My true impulsive colors come through!

In my bio, I referenced my impulsivity when creating. In all of my posts I really haven’t shown you that side yet…until now! It all started a few weeks ago when I put our master bedroom in order using Marie Condo ( https://konmari.com/ ) techniques. Organizing gave our smaller master bedroom more room. I wanted to create even more space, so my son and I moved my king size bed to another wall. I could not believe how much it opened up the room. The only downside is the head of the bed is now on a wall that only has one window and it looks unbalanced. I could not deny how much I loved the new arrangement, but I would just have to come up with a way to create balance. The idea came to me early last Sunday morning, unbeknownst to my poor sleeping husband!  I patiently (not really) waited until I heard my husband moving around upstairs. The idea required me to bring up two weathered shutters I have as wall décor in my dining room. My husband was quietly looking at emails when I came in the room carrying said shutters. I told him I may have a solution to balance out the room. We have been married a long time, so he recognized the look on my face and got up to let me do my thing. I explained that I wanted to create a faux window using shutters. The shutters I had were too small, but I wanted to get a visual look. I asked my husband to hold them up and was pleased with what I saw. In my husbands half sleep state, he really couldn’t understand my vision, but knows me well enough to trust my idea. I left it alone until the following weekend.img_4347-1.jpg If you ever wondered what being Impulsively Creative looks like here it is. My husband was not home and my son was at school, so I decided to move our king size mattress by myself. It got stuck in the hall way and I had to squeeze by every time I wanted to go in and out of our bedroom. adj bedroom wall This is the wall where we moved the bed to.

adj bedroom wall with faux window I can see why my husband was having a hard time envisioning my faux window. In my mind I see the shutters with molding around it like the real window.

adj bedroom wall with shutters This is how the real window will look with shutters. Both the real window and the faux will have drapes and will look like two windows (I hope).

br paint  I am also going to repaint our room and the bedroom furniture. I like stony path for the walls and possibility for the ceiling. I am not sure what color I will paint the furniture yet.

br paint swatches Stony Path is on the left and Possibility is on the right. Both are lighter than I expected. I will live with them for awhile to see how they look in daylight and nighttime.

IMG_4331 I found these old wooden shutters on the side of the road a couple months ago. I am going to try and retro fit them in the bedroom.

IMG_4351 But first I have to strip them! Ugh!

img_4352.jpg There are a lot of layers. This is going to take awhile. Luckily, we don’t have any time constraint so I can take my time redoing the bedroom. I will share my progress as I go along!

 

UPDATE: This dresser is one I did over the summer it was one of my favorites. It did not sell at the Purple Painted Lady Festival so I put it on craigslist.

IMG_4162 (3) Someone purchased it and converted it to a vanity for their bathroom. They sent me  pictures of how it came out. I could not be happier. It looks fantastic!

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Finally Finished My Fall Decorating!

I did not show you on the last post, but my flower boxes were really scary looking! I had neglected them terribly during my preparation for the Purple Painted Lady Festival. After I apologized to my now dead plants and buried them in the back for compost, I went to work, weeding, cutting back plants etc. I also removed the Bushel Basket Pocket Planters from the fence in our backyard. I cleaned them up and stored them away until next year. (See past post: Bushel Basket Lids or Flower Baskets?). Once everything was presentable, I got to the fun part of decorating! I knew I wanted gourds and fall leaves for my window boxes and lanterns on the front stoop.

IMG_4242 I purchased three leaf garlands from Joann’s. They were having a 70% off sale, bonus for me! I just laid them in the window box and used pins you use when putting down weed matting to hold them in place.

IMG_4248 The texture of this gourd is so cool!

door adj I put the mums on small stools to give them height. I purchased the mums from the Ellsworth Farm Stand in Fairport. The price was unbelievable, only $8 a piece.

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door adj 3 The plant holders for the mums were those brown plastic ones. I painted them using Annie Sloan Amsterdam Green.

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IMG_4251 I purchased this cart at a garage sale over the summer and have been waiting to use it!

IMG_4304 I purchased this at the same garage sale. I am not sure what it was, but I thought it would be perfect in the garden!

IMG_4324 And I was right!

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IMG_4317 Here is a picture of the fence with orange ribbons attached. They are metallic and when the lanterns are on at night, they reflect the light.

door adj 5I am very pleased with the final results! I wanted a look that will take me through the fall season and I think I achieved it!

I Love Fall!

By this time I usually have my fall decorating done. But, with the Purple Painted Lady Festival and traveling last weekend I am way behind. It also doesn’t help that it has been raining for three days! Okay enough excuses, onward!! I decided to start with the front door. It is the first impression people get when they come to your home. I purposely bought a generic wreath over the summer so I could add embellishments for each season or holiday. When my children were younger, I decorated for Halloween with witches, ghosts and goblins. I loved it and so did my children. Now, I use seasonal décor that will take me all the way through to Christmas and Hanukah season.

IMG_2947 (6) This is the original wreath. The only thing I added was an “S” for our last name.

IMG_4223 (2) I attached the foliage using floral wire so it will be easy to change.

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I really like the way it came out! It is beautiful and timeless and best of all I can remove everything and reuse the wreath!

