Teacher appreciation gift

Teacher Appreciation – End of Year gift for a male teacher……who knew it would stretch my brain.  Jules has had female teachers in the past and all of my Go-To gift ideas are all geared towards girls…..so I had to get creative.  Our Christmas gift to Mr B was very light on imagination, so I was determined to do it right since Jules had a blast in Mr B’s classroom this year.

When you google male teacher appreciation gift, you get a lot of ideas…..but none of them quite what I was looking for.  In my search I came across a printed picture of a tree with printed fingerprints as the leaves and the teachers name at the bottom.  Soooooo riffing off of that I merged that idea with a family tree.

IMG_0090To start my tree – I started with straight up black acrylic paint.

IMG_0093And to fill in the names on the branches, leaves and school year – I used .3mm fine point marker pens.

IMG_0094Kinda girlie but still better than some of my other ideas.  I did something creative and by throwing in some guy stuff like a gift card to iTunes, Amazon, anything BBQ related……Mr B gets something useful and I get to use some creativity.  Win, Win!!

Messy Mess in the Office

There comes a time in a girls life when she should be able to keep the office door open when guests come over, you know?  For as many years as we have had an office, the door always needed to be shut when people come over.  Why?  Cause it is a dumping ground.  I did not get a before pic, which is unfortunate, but I do have the shot of all of the stuff that we took out in order to remove the carpet. photo-26

In January, Dave and I emptied the room and replaced the carpet with new flooring.  What a difference that made, with just the brightness of the room.  It did not feel so small….oh, maybe that is because all the crap wasn’t in there.  It took a week or so to sort through all of the boxes and other miscellaneous items in my living room……but this is what made it back in.


Those 2 boxes on the floor are my current non-house projects – ah dammit – the one on the right is a house project.  The right box holds all my frames and smaller prints that I have been sorting through.  I need to divide out into keeps and donates, I will also need to review what I have set aside for the bathroom and this room.  What I have up now are just randomly placed items on nails that were in the wall from when this was Jane’s nursery.  The box on the left holds some albums and pictures that I need to put in those albums.  Fun.

DSCN1582The closet still needs trim but otherwise this corner is holding some framed prints that I need to divide into keeps and donates, Jules and Jane’s painting board (goes on the floor when they paint), the craft dresser, and the boxes of bathroom vanities.  Bathroom vanities were purchased during the Denver trip.

DSCN1581This is book central.  I purchased the book shelves from an online garage sale Facebook page – so glad I found them.  I am planning on replacing the upright chair with the blanket and pillow with a more relaxed reading chair.

All in all – better than it was….but I still have some sorting to do.



New Arty Abstract

New Arty Abstract….reminds me of Night Rain

I’m on the nightrain
Bottoms up
I’m on the nightrain
Fill my cup
I’m on the nightrain
Ready to crash and burn……

CRAP…Wrong Night Rain (sorry Axl).  Here is the right Night Rain.

DSCN1575Black, Silver, White, Grey, Silver, Pearl, tealy green and a wonderful iridescent peacock teal.

DSCN1576That sparkly teal really does it for me.  🙂

DSCN1577And as a final shot….here is a preview of what I am working on now…..Oh wait!!!  There are 2 hints in this one pic….



Arty Art Painting….Done!

Another one done, and I LOVE IT…….SNL Joyologist style.  I worked on this painting for ages to get it to the point where I LOVE IT.   You need to click the link and watch the video to get the LOVE IT image 🙂

DSCN1572With black, white, grey, silver, pearl, and  a purplemagenta rouge.  Yeah, Awesome.

DSCN1573Yummyness to look at.  I hope you are digging the eyecandy.  Now that I am done, I will have to move on to another canvas…..Sniff.