Tuesday, July 28, 2015
There's always some kind of art project going on at my house! My kids are so used to it that it has become a challenge for me to find things to get them excited about. My daughter, Lauren, and her friend, Grace, got excited about these shirts!
We've tie dyed several times so that was sort of done. However, both girls love anything with their name or monogram on it. Tie dying your name was something new and they were both up for it. I got the idea from seeing where someone had colored on an old pair of Keds with a sharpie and then sprayed it with alcohol. All of the colors blended together in a tie dye effect. I wondered if it would apply to shirts and if names would work. Hmmm....
We bought t-shirts in the craft section at Wal-Mart for $3.47 each. We came home and cleaned out all of our drawers and old markers for permanent ones. I did the names with a black Sharpie in dots. (They had used dots on the shoes and it looked good!) The girls chose their colors and patterns and went to work. Lauren did what I would do. She used blues and greens and went around her name in a regular pattern. Grace used every color in random dots and sizes.
Once you've got your design perfected, just spray it with alcohol. I purposely wanted the design to bleed onto the back. If you don't want that, you need to put cardboard inside the shirt while coloring and spraying.
The colors start to spread out and mix with each other! It's a slow process and takes some patience, but was really cool to watch!
Here's the Grace shirt just about finished. I'm not a big fan of orange, but these orange dots mixed in with the blue ones was just gorgeous! Let the shirts dry completely out in the sun and then wash by themselves the first time. They did fade a little in the wash, but all in all it was an inexpensive, easy, and fun art project!
Saturday, July 25, 2015
I've never heard this saying before. I've heard "I love you to the moon", but not this one. We all have our own little sayings that don't mean anything to others. They're our own little language of love. Why not put it on a canvas?
This one is for a gray, red, and black bedroom all the way up in Canada. So cute!
This one went right across the street! My neighbor ordered this pretty gray and black monogram as a wedding shower gift. Hopefully the new couple will find a special spot for it in their home.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
My mom ordered a wedding canvas to give as a gift to couple that she really doesn't know that well. What do you do? We decided to keep the colors neutral. It should go with just about any home decor.
This is a 10x20. It's a little different than my usual 8x24. She asked for the two first names instead of the last name that I typically do. I was a little unsure about that, but it turned out great! I think it will be a really special gift.
I also tried out a new font (lots of firsts with this one!) that has more curliques than I'm used to. I absolutely adore it! It's perfect for sweet wedding canvases. It took a little more work, but was totally worth it!
Congratulations, Mariel and Tony!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
First off I need to apologize for my photo quality. My camera got some sand, salt water, and a bit banged up on vacation and just hasn't been the same. Things are a bit blurry and there's a black haze across the top. I'm going to give it a little time before I decide what to do.
In the meantime, enjoy some pretty awesome artwork!
I did this one for a local teacher friend who is moving from the elementary level to the high school. Tessa Turner asked for gray, coral, and yellow. She added that she was using some chevron, too. Other than that, I could do what I want! Yay!
This really had turned out to be one of my favorites. I love the color combination and those paper flowers in the corner are just too cute! Thank you, Tessa! Enjoy!
Remember that everything in the etsy shop is still 20% off. Just use the code SUMMERSALE at checkout. Teachers (and everyone else, too!) go treat yourself to a new canvas!
Monday, July 13, 2015
As a teacher, those aren't always my favorite words to hear. The end of summer is always hard! All of that extra time at home and with the kids really spoils a girl. There are a bunch of teachers who are getting ready for back to school. Mrs. LaFayette is doing a Dr. Seuss themed room. How cute is this one?
Mrs. Disch wanted hot pink, gray, and aqua chevron for her room. The aqua stripes are also glittered! This one is so pretty!
Mrs. Turner is using gray, yellow, and coral. I added the flowers in one corner and used dots, chevron, and dashes - whew! That's a lot for one canvas, but I love how it turned out!
Thank you to all of my teachers! I love painting for you all!
p.s. I have been working in my room, too, and will be sharing pics soon!
Monday, July 6, 2015
Let me just preface this post by saying that I hesitated going to Orlando in late June/early July. I am not a Disney person and I hate crowds. Vacations for me are all about trying and seeing something new...preferably without a lot of other people around! Lauren has been asking to go to Sea World for a few years now. I bit the bullet and got on the internet to see what I could find out.
