Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My past week full of LOVE & BLESSINGS!!!

I met Michelle Renee on Etsy a few weeks ago, and she was so kind and helpful. Through our conversations to each other she had asked if she could post my Etsy store on her blog. I was SO HONORED!!! I have been such a HUGE fan of her work, and I had been so inspired by her and her sisters work when I was going through the most difficult time in my life. It is so funny how life works and how God loves us through other people!!! I feel so BLESSED to have Michelle Renee as a friend!!!
This is a crown she made and sold on Etsy to Courtney Love Cobain. Courtney did a photo shoot and was featured in a magazine wearing Michelle Renee's crown she made. This is one of the photos from the magazine..............Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!!!

This is a French Lace Crystal Corset she made and is selling it on Etsy. It is soooo STUNNING!!! Please stop by her blog at: . Also check out her amazing Etsy store at: . I hope you enjoy her work and it inspires you the way it did for me!

I sent my SWEET friend Bonnie at: this baby bracelet I made for her daughter. It looks so cute on that sweet baby girl (I am going to ask bonnie if I can use this photo to sell the bracelets on Etsy). I had to share this sweet photo:).

This is a journal I made her with her sweet baby on the cover. Look at those cheeks. What a little cutie patootie!!!

A closer look at the journal and bracelet I made her. I love to give, and this friendship I will always cherish!

This is a photo of my Grandmother that I altered with new program my hubby bought for me. He surprised me and bought me Corel paint shop pro, Corel paint, and Corel photo. This is my first attempt, but I am SOOOO EXCITED to play in the digital world! I have the SWEETEST hubby in the world!!! I feel so blessed to be loved and surrounded by such amazing people!

Monday, April 20, 2009

"Cherish" By ~Vintage Nina~

I made this card this weekend. I used Beeswax on the image and it made it transparent (Happy Accident) then my hubby started putting printed paper behind the image........I love that my hubby loves to see me create, and is so involved in helping me. Then I added a vintage brass heart. I am so pleased with the way she turned out, but I am not sure what I am going to do with her now.?
I had to share this photo! Sunday afternoon my hubby was taking a nap on the sofa, and I looked over at him, and he had his hands together like he was praying. I had to grab the camera and take a photo. I think he looked soooo cute and sweet sleeping like that. I sure do LOVE my sweet guy!
So for the title on my Virgin Mary painting...........I think I am going to stick with Serenity. Thank you so much BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING blogger friends for helping me come up with a title. I feel so blessed to have you all in my life, and I appreciate your comments so much! I have no idea how I survived before the blog world!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

"Serenity" By ~Vintage Nina~

I finally finished this painting. I have been working on her in my spare time for about a week now. She is my vision of the beautiful Virgin Mary. I am not sure about what to title the painting. My hubby likes "Serenity". I have toyed with titling her "Blessed", "Peace", "Harmonious", "Blessed with Serenity"(my son Matt's favorite title), "Tranquillity" and "Serene". Please HELP!!! If you feel something, or have an idea for a title.........please share with me. I am searching for just the right title. It is so funny that sometimes the hardest part is titling my!
She is on a thick gallery canvas. I used a special crackle on the background and the edges of the canvas.
I love the subtle and aged effect of the crackle paint. I want to put her on Etsy this weekend if I can get the time, if not maybe Monday.
My wonderful hubby bought me two rose bushes last year. I so enjoyed all the roses last year. I noticed yesterday evening they were blooming. The pink rose bush smells so wonderful!

This is a Swarovski Crystal Butterfly my hubby bought me. It is so beautiful in the light. I LOVE it!
Please my BEAUTIFUL, CREATIVE, ARTSY blogger friends help me with the title to my painting. I appreciate all of your sweet comments!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Blue Blog Party!!!

Blue Blog Party!!!

Stop by and check out the fun.
This is my first Blog party..........but I thought I would try it out. I hope you do too.

These are photos that I took when my hubby and I went to Savannah, GA.

I picked this one because I love this birdie, but also because of the blue under his feet.

This was some stained glass done in the early 1800's. Isn't it beautiful!

Little angel. This is from the late 1700's.

Beautiful woman. She is from the mid 1800's. I love the way she is serious and beautiful!

Beautiful angel. She is from the mid 1800's. I love that she is barefoot, and holding an olive branch.
I hope you enjoy! I had fun sharing the color blue in my own special way for all my wonderful blogger friends.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Etsy store, and an Award ~ Yippie!!!

What a wonderful this day has turned out to be! I finally finished getting my Etsy store going.......whoooo hooooo. I was feeling guilty because I have neglected my blog and all of my wonderful blogger friends, so when I came to my blog to post it I saw I had an Award waiting for me! YEAH!!! SWEET, Shelley at gave me this ever so wonderful award. I am truly honored, because her art is unique and magical! Please take a moment and enjoy all the bright colors and art she has to offer on her blog. Thank you so much Shelley for thinking of me!

This Renee award was created by Bella and Ces in honour of their friend Renee.
In Bella's own words "this is a brand new award and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds it's way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak, giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns..."

Now to pass it along........ I am going to nominate 8 women who I love so much, and thank every time they take some of their time to visit and comment on my blog and everyone else's art. Please check out their work they have so much talent and amazing creativity!!!

I hope you enjoy! HAPPY DAY!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Good Friend Becky is Having a WONDERFUL Giveaway!!!

My wonderful friend Becky at is having a giveaway. She is one of my favorite artist! Her art is so beautiful and unique. She also has the most beautiful college sheets, and she is always sharing amazing artist blogs and tips. On her giveaway she is offering an Ephemera pack and an ACEO that is featured on the right side top of her blog and a bookmark.
Here are her rules:
Well you need to leave her a comment under her post so she can get your name into the Generator and if you would like to share her link with your friends that is wonderful also, but not required for entry.

She will draw the name on Friday April 17th and post the winner on her blog along with a link to their blog.

Please stop by and enter, and enjoy her blog!
I have been soooo busy, and I have not been able to respond to all of the sweet comments lately. I will catch up soon, and visit all of my favorite blogs. Please forgive me, and be patient with me......I miss my wonderful blogger friends, and I miss visiting your blogs.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Winner Of My First Giveaway!!!

Yesterday was such a fun day! Isabella was so excited to draw a name for my giveaway. So after her big day we ended it with her drawing a name. The winner is.................
Patti. You can check out her great blog at She has created some beautiful vintage art, and her blog is full of wonderful vintage goodies for the eye. Congrats Patti, and I need to get your mailing address.
I enjoyed so much doing this giveaway! I wish I could give something to each and everyone of you. I feel so blessed to have such talented, beautiful, amazing blogger friends. Thank you so much for all your sweet words. I promise to do another one very soon.
I have been so busy this weekend. I have a full day ahead of me. Busy, busy next few days. Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy your day.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Isabella!!!

Six years ago today I gave birth to you my Angel Girl. You are so spunky and full of life. I love to hear you laugh and play. I am so proud of what a sweet girl you are, and your heart is full of kindness and love!!! I hope this birthday is full of dreams, smiles, flowers, fun, friends, family, hugs and kisses. You are such a beautiful little girl, and I am so blessed to have you for a daughter! Happy 6th Birthday Sweet Isabella!!! I LOVE YOU!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Two Awards and A Giveaway!

So I woke up this morning feeling a little sluggish..........and just blah. So I opened up my laptop, and logged onto my blog and look what was waiting for me.

