Wednesday, March 31, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Raspberry Kidz

Back in October I won a picture created by 
Raspberry Kidz from a giveaway at 
Since Mr.C can't draw yet, 
I chose to submit a picture drawn by my niece.

Rachel worked her magic and sent me this lovely 3-D print.
It is such an awesome way to preserve art from the little ones we love.

Meet Rachel, the creator of Raspberry Kidz:

Computer-generated art, 
inspired by kids and their art.

1. When did you first begin creating art?
I've been creating art since I was a kid. I studied art in college, with a focus on graphic design. Now it's all come full circle, as I work on kids' art again!

2. What is your most sentimental creation and why? 
A long time ago, I got a call from a woman who wanted me to do a picture of her baby, when I used to just do pictures of babies and little kids with their names and birthdates. I had many styles to chose from (you can still find them on my web site), but she said none of them fit her baby. The light-skinned ones were too light and the dark-skinned ones were too dark. So, I met this woman and her adorable baby at a coffee shop. Her daughter had big black curls and big rosy cheeks. Then I made the picture. Before she picked it up, her daughter died from a heart problem. The mother called me and told me how important it was for her to pick up the picture. She came by, and we stayed in touch after that, getting together with the kids after her son was born. I will never forget that little girl.

3. Do you create any artwork besides Rasberry Kidz?
Having done magazine design for a living, I created two magazine that I love working on. One is at my kids' school. It focuses on all of the work the kids are doing, along with interviews, recipes, feature stories and puzzles. It turned into an after-school program and the Magazine Club meets once a week.
The other magazine reaches 5 schools in Chicago. I go around and collect all of the writings and artwork from the schools and put them together in a magazine for all of the kids. I love doing it. Not quite "artwork," but there is a lot of creativity involved!

4. Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I would like to eventually do what I'm doing but on a larger scale. I love the artwork of James Rizzi. He is a big inspiration for me. (

Please be sure to check out
Raspberry Kidz to see more of Rachel's transformations.
{It is so fun to look through her gallery.}
You can also follow Rachel on her blog.

Monday, March 29, 2010

sharing the love ♥

Have you heard?
is giving away this sweet necklace

I had to share the love!
Be sure to check out Lisa's custom and inspired pieces
{all photos are Copyright of Lisa Leonard Designs}

It's raining, it's pouring...

There is rain in the forecast for today.
Rain, rain go away...

BUT the rest of this week is supposed to be filled with lots of sunshine
and up to 80 degrees!

I am heading to the beach on Friday, so I will need this umbrella. YAY.

Friday, March 26, 2010

are you ready...

for Easter? 
We are!

This is Mr.C's Easter outfit.

{Thank you Target and Na-Na.}

And this is Mommy's

{Thank you Old Navy Clearance!}

I guess I need to find something for Mr.Wonderful...

I want more of these in my basket -
{We have already eaten on bag and we are on our 2nd...}

And some of these -

{click on each pretty picture for details}

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Isn't pink so pretty?

Many of my friends are expecting, adopting or have a new addition.
It's baby-baby time around here. 
Most of these babies are boys though, 
so we haven't seen any pink lately.

Today I am hoping to find out whether one of my closest friends
is having a boy or a girl.
If it is a girl, I really {REALLY} want to get her this!

And wouldn't this be so sweet as well?

And these...

And if it's a boy...
well, I am sure I can have fun searching for blue things too :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Juliette Crane

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life
which are the real ones after all."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Meet Juliette Crane whose whimsical artwork is inspired by the little things in life...

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1. When did you first begin creating art?

Art was the thing I loved to do as a child. It was the thing I never thought I could do as an adult. Last summer my sister-in-law gave me a few vintage wallpaper books and I took them outside, just for fun, and laid them with some paints in the grass. It wasn’t a serious thing. It was a completely joyful thing without pressure, just a bunch of art supplies and me in the summertime. That’s when I finally remembered the joy I felt as a child creating art. And now I can’t stop.

2. What is your favorite or most sentimental creation and why?

Like a Walk on the Beach is my favorite piece. I don’t create many paintings with couples, and this one is all about me and my husband in one of my favorite moments…walking along the beach under the moonlight. He’s probably singing me a Frank Sinatra song.

3. What people/places/things inspire your work?

I’m inspired by everything around me, so I try and get out of the studio and experience as much as I can. I love being outside, traveling and meeting new people. The whimsical and imaginative style of my work comes from what I feel in my heart as I experience these things in everyday life.

4. Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating?

What would it be?

I would be delighted to create gigantic, mixed media paintings of each member of my family. I’d hang them all in one large dining room and invite everyone over for dinner.

For more of Juliette's original artwork, prints, jewelry and more lease visit her site, blog and shop.