter/Christmas - note Blossom traveled to a new spot in the garden for Winter - she moves around a lot and likes to wear different outfits.
Sometimes we have "art in the garden" where I share with you the flowers or vintage items that inspired my art.
My mother's family was from Ireland and I grew up in a family where sharing a cup of tea with friends was an act of friendship, and it has become part of my blog to offer you a cup of tea.
We may go to Rogers Gardens in the fall to look for pumpkins or inspirations to paint and if you want you can join in on my art 101 class and paint something yourself.
At Christmas time you are invited to my cottage home and garden tour and if you want you can join in and paint a cute snowman painting in one of my Art 101 classes.
My art studio in my garage where we have our Art 101 lessons.
Sometimes we go to Old Town Orange to visit charming shops.This is the studio of my friend artist Libby Williamson who is a designer, teacher and fabric artist.
Some of Libby's fabric creations.
I am a lucky 13 year breast cancer survivor and use my "pink" art to help raise money to find a cure during October Breast Cancer Awareness month. To celebrate Vicki's fabulous Grow Your Blog Party I am giving away one of my most popular original 8x10 paintings of a pink bicycle in a lavender field. All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment that you would like to be in the drawing - everyone is eligible including international visitors. The winner will be randomly picked and the winner announced on February 15, 2015 on my blog.
Thank you for stopping by. For those of you new to my blog I am delighted to meet you. For my regular readers I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those who follow my blog.
Thank you to Vicki Boster for hosting the Grow Your Blog Party. Please stop by her blog to join the meet and greet party at www.vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com where you will be able to visit lots of new blogs and meet everyone participating.
Have a lovely day. Blessings, Erin
I always end my blog with a Bible verse or Psalm.
Peace be to you, and peace to your house, and peace to all that you have." 1 Samuel 25:6