Monday, March 31, 2014

Baby Vintage

I had an order in the etsy shop to do this moxee definition as a baby gift.  It was requested to use these shades of aqua and pink on a khaki background as seen in the shower invitation.  I thought it was a really pretty combination. 

In addition to those specific colors, it was requested to use vintage items, distressing, and something rustic to hang it with.  Whew!  I can do that!

I used the lace doilies in the corner to do some stenciling and then used the actual doily with some Modge Podge for the corners.  Then I added some super cute flower buttons and tiny pearls.  After some distressing with sandpaper, I used more Modge Podge to add a little strip of decorative paper.  Finally, it's all topped off with some burlap twine.

I think it turned out soooo pretty!  It will be so cute as a shower decoration and then in the nursery!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Preppy Whale

One of my sweet teacher friends, Sadie Newby, wanted to mark her daughter's birthday with a few of her favorite things on a canvas.  Miss Brooklyn will soon be a teenager!!  Sadie tells me that she is "obsessed" with chevron, turquoise, and whales.  Hmmm... what to do!

I suggested gray as an accent color.  It's a neutral and never goes out of style.  I used the Vineyard Vines whale as inspiration and to get that preppy look that I was going for.  In the end, it looked a little plain.  I added the tiny polka dots and voila!  It was perfect!

Thank you, Sadie, and happy 13th birthday, Brooklyn!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

St. Louis Trip 2014

It's become a family tradition for us to go to the NCAA basketball tournament over spring break.  My husband has always loved basketball and was a coach for a long time.  Now that my son is a player and loves the game, it just seemed like the thing to do.  We love to travel and see new parts of the country, so it is a perfect fit!
Lauren and I don't attend the games.  We provide taxi service and then go see the sights!  We frequented several of St. Louis' malls.  They've got great shopping and two brand new outlet malls in the Chesterfield area that were very nice.  We spent an afternoon at the American Girl Place and ate lunch in the Bistro.

There weren't any games on Saturday so we spent a family day at the Magic House.  It was the coolest hands on museum!  Lauren absolutely loved the "Solve the Mystery" area.

We also really liked the Construction Site and the huge government area complete with an Oval Office.  We had to make the kids leave!

Forest Park is amazing with tons of really neat (and free!) things to do.  Our favorite was the zoo.  It had a wide variety of animals and was very well maintained.

We had planned to visit the arch on our last day.  We could see it from our hotel window and drove all around it while going to and from the games.  It is breathtaking!  However, I got food poisoning on the last day and it got really cold and started snowing.  I hated to miss going up in that landmark, but what can you do?  It was a great trip while it lasted and I would definitely love to go back!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy First Day of Spring!

It's been a LONG winter here in Middle Tennessee.  Not that much in the way of snow, but lots of cold days and really cold nights.  I am so ready to thaw out!  

My Spring Break starts this afternoon and I could not be happier.  I am hoping for some sunshine and warmer temperatures!  I've started pulling out all of those pretty spring colored paint bottles.  Yay!

Bring on the lime green, aqua, pinks, pale blues, bright yellow, and oranges!

I've put away the snowman designs and moved onto flowers and bunnies, bugs and butterflies!

Some of my seasonal artwork is more just for Easter and some can be used for all of spring and on into summer.  

I love bunnies!

Just doing some stripes and polka dots in spring colors can be just the right thing!

Sometimes you need some dips and swirls!  

I am happy to paint whatever it is that helps you get some "spring fever"!  Shop now in the etsy shop and use the coupon code SPRINGSALE to get 20% off!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shelby...and Some Carrots!

One of my friends, Jacqueline Hitchcock, ordered this 11x14 chevron canvas as a gift.  She asked for the chevron pattern with yellow and gray to match the colors in the bedroom.

I did the chevron in yellow and white and chose this whimsical little font in gray.  The gray satin ribbon on top is the perfect finishing touch!  I love this sweet, simple design.  It would look great just about anywhere!

I have the two super cute 10x10 carrots available for immediate personalization and delivery.  I am in love with the aqua and orange color combination!  I think an big single letter monogram over the top would be amazing!  I can also do a family name, welcome, or any cute little spring saying.  The ones pictured have note been cleaned up or sealed.  They will also come with coordinated ribbon.  $25.00 each.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Show Us Your Life - Book Lists

I am so excited about Kelly's Show Us Your Life topic today...Reading Lists!  I LOVE to read and read almost every night before bedtime.  There's always a stack of books on my nightstand!  However, my husband got me a Kindle for my birthday so the actual stack is much smaller now.  
I like mysteries - you won't find any mushy love stories here!  One of my all time favorite mystery series is Sue Grafton's alphabet series.  They feature a female private detective back in the 80's when you had to solve crimes or find people without a computer.

After I read all of those and am impatiently waiting for next one, I found a similar series based on numbers by James Patterson.  These mysteries also feature a female detective but these are in modern day.  They have a great cast of supporting characters and are very suspenseful!

When I'm not reading mysteries, I like to laugh.  Tina Fey's (love her!) autobiography made me laugh out loud several times.

I guess this is the closest I'll get to a romance novel.  This is fiction loosely based on the relationship between George and Laura Bush.  It was fascinating to get a look behind the perfect facade and see that all people have secrets and problems.  Great read!

