Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 in review...


I cannot believe another year has past! I'm looking forward to what 2011 holds... I'm already acquiring quite the list of commissioned work, and I'm excited to get started (in between feeding, changing, napping and snuggling with my child, of course!). If you have e-mailed me, I'm getting organized and I will get back to you shortly.


Thanks so much for your support and love.
Happy New Year, everyone!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Hey.

Hello friends - Life is so busy and full with our precious baby girl! Every day is different around here. Actually, every hour is... it's so hard to plan anything, commit to anything, or get anything done "real quick." Of course everyone tells me it's only going to get busier from here!


Just wanted to say hey... I'm hoping you are enjoying the holiday season. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

CBC

Remember when I had my art up at Mars Hill Church for soooo long? Well, I sold most of it before we moved, but still had the 3 huge 4x5 paintings. We brought them with us and figured we'd find a place for them at some point. My parents and sister's fam go to Community Bible Church, a sweet little church not too far from our house. We've visited a few times and have gotten to know some of the people so we decided to put the paintings "on loan" to them, sort of indefinitely. 






We went yesterday and I got these few shots - the pieces look really great on the huge walls they have there. A sweet elderly man even told my mom he'd buy the canvases if I'd paint more for the other walls... so cute!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Feeling festive.

Well, people have been prepping for the holiday season since before Halloween, and now I've jumped on the bandwagon. Working on getting out my Christmas decorations and get into the holiday spirit. I pulled everything out yesterday, and you guys, it took me approximately 4 hours to get any decorating done because my sweet daughter just wanted to be held (turns out she had a super stuffy nose and couldn't breath - therefore she couldn't sleep when I laid her down. Poor thing!). I'm learning how to change my expectations about getting something done or going anywhere because you just never know with a little one around. 

I just have to enjoy little moments like my morning coffee in my Rosanna 12 Days of Christmas Mugs... they are one of my favorite items to have out in December!


 


I am super excited to get the house feeling more festive (even if it takes a couple of weeks) and I'm going to attempt a couple of projects... I can't believe it's December already! Hope you all are ready for the new year because it'll be here before we know it. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Where I'm At...

I just read a friend's blog that was inspired by another blog that was inspired by another blog... Kinda a fun idea to just blab about random life thoughts for a second. I'm following the trend here folks.


I am SO thankful for a husband who wants to be a good dad - he just told me he'll race me to get the baby first if she wakes up! 


I totally understand why trees need to be cut down, but I'm still really just a tree-hugger at heart.


I'm missing Seattle a little more than usual this week (might be because it's snowing there; so jealous).


I would like to paint a cute owl painting for the baby's room... who knows when I'll get to it, but I'll try. 


I've been thinking a lot lately that my Grandma is the strongest, wisest person I know.


I'm starting to understand what people mean when they say they are more in love with their spouse than they were when they first got married. It sounds cheesy, but I'm more in love with Daniel every day.


Even though "cold" here is around 55 degrees, I'm happy to be wearing my Uggs these days.


And, gosh, I love my cup of coffee every morning. 


So that's where I'm at...



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Howdy.

Just a little wave (slash fist pump) hello! 




We're still around, keeping busy, getting busier with the holidays... you know, the usual for this time of year. It's getting colder around here - which is fabulous because it's snowing in Seattle and I'm so jealous. I would be so sad to have hot weather here for the holidays!. I feel like a wimp, but we actually turned our heater on this week! 


Besides the weather changing, life has changed quite a bit, as I mentioned a while ago. I've been posting pretty regularly on our family blog, so if you are really interested to know details, you can check it out over there. Hope all is well for each of you!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fun Fabrics

Rachel Denbow posted this week about her beautiful vintage sheet collection...


and it reminded me of all the fabric I got from my Grandma! I actually got more once we moved down here... now I just need to figure out what to do with it. Any ideas?






In the meantime, it's stacked in pretty piles in our guest bedroom. I'll just look at it, take photos of it, and think about pretty projects to do with it. Oh, but then again... I don't really sew, so that might be a problem... HA! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

A whole new world...

In a dream world I would be so organized with my time that I'd have several new paintings done, photos taken, blog posts posted, an Etsy shop set up, items ready to be sold, packaged and shipped, and I'd consider myself a successful artist, "small business owner," blogger and Etsy extraordinaire. 


Alas, I didn't even do that before I had a child and now my reality is SO different. I think about projects and paintings a little bit, but my world is this baby right now. She is wonderful! Being a new parent is crazy and wonderful and difficult all in one. Art and blogging and business feels so much less important when I have this sweet little person in my arms. I know I will continue painting and posting and might even eventually, seriously, finally open an online store, but for now... please be patient with me while I adjust to a new reality and the order of importance in my life changes dramatically. 


I'm totally still open to commissioned paintings, the timeline just might look different from here on out. Thanks for your patience and support in this time!



Monday, November 8, 2010

Favorite Things

My friend Rebecca over at Desert Dwelling tagged me to do this favorite things quiz a while ago and I thought it might be fun to finally fill it out. I answer the questions and then tag a few more people to do the same... 

