Thursday, August 25, 2011


Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is

 true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and

 pure, everything that we love and admire --

with whatever is good and praiseworthy.
Philippians 4.8 

Encouraging, truthful words.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

smiles {you know what I like}

Things I like:
1. crusty, wobbly smiles
2. blurry smiles because someone never sits still for me to take a picture
3. silly smiles
4. I am not going to look at the camera and smile

Things I am not sure I like:
1. 2. 3. 4. the buzz cuts... it did make it easier on me not having to cut hair all summer, but I miss their "pretty" hair
2. Charlie looks so much older

Monday, August 22, 2011

♥ I heart art ♥ Stephanie Levy

While working on this post I have to tell you how excited I got. Seeing Stephanie's art I was reminded of paintings studied in my college art history class. It was like a little light bulb came on, and I remembered how much I do love art and how I want to continue to learn and explore.

Meet Stephanie Levy, an amazing artist and illustrator
originally from Memphis, Tennessee, USA, now based in Munich, Germany.

When did you first begin creating art?
I first remember creating art as a four-year-old on the living room table in my grandparents' living room. While the adults of the family were watching television, I would sit and draw and make my own "books."

Now I have small children of my own, and they have their own "art table" in our living room too!

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
Maybe it sounds corny, but right now I would have to say that my Creative Courage e-course is my most sentimental creation. I have put so much personal love and soul into this e-course, and I am touched by all of the women out there who are responding to it and signing up. Creative Courage is truly a gift from my heart, and I hope the class will inspire lots of women to go out and fulfill their own creative dreams. Class will start in September, and I honestly can't wait.

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
Yes, my dream is to create a series of illustrated books that reflect my passions of travel, food, art, and interviews with inspiring people. I am working on a new travel project this year called 12 Countries in 12 Months. I'll be traveling to a new country each month to interview artists, designers, crafters, and record my own impressions. I just got back from Vienna, Austria - the first city on my tour!

I would love to see this travel project evolve into an illustrated/photographic book. I'm also hoping to develop my series of Creative Courage e-courses into a book project as well. I'm collecting 12 new interviews for each session and creating several new illustrations, so this is a very exciting time for me.
The Internet has made it so much easier to get in contact with gifted, creative people. The more I discover and can help celebrate their successes, the more encouraged I feel about my own projects. My own dreams become much more tangible, real, possible!

You can click on each image to view more of Stephanie's work in her shop or projects on her blog.
Connect with Stephanie on Facebook and Twitter, and you can keep up with her monthly newsletter here.
Also be sure to check out her e-course, Creative Courage (I really want to take it!).
Thank you so much for sharing Stephanie. I ♥ your art.

Friday, August 19, 2011

InstaFriday 8/8 - 8/19

Our week last ten days in Instagram pictures.
Frogs in the dishwasher. Walks. Charlie-in-a-box. Donuts = singing "Happy Birthday to You".
Progress of a painting.
I forgot I didn't have coffee until almost 11 AM. Artwork for Mr.Wonderful's classroom. We play with our food. Button search.

PS. my InstaGram ID is @paintmeapic. Say hey if you are on IG.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

yesterday. today. tomorrow.

This past weekend while confessing 
my shortcomings I was told,
"Make today better than yesterday
and make tomorrow better than today."
What a beautiful, wise reminder.
I need to put that quote somewhere for me to see every day
along with this beautiful print I received a month ago.
Now, I need to make today better than the past 30 days and 
put it in a frame and hang it on my wall, but there is always tomorrow (:

Monday, August 15, 2011

♥ I heart art ♥ Julie - Mosaic Madness

Meet Julie Galvin Weilbacher, the artist behind the whimsical mosaic of Mosaic Madness.
Since 1998 Julie has been creating mosaics for 
home, garden, wedding, and life. 

When did you first begin creating art?
For as long as I can remember, I have loved and embraced being creative. My love affair started with crayons. Oh how I loved to color (and still do!). I would make art when I was much younger -- needlepoint, cross-stitch, tie-dye, etc. -- and would send it with my Mom each morning so she could sell it to her friends at work. They were some of my best customers! But it wasn't until just after I graduated from college that I began seriously pursuing art. Incidentally, art wasn't my major! I grew up with my Dad's mosaic artwork from when he was in college, and was always intrigued by the colors and materials he used. So I took a mosaic class and was immediately hooked. It was more like instantaneous. I would daydream about projects while I was working in corporate America, and couldn't wait to get home each night to make more art.

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
I have 2 sentimental favorites. The first is a full-size wedding cake I made for my wedding. I'm an advertising/magazine publishing ex-Alum, so I had the cake photographed so we could use it as the *logo* for all of our wedding stationary pieces. The cake was on display at the reception and people were having their pictures taken with it. What a compliment!

My 2nd favorite is a sheep mosaic I made for my son just before he was born. His nursery is sheep-themed and I had the idea to use white mug/cup handles as the curls of the sheep's wool.

