Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lego Star Wars Fans Rejoice!

INTRODUCING THE LEGO STAR WARS COMIC BOOK BIRTHDAY INVITE: When my friend Christine from Pure Joy Events asked me to design a Lego Star Wars Birthday invitation for her son, I jumped at the opportunity! She's a fantastic party planner. I've been meaning to design a Star Wars Birthday Collection ever since I had a Star Wars party for my son when he turned 5 (that was 4 years ago) so this was finally my chance to do it. Christine emailed me a story draft that her husband wrote and I added a bit of humor. I shot the whole thing using my kids' lego collection. And VIOLA! A Lego Star Wars Comic Book masterpiece! Stay tuned for the rest of the party collection AND to see What Christine dreams up for her son's party!

Would your son love to have a Lego Star Wars Birthday Party? CLICK HERE to get this Invite!
That's Christine's son who's turning 5, in the picture above. I will customize the whole comic book for any birthday boy (or girl) who buys this invite. The story is simple but cute and all leads up to the big reveal— a Star Wars Lego Builders Birthday Party! Woohoo!

FYI, that's my 6 year old's hands holding the comic book in all the images above. Am I biased or could he become a professional hand model? He's a natural! Like George Costanza on Seinfeld. Hmmm. Maybe I should just bag this whole etsy thing and concentrate on breaking my son into the hand modeling business. Food for thought while I wait for my Star Wars Comic Book orders to start pouring in anyway.
The Hand Model Episode.
P.S. This video is from You Tube. I have no idea who Ivan is:)

A Few Custom Painted Homes— Mixed Media

Just finished this painting the other day for a repeat customer. It's for her in-laws in Tennessee. Now that's a lot of brick! I decided to cut individual bricks out of book pages for the brick trim and placed them with molding paste to create depth. As for the rest of the brick, I painted it. I also used book pages for the tree leaves and cut canvas into little squares for the shingle roof.

 A Tennessee Home
12" x 12" Mixed Media Canvas

 My Reference.

Close up of the detail.
It was packed with care and shipped just in time for Christmas!

I painted this little bungalow for my friend Sarah. Her sweet husband surprised her with it for her birthday on the 16th (which happens to be the same as mine!).

 The Doherty Bungalow
12" x 12" Mixed Media Canvas

My Reference.

Close up of the Book pages and button plants.

I'd love to paint your home too! If you're interested, CLICK HERE  

A Holiday Craft Workshop!

 THESE LITTLE ELVES have been busy making a few creative things with me. I hosted a Holiday Craft Workshop last week and I must say, it was a smashing success!





 Thanks to my sister Reba and niece Kaylee for opening their home and inviting friends.

And a special thanks to my best friends in the whole world for helping me put this workshop together! I love you guys! Cheers to you!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pluto Returns!

I just went upstairs to check on the boys before turning in for the night and look who I found at their window! Well, I'll be! Is it that time of year again already? Welcome back Pluto! Long time no see. I know two boys who will be happy to see you!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prayers for Taylor B — my nephew

Wow, it seems I've been out of the blogging loop lately! A lot has happened in the last month for me and my family. Actually, I've been blogging a lot, just not on this blog (ewehooo!). I recently started a blog for my sweet nephew, Taylor. 

On the morning of October 19th— a Saturday— my husband had just left the house with my 9 year old son to go to his Jr. Pee Wee Football Bowl Game. It was 7:52am and I got a call from my mother saying that my 16 year old nephew was being rushed via ambulance to Orlando Regional Medical Center, which is literally a block down the street from where I live. I woke my six year old up, slapped some clothes on him, gave him a Pop Tart and we dashed off to the hospital. My parents were already on their way there and we met up with Melissa and Brad (my sister and brother in-law) in the waiting room.  

Taylor had been rushed in for an MRI. Doctors found a mass on his spine and took him in to emergency exploratory surgery within the hour. Surgeons removed 99% of a (1.6cm) tumor from his lower spine. Days later he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric bone cancer. After a PET Scan, Bone Scan and Bone Marrow Aspiration, it was determined that the cancer had not spread— thank goodness. He is currently paralyzed from the waist down and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy (a nine month schedule of 2-5 day sessions every 14 days). He will be heading to Brookes Pediatric Rehab Hospital this week to get some intense Physical and Occupational Therapy for his spinal injury. 

Taylor is such a great kid. He just turned 16 last May and got an old truck for his birthday (that I literally need a ladder to climb up into). He loves his family, would do anything for you! He and his brother are in a youth group and both have a ton of great friends. Taylor played on his High School JV football team but had to quit because of a knee injury. His younger brother, Spencer, is on the JV team as well and just got moved up to Varsity. Taylor is, and always will be, Spencer's biggest fan. He lifted weights and has a strong upper body, which will help with his recovery. 

Taylor is in good spirits! It's going to be a long road, but he's up for it and we, his family and friends, are all behind him 100% of the way. Hoping you too will keep him in your thoughts and prayers. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Our Neighborhood Boo— Ghosts in need of a home to Haunt!

We couldn't wait to deliver our neighborhood Boo this year! Our theme was ghoulish ghosts. I made the coolest floating ghost out of muslin and spray starch. Get the complete instructions from  Tuesdee over at Everyday is a Crafting Day. So easy! And cheap too! My kids thought I used invisible spray. They were fascinated.
I trimmed the top edges of white paper bags, added googly eyes and filled them with Dollar Store treats. The kids will love them, I'm sure! I'm including the ghost signs and the Boo door hanger as FREE DOWNLOADS, just in case you haven't already prepared the Boo for your neighborhood! 

Help Yourself to these!


Oh, and please be sure to check out my neighborhood Boos from last year here if you'd like more ideas!

I'm sharing this post with my friends at Fingerprints on the Fridge and Somewhat Simple.  

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Halloween Costume: Captain Barbosa

 WE ARE COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS TO HALLOWEEN! This is one of my kids' favorite holidays. They love to dress up year round in the elaborate costumes their grandmother makes for them and Halloween is their free ticket for a new handmade costume. This year is no exception. Jackson has decided to be a pirate—again (they were pirates 2 years ago as well). Not just any "random pirate" as Jackson says, but Captain Barbosa from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. So he submitted his request to my mother-in-law to make his pirate coat.

I took Jackson to Walmart the other night and picked up some cheap black sweat pants, knit gloves for $1 and some rain boots. I decided to make the hat myself because there's nothing cost-effective on the Internet that meets Jackson's stringent criteria. It was surprisingly simple to make, actually!
Here's all you need to do...


I assure you, his intentions are strictly honorable.


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