Sunday, October 4, 2009

Crandall House, Now Features Stephanie Davis

The First piece she made for us

"Staring Contest"

Her Gift to us, a version of our wedding announcement picture

Since having had our clothing store Ryan and I have acquired some beautiful artwork. When we first opened our store we commissioned Stephanie Davis (now Stephanie Gardiner) to do an art piece for us, and we wanted it to be finished before it opened so Stephanie busted out this beautiful and unique piece in TWO DAYS! She's amazing. Then we had another made, showed her some art pieces we liked and she came up with this spectacular piece, with a canvas she stretched herself. Then three more large paintings came along and we had a store full of her art. We had so many people want to buy her artwork from us but we couldn't part with them. She painted a portrait of Ryan and I for our wedding gift and then we acquired two more pieces from our friend Dan Ferris. Now we're happy to have all of these pieces hanging (some still not hung up unfortunately) in our house. We have a Stephanie Davis art gallery and we love it because it first of all reminds us of her, and secondly, it brings back our fond memories of living in Rexburg. Thanks for your wonderful talent Steph, you've made our home beautiful.

*We have four more but we are getting them framed, so we will show you those when they are completed. I love all of our paintings!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

"You Say It's Your Birthday/It's My Birthday Too"

The Hotel
A Birthday Girl+A German Chocolate Birthday Cake+Birthday Candles+Birthday Wishes+The Faces of the People I love = Pure Happiness

So this a post that is long over due, but I thought it's better late than never. For my birthday this year Ryan and I went to visit my family in San Diego. He surprised me by renting a hotel room at the U.S. Grant in the Gaslamp downtown, which was gorgeous of course. Saturday night we decided to go have dinner in Old Town where they have some really yummy Mexican restaurants and then we'd meet up with my family for a movie afterward. Well we get to the restaurant and the hostess says, "Oh yes, you're party has already been seated right?" I was like what, who else would be here? And then we get upstairs and there are my family and friends surprising me for a birthday dinner. It was such a surprise, i had no clue! It was such a beautiful night and we had a beautiful view, it was perfect. After we ate they brought out what I thought was going to be a little birthday sundae or something, then they hand over this 12 inch triple layer German chocolate cake that my mom bought for me. It was ah-mah-zing! Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from that night, sad. Then on Labor Day, my actual birthday, we had yummy pizza and good food while the kids swam and tried to finish off the rest of the cake. I was showered with gifts, including a new camera, yeah and loads of jewlery and my most treasured, new running shoes, which were fitted professionally and feel like clouds when I run. What a wonderful birthday I had, I feel so loved!