Sunday, December 29, 2013

Teacher Gifts


There were lots and lots of wonderful teacher gifts ordered over the holiday season.  I've already shared several of them, but here's the ones that I was saving until I was sure that they had been given!  Isn't this Pooh quote just the sweetest thing?  It was requested to use lots of bright colors.  I love how it turned out and that ribbon was just perfect.


Susan Grandey ordered this 11x14 teacher canvas as a gift for her daughter.  She told me that she had owls in yellows, oranges, and browns in her classroom.  I did the rest!


I think the owl is one of my favorites!  He's just got a lot of personality in his face.


Amy Reed wanted an apple to give to her son's teachers.  I did the apple a little differently by making it a glitter apple.  It's hard to see in the photo, but it really sparkles!


Amy also asked for the name, grade, and year down the side.  I think this always makes a nice touch on a teacher gift!








Friday, December 27, 2013

63 Christmas Ornaments


Oh, yes...that really is how many Christmas ornaments I've painted in the past month or so.  I've enjoyed each and every one.  Thank you so much for all of the orders.  It was an absolute pleasure painting something special for your family.  Happy Holidays!
 











Monday, December 23, 2013

Family Rules


This is for Monica who ordered this really pretty 12x36 for her daughter for Christmas.  For whatever reason, this package is moving slower than all of the others.  I'm hoping that it makes it to her on time!


If you can picture it, this will be hanging on a coral/orange wall.  I think the brown background will really pop.  I love how it turned out!


We've had one family Christmas.  My mother-in-law had her dinner and gift exchange on Saturday night.  I'm not a camera person.  I have a small, simple camera and I usually forget to get it out during big events!  This is honestly the best picture I took the whole night - haha!


In other news, my table is empty!  It rarely looks like this.  I'm enjoying a little time away from the painting table to enjoy the holidays with my family.  I'm also hoping to find time to paint some things that have been bouncing around in my head for a while.  

I'll be back to taking orders on January 2, 2014!



Friday, December 20, 2013

Show us Your Life - Favorite Holiday Traditions


I'm happy today to be linking up with Kelly's Korner to show our holiday traditions.  While we do have some of the same things that we do year after year, I am always looking for new things for us to try!  This year, I took my daughter to the Nashville Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  I've wanted to take her for a while, but I knew it was pretty long.  She's eight this year and also takes ballet classes.  It was the perfect age!  She recognized many of the dance steps and sat through the whole thing amazed.
It is sort of expensive so I don't know if we'll be able to do it every year.  I can see this being added to our list of holiday traditions though!


This is a picture of the kids and their great-grandmother last Christmas.  It is our one set-in-stone holiday tradition to spend Christmas Eve night at her house.  I have thirteen cousins on that side of the family, so it is a packed house!  We just eat a huge meal, visit, and exchange gifts.  Because there are so many, we draw names.  The kids run around and play with their new toys.  By the time we get home that night, it is no trouble getting them in bed.

My grandmother had complications with a gall bladder removal surgery on December 10.  She's 88 years old.  She's known for her sass and toughness.  She still works, drives, and is very independent.  Right now, she is very frail and weak.  Having her family together on Christmas Eve means the world to her.  Please say a little prayer for all of us that our holiday tradition continues this year.  Thank you.

Happy holidays to you all!  I hope it is the best ever!






Sunday, December 15, 2013

Girly Girls!


Oooohhh...I love all the pastels!  I especially love them this time of the year when I'm fall colored out and about to overdose on red and green!  It's always nice to expand my color palette just a wee bit.  This sweet 10x10 princess verse for Cassi shipped out a little while back.


This one of my absolute favorite quotes for the baby nursery.  However, it would be really special for any child.  I think it would be perfect for adoptive parents as well.  This is a really pretty color combination of hot pink, lime, gray, and navy.


Here's the same quote with hearts instead of dots.  Wouldn't this be cute with stars and in blues and yellows, too?  This 11x14 also features a purple, lavender, and pink color combination.


Here's two more of the princess canvases for a set of sisters, Maddie and Marley.  So sweet!






Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nothin' But Love


These 11x14 song lyric canvases have become very popular.  I can see why - aren't they just the sweetest things?


They are perfect hanging with a collage of wedding photos.  They are also great for the husband (or wife's!) office.  They can also be done in any color combination.


I can do other songs - the lyrics just can't be too long.  I also love painting special Bible verses.  This one has always been one of my personal favorites.  It turned out beautifully for this couple's anniversary.




Monday, December 9, 2013

The Sparkmans


I do snowmen families a lot this time of the year.  This design is a little different from the one that I normally do.  I love it on the round canvas!


Also, all of the snowmen are in shades of gray.  This was done on purpose to match a snowman figurine that Katherine Sparkman already had.  She wanted me to use that as inspiration for her family's piece.
I know it is hard to tell, but there is a coating of teal glitter in the sky.  The whole thing really just sparkles!  Perfect for winter!





Friday, December 6, 2013

Show Us Your Life - Favorite Holiday Recipes


I make this grape salad for our holiday get togethers and always end up having to make another dish for myself. It is so good! It is also really easy. Here is the recipe:

2lb. seedless white grapes
2 lb. seedless red grapes
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and sour cream in mixer until creamy. Stir gently into washed grapes. Top with brown sugar and pecans. Serve immediately or chill.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Families


I've been doing lots of really pretty family canvases lately.  I used to do the last name in print all of the time.  Now I just love it in cursive!  It's funny how your taste changes over time.   Francesca Hale ordered this one as a wedding gift and wanted the colors of purple and silver.  I was worried it wouldn't show up on the black, but it looks great!


This one was ordered a while back and I've been saving it to share with these others in one big post.  The gray and aqua color combination is one of my all time favorites and they just pop on the white background.
Below if the black, khaki, and white color scheme that is just like the original that I did several years ago.  I guess it never goes out of style!  Joy Tubb ordered this one for her son who is getting married next year.


Here's a picture of my family from our Christmas card session last month.  Every time I look at it I am amazed by how much my children have grown.  I know I say that every year, but it is one hundred percent true!  
We've had a recent tragedy in our hometown and four teenagers lost their lives in a car wreck.  My heart goes out to their mothers and fathers.  Every parent should have the privilege and honor of seeing their children grow.  Instead of being sad when I see my babies not look so much like babies, I will just be happy, content, and ever thankful.










Sunday, December 1, 2013

Beautiful Bathrooms!


Everybody has one...that toilet that you have to jiggle the handle or hold it down just a bit longer than normal!


Everyone also needs a little reminder every  now and then...wash, brush, scrub, and flush!


Even princesses!


Just a quick reminder about holiday orders - they all need to be in by December 5th to guarantee Christmas delivery!  Email me your details to brandie_bc1@yahoo.com as soon as possible.  I look forward to painting for you!