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Hi friends!

Did a little photo shoot for some friends….

One of the photos that I burned to their CD will be selected for their Christmas card.

YOU GUYS!  I had NO idea you were such hams!  Merry Merry

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Hi there!  I’ve been playing with lots of media recently.  Namely: Glitter!  Pens!  Paint!  Well, okay, everything.ImageImageImageImageImage


 

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Some of my latest commissions.  For sizing and pricing check out hannahmcdonald.com.  Some of my prices are about to go up and some will stay the same.

xo

Hannah

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And just for fun, do you see the similarities in the beach colors and the keyboard colors?  Fun.  Christian Chaize

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  1 Corinthians 13:1-8

 

I’m not sure what all this has to do with cookies, but still, we make the cookies.  I guess to show love and appreciation.  Love to my friends at the end of this Valentine’s Day!

 

We have a friend who did some sewing for me in exchange for a painting lesson for her husband.  I don’t like to share names without permission but I’m excited by all of the results!

Reversible pillows:

Paintings (and no, the top ones, not framed, just resting on paper and drying):


   Check out these babies, which are now drying.  The larger one  (16×20) is waiting some final touches and the smaller one measures about 5×7 and served as a rough draft.  We were about ready to call it a day (really about 2.5 hours) when I referred back to the small painting and realized that the wet-on-wet application of the orange tinges to the clouds was pretty killer. The big painting needed the same treatment. The idea behind the smaller painting is that it gives you just these sorts of inspirations, and it also gives you a sense of confidence and accomplishment for tackling the bigger piece.  Or, conversely, a small painting can be done after a large painting to see if you can streamline and post-process all your accomplishments.  Nice work, you-know-who-you-are!

 

You have got to see the rest of this post from last Valentine’s Day at Grey Likes Weddings.  I’m going to need to go to the dentist from too much eye candy.  Er…

I wore my wellies all day in hopes that my little one would want to go out in the snow.  He didn’t.

Are we living in some kind of parallel universe?

Today, I didn’t leave home, which was nice.  Usually it drives me nuts not to get out before 10, but today we even caught a little bit of Sesame Street.  I admired my new pot rack, cozied up with some blankets and some favorite books, and even found the strength to part with some more Christmas decorations.  You can see Hobbes is looking upset, but I told him Valentine’s Day was around the corner and he chillaxed.  A little.  (By the way, isn’t he cute? My cousin Lynn “Winn” made him for Christmas and give it to us with a Calvin and Hobbes book!)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, wellies…..

In case you’ve been to Some Bagels recently and wondered who painted the wall black and hung up artwork…..    It…was….ME!!  xox

 Ashley Goldberg

Anthro does it again:  If they’re not putting colors together that I thought would clash-0-matic, then they’re putting together vignettes that you would think would totally bomb.  Frayed, off center fabric?  It works so well because the warm-cool colors offset each other, especially against that white backdrop.  Then they added more texture, depth and interest with the weathered frames (and one gilded one, an old standby trick for even more added interest) , and you have a total winner.

Anthropologie

Dear friends, do your pots and pans drive you nutso when you have to dig and clank in your lower cabinets?  Mee too!  I only have one spot to hang a pot rack in my kitchen, and that is smack over my window.  I think conventional wisdom would say this is a bad idea, but I don’t have a curtain there and we need a bit of a screen, so why not one that functions as a pot rack?  I have been eyeballing these affordable Gruntdal racks at Ikea.  They are billed as pot LID racks only, but what about an extra support in the middle?  My husband is not going for it.  Look how the bottom rack in the top picture is buckling.  Do I care?  Not if it doesn’t fall of the wall.  What say you, engineer friends?  Or, instead of copper pots on silver rails, how about a pot rack mad out of copper pipe?  I’m scared to price copper pipe, though.  Yeesh.


                    Apartment Therapy

This Old House

Also one at Wisebread

Good morning!  I have been having fun perusing Becca Kallem’s artwork.  Those little birdie tags down below are a gift from her.  Artists do that, sometimes.  She gave me permission to share some images from her website with you.  You can check out her blog here and website here.  Enjoy!  I certainly have!

…from Rebecca’s Misc.   Make sure to check out her artwork here.   She has a really interesting style and I just love the colors she chooses!

That sounds like a carnival sign but since Christmas is coming and since my 5×5’s have always been that price, I just thought you might like a friendly reminder.  You’re welcome!  In case you’re wondering how it works, you just attach me an image to hannah@hannahmcdonald.com.  After I confirm that I can work with the photo, you just wait……….. and voila!  Heartfelt, homemade awesomeness. Hint: I like to work from photos taken in good outdoor light with stronger light on one side of the face than the other.  See how the blank paper shows through?  

 

My husband is related to the blushing bride.  Isn’t this a beautiful (albeit chilly) wedding?  Photography is by BenjHaisch.

So many talented people out there!  This beauty, Waiting for the Parade, is by Samantha Hahn.

Way-da go apple!  Be your own…apple!