Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays

I hope you are in the midst of a wonderful holiday season. We were so blessed to share our Christmas with Jonah, our first grandchild, this year. He is just about as perfect as they come (and yes, I am a little biased).

Jonah and his family left today to go to his other Grandparents' house to continue their Christmas. I was afraid I would be a little lonesome and then the mail came...

I am happy to say that I have 2 pieces included in the January/February issue of Somerset Studio magazine. My copy arrived today and I am proud and honored to be among the artists in this amazing issue. 

Both of my pieces are for the Somerset "lilac" challenge. The first is an altered altoid tin with a small journal inside featuring my mother at various stages of her life. This is a picture of the tin with the journal.

The second piece is an exploding box that I made after taking an online class with Misty Mawn. 

You can see the entire journal and better pictures of the exploding box in the magazine which will be available January 1st at your favorite Barnes & Noble, Joann Fabrics or other craft store.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Baking Day 2014

What a great weekend! We had our 3rd annual Christmas Baking Day and we all survived! 

I think we made 13 or 14 different kinds of goodies this year. Some of them were a success and some not so much. 

As you can see we had a bottle of wine ready and waiting for us at the finish!

A good time was had by all.

It was also the first time our little grandson, Jonah, came to visit our house so that was really the best treat. Here he is chillin' with Auntie Chelsea the day after cookie baking.

The traveling kids, grandbaby and granddog left around noon on Sunday and I think I spent the better part of the rest of the day on the couch. 

From what it looks like Jonah was ready to crash and burn on the way home as well.

We were all pretty tired but I am really enjoying this relatively new Baking Day tradition. 

May your holiday season be blessed and joyous and may all of your traditions be treasured and memorable as well.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A few things that I've been working on

Tracey Scott started a 100 faces group on Facebook so I thought I would play along. Don't worry, I won't post every face!

Here are just a few for starters...

In addition to playing in my art room I've been decorating our house for Christmas. As I was pulling out Santa figurines one after another I decided that until Christmas I will post a Santa a day on Instagram. You can find them at reneestien on instagram.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.