Sunday, March 9, 2014
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!
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.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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
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!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Yay! The "Show Us Your Life" series from Kelly's Korner is back and featuring one of my favorite topics - vacation spots today! I am so jazzed because we are a family who loves to travel. We like to go lots of different places, see the world, and rarely visit the same place twice. We have been to Disney...once. While we enjoyed that experience, there's so much other stuff out there to see and do!
Here we are in Arizona. My husband and I spent a few days extra after a conference in Phoenix. That is a part of the country that we rarely get to see. It was absolutely gorgeous. We visited the local Native American art museum, went to a Suns game, and took a desert adventure in this amazing ATV. We also used the city transportation and rode from one end of town to the other. It was cheap and easy. We also loved visiting the ASU campus area for lots of cool shops and places to eat.
Four our ten year anniversary we took a European cruise with Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Our ship left port in Barcelona, travel through the south of France (pictured), and went all the way down to the tip of Italy. We took shore excursions into France, Monaco, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Naples, and Sicily. I highly recommend this as a safe way to travel in Europe and to see lots of sights in one trip.
For my 30th birthday, my husband told me he was taking me shopping. He didn't tell me that he was taking me to the biggest mall in the United States! We did a long weekend to the Mall of America in Minnesota! There are lots of cheap flights and the mall is very close to the airport and tons of hotels. There's so much more than shopping in this mall - including a theme park! We had a ball!
I attended a Science Conference in New Orleans just last year. We'd never been to Louisiana and were amazed at how different the climate is in that area. We stayed right down in the French Quarter and ate biegnettes every night! I don't recommend this trip for kids - save this one for just you and your spouse!
We do go to the Gulf Shores area just about every year at fall break for a little beach time. We love the Perdido Key area because it is not commercialized at all. It's very quiet and laid back. We get a house in the Purple Parrot village. pack very little, and just chill for the week. Heaven! The kids love boogie boarding and the beaches and pools are perfect in October.
Probably our favorite vacation to date is the Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico. We jumped on a last minute deal through expedia and took a chance on a totally new place. We were apprehensive to say the least, but it ended up being fabulous.
The chairs in the pool were my absolute favorite thing. The all inclusive option made this a truly worry free vacation. Everything we wanted to do was truly included - even food! We are already thinking about taking a trip back!
I'm already planning a trip this summer to Washington D.C. The kids will be 9 and 13, which I think are perfect ages to appreciate all of the history. I hope some you share your tips on that vacation!
Now, get out there and see the world. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
One of my very best customers, Brittney Watts, is expecting a baby girl. She's got this adoarble pink jungle bedding set picked out for the nursery. She wanted a canvas with the baby's name, Isabella, painted to coordinate. Isn't this bedding soooo cute?
I took the soft pinks for the background with the name in a dark pink. There's a little white double border.
I also chose the turtle and a bright purple flower for one corner and a cluster of flowers in the other. It is all topped off with a big purple satin bow. Perfect!
Congratulations, Watts family!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I'm all about some glitter! I've been experimenting with glitter transfer and am very pleased with the results. My husband is less that thrilled with glitter all over the house. It's the price you pay for some pretty artwork - haha!! This 8x10 with the glitter heart is so sweet. I think it would be great in a little girl's room. It is topped with my new burlap polka dot ribbon.
Available - 8x10 - $20.00
This sweet little 5xt is in my studio right now and I'm really liking it in there! The "happy" is in glitter. I also found the coolest thing at Michael's - glitter burlap ribbon! Seriously!
Available - $15.00
This beautiful weather has gotten me to looking forward to summer...and buying new flip flops!! I did this 8x8 block canvas is pretty aquas and khaki. The "flip flops" is in glitter. It's nice and thick with the dots wrapped around the side. This one hangs or stands on it's own - no ribbon needed!
Available - $20.00
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
One of my very best customers, Brittney Watts, ordered this really pretty teacher canvas for her classroom. She sent me three swatches of chevron fabric in gray, hot pink, and a dark aqua to use as inspiration.
I combined all three colors into one chevron pattern. The dark aqua strip has been glittered for a little extra sparkle! I really do like how it turned out and so did Mrs. Watts!
As the end of the school year approaches, keep your teachers in mind! I have two 11x14's ready for immediate personalization and delivery. They are both $30.00. The top one featured three shades of aqua with the darkest strip being glittered. It has black ribbon and a black dotted border.
This one has a khaki background with black chevron and black ribbon. The circle frame in the center has a double dotted border. This is one of my favorites and would look great with just a monogram in the center.
In other summer news, I've chosen two topics for my summer painting classes in June. I don't have July planned and am taking suggestions! Just click here to get a sneak peek!!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Turning nine is a big deal! It's your last year in the single digits - haha! We starting all the festivities by making our own cupcakes to take to school and to have at our family party. Making them instead of buying them was Lauren's idea. Basically, I cook and she decorates! Thank goodness we had some snow days (as you can tell from the hair and pajamas!) and I had time to get it all done!
On Valentine's night, we had a family dinner at our house. We did order the cake! This cutie came from The Sweet Shop in Smithville. Shelli Williams is so easy to work with and her cakes taste just as good as they look. This thing was delicious! The name candles came from Party City.
Here she is blowing out the candles with her cousin, Elliot, and her Gen.
Love those smiles!
Our picture with the birthday girl!
Her gift was the new American Girl doll, Isabelle. She really wanted Isabelle because their hair and eye color are the same and they both love dance and fashion. They're like twins!! I wrapped up a different shaped box and she had to find the doll in a house scavenger hunt.
Lauren chose a Woodland Forest theme for her party. She always picks these random things that I really have hunt for to make a theme! I bought this woodland animal confetti at this etsy shop. I mixed it with some "Lauren" confetti from Party City. It was really cute sprinkled around!
These larger paper woodland animals came from this etsy shop. I just placed them here and there among the decorations. I liked them in the cupcake stand!
The party banner on the mantle came from this etsy shop. I love the wood patterned paper!
We also has bunches of brightly colored balloons all around. What's a party without balloons? All of these balloons came from Party City.
On Saturday, we loaded up her three best girlfriends and took them to Opry Mills Mall. They did up Build-A-Bear, Claire's, Justice...all those great little girl places!
Lauren's cousin, Prady, joined the crew at Dave and Buster's for lunch and games. Here they are devouring a gigantic sundae!
The girls! What a wonderful birthday memory!