A Cow Toile & “A Touch of Farmhouse Charm”

by | Dec 13, 2016 | Artistic Endeavors, Miscellaneus, Watercolors | 25 comments

I haven’t had too much time to work on my painting and drawing the past couple of weeks and I really miss it!  It really is the most exciting thing to me at the moment, mostly because it’s new and I’m still in the early stages of discovery and that’s always an exciting time.

I did add a few more designs to my Society6 shop.  This farmhouse toile was one I did for a design client, but they ended up not using it, so I listed it in the shop.  I really enjoyed painting a toile landscape scene in one color.  It was a good exercise in creating highlights and shadows.


I also added a painting of a white barn and one of this cow with a wreath and bell around her neck.  She is basically my kitchen cow brought to life!


I actually finished that painting a couple of weeks ago, but I had to talk myself into listing it!  I finally decided I needed to put it out in the world…imperfections and all.

My mom will buy it, if no one else does!

She has been ordering lots of my designs, some for herself and some for gifts.  I’ve ordered a few things as well, but it’s been nice to see the variety…what works best and what I should change for the future…and to see the quality of each item.



The antique cross-stitch design on the zipper pouch is one of my favorites!  You have to touch it to see that it’s not actually cross-stitched.

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I’m going to take more pictures of antique linens and upload them soon.


I also wanted to share that another one of my blog friends has come out with a book!  I am so proud of all of the amazing ladies I’ve had the chance to meet through the blogging community and their successes.

Liz Flourez of Love Grows Wild has put together a tutorial-based, farmhouse-style book called A Touch of Farmhouse Charm.


I had the pleasure of previewing it before it was released and all I could think was, “Dang, that was a ton of work!!”  Tutorials are so time consuming and she just cranks out one after the other in this book.  There are projects for all skill levels and ones that could take 5 minutes and others that are day-long.  It’s a nice variety and very inspirational.

It’s hard to pick, but I think my favorite project is the DIY wood cake pedestal.  It’s made out of pieces you can pick up in the wood section of a hardware store and it looks like it could be in the Pottery Barn catalog.


And, before I sign off, if you’re looking for some present-wrapping inspiration, the ladies in the Farmhouse Holiday series shared their boxes, papers, and bows for just that purpose…


Rooms For Rent


Ella Claire | Liz Marie Blog | Jeanne Oliver | Shades of Blue Interiors


French Country Cottage | City Farmhouse | Dear Lillie | My Sweet Savannah


Kindred Vintage | Craftberry Bush | Jennifer Rizzo


  1. Cheryl

    Smitten with that cow toile and those zippered pouches looked like real cross stitch to me until I read you said it wasn’t.

  2. DeAnna

    Your kitchen cow painting is sweet. I couldn’t tell that zipper pouch wasn’t cross stitched either until you showed the second picture of it up close. Wow! I love toile and I love your toile <3 You're so good. Keep painting!

  3. Kim Price

    Your toile painting is lovely. As the maker u see ur “mistakes” but we just see charm! I see only my mistakes when I make something and iv let that hold me back, you r inspiring. Oh those pencil cases, may just be perfect for my lip and eye pencils, I have a thing for sheep. Happy creating

  4. Kim

    I love that I can buy your artwork on pillow covers. I have the cute rocking horse one and the quilt one that really does look like an old quilt piece turned pillow. Oh, the toile and cow may have to come my way, too. Maybe some day you could do the horse without the wreath, too.

  5. Marianne C. Skarupa

    I love your farmhouse toile. Have you considered having fabric made? Why not! I love toile, but I especially like those that are a bit different from the usual scenes. This would be lovely.

  6. Jennifer

    I ordered the rocking horse with garland in an 18″ pillow. I Love it! It makes me smile every time I walk into the room. The pillow is made very nicely also.

  7. Marcia Jones

    I’d love to have a euro sized pillow cover in the farm house toile…….maybe on linen???

  8. Peggy

    I love the cow toile! I will echo the comments above, Could it be made into fabric yardage?
    Hope so,Peggy

    • Kimberly

      Marian, I haven’t read the other posts/replies so don’t know if someone else has suggested this, but maybe you could upload to Spoonflower some of your works that would make nice fabric? The toile one is a definite candidate. You can choose the size and layout of the way the art prints to the fabric. That way, readers/buyers could pick whatever type of fabric they want (everything from canvas to quilting cotton to silk). Some of those cross-stitches would work nice printed on linen fat quarters and made into tea towels. Just a thought!

  9. Mary

    Marian – off the subject, but I’m in Germany (visiting my daughter) – and saw this at the Wiesbaden Christmas Market and thought of you. It’s a cutting board – one with Oma and another with Opa on it. I can’t add it to a comment. How can I send you a picture via email?

  10. Dionne

    I really really love this post! You’re just amazing!

  11. Jan

    LOVE the cow with the wreath and bell!

  12. Heidi I

    Your work is always beautiful and you are very inspirational!

    If you wouldn’t mind, could you share your process for getting from a painting on paper to an image that is ready to use on Society 6? Do you scan the paintings or do your photograph them? Or, perhaps you have another method?

    Thanks in advance!

  13. Jeanne

    I never thought to do a toile design…brilliant…love it. Inspiring.

  14. marylisa noyes

    Your painting is amazing….Love the cake stand…

  15. B. Folk

    Farmhouse Cow Toile, who woulda thunk it? Amazing!
    Congratulations to your friend, Liz. Hope she sells a “silo-load” of the book!

  16. Jackie Beardsley

    First thing I thought of when I saw your cow toile was, “I’d love that in fabric!” I wonder if she’s going to make her own line of fabrics someday? You sure should!

  17. Deb Plapp

    I love Society6, I’m so glad your designs are available. I love the cow with the wreath! I enjoy your blog so much. I bought some of your hemp oil and was wondering if I could use it on a cherry wood nightstand that has kind of dried out and lost it’s pretty finish? The nightstand is not vintage and has a natural finish on it. Thanks so much. Deb

  18. Melissa Mundy

    Nice progress. You may want to try painting on linen?

  19. Mechelle S

    Oh, I’m so happy. I just orderd the “kitchen cow” ready for Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to me!!


  20. Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc

    Julia dressed for Christmas?! I literally gasped she’s so pretty! I bought a notebook, I can’t wait until it gets here!

  21. Kathy Warden

    The cow toile would be beautiful fabric!! Love your blog!!!

  22. Naomi S.

    Lady, you are really going to town with your painting! I love your images. The cows, the barn, the sheep and the toile is amazing. You are truly an artist, Marian. I hope you continue to develop your painting skills, because you have a very sweet style in your paintings. They have a sort of delicate and wistful tone to them–at least to me.

    I have a question: I went on the Society 6 site and tho’t I would order some cards, but when I clicked on a particular card nothing happened. Do I have to become a member or something? I can’t figure it out.

    • Kelley Rath

      I went on last night and purchased; I think I had to enter with my email. Sad that I cannot remember from last night (teacher end of the semester brain right now!). I bought the orchard print and a toile pouch. Good luck!

  23. Kelley Rath

    Thank you for sharing your designs with us! Cant wait for my zipper pouch and the print I ordered to arrive! Happy Holidays!


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