It’s just a few weeks until the official start of fall. I was browsing Hometalk (a fave hangout for DIY and crafty peeps) and found so many bountiful ways to lay a gorgeous table…many of them easy and economical with items found in your yard and pantry! Just click the image below to see all […]
With a little paint and a couple of shelves, unassuming plywood becomes an unexpected work of art.
Paint your own Rustic Painted American Flag with this simple Step-by-Step Tutorial using paint pens. It is a Pottery Barn Knock Off project. I love to browse the high end stores like Pottery Barn and West Elm for decorating ideas I can knock off.
This is a sponsored post as part of the Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge by P&G. #TideThat #BrightIdeas All opinions are 100% my own. The Ghosts of Furniture PastTM Epic Fail for Me! I have to admit a mistake. I purchased this beautiful antique pie safe several years ago in Georgia. I was thrilled with it, but was not so savvy in […]
A handmade Christmas is such a blessing for me. Creating something from nothing makes my heart sing. I created some Felt Christmas Trees from Recycled Wool Sweaters a few years ago. I often search through thrift stores for items to repurpose. This year I have scored some great finds for holiday crafting projects. I often find […]
What? No Fireplace? HORRORS!!!! Well how on earth does one decorate a mantle when they don’t have one? Ah Ha…that’s the magic! I am not going to let a little thing like no fireplace stop me from my decorating dreams!!! You know how creative I am…so it took about three and a half minutes to […]
Commedia del’Arte Mural By Jeff Monsein Our Commedia del’Arte mural was inspired by a recent trip to Venice, Italy. Venice is an amazing city, filled with a colorful history. Although we unfortunately didn’t get to go during Carnival, we were still able to see many examples of costumes, masks, and Italian pageantry. Our mural was […]
You know I love a good party and am always looking for ideas and inspiration. This time I will feature one-of-a-kind Outdoor & Summer Party Themes and Ideas. Here are some of my new favorite party ideas and websites that have great party ideas. I favor a casual get-together with friends and family, but am […]
I am foremost a decorative painter, but my greatest joy lies in teaching the trade to anyone who wants to learn, and once in a while a painter who has taken a class with me will contact me to help on a job. One of the most interesting projects came to me through my friend Anita Medina, a gifted painter I met in one of my faux fresco classes. A client of Anita’s was interested in replicating the entire fresco cycle of the life of St. Peter, as depicted in the Brancacci Chapel. The “Capella dei Brancacci” is a chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. It is sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance.”
Let’s get crafty! Wayfair.com challenged me to give my very first blog craft a makeover for National Craft Month. Tutorial of a very French painted purse…
Yes, I am very Irish…with loads of beloved family traditions…one of which is Irish Soda Bread. I will be starting my celebrations a week early and I will be sharing our traditions with you. First, I have designed a Bit ‘o Green printable for YOU!!! It is one of my favorite Gifts in a Mason […]
I love this easy and quick Valentine craft including a step-by-step tutorial. When I realized that this lovely old quilt was beyond repair and it could be repurposed, taken out of the closet, and displayed so I could see it every day…I got over my fear and sadness of cutting someone’s handwork apart.
I have been returning to my art this summer. I work very hard at my job running an online school for 400+ professional bloggers. To find balance, I needed to reconnect to my creative side, so I declared the last six months of the year – Creativity Unleashed 2015. Joining The Great Craft Swap was a perfect fit. I love creating something unique for someone else. And I believe this textile artwork fits the bill.
Fiber Art and Painted Fabric I paint fabric! After I paint it, I create purses, tote bags, and accessories with the painted cloth. I teach others all my techniques for fun and funky painting using freehand painting, stencils, and rubber stamps on almost any fabric. We even use paints to dye fabrics. I call the purses I create […]
Baskets, egg hunts, jelly beans and bunnies…what’s not to like about Easter? Easter is my second favorite holiday.Why second? you might ask. Well, Thanksgiving is my favorite. But I do love the colors and the fun associated with the Easter season…and the fact that it is Spring!!! And I love, love Spring! I was inspired […]
Hugs and Kisses abound this time of year. XOXOX I am in a pink mood lately. It is a girly-girl year. I designed this cute and colorful Valentine subway tile printable just for the special day. I printed it on heavy cardstock and raised the printer setting to best. You could print on regular paper and […]
My pantry was a hot mess. This Wayfair Homemaker is on a mission to simplify and organize in 2015. I love browsing the pages of Wayfair.com for items to help me achieve that goal. I received compensation for using the products in My Organized Pantry Makeover and giving my honest feedback. My Organized Pantry Makeover Tips and Tricks There […]
I believe that your breakfast nook should be a bright an happy place to launch your day. Mine is a happy happy place…I hope. My decorating style is evident here – vintage, casual, with a dash of whimsey. The table and Hoosier that HIMself and I rebuilt and restored is the focal point of one […]
Angel Wood Cottage – Kitchen Christmas Tree Home is where my heart is happy. Nowhere am I happier than in our little Angel Wood Cottage on Amelia Island. Decorating her has been a journey of a thousand steps. You watched as we moved in last January. You watched as I simplified my life for 90-Days this […]
It’s that time of year that we all await…the release of Pantone’s Color of the Year for the coming year. So it is here… PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala serves as the foundation to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette. Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala […]