Sunday, December 28, 2008


We had such a lovely Christmas this year. The girls got more than they could possibly ever want, thanks in large part to their grandparents...on both sides. We've also been spending lots of time with my sister and her family who made the trek to Indiana all the way from the Florida Keys. It's so nice to see them. Annie has twin two-year old boys, so you can just imagine how fun Christmas was having all the kids together...there was never a dull moment! Check out some of the crazyness...

Christmas Eve at my grandma's house. Ella and Eva are playing with their cousins, Gabe and Gavin.

Getting ready for bed on Christmas Eve. The girls put out a sugar cookie, banana and chocolate milk for Santa. The rumor around our house is that Santa gets tired of regular old plain milk.

Christmas morning at our house.

Christmas at my parents' house with gifts piled high!

Me and my girls.

David and Ella posing by the fireplace...I think Eva took this picture!

David surprised me this year with a wonderful favorite actually. I'm still a little shocked at his sneakyness. So, imagine my surprise when I opened my last box on Christmas morning and found a Jodi Ohl original! I checked Jodi's etsy shop often...just to see if the two pieces that were on my Christmas list were still there. I pretty much wrote it off as a lost cause when both pieces were still in Jodi's shop on Christmas Eve. So, I was totally elated when I opened that box!

Here is the piece that hubby got for me. It's called "Burgess Street". Be sure to check out Jodi's work in her etsy shop.

I also got tons of new art supplies...canvases, scrapbook papers, gel medium, watercolor paper...and a gift card that I've already spent and then some. I think I feel my muse starting to return. And my sis and I had a girl's afternoon out and went to the spa for massages today...I totally needed the pampering and enjoyed every minute of it.

So after the excitment of Christmas faded a bit, I realized that my precious little kitty cat had vanished. She's an older indoor cat and never ventures far, but she has been gone for almost 5 days now and we haven't a clue where she could be. We've scoured the neighborhood, hung up flyers and talked to the neighbors, but there's still no sign of her. I can't imagine where she could be. She is just like one of the family...I've had her since I've lived on my own and she was "my" cat. I hope she comes back soon.

We also celebrated a birthday here yesterday. Eva turned two years old...where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday Ella was two and Eva was a newborn. While she's definitely been a handful (much more so than her sister ever was)...we love her so much and enjoy her little personality (most of the time). She's definitely got a mind of her own. I wonder (and worry) what she'll be like as a teenager...we're in for some major trouble with this one.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Four my living room

Well, for months now hubby and I have commented to each other that we need something to hang on our bare living room wall…the one and only wall that you can see as you approach the front door…the big green bare wall that you see from the street. We obviously weren’t getting anywhere by simply talking about it, so hubby suggested that I make something to hang on the empty wall. At first I shrugged it off…even though I have a few pieces hanging on the walls of our house (waiting to be sold), the prospect of making something large enough to make a dent in the vast empty space was daunting to say the least. I looked around etsy and proposed some alternatives, but not having hundreds of dollars to spend on artwork pretty much put an end to that discussion.

So, a few months ago while I was out, I picked up 4 16”x16” canvases thinking that I would certainly rather do 4 smaller (if you can call 16x16 small) pieces than one huge canvas. Bare in mind that I usually work small…2.5”x3.5”, 6”x6”, with an occasional 8”x10” thrown in when I’m feeling really adventurous, however, I’d recently completed a custom piece that was 20”x20”, so I felt confident in my abilities to do larger pieces.

If you don’t know by now, I’m kind of a tree freak…they show up in nearly every piece I do…and since I had 4 canvases, what better theme than a tree in each of the four seasons.

Until this point I tended to avoid spring trees (I had a bad experience once trying to create a spring tree that I’d rather not talk about) and winter trees…what can I say…I hate snow and wintertime in general.

I basically breezed right through the summer and fall canvases…they only took a month or so to finish. I made a few small studies for what the remaining seasons would look like, but I just wasn’t happy with the mediums I had chosen for the snow. I wanted something white and semi-transparent so vintage paper could be seen underneath, but wanted to avoid paint. Then, as I was lying in bed half asleep one night, it finally hit me…gesso! It was right in front of me the entire time and really added some unique texture to the winter snow.

Although the whole process took several months to complete, it was so much fun making these pieces “just for me”. As an artist, I am usually making art for my etsy shop, for friends and family or for gifts, but rarely take time to make something just for me. I’m extremely grateful that I did this project and now, I can’t help but stop and smile when I see my trees hanging on my wall.

Have you made anything “just for you” lately? If not, I highly suggest that you do it…even if it is just something small. You’ll be glad you did!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Blue Christmas

A new treasury I found myself in...such a pretty collection and one of my favorite colors!