EtsyKIDS Design Challenge: WINNER!!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am thrilled to announce that my marabou bunnies won this month's EtsyKIDS Design Challenge!
A big THANK YOU to all of you that supported and voted for my paintings!
What an honor!


Click HERE to see the EtsyKIDS blog post.

With whimsy~

Whimsy Words: 35

my "you"ness
image from here

with whimsy~

Custom Hair Bow Organizer

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I recently created this monogrammed hair bow organizer for a dear friend's baby girl.
She new she wanted something nuetral (to not compete with the existing room decor and colorful clips and bows).  She also knew that she wanted something personalized. 

I love how this circle monogram design turned out.

The chocolate brown ribbon accents hang approx. 36" each
That's 9 feet of storage!!!

These make a perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays or just because!

Remember, ALL Elizabeth Lauren artwork can be customized to coordinate with your little one's room decor.   

Contact me to order yours today!

With whimsy~

Custom La Ballerinas: 4

Monday, February 27, 2012
Here is a look at my latest 'la ballerina' custom order.
I love the classic combination of soft pink and white.

On a side note:

Today is the LAST day to vote in this month's Etsy Design Challenge.
My 'bunnies with fluffy marabou paintings' are almost in 1st place!  
Bunnies with fluffy marabou tail, 8x10 (set of 2)
Please help support my Etsy Shop and artwork by placing a vote!
Click HERE to vote!
Thank you!

With whimsy~

Custom Tweet Tweet

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Quite often I receive custom order requests for paintings that are inspired by my existing works seen in my portfolio or etsy shop.

With this particular custom order my client loved my 'tweet tweet' paintings that coordinate and are inspired by PBK's  green and pink penelope bedding.

Since her nursery walls are painted a grassy green she wanted to change the border color to bubble gum pink and the interior scallop to grassy green.  This way the paintings would have really great 'pop' from the wall color.

They turned out great! 

Here is a look at the original 'tweet tweet' paintings:
Find these in my etsy shop HERE

To start your custom order click HERE

With whimsy~

EtsyKIDS Design Challenge: It's time to vote!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Hi Everyone!

I am so excited that my sweet little 'Bunnies with  Fluffy Marabou Tails'  are in the running for this months EtsyKIDS design challenge.

Design challenge theme:  Spring has Sprung

Voting begins TODAY and run through February 27th.

Please help show your support for Elizabeth Lauren- custom paintings for little ones by voting.

Click HERE to cast your vote!

Bunnies with fluffy marabou tail, 8x10 (set of 2)
Find these bunnies in my Etsy Shop HERE

With whimsy~

M is for Mischief

Saturday, February 18, 2012
It is by no surprise that Mr. M has been up to mischief ....AGAIN.  He is a chronic mischief maker.  I have really never experienced anything like it.  What did he do this time?
Hmm... well, lets see.
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Now you might be asking yourself, Well, how did he get the bubbles or better yet where was I or Mr. C. while all of this was going down.  We were near by driving the car and in the front seat while M sat comfortably in his car seat sifting through a bag of party favors he had just received.  Among the candies and toys, was a party sized container of bubbles.    At least it was party sized. 
After a call to poison control, turns out M will be fine, just a little nauseous for the rest of the day.

Sheesh, what will I do with him?
He will be 3 at the end of May so I am hoping that things will start to calm down at that point.  I am chalking this up to terrible two's,  right?  

So this brings me to a couple of clean up solutions that I have learned along the way with M's mischief making.  I thought i would share them with you.

How to remove silly putty out of carpet.

Side Story: I first tried picking it out of the carpet with tweezers until the hubs googled it and saw this trick.  Welp, let me just tell you in about 10 seconds (no exaggeration)  our carpet looked brand new.
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a.   How to remove permanent marker off of humans!
Solution: baby wipes / warm sudsy water / rubbing alcohol (careful around the eyes)

b.  How to remove permanent marker off of plastic toys?
Solution:  rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover

c.  How to remove permanent marker off of a Carrolle baby doll?
Solution:  You cant.  The soft rubbery skin of the doll is just way to porous.  You can however bleach the heck out of the soft white body portion.

d.  How do you remove permanent marker off of Pat the Bunny?
Solution:  Bleach.

Side story:  About a month ago, M decided to decorate his arms, legs, and FACE with a gigantic blue permanent marker that he found in my pantry with all of C's lunch baggies and supplies.
He also decorated a few of his fisher price Little People toys and his favorite lovies named Big Baby (creepy naked Carolle doll) and Bunny Bear (Pat the Bunny).
Avery Marks-A-Lot Permanent Marker
I have pretty much concluded two things from this past year:
1. M now stands for Mischief.
2. Never under estimate the power of a 2 year old!

With whimsy~

Roses are Red, Celery is Green

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day!
The kids recently made these cards for their Grandparents.  The roses were created by using celery    
as a stamp.
They were so easy to create and turned out great,
Click HERE for an easy tutorial.
 Inside the card the Cutie Patootie wrote a clever little poem for GG and Pops.

M's card also had a fun Valentine poem inside. 
His read:

I love you,
and you love me.
Let's share a snack
of celery!

with whimsy~

Creative Valentine Ideas & Freebies

Friday, February 3, 2012
I just wanted to share a few of my favorite Valentine Finds and Freebies!

image and FREE printable from dandee designs

image and FREE printable from the crafting chicks

image and FREE printable from it is what it is

Image from the teacher wife

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image and tutorial from HERE

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SO doing this for Valentines this year. Landon can hand give them to all his little friends and it's the perfect snack for 2 year olds.
image from here

On-a-Roll Scroll
image from here

With whimsy~


Thursday, February 2, 2012
I am thrilled to be one of the newest members of the EtsyKids team.

The EtsyKids Team is a diverse group of talented and dedicated Etsy shop owners making items for babies, toddlers, and children.



The EtsyKids blog and website are both for members and shoppers.  It is a great place to meet Etsy artists, find fun and unique products just for kids, or check out crafting tutorials!

I am also excited to announce that my 'Whimsical Tree' painting on canvas has been selected to be showcased on the
Winter 2012 EtsyKids LUXURY shopping guide!!!

What an honor!
A BIG thank you to the EtsyKids staff for selecting my work!

Click here to check it out!

With whimsy~