Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Stuff

Here are some photos of recent Paintshop things.  I wish there was time to write something special about each one and about the person who they're for, but it seems that I can't come up with that much time.  So, for now, these (unedited) pictures must suffice....


16x20" Armor of God

10" custom to match bedding

10" custom

6x18" "Established" painting (make great wedding gifts)

12"Christmas painting

12x24" Team painting with hooks to hang your hat on:) (and, no, I'm not a Clemson fan.  We live in SC, and the whole orange and purple thing seems to come with the territory)

10x30" Bluffton painting

6x18" WashBrushFlush


6x18" Loo

6x18" WashBrushFlush

10x30" Redfish

6x18" custom

8x24" custom (LOVE this one:)

10x30" custom on wood!

20" square custom flowers.  These were finished with dried flowers from the customer's wedding and the birth of her son.  Very unique!

12" custom

10x30" Bible verse custom

16x20" Deck the Halls Y'all

Unsure what size.  Just found the wood and painted it:)

4x6" Christmas ornament, door hanger, whatever you want it to be!  Snow Family!!!

6x18" custom for my new cousin who lives in England!


Hairbow Holder.  Made of wood.

8x24" WashBrushFlush (probably the most popular)

10" custom

10" custom

Thank you, friends, family and people I have never met for keeping this hobby of mine going.  It's still a blast and something I look forward to every time I get out the paint brushes.

If there's something you need before Christmas, please let me know ASAP!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Card Holders!!!

Tired of not knowing what to do with the mass of Christmas cards that will start arriving in your mailbox any day now?  Let me guess what your current plan of attack might be...

1.  Tape them to a door frame.
2.  Store them in a drawer.
3.  Or my favorite...toss them into the sleigh shaped basket!

Some of those ideas are better than others.  But do any of them give a proper shout out to your friends who sent it to you?  I don't think so.  If you send Christmas cards, you know the hassle it can be.  The perfect photo, the matching outfits, the fonts, the colors, the's stressful!!!  The feeling you have after completing your Christmas card is similar to finishing a final exam.  So, buy one of these and show how many friends you have your respect to the Christmas Card!

This is what your Christmas Card Holder might look like on December 2nd if you have a lot of Type A friends.  I don't have a lot of Type A friends.  I have a lot of Mom friends, so this is what my holder will look like mid-January once we receive all of the late Christmas cards disguised as New Years cards.

And this is what your Christmas Card Holder will look like when you tilt your camera to the side and take a picture of it.

Other things about the Christmas Card Holder....

It's made of wood with clothes pins to hold the cards.
It's 12"x24".
It's awesome.
It can be yours for $40.  Email me at
It can be customized for $5 more.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!  Stay tuned for more new stuff!  I've been a busy bee.  Thank you thank you thank you!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Name Game

Peanut Peanut Bo Beanut Banana Fana Fo Feanut...

Oh you know The Name Game, right?  That's what I have been singing to myself over the last few weeks while I've been painting all of these precious names on canvas, ready to transform a cute bedroom into Cole's cute bedroom.  Or Ella and Emma's cute bedroom.  Or Elijah's cute bedroom.  There's no better way to stake your claim on your space than with a coordinating name painting.  From The Peanut Paintshop.  At least in my unbiased opinion.  :)

Here's Cole....


Cole's room is decorated in blues and browns.  I never even saw his bedding or his room, but his mom said we couldn't go wrong with blues and browns.  Cole is only a few months old, but this will look great in his room for years to come.

The Ella....


and twin sister Emma....


Ella and Emma have the Brooke bedding from Pottery Barn Kids.  I went with colors from their bedding and pulled the green with white polka dots from it for a bright and fun look.  It was great to live vicariously in girl world for another brief moment.  Here's the Brooke bedding.  And, again, no, PBK pays me nothing for the continuous advertisement that I give to them.

And for some more sibling sharin'....Anna Lauren and Harrison!  It was a different experience to create for a room shared by a boy and a girl.  Their bedding coordinates in greens and browns, but has pink and blue thrown in as well.  Keeping the same overall look on the paintings along with the similar colors helps to bring the room together, but adding the different colors from their bedding makes it more personal.

10" squares

If you're looking for a name canvas to personalize your child's room, here are my suggestions:

1.  Use your favorite colors from their bedding.  In all likelihood, your favorite colors for your son or daughter are going to be the same when their room changes as they age and they'll generally be colors that are in most bedding sets.  This will allow you to use the piece for many years.

2.  Try to steer clear of adding a lot specific images to their name canvas.  Example:  Our son Jack had a jungle themed nursery.  The elephants and monkeys were precious and beautifully stitched on his bumper and sheets.  So I painted them.  My very first paintings.  Five jungle animals on rather large canvases.  Nothing much with his name on it.  I thought this was smart when we had our 2nd son, Finn, and he transitioned right into the nursery.  We didn't change a thing. Finn and Jack share a room.  And there was no new baby to put in that old nursery.  This meant...all new art work.  There was nothing to transition with them.  Nothing to remind me of their nursery days.  Instead the jungle animals are in our attic somewhere.  If you want a transition piece, feel free to use an image of something fun from their bedding, but don't overdo it.  If you want to save some pennies in the future and have a fun reminder of the past, stick to the colors you like.  If you just gotta have the images, use smaller canvases.

