My sweet husband surprised me this week by bringing home a framed copy of the newspaper article that featured my artwork. He told me it was for my new "studio"....whenever and wherever that may be! I'm hoping soon....still looking!
This is my son in his garment of choice....a life jacket.....planking. Weirdo.
My other "hobby" is playing the cornet. I am lucky enough to play in The Eastern Iowa Brass Band with some very talented musicians. We have a competition coming up and practicing has taken over my "free" time.
These are special order for John over at http://www.johncarlsonmusic.com He has two cats that "hunt" in the garage and they needed some signs to put on the door indicating whether or not the cats were in there. The paw prints are made of chalkboard paint, so they can simply put a check mark on them when the cats are doing their hunting.
Awe, yeah. Theses are some awesome teacher gifts that I have been making (to go all over the country!) for some fantastic teachers! They're $40 each ($5 shipping) and can be completely personalized for any classroom! Shoot me an email if you're interested in one (LKSpeidel (at) Mchsi.com)
If you happen to be one of my son's teachers.....act surprised :)
This is for a wedding gift for a special couple. The hats at the top are of their respective schools.....West Virginia and South Carolina (sorry about the fabulous cropping job!) It will be framed too!
Birds of a feather. VERY large storm window ($125)
I was lucky enough to have some very large storm windows donated by a guy who lives just down the street. I finally picked them up and he wasn't joking when he said they were big. Here is what I have and the measurements, get your orders in soon!
I have two of these 36'' by 39''
47'' x 39'' (also a 40'' x 39'')
39'' x 36''
55'' by 36'' (three)
The biggest one! 5.5 feet by 45 inches
I got so excited I already painted this one. You can't really tell by the photo but the trees are made up of old maps! The colors are golds, oranges and reds.
Our church's youth room was lacking a little and needed some serious loving. It had some couches sans 1974 and some technicolor walls (no offense to the previous wall painters) There was cardboard pieces over the windows and holes in the wall (as most youth rooms do have!) So Janet (that pretty lady in the photo below that doesn't know she's on the internet yet) and myself took on the HUGE challenge of redecorating this enormous room where all of the youth hang out. We wanted it to be cool (of course) uplifting and not make you nauseous when you walked into it. So we went with an industrial and retro kind of look with road signs on the walls (it's legal, don't worry!) and some really cool spaces for the kids to hang out. We're not completely done, but here are some photos of what we've done so far.
New blinds on the wall thanks to Budget Blinds. A perfect shade of gray! Along with our fabulous stop sign that was purchased from Alice's Wonderland here in Mt.Vernon. We love to shop local!
You can't see it very well but one of our awesome church goers donated some stainless steel panels for the front wall. I'll have to get a better photo of it later. Another fantastic volunteer painted this chalk board wall on the front. I then worked my magic with a Sharpie Pen......two and a half hours later......VOILA!
I wanted the verses and words to be uplifting and hopefully mean something to the students that walked into these doors. I think it turned out pretty well, don't you!?
So if you're in the market for some verbiage on a wall in your house....call me, baby.