When an idea hits!

Sometimes I am minding my own business, and BOOM, an idea pops into my head. Once the idea is in my head, it just will not go away. I was at my mother-in-laws house a little while ago and was trying to find something for her in a storage room. While looking I came across something called a window mullion. BOOM! An idea hit me! As soon as I saw the mullion I knew I wanted to use it to make a piece of artwork. I asked her if she wanted it and she said no.

IMG_3978 This is a mullion. It goes in a window as a decorative divider. I plan on putting an image in each pane and making a frame to go around it.

 

I knew I wanted the images to be black and white. When I started researching I fell in love with  an Italian artist named Piero Fornasetti. The images were on plates, but at $40 each that did not fit in my budget. I knew there must be an inexpensive alternative and found it on Etsy. They were selling digital prints of the Fornasetti images for just $10. The download included two files with 20 prints. I would have more than enough prints for the project and could pick and choose the ones I wanted.

These are examples of the images. I think they are so cool!  I printed them out on photographic paper and then needed to find something to mount them on to give them more dimension.

IMG_3982 Hello cake boards! I found these at Hobby Lobby they were the perfect size.

IMG_3987 I decoupaged the images to the cake boards.

IMG_3995 You could see the edge of the cake board, so I hot glued black cord all around them.

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IMG_3999 With the faces done I had to figure out a background.

img_4070.jpg I knew I was going to use black but could not decide on the second color.  My friend Laura suggested gold and I loved it. I marked out the pattern and decoupaged each of the black and gold squares to the grid.

IMG_4186 I attached all the faces using Velcro tabs and began working on the frame.

IMG_4118 My husband cut the wood for me (still not savvy with the chop saw). I used wood glue on each corner using this neat clamp that holds it in place. Once it dried, I used finishing nails to strengthen it up.

IMG_4115 I attached the mullion to the frame with screws and then painted it black.

faces blog I decided to add glass to give it a more finished look. It only cost $60 at The Glass Shack here in Fairport, NY.

I managed to create a substantial piece of art work for under a $100. I am going to put it in the hallway upstairs. I promised my husband I would not hang it on the wall outside our bedroom. He said seeing the faces on the wall at night might freak him out! Once I get it hung up I will add it to the post.

Next time fall decorating!

The Purple Painted Lady Festival was a huge success!

In your lifetime there are moments that move you forward and open up a part of you that was dormant. The part you put away because life takes over. Marriage, raising children, work, etc. Then life comes full circle and its your time again! This past weekend was that moment for me. There is no other way to describe it. The response I received from people about my work was amazing. When you create something, you don’t necessarily do it for the accolades, but having someone appreciate your vision reaffirms what you do! What puts the icing on the cake is when you get to share that moment with family and friends who supported you and encouraged you along the way. I can’t thank everyone enough for boosting me up and being there with your love! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

If all this was not enough, I met Annie Sloan. She came to my booth, we spoke for a little bit and she took a picture with me! She even came back a second time and asked to take a picture of me with one of my pieces!

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Me and Annie Sloan!!

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I was also able to get my book signed!

On to the Festival….

 

 

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Setting up my tent was so exciting! Staging all my pieces and getting ready for the  masses to view them was intimidating! But watching over 300 artists also putting together their tents and seeing them come together was mind blowing!

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So many people wanted to know about my furniture pieces. They asked about my techniques, what paint colors I use (Annie Sloan of course) and where I get my inspiration. By the end of each day, I was losing my voice (I also did not realize how much I use my hands when I talk).

My first experience as an artist in the Purple Painted Lady Festival was beyond anything I could of imagined! I do not know what is next, but if it is anything like this, I can not wait!

I get to meet Annie Sloan!

Just two weeks now before the Purple Painted Lady Festival! I know I have told you repeatedly how excited I am to be in this festival. What I have not emphasized enough is how over the moon I am to meet Annie Sloan! Annie Sloan has requested to meet all the vendors who refinish furniture using her paint. It will be such an honor to meet her not only because she is such a successful business woman, but because she truly inspired me. When I was a stay at home mom and desperate to decorate my home while on a budget, I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It allowed me to take used and hand me down furniture and make them beautiful! It also gave me a way to express myself creatively. An outlet I really needed! Check out this link about the Annie Sloan back story.

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And now another furniture transformation. I bought this desk on my buying trip to North Carolina.

NC desk I had already started to strip the old stain and varnish in this photo.

NC desk 2 resize This is the inside with the desk top lifted up. As you can see it was in bad shape.

spot 2 The body and shelf are painted with Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk Paint. I finished it with Annie Sloan Black Wax. The desktop was done using Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. Leaving the top wood gives it a classic look with a twist.

IMG_4093 It even has the original key. It doesn’t lock, but it adds so much character.

spot I just used Old English wood repair on the inside and it came out great! This desk would be perfect for an entry way, office or bedroom.

The next couple weeks are going to be a whirlwind. I plan to practice setting up my tent since I have never done this before. Once the tent is set up I will place my items in it and take photos. By taking pictures, I will have a reference for where I want to place everything on site. I also have a check list the length of my arm! Two weeks is more then enough time to accomplish everything! Getting closer, getting closer, whoo hoo!!