10.16.18

Pet Portrait Commissions

Posted in Art Journal, business-a-go-go, Main at 12:54 pm by carrie

I’ve been drawing & painting for decades, but I have never offered commissions.
I finally feel like it is time to do just that!

Starting at $30, you can get a watercolor and ink drawing of your pet. I can also do landscapes, homes, still lifes etc, but no humans, please! The cost will depend on the complexity and detail in the photo you select.

Finished piece will be roughly 6″ x 9″ on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock.




To get a cost & time estimate, please send me an email with the photo you wish to use. Please make sure the lighting is good and all the details are easy to see, especially the eyes! I’ll get back to you with the details.

To see more of my art, check out my Pinterest board.

Thank you for joining me on this new leg of my art journey ♡

Friends and Family Event 2018

Posted in business-a-go-go, Events!, Main, NC, Raleigh at 11:43 am by carrie

It’s our 2nd Annual Friends & Family event!

Join us while we don our Holiday best and shower our closest supporters with gifts, festive food and a great atmosphere as a huge THANK YOU for your support! You’ll get the store all to yourself while we mingle, shop, nibble and sip.

Friday, November November 2nd, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.



For more info, visit our event page on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

Inspirations Home Decor and More, 8601 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, NC

03.08.18

Nominate us, please!

Posted in business-a-go-go, NC, Raleigh at 1:43 pm by carrie



Indy Week Best of the Triangle 2018 nominations are open, would you please vote for Inspirations Home Decor and More in the following categories:

Best Furniture Store in the Triangle

Best Gift Shop in Wake County

Best Home Accessory Store in the Triangle

Best Home Furnishing Store in the Triangle

Best Women’s Boutique in Wake County

You may have to add our name to the nomination name under “Don’t see your favorite?”. Please enter “Inspirations Home Decor and More” in that field. Thank you SO much!!!

01.25.18

Art Journal Catch Up!

Posted in Art Journal, Main at 7:48 pm by carrie

The VC blog has been… a little neglected since the Facebooks and the Instagrams took hold of our lives. But, I think it’s time to start blogging again :)

(oh, how do I html again?)

Watercolor art journal pages as of recent:

08.05.15

Asheville Adventure 2 of 2

Posted in Main, outings, Weekend Adventure at 8:11 am by carrie

The Biltmore Estate…

A fifty dollar ticket into the Biltmore gives you a self guided tour of the large house and access to the adjacent gardens, a lake and a shopping area with wine tasting, food and live music. We were there on a rainy, hot and humid Tuesday. It was crowded, very crowded. Wall to wall people from all around the world.

The house was an impressive time capsule… rooms with Haunted Mansion-like wood finishings, velvet tapestries and ornate wallpaper, fancy hand carved furniture, hallways packed with portraits, a large spiral staircase and the kitchen/pantry/laundry wing was fascinating. There’s an indoor pool in the basement with zero windows that everyone swears is haunted. A cinderblock basement room was festively hand-painted by a younger Vanderbilt for a New Year’s party. The art was taken from a Russian circus troupe’s flyer and it looked like a mash up of the Tim Burton signature spiral background, Dr. Seuss’ spikey bear-like creatures, matryoshka doll drawings mixed with some light opiate use. And to round out the 80+ rooms, there are many specific rooms for changing, smoking and sitting. Apparently, people used to change their clothing several times a day. You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but if it was allowed, we’d all be trapped in a sea of selfie sticks and tripods.

There was a lightning storm passing overhead as we toured the house. The moment the booming stopped, we rushed over and had the gardens to ourselves before the masses descended behind us. We were so lucky to have a bit of quiet time with the flowers.



Afterwards, we ran up to the Deerpark lodge and had lunch at Cedric’s, named after Cedric, George Vanderbilt’s St. Bernard. How cute is he??


It was a whirlwind tour! I think we saw more of Asheville in 2 1/2 days than most people see in a week! :)

Next up… Hillsborough and Charleston.

08.03.15

Asheville Adventure 1 of 2

Posted in Main, outings, Weekend Adventure at 2:48 pm by carrie

You know how your family would plan vacations months in advance? You’d research and read reviews, get a feel for your destination, plan out each day accordingly and budget your time at each place, right?

Not us!

My Mom said she was coming out from Los Angeles fairly last minute and we decided to go to Asheville for a few days and the rest of the week was up in the air!

So, we rented an adorable duplex cottage house in Asheville from a lovely couple. Upon our arrival, we were told that we had just missed a mother bear and her 3 cubs, steps from the front door of the rental cottage. Bummer. Instead, we saw turkeys (and baby turkeys!), lots of lightning bugs and a few deer. Here’s the view from our back deck…


We went into town one day and did some window shopping, but missed the Pinball Museum being open! (dang it!)



With little warning, my Mom declared that she wanted to see waterfalls. We both only brought sandals… go us…



At the pace we were moving, I can honestly say that I can’t really remember where those waterfalls were… it was exhausting.

Next up… The Biltmore Estate…

Art Journal #133 – Ranunculus On a Wood Table Time Lapse

Posted in Art Journal, Main at 1:38 pm by carrie

Ranunculus



Art Journal #132 With Time Lapse Video

Posted in Art Journal, Main at 1:27 pm by carrie

Watercolor Chairs in a field…



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