DIY Beach Christmas

Hubby and I are enjoying the holidays at home in California this year! So our Christmas tree has a bit of beach flair. I molded a starfish ornament out of air dry clay (this stuff is awesome for crafting) and painted it. I also found good use for the dozens of sand dollars we've collected: a little twine, some spray glitter... voila!

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LA-LA Land + Childhood Gems

I'll use almost any excuse to travel down south to Los Angeles, especially lately as it won't stop raining in NorCal! We have family in Manhattan Beach, Mom and Sister flew in from Texas, and we all enjoyed my Hubby's game against LA with a sunny weekend. 

Lunch at Simmzy's

Sister and I picking the best lemons.

My aunt and uncle are always such warm hosts, and we reminisced over old family photo albums. I found a few gems they'd been holding onto all these years!

Baby's first (and last) Dior, my white Christmas dress.

My parachute jumper and our Easter dresses.

Gotta' love a good First Day of School picture - first grade! And this is a family favorite: I put all the Mr. Potato Head pieces on my sister's face.

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A Christmas Commission

Some of my favorite pieces to paint are commissions. They are much more personal to a buyer than if they simply chose a painting off a gallery wall. A long-time friend recently commissioned me to do a painting for his new wife for Christmas.

He showed me a photo that they had taken on their honeymoon in Turks and Caicos. I really enjoyed painting a representation of that inspiring photo, especially for a good friend.

Thank you, Pete, for having me create something special for your lovely wife. 
Merry Christmas!

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