Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's like he's always been here


On September 25, Floyd officially became ours. He has adjusted nicely to indoor living. And by adjusting, I mean taken to it like white on rice. He discovered the amazingness that is The Bed - became an instant bed kitty.


He's 100% kitten, even though he's about 11-1/2 pounds and solid as a horse. Everything is a toy.
E V E R Y T H I N G.

Dried flowers? Check. Decorative bowl? His now, thankyouverymuch. Chandelier? Check.


Floyd-DR light

He still goes outside, weather permitting.

floyd-outside-under tree

But he prefers it in here, with us, taking baths on his pillow (while it snows outside)...


....or messing with my stuff. Oooh! Art toys!

Floyd-art table-pen

Here he is on his very last night as an outside kitty. Awww.


Next morning was quite the surprise. Lured into a carried with treats, whisked into the car for a (thankfully) short ride to the vet where they gave him shots and snipped his, um... berries. He hasn't seemed to notice they're gone. Then again, Dwight and I suspect he isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. That's ok. With a face like this, you can get away with a lot.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

In honor of the Hunger Games movie... (not really)


Here's the latest painting I've finished. It's an 8" x 10" mixed media canvas using acrylics, tissue paper, Neocolor II crayons and Faber Castell big brush pitt pens.

As she was coming together, I realized that she was looking rather like.. Jennifer Lawrence. Do you think so? I think it's funny that the next movie comes out tomorrow—utter coincidence, I swear. I'm tempted to call this one "Katniss" but I'm not sure. What do you think? I also though it would be fun to show you where this canvas started.

Fortunately, I took random pictures along the way and I tucked a note into the back of the canvas once I realized I was having a hard time remembering what this originally looked like. Not surprising since I started it in February 2012. Seriously. 


 Take a look going from most recent to the beginning... painting-face-forest-drippy
July 2013

July 2013

March 2013

December 2012

February 2012

Sometimes it takes me a LOOONG time to finish a painting!

Happy Hunger Games!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Extra Hour!



 Here it is. Best day of the year (kinda). DST ends and we get an extra hour. Super awesome. So what did you do with yours? Here's a glance at what Casa Luna did on this beautiful Sunday, November 3rd.


I made some red beans and rice. It was go-ooood. I forgot that we didn't have regular rice, but I did have sushi rice (don't ask me why - I've never made sushi). So technically we had red beans and sticky rice. Still go-ooood.

The kitties' day looked something like this. Floyd was outside most of the day, enjoying the sunshine. Can't blame him. He came to say hi, then headed towards the tree…


...where he got "that look" on his face.


I knew what was coming next.


Yep. Climbing the tree. He's gotten WAY farther up that that before. I saw him chase a squirrel up a tree the other day. Crazy kitty.

Gir was on the couch taking a bath between naps.


Malcom was napping in the super special kitty bed/box.




 Kaylee was also napping (shocker) but she was in the front room on "her" couch.


She did get up though. Had to say hi and also see what was going on outside.


This was.


Dwight, with his extra hour, spent most of it outside cleaning up the leaves. It's a job and a half!

Then Kaylee spotted the tie on my hoodie and just had to play.

110313-Kaylee-playing sm

"Gr-RRR." She's vicious!

Caught up with Floyd again, still outside, this time taking a bath while sitting on the hot tub (remind me to tell you about the time he took a bath IN the hot tub).


And behind him, Dwight was finishing up the leaves…three hours later.


That man is dedicated. Hey, I helped some. Honest.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hello hello hello!

Welcome to the new digs. Pretty nifty, eh? I'm still working on it, getting links reset (which will take approximately forever) and all that jazz. I figured if I waited until it was "perfect" this place would never see the light of day.

So here it is, warts and all. Holler if something isn't working like you think it should. I'll be tinkering around here for a while!

Oh, and Floyd wanted you to know that he helped.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Free Shipping, Yo!

Society6 is offering free domestic WORLDWIDE shipping* thru midnight PST September 22, 2013 on most items. So if you've been waiting to grab one of my prints or case, now is a great time!

In order to get the promo, you must use this link. Happy shopping!

Add did you know that I always offer free domestic shipping on my original artwork on Etsy? It's true.

*Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Say Hi to Kirsten!

Hey guys! Wanted to let you know that my super-talented, super-sweet friend Kirsten Reed is embarking on a new and exciting journey and has launched her brand new website!

