Monday, May 31, 2010


Today I hope to finish this painting.....if so, I will upload the final photo today also. I love the paper underneath the paint....adding pattern and texture. The center will be filled with yet another great Abraham Lincoln quote so stay tuned........

Saturday, May 29, 2010

New framed prints & originals on Etsy!

This morning I added some framed prints & originals to my Etsy shop! We are cleaning out the "storage" side of my studio and we are finding some great treasures! Hope you enjoy them, too. Click here to go directly to my shop :)

This summer Ryan is going to run our ebay store. I have so many samples from my licensees over the years that are just sitting on shelves still in boxes.....some never opened! Park designs ceramic tabletop pieces, Amcal teddy bear boxed note cards, Blossom Bucket figurines just to name a few. I recently almost closed my eBay store because I just don't have the time to run it properly, but Ryan is very capable and eager to make some spending money this summer! I will let y'all know when we add product!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just Finished

PN070-Christmas Love

Just finished this morning, a new Christmas punchneedle embroidery. I have another one I am starting tonight that is also is so cute with a Santa and Snowman.....your going to love it. Once it is finished I will write the directions, make the covers, etc for the four new designs and offer the patterns on my website. It should only a couple of weeks now!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Photographer in the making....

Yesterday about 6pm Ryan came in the house and said, "Mom, where's your camera. I found a bird's nest and the sun is shining on would make a great picture." Well, I thought to myself, I really don't want him to climb a tree with my expensive camera, so I found my small, more portable, less expensive camera and off he went. I am impressed with these shots...he has a good eye for picture taking. I did take the photos into picnik and play with the effects but he gave me a great foundation to start from. Thanks, Ryan!!

We will keep you all posted as to what lil' baby birds will hatch from these eggs........

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's excited!

"Life in your years"
©Teresa Kogut
acrylic on canvas 30" x 15"

"Life in your years" (close up)

I love how this painting turned out! There are so many layers of color it really adds depth. Click on the pictures to enlarge them so you can see the detail. The quote is an Abraham Lincoln quote "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years".

and now............below is my next endeavor. I layered stretched canvas with papers for yet another dimension then loosely painted black gesso over the papers. Can't wait to get painting on this one....

Hurry, Michelle Palmer's giveaway ends today!

Fellow artist and friend, Michelle Palmer, is having a giveaway of these wonderful strawberry drawings on vintage linen. She is drawing a lucky winner tomorrow, so hurry...don't miss out! Click here to go to her blog then just leave a comment on her giveaway post, it's just that easy!

Friday, May 21, 2010

My American Idol

This video was taped in 1999 at the annual Huron Boat Basin Show in Huron, Ohio, where event organizer Cathy Black invited young, undiscovered talent to perform. At only age 13, Crystal Bowersox, playing an original, wowed the audience with her sweet Jewel-like voice. I can't believe it took until now for Crystal to get the recognition she deserves.

Even tho' I like Lee, too, Crystal is amazing and I hope she wins American Idol next week!! She has been my favorite this entire, vote, vote!

Fun times.....

This morning Holy Rosary Catholic School had their annual walk-a-thon. Kevin, my parents and I joined Ryan, friends, schoolmates and teachers on this nice lil' stroll through the county park. After about 1.5 miles they get a break for some cookies and punch then walk back to the buses where they head back to school for a day of outside fun and games. It sprinkled on us a bit but the afternoon turned out warm, sunny and breezy........a perfect day!

Thank you Kim, Tracy, Lisa and Kevin for serving cookies, punch and water to everyone! You're the best :)

Mom, Kevin, Daniel, Dad and Ryan walking back to the buses.....still sprinkling a little.......

I absolutely love this picture! It looks like a shot from a movie, doesn't it? The umbrellas really make this photo.