1. Favorite Flower

Definitely orange calla lilies... my wedding bouquet flowers! I love love love them. And any fall colored flower combo in general. So pretty. 





2.Favorite Color Combination

I'm loving teal and red these days. But yellow and grey is a super close second. 





3. Favorite Celebrity Couple

Hmmm... I guess Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson? They just seem super down to earth and actually love each other and are not caught up in all the Hollywood shenanigans. And they are both so funny and talented!


4. Your Theme Song

I don't think I have a theme song, but one I love is Healed by Shane and Shane - it's the song I walked down the aisle to at our wedding. It's just music (no lyrics) and it's super short and simple but I think its great. 



5. Favorite "I had a terrible day" Food 

Cereal for sure!



6. Lipstick or Lip gloss?

Lip gloss... I use Vaseline daily and when I'm feeling fancy I like Bare Escentuals Stinson Beach Lip Guard

7. Favorite Magazine.

Real Simple... but I will admit my guilty pleasure reading is People Magazine.


8. Favorite thing about fall.

So many things... baked goods, candles, fires in the fireplace... but most of all the trees in Seattle. I miss the changing leaves!


Well, friends, that only took me 2 hours to complete between looking up images and taking care of my little one! Sheesh! Fun though -  now my turn to tag... You're it!

Molly at Specs and Wings
Heather at heatherlydee
Ashten at Always Ashten

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Guest Post: Children's Books with heatherlydee

Hello darlings.  I’m Heather from heatherlydee blog and heatherlydee etsy. I am excited to be guest posting for the lovely Britt while she gets settled in with her sweet new baby.

When my twin sister and I were little, my mom would take us to the library all the time. We would check out dozens of books and read them together. If there were challenges in school to read books for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut you could count me in. I guess it is no surprise that in whatever city I've lived in since graduating high school, the librarians have known me by name. As you can tell by now I have grown up with a love for books.


Photo by Ashlee Rohnert

It is almost a magical experience to open a book. You make new friends and fall in love with the characters as you walk through the ups and downs of their lives and go on adventures with them. I always dread turning the last page of a good book and saying goodbye to friends I’ve made.

I want to share with you a few of my childhood favorites as well as a couple books that are new-ish to me. It was so difficult to narrow down my favorites, but these are the top ones worth mentioning.

Flicka, Ricka and Dicka. Snip, Snap, and Snurr. You might be wondering what I’m talking about. If your first guess isn’t names of children, I am not surprised. Let’s face it, how many Snurrs do you know? These are two sets of triplets who are written about and illustrated by Maj Lindman, a Swedish author and artist. As a twin myself, I was drawn to reading these books about triplets.


I have fond memories of my mom reading Betsy-Tacy to my sister and I during summer. These two best friends love to go on adventures together, whether real or imaginary. Tib moves to the neighborhood shortly before the end of the book.


Berenstain Bears have been around for years and years. I love this sweet little bear family. Each book dealt with universal experiences in children’s lives and taught me new lessons. Some favorites were The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies and The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food.


Amelia Bedelia is a maid for a wealthy family.  She repeatedly misunderstands commands and chores, taking everything literally, causing her to do everything wrong and leaving you laughing. For example, when she is told to dress the chicken she put clothes on the chicken.


The American Girls series are wonderful! They taught aspects of American history through six book series from the perspective of a nine year old girl living in that time period. The original girls were Samantha, Kirsten and Molly; I also had Felicity and Addy books. A couple months ago I pulled my books out and read both the Samantha and Kirsten series within a week; it was so much fun to reconnect with those old, dear friends.


The following books are some that I did not read until college when I was a nanny for two children, a two year old girl and a three month old boy.

Pinkalicious is about a little girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and turns completely pink. The little girl I watched was obsessed with this book and would make me read it to her all the time. It got to the point that she had the entire book memorized and would “read” it to me. She knew absolutely every word. Needless to say I have fond memories of Pinkalicious.


Paper Bag Princess is an amusing book, reversing the damsel in distress stereotype. Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands to rescue her prince who turns out to be a jerk. She quickly realizes she is better off without him and sets off into the sunset to live her own life.


Now that I’ve shared my favorites, I’m curious, what are your favorite childhood books?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sponsor Post at Create*Loves

I'm pretty excited to have a sponsor feature post over at Create*Loves today! Miss Holly Sarah is so sweet (thank you for the kind words and well wishes, Holly!)...I love her blog - be sure to check it out if you get a chance. 



We've been enjoying our time with the in-laws and getting into routine with Miss Ellie. She is too wonderful for words. We went to my parents for a little Halloween shindig tonight and she was excited to show off her pumpkin sleeper. Too cute!



Thursday, October 28, 2010

What's required.











I was able to finish this commissioned piece before the baby arrived - I really like how it turned out. I thought I should share it since it's kinda fall and festive. I was so glad to finally get it done and sent off to a special cousin of mine (Happy Birthday Katie)!

Keeping super busy with our new little one and our new routines/schedule/life/etc... More to come eventually!

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