We always stay at a Marriott because we are point people. Their point system is great! We use it for free rooms quite often and always get a high quality place to stay. I found the Sea World Marriott and it was adorable, offered free breakfast, and had a really nice pool. The bonus was free Quick Ques and transportation to all of the Sea World parks. Boom!
Discovery Cove looked very promising to me. First of all, they one sell a limited number of passes each day so it is never crowded. It's also all inclusive so I didn't have to worry about towels, meals, snacks, or anything really! If you bought a one day pass to Discovery Cove, you got an unlimited pass to Sea World and Aquatica. Aquatica is a water slide park. I don't know about you, but I thought that was a great deal!
We did Discovery Cove the morning after we drove to Orlando. It was a great way to kick off the vacation! This park was the whole family's favorite part of the trip. There were all of the exotic birds that we got to feed. They were flying around and landing on us. This huge lazy river goes through the aviary. There were otters and marmosets. They even met us at check in with a sloth!
We paid a little extra to do the dolphin swim. It was totally worth it! Still, we loved the snorkeling. There's this huge pool full of reefs that has rays and fish all over the place. You get in there and snorkel with them! It was the best experience. They practically had to kick us out at park closing - haha!
The unlimited pass to the other two parks was so nice. We could come and go as we wanted. A bus ran from the hotels to the parks and back on a regular schedule. Sea World had great animals, shows, and more rides than I expected. The Quick Ques sent us right to the front of the line. My favorite part...no waiting! We did some crazy roller coasters! Mike and Carter went to Tampa one night for a baseball game so Lauren and I went over to see the light show and eat dinner.
We only spent one day at Aquatica. Water parks just aren't really our thing. We did enjoy the rapids, the wave pool, and several water slides. The rest of the time, Mike and I laid in lawn chairs and let the kids run around! Ah, vacation!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
It's that time of the year...everyone's getting married! I've painted several wedding and wedding shower gifts this summer. I love this 8x24 with a big daisy! It was requested to match the invitation which was blue with daisies on it. This one turned out so cute and what a great idea!
This design is always a classic. A cream background with a khaki monogram and black will lettering will never go out of style. Beautiful!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Order canvases, of course! I do get lots of summer teacher orders. Not all schools are on the same schedule so end of the year gifts and start of the year orders come all summer long! Also, teachers like me are already planning next year's room. There's also a lot of new teachers hired in the summer. It all adds up to me painting teacher canvases all summer long! Yay!!!
Canvases are great for all school jobs...not just teachers. Principals, secretaries, counselors, the list goes on and on! I love all of these bright and beautiful colors on the black background. The whole thing just pops!
Don't you just love these two classics with primary dots and ribbon and a fun font?
Very specific colors were requested for this chevron design.
This 10x10 features a border of leaves and natural designs in shades of purple. Love it!
This is my Dr. Seuss design. I can't use Dr. Seuss images due to copyright, of course, but I can capture the feel. The red stripes are from the Cat in the Hat and I came up with this funky font that has the fun feel of his books.
All right, teachers! I'm back to work in August. Get those teacher canvas orders in now...but keep enjoying your summer!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
I bet I've painted this princess canvas design 100 times!
I've done it in all kinds of color combinations and sizes. Everyone loves it for their little girls!
These two are my most recent. I can see why it's so popular. Everyone's little girl is a princess!
My princess recently made her acting debut. She's been a dancer for a while. but went out of her comfort zone a bit and auditioned for a play. She got a part and did a great job! Now she can't wait to do another!
Friday, June 19, 2015
I've had a little extra time for painting this summer! I've gotten some new things done and they are all ready for immediate personalization and delivery. I love getting to paint some things that I've had on my mind for a while.
I've always liked this Mother Teresa quote and think it would be great for the desk top. It's a 4x4 block canvas and had been slightly distressed. It looks like a chalkboard!
The blue mason jars are everywhere! I decided to do a couple in more neutral tones with white, cream, khaki, and three shades of brown. They also have a burlap hanger.
There's plenty of space on both the 11x14 and 8x10 for personalization!
I've got two stars and stripes burlap banners available. They are so cute on the front porch and would be great for a photo opportunity!
Finally, I've got this adorable 16x20 owl painting. Since the picture was taken, I've added more outlining and sealed it with glitter! It's sooo cute! It would be ideal for a girl's room, playroom, or even a classroom!