Thursday, December 31, 2009

Clarification This is where I will be mentioned on Jan. 25. As many of you have heard, I can't always
visit Typepad Blogs, I was able to get on this morning.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Balancing Act...

Oh my goodness, do I ever have some exciting news. I got an email was from Kathy Peterson, Designer Expert, TV host/Spokesperson and Best Selling Author.
You can watch her on Balancing Act on Lifetime 7:30 AM M-F. Well, her email said they wanted me to be a "guest blog" on their show...not me in person, but my blog and what I do...
So, Jan. 25 my blog is going to be featured...who would have thought!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Another Painting and New Supplies

I waxed this one, on both sides, it gives it such a wonderful feel
Here is the other side. I know you hear this, but this does look so much better in person.
Check out my Etsy, I'll be listing it there
New Chipboard, I needed new greens...watercolor crayons
More Chipboard...I plan to put the rounds on fork and spoon easels
Love this shape. Daniel Smith watercolor stick..thats something new. I needed a new white
oil pastel
And just a few "samples"

Monday, December 28, 2009

My Creativity is BACK!! Whoohoo

This is another heavy chip board. I only a 3 left and I cant find them in the stores any more.
I didn't wax this on. I didn't know what it would do to the Pearl paint and the crackle med.
I am having so much fun. Again, I painted both sides. I used Goldens Iridescent Pearl on both sides. The side with the heart has some lovely crackles, the roses are painted on heavy textured
medium. I used washes of Golden Acrylics and watercolor crayon. It is finished with a Satin Varnish. I am listing this on my Etsy.

Thank you

It sold
I've got another in the works.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Birdies, Heart, Roses

I took one of those 6" precut heavy chip board from Micheals. After Gessoing both sides then
adding a layer of med. and another coat of Gesso I then using Golden Fluid Acrylics like watercolors, I painted this I jumping the gun a bit?? I am soooo ready for spring,
How sweet would this be for a Valentine decoration?? The polka dots are painted using Pearl paint. I added more layers using watercolor crayons.
I couldn't leave the other side plain...of course not, I painted these 3 roses, adding the pearl
polk-a-dots. To finish it off, I coated each side with bees wax
I'm listing this on my Etsy
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My weekend was nice and quiet, it was so nice to get my paints out and play
with colors.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pink Saturday oopsie

Oops, I preposted my previous post and forgot to
"allow" comments. Thanks for coming by to

Pink Saturday

My creation
Originally uploaded by lauriescharmingdesigns.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Photoshopped Snowman

I wanted to play around a little I took the original (previous post) and added layers and layers of textures.

I entered a Contest

I entered a contest here. I painted this awhile back, but I never finished it. So, I finished it and threw it into this contest where there are some Fabulous Watercolorists.. (what WAS I

Monday, December 21, 2009

Photoshop Class/ DJ Pettitt

To check out DJ's Pettitts class, go here...
DJ is having a give away on her blog. Check it out here
I love the original, but I couldn't help playing around with it. I added texture and a spot light
Thank you for your sweet wishes for our little baby Peightynn.
Everyday we get more bad news.
We are going to spend as much time as we can with her family

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sketchbook pages

Amber with her sweet baby Peightynn

While I was riding in the car I pulled out my sketchbook to see what would happen,
here a couple of pages


Isn't life about balance. After spending part of our day at the hospital with Amber and her baby, we went to Stayton, a nearby town, to spend the evening with Ambers other sister and family, After the tears and heavy conversation, they pull out their Wii. I have never seen what it was...the Wii.
Wow, we laughed and laughed, we played tennis (I am very good at serving, lol) we bowled, air hocky, golf, next thing we knew it was 1:30 AM!!! It was so late, I spent the night with Stacey, and slept until 11:30 AM wow, I cant remember the last time that happened.
Here is what information we were given on baby Peightynn, she has CDG, the blood work is to find out what catagory she falls in, so they will know what to expect. Here is the link to this extremely rare syndrome.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Bad News

Poor baby Peightynn, Stacey and I made the trip to Doernbechers Children Hospital
Momma has a DNA gene, the dad (who isn't in the picture) has this same DNA
the combination is lethal. She is one in 50,000 who has this.
There is only one Dr in the US that has studied this problem.
It will be a couple of weeks of waiting before we find out
exactly what catagory she is in. She has a chance of living
a year or maybe 3. She is almost 6 mo.
Amber, Peightynns mommie is only 27. She has the
support of her 2 sisters and a few friends. It's really rough right now.
Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Soft Pink Saturday

