Flower Crowns, Football and Candy Scoops!

Odd title isn’t it, but it’s absolutely spot on! This is just a quick post right now….lots of things going on and very little time to be computin’! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have had several custom orders which have kept me busy after my “regular job” and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! The busier it gets, the more I see full-time artist in my future!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

This one was a custom order from a Hokies fan!ย 

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And a flower crown for a lovely bride-to-be:

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Also, I created a burlap and lace candy scoop to go with the tongs and serving set for weddings.,…I’m slowly getting everything done amidst orders for that complete set ๐Ÿ™‚

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There’s been more, but those are things I’ve shown y’all before like Tennessee Vols flags so I won’t repost those pics. Like I said, sooo busy…and that’s a really good thing!

Hope your week is off to a GREAT start!

xoxoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

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I Heart Frank!

When I’m miss making a post for a day or two, I feel a little anxious to get over here! The past couple of days I’ve been working on some commissioned orders so I’ve had myself buried a bit.ย 

I thought I’d give y’all a sneak peek of a new flag I’m working on. I have always loved humor in art, so I created this little Bride of Frankenstein painting (she’s not completely finished yet):

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I should have this one finished later this evening if all goes as planned. Hee hee, so much detail on a burlap fabric, but I just can’t help myself. The tediousness of the painting is worth it lol ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Soooo busy!!

I have more things going on right now than I can shake a stick at, to be honest. lol that’s a country saying, maybe but it’s the truth!ย 

I’ll be short and sweet on this post because I realize I’ve had some lengthy ones lately. I’ve finally gotten around to having a photography session with a few things so I’ll show you three of my new wedding pretties now…maybe more later on if I can find another break. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, the first one is a burlap flag, wedding style! On this one, I painted a couple in silhouette and then painted the words “Just Married” on it. There’s something that’s always pulled me to do silhouette painting so I was glad to be able to do a little bit of that in this flag. They’re mysterious and provide so much room for imagination as to coloring, size, features, lines, etc. And, even though it’s in stark black paint, it’s soft at the same time. This one, I decided to offer a bow option, and I’m really crushing on the bow, too! Here’s how it turned out:

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I have the flag listed here in my etsy shop. Next up, I made a burlap ring bearer’s pillow. I used some beautiful vintage lace and a vintage doily from my collection. It turned out so precious, here’s what it looks like:

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I have the ring bearer’s pillow listed in my shop here. Then my final new piece to show y’all for now. This one is a ring bearer’s pillow alternative…a mini trunk with a mini love banner. Here’s what it looks like:

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Told y’all I’d been busy. More still to do plus in the meantime, I’ve been working on some custom orders. I so love being busy and knowing people are going to use my creations in their homes…and their weddings! It’s absolutely wonderful to think about and it’s exactly what keeps my drive and passion at an all time high! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

Baby Boy Or Girl – Got it Covered!

Happy Sunday!! Where did the weekend go? It seemed to just fly by over here in my studio!!

It’s a whole lot about the babies today! I worked on a couple new burlap flags/door hangers and was so happy how they turned out. These were finished in the wee hours of the morning so I didn’t really get too awful much sleep last night. The lack of rest still didn’t hinder me from getting a whole lot accomplished today!

Still, I’m just now getting over here to show y’all! Here’s the “It’s a Boy” one:

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And it’s listed hereย in my shop.ย 

Here’s the “It’s a Girl” one:

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And, it’s listed in my shop here.ย 

I was pretty excited to get both of those completed and listed. I just know they’d be adorable for a hospital door, especially. Then, of course, it could be used in the new couples’ home afterwards. It just seems like such a nice gift instead of flowers or something like that. Different is good, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

Dogs and Cats and Unconditional Love

Oh how I love my kitty cat, Mietta! She found me back in September 2010. She was three months old, had an injured eye and was sick. I had gone outside at the apartment I used to live in and had sat down on the stairs. Since I lived on the second floor, I didn’t expect anything to bump me from behind. The bump scared me to death! I turned around to see this little gray kitten who proceeded to rub against me excessively and was purring. I picked it up (I’m calling her “it” because at the time I didn’t know if she was a boy or girl) and took it around to every apartment nearby to find out who it belonged to. Everyone said that no it wasn’t their cat. The last apartment I tried said they had seen someone drop off three kittens…a white, a black and a gray. The white one and the black one, a family took in and adopted. The gray one was sick and injured so they didn’t take it. At this point, I looked down at its little face and listened to it purring in my arms…what was I to do? I’d walked around for an hour taking it from apartment to apartment and had become a little attached. I couldn’t just sit it back down to let who knows what happen to it. I didn’t need a cat, I had just left my job for a move across country and the move fell through because of where I was supposed to live when I got there. I could barely afford to keep myself afloat much less the expense of a pet. Times were really hard while I was trying to regroup. I decided the next day, I’d take it to the shelter so they could give it medical attention and find it a home. In the meantime, I’d try asking my Facebook friends if anyone was interesting in adopting it. I took a photo of it and posted it there.

In the meantime, I had to run to the store and get a small litter box, litter, a scoop, two bowls, a small carrier for the next day, and some food. I locked it in the bathroom and took off. When I got back, it was just as purring and happy as could be. It ate like crazy and then slept at my feet while I worked on the computer.

Little by little, that little kitty cat was stealing my heart…I just didn’t know it yet.

Morning came and brought several of my Facebook friends who were wanting to adopt it. But I wasn’t going to do that. ย She and I had already been playing for a while with some yarn and a bottle cap. I laughed and laughed and my heart was full of love for her! I’d already decided to keep the kitty. Or maybe it decided for me, I’m not really sure. ย I went ahead and drove 30 minutes away to the nearest animal shelter to get it checked out for its sickness and see what was wrong with its eye. The doctor was awesome there and told me that it was a she, three months old, had an eye infection and a cold. I was given some ointment to put in her eye for a few weeks as well as some liquid medicine for her cold.

I felt as though I was saving her back in September 2010. But what happened in addition to that is that she saved me, too. I went through some really dark and depressing times, especially from the end of 2010 to about June of 2012. If she hadn’t been there, I’m quite sure I would have never had the laughs, enjoyment and most of all love that was wrapped up in the form of one silvery gray kitty cat.

I took better care of her than I ever took care of myself back then. If she needed something, I got it. Even if I couldn’t get it for myself.

That story comes about because of the latest burlap flag I created. This one is for dog lovers…I’ve had some dogs I’ve truly loved in my life, too. It says proudly “We โค Our Dog!”. Here’s how it turned out:

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I have them in my shop here. I have to make a cat one soon, too. I’m thinking a silhouette of a cat, a mouse, a fish and/or a ball of yarn. Or maybe there’s a better idea. That’s why I couldn’t do the cat one first. There are just too many choices and I want to pick just the right one. My special little Mietta deserves it! ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxoxoxoxo,

Rhonda