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A Blue Ball Jar Giveaway and Happy Happy!!

Happy, Happy!!

“Happy Happy”

12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


A taste of France for you today and a quote.

 Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our soul blossom.  ~Marcel Proust

Thanks for making my soul blossom 🙂

Ahhhh Spring!
It brings with it new ideas, renewed energy for life, and appreciation for wee things and great things.

At my house it usually gets me briefly in the mood for redecorating and stirring things up.
Of course, I have considerations that I must keep in mind.

The furniture approval committee can be grueling….


With some taking the high road …..


while others get in on the ground floor of what I am not sure.


And although they like to have a vote, they are rarely reliable for getting to the meetings on time…



Decorating is so tough—
but then you find the perfect combination of color, function and hair….


And just like that, I am out of the redecorating mode… 😉

I thought you might enjoy seeing a bit of shabby chic that happened this spring at my house.
The table was originally very dark.
The cabinet has a Van Gogh painting on it by Van Dreama (I did this many a year ago).
And the large print on the wall is a reproduction of  one of my paintings that takes me to a happy place.  I can’t decide if the frame would look better a little lighter or not.  I’ll have to get the committee to vote on it 😉

dining-digs-smIn celebration of spring’s arrival I am going to give away a couple of my blue Ball mason jars from my collection 🙂

Gotta have something blue to put those tulips, lilacs, hyacinths, pansies, daffodils and such in!!

2014 Workshop Adds:

For those of you who may have missed it, I’ve  added 3 workshops for my 2014 schedule.  The CA spots are all gone…however…
September in Kentucky is open for registration 🙂  For details, just click here.

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  • Nancy Taylor Levinson - May 2, 2014 - 9:43 am

    I absolutely love your work. Do you give workshops in California?
    ….or at Scottsdale Artist’s School?ReplyCancel

  • Libby Manchester Gilpatric - April 29, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Dreama, Your posts are fresher than spring flowers! I’m loving the inspiration and energy you project!ReplyCancel

  • Jana McDougal Rooke - April 29, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Since the bluebonnets are almost all bloomed out, it will need to be Texas Laurel that will be blooming soon and will look gorgeous in the jar!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Hughes - April 28, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    I keep treasures like sea glass, seed pods, broken pottery and old coins in old jars and would love a blue bell jar in my collection.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie L. Porter - April 28, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    I will ask my husband, the garden, to select a few seasonal flowers for the jar and then my ladies watercolor class will use it for a still life session!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Santini - April 28, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    I fill mine with dry goods like rice, quinoa, beans, grains, etc they are pretty lined up together in the kitchen. ReplyCancel

  • Jo Anna Flynn Wycoff - April 28, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Would love to use the blue jars as flower vases.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - April 28, 2014 - 9:35 am

    Love it for flowers.ReplyCancel

  • rochelle - April 28, 2014 - 8:47 am

    I would fight my urge to keep them to hold flowers and paintbrushes, in order to give them as a gift to my niece. She might actually do some canning with them! Thanks for the chance. Your artwork is so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Frances Kut-Best - April 27, 2014 - 7:57 am

    It’s all about color!ReplyCancel

  • Adele Bower - April 25, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    “MY” blue jar, if I win one, will sit empty on my breakfast room table. Thomas (a cat) and Abby Cat eat flowers…but only after they turn over the vase or container. Hmmm! Maybe I could put it on the patio table with flowers in it. ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Palmer - April 25, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    so very pretty, these jars just seem to be attached to warm memories and simple times 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Palmer - April 25, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    so very pretty, these silly jars just seem to be attached to warm memories and simple times 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Joanne L - April 24, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    I would fill with seashells and sometime flowersReplyCancel

  • Shelly Medley - April 24, 2014 - 7:43 am

    I will keep fresh flowers for my kitchen in the ball jar I win! Makes my heart sing!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Oliver - April 23, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    This colour of blue,
    makes me think of you! I would try all kids of flowers and trinkets to see what the blue colour does to them.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Oliver - April 23, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    This colour of blue,
    makes me think of you!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - April 23, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Blue is my favorite color, and it would go beautiful with lots of things in my home. 🙂 Pick me, please!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Nelson - April 23, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    It will be an every changing carrier of flowers, real and/or paper flowers, which ever mood strikes, and it will look wonderful with some of my beautiful paper straws. Lots of use, my little blue jar. And as always a great painting/s will leave my brush. Wish me luck!

