Friday, August 26, 2016

hand lettering and embroidery

Well, it looks like I'm back to blogging once a month...which really is not my goal. But once again, I don't take the time to sit down and blog everything that is going on. I do post more than my fair share on instagram though so make sure to follow me there if you're interested in what is going on in our corner of the world.

The kids have started back to school...three weeks ago already. I have started working again. I am working part time as a care taker in the afternoons program again where my kids go to school. I am also subbing for the art teacher for 10 weeks while shes on maternity leave. It is so much fun...but also a lot of work and I am realizing why I didn't want to be a teacher. But I do love it and I will miss it when the 10 weeks are up.

Just wanted to drop in and say hello and also to encourage you to jump over to my etsy page and see what I have going on there. I have been adding digital downloads to my shop and I plan to add even more as the Christmas season approaches! I am going to do some digital "stamps" for Christmas cards and other holidays as well. I plan on launching a new line of printed Christmas cards as well!!

I will also be adding custom initial embroidered necklaces as well. These are so much fun for me to make and I would love the honor of making one for you or a loved one. It doesn't have to be just an initial could be anything really!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who has ever said a kind word, purchased my art or encouraged me along the way. I am where I am today because of your support!! Keep it coming! ;)

Here are a few samples of some of my work that you can get on etsy...

 Have a blessed weekend! See you next month!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

some recent photo shoot sneak peaks!

My blogging is sporadic at best...but I'm having a blast living life and sharing it mostly on instagram. So make sure you follow me there if you're interested to know what I'm up to these days. The days don't slow down, I just do my best to make the most of them!

I am keeping busy with my five beautiful kids and doing my best to help our family make ends meet with a lot of custom painting and hand lettering work. I've also been able to get behind the camera again which has been a blast. I had the opportunity to photograph my friends from college and their beautiful family while on vacation and I was fortunate enough to photograph two gorgeous young ladies who will begin their senior years of high school in August. While I don't actively market my photography I am always up for capturing these memories for people...and I haven't lost ALL my skills so there's that! Here are a few of my favorite shots from my last three sessions!

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully it won't be five months before I'm back again!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

a gift for louis markos

I was honored to be asked by the art teacher at my children's school to create a gift to give to the speaker at our big spring fundraiser. It was a little intimidating to create something for such an esteemed and well respected person whom I didn't know much about (personally). 

Usually when I create a piece I have an idea from the person about colors, font type etc. I was given free reign with this but asked to make it somewhat simple. So that is what I did (after I made a more elaborate one). 

Louis Markos is a professor in English at Houston Baptist university. He is a known scholar of works by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkein...which are obviously beloved authors of classical schools (which is the type of school my children attend).  I was asked to write a quote written by Tolkien in which he spoke of C.S.Lewis. 

I think Dr. Markos liked it...or maybe he was just being nice ;) But it was a joy to make this piece and the more elaborate one with the fire will be hanging at the school in the upper school students lounge!!

This is the piece that will be hanging in the student lounge at my kids school!
I still have this piece if anyone is interested in purchasing it.