Friday, October 16, 2015

Holiday Shipping Guide 2015

Holiday Shopping-n-Shipping Guide!

I know how important it is to you to have your loved ones be able to open a special gift on Christmas morning. So with this guide, you will be prepared to make sure you order in time to receive that unique and special gift to give to your loved ones.

Gift Boxes: 1-2 days. These are great ways to let your recipient choose the photo they want, the background color they want. AND it is great for procrastinators! :)

Prints: 1-2 days. Great for friends and family who need a little love on their walls. These prints are created from my original paintings. 

Ornaments: 1-2 weeks.  Super cute little paintings. These are great for co-workers, family, friends, and Stocking stuffer gifts too.

And of course, the good ol' canvas painting: Special turnaround time for the Holidays: 2-3 weeks. These are usually 4-5 weeks, but I want to be available for you to make those orders for those special and unique gifts.

Of course, rush orders are always accepted, so just feel free to ask me about it. You can always email me at:

The last day for normal shipping is Friday, December 19th, 2015.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hipster Dog and Hipster Kitty

I came across this funny little dog, Digby Van Winkle, and felt the desire to paint a mini series of "Hipster Animals." So we have Digby the Hipster Dog with his PBR and the Hipster Kitty with her Starbucks. :) Prints available on my Etsy Shop. I will probably be sending these originals to ZaPow art gallery.

Digby Van Winkle aka Hipster Dog

Hipster Kitty and her Starbucks

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pug Rescue of Austin Donation

I was contacted by one of the lovely volunteers from Pug Rescue of Austin to see if I'd be interested in donating a piece of art to their online auction to raise money for their cause. Certainly!

Here is the listing!

Pug Rescue of Austin is a great organization that is dedicated to helping the lives of Pugs through offering adoptions and adoption events to help those Pugs who have had a rough life, in hopes that they can live a fulfilling and happy life with new owners. Good job you all!

I look forward to seeing who wins my donated item!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Halloween Pet Costume Contest 2015

Back by popular demand...Now taking submissions for the 2015 Halloween Pet Costume Contest!


1: Email your photo of your pet(s) in their Halloween costumes to
2: You will receive a link to my Facebook Album with your photo inside it
3: "Like" your photo and send your photo's link to your friends and family on Facebook
4: The photo with the most "likes" by midnight on October 31st will win a free custom painted pet portrait!

I will email the winner of the most liked photo to discuss their custom order. The winner will be able to send me a non-Halloween photo of their pet and will choose their background color for their free painting. The included canvas size will be a 6x6 size, but the winner may choose to upgrade for a larger size canvas if desired, for an additional fee. :)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Time to Simplify

Hello friends,

The summer has been an interesting one in that I have enjoyed watching the ebb and flow of customers and reading their inquiries. What I have concluded is that it is rough out there...financially...for some friends...and certainly the up and down of our economy can cause some stress- no doubt.

And my shop has evolved, so have my prices. I understand that we are in a state of uncertainty about our economy, but that shouldn't prevent you the chance to give a gift that will last forever and bring joy to the recipient- like the unique joy that our furry friends bring us everyday.

With that said, I have reduced my prices of my portraits; and I am happy to break up the payments of your portraits too.  I want to help you with a stress-free shopping experience, so just let me know how I can help.

I truly believe that pets aren't our whole lives, but they make our lives whole, and if I can have the opportunity to capture the essence of your pet on canvas, that joy will forever be a part of your life. :)

Visit the updated Etsy Shop :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Christmas in July: 10% off for the Holiday pre orders

Christmas in July!
Prevent stress and unnecessary anxiety this Holiday season by ordering early. 
Enjoy 10% off your custom pet portrait by placing your order before August 9th, 2015.
Coupon Code: JULYHOLIDAY10
Send me a message if you have any questions, or visit my Etsy shop for more info.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Pin Up Girl Pet Portraitist

Just a little bit of fun here...
I love the pin up art style, it is so fun. I happen to come across this one of a brunette pet portraitist and just had to add to it...Amy's Creative Corner style. :)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy July 4th and Agape and Hope Gala winner

Wishing everyone a fun, playful and safe Fourth of July!

