Sunday, April 22, 2012

How I spent my spring vacation, day three

What a stinkin' beautiful day. Eighty degrees, a whisper of a breeze, not a cloud in sight. 
Couldn't ask for a better morning to ... vaccinate the herd and paint the chicken coop! 
The vaccinations transpired without incident. How boring. But in a good way.

Let the painting begin.
I slapped on the turquoise trim while Danni meticulously painted every nook and cranny of the siding. 

She may have been Rembrandt in a former life.

I loved the way it turned out, but as I stood back admiring our work, I sensed something was missing. 
The painting lacked that special element that would distinguish it from 
all the other run-of-the-mill Santa-Fe style chicken coops.

So Danni brought in the artist formerly known as Eugenia to add her signature touch.

The artist formerly known as Eugenia: Hurry, Danni, before I lose my inspiration.

The artist formerly known as Eugenia: Whoa, Nelly! 
I'm not so sure I want to share my studio with a dead cow.

T. A. F. K. A. Eugenia: You stay on your side, and I'll stay on mine.

T. A. F. K. A. Eugenia: One more print down here should do it.

Note to the PETA people: No chickens were harmed during the painting of this chicken coop, 
and we thoroughly washed T.A.F.K.A. Eugenia's foot as soon as she finished her masterpiece.

Then the other artists who collaborated on the painting had to sign it. 

If you're looking at this picture and shouting "you missed a spot! you missed a spot!" Relax. 
I was just waiting for the doors to dry before I finished the trim. Sidewalk supervisors...I swear.

I told Rembrandt to wear a smock but did she listen? No.

p.s. Danni's shirt is from The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada


  1. What a great idea to paint the chicken coop so colorful, AND all of the prints make it look outstanding! Job well done!

  2. Dave Gibbons4/22/12, 6:26 AM

    Okay. I'll ask, but someone else has to answer.... "Why did the chicken walk up the side of the chicken coop?"

  3. Danni will keep memories alive with the chicken coup hotel paint every time she wears those jeans.
    Love the color. I was in NM once and I saw these great colors everywhere. Turquoise jewelery, and red earthy homes made from some kind of clay or mud. Santa Fe comes to mind first off as it was beautiful there. Lots to do and see.
    Best always, Sandra

  4. What a master piece eh!!! clapping from Canada eh!

  5. Another New Mexico jewel in the land of enchantment. And the cow skull finishes it off.

    Love it!

  6. the perfect southwest coop!

  7. A true southwestern flair was added to this coop..and the personalization was perfect. Yeah Danni! Love the t-shirt!

  8. Carol in N. Colorado4/22/12, 9:16 AM

    How cool is the chicken coop with a cow skull, chicken and Danni prints?!! I love it. Great job!!!

  9. What a fun project with a friend. And Eugenia really has something to cluck about now. She actually looks like she's critiqueing(sp?)her work in one of the pictures. Good job, girls.

  10. what a clever idea for decorating the chicken coop and Eugina....well, let's just say THAT is talent !! LOL Jeanne in SC

  11. The added touches Totally make it!

  12. now, I think you all need to come paint my house :)

    I wouldn't have worn an apron either.... getting messy is part of the fun!

    rock on with the vacay and keep the pictures coming!

  13. My new coop is finally ready for painting and you've given me some ideas, although my chicks are only 3 weeks old and not at all cooperative.

  14. Awesome chicken coop! Does Danni hire out?

  15. That turned out so fabulous! You make me want to paint too. Great colors!

  16. Love it.... all of if. The colors, the pictures, Danni the paint rebel, hand and chicken prints.....looks like a fun time.