Good bye 2015 Hello 2016

I used some app that found my 9 most liked photos on instagram. (can't remember which one, just google it) I think they sum up the past year pretty well.
                                                                 Happy New Year!  xo

Peace Sign Wreath

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  Our holiday cards every year almost always say "peace".
Back when I was a young mother with 3 very active little boys, the word had a double meaning for me beyond the common Peace on Earth.
   "Peace and quiet please" or please just a few minutes less of "get off your brother, legos are toys to share or please eat don't throw your apple"

Those were the good ol' days weren't they?

Anyhoo - the world sure has changed.
"Peace" is still my favorite sentiment and this year I decided to make a big peace sign wreath for the front of our house.

 Here is how I did it:
I picked up a couple of 36 inch wreath forms at Michael's
They were $6.99 each.  I used some wire cutters to cut up one of the frames and flattened and straightened out the peices.  This was the hardest part and it wasn't even that hard especially since I got my husband to do the cutting.
After that it is just a matter of securing to the other frame - I used some florest wire for this.
Then I wrapped it with some lights - a mix of white - which I already had and some colored lights that I found on the floor of my sons room -
It is super easy, super cheap and super cool looking and the closest I'm getting to a holiday card this year.
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Santa at the Beach, 101502

6x6" oil
Santa on the Beach
Crazy right?  I know, I know too soon put the pumpkin latte down for a second and look at your calender - That's right -Christmas is about 11 weeks away.
Now is the perfect time to commission an original painting so this is your friendly reminder.

Studio Peek

"Do This"  - just like yours, my to-do list is L O N G. 
Under this sign is where the sticky notes pile up - the commission notes and shipping details.  This spot makes me happiest when its dripping in sticky notes. 

the panels : they are getting prepped for paintings. 

this wood : I pulled this old weathered gray wood out of the bon fire pile at our beach last summer - it's just too cool to burn, don't you think??  I'm going to paint some little beach landscapes on these - stay tuned!!

Leaving Summer Behind - again

                                                               Leaving Summer Behind
                                                                          18 x 18 oil

Fall is here at last but it's still a little sad to be leaving summer behind again.

One of my favorites from a series of leaving the beach paintings I did a few years back.  I' ld love for this one to find a good home.   It comes with a frame even!

Happy October, fresh air friday

October.  Sweet October.  The trees get all the credit for this gorgeous month but for me it is all about the marshes.  The subtle color in those grasses, thats the stuff I love.
It's fresh air friday and even though its rainy, it is time to get out there and soak up color! 
Happy weekend, Happy October

A Little Sweet, cupcake painting, Debbie Miller

                                                                       6x6" oil on panel. 

what are you doing this weekend?  Me?  Well it's time to paint the cupcakes....  


What's this?  A post? 
Why yes it is! I'm as surprised as you are!!
I've decided to start blogging on a regular basis again and today seems like a good place to start.  
Except it's hot and I don't do well with hot!   

But updating my blog seems to fuel my creative fire so I'm back to it for the sake of creativity!!  

Meet my new pup!

Back to blogging this week and to get things started I thought I would share the new edition to our family.
Meet our new Border Collie pup named Rhody! 
Isn't he the best?  Shown here sitting next to our little dog Baxter and then with his sister Maggie who is owned by a good friend of mine - lots of puppy playdates, yay!!!
If you just can't get enough of this cuteness, follow me on instagram.  I'll be posting lots of puppy pictures there!!  follow me HERE
Red.  20x20" oil on panel.  $1,200
This is one of my favorite paintings that I did last year.... just something about it I love.

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