Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Home Color Palettes

What a fun exercise! I wanted to play around with the collage tool in PicMonkey and I thought it would be fun to create palette cards for our new home. Because it is such a small home, I know I want to stick to a fairly cohesive color palette.

I knew going into this exercise that I was interested in an analogous color scheme of blue, green, yellow and I searched Flickr for creative commons copyrights using the search term "morning meadow". 

Then I used the eyedropper tool to pick colors from the photo and dropped them into the smaller cells. I think this one, above, is my favorite. The saturation on all of these colors is probably higher than what I will actually use. One thing I do know is that there is going to be a lot of white!

My choice of white paint? Right now, Polar Bear from Behr is the front runner, but you never know until you start putting it on the wall, right?

Hmmm, I don't know- this one is really pretty too and much more muted. Lovely!

The first room we'll be working on is our bedroom. We're taking the tiny, bright blue bedroom so the larger room can serve as art room and guest room. We are going to remove the carpet and paint the floor- how fun is that? I've always wanted to try a painted floor. I think it will be gray and then the walls will be the Polar Bear.
We are finally closing tomorrow! I'm so excited to finally be at this juncture- talk about stressful! We have a truck and movers lined up for Thursday and I'm hopeful that we can make some real headway on the move and the bedroom project before I return to work on Monday. Wish us luck!

If you would like to create your own color palette, here is an excellent set of instructions from PicMonkey- enjoy! Happy making, Friends!
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cath Kidston Treasure

Do you know Cath Kidston and her beautiful products?

I just love her gorgeous, fun take on cottage style, but she is based out of London and her things are pretty pricey for me! One day last year I found this awesome planner at a local thrift store and it was mint!
What a find! It has pockets for every room, extra stickers, grids for floor plans and great guides for planning out your home. Since I was in an apartment, I knew I wanted to save it for when we found our home. And, yay, that time is now!
I altered the cover to suit my situation and I've begun to fill it up with my design notes and ideas. The items below are for the art/guest room:

By the way, I really impressed myself with my clever photo shoot that allows you to see the book and a tiny bit of my apartment and hardly ANY of the boxes stacked all over the place! If you like my little plant stake birdhouse, I learned how to make it here. I used paper scraps from Ephemera's Vintage Garden digital download kit Cottage Garden. Isn't it sweet?

Happy making, Friends!
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Making my Goodbyes

While we only lived here for two years, I did do my best to make it a true home for us. Not long after we moved in, Pete traveled to Hamburg to visit his son, Nick. While he was gone, I decorated our bedroom to surprise him when he got home. He had me beat on the surprise department, though, because he brought home an engagement ring! Maybe that's all part and parcel of why this bedroom has been so special to me.

I went a little out of my comfort zone and used more and deeper colors than I usually would in a bedroom. I stumbled upon the very beautiful Waverly Flourish in Clay on sale for $10 at Hancock Fabrics (I sure miss that store!) and was inspired to use it. I lined the curtains with black out fabric because Pete was working a lot of midnight shifts at the time and I wanted to create an enveloping space to sleep in during the day.

There was just enough fabric on the bolt to do the curtains and two small pillows for the bed. Amazingly, I found the quilt and shams at Target in the Threshold line- what an incredible match! The coral sheets were also from Target and I loved the way they worked with the drapery fabric.

I used inexpensive wooden blinds from Big Lots to create a valance of sorts behind the curtains. I like the way it softened the area above the actual window. I really wanted the draperies to be high and wide and I LOVED the effect it created.
These hanging lamps are so fun! I bought them at a garage sale and gave them this awesome rust treatment to grunge them up. I think they'll be getting a whole new makeover for the art room/guest room in the new house. 


Already packed up all my pretties from vintage desk before I thought to take these pictures. 😔😔😔 I think this desk will be in the art/guest room. It will be fun to decorate that room!

Unlike the living room, this room gets a lot of light- perfect for OOTD shots!

