Saturday, July 31, 2010

Winners of my "BOOST" Giveaway are...

Jessica and Cindi! You each have won a 16x20 inch canvas of your choice. Typically these fall into the Tailored Line to match a bedding, but you can pretty much decide what you want on it (within reason, LOL!!). Thanks to all those that participated, told friends, and told me the paintings you liked. I will host another giveaway in a few months and will make sure all my previous participants get an extra entry. So, thank you Kaila, Shirlee, Amy, Cindi, Jessica, Marianne, Shauna, Brandy, and Rosalyn for your support. By the way, both Jessica and Cindi told 5 friends and had double entries as did a few others.

Friday, July 30, 2010


Here is painting a friend at church ordered for a baby shower. Her friend has only decided on room colors, so we chose a user-friendly "dot flowers" design, as I like to call it. When people like dots and flowers, here is the answer! She also wanted a scripture on there, Jeremiah 29:11 (which I love!). I posted the pic twice-once with the flash on so you can see the painting better and once with it off, so you can see the colors better. Really, though, neither one of these shows the colors accurately. The colors are very soft and perfect for a baby's room. Hope the new mama likes it!

Maggie's Room

A good friend of mine ordered this painting for her little girl a little while back, but she recently told me everyday when her daughter wakes up she says, "Mommy, I love my flowers." Parents/customers tell me that they like the painting quite often, but to hear it from a child is priceless! Thanks for sharing Shirlee!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


To boost fans on my FB fan/business page, Initial Designs, and increase traffic and followers on my blog, www.melissajackson-initial I am hosting a contest. Here's what you have to do:
1. Become a fan of Initial Designs on FB. (if you already are, then you've got this step down)
2. While on my fan page, leave a comment as to which painting(s) you like best (see photos or posts) and that you are doing these 4 steps and/or the extra entry option
3. Become a follower at
4. While on my blog, sign up in the upper left hand corner to receive an email when I post
**** EXTRA ENTRIES*** if you tell 5 friends, you will get an extra entry-tell me this too when you leave a comment on FB fan page of Initial Designs

That's it! It sounds like a lot, but only 2 pages to visit and each thing is simple. On Saturday, July 31st around noonish, I will choose 2 random comments with a number generator from those left of the FB fan page of Initial Designs and each will win the painting worth $55-$60 which is one from the Tailored Line.

Blues and Browns for Jonathan

Here is the bedding for a new painting I am working on for baby boy Jonathan who was born on July 21st. This is such a cute bedding and I know what I would typically do when dots are involved, but I want to do something cooler than just dots with a name in the middle. It already has a lot of dots, but not incorporating dots would be weird too?? What to do... Hmmm...I've got a while to work on it and am working on a secretive one in the meantime that I can show you around the 15th of next month. All I can say is it involves blues and browns too...and my lips are sealed. I'll be back soon with ideas for this one called Baby Boy Blue Dot.

Monday, July 12, 2010

What's Black and White and Green All Over?

Well, it's not a newspaper (remember, Black and white and "read" all over)...

Anyways, it's Jordan's painting! It's not quite finished, but this will be very close to the finished product. I've got some cleaning up and additional coats of green to do on the lettering and a little cleaning up on the background, but outside of that, it's pretty much done!

"The nurses and attending physician loved it!"

I absolutely LOVE getting emails like this...

"I received them [the paintings] just in time because the afternoon they came, I went up to L&D and then Liam came the following morning. All of the nurses and my tending physician loved it! My tending physician even brought his mom by my door just to see it :) It is now hanging up in his room and matches perfectly."

Thanks so much, Brandy, for sending me this pic and the very kind email!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fun Stuff!

Here is a pic of a painting I did a while back ; the parents just got this to me this past week. Thanks so much guys! I appreciate it! I love these pics!

Here is another pic of the one I am currently working, what to do next... I was originally going to white out the middle, do another border around that to show off one more pattern that is in the bedding, but I think that will just be too much. I know the name is going in the middle in Granny Smith Apple Green, but I've really got to decide what to do so that the intricate pattern in the back still shows quite a bit, but isn't too overpowering. I'll get back to you all on that...