Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mrs. Thompson

I also just finished this sign for Logan's 3rd grade teacher. I think it will be a really fun end of the year gift for her. Teacher Signs are available in my ETSY shop.


I just finished these today. They are for some triplets who are soon to arrive. Their proud grandma ordered these signs from e-bay. Doesn't this color scheme make you think of ice cream? Okay, it doesn't take much to make me think of ice cream, but the browns, white and pink make me think of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. Uh, hey isn't that called Neopolitan? :-) There is a tiny pink stripe that's hard to see in the picture of all three--I'll put in a pic of one of them alone and see if it's easier to see. I am in love with the color scheme!!

Name signs are always available in my ETSY store and on e-bay.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


This is Julia (Acrylics, 12" x 9"). I painted her for the EBSQ online art show "Childhood: A Mixed Media Show". Didn't every little girl dream about being a princess when we were kids?
This painting combines paint and collage to create a fun, whimsical little gal!
Below are some pics of her in progress.

Not sure where she's headed. She'll most likely be in my ETSY shop soon.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Few Things About Me

Here's a couple views into my sketchbook. I rarely begin a painting without first sketching it out in this book.

My painting apron is a Christmas cook's apron with little teddy bears on the trim. It's so ugly and it's covered in paint and I love it! :-)

I am very hard on my brushes so I don't buy the higher end ones because I know I'm going to trash them. Right now my favorite brush is one I've had since college and it's hammered, but I love it and will cry if I ever have to retire it.

This is how I lay out my pallet. And after a painting session, it looks like one big colorful mess.

I love my Prismas!! I like to see all my color options at once so I put them in this box and separated them by color.

I am obsessed with Sharpies. If I don't have at least 5 good tipped black ones in my studio, I start to go a little nutty!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March Nibblefest Painting - Secret Garden

This is my entry for the Nibblefest Art Contest for March 2008...SOLD.

The theme this month is "Secret Garden". The secret to my garden is that all my flowers are made of paper and paint--I kill any live plants. This painting is available on e-bay . All Nibblefest entries have a starting bid of $.99!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Just Listed on e-bay

Spring is here! (At least it is in Las Cruces!) So I've decided to put my flower paintings on e-bay. This one is called "Sunny Day Flower" and is on e-bay now.

*Update: SOLD.

This one is called "We Are All Unique" and is also on e-bay now.

*Update: SOLD

Just Listed This Guy on ETSY

Isn't he fun? This is Evan and he's in my ETSY store right now.

Friday, March 14, 2008

New In My ETSY Store

I just updated my ETSY store and I added these fun little ACEO's.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Brand New on ETSY!

I just put this fun little set of cards in my ETSY store. These cards are so cute! The front says "Ewe Are Loved" and has two very wooly sheep. The inside is left blank.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Today in Arts and Crafts Class

This is what we did for the last class of the term. First the kiddos painted their flower pots in lovely pastel colors. Most of them chose to add polka dots or stripes too. Then, we glued the Easter grass in. (I had already put floral foam in the pots.) The next thing they did was choose three buttons--a small, a medium and a large one. We then put them on green floral wire, put the two end of the wire in the chuck of my drill and turned it on while holding tightly to the buttons. It makes the stems really neat and tight. Last, we put the "flowers" in our pots.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

NEW! Introducing Teacher Signs

I just finished this for my daughter's kindergarten teacher. She loves Minnie Mouse, thus the red and white polka dots. Won't this be a fun end-of-the-year gift? I can't wait to give it to her. Teacher plaques are available in my ETSY store.

Newest Name Signs

Just got these all packaged up and ready for Monday's mail. The first two are for sisters (I assume--the woman who ordered them didn't tell me, but they do match). The second two are for some twins that will be born soon. Their cute mom ordered them from e-bay--the plaques, not the twins. :-)
Name plaques are available on ETSY and e-bay.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

My First ACEO's

An ACEO is an "Art Card Edition or Original". They are 2.5" x 3.5" usually done on paper so you can store them like you would baseball cards. When I first cut the paper I was shocked at how small they are. I don't usually work this small, but I had a blast doing these and I have several more in the works.

So here they first ACEO's, but certainly not my last!

Bird ACEO (*SOLD*)

Knight of Love ACEO (*SOLD*)

Marjorie ACEO

Available in my ETSY shop now.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Arts and Crafts Class Today

We made these little cuties today. I first saw them years ago in Family Fun Magazine. Each child made one bunny and one chick. Although that was a little ambitious for an hour class. Next time I'd probably just do one or the other and then have them do a coloring page. (Note: The chick is simpler than the bunny.)

You start with wood beads. My local craft store only had wood knobs which only have a hole on one end that does not extend through the bead. But luckily my garage is full of saws and drills and other loud scary things so my woobie was able to drill holes in all 40 beads with nary a complaint--he's a trooper! I then glued the beads together--flat sides together--with the woobie's expensive super glue. (This invoked a small complaint.)
Last night I kept thinking these little ones are not going to be able to paint these without getting fingerprints all over the beads and paint all over themselves. Once again my woobie came to the rescue by making a little stand the kids could put their bead on. THIS WAS A LIFESAVER!

I brought lots of fun Easter colors to class and the kids painted the bodies whichever color they chose. Some chose to do the head a different color than the body, which turned out really cute!

For the bunny I found really fun extra fluffy pipe cleaners. You string two pipe cleaners (side by side) through the body and then fold the ears into shape and the feet into shape. (So one pipe cleaner is a foot and ear and the other pipe cleaner is the other foot and ear. Does that make sense?). We did glue tiny pom pom tails on too. The kids drew the face on with paint pens.

For the chick you fold a regular pipe cleaner in half and thread it through the body from the top and put a feather in the little top loop and pull it tight. Then you shape the bottom of the pipe cleaner into the two feet. The kids did the eyes with paint pens and the beak with a Sharpie.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

New Name Signs

These are both for friends at church who just had new baby boys. As always, these are available on ETSY and currently on e-bay. I haven't done this in the past, but I just thought these would be a great end-of-the-year gift for the kids' teachers to hang in their classrooms. I'll post pictures when I get them done.


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