Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cross Country Cake

I know, this totally has nothing to do with Christmas, but is still something I wanted to share. My daughter Mallory ran Cross Country this past fall and we celebrated the season with a banquet.
One of the other creative moms came up with is awesome cake! She purchased 2 sheet cakes, undecorated, and embellished them on her own. The hills are 2 mounds of rice crispie treats and the whole thing was covered in green grass frosting. She made the starting line out of pretzel rods and fondant and even made the "shoot" the runners finish in out of red licorice.

She sprinkled mini edible leaves everywhere and created a trail with brown frosting, graham cracker crumbs and crushed Oreos.

And to top it all off, she cut out photos of each runner and placed them on the coarse (she took all of the photos herself too).

The cake was a total hit, delicious, and created a great memory for a great season. She even included a shot of the coach yelling at the finish line!

Sorry for lack of posts here lately. The Christmas season has got me pretty busy filling orders and painting away. Please keep stopping back!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Clothesline Paintings Again!

I know I have blogged about this before, but now is the time to place your Clothesline Painting orders for the holidays! What better way to personalize a home than with this custom painting! Think of the reaction you'll get when you give this unique gift! Isn't the giving better than receiving anyways?

These cute paintings come in three sizes, 11x14, 8x10, or 5x7- all perfect sizes for tabletop display or on that little wall space you've been trying to fill. I will paint an outfit for a boy or girl and personalize them with your family members' names.

There are two designs: the beach

or the backyard! I will choose the outfit for the name unless you needed something specific.

And you can also have the clothing represent your favorite sports teams (think school, college, or professional)! These would be great for dad to display in his office or "man cave!"

So, email me at or give me a call with your order, 513-561-2584. See the pricing below:

11x14, up to 6 names- $48
8x10, up to 6 names- $38
5x7, up to 3 names-$32
$3 for each additional name

Thanks for looking and get your personalized list together! You will love how these turn out!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Next Art Show

With this beautiful warm weather, I can understand how it might be hard to get into the holiday spirit. But don't let that stop you from visiting me this weekend at the Lakota East High School Holiday Art Show.

Sat, November 13, 10am-5pm
Sun, November 14, 12noon-4pm

Lakota East High School
6840 Lakota Lane
Liberty Twp, OH 45044
This is a good-sized art show where you find find a variety of handcrafted items that will suit your gift giving needs. Stop by my booth (#7 & 8) down the main hallway to see my unique painted furniture and picture frames.

I will also have great ornaments to add to your holiday decor. Look at these cute skeleton keys! If you don't have a fireplace chimney, then let Santa in with his very own key!

And here are some new, fun storage items!

So, I look forward to your visit and I'm sure you will find the perfect gift or even something special for yourself! Please contact me if you are interested in any of these items that you see!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween 2010

I know I'm a few days behind, but I wanted to show you my girls' Halloween costumes. I found these "turkey" hats at Target and immediately knew what I wanted my twins to go as- Thanksgiving Dinner "Before and After!"

Mallory is wearing the real turkey hat with burlap and a fall leaf garland wrapped around her. Celia has the cooked turkey hat with a plate of food hanging from her neck, including silverware! She is wrapped in a tablecloth and has a cloth napkin pinned to her shoulder. They got several laughs & compliments and it was super easy!

Marin was a Soccer Zombie and had a great time with her face made up.

She usually dresses up as something cute or clever, so this year I think she had fun being SCARY!

And here I am at the school's Dance of the Dead event. My girls played down their costumes to be able to run around with friends.

I ran the Cornhole Game that night. I painted this cool Frankenstein on a cornhole board and the kids tried to throw the "brains" back into Frankie's head. It was fun!

And below are some creatures from previous years!

Old lady, Hershey's kiss, Black cat...

Pirate, Pippi Longstocking, Artist...

Jellyfish, Laundry basket, Biker girl...

Thanks for reading & tuck these ideas away for next year!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Centennial Mural is Finished!

After several months of planning and several more months of actual painting, the Madeira Centennial Mural is finished! The mural was a project inspired by the small town charm of our city and the celebration of its 100th birthday.

A committee was formed and together we decided on over 20 Madeira landmarks, past and present, to document our history. We wanted to capture the memories of our town and inspire people to share their own when they see the mural.

The mural is located in the Madeira Municipal Building, in the lower level Community Room, a room open to the public for meetings, parties, and any other bookings. Here is the building in real life.
Here is the building in my mural! The Police Department is in there too!

I started the mural in June and just finished the other day (October). It is 6.5 feet tall and 22 feet long.

The mural includes historical residences,

local businesses (past and present),

schools (past and present),

parks, and

old churches.
And to make the mural come alive, I painted the people of our community! Little vignettes depict our residents walking, playing, conversing, and admiring the bell created in honor of our 75th birthday. It arrived on a train through the heart of downtown with great fanfare!

And the committee who commissioned the mural threw me an awesome reception to reveal the mural to our community residents.

We covered the mural, so arriving guests had to wait for the big moment. The mayor read me a Proclamation...

and we pulled a curtain down to show it off. The reaction was priceless.

It was such a lovely evening with great snacks, a string quintet, and my family and friends to show their support. I felt honored to be chosen to paint such an important mural for our "Friendly Town" and it is a Madeira memory I will always cherish!

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Unique Jungle Nursery

Jungle themes are very popular for baby nurseries, but this one is really unique. I painted it for my sister-in-law who is due with her first little boy in November.

She wanted animal silhouettes against a very striking blue wall color. They turned out great!

Choosing highly recognizable positions of the animals really helped give a feel of simplicity and a look that the child will not outgrow.

I also painted this bin to go with the room & filled it with baby goodies. It makes a great accent piece!

So, think about this option when you are considering a jungle themed room! This style would look great in a sun room or basement as well.

Now, all we need is the baby!