Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baby Shower Gift

Our family is waiting the arrival of a new nephew and we celebrated with a fun baby shower last weekend. My sister-in-law is due with her first baby, a boy, in September and I painted her a unique gift that will match her nursery.

Her nursery is painted yellow and she is decorating with a theme that matches her bedding, including caterpillars, alligators, owls and bees.

I painted her a storage box that matches the colors and blanket with the critters. I filled each drawer with a baby item; socks, bibs, diaper cream, an outfit, and matching painted frame.

I love giving unique gifts and seeing the reaction of the receiver. I hope the painted box will be an item to cherish and one that the little guy can use for a long time. He can later fill it with his own treasures- rocks, baseball cards, and real caterpillars!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bedroom Map Mural

We've all done it. Glanced through a Pottery Barn catalog and long for the beautiful bedrooms and furnishings. You can buy all of the furniture and accessories, but who will complete the look with decorative walls? I can!

One customer was inspired by the previous two Pottery Barn Kids rooms she saw in their catalog.

Now, here is what HER room looked like after I painted in it!

We combined the two looks in her son's room & included his name in the clouds as well. What a creative way to display your child's name on the wall!

And since the compass clock was out of stock, she had me paint the compass on the wall too.

So, hang on to those pictures of inspiring rooms, give me call, and we can make it a reality!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Madeira Centennial Mural Update

I've been plugging away at the Centennial Mural in the Madeira Municipal Building. I feel like I have all summer to work on it, but July is half way over! And, it is trickier to make progress when my kids are around during the day. Can't just disappear and go paint all day!

So, the concept of the mural is to capture the small town qualities of our community by representing buildings from the past and present, along with events and people going about their daily lives.

The buildings are sort of the "characters" in the mural and will allow viewers to recall memories and share stories of their own. Some buildings are no longer standing while others have evolved through the years. For example, our current shoe cobbler shop used to be the municipal building and then the library at one point!

I will try to post more detailed photos in the future, but here is the direction the mural is taking so far! Thanks for looking & I hope you'll have a chance to view it in person sometime!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Painted Trompe l'oeil French Doors

One of the projects in my book, Mural Magic: Painting Scenes on Furniture and Walls, is to paint closet doors to look like they are French Doors with a view to the outside. I created this theme in my daughters' room and it ended up as a how-to project in my book.

My daughters share a bedroom, so there isn't a lot of wall space by the time you added two beds, two dressers, etc. But they had a couple of sliding closet doors that were flat and perfect for painting!

Here is the other set of doors in the same room. Similar, but with a cat peeking through, waiting to be let in!
Now, here's the cool part. A customer, who bought my book, took on this project herself (just like you're supposed to do when you buy a how-to book!) and sent me the photos! Here are her closet doors, going through the same process as my book. Take a look!

Here are the doors taped off to create the grid lines.

And now she's painting the sky for the outside "view." Just paint right over the tape!

Adding details to the flower pot!

The scene is finished. Looks great! Now for the fun part.....

...pulling off the tape! The white lines that remain serve as the french door grid. You can add shading to the grids to make them seem three-dimensional.

One side removed....

Thanks Amy, for sharing your doors with us! They turned out great!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Centennial Mural Project Sketch

Another fun project! I have been asked to paint a mural in the Madeira Municipal Building in honor of the community’s 100th birthday (see sketch). It will include at least 20 Madeira landmarks from the past and present and my goal is to capture our small town charm. We are nestled in the big city of Cincinnati, but our community is close knit and an awesome place to raise a family. Look for pictures of my painting process to come!

Mural Magic

I wanted to take a few minutes and introduce you all to my book, Mural Magic: Painting Scenes on Furniture and Walls. Some of you may already be familiar with this how-to book, but I wanted to share with you some of the fun projects and great ideas inside.

The concept of the book is to coordinate a wall mural with a matching piece of painted furniture, and I show you each step along the way.

There are a variety of themes to choose from including garden and nature, nautical, and even a cute nursery idea.

I even take you through the techniques of how to load a brush, apply a variety of brushstrokes and prepare a piece of furniture for painting.

You can purchase my book at a variety of bookstores, as well as online. Click here for ordering information. Get your copy today and start painting! You'll be inspired and pleased with the results. Go ahead and tackle that room you've been wanting to change!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Clothesline paintings

Looking for a unique and adorable gift for a mother or grandmother? Check out my cute clothesline paintings!

There are two styles, a beach scene or backyard setting, and I will paint little outfits for a boy or girl and personalize them with your family member's names. The canvas' are 8" x 10" and are easy to display on a tabletop with an easel or on your wall.

These paintings are a great way to display your family and please contact me to order one. They are $38.00 for up to 6 names and $3 for each additional name.
Please include $7 for shipping and handling as well.

Contact me at or visit my website at

Thanks for looking!