top post of 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011
By a landslide, the #1 most popular post on Elizabeth Lauren in 2011 was ...

With it's sweet treats, cotton candy color scheme, and vintage charm the Cutie Patootie's 5th Birthday party was one to remember!

Click HERE to check out the original post!

With whimsy~

Ikat Dream Canvas

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
Extras: pewter 3 dimensional paint
sealed with a clear matte varnish

Custom options:
change the text
add child's name
change color palette to coordinate with your unique space

This canvas even looks great with out text.  What a fun (and super trendy) way to add interest and texture into any space.  

Find this canvas in my Etsy Shop HERE!!!

With whimsy~

Whimsy Words: 32

Pinned Image
image from here

With whimsy~

A is Alligator......Z is for Zebra

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
30x40 gallery wrapped canvas

This fun and colorful painting was created for an inquisitive and creative little boy.
His Mom, one of my closest friends, wanted something with the entire alphabet and animals that started with each of the letters.

Love this painting? 
 contact me HERE to get started on your Alphabet painting today.

With whimsy~

Snowman Soup

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It's official... the kids are out of school until the new year!
I assembled these cute Snowman Soup Kits for the Cutie Patootie's classmates.
A clever twist to an ordinary hot cocoa packet.

 What's inside the bag?
hot cocoa packet, candy cane, hershey kisses (plain and caramel), mini marshmallows, a fun swirly candy cane straw (found at Hobby Lobby)
 The Poem:

With whimsy~

Custom Birth Announcement

This sweet little canvas is the perfect gift for parents welcoming a sweet child into their family.

Size: 8x10 
(other sizes available - 11x14, 12x12, 16x20)
materials: acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
other:  coordinating grosgrain ribbon attachment

This canvas can be customized to any color/design scheme!

Email me HERE to start your custom order today!

With whimsy~

Candy Cane Mice

Monday, December 19, 2011
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

A dear friend of mine created these adorable Christmas Candy Cane Mice for her daughter's Kindergarten classmates.  Soooooo CUTE, right?

Click here for an easy step by step tutorial.

Thanks for sharing, Amy!

With whimsy~

Away in a manger

Friday, December 16, 2011

This Christmas craft  is great for all ages.  Easy enough for tiny hands but still fun for grade school kids . Enjoy!!!

materials needed:
construction paper 
raffia (or other material for straw)
Popsicle sticks
felt (1"x2" square)

with whimsy~

J is for Jesus

Thursday, December 15, 2011
This sweet little treat is the perfect way to spread Christmas cheer to a large group. It's perfect for class gifts, playgroups, etc.  The poem makes it more meaningful and creative than a regular old candy cane.

Materials needed:
glue stick
hole punch
mini candy canes

The Poem:

J is for Jesus
The candy cane 
turned upside down
is the letter J.
To remind us of
baby Jesus,
born on Christmas day.

With whimsy~

Cinnamon Sugar Snowflakes

Monday, December 12, 2011
What's crispy, warm, buttery, and festive with cinnamon sugar all over?  
Why cinnamon sugar snowflakes, of course!

1. Fold flour tortilla into 1/4

2. snip around the edges 

3. Voila!

4. brush on melted butter

5. sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, sprinkles, etc.

6. Bake at 375 for 5-7 min. (or until cinnamon sugar is bubbly)

M insisted his snowflake was a dinosaur mask... Rarrrrrrr!

They were a hit!

With whimsy~

Nativity Craft

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Cutie Patootie just finished working on this adorable Christmas craft.  While making the craft we talked about the the story of Christmas and the importance of Jesus' Birthday.  

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

Materials Needed:
Toilet paper Rolls- 2
Construction paper


Mary and Joseph:
wrap toilet paper roll with construction paper
cut out a circle and color or draw face (we used a 2" circle die cut)
attach face to top portion of paper roll
tie the fabric swatch to top of the roll with string

baby Jesus:
roll a piece of construction paper into a small tube. (secure with tape)
add face.
wrap with fabric and tie with yarn

What's next?  
We plan on making the three wise men to add to C's nativity.

With whimsy~

Custom La Ballerinas: 3

Monday, December 5, 2011
They're back!
My little 'La Ballerinas' have been customized again!

Bright, cheery and full of whimsy these ballerinas were inspired by Pottery Barn Kids' Brooke Bedding collection.


To see the original 'La Ballerinas' paintings click here.

Want to see other 'La Ballerinas' CUSTOM orders?
Click HERE & HERE.

To order your own set of 'La Ballerinas' paintings for your tiny dancer email me HERE for a price quote!

With whimsy~

FREE Christmas Printables

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Here are a few of my favorite and FREE Christmas printables this year:

1. Advent Calender
Free Party Printable Christmas Advent Calendars
Freebie via Living Locurto

Freebie via Tip junkie

4. Gift Tags
freebie via whisker graphics

image via design editor

5. Reindeer Food Label:

freebie via TomKat Studio

6. For Santa:
freebie via the sweet spot candy bar

With whimsy~