Monday, January 24, 2011

All American Boys

So, when I first started painting last summer, the first "big" one that I did was for my oldest nephew, Riley, who just happens to be the Nashville Predators' BIGGEST.FAN.EVER.


Fittingly enough, he got one in Preds colors...now, this was a long, long time ago and I'm almost too embarrassed to show you how bad these circles were, but.....



Red faced and all...here it is. At the time, I was soo proud of this one now I laugh and shake my head (smh...haha...inside joke). It's amazing what practice, at anything, can do for you.


This is how it fit PERFECTLY into his room...





 Now, this next one...well, let's just say Riley is "friends" with some of the Titans players. No seriously, they've been to so many meet & greet events that Coach Jeff Fisher and some players KNOW HIM and have brought him out on the practice field and played with him. So no pictures of Riley and me...his ONLY aunt...in his room, but pictures of him and "his friends." What a ham.


Now, I promised I would make one for Colin's room also...but I had NO IDEA I would get so busy with orders orders everywhere! Fast forward 6 months and he finally gets one...





He said, "Colin's Sign!"


Annnnddd...just for the heck of it...two pics I just couldn't resist posting of these rascals.
The before.........


And after.


What little terrors. But I love them!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

How it all Began

First off.....Valentine's Day is coming...whether you like this holiday or not...it's fun and it's frilly...just go with it. It's one day. And I just happen to have quite a bit of red and pink paints that need to be used...so order something fun for someone - you know they'll love it!

Today's blog is all about family...my family. Remember this sneak peak from a couple weeks back? It's the prelude to my life's journey of being in weddings.


 I loved doing this one because it was going to my sweet aunt Samantha for Christmas. Before our family even drew names for Christmas she pretty much made it known to whoever would draw her name...that she wanted a painting...ask and ye shall receive.


 This was the first wedding that I was in that started the maddness. I was 4 years old and at the Rehearsal...I had that flower girl job DOWN! But come wedding day...doors open and it was my turn and I froze just like a tongue to a light pole. I remember looking back at Samantha and her dad with probably the biggest look of fear I've ever had in my life and they started urging me to go on but I just couldn't move. So..there were some other family members sitting nearby and I snuck in the pew with them.

Now, being the sweet person she is, she allowed me to still be in all the pictures even though I certainly did not fulfill the duties that were assigned to the flower girl.

Just like all the other dresses, I still have that one. And I still think it's cute as a button, but my favorite feature then and still now...the tiny little bell that's sewn into the first layer of the dress. Just precious. I'll post a picture sometime!


 This I've never done...written on the back of a painting but since I knew who it was going to and since they have been such important people in my life...I wanted to leave a message for them. They're a wonderful family, Stanley, Samantha, Jared, Ann Marie & Sammy...a family full of love and laughter. My uncle picked a gem on January 16, 1988.


                                                  LOVE YOU ANDERSONS!!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ABC's

Sooo... don't mind the poor quality of pictures. I have good reasons...

1. It was nearly midnight. Midnight = no natural light.
2. I was WORN OUT...you're looking at Christmas order numbers 48, 49 & 50.
3. I had about a million and three things to get ready for Christmas Eve at my parents the next morning..bright & early; when did that start??
4. I had JUST finished them...pretty sure the sealer wasn't dry yet and that joker dries quick!


                                       





Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Cowgirl!

Here's a look from one of last post's sneak peaks. My cousin Kevin's wife Regina...whom I share my birthday with by the way...ordered this for their daughter, Katie. In the past few years, Katie has taken up a love for horses and competes in rodeos. She's quite the cowgirl! She's also our New Year's baby...only not a baby anymore which makes me feel horrible because I used to babysit her and her brother Carter when they were little. Oh...time...why are you so swift and harsh.




I think it turned out great...and I LOVE the turquoise & lime color combo. Since this is for our cowgirl...I added some twine in with the ribbon. Great finishing touch!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATIE!!!