Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A family collage

I have a couple family pictures I have been asked to work on for Christmas cards or gifts that I am aching to show, but I don't want to spoil the surprise, in case relatives or friends see the pictures before Christmas, but this one I received permission to show early. I did change the name just in case. 

I'm not sure what I should categorize it? A family collage, an active family, etc? 

This awesome girl won a giveaway at my friend Ashley's blog flats to flip flops, and wanted a family picture that described each of her siblings. She sent me a few lines of each person in her family describing their looks and hobbies. 

From left to right: litte brother (buzzed hair and loves camouflage), big sister (long dark hair, loves creative clothes and photography), little sister (dark hair, declared princess, loves animals and has a fish), Dad (a pastor, who is pretty awesome from all her descriptions), little sister (blond, loves princesses, and a stuffed horse she adores), mom (wonderful, and can do anything), little brother (Justin Bieber hair, how did I do on the hair? any more swooped and it looked too girlie, he loves sports, especially football), big sister (tallest, short hair, and plays violin) and big sister (blond hair, works at YMCA, always reading and studying). 
These are the shortened versions of the descriptions she sent me, I wish I could have fit everything in. I could tell how much she loved each one of her siblings by the wonderful way she described them. I hope this sweet family enjoys this as much as I did making it. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Thanksgiving Treat (free printables)

I think we are all bias toward our schools, but I really think I went to the best elementary school. My first memory of Thanksgiving was in kindergarten, I was dressed up as a pilgrim in the exact outfit I drew below, and was eating hot lunch for the first time. The lunch lady, Mrs. Butters, used an ice cream scoop and slapped a huge scoop of white ice cream on my plate. I was so excited. I sat down and dived into that first bite of vanilla ice cream only to find out it was steaming hot instant mashed potatoes. My mouth was burnt for the rest of the day. I distinctly remember trying to justify my dumb action with "Why would you scoop mashed potatoes with an ice cream scoop?" and "My mom's mashed potatoes definitely don't look like that!" 

That being said . . .  Happy Thanksgiving. 

I think I enjoyed drawing this picture a little too much. 
My husband calls this the "PG Rated" version.
My favorite parts are the adorable braids, the bonnet (that was so flippin' hard), the turkey and those awesome sideburns on the boy pilgrim. :)

Hope you enjoy coloring this free printable. Click on the picture and save it to your computer, make sure it is scaled correctly before printing. 

For my vegetarian family members I have also drawn a nonviolent "G Rated" version. The turkey still looks a little worried. 

This weekend I was in charge of a craft for 70 kids. I am not super crafty (seriously) and large amounts of children scare me . . . just a little. I ended up with about 36 kids and we did this easy food craft. 

It was so easy and even the 3 and 4 year olds did great!
You should have seen some of the older kids' crazy turkeys with legs, and toothpicks through their necks. :)

I found the idea online but none of the turkey's had cute heads so I quickly drew this one. Here is a printable to use with your family. (click on the picture and save it to your computer)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shelly - throwing up rainbows

I have a wonderful friend who was my roommate in college. She is gorgeous, from Missouri and very proud of her blunt honesty. She doesn't sugar coat things and will tell you how it is. I love her tons! She was exactly what I needed at the time and she still is my go to person when I need an honest opinion.  

So, I recently received this note from her, 

"I would love a family picture, but you know me, it's gotta be funny and not something that screams ooey gooey I love my life and beautiful angels so much I want to throw up rainbows and tulips and homemade bread all over everything (though I'm sure I do, when I remind myself to remember!!....the first part...not the rainbows and bread part.)"

I laughed so hard and then drew this picture for her. I need to make a few adjustments, but here it is so far. Her husband is a police man (I helped get them together!) My husband said this is my best picture yet, I am pretty partial to it too. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

flats to flip flops giveaway

My good friend Ashley has a wonderful fashion blog called flats to flip flops. She is doing a giveaway this week, and guess what it is? A custom personalized family portrait or a set of cards by Spring Time Treats. That's me! I'm feeling pretty cool today. 

If you want to enter her giveaway go to her blog, become a follower, and then comment below her post telling which product you would choose (a family portrait or set of cards). 

A quick story about Ashley. We had moved to a new neighborhood and shortly after we had our baby boy. I still didn't know my neighbors very well and Ashley and another neighbor were the first ones to show up with some dinner (spaghetti, salad, rolls and cookies - I totally still remember). It meant so much to me. That day my husband and little girl got the flu and I spent the next day taking care of a new born, and two sick people. Hence, no one could eat the full pan of spaghetti except me and I remember enjoying it all, and feeling a little guilty because I didn't save any for when they felt better, not even a roll or cookie. 

Thanks Ashley!

If you have a business and want to see if some stick figures might jazz it up, let me know. I'd love to help.