Friday, August 31, 2012

Show Us Your Life - What I Make!!

Today, I'm linking up at Kelly's Korner for her Show Us Your Life Series featuring "What You Make or Sell". I just love this link up and getting to see how many talented bloggers there are out there! 

I started painting two years ago on a whim. Certainly NEVER thought about selling anything, but before I knew it people were "placing orders" and wanting to pay me! This thing has taken on a mind of its own! Fast forward two years later and you'll see "The Waiting Game" list on the right which are orders to be filled. I am just overwhelmed and GRATEFUL for the support and encouragement I receive from everyone who's played a part in these past couple of years. 

Not too long after I started painting, I also started this blog. Not just as a form of advertisement but also for sharing little tidbits into my life. 

And through this little "journey" of painting, it's led me to hosting Paint Parties! Yeah...they're as fun as they sound. 

And that's me and what I sell and make. If you're just DYING to know more about me, there's different pages up at the top that you can click on to find out more. 

Thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to see what you make!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Today's Loves & OHP is all about.....
College Football kicking off this weekend!!!
Specifically those Tennessee Volunteers and all of the fun football traditions. Running through the T, the Vol, Navy, the Vol Walk, I could go on and on.

Home Sweet Home to Me....Good 'Ol Rocky Top...
Then, there's our Coach, Derek Dooley and his Orange Pants. I mean, c'mon. Few men can rock this look. AND...the pants have their own Facebook page. Yall, the man's legit. Unlike that last idiot we had. But that's another story and he's California's problem now.
If you're from the south, you know the importance of your clothing selections for game day!  I think this outfit with all it's fun accessories is oh so cute, but it'd be a little too warm for the first few weeks. But come October...this would be perfect!
And I LOVE this tote!! Love it soo soo much!!!
It's Great To Be a Tennessee Volunteer!!
What's game day without tailgating and yummy food?!

Then there's the travelin' boys of ESPN's College Game Day. Ahhh....Fall is in the air my friends. 
As you can tell...I'm a little partial to UT, but whatever team you root for this season, do it with all of your heart! That's what it's all about!! 

Follow me on Pinterest here to see all of these great Vols pins and more!! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Love Birds Paint Party

Earlier this week, I was beyond honored to get to have a Paint Party with a great group of girls I have met through Stephen's circle of friends. It seems like just about all of them are getting married this year, Matt & Ashley (May) and Chase & Taylor (August) have already had their weddings this year, up next are Joseph & Kristen (September) and Ben & Cecily (October). But this time the girls were getting together to celebrate Kristen's Bachelorette night. They asked me to do a Paint Party for them and I was thrilled to do so!
Kristen picked a super cute design that's been floating around on Pinterest and the verse that went with it is so special.

This is the sample one I made for the party. I actually (by mistake) sold it earlier in the day but held on to it long enough for the party that night.

Time to paint!!

The bride-to-be picked a great color combo..

Some finished products..

 The fab 4..Taylor, Kristen & Brittany (minus Cecily who had to leave a bit early.)
Thanks so much girls for asking me to come over! Hope you all enjoyed it!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Twin Treats - Vol. 2

As promised last week, here's another installment of twin treats!! This time it's for 3 year old brother & sister twins, Marshall & Makayla!!

M & M turned 3 this weekend and celebrated with a BIG party! Their mom ordered these canvases to match their party decor and then afterwards, to hang on their bedroom door. Gotta love dual functionality!!

The idea started from the sample invitation that Mindy found online at this cute Etsy shop.
From this invite, I came up with these canvases...

 Mindy sent a picture from the party Saturday with the canvases on display for the birthday kiddos.
 And after all the partying was over, they found their way to their new home.
Happy #3 Marshall & Makayla!!! Many, many more to you two!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WILW ~ Birthday Edition!!'s my birthday. The day that I turn 29 and stay that way forever. I'm not sure why 30 scares me right now, and thankfully, I've got another year to figure it out...but time flies quickly and it'll be here before I know it.

What I am most definitely thankful for are my wonderful friends and family who make my birthday so dang awesome. And that's what I'm LOVING on this Wednesday!
Last night, we had dinner with my parents, S's parents, my sis, BIL and the nephews. I picked one of my favorite local places, Mauricio's...YUM. Guys, if you're ever in this area and in need of an Italian food fix, you MUST stop by!
Colin and my dad
For a 5 year old, the kid loves his salad!
Riley took my camera and started making pics himself...this is mine and Stephen's shot. Can we say future engagement photo for the local newspaper?? I think....probably not.
And this is the closest picture I was able to get with both boys at the same time and you can see, they had other plans for the picture.
THEN...there's the cake my dad ordered. He's started this thing in the past year where he's gotten us all custom cakes that are fit to our personalities or likes and are just too cute to eat. So this year, I opened the cake box and squealed like a little girl.."OH IT'S AN APRON WITH TULIPS...AND IT'S name's misspelled." Insert uproarious laughter for a solid five minutes. Somewhere between the exchange of handwriting between my dad and the cake lady, Erica became Erika. Oh made for a good memory and the cake was still as delicious as ever!
Then, people sang to me.
 And we blew out candles.
 And we cheesed it up for the cameras.
Present time...from the "in laws"...S's mom makes jewelry and it's GORGEOUS. Several weeks ago I showed her pictures of the infamous "baubble" necklace, she made her own version and I just love it! S's dad gave me a box of earplugs for an upcoming trip we're all going on. Apparently my roommate (cough, cough, S's Granny) snores....badly. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty dang excited about that trip now!!
 My BIL got me this t-shirt...can you guess what's on the back??!!
 It's a MAYHEM shirt!!!! Sometimes it's the simple things that make my day!!
 S started a charm bracelet for me!! I just love it!
And back to the simple things and how well some people know me....
This morning, Lorna brought me my very on Soft Kitty that sings the song to me. For those of you completely lost or think that we're completely nuts and need to be working on the 5th floor psych unit...
What are you loving on this Wednesday?? Any other birthdays out there celebrating today?

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