Monday, December 9, 2013
Now typically we are tree cheaters.. we go and look at the trees and walk around and look at all the cute stuff on the farm and then we pick out the tree, the the people on the farm cut it down, shake it, wrap it, and even put in our car. Tim I think was a little nervous about cutting down the tree by himself because when he saw that our regular Christmas tree farm was closed- he asked if we could just go pick one up grocery store. We live in Oregon there are and has to be a million farms selling trees. So I convinced him to lets just see if we could find a different place.
Less then 1 minute away we see a sign that reads U-CUT. We turn into the short gravel road that has a small parking lot surrounded by trees, there was a guy in a van handing out saws and had a white board with prices. It made me wonder a tiny bit if this was a legitimate tree place, but the guy handing out the saws did look a little like Santa. I asked Santa if he had any pointers of the actual cutting of the tree and he said just make sure we cut it close to the ground. He pointed out all sorts of different types of trees and wished us luck. It didn't take us long to find our tree because we didn't want a huge tree but just like a 6 ft one. Thankfully Tim got over his fears and cut down that tree like a champ. This is Nora's 2nd Christmas but I think it's her first real Christmas remembering and I think she liked the tree cutting but hated the cold because after the tree was loaded up in the car. She just cried with big fat tears for no reason at all. I couldn't help but chuckle and give her a big hug. Ohhh and if you watch the tv show Little People Big World- a couple of the kids showed up right when we leaving and Tim asked me to stop staring.
After getting the tree we indulged in hot chocolates with extra marsh mellows and listened to Christmas music while decorating the tree. We followed that with grilled cheese sammiches and tomato soup.. then we had a Christmas music dance off. I love having Christmas in my house. :)
Friday, December 6, 2013
I think Winston is happiest when he is running and his ears are flapping back. He is the watch dog of the house and the best cuddler around. I can't believe he is going to be 8 years old this year and he doesn't look a day over 5 :).. well at least in his heart. His beard is starting to go white and snores a lot louder these days. I'm already convinced he will live forever. Nora loves Winston and Winston tries to sit in Nora's lap and when he tries they look to be about the same size. I can never get a good pictures of the two of them together.
This weekend Tim is out of town and I am finishing up some commissioned paintings :) I am doing commissioned portraits for the holidays and only have a couple of spots left open so if you are thinking about it for the holidays then now is the time. More details here. We also got our first sprinkle of snow!
Doing anything fun this weekend?
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I have done so little Christmas shopping, and I can't believe I haven't even come close to finishing yet. The holidays have snuck up this year because of the late Thanksgiving but I feel like now I am in a rush to start shopping... like I really need a reason to shop. :) So here is my Christmas wishlist for myself and if Santa happens to bring me any of these items I would be extremely happy. I normally do all my shopping pretty early or at least have some sort of game plan but this year- I don't know I am trying to be the spontaneous shopper. You know that shopper that whats for the last minute and sees what she gets.
How's your holiday shopping going?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This is the last and final painting for the Big 400. I can't believe I have painted them all and I always think it's going to be easier every year but nope I'm work it's a challenge. I have always loved this bowling alley's sign and now it's owned by a chain but I am so happy that they kept the big glowing retro sign and they have kept it in really good condition. Back in college one Tim and I favorite things to do was go bowling! and Tim is the funniest bowler. He sort of bowls like he pushes the ball with all of his might and falls over when he releases the ball. Just thinking about it makes me laugh and it's almost as awesome as his dance skills.
Today is a Nora day- she has been up all night the last couple of nights with teething and has been chewing on her crib. So we are off to her favorite place the library and then planning on baking some cookies.
What are you up to today?
Oil Painting on 8X8 wood board.
Want to see previous work for this show? Big400/Big 300/Big 200/Big 100
Details About the Art Show:
Date: December 14th- 2 p.m. and runs until January 21st.
Location: Peoples Art of Portland Gallery700 SW Fifth (3rd floor) People's is Suite 4005, Portland, Oregon
There are over 400 artists participating in the 6th Annual Big 400 Show and all art is $40. It is a pretty wild and crazy show and if you decide to go get there early because people wait in line to get into this amazing show. It is a cash a carry show- which means you purchase the painting right then and there and you go home with the work.!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I wanted to do something really simple for my advent calendar and something Nora could appreciate now. Since she is only 17 months I didn't really want to toys or candy as the little prize. So, I got this little paper bags and drew the numbers and a doodle on the bag and then glued a glitter paper triangle.. you know to give them that special Christmas glamour. Then I wrote little notes inside- like a hug or a walk to the park and there could be a special Santa note inside one of them. :)
Monday, December 2, 2013
We took Nora to the beach a lot and she has a love/hate relationship with the sand because she loves the texture but she is starting to not like getting dirty. So she would dig her hands deep into the sand and then come over to me and wipe her hands off on me. lol. She did this over and over and over. The birds are the best thing about coming to the beach. I usually unleash Winston and he chases them and they do this swirling pattern formation. I have never really seen anything quite like it, but it was pretty amazing because they swirled and looped around us. After our traditional morning walk to the beach we head inside where my mom makes big breakfasts and steaming mugs of hot coco. I couldn't not help but share the last photo- total mush-fest :)
This week is already shaping up to be a busy one with lots of painting and DIY projects! yay! Did you have a nice weekend?
Friday, November 29, 2013
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Did you have a great Thanksgiving? What I look forward to the most the minute after Thanksgiving ends is the holiday shopping of course. There is a massive Target next to my house and I have gotten into the tradition of being of one of those people who waits in line for the Black Friday deals. I love getting the holidays off to a great start with getting my shopping started early. Now the Target by me is such a big one that people camp out the night before- I am not that hardcore but me and a few close girl friends wake up and do an early start which is totally worth it to get the black friday deals. I come ready with my list and store map! which makes me whole shopping trip that much easier.
The first thing on my list is to check out the Apple supplies since Tim happens to be an Apple guy. What I love most about the Apple deals is that you get 50-100 bucks back in a Target gift card. Great isn't it? Our little black friday tradition is after shopping we go and reward our hard work with coffee and jelly filled donuts. MMM!
Do you have any Black Friday traditions?
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