Thursday, January 28, 2010

Spring Fever

I miss spring...the sunshiny days...flowers...walks with Mr.C.
I took these pictures one spring at Callaway Gardens.
Pretty pink and purple poppies...quite possibly one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.

“It's spring fever....

You don't quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

-Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

twins

I recently created these paintings for a set of twins:



Here is a peak at their precious nurseries
(I love having a chance to see where my work will end up).


Congrats M.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Would you like your receipt in the bag?

I usually say no and place the receipt in my purse.
This is what my habit has resulted in:





  • 28 receipts
  • 4 grocery lists
  • 1 thank you note
  • 2 candy wrappers
  • 3 bank slips
  • 2 movie stubs
  • 1 ticket stub to who knows what
Also, I would like to point out that I only go grocery shopping once a week and maybe to Target...meaning I haven't cleaned out my purse in a long time.

Oh, what's that? You like my Gussy? Me too, thanks!
Who is Gussy?

Gussy

Gussy is a dear friend of mine.  Go give her a visit. I hear she is having a giveaway day. Oh yeah!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr.C




Happy Birthday Mr.C!




We love love love you.




This year has been one big adventure.
We wish for many many more.



Thursday, January 21, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Tasha




This is a painting done my by my niece Tasha.
It just brightened my day to see her painting.
My late aunt was an artist who really inspired me to be creative and learn about art as a child.
I hope I do the same for my niece, and I hope to share more of her work soon.




Here are some sneak peaks of what I have been working on:








I already have an idea for the turquoise canvas.
Do you have any ideas for the dark brown one?
Inspiration and ideas greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

l i m e

Note: I promise there is more on my mind than food.


12 weeks = BabyJ is the size of a lime...
So why does my tummy look larger than a lime?

Maybe it is all the Chinese and Japanese food I have been consuming...

Hmmm...could the surprise be on the scale?

The food has been good though :)
I even cooked homemade Ramen...or something like that.

Try it out:

Yakisoba Chicken
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (olive or canola will work)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp chili paste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 onion cut lengthwise
  • 1/2 head cabbage chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • soba noodles cooked & drained (didn't know what these were so I used some noodles that looked like they would be Ramen and they were delicious :)
In skillet combine oil and chili paste. Cook 30 seconds.
Add garlic, chicken, 1/4 cup of soy and cook until chicken is no longer pink.

In another pan combine onion, cabbage, carrots, and stir in remaining soy (recipe didn't say how long so I just stir fried until vegetables were tender).

Mix vegetables and chicken together and serve on top of noodles.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

eight two ten

8.2.10


Yes, eight plus two is ten, and it is also the day BabyJ is due (we found out yesterday the official ETA)!  
It is going to be one HOT summer.


BabyJ at 11 weeks...29 more to go!


Besides growing BabyJ and chasing Mr.C and loving Mr.Wonderful, I have been busy painting.  Hopefully I will have pictures to share soon.


Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

it was all yellow

"Some painters transform 
the sun into a yellow spot; 
others transform 
a yellow spot into the sun." 
- Pablo Picasso










Lately I have been day dreaming about the color yellow...








...such a great color for a nursery.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Sara Mincy

I found Sara's Art House while admiring homes on the Nester's 2009 Christmas Tour. I was delighted to discover a fellow artist and Etsian - Sara Mincy. She had me at yellow, green, orange, turquoise, and red...

You art is so distinctive and colorful! It makes me smile (seriously). Where does your inspiration come from?

One of my biggest inspirations has been Mary Engelbreit. I love her happy style- the dots & cherries got me started- I used a lot of her designs when I first started painting- and now I feel that my style has emerged with still some of her influence thrown in there.

Also, my parents are a big inspiration- I was always encouraged to be creative and they are creative in the way they decorated the house- painting and wall papering everywhere. They let me pound nails all over my room and hang whatever I wanted.

What is the first painting you created?

Again- the idea for this painting comes straight from a Mary Engelbreit magazine- and I never show this painting because I am embarrassed that I copied the artist- and I cannot even remember who it was. So I am sorry, whoever you are for completely copying and mutilating your style- but this painting really opened the Pandora's box for me and my interest in the modern folk art style was born.

Where do you call home?

My home is now North Carolina, but I was born in Minnesota and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.

Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating and what would it be?

To write and illustrate children's books. I have started one, and hope to publish it- but I look at it now and see lots of stuff I need to do differently- hopefully one of these days I will be able to read a book to my children that I made for them!


I hope your winter day has been brightened by Sara's art!

Please check out her blog and shop to check out more of her wonderful work.