My kids have been so excited about their Mother’s Day presents that they made me open them the second they brought them home from school. I’m now the proud owner of a golden heart fingerprint salt clay necklace and a fingerprint flower bookmark. And I’m always truly touched by the handmade and heartfelt gifts they have given me.
My husband took my dickblick wish list to heart and went all out. I can’t wait to try try these new paints out!
Happy almost Mother’s Day to all of you out there who are mothers, have a mother or know a mother. I’m part of a huge giveaway with Oakley from Nothing Down About it, and I’m so excited to be painting a custom portrait of the person of your choice if you win the giveaway!
There are some amazing things being given away so be sure to enter below!
-$100 Crate And Barrel Gift Card from Nothing Down About It
-Mama Bar Necklace From Made by Mary
-$40 Lulu And Roo Gift Card
-$100 Oilo Studio Gift Card
-Shirt For Mom AND Shirts For Littles (up to 5) from Cents of Style
-Solly Baby Wrap AND Matching Solly Dolly Wrap
–Portrait By Natalie Malan Studio
A bright and lively pattern for Petite Lemon for Shutterfly. Ever since we had our first son, I find it so fun and refreshing to design things for boys! I love it. There will be more monsters and robots in my future and I can’t wait. Design for boys is definitely an area that’s lacking.
My good friend Anne Marie was kind enough to host several “Favorite Things” parties and asked me to create this printable to hand out. We each brought 5 of our favorite thing, and then drew 5 names when we arrived at her house to see who we would be giving our five items to.
The printable was her inspired way to make it about people and not just “things.” Gotta love that girl; she’s got class.
Then we went around the room, and stood, and told everyone what our favorite thing was, why it was our favorite, and called out the names of the “winners” of our item. It was just like Oprah with fab food, and women screaming for fun prizes! So fun!
This morning my other friend Alana was styling her gorgeous mantle for Valentine’s day and sent me a pic so I could see how cute it all looks with the printable! It was completely her suggestion to offer it here as a free download, so you can be sure to thank Alana later…..
Click here to see how to make a cute string heart like the one Alana made. I’m not sure if this is the actual tutorial she used, but it looks pretty similar.
I hope you enjoy the Free Valentine Printable! Feel free to download and print as gifts to your loved ones and friends; I only ask that you keep my subtle signature on the bottom.
Click on the color image you’d like below; click again to see it at the maximum image size 5×7, and right click to download it to your computer. It should print best as a 5×7.
So I decided to make good on my last post about spending more creative time with my munchkins. And I realized that having a stool by my chair at my drawing table would probably be a good way to keep this little man from drinking his paint and eating his crayons (well one out of two isn’t bad…). It worked out well this morning and I’m thinking I may even invest in a few ikea stools with backs like these so I don’t have to worry about him wiggling off.
This is his usual face when I’m wrangling him around my studio. He got a lot happier when he was sitting by me and we were both coloring. We encourage the time saving “two handed coloring” method. Deadlines people! Always deadlines. Might as well train them young.
A day late. Because that’s how we roll here on Christmas vacation. I’ve been cleaning out my office and throwing away junk all over my house like a mad woman. My poor kids. I did decide to keep all of them so they should be grateful….. Still debating on the littlest though. He decided to start 2015 off right by showing us his crib jail breaking skills. Oh well……
Organizing my gouache and watercolor palettes have been on my to do list for a long time. I wanted one with all my colors in it so I picked up this wonderful metal watercolor tin thing on Amazon, and put all my colors into pans. It’s been so great to have them all in one place! And now I actually know what colors I own!
I haven’t made any actual resolutions yet; other than to clean out all the extra things around the house. That seems to be a never ending job. I would definitely like to spend more quality time with my kiddos in the studio, so I think that will be on the books for sure. Done. Resolution made. Here’s to 2015!
I was looking into doing some gold foiling and came across this gem when I was considering if my Your Story machine would work as the type of laminator required. Has anyone ever tried foiling with a Your Story?
I made this video when I was about 7 or 8 months pregnant with my first child; who’s now in kindergarten. My how time flies!
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