Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten Custom Painting

Custom illustration/painting by Angela Flores @ Bunni Garu

You may have read here that my first-born, my baby boy, started kindergarten this year.  I decided (more than a year ago) that I would mark this momentous occasion by giving my husband a little gift.  And I decided to tell him about it so that he would not be caught off guard and feel bad for not reciprocating.

About a year ago I was perusing Etsy when I came across the above image featured in this listing.  I was captivated by the whimsy and innocence of the illustration.  I pinned the listing on Pinterest and am so thankful that I did because when I went to find it a year later the listing was gone, but my pin took me to Angela's shop, Bunni Garu.  From there I was able to contact her to inquire about the listing I had pinned.  Apparently it had expired, but she was still offering custom illustrations/paintings.  YAY!

So, I sent her a few pictures and gave her a quick summary of Leon's love of all things waste management and then let her creativity work its magic.

Angela was awesome to work with.  She was extremely friendly, helpful and communicated well.  I could hardly wait to see the results and I'm sure you're on pins and needles so I won't keep you waiting.

Oh my goodness, could it possibly be any more perfect??  She captured him perfectly.  It's so sweet.  And my husband LOVED it!  Leon did too.  And it was a very reasonable $45!  Seriously, a perfect custom illustration of my kindergartner for $45.  Thanks, Angela!

I have yet to purchase a forever frame for it, but for now it resides here. Can you see it?

The bright mark in the middle is just from the flash not an imperfection.

Have you ever done anything like this to capture your kids in a certain moment in their life?  What did you do?  I'll be back soon to tell you all about the thoughtful gift my husband gave to me.

I received no compensation/discount for this post.  I just loved it so much that I had to share.


  1. Love it! She really did a great job!

    1. I know!!! I'm so happy with it. And to think I almost tried to do it myself ;)

  2. You are very welcome, I'm glad you liked the painting! Thank you so much for your kind words!

    =) Angela