Thursday, December 31, 2009

Getting Ready For 2010

I am spending most of the day preparing for our annual New Year's Eve party. We have all of our family over, eat a lot, have a Wii tournament, and play board games. Midnight always gets here so fast! I have started the gumbo. It will simmer in the crock pot all day. My house already smells spicy!

The grapes are chilling for the grape salad. You can see the cream cheese and sour cream standing by to make that yummy stuff that gets mixed in. It is topped with brown sugar and pecans.

Right now the sweetened condensed milk is baking into caramel (it takes an hour and twenty minutes) for the banana caramel pie. I will put it all together after it cools.

I bought all of our party supplies at Target and Wal-Mart. Yes, I sprung for the 2010 glasses! I also got the cutest cups that say, "I am ________ and at midnight I will kiss _________". We write our names on our cups with a Sharpie anyway and did I mention these were cute?

While I am waiting for caramel to finish so I can put in the sausage balls, I will get to work on my calendar. Choosing the year's calendar for the fridge is always a big deal for me. We use it constantly for all four of our busy activities, so I look at it a lot. I usually choose tropical islands, or Italy, or even a nice Ansel Adams. This year, I took a detour and chose "Yoga Cats". It was just too funny! I don't know what that says about the coming year.

I know I should probably be blogging about art, but food is right up there on my list of favorite things. Here's our menu for tonight. Mmmmm...
  • Grape Salad
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Gumbo
  • Banana Caramel Pie
  • Sausage Balls
  • Peel and Eat Shrimp
  • Chili Cheese Dip and Tortilla Chips
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • The "Big Sandwich"

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sky Blue

Today's featured color is sky blue. This is the first color I went with when I started doing snowmen. I guess it is the most traditional as well. I like it because it looks good anywhere in your home and I can use any colors in the scarves and hats.

The little border around the wording is new. I love the polka dotted ribbon with this one.

This little guy is perfect for winter, but also Valentine's Day. I like the light blue with the two shades of pink. All those little hearts...too sweet!

Another giveaway announced...
Patty Boyd at Patty's Stitches is giving away a hand made apron and a hand embroidered tea towel. (I can't sew a lick, so her stuff is AMAZING to me!)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hot Pink

Well, in case you didn't guess, the stack of canvases are all snowmen. I'll share the tan and blue ones soon. Today I wanted to feature hot pink! I've never done hot pink snowmen before.

I love the deep fuschia, black, white, and silver together.

The colors work in any size, any design, and any wording. Remember that custom work and personalization is always available. Just email me if you would like something special.

All of these are currently available at Et Cetera. If you are not local, just email me and I am more than happy to ship. The prices are listed below and shipping is always included.

5x5 - $15.00
8x10 - $20.00
10x10 - $25.00
8x24 - $30.00

A little more inside info on the giveaway...
My Cookbook Life is giving away a "Snow Day Survival Kit". (I really want the Snowbird lunchbox:)
Creative Concepts is giving away a cupcake themed gift set. (The pictures she sent are too cute!)

Monday, December 28, 2009

What Could They Be?

I've got a big ol' stack of canvases heading out to Et Cetera tomorrow morning. I did my first painting after a little break and, man, did it feel good! It never gets old. So, what are they? I'll show you tomorrow!

Just a little teaser about the upcoming giveaways...
Reminisce Heirlooms is giving away a beautiful charm bracelet.
Et Cetera is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate.
Willowbird Woods is giving an 11x14 canvas gift certificate.
...more details on the way!


An M monogram for my sister-in-law. I got her a beautiful monogrammed cream and black flag, welcome mat, and this canvas designed to match.

An H monogram for my Granny Hobbs. I used my favorite print ribbon to coordinate with this navy blue, cream, and cranberry design.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

More Giveaway Info!!!

It's time to reveal a little more information about the New Year's Giveaway. I am beyond excited to announce the talented ladies that are participating and their giveaway dates. Mark you calendars, click on their links to do some "research", and get ready to comment! I'll be letting you in on exactly what they are giving away a little later.

