Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rainbows In The Clouds

Well it's been a hard week for a couple of people who are very close to me. I've been trying to give what little comfort I can and be helpful. Of course that's hard to do when you're sick, which I unfortunately am this week. Watching them go through really rough spots has reminded me of how lucky we all are to be here and what a great gift it is to be able to hold someone's hand or give them a really big hug. Even just to sit like a lump on the couch with your kids watching movies is something to be cherished, like I was doing this afternoon. We were watching Madeline and in one of the scenes you hear Louis Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World" in the background. It struck a cord with me and I decided to drag my sick little butt over to the computer and get a little creative.

Another great quote came to mind while I was working on this. Last year I was watching an interview with Maya Angelou and she said to always remember you're never alone, because "You have rainbows in your clouds". I absolutely LOVED what she had said and then 2 days later I was hiking with my kids and I took this picture. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There actually were rainbows in the clouds! I didn't think it would show up in the picture, but when I checked it, there they were!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Fireplace Makeover

A while back I tackled the job of making over my very ugly and dated fireplace. It had this rough looking, very 70'sish wood mantle and plain white tile and absolutely no personality. I've never built a mantle from scratch, so I went down to Superior Moulding with my husband and a photo of what we wanted in hand. One of the guys working there help us pick out the moulding we would need and then we were on our own. It took us a couple of days to get it done (nothing is ever quick when you have kids running around) and some help from a friend, but it was well worth it! It really dresses up the living room and we actually use it now. Before we didn't, because it was such an eye sore and we didn't want to attract attention to it.


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Friday, February 17, 2012

A Bedroom Makeover to Cheer Me Up

My new Chair!

This is the blanket I really wanted, but it's wool and it's $100.00.
Not a good idea to spend that much when you have kids and
animals on it all the time. It just wouldn't last. For those of you
that don't have to worry about such things, it's available

 This one was on sale at Cost Plus for $29.00

Recently I lost the beautiful tree that grew outside my bedroom window. It was old, lush, big and beautiful. It greeted me every morning when I woke up and opened the blinds. I loved how the little bits of sunlight sparked through it's tiny green leaves and made designs on my bedroom walls. It was fabulous and it was my friend. Unfortunately, it was planted too close to the foundation and it had to go before any damage was done. The day it was cut down I sobbed. Since that day I have not opened the blinds, because the view is so bleak without it. Honestly, I didn't even want to go into my room at all. I decided there were going to have to be big changes in my room, so it wouldn't seem so bleak without my tree.

My first purchase was this gorgeous chair from Pottery Barn that I got a great deal on. It was a discounted floor model and it ended up being 60% off. I couldn't believe my luck on that one! I also got the palm tree, so I would have something else living in that corner of the room again. I'm in the process of trying different wall colors, as you can see by the little patch of paint by the lamp. I've never been crazy about the yellow and this is the perfect time to change it. I'm also on the hunt for curtains. I haven't found the right ones yet, so I might make some instead. I want something light and airy, but covers the view (or lack thereof). I also need a better pillow. I had this one and it does the job for now, but I want something with teal and green like the one below. I'm considering designing my own fabric on Spoonflower, so I can get exactly what I want.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Inspiration Flew In Through An Old Window




Here is my latest passion-hand painting on windows! I found this old window in the garage when we moved into our house 7 years ago. All this time it is been sitting out there, waiting for me to be inspired. A few weeks back I was hit with sudden inspiration-don't know where the idea came from. It just popped in my head almost out of the blue. I wasn't even thinking about the old window (at least my conscious mind wasn't.) I love ideas like that-I call them "freebies" because you aren't struggling to get them, they come like they were free! As soon as it popped in my head I got to work. I have never done sign painting before, so it was a bit "trial and error" at first. 
I liked the way the old original finish had the chips and scrapes, so all I really did was knock off some of the old paint that was really peeling. Then I gave the glass a good scrubbing and started to work on the painting. I sat and imagined where this window could have come from. I thought it would be neat if it were from an old beach shop store front along a boardwalk. It's hung from a hook I bought at Anthropologie and some chain and screw eyes from the hardware store. 
This project was so much fun that I went out this weekend to a couple of architectural salvage yards in Pasadena and bought a few more. This window and more will be coming soon to our website!


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Well it was not a romantic night for the hubby and I at all, but we had a great time with the kids. We were suppose to get together with Angela's family tonight, but Sydney came down with a fever at the last minute this afternoon. I had almost finished the decorations at Angela's when I found out, so I went home and started all over again at our place. Even though it was rushed and last minute, they came out really nice. I went with my go-to decorations, which consist of a role of streamers and some curling ribbon. I always seem to have both around and they're quick to put up. I also threw a log on the fire and lit candles, which made it quite cozy!

I was also excited to find out that Cindy picked my favorite design for the studio doors! I will be going by with a sample to see if she likes the size and then I will have them printed up. They're going to look so pretty and I can hardly wait to see them on the doors!

I also got all of my supplies priced out for my mini mudroom project. I was hoping to get started on it this week, but my sweet little Annie has been sick and the vet bills pretty much devoured my budget, so it will have to wait. Of course my little teensie is worth it!

And because we don't always see our true potential, I leave you with this thought-

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Back in the Saddle Again....

Well it's been a few months since Angela or I have been able to make a new post. Holidays and life got in the way a bit, but things are back on track. I've been working on some designs for the Gotta Dance Studio in Granada Hills. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far. The owner Cindy needs signs for the different studios, so I came up with a couple of ideas for her to pick from. This one is my favorite and I hope she chooses it. Each studio sign will have a different dancer and will have it's own personality.

I'm also getting geared up to build a little bench in my entryway for a little extra storage. I found this wonderful inspiration pic on Pinterest. I don't know who the designer is, but it's really beautiful. I did all the measurements yesterday and I will be heading over to Lowes tomorrow to get the supplies I need. I'm so excited to get started!

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