Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fun Filled Pinterest Day by the Lake

My dear friend, Lana, invited us to her new lake home for a Pinterest day with the girls.  Lana is on the left and Suzette, another dear friend, and my daughter, Amber had a great time crafting all day.  These gals really are family and a blast to be with!    We were having way to much fun and working too hard for me to mess with my camera, so I shot these images with my iPad.  I  apologize for the poor photos.  

We started off the day with a salad for lunch followed by this wonderful gluten free dessert that Lana made.  Chocolate is my favorite and it was so good!

We made terrariums with instructions from Suzette…..

I love Lana's collection of breadboards on her light blue walls.

This island was the perfect spot to do all our crafting!  If I'd had a better camera you would be able to see the lake view through the windows.

Lana had chalkboards for us to decorate with chalk makers….

Amber had mugs for us to ink and bake...

I was lazy and brought canvas and white stickers to create with….

Before we went home we made bracelets (the one at the top of Amber's wrist)...

We also decorated canvas pillow slip covers, sea glass bottles, and a glass vase painting.

Love you gals!  If you're looking for a great weekend with friends, try this out!  
I spent the following day looking up new ideas to try next time.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Christmas In Fox Creek Village Painting

We had such a blessed Christmas this year and from what I've been reading on everyone's blogs, so have many of you.   It's always so hard to take down all the decorations after the holidays and I did let it linger until the first week of the New Year.  It's kind of like taking all the frosting off the cake.  The house looks a little blank afterwards.  Does anyone else feel this way?  But, it's a clean slate and it's a new year!

I've was very busy the first two weeks of January repainting an older scene, Christmas In Fox Creek Village, for a licensing project and for the simple fact that I wanted a better larger image.  I don't usually  enjoy repeating a painting, but my heart was really into it this time which was another blessing.  I've decided to paint as many Christmas paintings as I can this year because they are just so much fun!  I may even add more to this painting just to make it a little different.  Maybe a horse and buggy on the road, more people, or whatever pops into my mind.  I'm always open to suggestions.  This painting will also be up for sale if anyone is interested.  I'm not sure if you have noticed, but I've also added a tab at the top of my blog for Original Paintings where you can make direct purchases.  I will be adding more paintings there as they are completed and still sell them in my Etsy shop along with all my prints.  I also purchased a new Epson printer so I will soon offer larger format 11 x 14 and up to 13 x 19 inch in my Etsy shop.

This year I had this photo of my siblings with Santa printed on a pillow to give to my sister and my mother.  It's always fun to give something special to loved ones.

That's me on the left.  It looks like I trimmed my own bangs.  The sad little guy next to me is Keith, a very youthful looking Santa, Patti, and Joe.  I was so happy with this pillow because it is printed on a very nice quality slipcover that can be washed and the pillow was included.  You can have your own memories printed on a pillow at pixels.com in a variety of sizes.  

Wishing everyone a very blessed New Year!