Monday, June 19, 2017

Vanity Before and After

My husband and bought a house built in 1936 last November.  We worked with a local contractor and handyman to completely redo the inside.  The house had a lot of charm, but had also seen quite a bit of neglect.  Redoing an old house had always been something I wanted to do.  We loved the location and the price, so it seemed like the right time to jump in and do it!

We were told it would be March when completed,  We did not get to move in until May.  We also ran into some unexpected problems like floor joists.  These were things we were told would happen and did our best to prepare.  I know there are a lot of horror stories out there about old house project nightmares.  I know...I read them, too!  You won't find that here.  I don't want to sugar coat it.  It is not like an eposode on HGTV.  However, we went into it with realistic expectations and enjoyed the process.  It helped to have a wonderful, patient contractor and a superhero handyman!

This is a small project in the corner of the master bedroom.  The walls are a nice paneling and I wanted to keep them.  They, along with all of the shelving and drawers, were painted "Winter Flannel" by Valspar.  I purchased laminate paint at Lowe's and painted the countertop.  It was easy to do, but needs to dry for three days!  I also replaced the knobs with beautiful crystal knobs from etsy.  The bar to hang all of my makeup bottles and cup for brushes cam from Ikea and the necklace rack from World Market.  I love hanging storage.  It gets the big pile off the countertop and out where I can actually see it!

I have lots more renovation pictures to share and will be doing so a room at a time.  I've had a lot of friends and family who have been asking to see.  I thought this might be a good way to share and to also maybe help some of you other first time "renovators"!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring Fever

I literally have spring fever...allergies!  All of the itching and sneezing is driving me nuts.  It's too early in the year for this!

All of this warm weather has turned my thoughts to all of the bright colors of spring.  I love painting cheery bunnies, flowers, bugs, and dots.  

I'm sharing a few of my past favorites!

All of these are sold, but the designs are still available.  I am happy to customize the colors and sizes  just for you.  They look great with a family name, welcome, monogram, or even a quote.

Treat yourself to something special this spring or order one as a gift.

Visit the etsy shop to see lots more.  Happy Spring!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Custom Teacher Signs

I paint a lot for teachers.  Some as gifts and some for themselves.  It is one of my favorite things to paint!  Being a teacher, I know how special it is to receive on of these from a students.  I also know how difficult the choices are when deciding to spend my own money on my classroom.  I so appreciate all of my teachers customers!
Mrs. Petranek asked for gray stripes with navy blue lettering and kelly green ribbon.  So cute!  This 4x12 size will be perfect on her door, desk, or even in a wreath.

Mrs. Thomas wanted polka dots in her school colors of red, white, and blue.  She also wanted her title of "Career Specialist" added at the bottom.  This is one of my favorite fonts to use for school designs.  It looks like professional yet kid friendly!
Both of these canvases were purchased and custom design through the etsy shop.  I'm happy to work with you to get your color and design choices just right.  Convo me anytime!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Clark William

A friend ordered this canvas as a shower gift for a baby boy.  She wanted gray stripes with red and navy blue as the accent colors.  The gray stripes were easy, but I had to find a way to get the other two colors in there and have all three compliment each other.

I decided that the navy would show up best as the lettering and frame and did the red in polka dots in the background.  The name is pretty long so I chose a little more delicate font that was still plenty masculine.  
I think this one turned out so cute!  It will look great over a crib now and a bed later!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Maggie Mae

Our friends had a new baby girl, Maggie Mae.  I painted this canvas for them as a baby shower gift.  The background is cream and there is a pale pink and white crown.  The name is added in a beautiful cursive in chocolate brown.  I topped it all off with pink sating ribbon.  There's glitter added for extra sparkle!
I think this one is so pretty!  Congratulations, Katie and Slayden!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Team Teachers

Aren't these just great for a team of teacher?  I can just picture all of these hanging together down a school hallway!

Ms. Modic ordered one for herself and one for each member of her teacher team in the school colors of royal blue, orange, and white.  She wanted designs in the same colors but in different patterns.  She specifically asked for no polka dots.  I got creative and came up with lots of stripes and chevrons.  I love how the different fonts compliment the different designs.
I happily offer a discount on bulk orders.  Please contact me through the etsy shop to set that up!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Game Night Birthday Party

Lauren turned 12!  We celebrated with a game night birthday party and sleepover.  I decorated our cabin with classic games like Candyland, Monopoly, and Scrabble.  The centerpiece was a life size Candyland game that ran all trough the cabin.

Lauren is learning how to sew.  She made the simple Scrabble tile pillows as party favors for each of her guests.  The letters are their initials!

The Candyland game ended with a "candy bar" at the King Candy square.  I had the large posters made at our local Teacher's Center to mark each one of the special characters from the game.  

The best part of the night was watching my girl with her friends and family.  The family stayed for food and gifts, but the friends partied on into the night (morning)! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Adorable!  I love this navy blue, kelly green, and white combination.  This is a great color palette for a boy's room of any age.

This is a custom etsy order based on a listing of the same design in a different color.  Remember that I am happy to create any of my designs in your colors of choice.  I want each one to be special, unique, and perfect for you!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Etsy Shop Updates

There's lots of new items up on the etsy shop!  CLICK HERE to see them!

I've got all kinds of great spring and summer ideas swirling around in my head.  Who knows what will be in there next!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

No Smoking

Need a little sign for your business or office?  No smoking, open, closed, please flush, etc.  I can do them all in colors and design of your choosing.  The 5x5's are just $15.00!