Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Oh, how I missed thee

my laptop has been out of comission for the past week or so, and it's so nice to have it back (I had other computers at my disposal, but this is the only one that has all my pictures and budget information...

I must say though, I had a lot more free time without it!

Saturday, December 27, 2008


well... I finished one of them in time for Christmas. :-\. It's got it's quirks, but it's one of the quickest paintings I've ever done (took me about 2 days)

Christmas Picture

These are my very select favorites.

They are select because I chose them out of about 90... :-D

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Super Long Weekend :D

Ahh, the art of relaxation.

Unfortunately, I've been getting minimal hours at work.

Luckily, I have been able to take what I consider to be a Christmas vacation to spend with Matt. Thursday morning to Monday night... We've spent 90% of our time with all of our friends, just having a good time. And staying off the roads most of the time! Half my visit it has been snowing... Accumulating probably about 2 feet since I've been here! This shouldn't be surprising considering the massive amounts of snowstorms last winter... But last winter we also had little to no snow before Christmas.

Matt and I got to enjoy a nice time with his family Friday night. We were supposed to drive to be with some extended family of his, but the weather was not permitting! It was nice, since I'm not going to be around them for Christmas, we had a mini-Christmas thing. Now I feel like Christmas has already passed, but I still can't wait to enjoy the holiday again with my own family on the 25th!

Pictures to come.

P.S. I finished 1/2 of my holiday art projects, and hopefully I can sneak a picture of it before I leave tomorrow night so I can share it with everyone :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Art Update

I'm currently working on two Christmas gifts.

I'll put pictures of them up after Christmas.

Oh, yes. The anticipation builds.

This picture made me laugh today.

It's hard to believe that this picture was taken over a year ago already...

Friday, December 12, 2008

7pm on Tuesday.

The Christian radio station I have been listening to since it first aired in my area around July is Air1!

This entire week they've been picking a winner every hour to win BarlowGirl's new Christmas CD "Home for the Holidays!"

7pm on Tuesday I won! They haven't contacted me, but Matt's friend heard my name on the radio, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only Laura Gallo in my town!

Air 1 is 93.9fm in the Augusta/Lewiston areas (I've listened to it as far south as Wells and as far north as Waterville, but I think it goes more north!)

Or, I've heard it on 106.5fm from Wells, where 93.9 drops off to about Portsmouth, NH, but I'm pretty sure it goes farther than that!

A full listing of the stations throught the US can be searched here, or you could just listen online :) No commercials!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Silver Bells....

Or wreath! I saw this wreath at Target the other day and fell IN LOVE with it!It's completely silver, with silver sparkles and those little dark spots you see are mirrors (it looks much prettier in person!) It only had two problems with it: it had glitter (which worked on this piece, but in general drives me insane) and it was $30.

Now, maybe that's not a crazy price, but I'm on a budget and can't afford that much for a decoration. So I decided to make my own! I spent $7.50 at the craft department at Wal*mart: berry garland ($5), silver spray paint ($1.12), and sparkle pieces ($1.44).

At home, I assembled the garland in a wreath like form, and added some dried vines that I cut from the grape plant in our front lawn using some craft wire. I then spray painted the whole thing silver, and added some mirror pieces with hot glue!

It's not exact, and it's not as full, but I think it's just as pretty if not prettier! The berries which are not present in the Target wreath create a great reflection because of their shape, and it totally makes up for the lack of glitter!

I wish I had taken some in progress picture, but that's what I always seem to forget!

P.S. this post was written like 2 weeks ago... I was just too lazy to add the pictures at that time!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


I have a blog?

Oh yeah.

Look for me tomorrow.

Or the day after.