Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fun Gifts For The Women In Your Life

 Busily painting to catch up with the Christmas rush
and completed 7 new 5"  X  5" hand painted pillows with their stands
that are now in my Etsy shop.  Each pillow is $20.00.
Go here to view my Priscilla Mae Etsy shop.

This is Natalie, the American woman in Paris.
The quote on the back of this pillow is a famous Chanel saying...
 Can't seem to keep this lady in my shop ... sells quickly,
so I made a new Jessica pillow in different colors.
Her quote is a favorite of mine.
 An all time favorite is Angelique but this time
I painted her hair red ... seems so French.
Her quote is an Audrey Hepburn favorite..
 And all you lovers of Anais Nin literature
might like a larger version of her face in this pillow.
I gave her a fitting quote.
 Never too early to be thinking about your garden
and just maybe there is someone in your life 
who is known as the Garden Lady.
The quote on the back of this pillow says...
 I made gift tags of this lady and she has sold well 
so I decided to try her on a pillow but sans veil.
Her quote on this pillows says....
And finally the Mystery Woman....
Every woman should have a little mystery about herself.
The quote on the back of this hand painted pillow says....

Please stop by and say hello to the ladies if you are
looking for a hostess gift, a stocking stuffer or just a neat
little reward for yourself for having finished your
shopping early this year.

And thank you to all my lovely customers who
have made this a great holiday season.

Friday, November 27, 2015

I Feel Like Santa's Elf.....

 I am working my little painterly fingers to the bone these days
and I don't mind.  With the Christmas holidays just around the corner,
the orders are up, especially for the ever popular 5"  X  5" pillows
and stands.  Seems they are popular for those girlfriend gifts or
even hostess gifts.  I don't mind ... they are fun to make.
But I have another reason I am putting longer hours in this week...
This is sweet Anais.  See her here.

I leave next week for a short trip to Copenhagen
with my beautiful son.  We haven't had a family trip in years 
and I am so looking forward to spending quality time with my
grown son while having fun exploring a city that is new to both
of us ... Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is a beautiful smaller city that is a centre for
great food and craft beer.  What I am excited about is the
city's reputation of being a excellent design center for all things
fashion and home decor.
 Manon is a padded hand painted art hanging 
that  can decorate a door knob, or a bureau drawer
or even on a Christmas tree.  On the reverse of the
6"  X  3 3/4" art piece is a picture of Manon
from the back and a little French quote.
See her here.
 Veronica is always popular and was only up in the
shop for a short time before she was sent to a lovely
client in the U.S.  Now I am painting a pretty African 
American woman in Veronica's image as a custom
order for another client.
And last but not least, dear sweet Angelique is
also a hanging art piece.  I love the pretty soft pink ribbon
with white polka dots which picks up the pink in her shirt.
See Angelique here.

Keep checking back at my Etsy Shop to
see the new products.  I am down to two sofa
pillows but will be making more in the new year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Lady Pillows Ready For Christmas

 The big season is just around the corner so I have been
painting away to put new lady pillows up in my Etsy shop.
Have been enjoying some nice sales recently as clients look
for something fun for their girlfriend Christmas presents.

Each pillow is hand painted and a one-of-a-kind gift
and some of the smaller pillows might make fun
stocking stuffers.

This is the new group of sculptured small pillows
that look fun sitting on a desk or bureau.
Who says art has to hang on a wall????

Stop by and say hello to the "girls."
 This is a new lady at Priscilla Mae...
Her name is Gigi and is a lovely mysterious femme.

I love her quote on the back of the pillow...
I got heels higher than your standards."

See Gigi here.
And of course, dear sweet Manon.
She flies out of my shop within days of being put in my shop.
Manon has always been one of my favorite ladies.

Her quote is a nice Paris thought...
"Some may dream in color...
I dream in Paris."

See Manon here.

I was devastated to hear about the events
that occurred in Paris last Friday.  
I have walked those streets where the horrible violence
occurred and watching TV just didn't seem real to me.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the people
in Paris and France.  They are a resilient people
and shortly, we will see Paris rise again.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Wisdoms From A Grandmother Before Her Death

It's Sunday morning and I am lying in bed reading from my iPad
and drinking my first cup of coffee when I come across a Facebook
entry from a friend.  The title of the article she had 
uploaded from a blog called Marc and Angel was 
"12 Things My Grandmother Told Me Before She Died." 

