Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pink Poodle

This piece of art has been in the works for a few weeks now.  It was requested by my sister in law for my sweet niece to be's nursery.  She is due September 16 and has the cutest room that has a theme of poodles and Paris.  When she asked me if I could paint a poodle, of course I said yes, but was silently thinking to myself "uhhh, how the heck am I going to do this?"  I am so used to focusing on names and I haven't worked on a piece quite like this before.

I have been so excited to share this with you all, but I have had to keep it as a surprise until we had the baby shower, which was today!  We had a lot of fun and Andrea got a ton of needed stuff for the baby!  

I stuck to the main color scheme of the room, which is pink and green.  

I will post some more pictures of the shower, once they get uploaded! I can't wait to meet my precious niece in September!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lets Hear It For the Boys

This month has been all about boy paintings & I love it!   It's always hard for me to leave off all of the cute, girly stuff like polka dots and rhinestones, but I figured he wouldn't appreciate those as much as others ;)

One aspect of this painting that I really love is the checkerboard.  The two gray colors are so close, that it is hard to see the checkers from far away, but up close, I think they look really good.  There is just some slight shading here and there to help them pop out a bit. 

And because we are on such a "Roll Tide" roll..

Okay - if you are into any crafts that have to do with paint - Let. Me. Tell. You!..
  Michael's - I hardly ever shop there, I am more of a Hobby Lobby girl.  But I was in desperate need of a canvas on Sunday, and of course, Hob Lob is closed, so I headed out to Michael's.  I was just cruising around the store (which by the way, probably had about 100 people in there, no joke, I don't know what the deal was), checking things out, and I stumbled across the paint aisle.  Before I say more...

This. Happened.
I have never been so excited over painting supplies.  They had the smaller bottles of paint (in all different brands) marked down to 29 cents.  But that is not the best part.  The big babies of paint. 50 cents.  Let me say that again.  50 cents.  Usually those suckers run around 5 bucks a piece.  I know I had a smile on my face when I was tossing bottles left and right into my basket!  

Friday, July 15, 2011


Just a quick post to prove that I am working on paintings!!..I feel like I haven't posted an actual painting in SO long!  This 7x9 is currently available at $15.  The flowers also come in white and navy blue.  Love!

Anyone else have an account at Pinterest yet?  (Which currently takes up all my free time!..dang you Pinterest!)  Follow me here!!  

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Quick Sneak Peek

Since I haven't been around lately, I thought I'd give you a quick glimpse of what I am working on (which I am SO excited to get finished!)

And that is all I am going to say about that.  Ya'll will just have to wait to see the final piece (!!)
And don't worry - I am working on some canvas paintings as well.  
Okay - does anyone have an account on Pinterest?  If not, you should.  Being an avid crafter, DIY-er, teacher, and everything else, it is like a slice of chocolate cake to me..I love it!  I still do not have any idea what I am doing on it yet, but once I do - look out!  

Now back to the painting (until Teen Mom!)..

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

William Abel

This little boy's canvas was designed around a bedding with a teddy bear holding a sailboat (but I don't have a picture of the bedding! :(  Since I did not have the bedding, and it was for a baby boy (!!) I decided to keep it simple.  Stripes are just about as simple as you can get, right?

Adding the baby's birth information is a great idea!  I decided to try this canvas with the information on a separate canvas.  That way, if they decide they don't want the information (once the baby gets older) they can still keep the name, but just tuck the smaller canvas behind it.   Great idea, huh?

Here are a few more close ups of each canvas

Speaking of painting, you all know that I am getting into refinishing furniture, right?  Well, I just had to share a find that I am so so excited about! 
This is an old stereo cabinet I found at one of our local thrift stores.  It is in great condition, beautiful solid, dark wood.  Not to mention the beautiful decoration on front.  I. Am. So. Excited.  

(ignore all the other junk piled on top of it!)

To make me even more excited, a man, who has taken apart hundreds of these things, said it is a great stereo brand and still works!  

I cannot wait to show you the finished project!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Final Beauty..

Wow - Two post in one day? I don't think I have managed that one in a while.  This one is not with a painting, however.  I finally (alllmost) finished my thrift store project.  You can look back to this post to check out the cutie I purchased.

  Well, after many days being melted by the blazing sun and chewed up by every mosquito out there, I was able to successfully transform my cutie to a beauty!  

This is how she looked when I purchased her from Goodwill for $20.

After a good, long scrub down, a coat of primer, a nice, clean painting, and a little glaze to top it off, she looks like....


I painted the top drawer a beautiful rich red to make it pop a little.  I plan on getting some funky fabric to line the inside of the drawer and shelf with, which is why I can't pronounce her 100% complete.  

I know she isn't much, but its my first shot at this whole refinishing furniture thing, and it was fun, so it excites me.  
There were some plain, boring knobs on the piece when I bought it, but I wanted to change it to something a little more funky.  

I found these cool knobs at the good ole' HobLob.  I think they add a little personality to it.  

I can't wait to go out next week to see what other goodies I can pick up at the thrift store and 'play' with! :)

What do ya think?

Child of Mine

One word:  Love.  I love this painting!  Usually I am the biggest critic towards my paintings - I focus on the things I don't like rather than the things I do.  But I can officially say I love everything about this canvas.  Maybe because it is for a baby boy and I don't do boy items that much (which I would absolutely love too, don't get me wrong!)  A boy can have a 'cute' painting for his room!  This piece was designed around a baby's bedding, Child of Mine, from Walmart - you can view it here.

This is the main piece I used (adorable!):

I tried to stick to the same animals - although I added a little something to the giraffe so he would stick out more.

I am not sure why, but I just love this letter 'n'.  I used a new font called Font Diner, and I really like it so I think I am going to start working with it more!