Monthly Archives: December 2016

Throwback Thursday – Happy New Year

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Behind the Scenes – Tyrannosaurus Rita

This little girl absolutely LOVES dinosaurs, especially the T-Rex! It was this girl’s dream to own a pet T-Rex named Rita, who had long sparkly purple hair that she could brush…because having purple hair would just be the coolest thing in the world!

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Which Movie Character am I most like?

I have never been able to compare myself to anyone in books or television until several weeks ago, when I watched Harry Potter for the first time.  My daughter is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and I discuss these books with her almost every day.  It wasn’t until I saw the movies that I realized, there is a character that is almost exactly like me…minus the magic of course…lol!

So…WHICH MOVIE CHARACTER AM I MOST LIKE??

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Why it’s LUNA LOVEGOOD of course!

Why you ask?  Here are five characteristics that we have in common…

1.  We both speak in a soft and sweet voice…probably why kids love me so much!

2.  I have been known to skip around, especially when I wear a ponytail.  Who doesn’t like to make their pony tail swish?

3.  Even though she doesn’t say much or look like there is much going on inside her head due to her blank stare, there actually is a ton of imagination brewing all the time.  She believes in “what if” situations and can imagine them as if they were real.  Sound familiar? A Tyrannosaurus Rex who wanted purple hair…lol!

4.  She is odd…much like me when I burst out an imaginary idea in front of a crowd of friends, telling them of the giant bottle of ketchup wearing sunglasses in my brain that is playing helicopter with a little girl…lol!

5.  Since she is so quiet, her jokes although sometimes unintentional are extremely funny because they are so unexpected. I love joking about everything, but the most unexpected thing about me would be my sneezes…lol! I may have a tiny little voice, but my sneezes can blow the top off a mountain…watch out!

In other words, I am weird…and I love that!

What movie character are you most like?

 

 

 

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What is the #1 question that every one asks me about my art?

So, what is the #1 question that everyone asks me about my art????

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IS THAT A PAINTING?!

The answer is no!

Each portrait is made up of several images that I have blended together in Photoshop to bring my imaginary idea to life! It is like finding all the pieces of the puzzle and putting them together as I see it in my brain. Each tiny little detail, I have captured with my own camera!  Sometimes as many as 50 images come together to create a final portrait! It is actually a very exciting process watching it come to life!

Since I use real life objects and people, the imaginary vision that the child has described to me can actually come to life right before their eyes! They can see what it would look like in the real world! The technical term for my form of art is called Illustrative Portraiture, which means bringing imagination to life using Photoshop and giving it a “painted” feel. My artistic painted style of choice is pastel watercolor! I like soft colors, because it matches the sweetness of little children’s imagination that I love so much!

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Throwback Thursday – The Search for Santa’s Workshop

They are in the search for Santa’s Workshop, so they can feed his reindeer. Along the way they meet a reindeer…possibly to distract them from ever finding Santa’s workshop, which is so close, but never to be discovered.

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Happy Holidays

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Addicted to Pinterest

Okay…I admit it!  I am just slightly addicted to Pinterest!  Okay…maybe a LOT!  It just seems like time is moving too quickly and I am afraid that if I blink, I might not notice my kids growing up until they are already grown.  I am definitely not a Pinterest Mom, although you can probably call me a Pinterest Mom Wanna Be…lol!  I am constantly surfing Pinterest to fill their days with interesting crafts to do and games to play.

However, what I am totally obsessed with??

It’s creating the perfect birthday, which means baking the best cake that they will remember forever!  I work hours on each of their cakes the day before their birthday.  I have to admit this right now, although I am good with Photoshop, the oven is NOT my friend!  Somehow my cookies always turn out burnt and raw at the same time.  My kids call them scabs…lol!  I really want to be that Mom that has warm homemade cookies and milk waiting for them when they get off the bus and they do…just not Pinterest quality cookies…lol!

MY TOP 3 PINTEREST BIRTHDAY FAILS

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Thomas the Tank Engine Cake (Using my new frosting Fun Gun)  – Word to the wise, the fun gun is no fun at all.  I got frustrated, stabbed the cake a bunch of times, threw everything in the garbage, drove to Wegmans and bought a Thomas cake!

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The Ferocious Beast (From Maggie and the Ferocious Beast) – Looks beautiful right?  Until the next morning when his head fell off!  Cue the tears!  But no worries, I turned it into a joke! She had the Beast’s Butt as her birthday cake that year and you know what happens if you light a fire near the beast’s butt…lol!IMG_8796

The Reading Tree – My daughter liked to climb one our our trees to read her books.  She wanted me to make a cake of her sitting in her favorite tree.  So I searched Pinterest and found a great way to make a tree by using rice krispie treats colored green as the top of the tree.  Sounds great right? Well, let me just tell you in advance, rice krispie treats catch on fire…FAST!  So the whole entire tree was in fire!  I don’t have a picture, because we needed to try and put it out really fast…lol!  You can use your imagination!

MY BEST PINTEREST BIRTHDAY

However, not all my birthday cakes were complete failures.  I have one birthday that will go down in history as the best birthday party I have ever planned thanks to Pinterest. HARRY POTTER!  I planned everything, right down to the scavenger hunt for her present, which was a treasure chest full of Harry Potter accessories.

The Feast 

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Are you addicted to Pinterest too for Birthdays?  Show me your cakes…good and bad!  I won’t judge…lol!  

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101 Cardboard Box Play Ideas

We spend countless dollars on toys for the holidays, but what do kids play with the most? The boxes! Throughout the years, my kids have played with many boxes in so many different ways, such as toll booths, sailboats, race cars, dinosaur kingdoms and even submarines.  Boxes are so much fun!  Over the years, I have collected some websites with unique ideas to share with you, so you can have fun with your boxes too!

Melissa and Doug – Building Imagination – 50 Box Play Ideas for Kids

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Buzzfeed – 31 Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box That Will Blow Your Kids’ Mind

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My Life and Kids – 20 Simple Cardboard Box Activities

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Share some pictures of your box activity!  I would love to see what you have created!

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Throwback Thursday – Santa’s Sweet Ride

My kids wondered if Santa really still drives a sleigh pulled by reindeer, because we don’t ride in horse drawn carriages anymore. They pictured him driving a convertible VW Bus that was covered in Christmas graffiti and colorful lights, so the reindeer could actually ride with him. The kids wanted to make sure that it had a golden schlond poofa that shoots out glitter, just like Ken has on Barbie Life in the Dream House. Up in front Santa is driving, while the reindeer next to him is taking pictures of the north star. Rudolph, another reindeer and my youngest daughter are playing beanie boos together and are fascinated that Rudolph can make them light up with his nose. My older daughter is in the middle doing a braid train with two reindeer, while the third reindeer is holding up a light for them. In the back, my son and two reindeer are playing reindeer games on their Kindles. And the last reindeer is peeking in a magical present! The polar bear family on the ground is anxiously awaiting his arrival with their Santa Stop Here sign.

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Float Mounting

So what exactly does float mounted mean?

Watercolor prints look best when they suspended in the window of the mat, so that you can see the raw edges of the watercolor paper. This is how I print custom artwork for the packages! It looks amazing…I love it so much!
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