The Bells Are Ringing

Today has been a lovely and relaxing day at my mom’s house. I even had a little time to make this doodlewash of some golden bells and later this evening we’ll be heading to a show at the local dinner theatre. After finishing the other horribly challenging puzzle we were putting together, we went to Walmart in search of one with more of a holiday theme. There were shockingly few options, so we had to opt for a Thomas Kincade painting. This one was a bit unique at least since the scene inexplicably has Mickey and Minnie Mouse ice skating while Pluto looks on from the edge smiling. It’s wonderfully weird so even with limited options, it ended up being the perfect choice.

It’s proven quite challenging to make these posts on my phone, so apologies in advance for any typos or mistakes. I’m all thumbs as they say. Right now I’m resisting the urge to go to the other side of the room which has one of those tins of butter cookies. Thankfully, this is is the only time of year for such a temptation, as I really love them. One cookie quickly turns into two, and as long as you replace the lid after each one, it somehow doesn’t count as gluttony. The same is true with those tins of popcorn, though, I only like the plain popcorn and not the flavored kind so it’s easier to show restraint. But all the little extra pounds accumulated, can be dealt with in January.

Right now, I’m just thrilled to enjoy my favorite time of year. Everything glows, glitters, and sparkles in a way that just exudes cheer. It’s a time filled with family, laughs and love and I look forward to it each and every year. I spend so much of the year focused on work and goals and other admittedly important things. But this wonderful and unique time of year allows me to take a break from all that for just a moment. To focus a bit more on the things that matter most and spend time with loved ones I rarely get to see. And that’s the very time I’m enjoying in this moment and I’m truly happy. In the distance, and even in my heart, the bells are ringing.

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  1. Mary Roff 9 months ago

    Love the reflections in the bells.

  2. Meenakshi Goel 9 months ago


  3. Pamela Smith 9 months ago

    Beautiful,I love the shine…

  4. Laura Hale 9 months ago

    Lovely shine and color.

  5. jotsfromasmallapt 9 months ago

    Family. Priceless.

  6. Sharon Nolfi 9 months ago

    I can feel you happiness coming through on this post. Your bells are lovely – the red reflections of the ribbon are perfect.

  7. Jacob 9 months ago

    They are incredible!!! You deserve an extra cookie 😉

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      hehe!! Thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 I totally had that extra cookie by the way. 😉

  8. Jennifer McLean 9 months ago

    the bells glow just like your spirit, Charlie.

  9. Sandra Strait 9 months ago

    Your bells are awesome (mine turned out a gruesome green, but at least that’s alliterative). They glitter and sparkle with the best of the Christmas decorations!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, any chance to paint a little gold or silver and I’m in!

  10. Mary McDonough 9 months ago

    Could almost hear the jingle of the bells. Very nice!

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    These bells look so gorgeously realistic, I tried ringing them. They’re on silent mode.

  12. smzang 9 months ago

    You amaze me…those bells are perfection personified.
    They fill this room with holiday sounds, as does your
    engaging chat. You give a precious gift to all who visit
    here. My thanks.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      You’re so sweet! Thanks so much! I really appreciate the kind words! 😃💕

  13. Ruth Bailey 9 months ago

    Beautiful bells, Charlie. I chose jingle bells for mine: Thanks for the prompt. It made me get out my paints today!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Ruth!! 😃💕 Those are totally lovely!! I’m so glad you got your paints out!! Beautiful work!

  14. June Hadaway 9 months ago


  15. SnehLata Maheshwari 9 months ago

    Amazing 🌼 🙏🌸💐 bell. U have given me. thanks Charlie

  16. Just beautiful. I’m obsessed with bells 🙂

  17. Thomas Blanchard 9 months ago

    You really need to add another “to do” to you list ! … a demo, lesson or whatever about painting shine and reflections. You are a master! Awesome job on the ribbon and bells. Enjoy the rest of your visit!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Aww thanks, Tom! 😃💕 One day, maybe… I can never seem to find any extra time!

  18. anamika808creative 9 months ago

    OMG!!!…Those are real ones…!!!

  19. Nay Aung 9 months ago

    Love the red ribbon and its shadow.Also I can feel your happiness with family during this time!!!

  20. Susan Cuss 9 months ago

    I can hear those beautiful bells! Wonderful time to enjoy with your family.

  21. Kaye Boggs 9 months ago

    wonderful bells and ribbon. I could swear I heard the bells ringing. (or was that the KJ I’m sipping?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Lol! Might be what you’re sipping, but I’ll take it! Thanks, Kaye! 😃💕

  22. Kati Brooke 9 months ago

    These bells are lovely! 😀 I’m glad you’re having fun with your family.

  23. Delores Azary 9 months ago

    The bells are beautiful! Sounds like your time at your Mom’s is a wonderful time of relaxation and fun with family!

  24. Allan Engelhardt 8 months ago

    You are the king of metal and reflections….

  25. SHARON A HASCHALK 8 months ago

    The bells are so beautiful and realistic Charlie. You always get that shine and sparkle – I’m going to nickname you the King of Bling!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      The King of Bling!?? I LOVE it!! hehe… definitely fits! Especially this time of year! Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕

  26. Susan Cuss 8 months ago

    Ring those Christmas Bells! Beautifully done.

  27. Sandra Gilbert 8 months ago

    What beautiful shiny bells. I love the reflections.

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