Month: April 2016

Pink or Blue?

It seems like I’m writing a lot of Mother’s Day themed blogs lately. Maybe it’s because this year I’m a very happy Grandma-to-Be! This week we had 25 friends over on Saturday for the Big Reveal – my daughter Alyssa announced that she and Jon are having a baby girl whose name will be Aria Grace. The reveal was done in a really cute way – Alyssa handed out both pink and blue balloons, and everyone was asked to blow them up at the same time. It soon became obvious that only the pink ones were blowing up, meaning that

Mother’s Day – Past, Present, and Future

This week one of my clients asked me “Have you noticed how much younger grandparents are becoming these days?” I had a good laugh, as I just celebrated my 58th birthday – and I definitely agree that we’re getting younger all the time! As you probably know, my daughter Alyssa and her husband Jon are having a baby in September. And with Alyssa as a mother-to-be and me about to become a grandmother for the very first time, Mother’s Day is especially meaningful to me this year. One of my favorite Mother’s Day memories is from Kennywood Park, the subject

Greetings From Florida!

Like the parrots in this picture, I’ve taken flight to Florida to enjoy some much-needed R&R. Disney World, as always, was a magical experience. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing, and we really enjoyed a “best of” experience at each of the parks. With so many picturesque views and dramatic scenes to take in, I’m filled with inspiration… now to just take that inspiration home with me and put it into some of my paintings this year! It looks like even Daisy Duck herself was inspired – here she is with her paint brush at the

Sunshine State Traditions

In the first quarter of every year, the Barnicott household is a very busy place. It’s pretty much nonstop action for us, as preparing for the Home and Garden Show occupies most of our time in January and February… followed, of course, by the long, long work days during the show itself. And then we have to fill all those orders we received during the show. Yet somehow we survived it all (we always do!) and made it to April. All the paintings, prints, and giftware that were ordered have gone to their new homes, so now the Barnicotts are

The Element of Surprise

Spring has definitely sprung at my home and studio. All the beautiful perennials I planted last year are returning again this year. My only problem is that being fairly new to gardening, I don’t really know exactly which ones are flowers and which ones are weeds! So if any of you who are experienced gardeners would like to stop by and offer some advice, I would be happy to listen. But in a way, it would also be fun to just sit back and be surprised at what pops up. I do love a good surprise, and that’s what has