Two awards from Vania. She is so talented, and her art is so BEAUTIFUL and unique. It amazes me how she has so much time and energy to create such amazing art. Please stop by and check out her beautiful blog at:
I know I am supposed to list seven of my favorite blogs, but since I just recently did this and felt horrible that I could not list all of I decided this time these awards go out to all my lovely artist friends. So that means YOU!!! Please take this award and deserve it! I LOVE all of my blogger girls, and I just can't pick seven. I will share seven things I love:
1. My hubby, and being in total BLISS every day with my soul mate!!!
2. My four amazing kiddies and hearing them laugh and play all day!!!
3. My sisters and mother.....I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such beautiful women!!!
4. Painting and creating any chance I get!!!
5. A hot cup of coffee (my hubby makes it for me every morning) with cinnamon hazelnut creamer.
6. Cooking and baking!!!
7. Last but not least........enjoying all of the wonderful blogs out there, and being inspired!!!
Look what I won!!! YEAH!!! Is this not just breathtaking!?!?!?! I am so excited I won! This painting is by Vesna. She has so much talent!!! You can enjoy her art at: Please stop by her blog and enjoy her AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL art!!!
Well I am off to take on my day. Have a WONDERFUL day lovely blogger friends. Big hugs to you all!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Is Almost Here!!!

My hubby is so silly! We took the girls to an Easter egg hunt, and the Easter Bunny was there. hubby will never turn down a laugh and having fun. It was such a nice day after several days of Tornado warnings, floods and high winds. I think we were all just so happy to see sunshine again!
My sweet Kristin with the Easter Bunny!

Look at my hubby giving the girls a lesson on decorating eggs. He also used a wax crayon to make flames on one of his eggs.

The girls loved decorating the eggs. After we dyed the eggs the girls added glitter. Yes I am still cleaning up glitter. We had a fun weekend getting ready for Easter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vintage Giveaway!!!

I had so much fun this morning creating this vintage style cigar box filled with goodies! This is my very first giveaway, and I wanted to share my love of vintage photos, boxes and more! For the winner you will receive one of my hand~made cigar boxes filled with lots of goodies to spark your creativity.

This is the cover of the wooden cigar box I made. To open the box you will pull a huge vintage pearl. I put the definition of fruitful on the front from a vintage dictionary. The vintage photo is colored with watercolor me, and her head is decorated with a vintage broach. Above her it says "Beauty". I also added an embossed metal corner cap, and some silk flowers with mini pearls in the center of them..........
A closer look at the outside cover of the box.
This is the inside of the cigar box. I used paper that had all different vintage post cards on it. A face that I painted and used gel pens. The painted charm says "Create" and has wire with beads at the top.
Here are all the goodies I will be putting in the box. There are seven vintage photos, two vintage music sheets, one sheet of Kim Hodges words and sayings embossed stickers ( I love her stuff some of the stickers say...."love is all around, all is well in my world, I love you so, happiness, keep life sweet" and many more wonderful sayings) two clear crystal charms, one pink and one clear crystal heart charm, one large and one small circle mirror charm, two chipboard frames, seven chipboard sayings all different, a painted wooden butterfly, three clay faces I made, a round purple charm that says "play", a clock embellishment, two vintage keys, nine 3-D tag stickers with sayings on them, two brass ribbon holders, a metal daffodil charm with green crystals on the back of the charm, one meal stamped charm that says "friendship", a vintage metal screwdriver, one mother of pearl heart charm, ribbons, trim and a large hand painted enamel pink flower pin with pink stones in the middle.
I do hope that you like the box and all the goodies. Since this is my first time doing a giveaway, I have to admit I am having a little bit of a confidence issue! I guess I have to face my fear and insecurities sooner or later right!?!?!
~ To enter your name in the giveaway simply make a comment on this post before the end of Friday April 10th (That is my sweet Isabella's birthday she will be turning six so I thought she would enjoy drawing the name on her special day). The first name she picks will win. To have your name entered twice, copy and paste the giveaway and any photos of this post onto your own blog, then leave a second comment to let me know! I am so grateful for all the friends I have made in the art world. Each and every one of you inspire me! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and for leaving me a comment I always appreciate them! Good Luck:)!!!