Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Storybook Cottage

If that small brown rabbit were to listen closely, he would hear the sound of children laughing and teasing as they fished in the pond at the end of the driveway. He would hear ducks quacking and the soft summer sound of a Mama cow calling to her little one. If that bunny were to sit very still, he would soon drift to sleep under the warm glow of that July sun. He would awaken lying in the sweet green grass under the crab-apple tree with honeybee's happily humming around him. That bunny would be thirsty after his nap, and if he were to hop up to the little red door on Storybook Cottage and knock quietly, he would be immediately shown into the kitchen for a nice refreshing glass of lemonade by the Mama who lives there. She would offer him cookies as well, then call for the children to come in and meet their guest. Those kids would push and scramble through the door, honored by the opportunity to meet such a wonderful guest. Then that bunny would be asked to spend the night, and help with the dishes, of course.

I had the urge on Easter Sunday to do a little painting. I love to paint, but don't do it very often because I love to do everything and there's just not that much time in my days. I've seen so many wonderful, fun mixed-media artwork and wanted to give it a shot, so I dug out this little 4 x 6 canvas board and had my hand at it. Nothing professional about my creativeness, but it's mine all the same. I modeled my little Storybook Cottage after a house that we lived in for a few years as kids on Cricket Flat. This little house sits about 12 miles out in the country on 1,000 or so acres. The land was leased out to a farmer who ran cows on it and we were allowed to run and explore those acres at will. There were two ponds on the property as well as an old homestead and orchard. An incredible place to grow-up. I have beautiful memories of those years and imagine that everybody who ever sees that house, including a little brown rabbit, will feel the love and joy that radiates from those sweet walls and want to go inside for a spell. I hope you can also feel that magic...


Terri said...

So do you think you'll do more mixed media? I am gearing up (after the move) to do some more painting. I do oils though.

I really like the photo at the top of the blog too. Did you take that?

See you around farm town!!!

Stacey's Treasures said...

I loved that house & have checked from time to time to see if it is on the market, but it never has been.
I think Grandma said a daughter inherited it.

tipper said...

Oh I love it Paula! So neat-and I love the meaning behind it too.

Hope you had a lovely Easter.

Mary said...


I love your painting and the story of Storybook Cottage. I think you should polish the story and submit it to a children's magazine.

Thanks for the prayers. They're definitely needed.
You go girl!

Adrienne said...

Wow! What a amazing picture ... where you grew up sounsd picture perfect too! Thanks for the little story ;-)

Love Bears All Things said...

I love the creative way you mixed things up and the story that went along with it.
I've been meaning to try my hand at some art. I know just what I'm going to paint. Just like everything else I think I'll do, I buy all the supplies but never get to it.
I like what you said about not having time to do all you want to do.
Mama Bear

Shelby said...

that is fabulous!

mtnchild said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am looking forward to the trip and all the fun.

I love your little cottage, it reminds me of a gentler time and place.


calicodaisy said...

Pretty! I like you new banner photo, too. -- Michele

Tillybud said...

That's the stuff of childhood dreams. Really sweet -thanks for sharing!