June was a good month of catching up on custom orders :)  Here are few:

Raleigh, NC skyline. "dogzilla!"

For Father's Day

Yorkie for Agapi and Hope Gala raffled item winner

The winner from the Agapi and Hope Gala raffle item I donated had their prize completed.  A friend of mine had a dear Mother who passed away from a rare disorder call HHT, or Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, which is a autosomal dominant genetic disorder of the blood vessels. The family held a Gala in her memory and to raise funds for more research to be done. They held a silent auction in which I donated a free custom pet portrait. The sweet yorkie at the bottom is the winner's pet. Thank you for the opportunity! 

Find out more about their great initiative here:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Father's Day is around the corner, in 5 weeks to be exact. Don't forget about the Doggy Daddies out there...they deserve a fun gift, too. Get your order in before Sunday, May 17th if you'd like the 
dog-dad in your life to receive a unique custom painted pet portrait. :) 
Visit my Etsy page to start your custom order. 
Not to worry, though, if you missed the deadline...we can still do a Gift Box.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Oly" the Fire Station pup painting

"Oly" the painting. A couple of months ago, I just happened to come across a Facebook posting of a firefighter who lost his station dog, Oly. She was taken in by the kind firefighters at Engine-28 in San Antonio, and loved her and gave her a home for over two years. After she was struck by a vehicle, she went on to doggy heaven, and that is when I found this post and read about how much they cared for her. The amount of joy that this dog brought to the firefighters inspired me…Oly truly touch me, so much that I felt the need to paint her and give the painting to the station, her old home, and let the firefighters have something to remember her by...

Some of the great Fire Fighters at Engine-28 with their painting

Me being silly at the station!


Dogs bring such joy to people's lives…hopefully this painting will bring joy to the station.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Latest Custom Pet Portraits

Some of the latest custom pet portraits from Amy's Creative Corner… 
Find out more by visiting my Etsy shop! :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our Wedding and the Crafts that were made!

I have been meaning to do this, well, since September! I got married on August 30th in North Carolina to my lover man, Michael. We drove 22 hours to celebrate with our family and friends. We brought our dogs and several tupperware containers of handmade decor. I want to share my experiences with you so that if you are also planning your big day, this will maybe offer some inspiration and advice.

Don't miss some of our Wedding FAILS at the bottom!

It was the home of the Faux flowers, spray paint, lace, burlap, doilies, 
corner rounding, hot glue sticks, etc. for a couple of months!

To start it off...

Will you be my Bridesmaid? I made 3 little boxes asking my two sisters and best friend 
if they would be by my side for the big day.

Save The Date cards.
Mya and Tomoe being Save the Date models. Or not.

The Ring box
Ribbon held the rings. Painted box, spray mounted colored paper, faux flowers. 

Painted initial letters, with glued on flowers and sparkle bits. These letters sat near our card box.

Card Box. 
I painted a house shaped box that a roof top that came off. I added little flowering pots at the base to make it feel more "homey!" 
Our goal is to build our own home one day, so I thought it was pretty fitting. :)

The Doggy Cake Topper! 
Oven bake clay made for a cute little cake topper. 
I had to incorporate Mya and Tomoe somehow! I painted their little hard bodies with acrylic paint and sat them on little piece of wood. I glued on little flowers, made "we do too" flag banner and added mini vintage flour bags (to go with our rustic theme).


Handmade invitations. 
What a process! Spray painted doilies, folded over invite and wrapped twine around the base, and added flowers and sparkly bits.


The Outfit!
Who says you can't feel awesome on a budget?!

I ended up finding a PROM dress, in ivory, that was just great. I had it tailored just a little, 
but ended up saving SO much on the dress situation. Thanks, Celebrations!

I was blessed to be able to use my Mom's wedding veil from 30 years ago, too! A friend helped me detach the delicate fabric from the "pill box" that it was attached to and she sewed it 
onto a simple little clip that went underneath my up-do. 

I gently took off two of the lace appliqu├ęs from the veil and used it as accents on a belt that my sister and I made. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the little sparkly bits! 

