About Me

Hey there, I'm Alyson. 

Let me tell you a little bit about me.....
I am blessed to have three beautiful children, and a wonderful husband, Terry, who puts up with us all...well pretends to anyway.

I have a full time day job as a faux painter. I paint murals, faux finishes, cabinets, and furniture. I LOVE my job! I have been doing it now for almost 15 years. 
I'm always doing something new, so it keeps my job exciting, and messy!

At night I get crafty.... I can sit down (in the quiet), watch a movie (usually a chic flick), and be creative. 
I have an Etsy shop called Painted Parade, where I sell decorated party animals, painted signs, and other painted party decorations. 

In this blog, I'm going to share alot of things with you... 
My painted party animals, and how customers have used them.   
I'll show you some of my murals, and faux finishing projects I'm working on.
Give you real, and practical painting and decorating advice from a professional.
   I'll give you the scoop on our house, where it started, where we are at, and how we got there, on a budget.
 And share with you, our journey, as a Christian family,with 3 kids, full time jobs, and a do it yourself house.

I'm glad your here!!

Here's where you can find me.
Painted Parade on Etsy 

Painting Places Website


  1. Hi, I love the octopus canvas with the "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul". Do you do that? Where could I get it?

  2. Hi I was reading your post on glazing over white cabinets. I painted my oak cabinets about 10 years ago and they are starting to get dingy. I was wondering if I need to give them another coat of white before I start this glazing. Do you know if glazing will work over prepainted white cabinets? Any info would be great. THanks so much.