Painting. All. Day.

So, when the crazy season of work ended, we closed the office for the day and I had a whole day to myself! What did I do? Paint. all. day. It was glorious! I found this canvas in my studio's closet with only a pencil drawing. I had started it right after we moved into our first house! I decided to spend the day playing on this canvas and trying out new techniques, paint tools, and textures. Here's a little peek at my progress!

I'll be sharing more when I finish this painting! I'm determined not to let it get back in my studio closet! :)


Wedding Toms in Progress!

I wanted to show you guys a sneak peek at some Wedding Toms I've been working on! This awesome bride is getting married at a vineyard and will be wearing these at her ceremony! (How cool is that?!) We decided on a "vintage vineyard theme" and it's been a blast to create these! She chose two beautiful Bible verses to remind her to be a blessing to her fiance and she's counting these as her "something blue"!

I can't wait to share these when they are all finished and share the story behind them too!

Are you interested in some Custom Painted Toms? You can get all of the details here.



Remembering....a sweet coffee date with my love!

Celebrating... Jesus is ALIVE! :)

Drinking... Coffee Coffee Coffee!

Dreaming.... up a season of paintings and possibly re-opening my shop!

Painting.... finishing up a pair of wedding Toms (sneak peek of those tomorrow!) and a personal painting I started over a year ago! (I'll share that one too!)

Planning..... on writing my next article for Artful Blogging in the next week or two! SO excited!

Reading..... I just got my library card and checked out a book on vegan crockpot meals and The Daniel Plan. I'm excited for my next trip to the library (nerd alert!)

Eating...anything that I can create in a crockpot plus mangos daily. ha!

Loving...this time when tax season slows down and I have more time to focus on painting and blogging- YAY!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! I'm excited to get back to creating and sharing stories with you here! Happy Monday!


Watercolor and Chinese Newspaper.. In the Studio!

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to create a painting for a very sweet and awesome friend who is adopting! I can't wait to share more of her story soon, but I wanted to show you a peek at the progress on her painting. I love the awesome Chinese newspaper that she gave me and the opportunity to play with watercolors on canvas. It was a blast and I can't wait to show you the finished product, but nearly as much as I want you to know the story behind it!

Until then, thanks for letting me share the process... :)


I'm Back!

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I know that seems to the post title every April 16 or 17th, but working at an accounting firm during the day means that mid-April is especially daunting! Days are busy and I'm so thankful to have a job during the day and live my dream at the same time, but during tax season, it proves difficult to do both! Thank you for patience and understanding during the past few weeks! 

The other good news about my hiatus is that I've been doing a lot of thinking, brainstorming, dreaming and even some planning for Spring at Specs & Wings. As I jump back into the art that I love, I'm so excited to be sharing stories from some of my client/friends in the coming weeks! I will have more to share soon about upcoming plans, but until then, I wanted to thank you all for being the best ever!

Here are some of my favorite pins from around Pinterest lately. I'm especially excited about the awesome artwork, beautiful lettering, a lovely DIY and that vegan french toast... hello! If you'd like to follow my pins, click here.

I'm so excited to be back! If you're still reading, please comment to let me know you're here! :)


7 Tips for STELLAR Gallery Walls!

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I just love them! It could be my love of collage taken to a grand scale or the way I am into anything eclectic, but they are just awesome! Today I want to share a few tips on how to make your gallery wall stellar! ...

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 1. Include different shapes besides just frames... these vintage plates are great!

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 2. Think texture! Why not include a mirror or other shimmery surface?

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 3. Use clips so that you can easily change up the imagery in your gallery anytime!

 4. Frame "things" that are important to you like handwritten cards and letters or mementos from trips!

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 5. Paint a big frame shape and hang everything inside. This will really make each work of art stand out!

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 6. Something old. Include a pretty find from your thrifting adventures or that belonged to your grandma!

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7. Start hanging your gallery pieces in a corner so that you can add your collection.

Hope these beautiful images and 7 tips will inspire you to create a gallery wall in your home! Need some tips on how to hang it? My awesome friend Ragan from Painterly Passion has a how-to right here!

I am dreaming of creating something like this in my home too. :) Need a custom painting to add to your gallery wall? I'd love to create one for you! For details, click here.

Happy day!


A Doll for Ruby!

My sweet friend is having a little baby girl in a couple of months and I really wanted to make her something special! I've been searching and planning to make something since I she found it was a girl but nothing was quite right until I found this sweet doll pattern by The Black Apple, free on Martha Stewart's website!

At first I had planned a little more detail, but I'm not the best at sewing so I ended up keeping her pretty simple. Spoiler alert: this patter is cool! I never knew how to make a doll- you'll love it!

Then I made her some little "ruby slippers", a bow and a collar out of felt, then added a little ribbon detail. Finally I finished up by painting a sweet but simple face on Ruby's new doll! I can't wait to meet little Ruby and I hope she loves her little handmade doll!

Have you ever made a doll? If so, I'd love to see it! If you want to try it out, this pattern is a great way to start! :) Happy Monday!