Friday, December 31, 2010

Cramming ALOT into December 31

2010....the year that FLEW by. I look back on everything that happened this past year and just CANNOT believe it all happened. Things that happened on this day last year are just still hard to grasp a hold of. Prayers always for my cousins Kathy, Amanda & Charity on this day. The Lord will never forsake you.


This was the LAST  and I mean VERY last Christmas themed painting for 2010...it was delivered on the 21st just in time for a Dirty Santa gift swap game for the Accounting deptartment at the hospital. Again...Christmas Red and Wasabi green...can't go wrong. Love the ribbon too...mainly because it's a different pattern on each side!


And yes, that's "I Love Lucy" ornaments you see...because that's my "I Love Lucy" tree!! Yep, in my kitchen, a skinny tree packed with Lucy ornaments and anything red and pink that I can find that's flashy!! It's my fun tree!




Want some sneak peaks for 2011......





And, 4 days before Christmas, my friend Jenna & her husband Jonathan welcomed their son into the world!
Congrats Medley family!!

Many many blessings to you guys & Tucker Reed!

WHEW...that was alot of randomness..but sometimes those are the best kind! Best Wishes for 2011!!! See you all next year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Same...but Different

My pal, Julie Wilken ordered these two for Christmas to give to her brothers' wives...for them to be the same thing....the colors make them look like two completely different pieces. Our idea turned out pretty great I think!




Enjoy Underwood families!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Did you hear it.....

That was me about an hour ago singing a chorus of "Hallelujah" and praising the Lord above because I just finished my very last painting for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My orginal list was at 43....plus 7 more that I took on over the last couple of weeks for a grand total of 50!!?!?!!

DONE.

This was one of the many teacher gifts orders I had this season. Can't go wrong with "Christmas Red" and "Wasabi" green. Love that combo!


This one is making its way to a very special grandma from her grandchildren. Grandmas are suckers for stuff like this...hope she loves it!

 Thank you so so so so much for all your encouragement and support in my new endeavor. It has truly been my backbone during all of this and I am honored, humbled and overwhelmed by your kindness! Much love to you all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Visions of Sugarplums...

4 days until Christmas!!!! So much to look forward to in the coming days! Just to name a few, Big Bang Theory tshirt day at work tomorrow (COMPLETELY against dress code, but my partner in crime and i are going to do it!), watching the two sweet little nephews tear into a mountain of presents, somehow that's become more exciting than opening ones for myself.., Ma's chocolate gravy on Christmas morning, 24 hours of A Christmas Story...you'll shoot your eye out...40 Flatt family members in one house on Christmas Eve night, so many picture taking moments, and best of all....checking that final order off my list! WHOO HOO!!

But for now, I paint.

This sweet & girlie 12x12 is being shipped off to California!! Can you believe it?!
 I'm going nationwide now! haha.


LOVED how the pink on pink turned out!



A little more Christmas....I used brown in the font and the background a darker green than others I've been doing and I love the feel it gave it. A little rustic, but all warm and cozy.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The. FARTHEST. thing. from. Christmas. ever.

I'll set the scene, exactly one week before Thanksgiving, sitting at work, working away, email pops up in the corner of my screen. All I can see is "You have a date with your paintbrush." This can't be good.

I clicked to open it.

My aunt, Samantha, had spread the word about my painting in the department she works at in the hospital...and before I ever even knew it...BAM! More orders in one email than I EVER imagined. It was that email that sent me from being 22 behind the week before Thanksgiving to 43 behind!!

So I kept reading, jaw on the desk, eyes as big as dinner plates and not a thing going through my mind except, what have I gotten myself into?!? Can I really do this?? Then I saw these words on two orders, "likes camo." Are you serious!?!?! Man, these people have a whole lot more faith in me than I do myself. So, I'll admit, I put the camo ones off til the very end...because quite frankly, I was terrified! But, now they're done and personally, i think they turned out really great, considering the feelings I first had about doing them.



You can't tell very well in this picture, but I just could NOT bring myself to put ribbon on these. I mean, c'mon...it says "Russell's Man Cave"....I wouldn't have slept that night if I had put ribbon on something that said MAN CAVE!! Solution..twine. It's manly, yet functional for my purposes.


This one is for a little 1 year boy who "likes camo". I decided to make it a little different than the other...more like a little boy. I LOVE how it turned out!!



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More random fun!!!

I made this one a LOOOONNNG time ago, and just realized I never blogged about it. One of my best buds, Angela wanted two signs for each of her offices. This might need a smidge of explanation...she's a school nurse at two schools in Smyrna that are across the street from each other.
She's back and forth throughout the day. OK..we're all caught up now.
Anyways, this is the second one I made for her.


And ta-daaaa...here it is in its new home!! 


Yes, it's from a cell phone...but I just HAD to share!!


