Saturday, January 22, 2011

Foot Prints

I always know when Rick is arriving home because our dog, Jersey, barks with excitement as his car pulls in the driveway.  As I was going down the stairs to greet him, I was met with this image of his foot prints on our sidewalk through the window on our upper landing.  He was using the blower to clear away the snow and his prints where he had walked remained intact.
Then as I arrived downstairs I found this little gift bag with a sticker on it from my favorite store....

Here is a closeup of the shop info incase you are ever in the area... 
The bag was facing this way though (with a little message on the back).....

He has wonderful taste; don' you think!

The clothing all comes from Thailand and the detail is beautiful!

Then I realized that his foot prints were a message that the Lord laid upon my heart. 
This week he took a dear friend to a doctor's visit because he wouldn't be able to drive home after a procedure that was done, he  visited with his father in the rehab/nursing home everday (usually twice a day), and left this morning early to visit with his 100 year old grandmother who he also calls everyday to check on.  He sure leaves his foot prints on the hearts of an awful lot of blessed friends and family members.  Then on top of all this he thinks of me while he's out working and stops in to buy me a gift "just because"! 
I'm surely blessed to have this wonderful man in my life!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sweet Valentine Chocolate Strawberry Cake Painting

New Valentine creation listed on eBay tonight:

A heart shaped chocolate cake is frosted with a decadent chocolate ganache and topped with juicy red strawberries. What a lovely gift for your "Sweet Valentine." A black and white checked ribbon is wrapped around the edges of the canvas and tied in a bow at the top.

Valentine's Day will soon be here.  How do you celebrate? 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Red and White Polka Dots Everywhere

My new favorite is anything with red and white polka dots. 
Red and white dotted apron and boots.  (link for boots at bottom of post)
Red and white dotted bowls and pitcher....

Dotted dessert plates on a stand....

This stand used to be a candle holder and plate ....

that I glued together and painted white....

I have lots of red and white dotted cupcake prints available in my Etsy store that would make a great Valentine's Day gift too.

I got these red and white dotted boots on Amazon and I love them!  Check out the link below.....
Anyone else crazy about red and white polka dot?

Search for red and white boots

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cupid's Arrow Valentine Cupcake and a 100 Year Celebration

What a celebration! Grandma Chickie turned 100 on January 4th.  She had so much fun visiting with people who came from miles around to share this day with her.  Here she is holding her high school graduation picture.  She honestly told the news paper that she didn't know if she could make it another 100 years.  This great lady still lives on the farm and inspires me every day.
My father in law is still in the Rehab Nursing Home working hard to recover from a stroke.  He has been back and forth between the V.A. Hospital and the nursing home due to a few setbacks.  Please keep him in your prayers because he sure has a long way to go.

This week I've been setting goals for myself and my artwork for the New Year.  Yesterday I finished this little Valentine Painting and will be working hard to paint more this year.  Motivation has been very difficult for me this year, but I promise to get with it soon.

"Cupid's Arrow Valentine Cupcake"

 Tiny red sprinkles glisten on the edge of this luscious butter cream frosting. This chocolate cupcake in a red wrapper is accented with white hearts. A red "cupid" heart pearced by an arrow tops it off. A red and white dotted ribbon is wrapped around the edges of the canvas and tied in a bow at the top.

Hopefully lots of new and exciting paintings will fly out of my studio this year.  If you have any ideas for what you'd like from my blog this year, please leave a comment.  Please leave a comment anyway because I truly love reading everyone of them!