Saturday, June 27, 2015

June Weddings


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

What Do Teachers Do In The Summer?


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

Little Girls


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

Just a Few Things...


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!



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Little Boy Blue


As the birth of my new nephew approaches, I am getting more and more excited about little boys!  I can't wait to meet this new baby boy!  
I painted this beautiful 11x14 navy and gray polka dot design for a returning customer.  I had painted one for the big sister not too long ago and was so happy to get to paint one for little brother, too!  Congratulations to the Watts family!
 

This 16x20 design features a more royal shade of blue with kelly green accents.  Mom wanted to make sure that it didn't look too babyish because she wanted to use is for a long time.  Great idea!  Lots of my canvases are designed to be used with lots of different bedding and room decor as your child grows.


I love the Bible quote they chose.  They also asked for the little boat accent in the corner.  This one is sweet and simple - I love it!  Congratulations to the Dyer family!









Wednesday, June 3, 2015

So Many Things to Celebrate!


A canvas is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion!  I am always so happy to play a small part.  This John Deere colored 4x12 canvas is for a set of twin boys - how sweet!
 

Done is the school colors of gold and blue, this 4x12 is for a high school graduate.  Canvases are great for the dorm room and I can paint sorority and fraternity symbols as well!
 

This design is one of my long standing most popular.  The family name in the background with the established date over the top will never go out of style!  It's perfect for weddings, anniversaries, and new homes.
 

I added this one to this list because it is for a pet.  The name of the farm is in the background and the name of the horse is over the top.  This one is for the stable!  I love it!  We all love our pets and need to celebrate them, too!





Monday, June 1, 2015

Start of Summer


Summer's off to an exciting start for us!  We left for Louisville as soon as the reports cards were handed out.  My son, Carter, was in the National History Bee!  He didn't make it to the finals, but we were really proud of him for making it that far...and we had a great weekend.  
My daughter, Lauren, is in final rehearsals for her first stage production, The Little Mermaid.   We're all excited to see the show on opening night!
Oh, and I've also been painting!

Here's two cute orders that have already shipped out.  These cute "No smoking" signs are perfect for those areas where that needs to be designated.  I've actually done several of the pineapple canvases this summer.  That's one of my most popular summer designs!  You can purchase yours on my etsy site!


When I have been home for any stretch of time and not painting, I've been cleaning.  I've taken out three large bags of trash, two loads to Goodwill, and sold several items online.  It's amazing how much stuff you accumulate!  Here's the "after" picture of Lauren's play area.  I should have taken a "before" so you could see the difference!
 

She also has this little school area that had a major clean up.  School is her favorite thing to play!  Now, if I can get my husband in his office to clean, we'll be doing good!





Friday, May 22, 2015

Dots!!

Here's lots more from the 4x12 sale...and there's still more to come!  I told you it was a hit!   I really do have the best customers and am thankful for each one.


Red and black dots in two different styles.  the front one is a little more funky with some dashes and a fun font.  The back one is more classic with a cursive font and red rhinestones in the dots.


I love the rustic design with distressing along the edges and a burlap hanger.


Primary dots are the go to design for elementary teachers.  I love all of the bright colors!  I added a more modern looking font and lots of glitter!


Don't forget the school nurse!  The red, white, and blue dots look great with the coordinating ribbon.


I also love the tropical colored dots.  A lot of teachers use this combination in their rooms and it always looks so cheerful.  These three also have lots of matching ribbon and glitter...love!!!

Well, it's officially my last day.  I'm handing out report cards until 9:45, and then  my family is off on a little adventure!  Enjoy your summer!








Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stripes!!


My 4x12 sale was a huge success!  Lots went to teachers, but there were orders for other things, too.  Here's four striped pieces that have already been delivered.  I'm a bit behind on my blogging!


I love how they're all just a little different...like personalities!


Miss Orr shipped out in school colors of orange and light blue.


These two went to student teachers at MTSU.


A fancy Ms. Willis in school colors of gold and maroon.

Yay!  School is almost out for summer.  Hang in there!!!





 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dance Recital 2015

It's that time of the year...recital!  Recital week is always this week in May.  With everything under the sun going on at school, recital week is always like a marathon.  Run, run, run!  The daughters look gorgeous and the moms look crazy - haha!


This year my daughter, Lauren, was in four acts.  That's more than we've ever done.  Thankfully, she is big enough now to change herself and can touch up her own hair and makeup.  I can watch the show and not have to run back and forth from backstage.  Her ballet performance was to "Singing in the Rain".  She's go a small clear umbrella in her hand.  It was so sweet!



Her jazz performance was to "Ghostbusters"!  I loved it!  The crazy pink jumpsuits were just adorable!


This is my favorite shot from the "Bugle Boy" act.  She is in a performance troupe and this is their jazz routine.  It's always been one of my favorites and I love these costumes.


The performance troupe also has a ballet routine to "Part of My World".  It really is a beautifully done routine.  All of the girls look so graceful.

Another dance year in the books!