    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodges Trainor - April 23, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Flowers, especially from my rose garden! The light tells a happy story.ReplyCancel

  • marybeth - April 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

    so excited about the kentucky workshop!! thank you for so much inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • rose mccauley - April 23, 2014 - 9:48 am

    I’d use them for flowers part of the time and probably something else part of the time!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvina - April 23, 2014 - 9:16 am

    I will put my Marbles in the Ball jar

    They once were lost, but now they are found, Marbles…

    Have you lost your Marbles?

    ~ SylvinaReplyCancel

  • Caroline Clark - April 23, 2014 - 3:52 am


  • Kathleen Barnes - April 22, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    CANDY with ribbons round the top and kisses overflowing. A few brightly wrapped bits of sweetness to inspire and feed the eye as well as the heart!ReplyCancel

  • Nan Johnson - April 22, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    Perfect shade of blue, perfect for flowers, for paintings, and just perfect standing on it’s ownReplyCancel

  • Kerry Hanks Marquis - April 22, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    I’ll definitely put flowers in the jar. And then I will work on some paintings of them in the jar, thinking of how I was inspired by Dreama! In fact, the name of the paintings can be “inspired by Dreama 1, 2, 3, etc.” 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Kendrick - April 22, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    I definitely need a blue ball jar to put some flowers in for some photographs!! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - April 22, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    Tulips… Roses… Chocolates… Bonbons… Wishes… Prayers… a blue ball jar would be perfect xReplyCancel

  • Dana Whitney - April 22, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    I finally have several blues that would paint that jar just right! What I really want is one of your workshops in MA or NH!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - April 22, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Love the blue jars. It is supposed to bring you luck to have something blue in every room. Blue is my favorite color so I do have blue everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • chr - April 22, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    I am a happy camper! I love the painting and am excited to see it in person!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Pappas - April 22, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    I so enjoy your work. When I see your email message in my inbox I smile knowing I’m in for a treat. Thanks so much for sharing your art and beautiful prose!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Vacca - April 22, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    Will add to my blue glass collection that I have all over my house. Love to see sunlight stream through it!ReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - April 22, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    I will use it for paintbrushes and as a model. I do love that blue blue.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Freshour - April 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    You are the best, no really, I’m not just saying that because you are offering to give away beautiful Blue Ball Jars. You add so much to the time I allow myself to be in your presence. Adding a workshop of yours in California to my bucket list. I miss you both! ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Crouse - April 22, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    If I had a Blue Ball Jar I would use it for watering my self watering African violets and paint the two together! ReplyCancel

  • Lou Everett - April 22, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Dreama, I grew up in a farm and the blue jars were my favorite to pretend that I was “canning vegetables” like my mom. I would use the blue jar to add beautiful flowers for still life paintings in oil. Thanks for your marvelous uplifiting messages! LouReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Fisher - April 22, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    I would put flowers in them on my porch….then paint while enjoying my morning coffee. (Better be careful not to dip my brush in the coffee! ) 😉ReplyCancel

  • Linda Guslani Stratton - April 22, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Love this paintingReplyCancel

  • Judy - April 22, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Gold leaf for the frame is my suggestion. I’d love to just enjoy the light bouncing off the jars but I’m certain I’d put it to various other uses as time went on. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Trescone Scripter - April 22, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    I love flowers in the blue Ball jars, a beautiful addition to my home, and a wonderful thing to paint.ReplyCancel

  • marcia woodroffe - April 22, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    ditto to all the wonderful suggestions. Yes, I would lighten the frame to go with the other lighter shades.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Allenza Heron - April 22, 2014 - 12:51 pm


  • Leslie McConnell Dobbins - April 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    I sure do need a blue jar to sit beside my green one!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - April 22, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Would love to have some “Dreama Blues” for my photography and paintings.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - April 22, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    My yellow iris would look fabulous and “paintworthy” in a blue jar!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - April 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    I need to paint it with flowers!