Anyway, my inspiration for our new bedroom is much different and much more to my usual style- I'm really looking forward to a cottage inspired blue and white bedroom, especially after seeing this one in a recent Country Living.
So, while I'm a little sad to say goodbye to my current bedroom, I am really looking forward to a fresh start!

Happy making, Friends!
Sunday, July 09, 2017

New Life for an Old Stool

Moving day is one week away! All my craft things are packed up, but I did get one last project done. Before it came into my home, this great old stool was the property of my favorite land surveyor, my old boss. Before the recession hit, I was his office manager for many years. This stool is where he sat every day. Sadly, Steve passed away a few years ago. His wife was kind enough to let me take home a few things from the office.

Anyway, it's quite sentimental, but it wasn't very pretty. I really like it now! Bright white paint and our new address stenciled on top. The number stencil came from Dollar Tree, by the way, and it's a great quality plastic stencil.

I staged these photos on our tiny patio which looks better than it ever has. We planted tomato and cucumber plants this year- they're starting to bear fruit just in time for us to move- waa, waa, waa.

I can't tell you how excited I am to have more to look at outside my window than a high walled patio and a view of a roof vent!





Sunday, June 25, 2017

Charming, Intimate and Totally Unpretentious

I am so excited to tell you that Pete and I are in escrow on the world's sweetest little cottage! This is a big step for us and we've certainly had lots of conversations around it, but we're in the final stages now. We're set to close on July 8th. Here is our little 1950's cottage:












It is completely sweet! I am so looking forward to customizing it to us- on a budget, of course! It promises to be great fun. Paint is going to be a large part of the plan as we won't be doing any real remodeling right away. We've agreed to live in it, as is, for a year to see what works and what doesn't and really become familiar with the house.

I can't begin to tell you just how much I am looking forward to this process!

Happy making, Friends!
Monday, February 20, 2017

New Design Team Post

I just shared my newest Ephemera's Vintage Garden Design Team project over at www.vintagejunkjournals.com.

I'm pretty pleased with it- last month I made that very elaborate Traveler's Notebook with Paris n My Heart and this month I decided to show a simpler way to use the digital download. I simply embellished a composition notebook from Dollar Tree.

Less elaborate, but still a great gift! Here is the video:



Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

2017 Art Journal

Last year I purchased the expensive Get to Work Book and I really liked it, but I ended up enjoying my bullet journal much more. At the end of the year I had this beautiful, barely used book so I decided to use it for my 2017 art journal!

I've also joined the Mixed Media Morsels Facebook Group which has been really fun and inspiring. If you don't know what Mixed Media Morsels are, they are a series of YouTube videos by Cat Hand where she walks through various Mixed Media techniques. I've learned a lot and Cat's intention of providing her viewers with a library of techniques has been a real help to me in facing the blank page!

Here's what I've completed so far:


This little bee was lifted from my sketchbook- she's a cutie! MMM Techniques used:  #2 Collage Background, #21 Doodles, #26 Stenciling


Used up some stencil waste in my stash of "art bits". Just tore them and decoupaged into place. MMM Techniques used:  #2 Collage Background, #26 Stenciling, #22 Outlined Letters.


 Here's the house we almost bought. So sweet- like a little dollhouse. It wasn't meant to be so I didn't go any further with this piece. It actually hurts a little to look at it. Just a darling, darling house. No MMM Techniques- just a little collage background and then acrylic paint on top.


Having fun with faces. Her hair are one-inch punch pieces of various papers that got a quick brush of gold paint and a little spiral doodle. Her face is a little wonky, but it was a fun, fun spread to work on. Definitely influenced by Tam at Willowing.org. MMM Techniques:  #7 Circles Background, #21 Doodles.


The fashion plates- I bought Julie Nutting's book, Collage Couture a few months ago and I finally got a chance to play with these fun little figures. Can't wait to do more of these!  MMM Techniques:  #3 Alchohol Background, #11 Torn Paper Strips.

So, that's it so far- I've been having such fun! I really encourage anyone who wants to play in mixed media to check out the videos and try it out. Cat works on small cards in the series, so you don't have to make a large commitment and, honestly, it's so fun!

Happy making, Friends!