Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just call me Picasso!

Ha! Not even close but I did tap in to my artistic side this week and must say that I'm pretty proud of my efforts. I think I have a new love for painting. Maybe one day I'll take a class and learn a thing or two.

I've been on the hunt for art work for Caroline's nursery and found a few peices on line that I fell in love with but didn't want to pay the hefty price tag to own them all. Art is expensive!! I thought to myself, "I can do this!" I'm by no means an artist (blending, shading, idea!) but I can certainly look at a picture and draw it so I made a trip (or 2, 3, possibly 4) to my trusty Hobby Lobby to pick up some supplies. You should have seen me trying to pick out paint and brushes....sheeeesh! That could be an entire post in itself. Any who, here is what I came up with....

I found a set of 6 canvases on line for $300. Not a bad price for all six but I still thought I could save a penny or two by doing them myself. I made all six for around $75! I used scrap book paper and acrylic paint to create the birds, flowers, and butterflies. Pretty cute don't you think?

This next one is my absolute favorite! I saw a similar idea on line that a mom had done for her son. I used left over paint and the canvas was on sale 50% off so I think I spent around $15 on this one...what a deal! I painted the tree with left over paint and then wrote a letter to Caroline from me using a white paint pen. If you click on the picture you may be able to see what the letter says in a larger window.

Cute letters on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby, painted white and decorated with scrap book stickers. Hot glued to Dollar Store frames, also painted white. Pretty pink scrap book paper for the back ground. I think I spent around $20 on this project. Cute, cute, cute!

Cute birdie canvas I made for FREE! The canvases were buy one, get one free and this one was an extra I had from the other projects. I used left over scrap book paper to make the little birdie. Isn't he cute?! This canvas was $130 on line!

Me working on the Letter to Caroline canvas. I had so much fun!

So while I'm no Picasso, I certainly had fun being artsy this week and I think Caroline will one day appreciate the sentimental details created just for her.

The nursery is almost complete! The bedding is due to arrive any day now and then I can get going on the drapes. I can't wait to start that project. I'm so thankful for this time off to be able to do all of these special things for my baby girl before I am too big and too tired to do it.

Have a great week everyone!!

A Fun Ending to Another Great Week.....

Amidst all the projects I had going on at home I still managed to squeeze in some time for two of my favorite people! These ladies and I go back to my days of teaching third grade in Katy. Christy and I have since left the Katy area but we still try to get together a few times a year. We'd all love to see eachother more often if we could. When we first met Christy was single, I was dating David, and Rebecca was mommy to two precious preschooler twins. Boy how times have changed! We're all married now, Christy is expecting her second child, me my first, and Rebecca is now mommy to four boys! I just love these two!

Christy, me, Rebecca

Chirsty at 34 weeks, me at 27 weeks. Both expecting girls!!


  1. Amanda! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the letter you have made for Caroline! I teared up reading it. I absolutely love that idea. Is it too late for me to do that for my two little dudes? Wow! She is going to treasure that forever. I also love your music! "God of this City" (forgot the name) came on while I was reading. They play that song at my church and I just love it. "Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city" AND in little Caroline's life! She is going to love reading this blog someday, too. So sweet!

  2. Hi again, Mandy Jean! I gave you an award on my blog, but don't feel obligated to participate in it. I just feel like you deserve one! :)

  3. Thanks Kelley!! You are too sweet! I miss you girl!

  4. Wow Amanda! I love all of the things that you made for Caroline. The letter is very special!


  5. I love the letter that you wrote to her. It's so heartfelt and honest- she'll cherish it for years to come.