  • Melissa Jander - April 22, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    It’s tulip season here! I’ve been longing to set up some still life scenes with tulips. Have also been planning on painting some roses in a blue jar, in memory of my Grandma Rose. She would have loved the bright blue color! Thanks for sharing your humor and your art, Dreama! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Boggs - April 22, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Love, Love, Love all your blogs and art. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you and all your work shops.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Brandley - April 22, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Flowers! Or, maybe put some kind of solar light in it and put it outside on the deck.ReplyCancel

  • Verna Hall - April 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

    I think I would like to put Queen Ann’s Lace with maybe baby Iris or Lilacs in the blue jar to paint.
    Thanks Dreama for all your inspiration!
    Verna HallReplyCancel

  • Mel Hicks - April 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

    I have roses blooming in my garden now that will look lovely in a blue ball jar! Red, pink & yellow – pretty. ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hust-Ray - April 22, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Would surely pick a few flowers from my garden, to place in the blue Ball jar.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - April 22, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Love the flowers!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - April 22, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Definitely flowers! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Teri - April 22, 2014 - 11:10 am


  • julie hickcox - April 22, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Not only are your blue jar paintings beautiful,they are an inspiration to use for other objects to be held.Shells, Daffodills etc.
    I love your room….pastel colors dominate so I believe a lighter frame would be more appropiate! Thank you for sharing so very much.ReplyCancel

  • ginny - April 22, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Just to let the light shine through on my windowsillReplyCancel

  • Reneelovesart - April 22, 2014 - 10:30 am

    The shabby chic is beautiful. I think the lighter frame would go better with the lighter cours you have chosen in your room. Was that a hamster on your lounge eating a cupcake? You have quite a houseful of animals!

    The blue Ball jars are delightful with and without pretty things in them.

    Thanks for sharing a little it of France. I hope to go there one day, but for now I will have to visit through your amazing paintings!


  • Sharon Merchant Ivy - April 22, 2014 - 10:30 am

    I’d use my blue Ball jar in my still life setups in my studio, filled with flowers, brushes, knitting needles and such.ReplyCancel

  • April - April 22, 2014 - 10:14 am

    I desperately want one of these for my paint brushes!!! My clear mason jar just isn’t near exciting enough! Thank you so much for all your inspiration ;o)ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Cook - April 22, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Colored pencils! Love the new shabby chic decor Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Laurin Lindsey - April 22, 2014 - 9:12 am

    Beautiful blue jars…waiting for flowers from my garden! The pale pink roses are in bloom and will look lovely in them today. Happy Gardening!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - April 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

    I would put purple irises and yellow daisies’s… and smile at the sunny arrangement! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • jobi - April 22, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Van Dreama!!!!!! That’s awesome! I’m soooo stealing that…Van Jobi xoxo P.S. I would put lilacs in those beautiful blue jars to paint! Mine finally bloomed after a few years of being frozen out. They are so lovely and fragrant!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Wall - April 22, 2014 - 8:28 am

    I’d use it for still life’s, holding flowers, pencils, brushes, coins, drinks … anything I can think of! Thank you Dreama for all you do!ReplyCancel

  • Kay Gammill - April 22, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Blue is my favorite garden accent color! I love blue glass, blue pots, and I am considering what to put in my discarded blue teflon skillet! Maybe a cactus garden? Or just shells? My blue glass jar would hold many things… flowers, for sure, marbles, too; paint brushes for a time, but always my hopes and dreams. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - April 22, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Hi Dreama!
    I have beautiful white tulips who would be perfect to match with these wonderful blue jars!
    I like the darker frame to contrast ! This is beautiful anyway! Thanks Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Alice Craig - April 22, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Hi Dreama!

    Because your frame is framing a print I think it would look nicer in something lighter and modern but it does look beautiful just as it is too.

    I’d put all types of flowers in the pretty jar.

    Thanks for your generosity.


