Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bethany and Jordan's Graduations 2016

Our May was filled with many celebrations. My youngest, Jordan turned twelve, and he also graduated from 5th grade.

My oldest child and only daughter Bethany, graduated from high school.  The graduation was held at our local arena. The speeches and tributes were actually pretty funny and very brief.

I can't tell you how proud we are of Bethany. She kept a 4.0 average her entire high school years. We are so proud of her.


We were so blessed to have my mom come from Florida, my brother in law from Texas, and my aunt and uncle come from Virginia.

The next day we had a big cookout with more family and friends.

We had a yummy keylime cake.

cutting of the cake

  a little candy bar for the guest
I can't believe after all the planning and preparing everyone is gone back home, but it was a joyful and happy celebration. Hard to believe the rewards, and parties and more rewards are now a distant memory.
Now it is time to start a new chapter in our family lives as Bethany enters college at Georgia Tech, and Jordan enters middle school.
I've already starting to think about Michael's graduation is just two years from now. So, my decorations are safely tucked away for our next big celebration. So, for now I'm going to take a little rest.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cup of Coffee

Last week was so hectic I literally began this late Sunday night. I had to start the painting just a little and worked on it some more the next day. I just have a few more finishing touches, then I'm done with this painting. Now, I have to go figure out something fast for my painting this week. Oh no!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Week 2 Pear Painting

This week is my second week for me to paint a new painting each week. I decided to paint a pear. It was a bit of a challenge to get the light and shadows for me. Trying to create dimension was a lot harder than I thought. However, it was a great practice for me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Painting Challenge

My creative time I must admit has been infrequent over the last several months. I decided to paint some fruit. I created one a few years ago, but decided to do a study of this yummy fruit. That is when I decided to try to paint a small painting a week. This will keep my skills up, and build up my inventory.

This will also have me create some more work for a few local art galleries that carry my work. It is time for me to change things up a bit.

I am going to list this first in a series in my shop soon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

My Whimsical Art

When I first started out on Etsy I had no idea what I was really doing. I just posted random pieces of my art that I normally sell at art festivals. After renewing many times I gave up trying to sell online. I started to sell my clocks which had my artwork on the faces of the clocks.

After many years I did a commission, but still nothing happened. Last year to my surprise, I sold an original painting online.

my online sale
I decided to add some more small to medium pieces of art to my Etsy store. Keep looking for more works of art to be added in the near future. If you want to check out more of my work here is a link to my store.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My Basement/Studio Space

Almost two years ago we had our basement finished. After that it seems like I could not decide what direction to go, or what color scheme, or them I wanted to have. So, for months I am ashamed to say I did not do anything, or just worked on it sometimes. I finally went through so many old things I needed to get rid of, with plans to get rid of so much more in the future.
I have been gathering family pictures with frames I already had, and keep purchasing more to add to the collection.

After you come down the steps the t.v. and our family movie themed wall is my center piece. I picked these items up at Hobby Lobby. I created the painting to compliment the home d├ęcor.

To the left is my studio space, and to the right is the kids game area/ work bench area.

I can't tell how much I enjoy my own little space. It is my little get away without really getting away. There are still many plans to paint some more accessories red and black.

My plans are to have some friends over for some creative fun one evening very soon. What do you think so far?

Friday, January 15, 2016

My Holiday Season

I know Christmas was several weeks ago, but I wanted to share my time with you. It was a crazy hectic season as usual for my family. Last year the weather was unusually warm for the holidays.  
When we started adding more gifts it was clear we had way too many gifts. You would think we would coordinate better, but no we didn't do that as usual.
Every year we appoint a helper to pass out the gifts, but then the person starts opening up their gifts, and forgets about passing out the other gifts.

Our dog Talula looks like she just had to relax a little after all the excitement.

I decided to add some cotton to my fireplace to give the winter wonderland feel. 

Just before dinner we decided to take a picture by the Christmas tree. That was a great motivator to not play around, so we could eat.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year!!