When I was contacted not long ago by my friend Suzanne of Thru The Bugs On My Windshield to paint a tile to commemorate her new blog design, I could not have been more thrilled (or more intimidated, if truth be told).
As I always say, “drop me an email and send me some inspirational photos, and I can paint something just for you or someone you love”. Well, Suzanne did just that!
I’ve always enjoyed my friendship with Suzanne and have admired her for many reasons. After reading Suzanne’s email and looking at all of her photo attachments, I really got the feel for what makes her the woman she is.
Suzanne sent me so many details about her life and loves that it was hard to pick and choose which ones to incorporate in her tile. The two that were nonnegotiable however were in reference to her wonderful mountain man husband (who still looks fabulous in his wrangler jeans, as per Suzanne) and her wonderful Australian Shepherd dog. Oh, Suzanne also requested that I add a bumble bee somewhere too. I had to make sure I didn’t forget that last element that, for whatever reason, seemed pretty important to her.
So many details…where do I begin?
As with many of the tiles I paint, I’ll start with the border and hopefully some inspiration will come to me along the way. So I print out all the emails and photos and head to my Kudos Kitchen table and set to work.
Suzanne has this fun paisley border on her blog and her favorite color is red!!!
Suzanne loves the open road and traveling (hence the name of her blog). She loves cactus and mountains too. I now have a pretty clear idea of how I’m going to proceed with her tile. I can only hope that I don’t mess up anywhere along the way or I’ll have to totally start from scratch, now that the border is fully painted. No pressure, right?
As the very final step, I asked Suzanne if she would like me to add an alder wood frame to her tile for hanging. She said yes but I can hardly believe that I forgot to take a picture of the completed piece! Go figure!!! I guess I was just excited to complete it and send it on it’s way 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting and getting to know Suzanne through her painted tile. I know that I certainly enjoyed painting it for her! It definitely is one of my favorites! Enjoy Suzanne!!!
I’d love to paint something for YOU too! Just drop me an email and send me some pictures. It’s that easy to get a one-of-a-kind, custom painted item that you won’t find anywhere else! Thank you for visiting!!!
Until we paint again,