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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fashionable Garden Frocks for stylish ladies

Remember poor dilapidated Peggy?

  She's napping in front of a fan on the porch..it is terribly hot here.
Her lovely cotton saddle arrived but was much too small for her.
Nevertheless, her back has been healing due to the untimely demise of the her chief tormentor, the large red rooster  (But that is another story)
 It's rather disappointing that she won't be stylishly dressed to join these lovely ladies in the garden.

  Demelza was my main model, and got to wear all the clothes!
(just kidding)
 I can't decide who has the sweetest dress, but I am leaning
towards the flowery blue frock.
 How about you?
Illustration in watercolor and ink. I will enjoy seeing this as a greeting card as well as an illustration in the book.

34 comments:

  1. It's good to hear that Peggy no longer has to keep looking over her shoulder in case Big Bruiser is lurking ready to strike. She is looking very nice and feathery.

    As to the frocks of the ladies above I do like the blue with the lavender flowers and wonderful lacy collar but I'd vote for the lilac one since it's a color that I really like----it looks very soft and feminine.

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    1. Big Bruiser won't be striking anymore.. poor guy.
      As to the frock, if I could only find one in my size.

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  2. I AM A BLUE LOVER and even for frocks for chickens! teeeheheee WELL HOW ABOUT THAT? A frock for a chicken! Too bad it's too small; I would have LOVED to see Peggy in her new outfit! I am leaning toward the blue too, Jeri dear.

    Talk about HOT. IT'S HADES HOT HERE! With the heat index, it was 117 yesterday and today is supposed to be the last of this. I have stayed put, inside for two days now and I need to get outside, but moving around too much in this is of course, not advised!

    Enjoy another magical day at the farm!

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    1. Gardening at this point, is futile,in the heat. Only the weeds are thriving, dang!

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  3. How sweet your watercolor chickens are! I also love the blue dress. But also like the flowered jacket on the chicken in the rear. Your artwork is always a joy to behold.

    I'm so glad to read that Peggy will no longer be pecked by the big, bad rooster.

    Have a great weekend and keep cool ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks Lorraine, I really like this painting for the fun in it!

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  4. Beautiful artwork.
    Good to know Peggy is healing well. The photo of her and Liam is precious, makes for a fun note card. :)

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    1. Peggy has taken a keen interest in the dog... very weird.

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  5. It looks like those two are enjoying their fan! I'm glad Peggy is now able to heal. I love how the dresses in the picture have wide sleeve openings to accommodate their wings! -Jenn

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    1. Yes, the dressmaker must make adjustments for very large wings and fat bottoms!

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  6. That is funny to see them in front of the fan. Sometimes you have resort to that in the heat. I've had fowl die from the heat and have fiddled with mister fans. Have fiddled with rooster spurs too. Glued on little balls, duck taped and everything we could think of. Aw life on a farm. Love the outfit; didn't know they made those. And, the illustration looks perfect.

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    1. I heard about putting hot potatoes on the spurs to make them fall off! Never tried it, but witnessed it's success on youtube.

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  7. I vote for the blue frock, too, but the flowers on the hen in the back is lovely, too. Now I need to hear what happened to the rooster!

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    1. I'm sorry to say he was beat up by another rooster ( a very bad trait of the rooster kind) and did not survive the attack. I was not around when it happened, but could see by his injuries, the cause.

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    2. It sounds like he met his match finally and lost!

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  8. I don't blame them for if i go out and sit on the porch I have two fans going as well......I like the dress with the lacing in front but the hat with the blue flower frock is my favorite.
    Mama Bear

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    1. We have 3 fans going on the porch, one is for me, as I do my painting outside.

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  9. I am very happy for Peggy ! And a special hug to Liam for being such a great porch pal. You could paint anything for me in any color and I would be tickled rainbow ! {*;*} stay cool ..... Pam, Dexter, MI.

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    1. Peg is back to her old self again... which may not be a good thing as she is quite an oddball.

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  10. Jeri, the photo with Liam and Peggy is so sweet. Glad to hear the good news for Peggy. You are a nice Mama to provide relief for them in this oppressive heat. Your hens are adorably dressed. I like all of the Ladies in Lavender! ♥

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    1. If only those hens would go and weed my garden, that would make up for all the money I spent on their dresses!

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  11. They all look lovely..Hard to pick just one...

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  12. Dear Jeri - such lovely hens my friend. Yes the blue frock would be my pick too. For sure the illustration would make a super card as well. Hope you are staying cool. Have a great week-end. Hugs!

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    1. I'll probably use it as a print well

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  13. Jeri, the porch photo of Peggy and Liam keeping cool together is charming and very amusing, too.

    The Lavender Ladies are very elegant, and I can tell how much fun you had painting the dresses. It's the lace collar that makes the blue dress my fave.

    A friend of mine brought me some lavender yesterday. It grew on a roof garden on her apartment building. I do love that scent!

    Hot here too...just the beginning of the arrival of what's being called a "heat dome."

    xo

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    1. Frances, so glad you got some lavender!~ I thought of sending you some to make wand, but knew it would be too dry by the time you got it.

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    2. Jeri, I keep thinking of that future garden and what I will plant there. xo

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    3. Jeri, I keep thinking of that future garden and what I will plant there. xo

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  14. Beautiful illustration, Jeri! I love how fashionable the ladies look in their frocks. ;)

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    1. Amalia, they are the envy of all the other farm-folk!~

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  15. JERI LANDERS! Mornin'!

    Talk about the heat...we had a killer diller of a three day heat wave that forced us to STAY INSIDE. Sunday was the first day we could go outside without melting!

    Thank you dear friend for coming to visit my blog. Changes are good; now, to GROW INTO THEM, that's the challenge!

    Enjoy the garden and I hope the heat has dissipated so we BOTH can get to our weeds!

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  16. Poor Peggy. No dress for the party. I think the flowery blue frock is my favorite too. Sure has been hot. Good gracious! Hugs to you my friend!

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  17. Jeri,
    I have made several attempts to leave a comment.. I don't know where they went!
    Is is actually possible for your illustrations to become even MORE detailed? I think so... I absolutely LOVE the the Ladies in Lavender. As far as the frocks go, my favorite is the blue.. As blue is my favorite color.
    Liam is so very beautiful.. All grown up. So happy they have a fan. Looks as if Liam has a front row seat too.
    The heat has been horrid here also.. Stay cool dear friend.
    Love ya!
    Penny

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