Mason was a monkey that many considered fickle.
Instead of eating bananas, Mason loved a sour dill pickle.
He would often pay a nickel,
and sometimes even triple
for that tart, tangy prickle
of a pickle on pumpernickel.
On tasting leaves and seeds, he was truly noncommittal,
for his taste buds and his palate, they simply did not tickle.
He loved the pleasant pucker, and he would often stickle
over anything that was even remotely artificial.
Dilled cucumbers he claimed to be the official
absolute favorite and most nutritional.
Cheers & Hugs,
Mason the Pickle-Loving Monkey is another in a series of paintings and poems I am working on for a new children’s book. This new book will be special because it is going to feature characters that are based on the grandchildren of my best friends. Mason is the grandson of Joyce, son of Nikole, and brother of Ella.
Other fun products, like pillows, canvas prints, tote bags and much more are also available at our Mx2D Society6 Shop.
I will begin putting my book together soon and let you all know about it! If you are interested in my first children’s book of watercolor animals and silly poems, you can find it here: Klaus the Mouse and Other Silly Animal Tales.
How lucky am I that one of my BFF’s had a grandson about six months ago and another BFF is having one within weeks of our granddaughter’s due date. Seems it will be one of the greatest joys in life to share motherhood and then grandmotherhood with life-long friends.
So yesterday was the “Ahoy It’s a Boy” shower, and I made a couple of watercolor paintings for this little guys’s nautical themed nursery.
I matted the 8×10 paintings with navy blue matting and framed them with white 11×14 frames.
It’s hard to take photos of paintings under glass without reflection and in good light, so these photos are a bit off in color, but I thought they turned out really cute, and I hope they will go well in this sweet little guys’s new room.
I thought it would be fun to make them into greeting cards too.
I found some time to splash in puddles this long holiday weekend…. Puddles of paint that is, because the sun was a shinin’ most of the weekend!
I watched a video on painting sunflowers done by Joanne Thomas, who is a queen of loose splashy watercolor. I’ve really admired her style ever since I started watercolor painting about a year ago, so I decided to give her sunflower a try.
I painted it on a 10 x 14 sheet of Arches 300 lb cold press. I put it in a matted frame to see what it would look like. Such a difference it makes when you mat and frame a painting – eh?
I painted a random background wash first using Naples Yellow and a bit of New Gamboge. After it dried, I lightly and loosely drew the lily on top. I then negatively painted around the lily with Winsor Violet and splashed some more in the background. Lastly I used some Green Gold to add a bit of shadowing to the flower and for the stems and a touch of Burnt Umber for the little pods.
And the best part is, we’ve agreed to exchange, so she is sending me one of hers, and I am sending her one of mine.
We all have our own styles and levels of ability and experience, but what a joy it is to share here through WordPress with so many wonderful artistic blogger friends. They have encouraged me and taught me so much in my journey into watercolor this past year. I am so grateful for them!
Wishing you all moments to cherish and the opportunity to glow today.
I am so excited to share something my sweet daughter-in-law, Colleen and I have been up to the past couple of weeks. We started a little Etsy Shop together, and I could not be more proud of her and her beautiful work, so I wanted to share with all of you wonderful LifeinBetween friends.
Colleen takes reclaimed pallet wood and creates beautiful rustic home decor and signs.
She takes buttons and burlap and creates sweet little works of art (several have sold already for baby nurseries! a little blue whale and a toy sailboat!)
She paints beautiful sayings and adds country charm to each piece she hand makes with love and such attention to quality and detail.
I’ve added a few of my favorite little watercolors that I’ve turned into prints and made into cards – selling them in singles and boxed sets.
From our first sale, we got a Five Star Review:
Thank you, Maggie!
So I hope you don’t mind me sharing here and asking if you can help us spread the word. Will you share with your friends and give us a “favorite” on Etsy, a “like” and/or “share” on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram too?
And maybe you’ll even find something you like or a gift for someone you love. Here is a little gallery of some of our products.
I look forward to hearing what you think, and we would appreciate any ideas for products, suggestions for promotion, and general feedback on what you like or don’t like about it.
Thanks for letting me share, and thanks in advance to those of you that are willing to help us out and spread the word and share with your friends.
HELLLLOOOO Friday! Always happy to see you! And especially this Friday, because tomorrow is Girlfriend Camp (GFC) with a few of my favorite “girls” coming to the house. I guess thinking of GFC got me in a crafty mood (though I probably should have been cleaning or cooking for the girls this week!) I thought a sunny hello with a yellow and orange SU Blended Blossom and a denim bow was fun, and liked how this card turned out.
Since I was feeling “crafty” – I have a “Three-fer” this week on my usual Friday card posting.
This card was a fun new technique to try for my stamping and crafting friends. I first sponged some pink and blue and brown on whisper white card stock. Then I chose a fun chevron embossing folder, which I spritzed with water (on the side that does not have the print of the name on it), pressed my sponged paper in – ink against water – briefly – then dried to give this fun effect. I then layered it on with complimentary colored card stock, added my favorite “Hello” stamp from my StampinUp “Hi There” set by inking with Versamark and then embossing in gold. Finished it off with a bow of soft twine and a couple sparkly sequins.
This third one was totally just winged out of trying some new stamps. I got the Stampinup What’s Your Line and Just Sayin sets, so just started goofing around here. I stamped some of the random shapes in Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizazz and Crumb Cake inks (are you hungry now?) on SU Watercolor paper (I have to say – I was trying to just use some cheaper stuff I had and can’t believe the difference in quality!). I then spritzed it all with water and put some coarse sea salt on top while it dried. I then embossed the Hey There in Gold on translucent parchment and again embellished with some soft twine – the thinner this time and gold sequins with a dab of crystal effects. Layered it up and even put a strip of the water color paper on the inside. I kind like it. It is a softer style.
Just for fun – which one do you like best? No right answer – just curious…