Entries from May 31st, 2008

window shopping

May 31, 2008

I am sitting here waiting for some paintings to dry, the kids are at a playdate and I am doing a bit of virtual window shopping.  Ah how I wish this lovely shop was just down the way…



(petite aime via modeco kids)

…happy weekend!

getting ready…

May 29, 2008

for our trips this summer I have begun hoarding things to keep the kids occupied.  One trip is a 3 hour drive each way, one a 6 hour plane ride.  So far I have books, a couple new dvds and this…


It is so great, not your average coloring book to be sure!

thank you cards

May 27, 2008

These are my new favorite way to have the kids send out thank yous.  For my daughter’s bday we actually went to the photobooth to do this.  For this guy, well, the wall in the dining room seemed a tad easier.  Either way they are really fun, and are always a big hit with the receivers.  (by the way they’re in the mail, so if you’re expecting one, this is just a preview!)



May 26, 2008

These make me want to have a tea party!  They are so sweet (forgive me I couldn’t resist).   If you have a little girl, they’d be just adorable on cupcakes or for a little tea birthday party.


(found via home canary via bubble mag)

these are a few of my favorite things…

May 23, 2008

So I thought I’d continue with a few peeks around our house and show some of my favorite things.  What struck me was that almost without exception they are all things that were either handed down or cost nothing…


the dress my daughter wore on her first birthday (I so need to frame this!)…


a silver bowl given to my grandparents by the german american society…


the bed I used as a child (now my daughter’s)…


ok, I’m a huge dork, but what can I say this drawing and autograph have special meaning…


family pictures…


a sign we found in our attic that is now on our mantel…


a purse that was my grandmothers (i never actually use it, but i like how it looks hanging on our  closet door)…


and last but not least my son’s ‘lumpy”…

around the house

May 22, 2008

Today I thought I’d show a few pictures around our house of a work in progress and one done.  I just started on this large canvas and I’ve been working on it in the dining room.  Where I work is always changing, usually to do with if the kids are home, or just my mood.  I love working on large paintings, something I hadn’t done until a little over a year ago. 


This painting is at the top of our stairs.  It is of our kiddos and was one of the first larger paintings I did.


spring cleaning!

May 21, 2008

I decided to put ALOT of originals in the shop today.  I’m hoping to clear a little space for some new things I have coming up.  Please go take a peek!




birthday hangover

May 20, 2008

We’re still recovering from a very full weekend that included one birthday celebration.  So, I’m moving slower than normal.  Here are a few details from the big day…


little rocket ship cakes for each guest…


who could say no to that face…


destroying mars….

a peek

May 15, 2008

of things to come….


a measure of time

May 14, 2008

I recently finished up the third in a series of custom portraits that show this adorable little girl from infant to toddler and on.  I love all the details her mother wanted included that have special meaning to the family, from the big red mushroom in the first to the three balls she carries in her basket.


Oh, and some new prints just went up in the shop!


my baby turns 5

May 13, 2008

I can’t believe it has been five years since this guy came into my life!  He is amazing.  In his first year he faced several surgeries (one major) and through it all has kept a smile on his face.  He makes me laugh more than any other person I have ever met.


got milk?

May 12, 2008

I just picked up my first issue of the french magazine Milk at the bookstore yesterday.  It’s sad I suppose that a magazine can make my day, but I am so excited they finally carry it in the stores here!  It did not let me down.  It is just absolutely GORGEOUS!  I may even brush up on my french so I can read it.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures…



happy mother’s day

May 10, 2008


perks and presents

May 9, 2008

I wouldn’t say I have too many ‘perks’ in my line of work.  At the mail store yesterday, though, I. sure thought so.  We’re regulars there and the owner saw how fascinated I. was with the copiers, so showed him how they worked by letting him make a copy of his hand.  Well, that made his day.


And I got his bday present today, a whole herd, gaggle, you pick of these gorgeous schleich animals.   Shhh…..


bloesem kids!

May 9, 2008

An ever so huge thank you to Irene over at Bloesem Kids for featuring my work today! 


win a print!

May 8, 2008

Head over to the lovely babyccino site to win one of my prints!  Babyccino was started by four friends living in four different cities in Europe.  I love that their blog was started as a way to maintain their friendship, and love getting little peeks into the city each calls home .  We harbor the hope of one day living in Europe for a few month stint or so.  I would love the kids to have a greater perspective on the world, and I would love to visit family in Germany.   Someday, someday….



May 7, 2008

I have a new frame and canvas ready and waiting…love that feeling.  I was hoping to get a few new things up in the shop today, but I have a sick kiddo home, so we’ll see….


good taste

May 6, 2008

My youngest brought home this drawing from school today.  I  commented on what a nice heart he had drawn and was quickly corrected.  “No, it’s the little bunny from Totoro.”  Hmmm, a good likeness….



(by the way, a beautiful movie!)

cinco de mayo

May 5, 2008

Happy birthday big brother!


blue and cute

May 4, 2008

I just listed some new items in my shop.  I am just loving this frame, especially with the hare print.  Blue and red, one of my all time favorite color combos.