Sunday, June 19, 2011

Painting the Roses Red

Saturday was spent pushing paint around.
I thought of this while creating an Alice in Wonderland Mural for a good client of mine.
In essence, we painters are pushing paint around to create a picture of some sort.
I thought is was a funny way to look at it.

This is the 3rd mural for this client, her and hubby's third child.
I ADORE Alice in Wonderland, so this was really fun.
I also painted a Cinderella over 2 dogs in an old mural as well as clouds on the new nursery's ceiling.

In total, I was at the client's house for 12.5 hours Saturday, 11 of them painting....LONG DAY.
But I wasn't really tired, I was in the Zone yesterday.

I somehow, forgot to take pics of the clouds I airbrushed onto the ceiling...oops.

Very pretty colors.

Not sure if you can see it, but I start by sketching the entire mural on in chalk.

The White Rabbit.

One of the Queen of Hearts Guards.

Can't you just hear the Cheshire Cat taunting the white rabbit?

Cheshire cat makes me laugh!

Kuddos to Dad who suggested the lettering for the signs...cute idea!

Loving The White Rabbit!

I am such a crackhead, I know every song and line in this movie (4 kids and lots of Disney movies)
So as I am painting, I am singing in my head and reciting lines from the cartoon.

Notice the cake...big brother and sister got a "hand" in the mural as well!

Lastly, I painted over the dogs from a previous mural.
These were the family dogs, not to scale, they were about 160 lbs each...ENORMOUS.
One had passed  away and the 2nd dog attacked and nearly killed the daughter at 18months old.
Her scars are visible, but not as bad as I had thought they would be.
As Mom told me the story I wanted to cry for her.  I can't imagine the terror of your child's face being in the mouth of a 160 lb dog.
I was happy to paint Cinderella instead.

Aren't these the CUTEST kids EVER?
I painted all three of this Family's Kids rooms.
Of all of the murals over the years that I have done, nothing is more gratifying to me
that to paint a child's room, see the light in their eyes and the magic as the painting comes to life.
There is nothing in the world like the spirit and the soul of a child.

It was a long but very gratifying day indeed.

Thanks Kari!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Vintage Flair

A good customer of mine, Lucy Burks,
who I have also become to call a friend has a darling little shop in Riverside.

Vintage Flair

The shop is located off Magnolia/Market in a little hub of Thrift & Vintage stores.
The shop is a GEM and located down a little alley.

One of those stores, you really want to keep to yourself because the selection and prices are so good.

But as self employed women, we should always be willing to support each other.

Lucy has great store hours and you really need to go see her,
you will not be disappointed.

(909) 904-9164

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sweet Sunday

A few days behind on blogging, but thought I'd just keep posting even though.
Sunday was a working day around the Casita.
Emily stayed in Jammies all day and even though I didn't,
I remained in my ever so CUTE comfy owl slippers....
SEXY, Huh????

Hope you had a nice Sunday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Field Trip Friday

This past Friday Emily & I headed out the door at 8 am to meet some friends
for a field trip at Keys Creek Lavender Farm.

We LOVE field trips and adventures, so we were excited to take off.
The Lavender Farm is in the country, an area called Valley Center.
Winding roads, cool pieces of property.  Lots of oak trees.

When you take a right on the dirt road you really feel like you are on an adventure...

I am a country girl at heart and adore
old dirt roads covered with trees...

Another couple bends and this is the first lavender field to greet you...

I was trying to get a picture of the bee, see him blurry on the flower closest to the foreground?
I love bees.  Without them, we would not have a lot of our food and flowers.

Lots of lovely varieties here...look at the various shades of Lavender!

After the Lavender Farm, it was off to lunch at our friend Christine's House...
er...ESTATE!  Great piece of property, loving the birdhouses in her garden!

Christine, Vicki and Rachel treated us to a delicious lunch and then we were off to Matilda's Mouse.
Having hear of Matilda's Mouse for the past 2 years, it was a treat to finally get to go!

Look, more FABULOUS  birdhouses!!

Um, my favorite things...the Broken down pickup truck and the uber cool,
Fairy-like Birdhouse below!

Darling vignettes everywhere...
Loving the ceramic bunnies.

The entrance decked up for 4th of July!

Lastly, this is Matilda herself.
The 15 year old namesake for the store.
Poor thing, she is blind AND deaf.
Doesn't look happy to me.

What a FUN day!
Just what we needed, to go spend time with about a dozen good friends...
and you know you are in the company of good women, when not one
woman fought over any antiques that another was buying!!!
True Friendship!

Love you ladies!
Where are we going next?