Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Yes, May was a few months back, but here are a few things from that month.  

A friend of my sister wanted to get her neighbors a gift for their sweet baby girl....got that?!?  Haha, anyway, Racheal decided to go for a bow holder & I coordinated it with the baby's lady bug bedding.  

 These frames were gifts to Emory's grandmothers for Mother's Day.  Brittany told me a little bit about the decor in their homes & then I just went from there.  I love the 2 different greens...Green is my "it" color right now.  Who know's if it's actually in, but I'm loving it.

 And here we have another owl frame for a birthday party.  Soooooo popular for little girls.

 Another friend, ordered a step stool for her nephew for his first birthday.  I hope Camden is enjoying it!!

What else happened in May?  My little brother, Brad, graduated from Louisiana Tech!  We are very happy to add another Tech alumni to the family :)

We had a little get together at our house after graduation.  Here's David Scott & our close friend, Alicia, hanging out on the patio while the boys grill.

Then came picture time!  Here's the grad with Mom.

Sibling picture.  Me, Brad & Sarah.  Please excuse the way we/I look.  It was a loooong day & the humidity was out of control, which meant my hair was out of control.  Not sure why I was the only one blessed with the frizzy hair genes...  Also, please note, Mom took this picture.  I looked at this on my camera after she took it & her excuse was that she didn't have her reading glasses on...funny how that affects picture taking.

The whole fam.  This picture cracks me up.  Dusty is just along for the ride.  I look like I really need to pee.  David is questioning why he chose to be in this family.  Brad is ready to be done with the picture taking.  Mom is loving life.  Sarah is just happy to be there.  Scotty is also questioning his decision to be a part of this madness.  And sweet little David Scott is wondering why all those people behind the camera are acting like idiots...which obviously didn't have any affect on him as he is not smiling.
Overall, it was a good celebration & we had fun visiting with friends & family.  

On another note, I wanted to go ahead & let everyone know that I am not taking any orders that are due between now & the end of the year.  So sorry!!  Christmas is a huge season for my business but I knew trying to do all of that & have a newborn would stress me out.  I should be back at it after the first of the year, though. 

I do have a few holiday items in inventory that I've painted in the past & have thought about having a blog sale for some of those things...I'll keep you posted on that!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Random Sunday...

 No artsy pics today, just a bunch of pictures from my phone.  

About a month or so ago, Sarah had to come to Ruston to meet with a client.  I so graciously agreed to babysit my sweet nephew, David Scott.  We went to the pool for a short while & he really enjoyed it...especially when Joanna shared Georgia's snacks with him & he proceeded to steal them all.

The pregnant one in the family (that's me) has thoroughly enjoyed the local fresh fruits & veggies this summer.  Dusty has a nice "garden" of tomatoes & squash & they have been delicious.  I've hit up the farmer's market & side of the road stands many times & always manage to bring home a watermelon.  After we cut it up & put the bowl in the refrigerator, we let Deuce eat the rest.  He LOVES watermelon (just like his mama & gran) & will eat every bit of red until he gets to the rind.  He ate all three pieces in this pic :)

I've been trying very hard not to go overboard buying clothes for the baby, but every now & then, I see something I can't turn away from.  For those who don't know us personally, Dusty is a huge fan of the outdoors.  He's obsessed with hunting, loves to fish, etc...basically fits right in with the "sportsman's paradise" that is Louisiana.  A few weeks ago, Smocked Auctions popped up on my Facebook page with this little beauty & I had to get it.  I knew my baby daddy would be so excited!  I couldn't wait for it to come in & as soon as it did, I snapped a pic to send to him.  Baby boy will look so cute in it during next year's deer hunting season.
 I was not compensated for mentioning Smocked Auctions...I could only wish :)

A few weekends ago, we had to go to Baton Rouge for an engagement party for a close friend.  We stayed with Sarah, Scotty & David Scott.  David Scott really enjoys looking at the pictures of Deuce & Suzy on my phone but gets really tired of the paparazzi taking his picture.  He's just so cute.

