Monday, April 06, 2015

Some Artwork

 I haven't had a lot of time to do individual pieces of art lately.  Some of it's actual lack of time, whereas most of it is lack of motivation and inspiration- ha!  Anyway, here are two painting/collages I've done in the last couple months.
The first here is a piece I made with one of my favorite phrases, "Always be kinder than you need to be".  I've sort of made it my motto this year, and I try to remind the kids of it frequently, too.  I think that if you really lived your life always being kinder than you need to be, you would have a very positive life.  Sometimes it's hard, but I try to remind myself of it often!
 I used bits of vintage wallpaper, in addition to the children from an old storybook.
 I haven't found a place to hang it yet, but I'm working on it!
 The next piece is just a fun piece without a lot of thought behind it.
 I'm kind of obsessed with this poster from Fine Little Day, so that's what inspired me.
 It's so hard to capture the magic of children's artwork, and even though I try, my ships still aren't nearly as wonderful as those on the original poster!
You may remember this post I did about creating joint drawings with Noah.  I hadn't done one of them recently, so we tried it again last week.  The one on the left is with Noah (now eight years old), and the one on the right is with Avery (five years old).  I am so inspired when I do these with my kids, because it helps me see a child's mind in action, and I always hope I can glean some of that wonderful freedom that kids have when they do art.  There are sections of these drawings that just amaze me, and are so much better than pieces I do by myself!!
Anyway, I'm feeling a bit more inspired now, so maybe I'll get working on another painting soon!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wood Photo Project

I am very big about decorating with photos in our house.  Too big, in fact, because I never seem to have enough wall space to hang the photos I want to display!  But sometimes I like a photo so much that I make some concessions with my other d├ęcor, and make room for it!
This photo is one of those times.  I took it about 6 months ago while we were camping, and I just love it- the lighting is so gorgeous!  So I knew I wanted to hang it somewhere, but was just waiting for inspiration to strike.
I'd heard about printing on wood, and I thought that would be the perfect treatment for this particular photo, just because it would add even more warmth to the image.  So, luckily, I got an online coupon (through Living Social or Groupon or one of those- I can't remember) for a print on wood!  I ordered it, and this was the result- if you look closely, you can see the wood grain in the light areas of the photo, as well as in the texture.
So then, the question became 'how do I want to display it?'.
Enter this pile of reclaimed wood in our garage!  A couple months ago, I bought a whole bunch of reclaimed wood off of craigslist.  Not for any project in particular, but I knew I'd find lots of uses for it! (Oh, and no judgement on the messiness of our garage- that's Hubby's territory- in fact, I'm lucky he's even letting me store this wood in there!)
I cut the edges with the mitre saw, and made a frame for it. (It helps that I used to be a custom framer!)  If you look closely, you can see some imperfections with the wood lining up at the corners, but it doesn't bother me a bit- you take what you can get when you're working with old wood!
And here it is hanging up.  The chippy wood frame really accents the photo nicely.
I love it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Decorations

 So I've never really decorated for any holidays other than Christmas.  But I do love vintage Easter decorations, so I thought I'd see what I could gather to come up with an Easter display.
 I basically just shopped around my house for anything Spring-y or Easter-y, and I actually came up with quite a bit!
Of course, vintage books were the perfect addition!  I was quite surprised at how many books we had that fit the theme!
 I got these nesting wooden eggs at Target several years ago, although they look like they could be from the 50's!
 The lamb above used to be a nightlight in Avery's room.
 The angel girls are probably for Christmas, but hey, angels and lambs are perfect Easter images, too!
 Sweet baby lambs!
 A collection of plastic bunny rattles...
 More lamb planters and a sweet vintage fuzzy book.
I absolutely love the bunny with the embroidered face in the back!
 How perfect is that Mr. Grabbit book?
 Doll furniture has a place in any holiday decorating, don't you think??
And there you have it!  It's a happy little display that makes me smile whenever I look at it.  And now I'll have to start keeping my eye out for vintage Easter as well as vintage Christmas-just what I need, another reason to buy things!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Little Re-Arranging

The open shelving on either side of my fireplace has always given me problems when decorating.  The shelves aren't symmetrical, they're very deep, they seem to detract from the fireplace, etc., etc.  I'm just never able to come up with a solution for them, it seems.
 At some point, we decided to build shuttered doors to cover them up (except for the TV), so that's been in the planning stage for quite a while.  So, with that in mind, I kind of decided not to worry about them until that was done.  Above you see the way they've looked for the last year or so- mostly just storage for photo albums and games, but not very pretty.  
But, I guess I've realized that the shuttered doors probably aren't going to happen anytime real soon, since there always seems to be a more important project waiting.  So I finally decided it was time to do some re-decorating in these problem shelves!
 And here's the result!  Yeah, there's still  a big, black TV sitting there and a whole shelf-full of games, but at least the rest if it looks a little prettier now!
 Lots and lots of games...
 My husband insists on the long, black speaker on that second shelf, but at least the frames on top of it detract a bit from it!  And you know I love those black cords hanging down there....!
And here it is again.  It makes me happy when I look at it.  Maybe it will actually stay this way for a while!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


 Well, here's the progress on the dollhouse from my last post
 As you can see, it's had a complete re-vamp!  Both outside...
 ...and inside!
 I purchased several sheets of vintage wallpaper from Etsy in order to redecorate.
 I know that the wallpaper is not to scale of the dollhouse, but I actually like that.
 I think it looks a little more authentic, like some mother used scraps of the wallpaper from her own house in order to furnish the dollhouse.
 This mother had "shabby chic" taste before it was cool!
Here are the before and after photos.

Otis's official report reads, "Buyer has done an excellent job of working with this run-down house.  Looks like it could be a good opportunity for a flip, or perhaps I'll move in myself."

Now it's time to decorate!  Amazingly enough, I actually already have a ton of furniture that will fit this scale, so I'm looking forward to it!
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