This is Natey!!

He is almost six years old! I can hardly believe it! He was the best little baby in the universe. I sound like a typical mom when I say that! Nate was officially diagnosed with Autism when he was three. (And he is impossible to photograph because he never stops moving, unless he is sleeping!) He has been receiving IBI (Intensive Behavioral Therapy) for two years and has made so much progress. There are angels here on earth that work with Autistic children and we were blessed to have one of the best sent to us!

I had to post these pictures of Nate's haircut. My husband had him in a "straight jacket" hold and made me buzz his beautiful blonde mop off. :( He won't stand haircuts so I have been cutting his hair in his sleep for four years!





He is still a total cutie but I miss that mop! I am seriously considering doing the gluten free/casein free/everything free diet for him soon but I am scared. It is so hard and I am afraid of depriving him and afraid of failing.

I will pray about this and hope to decide what is best. Worth a try, right?

More about this later.

Love to you,
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I want to thank you for your outpouring of encouragement for my first video tutorial!! I am simply blown away by all of your comments and kind words!! I want to congratulate:


You won a beautiful, SPAHKLY jar of Shimmerz paint!!

Email me your mailing address at lorirenn@msn.com.

Have a great weekend everyone!



Shimmerz Video Blog Hop!

Welcome to the second stop in the Shimmerz Video Blog Hop! Hopefully you arrived here from my fabulous team leader, Jeni Boisvert's blog. If not then get yourself back to the Shimmerz Paints blog and follow along our blog hop route! If you follow along, you have an opportunity to win one of five of our whole new Vintage collection which is available for purchase today! If you are on the right track then read on...

The Shimmerz Paints Education Team will be bringing you a tutorial video each month to give you lots of tips and techniques on how to use our fabulous products! We will also be providing online and in store classes featuring Shimmerz products! My first video is a little rough, so cut me some slack and be kind! I hope you are all bilingual, meaning you speak Bostonian AND English so that you will be able to understand me!

September's video is all about the new release of the Vintage collection from Shimmerz Paints. There are four new colors of Shimmerz and three new colors of Shimmerz Spritz in new little Miniz which are smaller than the original. The colors are beautiful and I had so much fun working with them!

Here are the two canvases that I have created:

The first one "The Girls" is a canvas I did for a 40th birthday gift for my Bestie Becky. She emailed me a picture of herself with her two girls and I wanted to create something special for her. Just click on the images to make them larger and to see the detail.



This canvas "Through Thick & Thin" is for my other BFF, Denise. I create a layout for her for her wedding anniversary every year and this one is for #5! She had a photo shoot done by the FABULOUS photographer, Chea Lamb and I asked for permission to use one on my canvas. You must check out Chea's photography here.



I also want to give a little shout out to Teresa Collins and say thanks for the Friendship collection that I used on these projects. I love this line and it was so sweet of her to send it to me!!

Ok, lastly here is my video! Oh, how I cringe when I watch and listen to myself, but I guess I'll get used to it! Now, pay attention to when I mention my favorite color from the new line! You will need to remember this for a chance to win the whole Vintage collection! Make sure you click "pause" on my music playlist before viewing.

Leave a comment here on my blog and I will pick one lucky reader/viewer on Friday to receive a jar of beautiful Shimmerz Paint! (Colors will vary)

Now, hop on over to Tanisha Long's blog for the third stop in our blog hop and watch her brilliant video tutorial!

Thanks for watching and keep Shimmering!

~Lori Renn


My New Gig...

I am so excited to announce that I am part of the new Shimmerz Paints Education Team! This is going to be so much fun! We are going to bring you online video tutorials and classes as well as in-store classes, teaching you lots of fun ways to use Shimmerz amazing products. Sound like fun to you? I'll be working with Jeni Boisvert (our leader), Tanisha Long, Michelle Lanning and Leslie Ashe. What a talented group of gals just full of inspiration!
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New Shimmerz Vintage colors!

I can't wait until September 21st! New vintage colors of Shimmerz are being released! And a big huge announcement of something that I am so excited to be a part of!

Also... you have got to go check out what Jennifer Beason has been doing with Shimmerz! Check it out here. She is our guest designer right now and she is fabulous!


Catching up with Shimmerz!

The Shimmerz Paints design team recently got to work with Patter Cross's Triple the Sketch blog. The cards and layouts from both teams are so creative and inspiring! You can view them all here.

We also got to do a swap with Cornish Heritage Farms stamps. They have lots of great stamps. The ones that I received to work with were fun to color in with Shimmerz, even though I'm not usually a "color in" type of stamper!

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You can check out the rest of the creations that the Shimmerz Paints design team did with the stamps here. Just scroll down to view them all! (I'm a little late in posting this but now that my boys are back in school I'll be on the spot!!)

Happy September everyone!