Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

two are better than one

Soon after I opened my shop in 2009 and found my place in this blog community
I realized there were ways to use my work to help others.
I began creating paintings with purpose 
and either donated paintings to be auctioned off for a charity 
or donated proceeds to certain fundraisers.
It was good to be a part of something, to give back.
Last year I actually teamed up with Rachel and helped raise money for F.I.R.E. 
(a program in her community that benefited her son who has autism.)

Two are better than one, but what about three, four, five...
Let's do something together.

This year we want to do something bigger, and we need your help.

handmade with purpose
is about:

acknowledging creativity.
using our creativity to produce handmade goods.
selling our handmade goods for a profit.
taking our profit and giving back to our 
communities, those less fortunate, & those in need.

Do you make handmade goods?
Please join us in selling 
handmade with purpose.

Please email me if you are interested in being a part:

pop it {embrace the camera}

My husband doesn't pop his color in real life.
{He'd kill me for posting this picture, but he won't see this so hahaha. 
Plus I needed a tiny reminder of what we looked 
when we were well rested sane adults.}

{us circa 2006}

I was inspired to post this nostalgic picture 
when I was snooping the links to

Thanks Lauren for the idea.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

say it with me

I am just a smidgen excited to have received my 100th sale yesterday.
So excited that I am still giving 15% off in my shop until I get over it.
Just enter YAHOO15 at checkout.

Need something to buy?
There are new fun little canvases.

Oh and tomorrow I have something BIG and important I want you to be a part of so come back please.
AND don't forget the { Pssssst! } box over there -------> lots of good things.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

a reason why I paint

10 years ago for my 19th birthday I asked my parents for an easel. I got that easel (which I never use), and I received some canvases and paint from a friend. I started painting and haven't stopped.

Here is one of the reasons I continue to paint:

Meet Miss Elsa. The newest member of the Anderson Family.
You can read about why they chose to adopt here.
The above painting was a gift to Emily and the family as they welcome Elsa home.
{I have another painting for sale and the proceeds go towards the cost for Elsa's adoption.}

Monday, February 21, 2011

here we go hoop de hoop

I have yet to finish BabyJ's nursery.
Ahem. He will be 7 months old this week.
I blame it on our plaster walls.
These walls make it impossible to hang anything without creating a gigantic hole 
and a cussing fussing mama.

Then I found those damage free picture hanging strips.

Sooooo with my new found way to hang stuff I got crafty.
I got the beautiful embroidered tree from The Joys of Jess.
I picked up a couple of hoops 
and a couple of "J"s from Michael's and painted them.
I took the receiving blanket the nurse stamped Jack's footprints on and hooped and painted it.
Then I made some fun bunting hoop art.

Here's how:
1. take an old t-shirt, scissors, some felt from your felt-obsession collection, fabric Modge Podge, a paint brush, and an embroidery hoop (ignore the gray felt and thread, I was going to do a little elephant under the bunting, but I changed my mind mid-way)
2. stretch the t-shirt over the hoop and cut excess material off
3. stretch the t-shirt material a little more and tighten the hoop
4. use masking tape to hide the excess material and tape it to the backside edges of hoop
5. cut little triangle flags from felt
6. position little flags
7. using a paint brush apply fabric Modge Podge to flags and glue them on
8. allow to dry and then use picture hanging strips to hang your hoop art

I la-la-love it Jack's new hoop art.
I am sure Jack appreciates it too, he did help make it -

PS. You can get a coupon for those hanging strips here (it expires 2/28/11).

Friday, February 18, 2011


New mustaches are in the shop,
and I hope to be adding some new { i heart } paintings 
this weekend.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend.

PS. You can see Mr.Sunshine 
in this bright and cheerful treasury.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

little love

Yesterday BabyJ and I had some face time.
He's growing fast and will be crawling soon! 

{ heart update } We went to the cardiologist a week ago for his 6 month visit. Jack's EKG was normal again but his echo did show some signs of concern remained. For now we wait, pray, and enjoy every single minute. Even the ones in the middle of the night (smiles). You can read more about Jack's heart here.

PS. this is my first link up to 

check it out yo.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

i heart {free} art

It feels like Spring time outside.
Bright sun.
I even spotted some flowers.
I am going to soak up some sun 
and enjoy it while it lasts.
Is it spring-y where you are?
Here are some 
from IndieFixx
{just download, print and frame}
to help brighten your day 
even if it's not sunny where you are.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I may be a clever girl,
but he is a genius.

Yes, it was all gone before lunch time yesterday.

I bought him this card from egg-a-go-go
and I am pretty sure I will be getting him the T-shirt too.
{Sarah is super great btw, 
going the extra mile when my card went missing in the mail.}
Mr.Wonderful got me the chocolate from Target,
which I am also pretty sure is 50% off today 
so you should go get one.

Monday, February 14, 2011

happy valentine's day

do small things with great love.
-Mother Teresa

Saturday, February 12, 2011


and read about keeping LOVE alive
and you might win a lovely little something pictured above.

Friday, February 11, 2011

my {messy} valentine

Messy, handmade Valentine's Day cards are the best.
1. choose your colors (green and gold are certainly a good choice to express love)
2. have mama cut them into heart shapes
3. place sticker from sheet of felt on shirt and pose for the camera
4. make sure brother is participating entertained
5. smile again and position hearts on blank note card
6. use *sparkle* Modge Podge to glue hearts on card
7. whoa there buddy, that's a little too much
8. take hearts back off you just glued on
9. admire your messy Valentine

Hope you have a great weekend 
and make lots of messy cards for the ones you love.

Oh, and don't forget about that box over there ---->
It's the one under my picture.
I will put discount codes, giveaway info and other good stuff there.

the winner is...

Y'all are too sweet leaving all those nice comments about my boys.
Congrats to Amy on her new addition and her win. 
I will email you with your gift certificate information.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


You may have seen me tweet about these.
Or I might have emailed you, 
or even texted you about these.
They will change your life.
Lelan, I am forever indebted to you for

Have you had them before?
Is it a cookie?
Is it a brownie?
I don't know, and I don't care.

I have been dreaming of what else I can bake in a brownie.
Alison is talking about a chocolate chip cookie.
I am thinking about a Ritz peanut butter sandwich cracker.

Please, if you make these or something baked-in-a-brownie
let me know.
Let the baked-in-brownie revolution begin.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

i heart art - abstract and artsy

i heart abstract art.
these beautiful works make me want to experiment
and paint something fun for my home.
be sure to check out each artist's link
and view their other creations.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CLOSED free stuff... again

{ CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from a stylish swing set to cute cookware to chic lighting pieces! }

What is that all about?
I'll tell you later.
For now enjoy these pictures of my cute kids.

What can I say?
I am generous...
Well, I *know* generous people who want to hook you up.
CSN wants to give one of you a one-time-use $35 gift certificate
to use as you wish on any of their 200+ websites.
I got the above Moby wrap from CSN. 
The shipping was fast, the product is great,
and my favorite thing about the site was that I didn't have to create an account.

Sorry if you are tired of giveaways 
{Who doesn't want something for free?}
I'll make this easy for you.
Just leave a comment about how cute my children are
and I will randomly pick one of you for the $35 and tell you who won on Friday.
Easy peasy.