Fat Girl Wearing Thin

Life beyond the loss.

   Jan 14

Book Giveaway Winner!

Hey there, everyone!  I know you don’t mind the chit-chat, but you’re probably wanting me to keep it to a minimum until I announce the winner of Karen’s book, so………

By use of a random number generator that I found in the ITunes App Store (here is where you’ll find the one I used in case you’d like one of your own) the winner of Karen Anderson’s book: After (the before and after) is Brandi!  Congratulations, Brandi.  Email me with your address and we’ll have your book out to you ASAP!


We are almost half-way through this month’s 31 Days of Gratitude.  I hope you’re all finding this year’s Challenge exercises helpful.  It’s certainly helpful to me knowing that I have such a supportive group of gals this year.  We’re already almost half-way through! 

Today my plan was to catch up on blog reading and reorganize my Etsy shop.  So far none of this has happened.   Yesterday, my husband and I returned home from our trip to Lilly’s Soap Kitchen and Artisan Market in Indianapolis where my note cards and over 40 original paintings are now awaiting new homes.  The last two weeks have literally been a blur as I’ve painted and polished up my pieces for the trip.

This was the last painting I finished:

I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to frame it, but then noticed THE perfect frame while out shopping and had to have it!

My apologies for the lousy photo, but the frame really does look like it was made for this painting.  I’m thinking that I may switch from trees to birds for a while.  They are so relaxing to paint, and this little guy was inspired by at least 10 cardinals that were hanging out in my backyard last week. 

Have a great Monday, everyone.  I am off to take a long, overdue nap!  Looking forward to seeing participants of the HL Challenge back here on Thursday to discuss our latest exercise Smile



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  1. Roxie says:

    I love seeing cardinals this time of year. We’ve got a lot of them here as well. I love that painting and that frame is picture perfect.

    • Ellen says:

      Oh, the cardinals are so lovely right now. Funny, because all summer long, our males had some mite problem and were totally bald! Now though, their crests are just as full and beautiful as ever – I think they’re flaunting it!

  2. Brenda says:

    Beautiful painting, and I agree, the perfect frame for it!
    Congrats Brandi :)

  3. Hanlie says:

    I love, love, love that painting and the frame you found for it! It’s so very me, the lover of all things bright and blue.

  4. Brandi says:

    Yay! So excited to get Karen’s book! :) Love the painting Ellen and the frame is beautiful!

  5. Beth says:

    Congratulations Brandi…but I was just sure I was going to win 😉

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