So for Christmas DH got me this beautiful painting of a girl reading under a tree. Isn't it pretty?
I originally came across it in Trish's post on Bookish Gifts over at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? and loved it. I clicked on over to the Hilaria Galleries shop on Etsy and drooled over her lovely work. Trish had posted the print of the left panel but, when I browsed through the gallery, I realized it was actually one half of a two-panel painting. There were prints available of the left panel but not the right. However, the original painting itself (both panels) was for sell. I IMed DH and, being the devious man that he is, he oohed and ahhed over it with me, agreed how perfect it would look hanging in my library, and then proceeded to tell me (in a shocked IM voice) that it had just sold.
Sadness! Woe. It really would have looked so perfect hanging in my library...
This was all about a month before Christmas and I regretfully let it go and went on with my life. Then Christmas morning rolls around and what do I unwrap? You've got it. My very own two-panel painting. The little sneak. So thanks to Trish for the heads up, to Hillary Doggart-Greer for her beautiful painting, and to DH for being crafty and surprising me with the perfect gift. When my son saw it he smiled and said, "Mommy, that's you reading." So it was a universal hit. And wouldn't you know it--it looks perfect hanging in my library.