This is Dusty on the way home from Baton Rouge.  Thanks, co-pilot.

And here's Deuce & Suzy one evening last week after we had been playing.  I bet they feel so neglected.  It's just so hot here, even late evening, that we rarely go outside to play with them.  They play all the time, but I know they love for us to come out there & have a little fun too. 

I'm such a geek.  All this back to school hype got me a little depressed that I have no need for school supplies anymore.  I always loved this time of year & getting more organized.  I saw a great deal online & decided to take advantage of it & get this Erin Condren Life Planner.  I am in love!  Being a super organized (borderline OCD) person, this makes me so happy.  When personalizing it, I decided not to put any first names on there since Baby Boy doesn't have one yet & I went with a design that wasn't too girly.  She's got some great products so check out the site.
Once again, I was not compensated for mentioning Erin Condren..If only :)

I almost forgot to mention that I got our family blog set up & Dusty decided he wanted dibs on the first post.  He's a good writer & always funny so I really want him to write more.  He says he will only do it if we have at least 50 followers.  Help me out here!  You can get to it by clicking here.

I go to the doc tomorrow for my glucose test (yuck) & to see sweet Baby Boy again.  Maybe I'll post an updated pic of him this week.  Have a great one!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

26 weeks & more pictures!

 Most of the pictures here are from orders I finished in the spring, but I am slowly catching up to blogging about present orders.  Anyhoo...

Baby Ryland has a farm animal themed nursery (I accidentally deleted the pic from my phone :/) & a friend of his mothers wanted to give him a little something special.  So here we are...his own name canvas to coordinate with his nursery.  I love the western font!

A friend of ours has had a lot of other friends getting hitched this year.  He didn't want to get them "girly" gifts, as he says, & wanted something unique.  We talked for a while & decided on this.  He liked it so much that he has now placed orders for 4 more!  It really does make a great wedding gift!

A sweet blogger contacted me about painting a frame to house a photo from her first marathon.  (Whether first or fifteenth, you're way ahead of me.  I can't even run a mile...pregnant or not!) This Bible verse was her "motto" through the entire process.  I think it's very fitting for any runner, but especially first time marathon runners.

Another owl frame.  Owl's seem to be "the thing" this year!

Baby Hayden has a very simple nursery & his mama requested a canvas using his colors, lime green & royal blue.  We kept with the simple theme for the canvas, especially since it was so big.

Ellyson's crib bedding has a fun, flowery pattern for the bumper & a striped skirt that coordinates.  There's lots of color in the fabric so I had an easy time with this bow holder

What else has been going on around here?  Well, I'm putting on a few lbs, but it's for a good cause!
This pic was taken at 24 weeks

25 weeks...Looking large & in charge.  I've discovered that straight on doesn't make for a flattering picture!  And yes, this picture is fuzzy, your vision isn't deceiving you (Mom).  I'm getting a "fancy" camera for my birthday (which was 2 months ago, lol), but we haven't decided which one we want to go with.  I want one that takes pictures a lot faster than my coolpix since we will soon have a little one that I'm sure won't sit still for me to take some good shots.  Do you have a good camera to recommend??  If so, please let me know!

 26 weeks (actually 26 1/2 weeks)  We took this pic last night as we were heading out the door to go to The Happening, which is a fun event Louisiana Tech has each year.

The university president gives a "state of the university" speech, head football coach Sonny Dykes speaks briefly about the upcoming season & the highlight of the evening is the special guest.  Last year, it was Tech alum, Terry Bradshaw & he was hilarious.

This year, the guest speaker was another popular Tech alum, Kix Brooks, of the country duo, Brooks & Dunn.  He had some good stories & jokes, but the most awesome part of his time on stage was when he sat on the stool, grabbed his acoustic guitar & sang two of his songs, Red Dirt Road & Only In America.  It was great!  Totally unexpected & made being up past my bedtime sooooo worth it! 

