Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Genuinely Jane Studios / Artistcellar Blog Hop

Hello all
This first part of May, I had a LOT of deadlines and one very special "secret" project to finish. Today, is the day that my Design Team worlds collided in a very good HAPPY way. This last week has been the blog party for Genuinely Jane Studios AND Artistcellar. I design for both companies and absolutely LOVE what I do. They both are superb companies that produce amazing high quality materials. The fact that my two Design Teams merged for one BIG blog party makes me completely GIDDY!!!

It was not until after my "secret" project was finished, that I realized that it could be used for my blog party post too. Today is the last day of the Genuinely Jane Studios / Artistcellar blog party. I have the honor of closing out the blog party with my secret project. Without planning it in advance, I had used both companies wonderful products in this one project.

So, welcome everyone to the final day of the Genuinely Jane Studios / Artistcellar blog party. If you have missed all the fun, please go check out all the links from the past week:

Tammy - May 1st - Artistcellar
Emily - May 1st - Genuinely Jane Studios
Anne - May 2nd - Artistcellar
Ildi - May 2nd - Genuinely Jane Studios
Rita - May 3rd - Artistcellar
Kim - May 3rd - Genuinely Jane Studios
Lea - May 4th - Artistcellar
Susan - May 4th - Genuinely Jane Studios
Lisa - May 5th - Artistcellar
Kim H. - May 5th - Genuinely Jane Studios
Lori W. - May 6th - Artistcellar
Irit - May 6th - Genuinely Jane Studios

Lori (ME) - May 7th - Blogging on my blog here for Genuinely Jane Studios,
and blogging at Artistcellar at:

Have a blast visiting all the blogs and make sure you comment on all the posts too, because both Artistcellar and Genuinely Jane Studios are doing a giveaway.

As I said earlier, my project was a "SECRET" project until right now. You see, my project is a birthday gift for a VERY  DEAR friend named Tracy Weinzapfel. Tracy and I became friends on March 20, 2012 when I stumbled across her LIVE Ustream videos. Since then, we have become close friends. Sometimes even forgetting the time difference and texting while someone is still in bed.

Tracy has made me laugh, helped me cry, and encouraged my artistic endeavors. She is one of those rare people that make you want to be a better you, just because of who they are. I am who I am today because of who she is and the love and encouragement she shares with everyone she touches.

I knew this painting would be for her, but I had to laugh as I was doing the final touches the other day. In the middle of finishing it, I got a text from Tracy. She was asking my opinion about something. It brought me to tears, because someone I admire so much cares about my opinion AND values it. It also creeped me out a little and I started wondering if she somehow had my studio bugged. I thought I had just been caught red handed!!!

I saw this quote a few days before I started this project, and it was the catalyst to how the painting evolved. Tracy, my dear friend:

"Your friendship is to me, as the sunshine is to the flower"

I truly believe with all my heart that I am a better person because I have you as a friend.
I love you!!
Happy Birthday!!

Tracy is celebrating her birthday the ENTIRE month of May. If you would like to help her celebrate, then please head on over to her Studio facebook page and wish her a Happy Birthday Month!! (And tell her I sent you. LOL)


Silent said...

That's an awesome project Lori, especially because of this wonderful meaning to you. Friendship is the most important thing, but like the flowers, you have to take care for it, and this is what your project is telling. I'm sure, Tracy will love it. Thanks for sharing it with us. C~

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

I'm just loving the way you used the stencils on this project....just beautiful....and I'm sure your friend will love it!

Barb Wagar said...

What a lovely, thoughtful and loving gift you made for your friend. I love the colors and texture. So much nicer with all the love you put into it!

Jean said...

Wow- just gorgeous! Love the texture and the flowers!

Anonymous said...

This bill bring tears to her eyes. It made me sentimental for a friend that I lost many years ago. I love the flowers and the big sun. Great job. thanks for sharing.

Dawn Louise said...

Wow amazing piece of artwork. with such a special meaning too makes it all the more fabulous. the way you've brought your design together to go with the quote and put your heart into it is plain to see. x

Craftychris said...

ooh this is absolutely stunning! So much texture and gorgeous colours - Tracy will adore it!! How lovely to have such a good friend, they are so important! xx

Far North said...

Wow what a beautiful inspirational ending to this blog party! Beautiful canvas!...love your use of the stencil and modeling paste.
Thanks so much for sharing your story!

Far North said...

The inspiration for your beautiful canvas is touching! I love the stenciling as well as the modeling paste work. Thank you being a double sparkle of fireworks for the end of this great blog party!

Carole Z said...

Lori this canvas is beautiful, so filled with sunshine and happiness! Love all the textures - stunning! Carole Z X

Von said...

What a lovely treasure you've created for Tracy's birthday, Lori! Even more, what a lovely friendship you've been gifted through each other. What better blessing could anyone ask for than that!?! May God continue to bless you both in every way!