Come on in and Meet Kelly from AngelPupsCreations!!
Kelly's AngelPups, Big Mac and Molly
So Kelly, tell me a little bit about yourself:
I am a Mom to three grown children (Dustin, 23; Dolly, 22; and Dylan; 20...although Dolly's real name is Danielle, we've called her Dolly since she was born ;-) They are all great kids! I'm also Mom to my permanent babies, Big Mac & Molly, my adorable cockapoo puppies who are the namesakes and logo of my Etsy shop and the loves of my life. I have worked in many fields from education to corrections and now find myself with time off. To keep myself occupied, I began painting again, something I did off and on for years during holidays and when I wanted to create unique gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Over the warmer months, I did not want to be inside as much so I took up making jewelry which I could do on the deck with my puppies at my feet!
How did you get into painting?
When I was very young, I drew constantly on drawing pads. I was always very artistic but never liked art class or other structured lessons so I never pursued art as anything more than my own hobby. As a young mom with three small children I began crafting as a way to make inexpensive gifts, etc. and began painting wooden ornaments for the holidays and wooden plaques as gifts for other events. Eventually, we moved into a home with an old slate roof and there were stacks and stacks of extra slate on the property. I decided to try painting on them and it worked out perfectly!
What is your favorite thing to paint?
I think I most enjoy painting pets, mostly dogs, but I have painted cats and even a guinea pig! I also enjoy painting inspirational and Christian art. I really enjoy working on custom orders--having someone tell me what they'd like and then knowing my painting made someone very happy ;-) When I find new feedback in my shop from someone who is happy with their painting it's like opening a gift!
What is your favorite thing to do when not painting?
I love to walk and hike with my puppies! I belong to a wonderful church that I really love and have become involved in volunteering in the AngelFoodMinistries (angelfoodministries.com) program there. I also volunteer at the Animal Shelter, Inc. (SterlingShelter.org) which is a no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. We receive many puppies and dogs which are transported from Southern shelters and from Puerto Rico which might otherwise face euthanasia. My favorite time to volunteer each week is when the new puppies arrive and we give "Puppy Baths" which each puppy/dog receives as soon as they arrive....20-30+ puppies at a time who are afraid and overwhelmed and we are able to hold them, clean them, feed them and offer them comfort. There is no doubt I will own three dogs eventually ;-)
Who is your inspiration?
My inspiration is most definitely my Nana, Dot Mullen. She is 89-years old and to this day attends church daily, volunteers at numerous charities, is on the Board of Directors of the local YMCA (amazing since she first learned to swim at 70-years old and at 75 was one of the oldest to white water raft down the Kennebec River!) At 89, she still drives what she jokingly calls "the old folks" to their doctor's appointments, etc. because she says they need someone with them to take notes of what the doctor is telling them because they are usually too concerned to pay attention to everything. She is my hero and who I hope to be when I grow up ;-)
Where can we find you on the web?
I recently purchased one of Kelly's slate for my Mom for Mother's Day and here's the reaction that it got!!
Check out this awesome slate of the 5 grandchildren!!