Don’t we all need this reminder sometimes? Even in our darkest days, we can’t forget that there is something special that only we can offer to the world. This piece is now available as a giclee print in my new RedBubble … Continue reading
The holidays can be some of the most difficult times without our little ones around. The void they leave in our hearts can feel even bigger during this season. This year, I am excited to be a part of a … Continue reading
The Pregnancy After Loss Support facebook page is doing a giveaway of one of my Their Names prints in honor of Mother’s Day. The winner can choose one of the three prints from my Etsy shop and I will personalize … Continue reading
I’m excited to announce the re-opening of my Etsy shop, just in time for Mother’s Day!
I’m currently selling 5″ x 7″ prints of my Their Names paintings that can be personalized with the name(s) and date(s) of your babies or children. These are prints of my watercolor paintings, made on heavy cardstock and ready for framing, and I just have to say that it is very hard to tell them from the originals. They turned out just beautifully.
There are two prints that are live in the shop today, and the third candle print will be live by the end of the week.
It is so special to see the names of our little ones written, and these prints make lovely gifts for someone who has lost a baby or child. Or you can give that gift to yourself and see their sweet name each and every day.
Thanks for being here!
It has been a while since I’ve posted here and I just wanted to start by checking in and giving a big welcome to anyone who is new to this page. I am both sorry and thankful that you are here.
I have been taking a little break from my artwork and writing, as our family welcomed another little one in January. That makes five kids at home, the eldest of whom is eight years old. I have heard people liken having young children to being “in the trenches.” That sounds about right. Only the enemy is sleep and diapers and clutter and dishes and laundry. And your fellow troops are sweet and adorable and loving and funny, but are double agents – working for both sides – and don’t realize it. Our new little guy is so sweet, though, and we are all loving life with a new baby in the house.
Anyway, it is spring right now, and that means that I have my girls on my mind. And when my girls are on my mind, I think of ways that I can honor them and keep their memory alive.
Right now, finding ten minutes together to accomplish something is a challenge. I had to stop three times already just writing these first few paragraphs to kiss a boo on my toddler’s foot and return the binky twice to the baby’s mouth (I have a love/hate relationship with that binky!). It’s part of that aforementioned battle. So finding time to write and paint and sketch is difficult. But that doesn’t mean I can’t do it. It just means that I have to work harder to carve the time out. And I’ve been thinking about ways that I might be able to be more efficient about that process.
It occurred to me that I might be able to create some hand-painted Their Names artwork, make high quality prints of them, and then personalize those prints with names of little ones. The prints would be frame ready at 5″ x 7″ and would be available in my Etsy shop.
But I need some ideas, and that’s where you come in!
I am not yet able to do custom work, but I created a few of these pieces last March for giveaways in Fiona’s memory.
I would like to paint them again and include them among the options for prints. But I also thought I would include one more for now. I’d love it if you could give your vote for one of the following prints, or offer a suggestion if you have another idea.
Would you rather see
A- A candle with the words “Your light shines on,” as depicted here:
B – A yellow butterfly on a blue background with the words “Always in our hearts,” similar to what is depicted here (of course, these are pink and the phrase is spread between two paintings. The new version would be all on one 5×7 print, but it gives you the idea):
I would love it if you would offer your thoughts on this by placing a vote for A or B, or giving another idea if you have one. Just remember, the phrasing will not be customized. Only the names will be. Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing to win their choice from the first batch of prints that is made, personalized with the name(s) of their own little winged one(s).
To vote, please leave a comment on this post (NOTE: not a comment on Facebook) by midnight on March 31, 2015. I will choose a winner on April 1.
Thank you for being here with me. I’m so grateful!
It has been a while since I’ve written a post. This one hurts a little bit.
I have decided to close my Etsy store for the time being. I’m not sure how long it will be, but right now, my young family has some special needs that require me to be more hands-on with them, and they come first. Plus, we are expecting another little one in January, and I want to be sure that I’m not spreading myself too thin.
So if you have placed an order with me, please be assured that it will be completed as soon as possible and sent to you. If you have been thinking about placing an order, I will be accepting new orders through August 15, 2014. After that, I will be putting my shop into “vacation mode” indefinitely as I work with my family to create a system for the new school year that allows us all to stay focused and calm.
Thank you so much for your understanding! I will be keeping the blog open, as this is my favorite outlet for sharing what is on my heart. I also have a facebook page where I post new writings here and anywhere else I can be found around the web. And I may be creating pieces as the spirit moves me and time allows, to sell individually, via the blog and facebook, as opposed to commissioned work through Etsy. I just need to put my artwork on the back burner for a bit and focus on these amazingly wonderful little ones who call me Mom.
I’m back! Thank you for your patience with me as I put things on hold for a while to catch up. I had the privilege of creating three very special Their Names paintings recently. They were purchased by someone as … Continue reading
Hi there. I just wanted to let you know that I am putting myself in a time out. Really I have just gotten so far behind in my artwork due to a winter full of sickness that I am closing … Continue reading
Thanks to all who have been entering this month’s contests! I’m so happy to be creating these special paintings in memory of your little ones. This week’s giveaway is going to be for multiples. Only I didn’t want to paint … Continue reading
I’m starting to feel like this March will never go out like a lamb. We had a tiny taste of spring in the northeast yesterday, but today brings back snow and ice and more of winter. And we seem to … Continue reading