Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Signs of Spring...

A sure sign of Spring at our house is baseball season!  It started for Carter this past Monday night in exciting fashion.  His team won by one run in extra innings - good news.  Carter collided with another player and has a banged up knee and a split chin.  The other player broke his shin and had to have some stitches in his cheek -bad news.
I love this quote ordered by Tiffany Judkins as a gift for a special coach.  It really could be changed in the background for any sport.  Sometime we forget just how important good coaches are!

Easter was really late this year.  It ended up being a gorgeous day.  We did our Easter lunch and egg hunt at my parents' house.  This is my favorite picture of the kids from that day!  They are sort of outgrowing Easter hunts and bunnies, but it was still nice just to spend some time together.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Teacher Inspiration

Isn't this how we feel at the beginning of the year?  We just meet these kids and here we are entrusted with their learning and safety every day.  By the end of the year, they really are like our own.  I often feel like a mother hen and am very protective of my little chicks!

It's getting to be that time of the year again...TCAP and then all those end of the year activities.  It is crazy busy for us all!  I won't be taking very many orders in May for that reason.  June is wide open - haha!  I am running the Teacher Love Sale through the month of April.  Now is the time to order your end of the year teacher gifts or just something for for own classroom.   

Any 4x12 or 6x9 canvas for a teacher is just $12.00!  

Here's some of my past favorites to get your creative juices flowing...

For a coach's office in school colors.  This design works well for male teachers!

A whole mess of 5x5's for an entire hallway...

Cute class rules in primary colors...

16x20 gumball machine for the reading corner...

Love the dotted apple and worm on a black background...

Vera Bradley inspired 11x14...

The classic red apple with the child's name, grade, and year on the side...

Beautiful wise owl in neutral shades...

Glitter chevron (need I say more?)...

Bright colored dots for a set of teachers across the hall from each other...

Two 11x14's for the principal's office...

Beachy dots with some bling for the speech teacher...

Neutral paisleys with a hint of aqua...

Bright paisleys with black accents...

Hot pink chevron with a fancy frame...

Tropical dots...

Vintage dots...

Love all of these rainbow dots on the black background and the name in white...


Dots, dashes, and bling...

Pretty pastel owl...

Ladybugs and bumble bees...

5x5 bright dots with black accents...

Pretty pink and green leaves...

If that doesn't give you some good ideas, I don't know what will!  Remember to order by April 30th to take advantage of this great deal.  Go your teacher some love!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Isabella - Part 2

I did a really sweet baby nursery canvas for little Isabella a while back.  You can see the first painting along with her bedding by clicking here.  Mom liked it so much that she decided to order a second one with her first and middle name on it.

Last time I did the turtle.  This time I chose this cute little frog and put him in the opposite corner.  I also chose some of the same flowers but also some different ones.  I wanted the two pieces to coordinate but not match - if that makes sense!

Here's a close up of the pretty flowers.  I did the dashes on the inside instead of the outside this time.  That's a little detail that maybe no one would notice.  To me, it's the little things!!

Thanks again, Brittney, and congratulations!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Anchors and Apples

I've done this little saying (one of my favorites!) several times.  I always do it with flowers in the background and it has definitely been for girls.  You can see one of those here.  I was really excited to get the opportunity to paint this for a boy.  It was requested to use blues and reds and nautical items.  I chose the boat, anchor, and life preserver.  So cute!

Don't forget about the awesome teacher sale that's currently going on now through the month of April!  It's a great time to order those end of the year teacher gifts!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kasen Wayne

I got this etsy order recently and as soon as I was reading the customer's description, the finished image just popped into my head.  I love it when that happens!  I love, love, love this color combination with the gray chevron in background with the navy trim.

This one turned out soooo pretty! I did the name in a darker shade of gray. the dash trim is in khaki to tie in the requested burlap hanger. Baby boy nursery perfection!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We Love Our Teachers Sale!!!

Some lovely teachers over at West Elementary ordered a canvas for a student teacher who is just finishing up at their school.  What a nice idea!

They requested an antique barn wood look with the layered frames, a chalkboard center, and an apple and daisies.  They also asked for an owl.  I couldn't get all of that on one 11x14 so I had to leave out the owl.

I love the rustic look and think it will be so cute in any classroom!

I'm running a special this month on teacher canvases.  I shared the news last night on my facebook page and have already had an overwhelming response!  Thank you!!!  I finished my first Teacher Love Sale order for Krista Smith.  She wanted chevron and an owl in blues, pinks, and purples.  I love it!

Here's the details...any design in a 6x9 or 4x12 for just $12.00!  Order anytime during the month of April.  Now that's a good deal!

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!!