Saturday, May 09, 2009


Our roommate of one year moved out on Monday to live with her husband! She got married last Saturday. Although it was a little wintery it didn't rain on us and it was a BEAUTIFUL ceremony. I got to make the bouquet too which was fun! God bless you Crystal and Pete!

And shortly before Crystal (also known as KeeKoo to Grant) moved out Mr Brachiosaurus moved in! When I was playing with Grant recently I laid in his bed - and his room was the most boring thing I had ever seen. So as Tim painted the walls in our room I decided to take up the brush again and try my hand at Grant's favorite in his room: a dinosaur. The bar was set pretty low I figured - I just had to impress a two year old! Maybe I should add some grass - he's just floating in the sky.....

Thursday, May 07, 2009

760 x 100

That's the size of the canvas I work on a lot these days. I'm getting quite a following around Etsy for my custom photo banners (a banner in this case is a digital sign at the top of one's Etsy store). It's fun making something for a store that is totally new and unique to them. Occasionally I feel like a hairstylist - you know when you want a look in the magazine and they can't do it, because you have short thin blond hair and the girl in the picture has long black curly hair? Anyway some things can't be done with particular photos. They can't be forced into what they are not. BUT each artist's products and photos have a great little life of their own and I love to help it come alive. It may not seem like much to you but to me and the store owner it's super exciting!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

swimming at the cool

Grant and I went swimming with our neighbors at the pool today - Grant calls it the "cool". It's really the first time he's been in a pool. His personality is more on the careful side so I thought he'd be too scared but after a few laps holding tightly to me he started to walk up and down the pool all by himself and he floated and kicked on the big board. We even did a few underwater dunks - some went better then others. Now he's all about swimming so maybe we'll do a few lessons soon. The picture is of him afterward giving a thumbs up. In the locker room he was too shy for a photo - he doesn't like people to see his "body" so he wore his shirt in the pool even though it pained him to get it wet.