  • Madeline Breidenbach - April 22, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Love the blue jars. I can see flowers in the jars and then paint them.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Stoudt - April 22, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Dear Dreama,

    You never fail to get my day off to a great start and I can’t thank you enough. I love the way you decorate and the 3 fur balls always add an interesting touch. Thank you my dear friend!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Blakeman - April 22, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Hi Dreama –

    The blue jar would go with anything, thanks for giving them away. Just one persons opinion but I like the painting with a darker frame. Since everything else in the room is light, it draws your eye to the beautiful painting. It adds texture to the room.

    Happy decoratiing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jill Ocull - April 22, 2014 - 6:41 am

    we must get together this year… set a date…i will call the crew.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Baker - April 22, 2014 - 6:38 am

    My blue ball jar would hold many different things, from flowers to shells, paint brushes, to wishes and dreams. Thank you Dreama for offering such a fun gift!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Mycoskie - April 22, 2014 - 6:28 am

    What fun to paint a blue jar! Where do I get Carribean Blue?ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Dungan - April 22, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Flowers in blue glass vases make my heart and soul sing!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Eliston - April 22, 2014 - 6:22 am

    These blue jars are so beautiful! I would keep all of my blue buttons in there, they would be a perfect match! Thank you so much for your inspiration and this fabulous opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • cherrie hill - April 22, 2014 - 5:53 am

    Well, when not in use, I would keep it in an antique dish cabinet that belonged to my great aunt where my favorite art things are kept.
    Flowers….buttons maybe. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Lynn - April 22, 2014 - 5:43 am

    Flowers 🙂
    Thank you for the opportunity and God Bless You 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Alice ONeil - April 22, 2014 - 5:43 am

    Just on the morning I felt blue I would take my worries and put them in my Blue Ball Jar.
    I would add water to weaken them, then put in a tulip or two to bring joy to my Blue Ball jar….move it to a sunny location and head for the donut shop in town, returning with a smile on my face, knowing my worries were tucked away, nice and safe away from me in my Blue Ball jar. You can have worries and beauty at the same time, you just have to have a Blue Ball jar!!! Maybe I will win….one jar will do…..ReplyCancel

  • kathy cousart - April 22, 2014 - 5:42 am

    I would love to paint my branches of cotton bolls in that beautiful jar! Great post Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Connie - April 22, 2014 - 5:36 am

    We have some lovely “Don Juan” rose bushes growing in our yard-the blossoms smell just like raspberries-and would look lovely in a pretty blue jar 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Linda Borch - April 22, 2014 - 5:35 am

    Definitely flowers!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Youd - April 22, 2014 - 5:31 am

    Put jelly beans in it!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - April 22, 2014 - 5:19 am

    Love to have a blue Ball jar fot painting glass, painting flowers and just for enjoying such a happy color!!!ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - April 22, 2014 - 12:38 am

    Wishes! I will write wishes on pieces of paper and draw out one a week and make it come true!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Monahan Goodrich - April 21, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    Sea shells! Or sea glass…or sand and a candle? You can never have too many blue ball jars!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Jones - April 21, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    I would LOVE to win the blue ball jar and put all kinds of flowers in it and paint them!!!! I love flowers and LOVE the blue jars!!!!!I am crossing fingers that I win one!!ReplyCancel

    • Annette - April 29, 2014 - 9:48 pm

      I’d use them to store dry goods. I have cats who would eat the flowers, so I can’t put those out.ReplyCancel

  • Rosita Henley - April 21, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    To put my old button in!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Will - April 21, 2014 - 6:03 pm


  • Nancy Darling - April 21, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Would love to paint some flowers in a blue ball jar. BTW Michael’s has some but they’re only 1 pint.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne L. Stroup - April 21, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Flowers for sure….or maybe my brushes!ReplyCancel

  • Marion Corbin Mayer - April 21, 2014 - 4:37 pm


  • Dave Casey - April 21, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Those Ball jars also make great brush holders.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - April 21, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Probably flowers, but until then I think my favorite red blend wine would look good in there!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Bass - April 21, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Love those blue ball jars!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - April 21, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Flowers and paint them! I like the brushes idea also!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - April 21, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Definitely flowers!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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