Friday, February 16, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

No Thanks Mom Event with Elizabeth Stewart, The Savvy Appraiser

Elizabeth Stewart discusses the top 10 objects that younger generations do not want as “gifts” from the homes of their parents and grandparents and what to do with them. If you haven't heard her talks before, you must go! She is infinitely charming and funny with a wealth of information to share. I'm going, hope to see you there, too!  (More details below)

Here are some of the illustrations I did for the book (click to view larger). You can see more here.

Wed., Feb. 7, 2018
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Free entry for members / $5 Guests
Reservation Required: (805) 966-1601
No Thanks Mom: The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do NOT Want (and what to do with them) is an honest and humorous exploration of the generational differences in the households and possessions of Millennials/Gen-Xers and their Boomer parents. The central conflict is that most of the Boomers’ grown kids are refusing the family heirlooms that have been saved for them.

Dr. Stewart, a certified appraiser (and SBHM docent!) discusses the top 10 objects that younger generations do not want as “gifts” from the homes of their parents and grandparents. She finds a c...
onsistent pattern of familial tensions over objects that older relatives have saved for the kids, wishing and hoping to pass on the beloved family treasures. If you’ve tried to pass on fine china, tableware, linens, fine porcelain figurines, silver-plated objects, ornate rugs, or heavy, dark furniture to a Millennial, you know it’s not so easy.

The problem, Dr. Stewart says, is the intergenerational difference in the concept of value and ownership. The answer, she explains, is to understand the new and changing concept of home, and to follow her specific remedies for each category of objects.

Stewart reviews each of the 10 object groups and gives the current owners ideas on how to pass them on. She provides an easy way to survey your belongings and offers advice on how to verify value and, where there is a market, how to put your items in play.

The book is available on Amazon here.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Raymi and Red, Painted Cat Ornament

I painted this ornament of our two cats Raymi and Red and stuck it in my son's stocking this year. We got Raymi from a shelter nine years ago for my son's birthday. She was the queen around here until Red came along. He was my mother's cat who came to live with us after she passed away four years ago. He has tried to make friends with Raymi ever since but mostly she will have none of it and will swat at him whenever he comes near. There have been some moments of her allowing him to sleep a foot away and she also "sort of" plays with him but pretends like she's not. We're getting there slowly so there's hope!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hand Painted Cowboy Ornaments With a Twist

I bought a couple of wooden gingerbread man ornaments to paint but realized I was not inspired at all - I find the typical gingerbread man a bit soulless with their eyeball-less eyes. I tried adding interesting eyes but it still wasn't working for me. 

So I looked at the outline shape of him and instantly saw a cowboy hat in his head and arms! His bowtie fit perfectly on the hat. Well, then I saw a handlebar mustache and these guys magically appeared. I gave one away as a gift but you can find the other one on Etsy.  

Have a Yee Haw New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hand Painted Birdhouse Ornaments

I painted a couple birdhouse ornaments as gifts this year. This one "flew" all the way to Minnesota to a longtime friend.

This second one was for my brother who is a mailman. I put his address on the mailbox and the initials of him and his wife in the heart.


Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!!

Have a beautiful day with your loved ones, and a joyful New Year!

Friday, December 22, 2017

More Hand Painted Ornaments

These ornaments were all gifts and have been received so I can now post them!  Hand painted on wood with acrylics. I have others available in my Etsy Store if you'd like to take a look.  Have a beautiful Christmas!!