Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

 Christmas eve 2014 we had dinner with all the grandparents, and went to the festival of lights at the grotto.  Super fun!
 Christmas morning my husband dressed up as Santa for William (and William didn't recognize him!!!)  William was soooooooo excited!!!
Christmas afternoon we had our big family party, which was pretty fun!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Angel Painting

I did this painting to use for our Christmas Card in 2014.  She is available for sale at my Etsy shop:
Or as a print or featured on fun printed items at my online shop:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December Fun!

 We had a super fun playdate at the Children's Museum with your BFF.
 Quality bonding times with Papa, Grandma, and then Mutti came all the way from France to spend Christmas with us!!!
We stayed up on Mt. Hood for a couple of days to play in the snow!!!  It was super fun!!!

Friday, December 11, 2015

December's Here!

 Oh we had so much fun with the Christmas preparations this year!  I can imagine it will only get more fun each year!!!
 Decorating the tree just a little bit each day to make it stretch out longer (awesome idea of my husband), a Christmas village that was given to us by a friend, and the advent calendar that I made for William to use each year...
I started subbing more an dmore, William continues to enjoy reading, we have some silly times together for sure, and Grandma got in on the advent calendar fun!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November's Second Half!!!

 He's turning into a little boy before our very eyes!
 Squeee my favorite time of the year is coming!!!
God I love them with all my heart and then some.  For real.  They take my breath away.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


 Painting with Papa (LOVE!!!), groovin' in my dance classes, and Grandma cuddles!
 Did my first art fair, and got published on page 12 of the Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2014 issue.  Soooooooooo exciting!!!!
We still love each other after all these years!!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

L'Esprit Painting

This lovely lady was featured in the Reader's Gallery of Somerset Studio's September/October 2014 issue, which I am very proud of!  She is available for purchase at my Etsy shop:
or you can purchase prints or fun printed items at my online shop:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dia De Los Muertos Painting

I painted this as a gift for my niece's 8th grade graduation.  She was very happy with it!  Prints and other fun printed items are available at my online shop.  I can also paint something similar on commission, just leave a comment with your email address and I will get in touch!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!!!

Our cutie was a cowboy this year!  Yee haw!!!  And my hubby was a good sport for the first time ever so we actually had fun!!!!!!!!  Yay!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Meeting Danita!!!!

This was so exciting that I actually cried I was so overly excited at one point.  God that was embarrassing!  But anyway...I had been dying to meet this amazing girl ever since I first found her art through Somerset Studio in March of 2010.  I got a couple of her prints for William's room when I was pregnant, and I just have really been a huge fan of hers for the past 4 1/2 years.  Then, when I read she was coming to Oregon to teach at an Art Camp, I was like OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG YES YES YES YES YES PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yeah I was excited to like a crazy degree!  Yeah.  It was amazing to meet her!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 2014!!!

 My goofy cute hubby and my darling little man, newly shaven as we seemed to have contracted lice on our flight home from France!  Oh la vache!!!
 Cuddles and walks and letters, oh  my!
 Mama and William, coloring, and Papa's silly hats!
Papa reading to our boy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tristesse the sad little mermaid painting

Somehow this little mermaid turned out sad.  But that's ok.  Sometimes we're sad.  That's life!  One day, my hubby and I were being silly and we were discussing this sad little mermaid, and what possible reason she might have to be sad.  So we made up a little history for her that would explain the sadness...
Once upon a time there was a beautiful little mermaid who lived along the shores of the Baltic Sea with her seven sisters, her father, and her mother...For 20 years she lived without a care, until one day there was the most terrible storm anyone had ever witnessed.  During the storm as her and her family were trying to weather the storm, she was knocked unconscious by a huge piece of driftwood. When she awoke, she discovered she was all alone in the world.  She began wailing in despair, weeping great tears of infinite sorrow...these tears solidified and became tiny drops of beautiful Baltic Amber, which eventually washed ashore and brought joy to many people.  She continues to swim the Baltic Sea, with her sorrow as her only companion.
This original painting is for sale at my Etsy shop:
and she is also available as an art print or printed on fun items at my online shop:

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Transitioning into October

 When we got home from France I finally felt good enough for the first time in 4 years to actually start decorating our house!  I finally finished in June of 2015, and I am quite satisfied with the resulting cuteness!
 My boys just being their cute selves!
The frog hat!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I sewed a simple apron without a pattern!

This was pretty fun!  I sewed this apron from Elsie Flannigan's (A Beautiful Mess Blog) ebook, "Sew With Us".  I'm a complete beginner at sewing but OMG I love it so much!  I'm sure I will slowly but surely get better and better over the next 5 years.  I seriously adore making cute stuff for my house, and cute little skirts and such for myself, with beautiful fabric that I chose myself!  FUN!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Home is Where the Heart is...

 Cooking, walking, enjoying the fall weather...
 Tomatoes, low carb homemade blueberry cheesecake, building forts with my son...
The 2 littlest american cousins hanging out...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Nut Brown Fairy Painting

I was in the mood to paint a series on Fairies/Angels.  This is the first painting in that series.  I eventually did 4 in total.  She has gone to a good home, but prints are still available in my online shop:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Home Sweet Home! And happy 38th birthday to me!!!!!

It was so good to be home at last!  It was a looooooong 6 weeks!!!  I'm glad we went, but there's no place like home!
 These are photos of my 37th birthday celebrations!
 While we were in France, the tomatoes went crazy!!!!  So we were harvesting tomatoes for weeks and weeks!  Our house reeked of tomatoes!  But I'm sure thankful that we had them!!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Jane Austen Character Paintings

 These 3 beauties were featured in the reader's gallery of Somerset Studio Magazine last year, which I am incredibly proud of!
The first one is sold, however the other 2 are still available for purchase at my Etsy shop:
and prints and other fun printed items are available at my online shop:

Friday, September 4, 2015

On to Normandy

 One night's sleep in Paris, and then onward we go to Normandy...
 A looooooooooooooong car ride!
A charming walk in our old neighborhood in Paris, and then a beautiful little fairy tale walk all alone in the countryside in Normandy.  I loved it!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Moving on to the next part of our journey

 A Quick overnight trip to Aurelien's aunt and uncles country house.
At the train station going to visit the border of Switzerland, Germany, and France.
 A short one night trip to visit Aurelien's cousin Hugues.
The most beautiful fish pond I've ever seen in my life.