Beautiful Poinsettas photos taken at Whole Foods today
Just a whisper of pink
Pure delight
Happy Pink Saturday
Thank you to Beverly of How Sweet the Sound
On Christmas mornings my husband and daughter and I
spend the morning fixing a delicious breakfast every year.
Family and Laugher and good food, what could be better.
Stacey and I are going to spend the day at Dornbeckers.
Her friends baby isn't doing well.
They can't seem to find out what is wrong.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It was a GOOD day.

Went to my business Christmas Party. Everyone gets a ticket when we enter for a chance
to win a prize. Right off the bat I won this wonderful Cuisinart grill.

This hanging plant didn't survive the freezing weather...It was tuckered out, but still had pretty color.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Funk, not funky

This is a watercolor painting I did last year...I just love it

Its been strange, I just haven't had it in me to do any creating. I didn't think to much about it. I've been so busy turning over apts, it wears me out...that doesn't usually stop me. I feel like the battery in the Energizer Bunny finally went out. I visited this blog (
..and low and behold, there is a name for it...Funk...I'm in a funk and I don't think I'm the only one. I've decided not to beat myself up about it and just take a little break and take it easy.
I think I'll just play with my photos, I enjoy it, I hope you do to.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DJ Pettitt Workshop is open for registration!!

Join the fun with DJ Pettitt. She is going to show us how to make art out of photos!!
Check it out here:

Look at this fabulous masking tape

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Egg Nog Cheesecake!!

Stacey and I decided we would make our own cheesecake...the way WE want it to taste. First, when you don't like graham cracker crust...what do you use? We chose "Mothers Oatmeal Cookies"....perfect! Then on to the filling. We both love vanilla, and we put in the vanilla in....THEN...Grand Marnier....(I bought one of those little tiny bottles...$4.00!!! ouch)
makes up for the good deal I got on the Trophy, which was also $4.00. lol.
We grated some lemon peel, added the eggs and egg nog...oh my goodness is it ever good!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Late Addition...

Someone just sent this to me. It is so darn cute.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tickled Pink Saturday

Thank you to Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for hosting Pink Saturday. I am going to start off
with my most favorite decoration...I painted these snowmen a few years is HUGE
Then there is latest Goodwill purchase. I have wanted an old silver trophy for oh so long.

It was won for "Side Saddle" and its from 1928. I am just so excited...I braved the freezing temps to go out and gather some greens and berries
Then there is this!! My little snowman is in the Feb. issue of Create and Decorate.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I think we are going to be stuck. They say we're going to have freezing rain for the entire weekend. Yuck!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another Rose

I've been having a lot of work to do in my "day job" so I haven't had time to do much crafting.
But in the evening I can curl up in my chair and play with my photos. This is another frozen rose.
This is my original photograph.
Isn't it amazing how much the background can be changed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winner and Frozen Rose

It is soooo cold. We don't get temperatures like this. Its 10 last night and 23 during the day. Some of the apt. complexes near by are having pipes burst and ceiling fall in on the tenants. We've only had one tenants heater quit working...but we have space heaters on stand by.
I HAD to go out into the cold and what did I see...beautiful frozen roses. Very transparent.
Of course I had to play around with one. Who would have thought that a dead frozen rose could be so pretty.

The winner of my giveway is Lisa. She has the cutest blog. She can be found here...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pretty to Grungy

I'm gearing up for DJ Pettits class. We can sign up Dec. 14. Its going to be a good one!!
Have you heard me say that Photoshop Elements is soooo fun!! When it is so cold outside, sitting
next to my little heater playing on the computer is a "good thing"
Did anyone come by and visit the blog I posted about putting my picture on my blog? I deleted Dawn from the Feathered Nest came by and said that "yes, you need to put your picture on " So, I will, but I want to take DJ's class and Doctor it up a Give it an artistic flair. lol.
Oh! I'll pick a winner of my little plate tomorrow. It's not to late, just go to the post where you see the giveaway plate.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Altered Rose in Photoshop Elements 8

What a difference. I'm so excited at the way it turned out.