Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Hey Guys! So, I've been needing to redo my front porch for a while. If there is one thing about living in the South, it's that you need a good front porch. I had some existing cushions that had been faded by the sun and needed to be recovered. Not to mention the whole area in general just needed a little somethin' somethin'... My local JoAnns had their outdoor fabrics on sale last week for 50% off so I got 2 yds of the red and white floral and 1/2 yd of the brown basket weave. I had plenty of burlap left over from my Surtex booth projects so I decided to use that up as well.
Since I already had the cushions with the exception of the round one, making the covers was a breeze and only required a few straight stitches. For the round pillow I used a large plate for a template and traced the circle onto foam cushion then made a circular cover for it. I then took burlap strips to make the rosette/flower design.
I also thought this porch redo would be a perfect opportunity to test out some of my new Boho Felties (giveaway ends this week)! I took the large owl (same shape as the small owls in the giveaway pack) and the flower stickers and added them to the plain burlap pillow. The fun thing about the Felties is that you can layer them so that's what I did by adding a couple of flowers to the owl's eyes. I finished them off with a couple of buttons and I'm really happy with how he turned out! He has all the right colors and looks great in the corner under my stained glass window.
Not bad for about $20, huh? Here's to cheap redos and fun Summer projects! What are you guys currently working on?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Hey Guys! Hope y'all had a great weekend. Ours started off pretty fun as over 300 kayakers from Paddle Georgia started their 106 mile/6 day journey at my Dad's place Saturday morning. It was neat to see all of the people float by while by my Sis-In-Law and I were on the bank working on my Dad's party boat. Party boat? Yep. Well, it's actually and old pontoon that we are converting into a stage for when the bands come to play. Dad is even building a deck "dock" type thing to extend the stage out a few feet. I took some before pictures, so I'll be sure to share the after pics when we are through...
After working on the boat for a few hours we met up with some friends at Terrapin, our local Athens brewery. They had brewed a few small specialty batches for a summer luau and although the weather didn't hold up we still had a lot of fun. Brian and I even took the tour and learned more about the process...
Well, here's to another week ahead... I've got a few projects on the "to do" list including a training session for a new company I'm going to be working with (woot! will share deets as soon as I can...), some paintings I need to finish, and a birthday invitation design for one of my friend's baby's first birthdays! Oh, and cleaning the art studio :(
Have a great week!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I'm super excited to announce my latest licensing endeavor with Darice. It is a continuation of my Boho lines, except this time my shapes are in felt! There are about 60 skus in the collection including stickers, trims, and items to embellish (eyeglass cases, clutches, purses, business card holders, etc.), and they all have super cute laser cut details, etching, and layering.
It was a lot of hard work (but fun too!) and the folks at Darice have been a dream to work with. As with most product development it takes about a year (give or take) from concept to completion so it's an awesome feeling when something you've been working on for months is finally in your hands!
The line is just now finding it's way into craft stores and online, but today I am announcing a giveaway to all of my blog readers! I really appreciate those of you who stop by my blog and have been supportive of my creative endeavors along the way. To enter the giveaway just simply leave a comment below. It could be anything- just a "hello", which feltie grouping you like the best, what you want to see more of on my blog, your current favorite music (you know I'm always looking for new music!), it could be anything...
I'll also be posting examples of what you can do with the Boho pieces within the next few weeks. It was a little hard to photograph the pieces in the plastic sleeves, so I will try and share some finished pieces with you guys.
Oh, and contest is open now until June 30th to anyone in the US or abroad. There will be 4 winners (1 winner will receive the bird group, 1 winner will receive the owl group, 1 winner will receive the elephant group, and 1 winner will receive the butterfly group) so your odds are pretty good on this one! One entry per person please, and please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you win (if your comment links to your blog that has your email addy that is fine, otherwise please leave your email in the comments and you can spell out the dot and at symbols to avoid the spam-bots).
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
OUT: Stuff in my closet that should have been gone a long time ago. My previous method of decluttering was to go through and get rid of things that I hadn't worn in a year. This method was ok, but it hadn't really been getting the job done. This time around I took EVERYTHING out of my closet first and only put back what would fit in the space without looking crammed/junky. It took me all day to do it this way but in the end it was worth it. I put back my favorite clothes and shoes first, then left the "maybes" to put back last. When I was out of room in the closet then the "maybes" that were left had to go. It was a lot easier to get rid of things and pass them on knowing I already had a closet full of clothes that I loved and not hang on to stuff that I kinda/sorta liked...
IN: A big 'ole box of samples from one of my latest collections! There's some fun stuff in there and I've got plenty to go around, so stay tuned this week to see what's in the box and how you can win some of the goods... ;)
Monday, June 13, 2011
Happy Monday! Hope y'all had a great weekend. Those are my cute country neighbors up there that I met yesterday. They live a couple houses up the street in the prettiest field. My dream is to one day have my own farmhouse with tons of animals running around. In fact, I even started a pin board with ideas for my future farmhouse. Here are a couple of my faves...
Here's to big dreams in a little field...
PS- If you could live anywhere in the whole wide world, where would you live???
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Last night I decided to get a little crafty and create some pretty Summer nails. I've been pinning (thanks, M!) some style inspiration pics of fun polish ideas, so when I spotted a section of nail art pens at Target I just had to have one so I could create my own custom look. I did a base coat in NYC #109 Pink Promenade Creme, added the chevron pattern with Sally Hansen's nail art pen in Neon pink, then finished it off with a shiny topcoat. It was super easy and ended up cheaper than a salon manicure (less than $1 for the base coat, and about $7 for the pen).
Speaking of pinning, are any of you guys on Pinterest? If so please leave your link in the comments! It's a highly addictive time-suck, but I absolutely love it... I have tons of inspiration folders on my desktop where I have put images in the past, but hopefully pinterest will alleviate some of that clutter... I also like it because it usually connects the images to the original source, unlike some of the other image collection sites out there. If you are interested in seeing my inspiration boards feel free to follow me here
Have a great weekend!