Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas from Our Family to You!

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Thank you to everyone who has ordered this Christmas and throughout the year. I'm honored to be a part of your homes and holidays. I've been painting, but I'm grateful to say I've been spending most of my time with those two hooligans. And there's  nothing I'd rather be doing. :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Check This Out

I have been busying painting up a storm! Some of the orders I haven't even taken the time to photograph- shame on me. It may be a while before I can post here, but I promise I've been painting! In the meantime, please head over to my personal blog, Woven and Spun, and check out something that is near to my heart. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Christmas Orders

Halloween has yet to arrive, but it's already time for me to start thinking about Christmas orders. If you are thinking about ordering gifts, please let me know by November 15, sooner if you can. If you have early Christmas celebrations which will require an earlier delivery date, please let me know as soon as possible.

Orders for Christmas ornaments (link to pictures in the sidebar) need to be in by December 1, as they do not take as much time to create.

I will be placing an order with my canvas supplier this Friday. If you already know what you'd like, even if only the size (we can figure out design details later), please let me know before then so I can add it to my bulk order.

Thank you!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Modern Day Knights

My husband's cousin asked me to paint a canvas for his sons. The words are based on ideas in the book, Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis. From what I understand, it's a must-read for fathers of sons. His idea was that we would create this canvas, and he and his wife would hang it where their two sons would read it everyday (after they're actually old enough to read!). Another benefit is that their daughter will also eventually read it as well and know what she should be looking for in a man (other than what she's seen in her father, of course). I love this idea and feel honored that they asked me to do it!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Laugh Out Loud

Remember the adorable boutique I told you about? Well the mama behind those adorable tees asked me to paint something for her kids' playroom. I was so excited to return the creative favor for her! She gave me very few instructions. She knew the phrase she wanted and that she wanted lots of color. No problem!

 I think this is such a perfect phrase for a playroom! There is little better than the sounds of our kids laughing out loud!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mighty to Save

My dear blog (and phone) friend, Mandi, has been through some very rough things over the last few months. I'm thankful I have been able to walk through them with her. Sometimes you just need to hear that someone else "gets it." She asked me to paint this canvas for her youngest son, little D.

His nursery is absolutely adorable. She has done it in antique toys with a gorgeous color scheme of light blue, wagon red, and buttery yellows. I LOVE it.  Just look at this crib!

Beautiful job, Mandi! Thanks for letting me be a part of his story!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Trust in the Lord

After the wonderful customer who ordered the last two paintings I've shown you got her ideas to me for the kids, she added another order for herself. And I'm so glad she did! This verse is special to my family, and I love that it's special to her too.

She said she needs to read this verse everyday, and I do too. Thank you, K, for letting me part of your home!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This is the Day

This is the day
(this is the day)
That the Lord has made
(that the Lord has made).
I will rejoice
(I will rejoice)
And be glad in it
(And be glad in it).
- and repeat that a thousand times-

Did y'all sing that song growing up? I did and could NOT get it out of my head while I was painting this! The scripture canvas I showed you yesterday was for two sisters, and this is for their brother.

Here is his shower curtain:

I love when customers tell me why they chose the scriptures they did for their kids' spaces. It is such an inspiration to me as a mom. Thanks, K. Hope you love it!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Great Reminder

I received this order (along with two others- pics coming soon) from a woman in Indiana. I'm still amazed that I get orders from all over the place! She chose a 16x20" canvas for her daughters' bathroom. I love the verse she chose for it- what a great reminder for young girls to see everyday as they look in the mirror. We not-as-young-girls need this reminder too, huh?

We chose the colors and pattern to go with her girls' shower curtain. Hope you love it, K!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jesus Loves Me

My sweet friend, Michelle, just had a precious baby boy. Here's his super-cute bedding! I wish you could see his whole nursery. She is one creative mama!
I loved that she picked this classic song for his canvas. Sometimes I sing this song with my kids and don't really think about the lyrics. Painting them on his canvas made me pay attention. As hard as it is to grasp at times, Jesus loves me. Crazy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ollie B Boutique

I have to take a moment here to plug my friend's new business. She's a mama like me, creating in her home, and I LOVE what she's doing. I think you will too. Here are the shirts she made for my boys:

This is my Sweet Pea. He designed his own shirt for the first day of Kindergarten this year. (*sniff*)
He wears it all the time! Do you love his fake smile? We were on picture #387 on the first morning of school.

And here's my little Pumpkin in his tie shirt on his first day of preschool this year.
I LOVE this design from Piper. She's so creative.
That initial on the back is her trademark.

Go check out Ollie B Boutique for your kids or for gifts! You won't be disappointed.

Sweet Lily

This canvas is for a very special baby girl whose family is cherishing every moment they have with her as she has been diagnosed with Zellwegger's Syndrome. When they arrived home from Arkansas Children's Hospital with her on her one-month birthday, I wanted to have a special gift for baby Lily and her sweet parents.

Her nursery has a full-size bed in it as well, and look at the gorgeous bedding they chose as inspiration for the whole nursery!