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
One day I would love to make some large mosaic pieces for outdoors, the garden in particular. I love to garden and think it would be fun to have some over-scale, whimsical pieces keeping me company while they shimmer in the sun.

Click on each image to view more of Julie's wonderful work from her site and Etsy shop.
You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for sharing with us Julie.
I ♥ your art.

Friday, August 12, 2011

toes and hearts

Well. I broke my toe. {Isn't that a nice way to begin a post?}
Tuesday, also known as a very baaaad day, when everything else was going wrong I slipped & fell and hurt my foot. Then about an hour later I noticed my toe was turning purple & swelling, so yeah, I broke my toe.
And honestly, after the first day the pain lessened except for the time Charlie stomped on it & the time I closed the crisper drawer with my foot.
Thankfully my job doesn't require me to wear heels or to paint with my feet so I am good.

Speaking of GOOD. 
We had Jack's most recent cardiology appointment on Wednesday.
There was no news to report so no news is good news.
Jack's numbers have not changed & that means {for now} no surgery is needed! We will go back for more tests in February & remain hopeful.

We are so grateful and trusting God has control no. matter. what.
Thank you again for all your encouraging words and prayers!

{If you are new here, Welcome! You can learn about Jack's heart here.}

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

in the kitchen {you know what I like}

My kitchen needs a face-lift.  
I have the perfect color paint picked out for the walls, 
and these fun things would be great additions.
#5 is beautifully said, and there is a sweet story behind it.
I think it would be special painted on a canvas;
 I know what I will be making soon.

Do you like your kitchen? Or does yours need a makeover too?

1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.

Monday, August 8, 2011

♥ I heart art ♥ Amber + Darleen - Red Tile Studio

Meet Amber and Darleen of Red Tile Studio -
a mother/daughter team from Dallas, TX. Darleen (mother) is an artist. Amber (daughter) is a designer/ novice photographer.  
[Get ready; they are amazingly talented!]

When did you first begin creating art ?

DarleenI started painting about eight years ago. Almost all of my creations were
given away to my family and friends. Painting was strictly a hobby until Amber
encouraged me to partner with her and open up our own shop on Etsy.
We both love nature and gardening. Our design esthetic is simple, crisp and
minimal. Nature and modern design is Red Tile Studio. Red Tile Studio
is very much Amber and Darleen.

AmberI started putting my designs together about a year ago.
I have always had them in my head, but never done anything with them.
My passion is interior design and architecture, so a lot of what I create is comes from that.  I have an affinity for what I call Classic Modern design.
I gravitate toward items from the 1930's and 1940's, that to me still look just as fresh and modern as they did then. Working with my mom is both fun and rewarding. Now we get to spend more time together.

Amber's home, which is Red Tile Studio and where theycame up with the name for the shop.

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation 
you have made? Why? 

Darleen: Without a doubt, the most sentimental piece I've made is a portrait of my dog, Jack. 
Growing up I've always had a chihuahua in my life. Their diminutive size has always fascinated me. As pet lovers will tell you, they become part of the family and Jack is no exception. His portrait sits on the shelf in our living room where Jack reigns supreme as king of the hill.

Amber: I would say the most sentimental pieces are the ones we first created together. The black and white chevron design and our air-stream trailer design.
At the time I was obsessed (and still am) with chevrons and I just love how that particular one turned out. The airstream was what startedour first series, The Texas Twelve. It is based off of 4 regional areas of Texas and each region contains 3 designs.

 Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? 
What would it be?

Darleen: I would like to create a "wow" factor piece or conversation piece. 
When you walk into the room, you are drawn to it and can't help but say 'wow'!
That would delight me to no end.

AmberI would love to create a fabric line. 
I think that is the next design step for Red Tile Studio.

Click on each image to view more of Amber and Darleen's wonderful work.
You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for sharing with us ladies.
I ♥ your art.

Friday, August 5, 2011

InstaFriday 7/30 - 8/5

day trip to Zoo Atlanta
[We scored free tickets through our public library and
took the boys to the zoo for the first time.
Charlie was in elephant and panda heaven. Jack was clearly just along for the ride.]

shhhhh there is a monster at the end of this book

someone thinks he's big stuff riding on the fire engine

swing batter, batter

we have a climber

sneaking in some painting while the boys napped at the same time 
[a rare occurrence]

ice cream for lunch, just because
[I feel like I am always saying no - no you can't climb on the table, no you can't eat the dirt, no you can't color on the walls.
Yesterday it was nice to say yes to something, and he still ate his sandwich afterwards, and if he hadn't the world would not have ended.]

speaking of food, we are playing more with our food in hopes to encourage Charlie to eat a better variety
[ahem, things other than ice cream]

PS. my InstaGram ID is @paintmeapic. Say hey if you are on IG.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

zig zagin' {you know what I like}

I am pretty sure my new obsession is chevron.
And not just any old zig-zags, but bright, fun, colorful zig-zags.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

I really need to take some pictures of my new chevron bag and new chevron fabric covered wall art to share. Oh, and I did some mug love in a mint and lemon chevron pattern. . . told you I am becoming obsessed.