Monday, August 23, 2010

aye, mateys...zane is 5

zane's 5th birthday party was great fun. we had the party at the frontiers of flight museum in dallas.e ven though it was at a flight museum, the party was a pirate theme. my friend from high school made the most fantastic banner for the party. obviously being an artist myself, i love all things handmade. her handmade party decorations are to die for. to see more of her stuff, you can check out her etsy shop here or on facebook by clicking here.

zane and his grandfather have the same birthday. this year was a milestone for both, as zane turned 5 and bobo turned 60. the night before zane's party, we had a 60th for bobo. bobo wore a badge at his party that said, "aged to perfection." zane loved it and insisted on wearing it at his too. in fact, as soon as he woke up on saturday morning, he insisted on putting it on. so sweet!

not only did our guests have full access to the museum, but there was also 2 fantastic play areas for the kids.

it also had a mini theater showing films about airplanes.h ere is zane with his best girl, ariana, in the theater.

the cherry on top? the museum is non profit so the party fee is tax deductible. a super-great place for a super-great party! happy 5th birthday, zane!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

dad's day, 2010

"any man can be a father. it takes someone special to be a dad." - anonymous

Monday, May 17, 2010

her children arise and call her blessed

proverbs 31:28... that was my theme scripture for mother's day this year.

the first projects i did were something new for me- planters.a nd let me tell you that painting on a pot is not an easy thing to do. but, i think they came out just fabulous. the first one was actually my tester one. it came out pretty good though, so i put my husband's hand print on it, and we gave it to his mom for mother's day. the second one was ordered by a husband for his wife. this planter was much larger, probably a good foot tall, and the hand prints around it are her three teenage sons. now, who wouldn't love that for her porch or garden?!

i also did a few new ceramic plates. the first one is a butterfly made from the footprints of a sweet 10 month old girl. the second one has the hand prints of a 5 year old girl. and the third one is actually a combination of a brother and sister. the angel's body is the 5 month old girl's footprint, and the wings are the 4 year old boy's hand prints.

and, there are almost always a couple of canvases. i love putting prints on canvas. the true art is the print itself, but the rest of the decoration on these is pretty stinkin' cute too!

now don't you just know that the mom's that received these treasures had to feel just that- blessed.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

spring is sprung

spring is here! well, to be precise, it will be here on friday, but close enough. with exception to the pollen, and thus the runny noses, sneezing and watery eyes, i love spring. i've been working in the studio, trying to get some new projects out, and for once, i am right on time. that's right, people, i said right on time!

this year, easter is on april 4th. need a cute gift or even something for yourself to stash all that easter candy in? i've got some ideas for you.

mother's day, another spring holiday, is also just around the corner on may 9th. need something special for mom, grandma, sister, aunt, friend? i've got some ideas for all of them too.

it also seems like spring is the season for baby showers. even the stores seem to have more sales on baby stuff in the spring. well, how about these keepsake ideas for the new mom?

and last but not least, how about that spring cleaning, redoing, redecorating?? well, maybe i can even help you there. i just finished this painting that was commissioned to match the rug and bedding in a little girl's room. need a different theme? let's talk.

you can see more on my website here. have a great spring!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

gifts from the heart

with valentines day only 4 days away, i realize i may be to late with these projects. but, never fear, because these would also make great mother's day gifts, or birthday gifts for that matter.

i love this plate. this one just happens to be mine, and i can tell you i plan to display it from february all the way through spring. not only are the hand prints precious, but the mix of purple and green colors is modern and fresh.

and how sweet is this hand print heart? i wrapped it with scripture from 1 Corinthians 13, but it can easily be made with any words of love that you want. i actually found this idea a while back on the web, but i can't remember where. if that person ever sees this, hopefully she will let me know so i can give props.

and, always remember, love never fails, my friends, even when it's last minute. hee hee.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

christmas 09 projects

have i mentioned in the past 5 minutes how much i love this new ceramic paint i found? i feel like it goes against everything in my contemporary art trained nature, but i do. seriously, if you would have told me back in art school that someday i would be painting hands and feet on plates and loving the paint i was using, i would have told you you were crazy. well, this paint was the star of the jaeartworks christmas pieces i did this year. most of the pieces were different variations of my hand print christmas tree design, either on porcelain plates or platters. You can see more painted ceramics on my website.

i also did quite a few thumbprint mugs as well. i really love the mugs- not only are they fully functional, but they can be designed to fit just about any theme. and if you don't like a theme? well, my own mug that i use just has my boys' thumbprints on it in a fun and colorful polka dot pattern.

and last, but certainly not least, i did this fantastic porcelain pitcher. i do believe it was during the painting of this piece that i flipped head over heels for this paint!

i also did a couple of my classic canvas pieces. you know, i'm always trying to add new projects into the mix over here, but at the end of the day, the canvas pieces are still my favorite. i still believe that by putting the hand print or footprint onto a nice canvas really elevates it into a piece of art. as always, you can see more over here!

there is one last project that i want to show, and that is this great tote bag. i did not have access to the children for this piece, but my customer was able to provide me with a tracing of each hand. i painted each child's hand on it and then painted on the words, "mom's blessings." on the inside at the top i put the scripture from proverbs, "her children rise up and call her blessed."
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