Jan 1 - Kelly Roberts at Creative Concepts
Jan 2 - Patty Boyd at Patty's Stitches
Jan 3 - Tabetha Sullens at Reminisce Heirlooms
Jan. 4 - Susan Burks at Susan B Designs
Jan 5 - Karen Moore at Et Cetera
Jan 6 - Paula Wanamaker at My Cookbook Life
Jan 7 - Kandice Patrick at Diamonds and Dumptrucks
Jan 8 - Stephanie Doak at Willowbird Woods
Jan 9 - Julie LaForte at Tiaras and Tadpoles
Jan 10 - Brandie Mansfield at Dream Custom Artwork

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

Whew! Christmas is over. I decided to take a break from all of the putting away, sit down at the computer, and look at pictures from the past few days. This one is hands down my favorite. Mike snapped it of the kids yesterday morning at our house. Look at that pure joy on their faces. They are at the perfect ages for Christmas. They are old enough to understand what is going on, but young enough that there is still magic.
Even though we were certainly busy, this was one of the most peaceful Christmases. There were no major catastrophes, everyone was so happy, and my kids got along famously. Let's not even mention all that delicious food and special gifts.
Well, that's all the time I have for a "blog break"! I am going to go see what a few blog friends have been up to and then get back to organizing. I like having new stuff, but I have to find a home for it right away. Do you all do that, too?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Let Christmas Begin!

We celebrated our first Christmas Tuesday night at Steve and Carolyn's. This is always such a fun night. It feels like the kick-off for Christmas. The kids love getting to spend some time with their cousins, Gunner, Addie, and Prady, and we get to visit with Mike's sister, Michelle, and her husband, Jamon.

We ate really well and opened gifts. Carter got his favorite Christmas gift ever (as he puts it) from his Uncle Jamon. He made him PVC pipe goal posts. I'm not kidding - these things are huge! Jamon knows how much Carter loves to play football in the yard, often times by himself. He wrapped up a kicking tee and had the goal posts in the yard. He just told Carter that when he is an NFL kicker to remember his old Uncle Jamon!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

All I Want For Christmas... for my cat to come home. My kids have changed their lists for Santa. They are praying for his safe return. They burst into tears at random times. Our sweet Cinco went out to play last Tuesday like normal and we have not seen him since.

It hurts me to look at these pictures. I didn't realize how much I miss him, too. Where could he be? We'll keep looking and praying. We would appreciate it if you all would do the same.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Naughty or Nice?

Monti Hillis, assistant principal at WCHS, had this cute red tin sign that she wanted personalized for her office door. I couldn't work out the placement of the name and the quote to my liking, so I put one on top of the other. Love it! The Mrs. Hillis is in hunter green - I know it looks black in the photo. This one is just too cute, especially for the principal's office!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let It Snow!



Pam Shelton had this red bucket painted as a teacher gift. Such a cute idea!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Special Verse

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not on thine on understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths".
Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ten Days of Giveaways!

I told you all I had some new ideas! I want to get this one out there now so you all can be getting as excited about it as I am. I am lucky enough to live in a community that holds so many talented ladies. I am also lucky enough to call them my friends. I want all of you out there in the blog world to know and love them as well. I am "Ringing in the New Year Right" this year by featuring one of these ladies per day for the first ten days of 2010.
That's right! Ten days!
January 1 - 10 visit Dream Custom Artwork to peek into each of their lives and as an added bonus, comment to enter their giveaway. Ten awesome giveaways in ten days! I can't think of a better way to start 2010.
I will be letting you know who these talented mamas are along the way to whet your appetite! Feel free to grab my new little graphic and spread the word on your blog, too.
Good luck!


Remember those cute little wooden stocking I blogged about a while back? Well, they went to Leigh Prater. She chose these four names for the personalization. She had some adorable Kelly's Kids clothing already monogrammed with "L" - perfect! I was more than happy to work out a trade.
I'd never thought about doing this before, but they look great on the Christmas tree! I'll have to keep an eye out for more of them next year.
Two and a half days of school left - woo hoo!

