Friday, June 8, 2018


I've been "at it" again - painting more barns.  I just can't say how much I am enjoying painting these iconic American structures.  To me, there is just something so comforting and reassuring about seeing an old barn.  The stories these walls could tell...I'll soon need to take a drive out in the country to take photos of more local barns.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

 This country girl has been painting watercolors of barns again.  They've always been one of my favorite subjects.  My personal favorite is the old weathered brown barn captured on a late fall afternoon....

The other is a local barn photographed by me on a brilliantly sunny afternoon and copied in watercolor on a linen textured paper....

 Below are two photos I snapped in our garden last evening after a brief shower.  The mist lifted up from the wet ground and softened all of the colors, giving the garden a totally ethereal feeling.


The sun had just about set and was eye level with my camera.  I love the way the lowering sun's rays created shadows from the oak and pine trees...


Thursday, May 31, 2018


 Two more barn prints have been listed in my Etsy shop - downloadable for wall art, collage, scrapbooking, journaling, etc...



Friday, May 18, 2018


 Two new patterns in my etsy shop:


and......

Another barn painting.  I can't remember where I took the photo that I used as the model - perhaps somewhere local?  I must remember to add my info from now on.  

I'm pleased with this.  After 6 months of putting my paints and brushes aside, to have pictures flowing off the tip of my brush - it makes me unbelievably happy!  No more pressure - painting just for little old me!

This afternoon's agenda:
working to finish a new wool applique pattern,
paint another barn picture - this one from a photo I took in
Lancaster County PA a few years ago that I DID make note of the
location - and - design a new pattern for more bowl fillers from
a brainstorm I had yesterday.
Maybe a cup of tea now and then!



Monday, May 14, 2018


 Two of our neighbors....Mr. Chipster stuffing his face, and a pretty little Mourning Dove resting on our birdbath in the morning...



 My latest barn painting...  I've started an album of all of my cottage paintings, as well as my barn watercolors and plan to keep it on our coffee table so they don't end up just stashed in boxes.  These are my joy to paint, so I really want them close at hand..

And below is my latest pattern design that can be found as an instant download in my Etsy shop:



Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Listed - another easy little applique pattern that's excellent for beginners and can even be done in fusible cotton or needle-turn techniques instead of wool, as shown.

You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop, and like all of my other patterns, it's an instant download.  You won't have to wait to receive it in the mail.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018


And a good May morning to you!  There's just something soothing to me to hear a rooster crowing in the morning.  It reminds me of living my earliest years with my grandparents.  Gramma raised chickens and I used to be her egg gathering helper.  I so remember the warmth  of the henhouse, the soft clucking of the hens and that handsome rooster greeting us with a new day. 

In memory of Gramma, I've created a little rooster wall hanging pattern.  You can find it in my Etsy shop.  It's an easy one, so very easy for beginners and advanced alike.  I include instructions for how to make it into a wall hanging or door greeter as shown with the buttoned tabs.  Mr. Rooster is also suitable for fusible and needle-turn cotton fabric techniques.

Here's the link to where you can find my instant download pattern:


Have a very delightful May morning!  Ours is glorious today!

Thursday, May 3, 2018




Three new patterns in my Etsy shop this week: 

"Tete a Tete"
"Sunshine and Lace"
and...."Precious Cargo"




Friday, April 27, 2018

Just listed...

Another pattern download in my Etsy shop:

www.etsy.com/shop/DianeKnottLLC

"Blossom Birdhouse", a cute little punch needle pattern for spring and summer.  All of the colors are listed ON the pattern itself to make it easy to follow. The size is 5 3/4" x 4", a perfect take-along size when you travel.

Thursday, April 26, 2018



New patterns in my Etsy shop today

www.etsy.com/shop/DianeKnottLLC


And a little something I painted yesterday,
just for fun...




Friday, April 13, 2018



I have just listed two more pattern downloads in my Etsy shop:  

I love chickens and I love poppies - I needed a little bit of summer/spring in my life - when's it going to be warm again?  I saw a cute post on Face book - it said:

"By all that's holy, if it snows one more time, I swear I'm putting my Christmas tree back up!"

Happy Spring!  At least my bulbs are pushing out of the ground! 

I've been "at it" again - painting more barns.  I just can't say how much I am enjoying painting these iconic America...