This was FUN break during all of my Christmas paintings! Ordered by a co-worker for her children's daycare...hope she and the kiddos enjoy!!

Check back soon....I'll be sharing pics of the order that terrified me when I received it!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Twinkling Lights

I ADORE doing Christmas paintings with the light theme. They turn out so colorful, cheerful & FUN!



FYI....I'm starting to see the light at the end of the painting tunnel. I should really update my "Orders to Fill" list on the right but I've not sat down and taken the time to update that....but it's dwindling down!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Secret's Out!!!

So this one was SUPER DUPER special to make. It was for my sister...only she didn't order it, and I wasn't giving it to her. Her "secret sister" at church contacted me to make Dana a canvas for Christmas.

 I was more than honored and completely thrilled. It was quite the secret to keep...but I managed to keep my mouth shut, and it was EVEN harder to not blog about it! Last night was the big reveal party, sooo...now, I can share what's been secretly going on.




Thanks so much, Kristie for asking me to do this! I was truly honored; and you've been an awesome secret sister to my real sister this year!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Hap, Hap Happiest Christmas...

These two little 6x6 canvases turned out cute & will make great gifts to the Sunday School teachers they're going to.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wasabi....not just that spicy green stuff to eat with your sushi!

This 10x20 turned out really great with my "true red" & "wasabi" green! I think Wasabi is my new favorite color! What do you think??



This is a gift ordered by a co-worker for a friend of hers...so, I hope it finds its way to its new home & is enjoyed this hoilday season!!
Enjoy, Stafford family!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So Far...

This one is my favorite so far that I've done. Period. I LOVE how it turned out!!


 And OH THE DETAIL!!! LOVE IT!


Enjoy, Slatten Family!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Cheer!!

This was a last minute project to take to a Christmas party...I think it turned out rather well seeing as how I did it in approximately 25 minutes. Don't expect that to EVER happen again...just an FYI.


They're starting to pile up.....the finished orders that is. Check back soon..I'll start posting LOTS 'o pictures!!



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Work in Action

This set of 3, 10x10 was ordered by another co-worker. I think they turned out great!



AND....here they are in their new home!!!


Enjoy, Rich Family!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Break

I LOVE my job. If you didn't know that...now you do. If I knew how to insert hearts and sparklies and make hearts out of numbers and symbols, I would. I heart my job. And I've met some great people. And some of these great people have flattered me enough to paint for them; which is just the nicest compliment I could ever get. These are two canvases that my gal pal Amanda asked me to make....enjoy!



Monday, November 22, 2010

Makin' A List...

I have several teachers' gifts orders to fill and these two are the first I've finished, delivered, & checked off the list.
This one is going to a PreSchool teacher who loves Hello Kitty. I LOVE how girlie this one turned out.

And this one will find it's way to Algood School. Red & Black look great together...and that ribbon, still one of my favorites!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I Dream in Red & Green

There's not much exciting to blog about...I go to work, go to the craft store, come home, paint, am attempting to put up christmas stuff including the trees, and paint, go to the craft store, paint, sleep....repeat. I feel a bah humbug coming on already. But don't you worry...I'm fighting it!


Friday, November 19, 2010

'Tis the Season!!!

Ok, folks....I hate to say it, but if you haven't gotten your orders in for Christmas....it's too late. I am MAXED OUT!!! I have 43 orders to fill before Christmas & I want to be sure that they all come to the people waiting for them with the best quality I can give. Regular orders that are not needed before Christmas...bring 'em on!






It is only fitting that I post these two together. I work with Lorna and have known Julie & her family for a while and wouldn't you know they're best buds...and I just love them both!

And...if you're in need of a photographer, check out Julie's site! Might even see a familiar face or two. Can't wait to share some pics of her's with you soon! But, they're gonna be on the old Christmas card this year, so I can't ruin the surprise just yet!!

Keep checking back...with 43 orders to fill....there will be LOTS of pictures coming soon!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blasts from the Past

To update on everything that's going on...three words...

Somewhat.

Controlled.

Chaos.

In the meantime, this was one of my very first pieces that I painted for my friend, Beth & her then soon to be new addition, Kelby Jane. Well, Kelby is here and is a doll! Congrats to the slightly bigger Stone Family: Roman, Beth, Sawyer & Kelby!!

 

NOW.....from last week's sneak peak........
The Finished Product!!




One of my fave gal pals asked me to do this for their kitchen to match their AMAZING collection of Fiesta dinnerware...
CANNOT wait to see it up on her wall!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas....


I've been listening to Christmas music for about 5 days now...what is wrong with me?? I never used to be this way...no bah humbug this year!!

This cute little set of 4x5's kicked off my Christmas painting!! Email me at the address on the top right corner of your screen to place an order or for more info!!