I've been saving empty jars for quite some time now and I've finally come up with a great way to put them to use. I've painted them with two coats of black-tinted glaze and decorated them with some of my favorite things: burlap, linen, lace and twine.
I've added distressed wooden shapes and mother-of-pearl buttons to some of them. The best part of making them: they are each unique. An instant-sort of gratification project! Who doesn't love that?
I love, love, love the jars filled with a handful of twigs. They are the perfect finishing touch.
I'll share more as I get them finished. These are inspiring me to decorate candlesticks and bird houses in a similar fashion! One great project always leads to another. :)
Monday, May 13, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
A friend of mine is getting ready to transition her little girl into her "big girl bed" and is also redecorating her bedroom. She asked me to make three pictures for her room that would coordinate with the new bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. I had so much fun with these three pieces, I thought I'd give a peek into my design process.
The Bedding (Brooklyn Lavender at Pottery Barn Kids)
And here are my initial sketches. This was my first peacock...I was so looking forward to making her! Once I actually got started, I changed the peacock so she was front and center and her feathers were spread out behind her. (I envisioned the Peacock picture hung in the middle of the three pictures). And then it was time to get to work! Here are pictures of each piece:
So, that's how I get started! It's been refreshing to see these bright colors...I've been working on Americana-themed projects for the past three weeks....so the only colors I've been looking at are red, white and blue. (I'll share those soon!)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Long, long ago...before we had kids and before we re-modeled our kitchen, the walls and decorations were pale yellow and light sage green. Sounds weird now, (especially as I sit in my dark cranberry and dark mustard painted kitchen with black cabinetry). But, I loved it then...I was more influenced by cottage styles back then. The new paint went up and and the old yellow and sage decorations went into storage. Also long, long ago we had a porch that was adorably decorated with a cottage and "found objects" vibe. That room had lots of teal and my treasured turquoise glass dishes that I had found way marked down at Target. When our cute porch became our playroom, more of my breakable treasures went into storage.
When I got home, I dug out my favorite green, yellow and teal goodies and re-decorated and organized my paint desk. This desk finally feels right! My favorite treasures in one place. What's more inspiring than that?!
My mom bought me the little tile that says "She believed she could so she did" about 2 years ago. This was during a time when I knew I was destined to pursue my big art-related dreams....but I didn't even have a jumping off point, neverless any direction. It was just a whisper in the deapths of my soul. It seemed perfectly fitting that I place that tile where I can see it and read it everyday. I guess it's become a mantra of sorts. Behind my markers is a wine bottle gift case that my mom gave me at Christmas. I removed the lid and put paper towels inside it.
Okay, now I just want to run away from this computer and head straight to this desk and start playing!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
We had such a nice Easter! It was just the four of us this year, but we still cooked a turkey and made mashed potatoes... and all the other goodies that go along with a big holiday meal. It was too cold to have an egg hunt outside, so the Easter Bunny hid the eggs around the house. Poor Ella had to wait for Cohen to wake up...and he slept in. We colored our eggs and later we made cut-out cookies. And after that big meal and the cookies and the candy, the kids started asking at 6pm where the supper was. By then, I was all done with the idea of being in the kitchen a second longer....but kids thrive on routine and who am I to disrupt it? ;) So, I whipped up yet another meal from scratch and cooked and cleaned for hours. Just kidding. They had re-heats. :)
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Trisha and I have broken down each date into themes (like Father's Day, Fourth of July, Christmas in July, etc. This way each Thursday we will have different merchandise to offer. (I'll give those dates and themes closer to the start date, which is in June).
I love creating...and creating with a purpose is great motivation. I love special orders and I'm going to love following our themes. So, go get to work, girl!!