Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry, Merry!

Holiday "Photo Shoot"

Just a few days to go before Santa comes calling, and we (especially the 6-year-old) are getting pretty excited around here. . . . 

So, as it's almost Christmas, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pictures from our recent holiday "photo shoot." Kendra received her first pet - a baby crested Gecko - for her birthday in September so this year, "Gecky" is making his first appearance too. . . can you spot the little one in the picture? Yep, that's him . . .

On her finger
On top of the candy cane
Taking his "close up"
Cheeky Gecko! (That's something I never thought I'd say!) 

And this year's Christmas Card winner? . . . 

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. 
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
--Dale Evans Rogers

I wish you the happiest Holiday memories and the sweetest Christmas surprises. 

Until next year,
Kristin xo

Monday, December 19, 2011

My First Swap!

8 x 8 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I'm so excited to share this with you! Lucky Me received the most amazing package in the mail the other day - a gorgeous 8 x 8 gallery wrapped canvas - from Daniele Valois of Creating Learning Flying!

I met Daniele through The Summer of Color and was immediately attracted to her bold, whimsical style and the sense of fun, freedom, and fearlessness her art expresses. She creates beautiful pieces of heritage art as well, and has been featured in several Somerset Memories magazines. 

I don't recall exactly how it came about, but I was inspired by one of her Mixed Media / Scrap pieces to try something similar and in the process, asked if she would be interested in a trade. I would do something for her featuring a picture of her baby and she would do something for me featuring a picture of mine. She kindly agreed (yeah) and suggested that we complete them in time to give to each other for Christmas.

I sent her several photo options (okay, too many) and she happened to select one of my all-time favorites of Kendra at about a year and a half. Here is the original, followed by detail shots of what she did with it . . . .

My friend Nina took this picture of Kendra when she was about a year and a half.

Look at all that beautiful, bold color: I LOVE those cheeks!
Aren't the sides cool? There is so much to attention to detail all the way around the piece.
This is my favorite detail: The "roof!" Do you see it? 
She created a "home" with Kendra in the center of it all!
"Living A Colorful Dream"
Look at all this beauty (and glitter ;)
A front door (on the bottom left), flower boxes, a roof & chimney!

I. Am. Thrilled to have this beautiful piece of art in my home and am so grateful to Daniele for all of the love and energy she put into making it. Thank you Daniele, from the bottom of my heart. 

If you'd like to see what I made for her beautiful baby, you can pop over to Creating Learning Flying today and see what I sent to them . . . I hope she loves hers as much as I do mine!

Kristin xo

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paint Party Friday (Week 40)

5 x 5 Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Side Detail

Has anyone seen my last two weeks? I lost them right around the first of the month and haven't been able to find them since . . .  I better retrace my steps, starting with Candy Cane Lane . . . . 

Okay, truth be told, I have been arting a bit in the last few days, but haven't been able to share them here for fear of ruining any Christmas surprises. Having said that, this bitty canvas was done for a little friend of mine that'll probably not see this before it is given to her. And since I'm not naming names anyway, I hope my secret's safe with you. 

"Star" was created with pencil, water-soluble crayons and acrylic. I've been into these funky little stars lately, so they also made an appearance. Once I put one one her cheek, I was inspired to write out the word on her neck. Perfect for a pre-teen (now I've said too much) don't you think? Final touches include the use of charcoal for depth, oil pastels for a bold pop of color and Stickles glitter for the fun of it . . .

I also want to take this opportunity to send a big, huge Thank You to Denise for the following prize I recently won in her drawing. She sent along the cutest craft book along with all of the lovely, sparkly (how did she know?) things that you see below. I love them all, but I have to say, those socks are my absolute favorite! Thank you Denise, I am so very grateful.

Thank you for your visit! If you'd like to see more painted pieces, please check out the Party for yourself. 

I'll see you there,
Kristin xo

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Paint Party Friday (Week 38)

"Merry & Bright"
8 x 12 Moleskine Journal

Caran D'Ache watercolor crayons and Liquitex acrylic
Background stamping & Stickles glitter tree
Pencil used for text & shimmer spray for texture

Happy PPF! 

Thanks for taking a peek at my attempt to muster up some Holiday Spirit . . . now, if I can only finish that tree . . . 

To see more painterly pieces, please feel free to check out the fabulous Party below:

Christmas Kisses, 
Kristin xo