Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy National Cupcake Day!

Dottie hopes everyone is having a "perky" Monday!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday Rocco! Since I was very little, a Chihuahua was my "dream" dog. And when Rocco come into our lives at almost 6 weeks old, he stole my heart instantly. He is the quintessential "diva" with the "diva-tude" to prove it. He's quiet, until you try to get him to do something. If he doesn't want to, he throws a hissy fit & literally says the word "NO." He has been my furry kindred spirit from the get go & is obsessed with me. He howls & sings when I leave him. But gets mad, then barks & fusses when I return. And he gives the sweetest loves you can imagine. <3

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrating My 38th Birthday

Friday night, White Christmas was kicking off the Christmas movie series at The Alabama Theatre. We started the tradition back in 2010 & I can't miss it! Since D was going to be working my entire birthday, we celebrated at The Alabama.
Before we left, D gave me my gift. A sander! Woo hoo! I have been asking for one for longer than I can remember. He also brought me shrimp salad from Costco, to have to eat on my bday. I wanted that more than going out to eat. :)

It's the first time that it was just D & I at The Alabama & I gotta say....It was my favorite. The perfect date night. Thoroughly enjoyed it! And we were one of the first people in the door, so we got to walk around & enjoy the place before the crowds got there. We did run into some friends, so we chatted with them before the movie & they sat in front of us. So that was a fun surprise! Friends are a good thing. :)

I actually had the car today! So, I got out & did a little Christmas shopping alone. That does not happen often. But it sure was nice.

My sister friend, Staci, made this card for me. The BEST birthday card of birthday cards!

On the way home, I stopped by Joe's Italian & got a "little" piece of strawberry cake. 
It's been a sweet birthday. Thank you to all who made it extra special!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday to me and "Ho-Ho."
"M" Doodle. Seriously one of my favorites that I have ever painted.
First off, this is not an angry rant. I just feel like I need to speak up about something that has been on my heart, after talking with others. This hasn't happened recently, but there have been times that I have been asked about painting things & once I quote the price I have gotten this reaction..."Woah! That's a lot!" Or..."Uuuummm...Well, I guess I will need to save up some extra money." And then I never hear from them again. So let me break something down to you. The initial Doodles are on an 11x14 gallery style canvas. I charge $65. That $65 includes the price of the canvas, paint & brushes. Paint brushes wear out very fast. Especially the tiny ones that I have to use for all of that detail work. And each Doodle takes an average of up to 36 hours of my time. Now, who in their right mind is going to work an almost 40 hour work week for less that $65?!? I'm apparently not in my right mind (we already knew that!). Hahaha! But also each piece is a passion for me, it has my creativity & I do each piece with love. I don't just slap paint on a canvas to sale. Each one is personal to me. I do think I should charge more, but either I charge what I do & make some money. Or charge more & make nothing. Because I wouldn't have orders. This is a very small way that I can contribute to the well being of our household. I can say that this is a battle for anyone who is an artist, seamstress, baker/cake decorator, iron worker, wood worker, knitter, anyone that is a tradesman/woman who uses their natural talent/passions to try and be creative, but also make money. So, I want you to think about this...Next time you see something that I have painted, know that I have spent a lot of time on it. Next time you hire someone to make something for you, know that chances are you are getting a lot more than you are paying for. Sure, you can always go to Kirkland's & get a monogrammed letter for 50% off. But will it be an one of a kind original? One that is made with love?