I've just discovered Dave Sedaris and I'm a little bit in love with him.  Like Tina Fey, he makes me laugh out loud like crazy!  His books are so smart and absurdly funny.  He takes ordinary circumstances or characters and makes them hilarious.  I can't wait to read more!
My #1 book of the past year was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  It absolutely sucked me in.  I can usually figure out who did it, but this one left me with my mouth hanging open.  I immediately went out and bought every book she's wrote.  They're all good, but this one is the best.  It's going to be a movie produced by Reese Witherspoon - so read it NOW!
I am going to go and check out all the other reading lists.  I need some new good reads and can't wait to see all of your favorites!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Can You Handle Another Princess Post?

It's not about Lauren - haha!  This princess post features some gorgeous sister artwork that shipped out all the way to Delisa in Long Beach, California.  I just love these two sweet pieces! 

 The purple dots were custom mixed to match the color of their walls.  Delisa requested the pink crown for Sophia and the yellow crown for Emilia.  How pretty are those names?  She also chose the special verses just for her girls.

I am so happy with how they turned out.  I can just picture them hanging in the room together or separately.  So sweet!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Princess For A Day...

Pageant day started with a butter biscuit and orange juice from Hardee's.  It was eaten in the car on the way to the beauty shop!  Breakfast of champions!

Getting the hair done is Lauren least favorite part of the pageant prep.  We have the best stylist in the world!  Miss Brooke makes it at least a little less painful.

We had some time to kill before the actual pageant so we came home and rested.  I did her nails myself.  A manicure seriously lasts about one day on that child!  We also practiced walking in those shoes.  Lauren's aunt, Emily, did her makeup backstage.  We are so lucky to have a pageant pro in the family!

Time to hit the stage!

Here she is in groups.  There were 16 in the pageant and Lauren was number 8.  

When she got called back in the top 10, she got to answer an on stage question.  Her question was about what she liked to do after school.  Lauren has recently started taking Spanish lessons on Wednesday afternoons.  The said that was her favorite thing because it is important to be able to communicate with people from other countries.  I'm so proud!

The crowning!

Look at that smile.  That is one excited little girl!

Posing for pictures...I love this picture because the photographer for newspaper in my mom!  She's so good at her job!

2014 Young Miss Snow Princess Court

Just the girls!  Carter was playing in a basketball tournament and Mike coaches.  They didn't get to make it home in time.

Lauren and her grandmothers.  The grandpas decided it was just too pretty of a day to spend it inside! 

Win or lose, I am so proud of her just for having the confidence to get up there on that stage.  Of course, I think she's beautiful.  She's also smart, sweet, and funny.  I know this is just going to be one of her many accomplishments.  I am just happy to be along for the ride.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ladybugs and Summer

I'm staring to paint lots of spring and summer items and ladybugs are soooo cute!  I can't believe I am just now getting around to painting them!  A good friend in Florida, Laura Grooms, ordered this lady bug canvas for a family member.  This family member lives in another state so I shipped it right to her.  These canvases make great gifts for those who are far away.

That is gray on gray chevron in background - which turned out really pretty.  There's lots of shading on the ladybug and the spots.  How cute would one of these be for a teacher?

I did a smaller version to sell and it was snapped up really quick.  This one is for a little girl's room and has her initial.  I found the amazing red strip burlap ribbon at Michael's.  It made the perfect topper!

In other spring/summer news, I'm so happy to announce that I've been accepted as a vendor at Sweet Ila Mae's Barn Sale.  I did this last and had a great time.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend this amazing event!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Puppy Love

This 12x12 paw print canvas was an etsy order that's already shipped out to it's new home.  I thought the choice of wording was interesting so I asked about it.  The customer, Allison, gave me this reply, "I have 2 dogs, and both are rescues, so they have their issues. One is 9 and has been mine for 8 years.  There's a lot of reason to believe that she was abused before she was rescued. We've worked on lots and lots in the past 8 years, and she is much better at meeting people well and staying calm, but she still has some triggers.  The other is 7 months old and is new to the family. He was raised in a shelter, so he has almost no manners (YET!).   But he is a fast learner, as long as he doesn't get too excited.  Unfortunately, a lot of folks approach dogs poorly.  They want to pet immediately, which can scare dogs who are afraid of strangers.  They want to talk to dogs in high pitched voices that induce frenzied excitement, a state which it is next to impossible to get a puppy out of.  I am committed to my dogs' success, which means I have to train the people with whom they interact just as much as I have to train them.  Basic rules for meeting a dog are just what is on the sign- "No touch, No talk, No eye contact."  Ignore the dog completely.  This gives the dog the space that they need to ease into getting to know you.  If you approach my 9 year old and obey these rules, she will be sitting by your side politely seeking affection within a minute.  If you talk to her or try to pet her, she gets scared and barks or growls.  I am also a pastor who lives in a manse that is owned by my church, and my house is right next door to the church, so I get a lot of guests.  My plan is to hang the sign by my back door (which we use more than the front), so they know the rules before they ever come in.  Then there is a treat jar right as you walk in.  Guests can take a treat and, once the dogs are politely greeting them, they can politely greet the dogs back and share the treat.  That keeps the dogs calm and helps them learn that new people are a good, fun experience rather than a stressful, unpredictable one".
Wow!  That is a dedicated dog owner!  Thank you so much for sharing, Allison!

Our beloved dog of 14 years, Riley, passed away a couple of years ago.  Riley was a rescue dog as well.  Being a border collie, he was super smart and just the best pet ever.  I miss him every day.  Lauren and I "borrowed" my parent's dog, Ellie, for the day.  We took her for a hike to Stone Door.  Sunday was just too pretty to stay inside!

Ellie was a stray that my parents adopted.  There's just something about those rescued dogs that make them the sweetest!