3.  Map it.  I suggest using masking tape on the wall where you want your painting to go.  Map it out.  Then, measure your markings.  A lot of times people are surprised when their order arrives at how small or big it turns out because they never took the time to measure it.  They just did one of those hold your hands in a window form in the air and say, "Yeah, that looks good."  If you want something over a bed, changing table or door, bigger seems to be better.  Smaller canvases work well for propping on a book shelf, narrower wall spaces, and even hanging on their door.

That's all, folks.  Happy Sunday.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


It's been a while since the last posting, but for good reason.  Lots of new things have been painted over the last few weeks, and hopefully I'll get my act together and post all of the pictures SOON!  But in the meantime, feast your eyes on the Isabelle!

Of course my mom of all boys nature got excited to paint something girly, but I was really excited about the combination of pink and orange.  It's not something that you would normally think to put together, but I LOVE IT!  It was fun to include dots AND stripes.  You know they're my favorite!

And here is Isabelle's bedding.  It's called "Tropical Punch" and they sell it at Babies R Us.  Cute room for surely a cute baby on the way!

Stay tuned for more to come!!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009


If something from The Peanut Paintshop makes it's way into your hands, then it has been stamped by my personal stamp of approval.  If I don't like it, you're not getting it.  Simple as that.  But sometimes, I don't want to pass something along because I can't bear parting with it.  This is one of those paintings.  I like them all, but I REALLY like this one.  The dots, the colors, the verse....What's not to love?!?!?

This painting was requested by my friend, Courtney, who is due to have her 2nd baby boy very soon.  The boys have similar colors in their rooms, so she wanted something that would go with either one depending on where they wanted to hang it.  She said she would send me some pictures, but imagine the painter high I was on when I saw these polka dotted curtains!!!!!  What inspiration!

In an effort to tie in the curtains a little more, the borders are brown with the blue dots, much like the curtains are pinned back with brown and blue.

Thank you for ordering this, Courtney!  Congratulations in advance on another baby boy!  I pray that he is wise and his heart does follow the right path.

And thanks to everyone who came to the first ever Peanut Paintshop party!!!!!  It was a huge success, which has me painting like a crazy woman almost every day.  I'll have your orders ready soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


John and I are now an uncle and aunt to a precious little boy, Austin.  He was born on September 6th, weighing 8lb 9oz.  We can't wait to meet and hold our new nephew.  He is so precious, and we're so happy for his wonderful parents, Trevor and Jordan.  Congratulations!  We love him so much!

And I couldn't stand for his walls to go bare!  I begged Austin's parents to let me paint some art for his room, and they let me!  Jordan and Trevor chose not to find out the sex (which is the way to go in my opinion:) and therefore had to choose a more neutral bedding.  They went with the Ben collection from Serena and Lily.  Here are some swatches:

I'm a sucker for seersucker, so this fabric won me over from the start.  The blues and oranges were great colors to work with, and especially meaningful to Austin's UNC and Princeton alum parents:)  I'm pretty sure Austin will have the cutest nursery in all of NYC.  Here's his art from his auntie...

a 10x30" name canvas

a series of 16x20s with the animals from his bedding....(and of course some polka dots on the border)

all together now....

a close up of the stripes:)

Welcome to the world, Austin!  You are such a little stud.  Your cousins can't wait to meet you and play with you.  We love you!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

For the Love of Bluffton

Below is a little artistic shout out to Bluffton, my current favorite town.  My town.  I heart this place.  Sure I join in the grumblings  about the lack of Krispy Kreme and other things we all miss from home, but in 6 short years, this place has won me over.  There's only one place you can find Cahill's Market, Gigi's Boutique, and the craziest Christmas Parade this side of the Mississippi.  Welcome to Bluffton.
When I moved here 6 years ago, I quickly went under the rapid fire lesson of SC rights and wrongs....

When you live in SC, you...

-Pull for a team that wears garnet and black or orange and purple.  Even if you really don't care, you have to lie and say you do.  Usually you choose the team that the majority of your present company pulls for and go with that one. (I would never do that.)
-Realize that the state flag is best thing going.  It's on everything!  Keychains, license plates, Tervis tumbler inserts, and even bodies!
-Learn that the state tree is NOT a palm tree, but a palmetto tree.  I made this mistake.  Once.  Never again.

So, this painting has a palmetto tree on it.  NOT a palm tree.  It's a 20" square.  Light teal background with a pluff mud brown border.  Packaged and ready to go.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I want a pony.

Here were my instructions....Ballet.  Horses.  Pink.  Brown.  Erin.  Wait....ballet AND horses?  I immediately felt intimidated by this 11 year old girl.  She's already 100% more well rounded than I am.  And she's 11!!!!   I'm 28 and afraid of riding a horse.  I've only ridden once.  My horse's name was Jazz. I should have known better.  Jazz rhymes with Spaz.  
Here's the finished product...The "Erin"!

The coolest thing about this painting is that Erin's Dad ordered it for her.  I thought it was sweet.  

Erin, you have cool hobbies.  You're like a jock(ey) and a ballerina all in one.  You have a cool dad, a cool piece of art on your wall now....  And a really cool name.  :)  Enjoy!