Kix & I are from the same parish (that would be county for those outside of Louisiana), graduated from the same university & Dusty can sing exactly like Ronnie Dunn so we have this weird connection & I feel like we need to meet one day.  I thought last night would be it, but Dusty wouldn't let my inner stalker come out so he rushed me to the car when "the show" was over.  Oh well, I'm sure there will be another chance.  We did have a great time though!
Hope y'all have had a great Wednesday & are staying cool.  It's only 113 degrees here so my staying cool means staying inside as much as I can :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer is going by too fast!

So, we've had a great & busy summer so far and I can't believe that it's half over. School supplies are out at all the stores & our teacher friends are talking about getting their classrooms ready. The weeks pass by too fast & the weekends are always full, but we've enjoyed it!

Just to catch you up, here are some things that I did in the spring (picture overload!):

Coordinates with Cocalo Sports Fan bedding:

My brother, Brad's fraternity had their Rose Ball in New Orleans this spring & he requested a few things for the weekend.  An ice chest:
 And party cups!  Party cups are great anytime & can be decorated for any occasion.  If you want more info about getting your personalized party cups, shoot me an e-mail!

Lindsey & her husband welcomed Claire in April.  My husband & Lindsey's husband grew up together so I was more than happy to paint something for the nursery.  They chose the Daisy Garden bedding from PB Kids.

Kristen also had her baby this spring.  She chose to use the Aviator bedding from JoJo Designs in Brodie's nursery.

In other news, one of the things that has been taking up a lot of our time is the anticipation of this:

June 6, 2011

June 27, 2011

Yep! That would be our sweet baby BOY that's due November 18 (which is nephew David Scott's second birthday)! We are so excited about this little addition & continue to pray that the remainder of my pregnancy goes as smoothly as it has so far.

Here is a pic from Friday night as we were heading to our friend's rehearsal dinner:
 July 15, 2011 - 22 weeks!

I have full intentions of starting a blog for our growing family, which will probably be private, but I will add some baby updates here occasionally.

I don't know who told me "you'll have soooo much energy during your second trimester" but they lied!  It's just after 9 p.m. & I can't keep my eyes open.  As soon as I'm done typing this sentence, I'm off to bed!

Have a good night!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Giveaway!

Head on over to Napper Designs to see how you can enter to win!  I've been needing some new business cards so my fingers are crossed that I can win!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

2 posts in 1 week!

Samantha is a sweet friend who had baby Ava in February.  Ava's nursery is so cute & I had fun painting a few things for it.  At the time, Javis Davis created custom baby & kid bedding, but they are no longer doing that. :(  This is what their website says:

Although Mary Lou is stepping away from designing bedding for babies and kids, she hopes you will keep an eye out for the new Javis Davis website that will focus on her beautiful doll beds. She is busy creating accessories, doll clothes, and craft projects that little girls are going to love. The website should be up and running in May. For Javis Davis fans in Alabama, you will be able to visit Mary Lou in May at her studio located in beautiful downtown Fairhope at the Windmill Market
It seems as though Samantha got lucky & was one of the last ones to get custom baby bedding from Javis Davis.  Anyway, here is a photo from their Facebook page showing some of the Bertie stuff, which is what Samantha chose for Ava's nursery.  It's all so cute!

24x30 canvas to coordinate with Bertie bedding from Javis Davis

12x24 with Bible verse to coordinate with Bertie bedding from Javis Davis

Ava's nursery!

Recently, I've had a lot of orders come in for the free-standing letters.  These were done for a little girl named Winter.  Her mom told me the colors & designs for them, which were going to be out at her birthday party.  Hope you had a great one, Winter!

Have I mentioned how popular these are??
 8x10 coordinates with Delilah bedding from Cocalo Couture

5x7 Owl frame for Emma Claire

 That's all for now folks!  Happy Thursday!