Friday, May 28, 2010

new & old {shop talk}


This pretty little bird is new in the shop.
I decided she would be nice paired with my black and white birdcage.


More pretty birds and birdcages:


Have a wonderful Friday and a happy long weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

a {lovely} day & a recipe

Yesterday was such a lovely day.
-nice weather
-a picnic
-best dinner ever



Mr.Wonderful's grilled chicken + my twist on this pasta salad +
garlic asparagus = best dinner ever

Recipes {remember, I don't read/follow directions well so I don't give them well either}

marinade for grilled chicken:
2 cloves garlic
2 juice of limes
1 jalapeƱo (seeded and diced)
1 tbs Coriander 
1 tsp salt
1 tbs olive oil

Combine in a food processor for about 30 seconds. Pour over 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I throw it all in a gallon freezer bag) and marinade in refrigerator for an hour. Oh and I add about 1/4 or 1/2 cup of orange juice in there b/c I thought it would be good (and it was).

my twisted pasta salad:
1 box of whole wheat rotini or fusilli 
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
6 tbs olive oil
3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives (drained)
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
5 leaves fresh basil
2 tbs capers (drained)
fresh mozzarella (I used a package of mozzarella pearls)
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes

Cook pasta as directed, drain, and put in large bowl.
Combine olive oil, garlic, parsley, basil, sun dried tomatoes in a food processor until almost smooth. Pour over pasta and add olives, capers, & mozzarella.  Toss ingredients together and season with salt & pepper.

Hope you have a {lovely} day,
and maybe you can enjoy this for dinner or over the holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

B...b, b, & b

I recently created a special custom order
for three special little girls.


I used inspiration from something their mother
created for her photography
and incorporated it into a painting:
-each girl's name (including their mama's) begins with a "B"
-the three petals represent each daughter
-four flowers are used in the painting,
one at the top for their mama and
three smaller flowers for each daughter.

It is simple and sweet,
but I hope it brings joy to a mama and her three special girls.

Please visit HERE to view more amazing work
by Brandi Lyn.

Monday, May 24, 2010

the {four} of us





Happy Monday from the {four} of us.
I am living large (literally).
Mr.Wonderful is off for the summer (big YAY).
Mr.C is 16 months old.
BabyJ is making himself known.

A big thanks to 
for our awesome family photos.

Friday, May 21, 2010

giving and receiving


Meet Miss A.
As my gift to the Summer 2010 Etsy Baby Shower,
Miss A received a Sweet Dreams/Nap Time door hanging
and a Little Letter A canvas.
Congrats Rebecca on your precious baby girl!

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Meet Mr. F. 
As my gift to the Summer 2010 Etsy Baby Shower, 
Mr. F received a Sweet Dreams/Nap Time door hanging 
and a Little Fox canvas. 
Congrats Rachel Rose on your precious baby boy!



{Be sure to check out Rachel Rose's Etsy shop - Posh Bijou}

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AND I am also on the receiving end of the shower.
Look what I have received so far as gifts
for BabyJ:


a Mini Baby from Polar Bear Creations


and


a "grow" onesie from Westmama


A special thanks to Sue (of Polar Bear Creations) and
Kimberly (of Westmama).
Your gifts are amazing!
It is so special to receive gifts from fellow Etsians,
and I appreciate your generosity.

I just ♥ giving AND receiving!
Happy Friday.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Mama Pea

Sweet

and

Simple

[I think those two words pretty much sum up Mama Pea.] After discovering her blog I couldn't wait to share it. Every cartoon just makes me smile.

I would like for you to meet Shannon, aka Mama Pea:

When did you first begin creating art?
I can’t remember!  I have always loved creating art.  As a little girl, I was always doodling and drawing pictures of my family and friends whenever I had the chance, often on paper napkins, and all over my school notebooks; not just portraits, but cartoon-style illustrations of funny events, inside jokes and things that happened in school and at home.  My mom has saved all kinds of things I drew at every age; my friend Wava remembers my drawings of funny things that happened to us back in high school; my former co-workers from an office I worked at tell me they still have my cartoons on their walls.  The style for my cartoon people sort of developed itself the more I kept drawing throughout elementary and junior high and then has stayed pretty much the same ever since then.

What is your favorite or most sentimental creation and why?
I've drawn many cartoons of my family and friends, so lots of those pictures have sentimental value.  But my answer to this question is a two-way tie between two drawings that are not cartoons:
One is a drawing in oil pastel that I made in high school art class.  It’s a picture of a running shoe – specifically, the racing shoes I wore to compete in high school track and cross country meets.  The shoes also happened to be my high school colors:  purple and gold.  This picture reminds me of high school track, my uniform, the races I ran, my coach and teammates, as well as my favorite art teacher and classmates and all the projects we did – lots of old memories that I treasure, involving two of my favorite things, running and art.



The other is the first drawing I ever created, when I was still a baby sitting in a high chair.  My mother had it matted and framed (sorry I don’t have a photo).  It may look like it’s just crayon scribbles, but my mom points out my choice of complementary colors (red and green) and the aesthetically pleasing composition, symmetry and placement of the scribbles.  She insists she saw talent from my very first drawing. 
Thanks, Mom :)

What people/things inspire your work?
People in general, but especially my own family and friends, and things that happen:  inside jokes that you had to be there to understand, as well as common, human moments that anyone can relate to, moments that are funny, silly, happy, bittersweet, heart-breaking, thought-provoking…  I had a baby this past year, and becoming a mom has provided me with a whole new world of inspiration for cartoons, which led me to start my blog, www.growingsweetpea.com.


Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
When I was 10, I wanted to be an animation artist for Disney movies like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.  I’ve sometimes wondered about illustrating children’s books or greeting cards, or having my own comic strip in a magazine or newspaper.  The city I live in has a lot of mural art on the sides of buildings, and I often wonder what it would be like to have such a huge blank space to make a picture.
I hope you will visit Mama Pea 
to check out more of her adorable work [trust me, there are more you will love].

I hear you can even order your own!