Engagement Gift

I’ve created a new ornament all about the proposal! For this one, I wanted to show the man on one knee holding out a beautiful engagement ring and the woman delighted with the scene in front of her. I hope I captured this most happiest occasion:

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I so love my job and creating precious ornaments that are sure to be treasured for life. It makes people happy, so what more could I possibly want? ❤

These are available in my shop here. I thought they’d make a sweet gift for a precious friend or relative who just got engaged or even a treasure for their bridal shower.

xoxo

Rhonda

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Wedding Planner Project

Several weeks ago I started “The Wedding Planner Project” in which I created checklists, calendar pages, budget worksheets, vendor pages, helpful tips and pretty much anything a Bride would need during her planning of the Big Day. Here’s how it turned out:

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I’m in love with it!! It is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever made for my shop. Maybe because so much time and thought went into it. Not that I usually don’t put a lot of time and thought into things, but this was a lengthy process. Pages were not only prepared for the content but also printed to size, coming up with a disc bound system to make the pages movable and removable easily and then other accessories such as a strong poly pocket and dividers. I can’t contain my excitement!

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There are so many things that go into planning a wedding that the process can get overwhelming. It was my goal to make this a pretty planning system that covered all the bases and allowed the Bride to be ahead of the process and pressure free.

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For the sizing, I wanted these to be large enough that the Bride didn’t have to write teeny tiny but that it was small enough to be able to take everywhere she may go. Having everything at her fingertips is more important than most people know!

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I included extra pages that are blank so that there are areas to write more information if needed or to scrapbook pictures, fabric swatches and more. They are listed in my shop here.

Sometime later on in February, I’ll be sure to do a video featuring this planner. I’m working on getting a good filming location set up along with a few pieces of equipment. Right now, I’m limited on that but have been researching and planning new ideas for that. So many fun things happening!!! 🙂 Life is good!

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

 

Cute Bathroom Make-Up Storage Idea

When I bought my house a little over a year ago, I knew I wanted to create a cute way to store my makeup in the bathroom that would also be practical for me on a daily basis. I’ve seen some great ideas but nothing like what I had in mind…so I created something and thought I’d share!

I created a video and uploaded it here if you’d like to see it. Here’s a photo of what it looks like closed:
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And open:

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I so love my little makeup trunk!  Let me tell you how to create one of your own: I picked up this trunk and I changed the colors on it to match my bathroom. Next, I created a burlap insert for the top part to add some texture. Then, I created a banner with the word “Make-Up”. I also wanted a beauty quote, so I found this one that says, “”Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is.” Then, finally, I decided to add some roses to match the colors and to give it more of a girly touch.

If this inspires you to create one of your own, I’d love to see it. Please let me know. 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

New Year, New Ideas

Happy 2016 my friends! Last night, I was revamping the look of my blog for something a little more simple and was astonished to see that I’ve had this blog since 2008. I really want to give more time and attention to it and this year seems the perfect time to do that!

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Tennessee Titans Family, Boys as football players, girls as cheerleaders, custom hair colors and styles, custom shirt numbers

Every December, I get so many Christmas ornament orders and I love creating them like nothing else in this world. I love having an idea and seeing it come to life. I love the excitement I have when I’m happy with how something turned out. I have a passion for it like nothing else I’ve ever done.

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Sisters/Best Friends Ornament, custom hair colors, hair styles, clothing

Looking back, I can’t remember really when I started painting ornaments. I know my first paintings came around 5 years of age, but ornaments. I sure wish I could remember. Suffice to say, it’s been that long ago! Around 15 years ago, I was asked to create ornaments for a Liz Claiborne/Macy’s promotion including setting up in Macy’s for customers to watch me work. What an experience!

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High School Cheerleader Ornament, custom hair style/color, custom team colors, custom logo (the one requested in this one was a lower case “e”)

This year was the busiest season I’ve ever had. I added a good number of new designs in my shop and was asked to create quite a few I’d never thought of and things went crazy from there. Those are just a few of the photos you’re seeing in this post.

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Nurse Ornament, custom clothes (scrubs – any color or retro dress/cap), hair color, hair style, name, title (LPN, RN, CPN, etc.)

It’s been an eye opening experience like no other and it’s made me rethink my entire shop direction. For 2016, once the wedding items have sold that I currently have here, I won’t be renewing them or creating more. I’m still undecided on whether or not to continue the flags. I enjoy creating some of those, so I may end up moving them to another shop if I keep any. For this year, though, I truly want to concentrate on ornaments.

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Realtor ornament, custom colors, sign, name, hair color/style, male/female

I’ve always felt like my shop needed to have one item to truly focus on, but that is extremely difficult when you enjoy so many different things. Every year, though, I say “I wish I could create ornaments year round!” and I truly mean that. This past year, ornaments sold year round here and there.  The truth lies in that there are always special occasions and special moments that an ornament would be perfect for! They are great gifts, especially when they’re personalized! From the realtor who helped us (beyond all comprehension) to get our dream home to the sweet little couple who just got engaged or married, these are treasured for a lifetime.

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Snow Couple, Year and Initials in heart (upon request), Eyelashes added to female snow lady upon request

So, my friends, happy 2016 to you and yours! I hope that this will be a wonderful year like no others…full of blessings, joy, peace and all kinds of wonderful things. Thank you for being here with me through this journey!

 

Golden Wedding Pretties

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A couple of new creations for a dear friend of mine who’s getting married very soon. The item on the left is a large chalkboard in a gold frame they’ll be using for the beer menu they have brewed themselves! The item on the right is a sign their Ring Bearer will have for going down the aisle. Melissa and Bryan – I wish you a lifetime of happiness. HUGE XOXOXOXOXOXOXO’s!!!!
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Saxons!!

My BFF is always a wonderful friend to commission art from me to give as gifts…or to keep for herself! That’s a true friend who refuses to let you give her a discount or get something for free because she knows it’s my livelihood. Most people think it just basically costs nothing because it’s handmade – that’s so not true! I can’t say how much I appreciate her thought process and her sweet consideration. It’s obvious as to why she’s my BFF!

The flag took a really long time – and painting on burlap with detail work is not the easiest thing in the world – but somehow the end result was so gratifying! Here’s how he turned out…

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Hope y’all are having a great Tuesday!!!

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

Personalized Christmas Stocking Stuffers!

When I found this wooden frame Christmas tree ornament, I knew I had to make it into a Vols design! For the inside, I did a painting of a “T” and then the outside, I painted a bright orange with white details, trimmed in blacks and shades of gray. Plus it can be personalized. And, then, I finished it off with an orange iridescent bow. What a great stocking stuffer for a Vols fan, I thought! 

Here’s how it turned out:

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I have these listed here in my shop. Also, I can create these in any type of team and colors needed. I so love custom requests! 🙂 

xoxoxoxo

Rhonda