Her walls are the color of this pillow! Isn't it beautiful for a nursery? I'm so glad I got to be a little part of her life, even if only in the decorations. :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quick Project

Last Saturday, I got to spend some girl time with a dear friend, Savannah. We shopped and ate and talked... and painted! One of our projects was a quick birthday gift for one of her friends. We didn't have a ton of time, but I sat at her kitchen island with paints, brushes, a canvas board, and hairdryer to get the job done quickly. We bought a thin canvas board (8"x10") and a half-off frame from Hobby Lobby to give a bit more presence. I think it turned out great!

Sorry about the picture quality. I wasn't prepared for a photo opp, so I only had my phone!
If you're interested in ordering a frame-able canvas board, let me know. They're quick and very affordable!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Train Table Redo

This project was a compromise between my oldest son and me. We bought our oldest a Thomas the Tank Engine train table when our youngest son came home. He was obsessed with all things Thomas. It was a splurge but has been worth every cent. He has played on that thing for hours and hours. Lately, he's not into trains as much and has used it a bit for racing cars but really not much at all. I was planning on selling it in a garage sale (and using that space in his room for a small air hockey table that was handed down to us- fun!). He liked the air hockey table idea, but when it came down to it, he couldn't bear the thought of parting with his train table. I asked him if he'd like to keep it, and that I'd paint it so it would be more for race cars as he gets older. He loved that idea. So I got to work.

His table used to look like this. Cute for a preschooler, although not my favorite decor! :)
I started by using some Liquid Sander followed by a light sanding by hand where needed. Then I used a gray primer on the whole thing. If you've never used a tinted primer, try it! When your final color is dark or bright, a tinted primer gives you much better coverage.

After the whole thing was gray, I painted it blue. The exact color is Lupine from Sherwin-Williams. It's one of my favorite blues for the boys' rooms. It also goes really well with the blues in Pottery Barn Kids quilts.

Yes, that is an old shower curtain as a drop cloth. I just set up in our extra bedroom, which is my painting room. If I can paint canvases in there, why not furniture? By the way, I switched out that khaki shower curtain for a white one in our master bath, and it made a huge difference. Should've done it forever ago. Wait... how did I get here? We're talking about a table. I took out the removable panels that had a scene on them. Based on some inspiration from flickr photos, I decided to paint them with chalkboard paint.

I finished the table while the boys were spending the day with my mom, and I couldn't wait for him to see! I wanted to give him an example of what he could do with the chalkboard, so I left him a little surprise for when he got home. He LOVED it!

He's made all kinds of designs, erased, and started over many times! At this moment, you can barely see the black for all the chalk (thanks to his little brother). This was such a fun project and will last him a long time. The best part is that it's even more usable than it was before, AND it was free! I had all of the supplies here already, and it was a relatively short project as well.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bella Marie

This sweet girl's mama has been my friend since junior high. When I heard they this couple was adopting, I couldn't wait to hear about their story. I'm so grateful to have been a part of Bella's story, even if only in a small way. Bella's aunt Carrie, my new friend, ordered this canvas for her sweet niece.


Here is sweet Bella in her new nursery!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Welcome, Preston!

Remember the "Welcome, Rebekah!" sign? Well, little Rebekah has a new baby cousin, Preston! Their grandmother ordered a canvas for each to hang on their hospital door and later on her front door at home. Since we used a zebra print for Rebekah, we went with a giraffe print for Preston. I love how it turned out!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Preston Robert

I'm sorry for the poor picture quality here. I couldn't get the lighting right, and I was in a hurry to get it delivered the day of the baby shower! Nothing like last minute, right? I matched this to custom bedding. The colors were gorgeous, and I couldn't wait to get my paints out!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

for Mackenzie

This canvas was for a baby shower gift. The mom had designed a very classic nursery. We kept with her theme of navy, white, and khaki, then added a tiny bit of pale pink for good measure. :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm Still Alive... and Painting

I promise I did not fall off the face of the earth! I've been so busy with my little boys, painting, and trying to sell our house (a horrible idea with two small kids, by the way), that I just haven't posted. Here's a 16"x20" canvas I painted for a new grandmother. First, she hung it on her front door...

Then she surprised her daughter by taking it to the hospital to welcome sweet Rebekah into the world!
(That's proud grandpa!)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Baby Boutique

I painted this canvas for my local pregnancy help center where I volunteer. We have a baby boutique full of baby items that our clients can buy with the "money" they earn by taking classes in parenting, finances, Bible study, etc. It's a wonderful thing, and I'm so proud of to be a part of it.

I was inspired by a painting at Posh Tots for this design.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Another Twist on a Favorite

My name canvases are one of my best-sellers, and this is a new twist on the traditional design. I'm just noticing that you can't see the last name well because of the glare on the photo. Sorry!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

There Could Never Be a More Beautiful You

I recently painted this canvas for a dear friend's daughter. She chose the words from a song by Jonny Diaz called "More Beautiful You," a song I love! It will hang in her bathroom where her precious little girl will read the words everyday. I don't know about you, but I could stand to read those words everyday myself.