Thursday, August 23, 2007

Frames for Sale!

Finally this batch of frames is finished! I know it doesn't seem like much, but each frame just take lots of steps. And the final step is nailing the nails and adding the feet, both which I have my husband do because hammering bothers the carpal tunnel I have. And sometimes that last step takes a while to get done....ahem, if you know what I mean....umm, I guess I probably shouldn't say much more about that if I still want a helper next time, right?

But anyway, please leave me a comment with your email address if you'd like one! I can take Paypal or check by mail. Shipping is $9 for priority mail.

In a few days, I'll put those that haven't sold up on Etsy.

SOLD $38- 4 x 6" photo size- "learn"

$43- 4 x 4" photo size- "adore"

SOLD $30- 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" photo size- "afternoon"

SOLD $33- 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" photo size- "sweet"

$43- 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" photo size- "play, smile, sing"

SOLD $38- 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" photo size- "goodness, sweetness"

$35- 4 x 6" photo size- "heart, soul"

SOLD $38- 4 x 6" photo size- "just because"

SOLD $30- 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" photo size- "fly"

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Riley's at the age now (almost 2) where he is beginning to relish new experiences. Things that I wouldn't think twice about fascinate him, and it's so fun to be able to look at the world through those kind of eyes! For example, climbing on a tractor and playing in a cardboard box "house" both elicited great excitement recently.

Our favorite expression of his these days is "Wow-ee!", which we hear quite frequently during these new adventures. "Oh yeah!" is a close second, and just as endearing. It's a gift to be able to see this wonder, and to be the ones who show him these new experiences.

I'm very pleased with the way these pages came out. I followed the color cues from the photos, and I love the pallette as a result. It also helps that I had such a cute subject to inspire me!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Back From Vacation- What We Did and What I Bought!

Well, I'm back from a small family vacation. My sister's family, my parents, my aunt, and we all met at a condo by a lake in Virginia for a week. It wasn't anything exciting or dramatic, but it was just a nice week to be together and relax, and sometimes that's just what you need! So here are some photos of things we did, or rather, some things the kids did, since that's who all the photos are of!

played in a hammock:
drove a boat:

took naps on a boat:

climbed on a tractor:

"played" miniature golf:

And, of course, played at the beach and in the lake:
Then, in addition to making sure the kids had fun, Mommy had some fun, too. I was able to hit a couple antique shops, and found some wonderful things!

a cute lamb planter- perfect for holding my glue sticks:

an old doll stove:

a stash of wonderful books (details following):

this one has a little boy that looks like I expect Noah to look one day:
this one could be very well be my most favorite possession right now- adorable "pop-up" book with unbelievably cute illustrations:

another spread from that book:

and my favorite page from the same book:

a vintage cloth book (I'm a sucker for cloth books!):

cute "double" book with adorable little animal illustrations:

and an old baby book complete with old cards, etc. (well, this one actually came in the mail from Ebay while I was gone, but that counts!):

So, that's it. A pretty productive trip, I'd say! And now, it's back to the daily grind. I've got several projects in mind. We'll see when I have time to get to them. As I mentioned last post, I've got a new batch of photoframes to sell. I'll post those within the next few days. And maybe, I'll be able to squeeze in another piece of art to sell soon.

Oh, I wanted to send out a big thank you to Tricia and Judy, who have nominated me for the Rockin' Girl Blogger and Inspirational Blogger awards, respectively. This means a ton coming from these women, since both of them are incredibly inspirational and rockin' themselves! Check them out if you haven't yet! Thanks, ladies- you're the sweetest!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sweet Slide Show!

This slide show makes us tear up every time we see it. The music is so hauntingly beautiful, combined with the photos of the kids....sniff!

I'm going to be gone for about a week, but when I get back I'll have photoframes for sale! Have a great week, everyone!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Six Months Old!

Well, it's hard to believe, but Noah was six months old yesterday! How did that happen? I swear I was just pregnant yesterday! On Riley's six month "birthday", I did a spread for him with a poem about a mother and her eldest child. Here is that spread:

So I thought I would follow suit and do something similar for Noah. Hmmm, easier said than done. Apparently nobody out there has written a poem about a second child! I searched on the internet forever, and couldn't find anything suitable. So, change of plans. Since I couldn't find a poem, I decided to just write a little bit about him instead.

He's becoming such a happy little boy who does a wonderful job of keeping himself busy, which is certainly a gift when I've got a 21 month old running around, demanding my attention. So I wrote this on his pages, to remind myself of what his personality was like at this stage.

The pages came about a little differently than they usually do for me. I can't remember the last time I didn't partially paint over a patterned paper to mask it somewhat. But on these pages, I didn't feel the need to cover the pattern on the right-hand page -- maybe since it's such a subtle, vintage-y feeling pattern. It bothers me a touch to have the mass-produced paper so visible, but oh well, I guess I just need to trust what the artwork tells me, and don't mess with it if I don't need to.

Happy 6 months, little Noah!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Just a quick post to show you the next piece I've done in my "me" journal. This one doesn't necessarily have a story behind it, other than lately, I've had the urge to do some painting. Every so often, I get this urge, and self-portraits have always been a favorite of mine. Mostly because they don't require any thought- just set up a mirror and you're ready to go!

I tend to like the crop of just my eyes and nose the best, as those are the features that I think I've captured most accurately. I know that a lot of people have difficulties with eyes, but for me, that's the one feature that I'm able to capture every time. The mouth is a different story- and the hair- those two things stump me every single time!
It's been fun hearing from those of you who share some of my bizarre traits (from the last post). I have a feeling that maybe a lot of us artists are probably more similar than we realize, personality-wise. Especially regarding the shyness. Isn't it interesting that a lot of us are shy, yet we choose to be so "assertive" with our artwork?