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a secret surprise… ok not really.

hey there! i have a secret to share  with you.

well. it’s not really a secret because if you’re observant you would have noticed it on the sidebar on my blog. but i haven’t talked about it yet.

so, guess what?

i started a Society6 shopChristmas Angel Framed Art Print

what is Society6 you ask? well, it’s basically this really neat website where i can load up my artwork and you can purchase it as prints and canvases and throw pillows and tote bags straight from them. they make it and mail it out to you!

WHAT.

isn’t that neat?

i was going to wait to tell you about it until i had some more art work up there. then i was going to order some myself and try it out… but THEN, you guys, the website is having this promo sale where you can get $5 off ANYTHING  from now until November 8! not only that, but free shipping too!!!  what what what?!

i just had to share it with you!

As for me and my house Stationery Card

my only regret is i didn’t get my act together and get a few more renderings(which is what i am working on) up there. i have dreams to make a Christmas door one. but…time has slipped away from me. i’ll try to get it up soon when  if i do, i’ll let ya know. Christmas Hymn Angel Throw Pillow

i know you all want a throw pillows with angels on it.

bawhahah. ok i get it. it’s a little silly. you don’t really want one. haha. but it’s funny just the same.

or a tote bag with a cute little red door from Gloucester on it? yes. yes, i know. you really need that in your life. bawahah. ok ok. maybe not.

no really, mostly i think the extra “stuff” you can put art on is just silly.  LEGGINGS? what? no i did NOT put my art on leggings. but the idea is hilarious.

but how cool is it you can framed prints? and canvases? and stationary?

anyway, if anyone wanted those angel prints for christmas…now is the time to order them. hint hint.

Click HERE for free shipping AND 5$ off any purchase between now and November 8th.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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dreaming with wings

 

i recently painted a new angel to add to my collection! i like that she is simple but still has the little nod to Bethlehem in her dress. O Sing Choirs of Angels is one of my favorite songs at Christmastime.  Sing choirs of Angels 8x8

here are some of my older ones:

Isaiah Angel from last year and from a couple years ago.  bethlehem angel4  i want to create a whole collection of these to hang at Christmas time. i also would love to create a print set to sell. still trying to figure that one out. but one step at a time. for now i’m enjoying painting again.

but check this out!  it was my very first angel:

Glory Angel

{from 5 years ago!} she was 2 feet tall and a 8″ wide.  she was my first sale on etsy too. ha. my dad bought it to give to my mom for Christmas. isn’t that just about the sweetest thing ever? he encouraged me in my little business and gave mom a gift he knew she’d love because, duh, her daughter made it so of course she’d love it. = awesome dad/husband award. now she hangs in my parent’s house.

hoping to paint some more angels before christmas.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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what?! she painted something?

the paint brushes have been out recently! i know right?! CRAZY. it’s been FOREVER. i think it’s stress or something that finally made me drag them out. but i’m glad i did because i finally got around to starting finishing the commission painting for some dear friends {that they asked for like two years ago… but let’s just ignore that} FAMILY phil 4-small

i love that their family verse at the moment is Philippians 4:8. please don’t mind that i dropped a few whatevers. it just wasn’t going to fit. tee hee. anyway, what do you guys think?

 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

and do you guys have a family verse? do you change it yearly? i think it’s an awesome idea!

now let’s see when i get around to actually packing it in a box…

xoxo-kimberly renee

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little architect blocks {new in shop!}

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*New* for sale in my shop. little architect blocks were inspired by one of my favorite places in all the world:

Cinque Terre: this is Riomaggiore:

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you look at that picture and that rumble jumble of buildings and think- it’s so fun, and different, and beautiful! well, let me tell you, pictures don’t even do this place justice. but that’s not what i’m talking about today. all i’m saying is that- Cinque Terre inspired my design of these children’s blocks:

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i imagine the bright colors of italy and the tall houses and cozy living quarters as i play with i mean as i paint these. little architect blocks2

 

they are perfectly imperfect. just like those 5 sweet coastal towns in italy. the lines aren’t straight. they are sketchy and the edges are sanded to give them a rough look and perfect for little imaginations.

little architect blocks

 

l.a.b play

you may remember that last year i made these for Sophia for Christmas. well, she’s been playing with them all year and i’ve gotten some sweet comments on them.  i couldn’t help but ask if people would be interested in buying them as Christmas gifts!  so i made some more and now i will be offering them in my shop!

l.a.b. playing

the starting set will come as a set of 10 blocks with three colors. you pick colors and tell me if it’s for a girl or a boy. {basically for the color of the little bag that you can keep/carry them in} if you want to add extra blocks and extra colors, that’s totally up to you! i paint them with water based acrylic paint, sand the corners and add pen details and then polish them with beeswax. {just to make it safe, i would say wait till the kid isn’t sucking on everything in the world before you give these to them. they are perfectly safe, just be smart and seriously, the blocks just don’t need teeth marks in them! ha.} girl and blocks2 girl and blocks

 

who doesn’t want a set of blocks that is TOTALLY different from the normal ABCs?! {yes, those are good too, i’m just saying variety is good for the soul people…tee hee} product boy

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who doesn’t want to inspire the little mini architect to build? to be honest though, my little architect’s favorite part is to destroy…  product info product girl

 

you can even get them with letters to spell out a name or initials.

