Saturday, July 31, 2010

Another very cool Mad Science birthday party!

See? This is what I love about blogging. Sharing creative ideas and inspiration.

This past March I posted the invitations I designed for (my son) Wesley's Mad Science birthday party last year. Then, a few months later Christine Kantaporn from Northern Virginia, was planning a Mad Science birthday party for her daughter and found my invites online. She emailed me and asked if she could use them for her party. I was so flattered she liked the design and gladly shared the invite. I love sharing creative ideas and I think it's totally awesome that she took the concept and ran with it. Check out her creative spin for her daughter Caitlyn's Mad Science birthday party on her blog: {fp} following phubie

Thanks Christine! You made my day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

In loving memory of Matthew Erik Dunn

I've been thinking about my cousin Wes and his family and the loss of their oldest son Matt. I painted this last night. It's kind of a dedication to Matt and his family. Matt was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was six months old. He passed away this week due to complications from pneumonia. 

I sat down to write a condolence card and couldn't seem to put my thoughts into words. So I painted them instead.
"Fly Away Home"

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday in my "ewe"niverse— flower garden with a view.

garden with a view.
 mixed media on 11"x14" stretch canvas
Hello and happy Monday! With all the whimsical art I've seen at the stores and galleries here in the mountains, I just had to paint some myself. The sun is made of pages from the NC phone book and features Balsam, Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Asheville—where we spend most of our time. And if you look closely enough, you'll see the white cross on Jone's Knob. 

History of the White Cross— Originally called Jones Knob, Mount Lyn Lowry was renamed in 1965 in honor of leukemia victim Lyn Lowry. The Rev. Billy Graham presided over the dedication ceremony. Mount Lyn Lowry is located in the Plott Balsams. The Plot Balsams cross the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina between Waterrock Knob and Yellow Face.  Mt. Lyn Lowry is one of the more unusual mountains you will climb. On the east portion of the ridge there is a 60 foot white metal cross with seven lights strategically placed on its east facing side. The lights are lit at night and can be seen from Waynesville, Sylva and other Western Carolina villages in the surrounding valleys. The cross itself is part of a memorial to Lyn Lowry. There is also a memorial plaque on the summit. The views to the east from the summit of Lyn Lowry are spectacular. There is also a beautiful meadow at the summit. The route from Waterrock Knob is strenuous, especially when wet, snowy or icy.
We have not tried to hike to the white cross yet, but I want to one of these days before we leave.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday in my "ewe"niverse— stopping to smell the Roses.

I'm in the North Carolina mountains, so this Monday in my "ewe"niverse is on mountain time. Sorry for the delay! Anyway, yesterday (Monday) I had the pleasure of spending the day with my niece, Kaylee Rae (7) and (according to my husband the Geneology expert) my second cousins once removed— Cecily (7) and Cara (5). We spent a good part of the day outside on the porch overlooking the beautiful mountains, painting rocks while my mom pruned her flowers in the garden. Cara helped. This inspired me to paint some of my mom's sweet smelling roses.

Hope you had a marvelous Monday!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Our 4th of July in Review.

My nephew, Tyler, and I were making this patriotic robot (got the idea from for the family's 4th of July BBQ when Tyler got the big idea to use the extra ductape to tape Wesley to the wall. I thought, what the heck, why not! So we did. Actually, they did— Tyler and my niece Jessica with a little help from Jackson. Hope everybody had a happy 4th of July!
Here's a short video clip of our All-American experiment.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Friday!

Thought I'd share a few pictures of the birdhouses we painted while on vacation at the Lake last week. Ava Grace decorated the pink one, Claire painted the blue and white one and I just finished up the polka-dot birdhouse last night while it poured down rain.


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