My friend, Alina Ramirez did my hair and make up.


Guest Book. 
I wrapped stretchy lace around a kraft/board "binder" from Hobby Lobby. Added faux flowers and yes, sparkly bits. The inside had blank areas where guests could sign. Every page had a photo of Michael and I from the past few years. I wrapped twine around a pen for guests to use.



Party Favors. 
Since we live in Texas, I thought it would be fitting to bring a little Texas with us. We visited our friends, The Nutt Doctor, at the Farmers Market and bought a big bag of Candied Pecans. I put those bags inside of craft bags and stapled doilies over the top. 
(I stamped "thank you" on the doily first.)


Table Seating Chart. 
Working full time in a winery has its perks. I took a bunch of empty wine bottles and wrapped burlap/lace/ribbon/whatever around all of them and then used the corks to hold the cards. I cut a slit half way down each cork and used the "wine name system" to "number" all of my tables. The main seating board had all the different wine names with the guest's names at their designated table. 


For the main seating board, I stapled mint fabric around an old bulletin board from a thrift store and glued on faux flowers and ribbon. 

 Multi-purpose programs! I wanted to give the guests something to do while they waited before the ceremony. They could use it as a fan, too. And then they could take the "fancy bell pencil" home.



Mock up of how I thought the tables could look. With the hand cut runners from fabric I got from the local fabric shop. I used ivory lace and a satin mint fabric. Very inexpensive! :)


Gift for Dad
A box of goodies for the Father of the Bride. Silly pictures, BBQ mix, and a lovely tie that was put together by different hands. Handmade tie by Joy Neck Wear  on Etsy, custom patch made by Sew Happy Girls on Etsy, and the patch was sewn onto the tie by myself. 

Gift for Bridesmaids
I had these monogrammed robes made from this great Etsy shop, Just Cottons.

Gift for Moms
Handkerchiefs for Happy Tears! Had these made from the Etsy shop, The Polka Dotted Bee.

I made two charms that held photos of my grandparents who could not be at the wedding. This little bracelet of sorts wrapped around the lace/burlap that went around the base of the peach roses. 


Shonell Singler from Tender Touches , who happens to be a wonderful family friend, created the lovely bouquet and did the set up/decorating using the decor that I brought. She added her special touch, too to different areas of the ceremony and the reception. Here are a few things…champagne flutes, arrangement for the sweet heart table, sign in table and more! She rocks!!! 

We put our ideas and together, and she let loose and did her thing!

The set up! Our ceremony and reception took place at the Weathervane at the Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC. It was just lovely. 

I must thank my mama for finding this little gem.



Wedding Day FAILS! 
My philosophy on this lovely wedding was to go in to with the mindset that I should have little expectations. The planned time line or small details are sure to the change/mess up/break/not work/etc. 
When you don't have expectations, the night runs as smoothly as a fine glass of cabernet sauvignon. 
And that is exactly what happened! We had the best party ever :) 
But we certainly had some fails. 

Here are some:

 1- I forgot the garter. So my dear Matron of Honor, Ashlie, tied a dinner napkin around my thigh.

2- Cutting the dress at the last minute because it was a little too long and I was tripping over it.

3- My veil fell off during the Father and Daughter dance.

4- Luckily, Michael had his pocket knife on him so that his best man, Clint, could use it to 
cut off our rings during the ceremony!!! 
It caused a big laugh, which was a fun way to set the mood for a good night.

5- Since the venue was 22 hours away, I never really got to see some of the details like knowing how big the cake was that came with our buffet option. 
SO our topper definitely topped the edges of the cake! 

6- It was the HOTTEST day of the summer. Wet shirts everywhere!

7- And no picture to prove the Mega MacGyver Sister moment. My bustle wasn't working, or couldn't be found, so she bent the back of an earring and attached it to a bobby pin and somehow pulled up the extra fabric to make a bustle!!! Amazing!

Overall, it was a wonderful wedding and I wouldn't ask for anything to have been different. 

Let me know if you have any questions about the crafts I did so you can create 
your most personalized event ever!