See Kirsten's Gallery Here

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meet Floyd

Floyd-patch of sun

About a month and a half ago, we had this guy show up on our back porch. We hadn't seen him before and weren't sure if he was a stray or just a new kitty on the block.

We fed him, since he seemed skinny and looking for food, but he wouldn't let us get near him.

"Thank you very much for the food, but stay on that side of the door, okay?"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Original Art for Sale!

Just a quick post to let you know that I've added some original art pieces to my Etsy shop. I plan on doing more of this in the future, but for now, here are the available pieces.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 25, 2013



This year, for the first time since December 2006 (I think), Dwight and I took an honest-to-goodness vacation. Hooray for us! We decided to stay within driving distance, and fortunately for us, about 5 hours due north is one of the prettiest places I've been. Beautiful views of the always amazing Lake Michigan, more wineries than you would ever imagine were in one spot and the cutest little towns with nary a big-box store, national chain or fast food place in sight. Bliss.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It needed it, I swear

house-front-trees 0713

So last weekend Dwight trimmed our crabapple tree. And by "trimmed" I mean he cut the crap out of it. But, really, it needed it. That tree is a beast. We've "trimmed" it multiple times and it just laughs at us and grows even more. It was taking over the front of the house. Unfortunately I didn't get a before picture, but I have one from 2011.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Art prints now available!

I finally did it! I opened an account at Society6 today and have posted some artwork. Hooray!

Use this link to receive FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE through July 14!

I will also be posting art to my CafePress store for all the other non-paper goodies like housewares and such as their prices are better overall than Society6, plus there are TONS of products at CafePress. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Sketching

flowers tea

Decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and sit outside to do some sketching. I first cut a few flowers from the yard and put them in a little metal cup to have as sketch subjects.


I started out with just my pencil, but then decided to grab my cheapo watercolors for some extra fun.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Used Book Finds

My husband I and hit Better World Books yesterday. Have you heard of it? They take donated books and resell them, but that's really all I knew until I read the back-story to write this post. I knew they were located a stones throw from me but didn't realize it was started by two recent Notre Dame grads. You can read their story here.

From the site:
To date, we have raised millions of dollars for literacy, saved millions of books from landfills, created jobs for hundreds of people, and provided wonderful books to millions of readers worldwide. The rest of the story is still being written. We invite you to join us on our journey. It’s only going to get better.

Pretty darn cool. They have an outlet store located at their warehouse and it's filled with books on all subjects and all are less than about $4. It's the bomb. It feels like a really small elementary school library - not fancy at all - but it's a lot of fun to just wander through the shelves, seeing what they have.

In addition to the books right there on the shelves, you also have access to their entire warehouse. Well, not literally. You can't go in there and browse, but all you have to do is ask the wonderful people that work there to look up any title you want. If they have it, they'll put in a request to the warehouse and in less than 10 minutes, you've got your book. It's amazing and I'm still in awe that something this cool is in my backyard, so to speak.

So while we were browsing yesterday, I picked up some new finds. It's THE BEST place to find interesting papers for my art journal or any other mixed media work. Children's books galore (hello, fun illustrations), reference books (Dictionaries! Travel Guides!) as well as many old, amazingly cool hardbound books. I also discovered a new little shelf - foreign language books. SCORE!

2 FL books
Here are the two I picked up. They're both fairly small but full of possibilities.

I honestly don't know what language this is (if you do, please let me know in the comments!) but it's just gorgeous. I had to have it.
health book-inside

This Japanese Chinese book is filled with page after page of beautiful text and also has illustrations scattered throughout. Lovely!
japanese book-inside
japanese book-inside-illustration

The ultimate find, as far an I'm concerned, is this copy of Longfellow poems. It was from a library that marked it obsolete. Literally.


longfellow spine

I was an English Lit major, so I know some of you might be horrified by this, but it's going to make the PERFECT art journal.


I mean, look as the reproductions of hand-written poems. All of the blank space. Every facing page to a page of the poem is blank and there are many completely blank pages at the beginning and end. AND the paper is really nice. *So happy.* It's a little over 7" x 10" and about 1/4" thick. I love it.

p.s. I'll be gathering some of these pages as well as going through all of my other papers to make some super awesome paper packs for my Etsy store, so be on the lookout for that! I always include some original art tags and other goodies in my paper packs.
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