Spitting Image: Memorial Portrait – Possum

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1961586_217896621733096_1825452114_nTom (a past customer of mine) contacted me recently asking if I can do another portrait for him. I had drawn a memorial portrait of his niece, Audra 4 years ago and he said he immediately thought of me when he decided to have a 2nd memorial portrait done. This time it would be of his pet wolf named Possum. I was honored he came back to have me do yet another meaningful piece and after seeing photographs of his unique and captivating pet, I became instantly excited to work on it. After finishing the portrait the other night I emailed Tom the first draft. I couldn’t be happier when I saw his response in my inbox. It said….”I LOVE IT!”

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Last night I put a protective spray on the portrait and tonight I am getting it ready to ship out. I can’t wait to hear what Tom thinks of it when he sees it in person.

Memorial portraits are a wonderful way to pay tribute and keep the memory alive of someone we love. I hope that this portrait of Possum brings some peace to Tom during this time and he can look at it and think back of all the wonderful times he spent with his beloved pet.

To see more of the portraits I have done check them out here at the Spitting Image section of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Freaky Fanatics: Jacob Loves His Choo Choos!

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Almost 2 years ago I posted some photos of the paintings I did for my friends Kristin and Jesse who were having a baby boy. Jesse being a big train collector and also having a pet turtle I was quite inspired…

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When Kristin set them up in the nursery she sent me a photo of them fully on display in baby Jacob’s room. I of course posted it to share with all of you because it made my day. Later on when I saw them in person hanging over his crib I was so happy to see how well they went with everything else in the nursery.

Well today baby Jacob is getting bigger and he is a lot more active at his age. So when I got this text from Kristin this morning it made me smile from ear to ear….

“Hi! Wanted to tell you, Jacob is big time into trains right now. Every morning and night he points to the pics you painted and says “Choo, Choo, turtle…” It’s so cute”

This is why I love using my talent to make hand made gifts. The hard work pays off when you get these types of reactions from people. Especially the little ones.

Thank you Kristin and little Jacob for making my day!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Slasher Sale: Time To Go Batty

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It’s that wonderful time of the year again! This Sunday is Bat Appreciation Day! And you all know with my bat obsession that I couldn’t go without celebrating and not let my Freaky Fanatics join in on the fun!

So in recognition of the coolest animal to exist (not living in my house… yet) I am offering 17% on any pre-made, ready to ship item in my Etsy shop. This runs this weekend only!

All you have to do is put in coupon code BATTY at checkout!

Just for fun….here are some bat inspired creations available in my shop right meow!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Loves: Meet Otis!

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So I was sick yesterday (stupid digestive disorder) and didn’t get a chance to share our fun news. We added a new member to our family over the weekend after attending the reptile show. He is a tiny, baby albino axolotl!!

We named him Otis. Yes after Otis Driftwood because due to our axie’s look we could not resist. His coloring and gills reminded us too much of Otis’ look and mutton chops in House of 1000 Corpses ha ha. To top it off they are meat eaters and he is in his cannibalistic stage right now ha ha. If we were to put another axolotl in his tank they would try to eat each other. Fitting…. I think so ha ha. We had come up with a bunch of different names and when I suggested Otis my husband Frank immediately shook his head in agreement ha ha.

We already have a 10 gallon tank and aquarium ornaments and things but we have to gradually move him into that one once he is bigger. He is in a small tank right now because he is only about 1.5 – 2 inches long and we have to make sure he eats so he grows. He literally is a tiny baby. In a big tank he might have issues finding his food etc. It will be fun to get to actually raise this little guy.

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We also of course spoiled Vlad (the red crested gecko we picked up at the reptile show last year) and got him a new really cool vine for his little tropical paradise (aka his tank).

Frank spoiled me by getting me this killer snake ring!!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Back Bone: It’s Giving Tuesday Let’s Give Back!

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As you all know I love using my artistic talents to give back to causes that I am passionate about. There is a whole page dedicated to this on my website called Back Bone. Why do I call it that? Well one I love all things spooky (of course) and like fun creative ways to name the pages of my website. Most importantly I enjoy having other people’s backs.

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One of the ways I  give “back” is by offering special, limited edition items in my Etsy shop. Customers have purchased such items and the proceeds have gone to the charity they were made for.

  • If you are looking for a wonderful gift idea that you can give to someone and tell them it helped someone else, these items are perfect.
  • If you want to spoil yourself without the guilt because it helped someone else, these items are perfect.
  • If you just want to help a great cause in a fun way, these items are perfect.

Well with today being “Giving Tuesday” I wanted to remind my followers that I do still have a few items left in my shop that can be purchased and a portion of your purchase will go to a great cause. So let’s GIVE BACK!

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Stay Spooky and Supportive!
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Baby Berryhill Nusery Paintings

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Recently I posted about the train and animal themed paintings I did for our friend’s nursery and baby shower gift. Well yesterday I got a text from Kristin (aka the Mommy to be) that said “they look perfect over baby Jacob’s crib!” and attached was this adorable photo that made my heart smile.

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Exactly how I imagined them! I love nothing more then photos of how people enjoy my artwork! You can see more in my Freaky Fanatic slideshow on my official portfolio website! Don’t forget to submit yours and get featured on my site! Contact me!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole