Tuesday, February 15, 2011

THEY ARE DONE! My first completed pieces in months


It has been almost 3 months since I have completed any new pieces. As I mentioned the other day, I finally got to put paint on my brush and get "cooking". The final touches on my snow people have been added and I was able to take a few pics today to share. Thank goodness they were done before summer! LOL
Now that my health is back on track, I am moving along nicely and hope to get more current pieces for you to see....I have bunnies on the brain!


I am re-opening my Etsy shop this week and will have these listed by Friday.

I have also repaired my poor vintage Santa find. His leg is strong again. He has a fresh coat of gesso. He is coming along nicely.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

VALENTINE'S WEEK AND BIEBER FEVER!


Valentine's Day weekend is always a favorite time of the year. I adore old vintage cards from the 50's and 60's, and the sweet nostalgia of passing them out in school. And, of course, your "special" secret crush always got the biggest and best card!
So, with the spirit of Valentine's Day in mind, here are a few "crush" inspired-stories from this past week at the LaChance household.

First off, BIEBER FEVER! Yes, it has hit my home.
My daughter, ever the performer, loves to sing and dance around the house. 24-7. And she loves Justin Bieber. Wednesday, I received some free Sneak Peek tickets to his new movie. Though it was a school night, the movie started at 6, which would give ample time to have a girls night out and still make it to bed at a decent time for school. She was thrilled beyond thrilled.
I got out of work early, picked her up and headed to the movies.....along with a packed theater of "in-love" 6 to 15 year old girls (and their parents). Holy Cow!!! You would have thought we were seeing him in person. These girls were on emotion overload. Of course, they all wore purple! Did you know that??!! Purple is somehow now connected with all things Bieber?! I didn't, but I do now. Ironically, my daughter was wearing a purple shirt. Pure luck!
All the concert scenes are in 3D, so of course, your 3D glasses were purple too! And as the movie begins, and these girls start to scream with excitement, I realize the Marketing people behind this kid are genius. From the moment he steps on stage, and he stares into the camera and reaches out till you thing he is almost going to touch your shoulder, these girls are in a frenzy. Then add in all the sweet baby pictures, and the boy next door charm, working hard to make it to Madison Square Gardens....well, by the end, Mommy figured it out. She understood. This was their Leif Garrett, their Donny Osmond.
It brought back memories of my huge crush on David Cassidy! And I sat back and enjoyed watching my daughter mesmerized. She is too young yet to understand the full extent of a "crush" but as she whispered in my ear, "This is a fun night Mom", I knew my job was done. She had a good time. That is what it's all about.
This picture was taken over the summer.


Back to the Valentine's Day Cards. I picked these adorable cards at Target for her schoolmates.


She faithfully signed every one. And they will be packed up in her backpack, along with some yummy heart shaped Sweetheart candy boxes. Oh, how I loved getting cards when I was her age. And you can't go wrong with cupcake and ice cream cone cards!

Lastly, Julia insisted on getting Daddy something special. She already made him a card, and while we were shopping, she searched the shelves for something he would like.....and low and behold, she comes around the corner with a bouquet of roses. We were in Target? When did Target start selling roses???


I tried convincing her to get him something else, but she insisted. So, flowers it was. We got home and she proudly handed them to him, all the while telling him that I thought he wouldn't like them but she knew better. LOL He winked, and smiled, and gave her a big kiss. And they now sit at his desk along with his Robots. Nice touch don't you think?

So, here is the Big Question of the day? Who was your first "crush", famous or other-wise.???!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

FINALLY PUTTING PAINT TO BRUSH!


After 2 months off and numerous doctors' visits, I finally got back into the swing of things this weekend. I have been feeling great and I was determined to put some expressions on these naked snowman, no matter what. They have been sitting on my shelf for almost 3 months and it was time. With all the snow around me, it was a perfect scene to get me in the mood for some snow people.
So I woke up ready on Saturday with a plan. Get all the last minute things you need for the Super Bowl in the morning. (Can you all shout "chicken wings"!) Get the laundry done. Clean the bathroom. Get Julia dressed for a 2:00 birthday party.
Then relax.......hubby will take Julia to the party and I wlll have 2 hours to noodle around painting and organizing future projects.
Ta Da! My snow people have faces. Finally! Their is still more to do...rubbing in some detail and aging, embellishments, mica flakes and what nots, but at least I got started. Feels good.

As for the Super Bowl, the chicken wings were a big hit, the game was OK (no Patriots, so sad!), the commercials were OK, the music was boring, but I was glad to see Green Bay win. They finally made it happen without Favre and they can move on. Congrats.
Although I secreting have a crush on the Steelers coach Mike Tomlin......so cute! sssshhhh, don't tell. LOL