Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Family DIY Basement Painting Project

my husband did all the framing himself over the past two years
Last week was our kid's spring break. While many families went on vacation to sunny Florida for the week, our family was busy painting the walls of our basement. I know what fun.  
We had a contractor put up the drywall the week before, so we could do the rest.

It was amazing to see the transformation each day.

This closet under our steps will be put to good use. I am looking forward to putting seasonal clothes here soon. Yeah!

My guys painting the walls and ceiling.

Jordan was so willing to pitch in and help us paint. He didn't want to take a break. He actually worked harder than his older brother and sister.

Later in the week he went over to our neighbors house to play with his friends. I guess he thought that was enough work for him.

I wanted to share a secret I discovered on Google. Several years ago our neighbor gave us three five gallons of paint that was left from the previous owners. My husband to my dismay, was more than willing to take the gallons of paint. Well, we opened them up find out they were baby blue, pastel green and a purple. I wanted a taupe or off white for the walls. I looked online to see if you could change baby blue paint to a taupe. Would you believe if you added peach to the gallon you will get that color. We also added some of the pastel green and some red to get that effect.

My husband and I went to Home Depot to ask an associate his opinion. He didn't know that you could mix these colors together either. We purchased a gallon of peach at the store. He told me to add a cup at a time until we get the color we want.

 The middle color is what we used on the walls
It is not as dark as taupe, but maybe more of a sand color. However, it still is in that family of colors.
I wish you could have seen the entire family disagreeing on how to mix the colors together. Everyone had an opinion on what to do.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's About Time!

About a month or two ago, I started brain storming about a new design for a clock. I wasn't quite sure what to create.

Then one day I got an idea about a personalized clock with a letter on it. So, I first painted a background in a mustard color onto watercolor paper, then I captured the image with my camera.
Last I added digital text to the image.

This letter clock is now available in my shop.

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Master Chef

Pretty much every Friday for our family is pizza night. Well, several weeks ago my son Jordan, who has been watching Food Network with me for years, decided he wanted to make a pizza from scratch. He printed out the recipe online and asked me to purchase some yeast for the dough.

We had to go through the process of letting the dough rise and knead the dough back down several times.  I really was unsure how long this was going to take since we had to go run an errand. My husband decided to purchase a pizza just in case this one didn't work out, but it turned out very well. The dough was very thick, but very tasty.

Jordan wants to become a chef when he grows up. He checks out cookbooks from the school library constantly with kid friendly recipes. Some of the recipes are some what complex. At times I'm thinking this is a little too advanced for me.

That is why I call him my little master chef.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

iRun 5K Race

This past weekend my church hosted a 5K race to benefit Wellspring Thrift store.  Wellspring is a unique store that uses their profits to house young women who are leaving the sex trafficking industry.

We had 160 runners, joggers and walkers for the 5K, and about thirty people run the one mile race. The 5K started with a warm up with a Zumba instructor. I wish I took a picture, but I was having fun with the Zumba exercise.
The runners also donated canned goods to the Lawrenceville Co-op. There were a total of 700 cans given to the food bank.  
The race also had vendors tables at the race. We had several booths like Pampered Chef, Premier Jewelry, and a few other busineses and some yummy baked goods.
Jodi baked these yummy cake pops for the race. They were fantastic!


I had a booth as well promoting my painting parties.
My husband, daughter and two sons, also raced in the one mile race. Would you believe my little Jordan beat his big brother and sister to the finish line.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Products

I have been playing around with some designs to add to my shop. These designs were actually made  just before the holiday season. I thought now would make the perfect time to add them since spring is finally upon us.

For many years I have sold two dimensional magnets, but I decided to try my hand with some fun three dimensional designs. Magnets are really good sellers when I exhibit at local arts festivals.

I don't know why I keep thinking of designs about the home, but I am just drawn to this theme. I'm sure it is because I am a stay at home mom. I thought a plaque would make a good product to carry in my Etsy shop and to carry at some local galleries that sell my work as well.

When I have been running around with various activities with my kids; it sure is nice to come home and relax. Well, sort of with three kids.

God bless!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Inside My Studio

For the past few weeks I have had a hard time balancing creative time with home life lately. I guess you can say I lost my mojo. I had some ideas, but I just couldn't implement them lately.

Well, I finally sat down and painted a little. I have been thinking of making a chevron clock for sometime, so I finally found a stencil at my local arts and crafts store that was perfect!

My second favorite medium like I showed a few weeks ago is working with polymer clay. I am making several pieces for myself, but I decided to make some pieces for my mom, aunt, and maybe even some special teachers.

I think this jewelry would make great gifts for Mother's Day or someone's birthday.
Even though I don't have much jewelry in my shop, it is nice to try something different from time to time.