Thursday, December 10, 2015


Hi everyone! Do me a favor and hop on over to my brand new website and blog, Lena Elise Creative at!

I would love to know what you all think and I hope to see you there!

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Changes changes: Introducing!

I am not exactly sure how to start this post so I am just going to jump right in...

Next week, December 10th, I will be launching my brand new personal website, Lena Elise Creative, This site has been a long time coming and I am so excited about it! At this site you will be able to see my growing art portfolio, have access to my new Etsy shop opening the 1st of the year, and there is going to be a brand new blog there too! 

This new blog is what I am most excited for! Tiny Painter has been such an incredible experience but I have grown and changed a lot in the last 4 years and now feels like the right time to narrow my focus and dive deep into my true passion. This new blog will be focused on art, creativity, personal growth, and motivation. 

It takes a lot of work to be a creative. It is scary. It takes courage. But you are brave, you can take the risk, and you deserve all the goodness that comes from it!

I hope that you will follow me over and continue on this journey with me! I love to create and I want you to love it too! Let's overcome our fears and make this world an even more beautiful place together.

Your love and support has meant the world to me here and it will continue to mean so much as I move on and grow my artistic adventure. I can't wait to hear what you all think of it!

To help ease us into the transition (and to make sure you don't lose track of me!) I am changing my social media over ahead of time! On Instagram and Twitter you can now find me at @_lenaelise! 

Aside from my new website and shop, there is also a brand new Skillshare class that I will be launching next Saturday, 12/12/15. I will be sharing the FREE enrollment link here and at my new site on Saturday so don't miss it! 

And what does all of this news mean for, you ask? Well that is a good question. This site isn't going anywhere, it won't disappear, but for now I am looking forward and focusing on this exciting new adventure! Come check it out,

Wishing you a lovely little day! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Thankful Month Project 2015: Part Three

Well I am 2 days late but I hate to leave any business unfinished when it comes to my lovely blog! The holiday was wonderful last week, filled with lots of family time and delicious food, of course! I just adore this time of year! I only wish it didn't have to be cold.. But alas, that is what mittens are for!

Now let's round out the month of November
  • November 23rd: Having time to sit down and work on some illustrations
  • November 24th: 2-Day work weeks! :)
  • November 25th: Baking holiday cookies with Mom!
  • November 26th: Being with my loving family.
  • November 27th: Black Friday sales that happen online!
  • November 28th: Hot-pot dates with Will!
  • November 29th: Making big moves on some big things coming up!
  • November 30th: Seeing all of the happy faces at school on our first day back after break! :)

There it is! One thing to be thankful for each day of the month! Always one of my favorite blog series!

Keep your eyes peeled for some big announcements happening on the blog in coming weeks too! Stay tuned!!

Wishing you a lovely little day! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Thankful Month Project 2015: Part Two

I am so excited for Thanksgiving coming up this week! It is always one of my favorite times of year. I love how cozy everything feels and catching up with family. Right now I am going through all of my sweet potato recipes finding the perfect one for Thursday!

I am also really excited for only 2 days of schools this week! The kiddos are so ready for their Thanksgiving break and can you blame them?! Time to get out and enjoy all of this fresh fallen snow! 

Here is my thankful list:
  • November 12th: Autumn squash soup...
  • November 13th: Successful trips to the craft store!
  • November 14th: Practicing random acts of kindness!
  • November 15th: Creating Christmas boxes for children who are in need.
  • November 16th: Skillshare!
  • November 17th: Tuesday night illustration class! 
  • November 18th: Teaching clay to excited kiddos!
  • November 19th: Opening a fresh new set of micron pens. 
  • November 20th: Seeing Will after long times apart.
  • November 21st: Friendsgiving and birthday parties! 
  • November 22nd: The first snow of the year.

This year is just flying by and I feel so unprepared! I tend to buy gifts really far an advance... Actually I tend to do everything far in advance - but this year, not so much. Holiday parties are starting next week and I have so much to do!

There are definitely worse things though! Time to get my holiday cheer game on! :)

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fleeting Fall Colors

I always get a little sad when the last of the leaves fall and snow has yet to visit. It is sort of an ugly in between time of year. On Friday as I arrived at work the children were playing on the playground and the very first snowflakes of the year were floating in the sky. The sounds of joy that came from them were indescribable! Wouldn't you love to be a little kid again, so excited for the first snow of the year? It is such a magical time, oh I love them!

Right now we don't have any snow here, and I am not complaining at all! It can stay that way until Christmas as far as I am concerned! But at the same time, I do feel especially content and cozy in the beginning of winter. It isn't until the later months when I feel completely stir crazy that I mind it!

Today I am just sharing a few photos of fall this year before we have to say goodbye to my favorite season. I will miss it terribly, but it always comes back. :)

I hope you enjoyed the colors and make the most of the rest of autumn! It is almost time for Thanksgiving and I am so excited!

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Thankful Month Project 2015: Part One

For the last 3 or 4 years I have always done a November series called The Thankful Month Project in which every Thursday I post a list of things I am thankful for, one thing for each day that has passed. In all honesty, I have been fighting strep/bronchitis/laryngitis and have completely lost track of my days! Being a first year teacher is really getting to my health, but not my gratitude!

Here is my first list of this thankful season:

  • November 1st: Being close enough to Will's family to be able to enjoy relaxing evenings with his Mom and sister... and wine. :)
  • November 2nd: Hot Chocolate for breakfast..
  • November 3rd: Having time to take an evening class at a nearby art school! :)
  • November 4th: Half-days!
  • November 5th: Feeling super organized at work!
  • November 6th: Days off.
  • November 7th: Sleeping in.
  • November 8th: Watching movies with my Mom.
  • November 9th: Hot water with lemon and honey. 
  • November 10th: Quality time with my little brother. 
  • November 11th: The first candy cane of the season!

That is my list so far... one thing for each day of the month. After this month I am thinking about doing a Thankful Thursday series though! When life gets crazy and stressful, it is important to take a break every once in a while and appreciate the good things! It is so easy to forget!

What are you doing this November to practice your gratitude?

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Last Minute Lumberjack: DIY Halloween Costume

Last night when I got home from work I still didn't know what I would be for Halloween tonight. Do you ever feel caught off guard by how quickly things comes up even though you saw them coming. I mean, Halloween happens on the same day each year, I wasn't exactly surprised...

Due to my procrastination and lack of planning I had to resort to items I already owned (for the most part). So if you find yourself stuck like me tonight, be a lumberjack, grab your flannel and go!

Items needed:
  • Flannel shirt
  • Jeans
  • Thermal shirt
  • Boots
  • Socks
  • Knit hat
  • Suspenders (purchased for $6 at Halloween store)

The only item I needed to buy were the suspenders, everything else I already had inside my closet! I bet if you look around you've got almost everything you need too! Don't let a lack of costume stop you from having fun tonight!

I also made this funny hatchet prop too using a wooden spoon, cardboard, and duct tape. All I did was fold a piece of long cardboard like a trifold so that it made an elongated triangle. The side portions are equal long lengths and the center portion was skinny (the width of the hatchet). I taped the cardboard to a wooden spoon from my kitchen so that the ladle part was covered and I could use the handle for my hatchet! Last I just wrapped the cardboard in duct tape so it would stand against the rain and look silver like a metal blade! Easy as can be!

The hatchet is so comical looking but I like it! When I asked my Dad how it looked he said "Uh, it looks like a great prop no one will be afraid of!" hahaha... 

Hope this inspires you to put together your own last minute Halloween costume! Have fun out there and be safe!

Wishing you a lovely little day! 
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