Daniel, Adam, Joshua and Ryan after the walk and waiting for the bus to return. I look forward to this day every year.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May Give-away

It's time for a give-away! This month I chose a darling "Got Wool" felt purse. It is a brown felt purse with a cute little punchneedle embroidery sheep attached to the front and a zipper closure. It is rather small for everyday use but a great size for an afternoon of antiquing! Also great for display with an old teddy bear or just hanging from a peg. All you have to do is make a comment below to enter the drawing. It is completely free....I pay the shipping. (US only please) Hurry, the drawing ends May 31. The winner will be announced June 1. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

An Old Friend

"Liberty Bear"

"Liberty Bear" (detail)

Original acrylic painted on antique cutting board
16.25" x 25.25"


(includes shipping - United States only please)

I love this painting of an old antique teddy bear showing his patriotism by holding an American flag. The wood grain and markings on this antique cutting board really enhanced the worn look of this painting. It is painted with acrylics, sanded, stained and coated with varnish. There is a wire on the back for easy hanging. This would look great in any room of the house! (the ©teresa kogut is a watermark on the photo only, it is not on the original painting) If you prefer to pay by check, please contact me for my mailing address.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Camp Fun

When I was growing up, my brother and I played with the neighbor kids in the trees and fields behind my parent's house. We would spend hours and hours playing cowboys and indians, cops and robbers.....we would build forts and tree houses......only coming home to eat or use the bathroom........I was a major tom-boy!

My parents still live in the same house where we grew up and now the fields have "grown up" too. There are many more trees, the apple trees we use to climb are gone and there are grape vines growing among the trees creating a sort of canopy. Now we have the pleasure of watching our kids play and build in the same fashion we did. I hope you enjoy these photos of Ryan and his cousin Chris in their "camp" that they built along with Kyle and Tayler.

Monday, May 17, 2010


I am still working on this acrylic painting. I only had a few hours Saturday to work on it because we had a wedding that afternoon. I made a lot of progress.....but still a ways to go. I find myself changing my mind on color and have re-painted the entire background. The journey through a painting is the best part so I am savoring the time I am spending to make this piece something I am really proud of.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just Finished

USA punchneedle embroidery

This is my latest punchneedle creation. My distributor, Norden, is going to a trade show in June so I am working on new designs. I will share them with you as I get them done and the patterns will be available in June.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


"Life in your Years"
copyright Teresa Kogut

This is a work in progress.....hoping to work on it again this Saturday and get it done. It is another acrylic folk art painting with an Abraham Lincoln quote. Whether I get it finished this weekend or not I will post another picture of it early next week.

I am working during the week toward meeting deadlines for my licensees. I am designing products for a trade company and then onto Halloween and Christmas fabric lines for Marcus Fabrics. Also painting several Christmas images over the next month or so for gift bags and cards.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Deacon Dan Kogut & Bishop Boyea

Our nephew was ordained as a Deacon this past Saturday at St Roberts in Flushing, Michigan. One more year of studying and he will be ordained as a priest. The music & choir was sounded as if Jesus himself was going to walk down the aisle. It was joyful, triumphant and majestic. The entire mass was moving. Seeing Dan and two other young men dedicating their lives to the church in order to serve the people and do God's will is awe inspiring. Congratulations Dan! We (and so many others) are proud of you!

Monday, May 10, 2010

What a great day.....

Happy Mother's Day to me :)
I love my boys.......

And, of course, Happy Mother's Day to you, Mom!

My beautiful Mother and me had fun getting our pictures taken on Mother's Day. We enjoyed the day together surrounded by family, fun and food. (the weather could have been warmer but at least the sun was shining!)

Hope all of you hard-working Mom's out there had a wonderful Mother's Day with your children, too.

Friday, May 7, 2010

First Entry on New Blog....

Well, here goes nothin'! I have been "blogging" on my website for over a year now but there are certain things I cannot do using that format (such as adding videos) so I thought I would give this a try. I will still offer products for sale through my website (I will announce & link to my website when I have new products for sale) but I want this blog to be more welcome. Please be patient while I figure out just how to work this format.