Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween

I enjoy making costumes for the children. I like creativity, and the fact that no one else will be the same exact thing as them. Above are our costumes from 2 years ago. My husband and I were monsters, my oldest was a werewolf, my son was a frankenstein pizza guy, and my youngest was a princess riding a unicorn (I didn't make this one). I just finished up my children's costumes this year in time for their class parties. I hope people can tell what they are! Happy Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dining Buffet Before and After

Hi Everyone! I am back from Fall Break - we didn't go anywhere, but it was a packed week. Sleepovers, projects, kids activities.....

Anyhow, I realized I have a few projects I did over the summer that I didn't get around to posting. One project I had been meaning to do for years is painting our dining buffet, if you can call it that. It is actually an old dresser that my husband and I purchased when we were first married 16 years ago. Below is the after:

Here's the before - it was functional, and I hate to throw away good furniture....

I never intended to paint it this blue color. I was going for grey, but I had a quart of blue I was sampling out several years ago. I am glad I went with it; it goes nicely with my painting. Plus, I was able to get rid of one more can of paint that is taking up space in our basement!
I was able to recycle the handles by spray painting them. I made sure to prime first. I painted them black. It gives it a nice balance of the traditional shape with the modern color. I accessorized with silver inherited from my husband's mother. There again, I like the shiny of the tarnished silver, mixed with the distressed buffet, with the modern/traditional handles.

As I write this, the wind is BLOWING hard outside. Today is trash day, and there is trash all over the street! I am so glad I got some of these painting projects done this summer. It may be a long Winter.....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall Break

Hello everyone! I'm sorry for the lack of postings - I am enjoying Fall Break with my children. I hope everyone has had a great week - I'm trying to start and finish a costume for my youngest. She is going to be an owl for Halloween. I'll post pictures if it turns out. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Friday

Feelings of Fall:

Above are images from taken in Vail a few weeks ago. Below is a sitting area off the dining area in a nearby model home.

I'm loving the cozy feeling of Fall! Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, October 11, 2010


Andante - a musical term meaning "moderately slow tempo". Something I'm constantly trying to achieve. Everyone always tells me life goes faster the older one's children get. How true that is! I want some "andante" in my life - not so slow that we are bored, but slow enough so we can enjoy it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Friday

"Sincerely" Fine Art Photograph on sale on Etsy. Click here to view.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Music Lessons

"Music Lessons" -print for sale on etsy. Click here to view.
My children all take piano lessons. My son loves it - he is fantastic - he is the musician in the family. My oldest daughter, although a good player, does not play with the passion my son has. She would rather be out on the soccer field. My youngest likes it, but lacks the discipline to practice. Music lessons, although tortuous for some, has been found to be beneficial for young kids' brains. That's what I keep coming back to anyways, when my daughter keeps wanting to quit. Though, after 10 years of lessons, and many more years of playing the piano for my church, I'm not sure I've been "thankful" for those lessons like my mom kept telling me I would be when I grew up. :)
Anyhow, I really like the combination of the above collage of my vintage music, the pears, and scribbles from my old piano teacher. I'm not sure why I combine fruit and music, but it makes sense to me.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Butterfly Painting

"Orangey Butterfly" for sale on Etsy. Click here to view.

Can you believe the weather? We still have butterflies in October! I hope you all had a great weekend. We went up to Vail, CO for our daughter's soccer tournament. We missed the peak season of the changing of the leaves, but it was still beautiful up there.

I have a series of butterflies I've been working on. I will be listing them in my shop. These butterflies are textural and colorful!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Friday

"Cotton Candy" on sale on Etsy. Click here to view.

Happy Friday everyone! I'm excited to let you know I am now offering some of my photographic images to my shop, as well as some prints of my original paintings. The above image are of the blossoms on a pear tree. I've named the above image "Cotton Candy" because it reminds me of that fluffy stuff I used to devour when I was young!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!