Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Garden Hats




I am hosting a garden tea party and everyone attending will be wearing a garden hat. I thought it would be fun to paint little garden hat paintings to give as favors. Pour yourself a glass of ice tea and join me and Bentley in the garden looking for inspiration for the paintings.



Finding inspiration . . . . . .




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My love for hats was inherited from my Southern Mother and Grandmother who always wore hats to protect their fair Irish skin from the sun . . they wore big floppy garden hats that looked like they were straight out of Scarlet O'Hara and wonderful hats with various flowers, feathers and ornaments to church on Sunday. Since I inherited their fair Irish skin I always wear a hat in the sun and now have my own collection of big floppy garden hats.

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Everywhere . . . . .










Now that we have found lots of inspiration for the garden hats, let's look at some of the little hat paintings and see how they can be displayed in the garden. The paintings are very small and vary in size from 5X7 to 3X3. Each one has eye hooks screwed in the back of the frame so it can be hung with a ribbon and is painted on 100% cotton canvas and coated with 3 coats of stain varnish as protection from the weather.


Paintings can be placed in a wire hanging basket for a touch of whimsy. . . . .








Or hung on the corner of a picket fence . . .





Or hung on a re purposed wash stand . . . .

Or simply leaned up against a vintage blue watering can.

Thank you for visiting. I love to hear from you and really appreciate your taking time to leave me a comment and follow my blog. If you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail.
Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

16 comments:

Madeline said...

Your paintings are adorable, what a wonderful idea and your guest are very lucky! My grandmother wore hats all the time. She was a true southern belle. Have a great time at your party.
Blessings,
Madeline

Debbie's Garden said...

I love hats. I don't have fair skin, but I do want to protect it. Now that I'm 50 I can see it's helped. I make sure hound my 26 yr old daughter to do the same and start earlier than I did. Besides, who doesnt feel glamorous in a hat?!

enchanting cottage said...

OH~~~~ What beautiful garden hats! Your paintings are just beautiful also. Your guest will remember this special day always.
God Bless,
Ginger

bj said...

What adorable little paintings..both daughter and I try to wear hats outside. She looks like a million dollars in any hat she puts on...I, on the other hand, look like a dork in ALL hats.
Oh, well..."I'll worry about that tomorrow!" :O)
xo bj
P.S. Be sure to stop by on Monday and see your pretty bike painting gracing my blog post....:O)

Ruth Welter said...

These are so sweet and whimsical Erin, I just love them. I wish I lived close enough to come to your party....I would be there in a hearbeat. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Love the paintings.

Ruth

Stacey said...

You have such a way with capturing the prettiest little spots. I love your work.

Jill said...

Erin,
Oh your hats are so cute and so are the petite paintings. I really need to find a great garden hat, I have been spending so much time in the garden lately.

Looks like, one can never have too many cute garden hats!

~Jill

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Erin; How nice to meet you, I was just paying a visit to BJ and saw the sweetest painting you sent to her. So I just had to pop over and take a look see, and I just love your blog, and you are a very talented painter, love the hats. I too wear a floppy sun hat, love it. I will be by again... have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Kathleen Grace said...

What a fun and beautiful party this looks like! I love the party favor paintings:>)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Those are absolutely adorable! And I just want to cuddle with your sweet doggie..
xo
Penny

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What a wonderful idea! Your hat paintings are so adorable & add a beautiful pop of color in the color. ☺♥☺ Diane

Phyllis said...

I love small paintings and these are so cool. I'm really surprised that you didn't paint Bentley sporting a big, floppy hat!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How pretty they all are! I love your style and bright cheerful colors! I just want to see MORE of what you enjoy painting! I'm so glad you share your talent with us!

Patty's Stitches said...

I absolutely adore EVERY one of your paintings! You are soooo talented. Your guests are very lucky!
Blesssings,
Patty

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh my, I want to come. This post is glorious, your displays, your artwork, your garden and of course you lovely dog. YOu should submit this to Somerset Studio magazine. Have you been published in that yet? What a lovely idea to create

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What fortunate ladies to be your guests! Those little paintings are so pretty. What a lovely gift. laurie