Saturday, January 14, 2017

Painting Sedona Twice!

This is a scene that I got to paint twice. Once just before, and once just after Christmas. 

Original Watercolor Sedona Landscape by Elise Engh

A customer commissioned a lovely scene of the mountains of Sedona Arizona and I was so excited to paint it! I'm from Arizona!  

The first take on it turned out better than I thought it would.  I carefully rolled this painting, wrapped it in plastic, and stuck it in a cardboard triangle mailer from USPS.  I waited 20 minutes at line in at the post office and then sent it on it's way, only to find out a few days later that the carrier had smashed it. Boo!!!

I felt a little foolish because I had just written a craftsy post about how to ship your watercolor paintings safely and now I'm the one with the shipping disaster.  Yikes!  But I had never had a problem with USPS smashing my paintings in those triangle mailers before.  So I can't take all the blame for that fiasco.

Original Watercolor Sedona Landscape by Elise Engh

I worked on Sedona painting #2 right after Christmas and I wasn't quite as excited to paint it as the first.  The first was definitely better.  Thankfully I had a very understanding and patient customer.  I rolled the second one in a poster tube and then stuck that in a triangle mailing tube.  That one got there without a scratch! Thank goodness!  

I'm thinking this is going to be my standard wrapping procedure for all my large paintings from now on!

So, what are your shipping fiascoes?  Any good shipping advice? Please share!

Original Watercolor Sedona Landscape by Elise Engh

Monday, January 9, 2017

Photos of the Week: Frozen Utah Lake

One of the perks of living next to Utah Lake are these views!  I think the views are the prettiest in the winter when the mountain peaks are covered in snow and the lake is frozen.  It's like glass and it takes my breath away.

Frozen Utah Lake: grow creative blog
Frozen Utah Lake: grow creative blog
Frozen Utah Lake: grow creative blog
Frozen Utah Lake: grow creative blog

I haven't been as active here on this blog lately.  So so so much to do when you are trying to adopt!

Getting our adoption home study finished felt so good! It took a load off! Now we have entered the searching and waiting phase and that part scares me a bit.  It's so unknown and things could either take a very long time or happen very quickly.  You just don't know how it will play out.

My husband put together our son's old crib which has been moved at least five times now.  It hasn't been used in six years.  I'm glad we kept it.  I never could let go of the baby stuff.  I have too many hopes and dreams tied up with those items, so from house to house they have moved, right along with us!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

We are Hoping to Adopt in 2017!!

Dear friends,

As some of you may know, we have wanted more children in our family for a very long time.  We have prayed for that blessing since Porter was little.

Now that it is not possible for us to have more children of our own, we are pursuing our dream of adoption and we need your help making it come true!

We have completed our Adoption Home Study, which is a report that shows that we are qualified to adopt.  We now have an Adoption Blog, Facebook Page, and Instagram Account dedicated to our cause of finding a child (or children) to adopt.

Since adopting through an agency is out of our price-range, we are working with a social worker and looking independently.

Please share this post and links.  Help us spread the word and find our family!

Instagram: @eric.elise.adopt (


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