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Few Family Canvases

It seems like I've posted everything but art in the past few days. I have been painting! A lot! I am so happy to have had so many holiday orders. I am also so happy to have them all finished and delivered in time to be wrapped, given, and enjoyed. Even though I have lots of ideas to try out and I always feel the desire to paint, I am looking forward to a little break.
The family established canvases have been very popular this season. I've done them in just about every color combination, but the original black with khaki is still the most requested. I am also mixing it up with the font choices. I love the cursive, but the original block is still the most requested. I guess it is hard to mess with the classic.

The Nester Tour of Homes

This week the Show Us Your life Series is doing something a little different. First of all, it is on Monday instead of Friday. That means that I had to get my photos ready earlier! Also, instead of linking up at Kelly's Korner, we are linking up at The Nester. I love that site. It is beautiful and chock full of great ideas. I can't wait to go "on tour" and see all of the homes.

I decorate with Snow Village Houses. My mother started this when we were little. When I got my own home, she gave me a few of hers to start my own collection. We have picked up some along the way as well. My husband likes the ballparks!

I love the Art institute of Chicago. I had to have that one!
I also like to decorate with photos from Christmases past. I smile every time I get out those pictures of my sweet little butterball babies on Santa's lap.

I even use old pictures in my stocking hangers. I reprinted pictures of Mike and I when we were children with Santa.

Who is that little cutie?

Finally, I display our nutcracker collection in the fireplace. I know that sounds funny, but they look really cute in there. Carter and Lauren each get a new one for Christmas. I may have to put an end to that tradition - we are running out of space!
Thanks for visiting and happy holidays!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Show Us Your Life - Christmas Cookies

My little pampered chef and I made Christmas cookies last week. She had been begging and we did need to take a dessert to the "Snacks With Santa" event at our church. I noticed that this was scheduled and kept the camera close. We made a mess but we had such a good time! Thank goodness for the Swiffer!

We started with just store bought sugar cookie dough. You won't find any fancy recipes on this one! Lauren wanted to skip all of those steps and straight to the cookie cutters. I was sick at the time and was easy to convince.

I laid out all of the decorating stuff, gave her a deep dish baking sheet, and let her have at it. Could that be why our cookies look like a sprinkle explosion? Like I said...we had fun.

My secret sister at church had gotten me this gingerbread man lollipop cookie kit. I figured while we had all of this stuff out we might as well...

They turned out really cute. The kit came with the clear bags, little tags, and some really cute decorating stuff.

I put the in this little bucket to take to "Snacks With Santa". They were the hit of the party. They were gone so fast that we didn't even get one.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Visions of Sugarplums

I love this phrase. I love thinking about my children lying there with visions of Christmas joy. I know they don't even know what sugarplums are (do I?), but I do remember being a kid and how excited I could get just thinking about Christmas morning.

I've got cookies on the brain since I am posting about Christmas cookies tomorrow in the Show Us Your Life Series. Gingerbread men are just the cutest - and they smell and taste pretty good, too.

Dots, Dots, and More Dots

Sweet Shelby Love ordered a canvas for her room at the Autumn Street Fair. I am just now getting it to her! When I say that Shelby ordered it, I mean Shelby (not her mom) ordered it. This little girl knows what she wants. She designed the whole thing, knew what needed to be which color, and even picked the font. Her mom says she is like that about everything. I can relate.
Thank you, Shelby! It turned out really cute!

The bottom two are for Andrea Freeze. She ordered them as Christmas gifts for her nieces. She sent me photos of their rooms and bedding. I think they will match well. What a cool aunt!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Boy's Bathroom

Another wonderful customer, Rachel Harvey of Athens, Georgia, ordered all of these sweet little 5x5's to compliment what she already has in her son's bathroom. You regular readers will remember her duck canvases. If not, click here!

This one is for the doorknob. How cute!
Thanks so much, Rachel and Weston!