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new portraits!

I have had many requests recently to do portraits similar to the pieces in my etsy shop.  So I decided to do just that!  If you’re interested, go take a peek at my website for more ordering info.  Each painting is based on a submitted photo, is done in acrylic on canvas and mounted to a beautiful bamboo panel.  Right now I am offering them in two sizes, 12″x12″ and 12″x18″.  These would make amazing holiday gifts (in fact the one of the three little girls below is just that for my brother and sister-law, ssshhh!).  They do need several weeks to complete, so please order asap.


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I’m just popping in to let you know about a great giveaway happening over at poppytalk.  Two winners will win a Plywerk Bamboo Artist Panel each of their choice from fawn and forest.  You have until Sunday to leave a comment to enter, good luck!


I’ll be back later today with a another post.

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Surprise balls

The easter bunny brought the kids surprise balls a few years ago and I loved the concept but had sorta forgotten about them until I saw this post over at Uppercase this week.  Brilliant.  So while we were at the craft store the other day the kids found the cutest little wind up toys and my first thought was that they would be perfect in a surprise ball.  The hunting down of all the little treasures was probably the most fun.  Here are my finished surprise balls, now making their way to my three cute neices.  Hope they like them!  You can buy yourself one here, and they look to be very generously layered with goodies.surprise-balls.jpg

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new over at poppytalk

The new poppytalk handmade market is up with some wonderful items for mother’s day (it’s May 10!).  So I thought I’d pick some of my favorites, my own and others, that would make really lovely gifts.  There’s still time to order a portrait, if you’d like it by mother’s day please contact me soon and mention when you’d like it by.


1. little pendant at my etsy store  2.  custom portrait sketch at my etsy store  3.  custom line portrait available at my website  4.  I love you bowl at palomas nest   5.  custom stationary available at cake + milk paperie

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new portraits!

In time for mother’s day or any day.  I wanted to share these sweet, simple (and totally affordable) sketch portraits.  I hand draw the portrait based on a submitted photo and digitally place it on an old book page (I love the color and texture this adds).  They are then printed on gorgeous Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper.  They will be available in two sizes, 8″x10″($35) and 13″x19″($50).  I love, love these, especially in white frames.  I’m thinking a whole wall in our bedroom would look just right with these.  These will be available starting tomorrow on both my website and etsy.  I hope you like them! 


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little adornment

How sweet are these little bracelets done by Emma Cassi.  Oh and the packaging just feels like spring.  She is so talented, her blog is one of my very favorite stops.



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plotting and planning

I’m already keeping an eye out for fun easter basket goodies.  I spotted these at the office store yesterday.  They will go crazy for these and only a couple bucks!


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lovely gets

I was just saw that Sharilyn from Lovely designs will be offering her beautiful address files again soon.  I got one a couple years ago and love it.  She makes beautiful things.  I can’t wait to see what other lovely items she comes up with.


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more valentine’s day treasures

So I had to wait to share this with you as I didn’t want John to know what I got him.  I ordered an amazing one of a kind Valentine from Aubrey Trinnaman, a photographer who creates a special card just for you, incorporating your special someones name.  Part of the fun is that you don’t know what you will get and she did not disappoint!  It arrived as two prints with a long folded strip of images tucked inside.  I can’t wait to frame it!


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