Monday, January 31, 2011
I didn't know what I'd make but I know I'd love it! Great tutorial Stephanie!
Whoa! No one really mentioned how time consuming these are to make- no, I really mean it. It took me about 3 hours from the time I cut out book pages until I glued up the last of the roses and guess how many of these beauties I made? A whopping 18!! YIKES-at this rate I may complete a full wreath by next Christmas! So, this is what I did-
I had the frame and the polka dot tissue paper so this project was free, at least monetarily but it was emotionally exhausting!lol! I am soooo impressed with both Stephanie and Kim-kudos to you both. I do love my roses but these 18 beauties will be part of my everyday decorating!
Once the big love day is gone, they will remain-somehow, some where-I'm sure you'll see them again!(and again and again!!) So, have any of you started making something you were so psyched about and burst your own crafting bubble because it consumed so much of you?
Well, gotta fly-Claire
Friday, January 28, 2011
So, do you have trouble making a color decision!! I usually find an inspiration piece that I go with, picking matching and complementary colors. Well, the agonizing decision process can end for you if this cool online room decorating tool is used! I found it on Women's Day.com and its called The Voice of Color. It is sponsored by Pittsburgh Paints but I didn't try it to promote them-I was curious! The interactive screen asks you questions along the way like "What 5 words make you feel good ?" or 7 beautiful pictures of vacation spots are shown and you pick the one that makes you happiest! At the end, you are told what color palette you fall into. I'm water beads and harmony-This is very cool and makes it easy- I was given about 10 different color schemes that I should go with-So cool!!
What's new about blue? It's all in the pairing. Add contrast and interest with chocolate browns or vivid reds, or go sleek with a neutral backdrop. Find your perfect blue in this lovingly created Water Beads Harmony Collection™.
It's all about blue.
The soothing colors of the Water Beads Harmony Collection suit any room where creating calm is essential. In the bathroom, the ocean hues suggest a fresh morning breeze; in layered pastels, they bathe generations of newborns in a soft, protective shell. Because of the serenity it creates, try blue in a screened-in porch, solarium or even your home office. Pair it with stimulating yellows or oranges to balance the relaxing effect.
Blue refreshes, soothes and induces meditation; it lends the feeling of protection to the frenzy of daily life. In loyal, darker shades, blue tempts you to sleep, while lighter, more vibrant shades stimulate creativity.
So, if you want to take a look at the colors that match your personality and fit your mood, check out this website to see what colors you are- well, gotta fly! Claire
Thursday, January 27, 2011
glass is tres popular these days but if you don't want to shell out mucho bucks for a collection of it, I say-make it yourself!! Any glass you have lying around is perfect for this project. A can of silver metallic paint is really all you need to buy. It sounds silly, but just spray the glass and voila, you have a beautiful faux mercury piece!! It's amazing what spray paint can do for your home and psyche!! Gotta fly-Claire
I found these cutie accessories at
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I do not have an elegant staircase. It's abit narrow and quite dark. The color was too muddy although it was from the cheap "oops" paint at the depot. About 10 years ago, I decided to fill it with family photos. I loved the look. I had a ton of frames and sprayed them all black. I then spent a few weekends scanning photos and printing them out in black and white. I loved looking at the photos when I 'd run up and down the staircase. As you enter my house, there is a tiny vestibule that leads directly into a horizontal hallway. The staircase is also horizontal to the hallway so when you stop as you enter, you have a great view of a good majority of the pics!
I'm heading back to the depot and I'll give you a hint. When it's done, I'm hoping for a big bright new look!! Haha-not quite the Wikipedia pictured here but.....
Image via Wikipedia
More like this staircase with the great mouldings!
Monday, January 24, 2011
An old box, just an old box. Found it at GW last summer. What to do,what to do with it? So, I painted it black and kept it that way for awile. After the cricut coming into my life and my great love of monograms, a lightbulb turned on it my head. So, I played around with sizing and cut out my monogram with some good ole' scrapbook paper. Mod podged it onto the box and voila-here it is-I love it!!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I love my twig tree-A Pier 1 clearance find a couple years ago and it warms my heart when I decorate it. Now, don't get me wrong, the birds take it over most of the time. Throughout most of the year, white doves inhabit the tree but at Christmas time, the birdies fly south and I am able to hang my 12 days of Christmas glass ornaments that I cherish (a pottery barn gift from my sis!). With the big Love day right around the corner, my red cardinals have appeared. They always put a smile on my face and a song in my heart! Well, take care-gotta fly-Claire