I am totally intrigued.  Aren't we searching to learn
why we are here and how we are to live this thing called life?
Someone before her death shares what she has learned 
 from her own story and I can't pass this up.  
Will she have the answers I am looking for?

There is a wisdom in aging and these 12 items inspire
beautifully what is important in life.  What I loved about
this particular Grandmother was that she kept an inspirational
journal.  In this book, she would jot down ideas, thoughts,
quotes and anything that moved her.  I too love the power of
journals, although I don't religiously write something everyday,
I do religiously go back to the process when I am feeling
stuck or at odds in my life.

Here are the 12 things this wise Grandmother
left for her grandson and 6 photos of beautiful
women still living inspirational lives.

Faith Winthrop - 81 year old jazz singer

1.  Breathe in the future, breathe out the past.

No matter where you are or what you're going through, always believe 
that there is a light a the end of the tunnel.  Never expect, assume, or demand. 
 Just do your best, control the elements you can control, and then let it be.

2.  Life CAN be simple again.

Just choose to focus on one thing at a time.  You don't have to do it all, 
and you don't have to do it all right now.  Breathe, be present 
and do your best with what's in front of you

 Vanessa Redgrave - Italian Vogue

3.  Let others take you as you are, or not at all.
Speak your truth even if your voice shakes.  By being yourself, you put 
something beautiful into the world that was not there before.

4.  You are not who you used to be, and that's OK.
You've been hurt; you've gone through numerous ups and downs that have
 made you who you are today.  Many things have happened over the years 
that changed your perspective, taught you lessons and forced your spirit to grow.  
You are still the same person, just a little stronger now that you were before.
 Iris Apfel - stylish maven

5.  Everything that happens helps you grow, 
even if it's hard to see right now.

Circumstances will direct you, correct you and perfect you over time.  Hold on to hope.  
The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord.  Let hope anchor 
you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story ... 
that change will bring you to peaceful time.

6.  Do not educate yourself to be rich, 
educate yourself to be happy.

That way, when you get older you'll know the value of things, not the price.  
You will come to realize that the best days are the days when you don't 
need anything extreme or special to happen to make you smile. 
 Appreciate the moment.
 Twyla Tharp at age 70

7.  Be determined to be positive.

Know that the greatest part of your misery is determined not by your 
circumstances, but by your attitude.  Smile at those who often try to 
begrudge or hurt you, and realize they can't take anything away from you.

8.  Pay close attention to those you care about.

Sometimes when a loved one says, "I'm okay," they need you to look them in the
 eyes, hug them tight, and reply, "I know you're not."  And don't be upset if some
 people only seem to remember you when they need you.  Feel privileged that 
you are like a beacon of light that comes to their minds 
when there is darkness in their lives.
 Lauren Hutton

9.  Sometimes you have to let a person go so they can grow.

Because over the course of their lives, it is not what you do for them, 
but what you have taught them to do for themselves that 
will make them a successful human being.

   10.   Sometimes getting the results you crave means stripping      yourself of people that don't serve your best interests.

Allow space for those who support you in being the absolute best version 
of yourself.  It happens gradually as you grow.  You find out who you are and 
what you want, and then you realize that people you've known forever don't see 
things the way you do.  So keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.
Helen Mirren

11.  It's better to look back on life and say, "I can't believe 
           I did that," than to look back and say, "I wish I did that."

In the end, people will judge you in some way.  So don't live your life 
trying to impress others.  Instead live your life impressing yourself. 
Love yourself enough to never lower your standards for anyone. 

12.  If you're looking for a happy ending and can't seem    
              to find one, maybe it's time to start looking 
for a new beginning.

Brush yourself off and accept that you have to fail from time to time.  
That's how you learn.  The strongest people out there - the ones who laugh the
 hardest with a genuine smile - are the same people who have fought the 
toughest battles.  They're smiling because they've decided that they're not 
going to let anything hold them down.

Many thanks to Marc for sharing these words of wisdom
from his Grandmother.  What a lovely legacy she left for him
and ultimately  for us.