Jul 10, 2012

Entering Part 2 of The Graphics Fairy LLC: Perfect Palette Giveaway - Part 2

I am using this photo from Better Homes and Gardens to redo my master bedroom. I am also using the Chip It tool to match the exact colors!!!

*The Graphics Fairy LLC*: Perfect Palette and Huge Giveaway - Part 2: You may recall when I recently blogged about the beginning process of redoing my Living Room, using the Chip It! tool from Sherwin-Will...

Jul 3, 2012

May 4, 2011

American Living

I have been working on a few patriotic projects for my shop. I love decorating with Americana decor! It reminds me of our freedom and of days gone by. Of carefree Summer days!

Yo-Yo Table Runner

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May 1, 2011

Petite Inspiration Swap

This past month I participated in a Petite Inspiration Swap-Spring Edition with Heather over at the Speckled Egg! I have been seeing these swaps all over blog land and have been wanting to join in. I came across the Speckled Egg and Heather just happened to be doing a Spring swap so I decided that I would join in on the fun! I was grouped with two amazing women, Cami and Melissa. It was sooo much fun putting together a box of vintage and vintage inspired Spring trinckets for these two fab ladies. I will definately be doing another swap!!! I took pictures of the boxes that I made for the ladies in my group and thought I would share them with you. I will post pictures of the boxes that I received from them in another post.

Anitque Linen and my hand dyed muslin that I cut and made into a flower and then added a
glass bead to the center.

All of the goodies! The other box I made was a little different inside but I had already
packed everything into it so perfectly that I didn't have the heart to take it all out to take a photo.

I made little envelopes out of wax paper hand stamped with paint
and added dried lavender from my garden!

I used vintage sheet music to make this small posie and placed it onto a
canvas that is hung by my hand died blueberry seam binding.

Vintage thread and a wooden clothes pin that I purchased at a local
antiques store called, The Star Mill, that was used by my ancestors as a flour mill.
So this store has special meaning to me! The ribbon is my hand dyed seam binding.

Paper millenery, a fabric rosette, two corked vials filled with flower seeds and vintage glitter
and then I sealed them with wax. I purchased the flower shell button, white bunny and spool of thread
at The Star Mill.

I also purchased the antique linen at The Star Mill! It was lovely linen. I made a small bag with
 lace and the same vintage linen that I will be posting on my Etsy soon!

Both of my boxes all finished! I added a handmade flower that I dyed and crinkled. I bought the paper
leaf from The Beautiful Life and added the vintage yellow flower that I purchased from Speckled Egg!

Apr 6, 2011

To dye or not to dye

I L.O.V.E hand dyeing anything that can be changed to a new color. So I got into a dyeing mood today and thought I would share with you what I have been recreating with color. I enjoy using items that are natural like fruits. Today I used cranberries, walnut ink, and black tea to dye ribbons, tags, fabric, paper, crepe paper rosettes, and paper doilies. Some of the things that I have made will be going into my Etsy shop!!!

 First, I gathered my supplies. I didn't take a picture of the cranberries
because I forgot and threw the bag away.

 Second, I mixed my elements to get them to the precise color. I cooked and smashed all of the
yummy goodness from the cranberries.

 Mixed my Walnut Ink to the desired darkness

 Finally, boiled my tea to the exact caramel goodness.

I dyed some doilies, coffee filters, seam binding, crepe paper rosettes, fabric and silk.

After dyeing the tags, I hand stamped them with acrylic paint

 I also stamped seam binding using my acrylic paint.

I love how my coffee filters turned out. The perfect shade of cranberry. Now it is your turn to go and dye a little something, but I am warning you it is addictive! The tags and ribbons will be going into my etsy shop within the next few days!!!


Mar 28, 2011

MIA and a few new creations

It has been a while sense I have posted. Lets just say that I have been MIA {missing in action}. I had to have emergency surgery for complications that caused internal bleeding and I have been trying to recover from that. Life continues to go on and therefore things still have to be taken care of. If life could only pause in times like these I think things would be a lot easier. Thank goodness for the gift of being able to create. It has helped me to find myself again and to get out of the funk that I have been in. I needed something to give those who have so generously given of themselves to me and my family while I have been down and out. A little "thank you" for such lovely kindness in a time when it was soo desperately needed! So here is what I created. I love hanging items from my door knobs. I think it adds warmth. So I thought I would create a little warmth for those who have helped me.

A little rosette love with linen and the French General.

Vinage French chocolate graphic with a burlap rosette.
 So if you want a little love or need to give a little love, you can get these oh so sweet door knob hangers in my shop! Have a great day!

Feb 7, 2011


There came a time when the risk to
remain tight in the bud was more
painful than the risk it took to
blossom.  Anais Nin

May we all find the courage to open up and show the world our beauty. To try things that we have always desired to do. The courage to stand for what we believe and to remember where we came from and what we can become.