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she also loves to help me pick them up. i think it’s the bag with the drawstring. she thinks it’s fun to dump and then put away and then to drag around the room. playing with bag

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these are the starting colors but we can always think outside the box… there’s a lot of color options!  product colors

 

what little kid wouldn’t want to build fun little houses {and then knock them down?} 

l.a.b. it’s september and i’ve already got you covered for that Christmas present.

check it out here.

xoxo-kimberly renee.

 

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Arise, shine!

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“Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

and his glory will be seen upon you.”

Isaiah 60:1-2

this is verse is beautiful. i keep reading it over and over. i can’t stop thinking about our Light coming and chasing away all of the darkness. Our Light, our Lord of lords and Prince of Peace, HAS COME.

then this morning, i was reminded of this verse:

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” 

Hebrews 1:3

this Christmas, may the Light of the world bring you hope. Hope that where there is light, there can not be darkness. He has WON and sits on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

last night i just couldn’t resist painting another angel. this Isaiah verse has been stuck in my head all month long and i finally gave in and got my paintbrushes out! it’s been over a year since i painted something just because. over a year. 

i painted it just for me. it’s not perfect. it was rushed. i just had to get it out. does that even make sense? it just needed to be put on paper{or in this case a piece of wood}

but i felt like creating it was a way to process the power that the light has over darkness. where there is even just a glimmer of light, there can not be complete darkness. if the little light of a tiny candle can remind us that darkness can not rule, think of the power of THE one true LIGHT has over the darkness in my heart! over the darkness of this world!!

i also felt like i had to DO something to obey the command: Arise, Shine! it is a command. it is a command to do what the Lord has called each of us to do! i can SHINE because the Light lives in me. i am called to live every day shining with light of the One who made me and loves me. Jesus our Lord, came to bring peace and light to the dark world. and to our hearts.

and i wanted to share it with you. to remind you, that Your Light HAS COME! Arise and Shine, my friends, for your Light has come!

Merry Christmas eve!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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“little architect blocks” {easy diy gift!}

i’m kind of in love with these cute little blocks that i made Sophia and our Godson for Christmas. i’ve been a busy bee working on architectural renderings for my etsy shop.  i have windows and doors on the brain and so when i saw THESE cute little blocks, i was inspired to put my own twist on it. AND, i need to start imparting my architecty-ways on the offspring. LOL. ya right.

anyway…

if you need a last minute diy gift for a baby/toddler in your life, check this out!  diy little architect blocks

first of all, i found these blocks at Michaels.  i sanded and primed them. blocks start

blocks how to 1 then i painted them with acrylic-non-toxic paint and sanded them again. i wanted to make all the edges soft. and i like the worn look so i don’t have to worry about it looking perfect!  blocks how to 2 then i added black shapes for the windows and doors and then highlighted them with white pen. THAT EASY.

just repeat for all you blocks!   blocks how to 3  i may have added letters to the bottoms of the  blocks just for fun. now that i think about it- it would have been a little fun to use stamp letters! oh well! next time!

blocks details1a and for the “roof” i drew on little shingles and pitches. i wanted to cut the blocks to have them have triangle roofs, but this way was simplier and more fun to switch the blocks around.  blocks details3 then i added some details! what are little architect blocks without details? window boxes- check. light fixtures-check. balcony railings- check. round windows- DUH.

the words were a space filler for the bottoms of the in-between-floors… but you could always add more windows or something so it could be rotated.  blocks details2a  they were polished with beeswax which is an allnatural wax that wood-toy makers use. i thought it was a good idea for little people who like to put these in their mouth.

i also made drawstring bags to store them in because of course, the houses need a place to sleep at night.

sophias blocks

for Sophia’s set i actually have two sizes. just an experiment. it will be funny to see which size she likes better. of course, she can always mix and match! that’s the beauty of this “design”! ha.  bag it’s all wrapped up and under the Christmas tree! i hope  this project gives you any ideas for something you can make!

xoxo-kimberly renee

{ps- i also wondered if this would be a fun thing to offer in my shop for purchase? what do you think?}

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